A personal name is a signal of individuality and ancestry. Names can tell a story about the values of a family. When we take the time to choose our baby’s name, we are bestowing a gift upon them—one that will be with them for the rest of their lives. Hopefully, they hold their name in high regard; hopefully, they are proud to carry the name given to them by the people who love them the most.
We organize our identities around our names. Scientists say, that even if we are asleep, our brain waves become twice as active when we hear our names spoken, says House of Names.
Names allow us to communicate with specific people about specific things. We have to name people/things to discuss them. We are who we are called—we are our names. Cleveland Evans, former head of the ANS as per CNN, says that names are becoming more diverse in the U.S. and parents want unique names that pay tribute to their culture and ideas.
Moms carrying sons often daydream about the close bond they will share. What better way to start our little prince’s life than with an attractive name full of profound meaning meant to encourage the relationship between mother and son.
20 Asher—The Pursuit of Happiness
Asher is a Hebrew name meaning “blessed, fortunate, lucky, happy.” Asher is also a son of Jacob from the Old Testament, as per Behind the Name. Asher is also a last name that indicates someone who lives under an ash tree.
Today the name Asher is popular, ranking 37 on the baby name charts this year, according to Baby Center. Even though Asher is an ancient name, it didn’t really gain traction in the U.S. until 1992, Behind the Name notes. The meaning of this name alone is enough to make it a winner for little mama’s boys. Sweet little Asher—happy and blessed.
19 Felix—More Than Just A Cat
Felix means “lucky, successful.” It has several different usages: English, German, Ancient Rome, Latin, and Biblical.
In Ancient Rome, it was used as a cognomen—part of a three-part name. It was passed down from father to son. Some well-known cognomina are Brutus and Caesar. The governor of Judea in the New Testament who imprisoned Paul bore the name Felix, as per Behind the Name.
Because of its positive meaning, it has been used throughout history. In the U.S., it was popular in the late 19th and early 20th century. It died down a bit from the 40s up through the early 2000s per Behind the Name. Today it is ranked at 249, according to Baby Center.
18 Kader—A Real Delight
Kader is from Arabic “qadir” meaning “powerful, able, capable,” as per Ancestry. What a strong affirmation to give a son that might be struggling in the future—encouraging him, letting him know that he is capable, powerful even.
Kader is also an ancient surname from Yorkshire. Its variations are thought to be Cade, Caddy, Kayde, notes House of Names.
The personal name Kader is mostly used in Turkey and France. In the U.S., it ranked at 8885 in 2018; that was an increase of 9610 since the 2017 ranking, Baby Center says. The U.S. is catching on to this powerfully, positive name.
17 Merrit—Honesty Above All
Some sources list Merrit as a girls name, others as a boy name. For boys, it can be spelled Merritt or Merrit. This is the perfect name for a little mama’s boy name meaning “a starling, valuable, an honest value,” notes House of Names.
Merrit is also an English surname brought to England in the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name references a place the family lived before the conquest, Marriot, Normandy, House of Names relays. Merritt ranked at 1869 in 2018. It was most popular in the U.S. in the 19th century, but it is gaining traction with Baby Center users.
16 Prosper—Will Go Far
Prosper is a Latin name from “Properus,” which meant “fortunate, successful.” It was the name of a fifth-century saint who was a supporter of Saint Augustine, as per Behind the Name. The name was mostly used in the early 20th century in France. It has never been a common English name, but it was used by the Puritan, notes Behind the Name.
It is listed under “Unusual and Surprising Baby Names” via Baby Center, and in 2018 it ranked at 8885. Some possible nicknames for Prosper are Pro and Prop—how cool? Pro—the little mama’s boy full of fortune and success.
15 Adonis—A Real Looker
Adonis is a Phoenician name meaning “lord.” “Adonis” means “ruler, prince,” as per Dictionary.com. In Greek Mythology, Adonis was a handsome shepherd who was fatally wounded by a wild boar while hunting. The anemone flower sprang up from the spot where he was laid to rest. Aphrodite and Zeus loved Adonis and allowed him to come to life for part of each year. The story originated in the Sumerian tradition, notes Behind the Name.
Adonis is mostly used in France and the United States. In the U.S., it has ranked in the top 1000 since 1993. In 2018, it ranked at 395, as per Baby Center. Adonis—lord, prince—is the ideal name for the son of a queen.
