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Joyful names for your baby boy

Monica Beyer is a mom of four and has been writing professionally since 2000, when her first book, Baby Talk, was published. Her main area of interest is attachment parenting and all that goes with it, including breastfeeding, co-sleepin...

Happy name, happy baby? These cheerful baby boy names can't hurt

If your baby is a long-awaited addition to your family or a much-beloved surprise, chances are you have been feeling a lot of happiness as you await the big day. Looking for a baby name isn’t always an easy task, but focusing on names that describe your feelings of happiness is a good place to start.

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Are you hoping your baby is a happy little soul, full of cheer and joy? While giving a baby a name with a meaning like "happy" doesn't mean your child will actually be happy all the time (because really, most babies have sad moments!), it's still a fun way to brainstorm potential baby names.

From unusual names like Radimir to more familiar monikers like Asher, all these baby names mean happy, joy or cheerful — or a combo.

Happy name, happy baby? These cheerful baby boy names can't hurt
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  • Alaire: This name with Latin roots means "cheerful"
  • Arnan: Meaning “quick, joyful,” this name has Hebrew origins
  • Asher: Meaning "happy," this name has Hebrew roots
  • Caius: This quirky Latin name means "happy"
  • Ellery: This name is related to a Latin name that means "cheerful"
  • Faine: Of Old English origin, this name means "happy, joyous"
  • Felix: This amazing name means both "happy" and "lucky"
  • Gaillard: Of Middle English origin, this name means "cheerful, brave, spirited"
  • Gaius: Another Latin name, this means "happy"
  • Gale: Though this name may be more popular now because of The Hunger Games, this is an older name that means "cheerful, happy"
  • Gilam: This unique Hebrew name means "joy of a people"
  • Gilon: Similar to Gilam, this Hebrew name also means "joy"
  • Hani: This Arabic baby boy name means "full of joy"
  • Harshad: This rare Hindi name means "bringer of joy"
  • Helge: This brilliant Nordic name means "successful, happy"
  • Ilario: Meaning "cheerful," this name has Latin roots
  • Keyes: A unique name, this is probably related to the name Kay, which means "happy"
  • Masos: Meaning "happiness," this name has Hebrew origins
  • Oron: This name means "light, joy"
  • Osher: Meaning “happiness, good fortune,” this name has Hebrew roots
  • Radimir: Of Slavic origin, this means “famous joy”
  • Rufaro: This Shona name means “happiness, elation”
  • Tait: An Old Norse name, this means "cheerful, happy"
  • Tate: Similar to the Nordic name Tait, this Middle English name means “cheerful”
  • Winston: An Old English name, this means “joyful stone”

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Happy name, happy baby? These cheerful baby boy names can't hurt
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