What does the word “rustic” mean to you? Does it conjure up images of simpler days spent in woodsy glens and swimming holes? Living off the land on a bucolic farm? A world that’s plain but beautiful, uncomplicated and homespun? Yeah, we’re over here daydreaming about moving off the grid now, too. That’s why we’re so enamored with these rustic baby names — because they’re down-home classics that remind us of a charmed life with time and space to breathe.
Of course, these charming names are nothing new. They’re simple monikers that have always been in style — and which seem to be enjoying a renaissance of sorts right now (we’re looking at you, Cody, Dallas and Cash). So whether your backyard is full of rolling farmland or you just wish it were, these names will set your baby boy up for a life of bucolic bliss and country charm.
Then there are the names that don’t necessarily sound rustic, but with meanings like “mountain” and “farmland,” can be an excellent way to add some charm to your baby’s name.
Aaron: This name has Hebrew roots and means “mountain of strength”
Barric: An English name, this means “grain farm”
Bergen: Based on Old German and Scandinavian elements, this name means “lives on the mountain”
Bond: Meaning “tied to the land,” this name has both Middle and Old English roots
Carlton: This Scottish name means “land between the streams”
Delmon: Meaning “of the mountain,” this name has Old English origins
George: A traditional name, this means “farmer”
Gordon: Of English and Gaelic origins, this means “hill near the meadows”
Granger: This name also means “farmer” and has French elements
Houston: This place name means “settlement on the hill”
Kelby: From Old Norse, this name means “farm by the spring”
Meyer: This name has two possible meanings — “farmer” or “bright one”
Paine: This interesting name means “countryman, rustic villager”
And last but not least, straight-up nature names fit for a little one who’s right at home in the woods.
Elowen (means “elm”)
A version of this article was originally published in February 2016.
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