14 Kendi—A Handsome Fella
Kendi is an African name meaning “the loved one,” as per Baby Center. A proper name for a little mama’s boy, Kendi also has Scottish and Gaelic usages from the word “caioreach” meaning “handsome, comely, beautiful,” notes House of Names.
Kendi can be used for girls or boys. It is more popular as a girl name ranking at 7728 in 2018. Baby Center does not have data for its use in 2018 for boys. The latest ranking is 2016 at 8472. This should not be a deterrent from using the name. With its rich history and dazzling meaning, it is sure to be the perfect name for a perfect little mama’s boy.
13 Aiko—Never Before Heard
Aiko is a Japanese unisex name. For boys, it means “little one, beloved,” as per BabyCenter. What a precious meaning for a dear little mama’s boy.
The male version of the name is Hiragana—a Japanese syllabary, one component of the Japanese writing system. It’s a phonetic lettering system, as per Japanese Names. The Japanese characters that make up the name originated with Chinese characters; the meaning of the name changes with the choice of characters, says Japanese Names.
Today in the U.S. Aiko ranks at 6725 that is a 2199 jump since 201, notes Baby Center. Aiko is becoming more popular in the U.S.; perhaps, its meaning and cool phonetic history are beginning to impress parents.
12 Ezra—The Soul Of A Poet
Ezra is a Hebrew name meaning “helper.” What mom doesn’t need a little helper? Ezra was a prophet from the Old Testament and the author of the Book of Ezra. It has been used as a given name in the English-speaking-world since the Protestant Reformation, as per Behind the Name.
Ezra Pound—a poet and critic in the modern poetry movement—was a famous bearer of the name, as noted by The Poetry Foundation.
The name Ezra has been used throughout modern U.S. history but started gaining tremendous popularity in the 21st century, as per Behind the Name. Today it ranks at 56; that is five more than last year, via Baby Center.
11 Judah—A Biblical Baby
Judah is a masculine name from Hebrew meaning “praise.” In the Old Testament Judah is the fourth of Jacob’s twelve sons; he is an ancestor to the Tribe of Judah. His tribe formed the Kingdom of Judah in South Israel. Jesus and King David are among the famous descendants of Judah, notes Behind the Name.
Judah Maccabee is the Jewish priest who revolted against the Seleucid rulers in the second century BC, Behind the Name continues. Judah made its debut on U.S. charts in 1993, as relayed by Behind the Name. Today is it popular ranking at 245, as per Baby Center. With kingdoms and revolts in its history, Judah would make a great little protector of mommy.
10 Noah—Resting Comfort
Noah is an extremely popular boy name from Hebrew meaning “rest, comfort," says Baby Center. Noah—the little mama’s boy comforts mommy and helps her rest, perfect. In the famous Old Testament story of Noah and The Ark. Noah fills his boat with every animal and survives the great flood, as per Baby Center.
Noah has been used throughout modern U.S. history but started rising to the top 100 baby names in 1995. Since then, it continued to rise, ranking at number one in 2013. It stayed at number one for three years and dropped to number two in 2017. Today Noah still sits in the number two spot, as per Behind the Name.
9 Phoenix—The Rising Son
Phoenix is a unisex name that appears in Egyptian and Greek mythology. It means “dark red.” In mythology, it references the beautiful immortal bird. After living in the Arabian Desert for several centuries, the bird would be consumed by fire and rise from its own ashes. This cycle would repeat itself every 500 years, as per Behind the Name.
The Phoenix is a symbol of strength and perseverance; it would be a wonderful name to pass on to a robust little mama’s boy.
The name wasn't used much in the U.S. until 1995, Behind the Name notes. It’s used for boys more than girls, and today it ranks at 244 for boys, as per Baby Center.
8 Elijah—A Religious Icon
Elijah is a Hebrew name meaning “my God is Yahweh.” Elijah was an Old Testament prophet and miracle worker. He lived during the ninth century BC during the reign of King Ahab and Phoenician-born queen Jezebel. Jezebel and Elijah had altercations because Elijah accused her and her king of idolatry. At the end of Elijah’s life, he was carried to heaven on a chariot of fire, as per Behind the Name.
Elijah was also popular in medieval tales; therefore, the name became a favorite during that time, and even early saints bore the name. They used the Latin form Elias or Elis, as per Behind the Name. Today Elijah ranks at number seven—still popular and attractive, according to Baby Center.
