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Boy Names With Meanings He Can Be Proud Of

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...

You may be surprised by how much you suddenly want to name your kid "Rasmus"

Coming up with a fitting name for your baby can feel daunting as all get-out. Sure, you want it to be aesthetically pleasing. But more than anything, you want it to have real weight and purpose — maybe even a name that reflects your kid's character.

That's why the meaningful names below are so perfect and can help you whittle down your name list (don't pretend it's not a mile long). Because these names don't only look and sound cool; they also have meaningful definitions, root words or histories that will help you choose which ones go from your maybe column straight to the yes list.

Popular boy names & what they mean

Now that more and more parents are picking names based on their meanings, they don't get popular because of sound and spelling alone. Here are some of the most popular boy names of last year — and the meanings that got them there.

More: Quirky Baby Boy Names (That You Can Still Spell)

Baby boy names that mean "kind"

If you're hoping for a little one who grows up to radiate kindness and generosity, one of these baby names could be just the inspiration he needs.

  • Benigno: Kind
  • Cedric: Kind and loved
  • Ellis: Kind, benevolent
  • Hannan: Compassionate
  • Hiroshi: Generous
  • Kannon: Variation of Kuan-yin, a Buddhist deity of mercy
  • Kareem: Generous, giving
  • Kedrick: Kind, loved
  • Kerem: Noble, generous
  • Milan: Gracious, dear
  • Rahim: Compassionate

Baby boy names that mean "faithful," "honest" & "just"

There are so many important character components we parents home our kids will have. Just a few of these are loyalty, honesty and justice. Here's hoping all our kids grow up to stand up for what's right.

Baby boy names that mean "peaceful"

Is there anything better to wish for your little bub than a lifetime of peace and prosperity? Give him a head start with one of these beautiful baby names.

Baby boy names that mean "loved"

This much is for sure: No matter who your kid turns out to be or what his personality is like, you will love him to pieces. These sweet names are perfect for a beloved little boy.

Choosing a name for your as-yet-unborn child to tote around with him his entire life can feel like a pretty major undertaking. But no pressure: These meaningful names will ensure he knows you had your highest hopes for him when you chose it.

You may be surprised by how much you suddenly want to name your kid "Rasmus"
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