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40 Western Names Perfect for Your Little Cowboy-to-Be

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...

These rootin'-tootin' baby names are making a Texas-size comeback

Throwback baby names are more popular than ever, but we think it's time to throw it way back — back to a time before the West was won. If you want to capture that rugged Wild West spirit in your little dude, you'll likely get a kick out of these Western names inspired by famous outlaws and icons.

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Origins of Western names

Western-sounding baby names can come from many different sources. A lot of the famous names from the American Old West or Wild West (the second half of the 19th century) are the names of famous or infamous outlaws and the sheriffs who sought them. On this list you’ll find the names (first and last) of outlaw brothers Frank and Jesse James as well as the Earp brothers (Morgan, Wyatt and Virgil), legendary lawmen of the Old West.

Other names here come from Western tales in radio, film and literature — from popular actors such as John Wayne and Gary Cooper to authors such as Louis L’Amour to fictional characters such as Ranger Reid, aka The Lone Ranger.

So hop on your horse, don those boots and pop on your cowboy hat; you’re in for a fun ride with these names.

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Western baby names & their meanings

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These rootin'-tootin' baby names are making a Texas-size comeback
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A version of this article was originally published in January 2013.

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