7 Sawyer—A Classic Namesake
The name Sawyer might first bring to mind the protagonist of Mark Twain’s novel The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Tom is a somewhat mischievous boy who gets into lots of trouble. Although he gets into trouble, he is a good kid at heart with strong morals. As the story progresses, Tom becomes more of a leader than a troublemaker, as per SparkNotes.
Sawyer is a surname meaning “sawer of woods” per Behind the Name. It characterizes those who worked as sawers, notes House of Names. Today Sawyer is a popular name ranking at 94, according to Baby Center. Sawyer—a hardworking family and a boy who learns to become a leader, perfect for a little mama’s boys.
6 Hugh—A Noble Background
Hugh comes from the Germanic element hug, defined as “heart, mind, spirit.” It was a pretty routinely used name among upper-class Frankish and French. Hugh Capet was a tenth-century French king who founded the Capetian Dynasty.
The name Hugh came to England through the Normans and became even more popular after the time of the 12th-century bishop, Saint Hugh of Lincoln; he was known for his charity, as per House of Names. Today, the name is not as popular as it once was; it ranks at 112, notes Baby Center. Its rich history of king and saints make it an excellent choice for a little mama’s boy.
5 Jayden—Trending And On Pointe
Jayden is a unisex mash-up of the names Jay and Hayden, Baby Center notes. It can also be spelled Jaden, Jadon, Jaiden. Names using the “aden” suffix are popular modern names, such as Braden, Haden, and Aiden. The name became common in the 90s and has continued its popularity even today, as per Behind the Name. It ranked at 27 in 201, according to Baby Center.
According to VeryWell Family, the name means “thankful” or “God is heard.” Jadon appeared in the Old Testament twice. In Nehemiah, he is a builder. The other is a prophet in the Book of Kings. What mother doesn’t want a thankful little boy?
4 Grayson—Climbing The Ranks
Grayson is derived from Old English meaning “son of an earl,” as per House of Names. An earl is a British nobleman or rank; it was also used as a title for governor in Anglo-Saxon England, notes Dictionary.com.
Its history of nobility makes it the perfect name for a little mama’s boy. This might be why it’s so popular. In 2017, it was ranked 34th most popular name, and 8640 boys were named Grayson, according to the Social Security Administration. Today it ranks at 19, as per Baby Center. The name was not used before 1984, says Behind the Name; however, it has gained more popularity since then and has been in the top 100 names since 2010.
3 Jaxson—From The Tall Tales
Jaxson appeared on the charts in 2012 and took the 66th position, as per Baby Name Science. Jaxon ranked at 44 in 2017, the SSA notes. Today, the name is still a chart-topper ranking at 33, as per Baby Center.
Jaxon is a spin on “Jackson”—meaning “son of Jack.” The spelling makes the name a little cooler than its plain diminutive, according to Nameberry. “Jack” become slang for “man” during the Middle Ages.
It was used in several fairy tales—like Jack and the Beanstalk and Little Jack Horner, Behind the Name notes. Its modern meaning could be perceived as “a man’s son.” This modern spin on a classic name is perfect for a manly little mama’s boy.
2 Carson—An Outdoorsy Type
Carson is a Scottish surname meaning “Carr’s son.” Carr has several derivations, according to Baby Name Wizard. It is from Middle English and Scottish "carre" meaning “marsh, mossy place.”
Carson City is an independent city in Nevada named for Kit Carson—a famous scout and frontiersman, as per Carson.org. The name has been around throughout modern U.S. history but became popular in 2001 breaking into the top 100 names. It had a brief stint in the 90s and early 2000s as a girl’s name but continued to grow more popular with boys. Today it is ranked at the 60th spot.
1 Gabriel—A Godly Child
Gabriel is an archangel in Hebrew tradition. He often appears as a messenger of God. In the Old Testament, he is sent to Daniel to interpret a vision. In the New Testament, he announces the births of John to Zechariah and Jesus to Mary. In Islamic traditions, he’s the angel who delivers the Quran to Muhammad, as per Behind the Name.
The name Gabriel has been used throughout modern U.S. history and has even been used for girls. It is most popular among boys and has become wildly popular in the 21st century. Today it ranks at 28, as per Baby Center. Perhaps, Gabriel’s history as an angel makes it the perfect name for mama’s little angel.
References: House of Names, CNN, Ancestry, Dictionary.com, Japanese Names, The Baby Name Wizard, Behind the Name, Baby Center, Nameberry, SparkNotes, VeryWell Family, Popular Baby Names - Social Security, Carson.org