Trying to find a unique name for your child is hard enough, but deciding you specifically want to choose from 5 letter boy names can present a real challenge.
Why go for 5 letter boy names in the first place?
Well, the number 5 has a very significant meaning in both love and marriage and is often a sign of a guardian angel according to some superstitions.
Even though there are some who do not believe in such superstitions, names often shape a person’s future whether we realize it or not, that’s why both girl names and boy names alike are often given with the number of letters taken into account.
This does, however, often narrow the list down and potentially exclude a name that you wanted to use for your son making the decision even harder.
Not to worry though, as always, I’ve gone through the trouble of scouring the internet for some of the best 5 letter names for boys that I could find so you don’t have to and can have everything neatly presented on one list.
5 Letter Boy Names And Their Meanings
A gender-neutral name with origins in both Hebrew and American languages.
The initial meaning being of someone who is considered ‘eternal’.
The American origin attributes no additional meaning, but it does add the use of the name for women too as it used to be a primarily male name before that.
A neat fantasy name for boys and girls that you’ll love if you’re a sci-fi fan.
It’s a name originating from Old English that means ‘Elf king’.
So, if you fancy yourself or your son to be a Legolas of sorts, don’t hesitate to choose this name.
A name hailing from Grecian myth belonging to the great god Atlas, the bearer of the heavens who carried a great burden on his back to help us see the beauties of the night sky.
The name translates to a pillar of ‘support’ or something that’s ‘propped up’.
It’s a great name to consider for people who believe their little boy is going to be a great empath and a support for others in his life.
A name of Irish origin, Aiden is a simplified version of the Celtic Aodhán or Aodh, the Celtic god of fire and the Sun.
With such ties, the name Aiden depicts someone who is fiery or little. Its most prominent bearer is St. Aidan, an Irish saint.
A name with origins rooted deep in the Hebrew language, Asher refers to someone who is feeling ‘happy’, ‘blessed’ or ‘fortunate’.
The name Asher is perfect to give to a child that may have been born after some complications (God forbid any happen) as he is likely to be seen as a blessing.
A powerful boy’s name of Hebrew origin meaning someone who is ‘strong’ or ‘exalted’ with the people.
A name of Spanish origin with a very clear meaning: ‘angel’.
It’s a name that’s quite common in Hispanic culture, especially in families with strong religious beliefs.
That said, the name isn’t exclusively male and is often one of the more popular baby girl names too, though some like to change it up by using Angela instead of Angel in the case of a girl.
Nevertheless, it’s a lovely choice.
A name of Irish origin and a variation of the earlier mentioned Aiden, with the same meaning of someone who is ‘little’ or ‘fiery’.
It’s a name that’s seeing a rise in popularity in Turkey, but it’s a name worth using in other parts of the globe as well.
Maybe you end up starting a trend in your community?
A name of Olden English origin, one that depicts a ‘counselor’.
While primarily a male name, it has, in more recent years, seen use as a name for girls too.
10. Albin (Alvin)
An older version of the name Alvin, one of Latin origin that translates into someone who is ‘fair’.
A name that was commonly given to those of paler skin and the origin of the word ‘albino’.
Should your child have a paler skin color, this or Alvin might be a good name to choose for him.
A boy’s name from Hebrew that describes the ‘father of Light’ and is a prominent name in the Holy Bible.
A gender-neutral name of Scottish origin, and also the name of a Scottish castle.
This name was popular in the late 20th century in movies as one of the default names for surfers or jocks, but don’t let that deter you from considering it as an option for your little man.
A gender-neutral name of Old English origin.
It depicts a person of two different spectrums, one who is ‘pale blond’ and one who is ‘dark’.
3. Bryce (Brice)
A gender-neutral name also hailing from Olden English.
It describes someone ‘speckled’.
A common name given to babies with many freckles or birthmarks which is why it was used for both boys and girls alike.
While it does seem like a primarily masculine name, I doubt anyone’s going to judge if you end up giving it to a baby girl.
A name of Indian origin. It translates into someone with an ‘understanding of true nature’.
It’s a very spiritual name that’s often given to kids who the parents believe will be highly empathetic – maybe your child ends up being an empath too.
One of the more popular boy names in Spain and other Hispanic countries and communities.
It describes someone with ‘a thick head of hair’.
It’s a name that was quite popular in the first decade of the 21st century thanks to the famous dog trainer, Cesar Milan, and, of course, one of the most prominent names in ancient Roman history, Julius Caesar (alternative spelling).
This is one of the more popular 5 letter boy names of English origin, translating into ‘hunter’.
It was an occupational name given to people back in olden times to better discern their vocation without having to inquire further.
These names ended up standing the test of time and are seeing use nowadays too, both as first and last names.
While the name is primarily masculine, there have been a few cases where it was used as a girls’ name too just in case you’re looking for inspiration.
A name of Hebrew origin. It describes ‘devotion to God’.
While it’s primarily a religious name, you can ignore its meaning and use it regardless as it’s a wonderful name that just rolls off the tongue in my opinion.
Ideal for a new baby boy.
A Spanish male name and a very popular one too.
It doesn’t have a particularly special meaning as it mostly means ‘one who is from San Diego’.
That said, it is the Spanish version of the name James in case you were considering the latter on your list.
Dylan is a name that became popular thanks to the famous musician Bob Dylan.
It’s a name of Welsh origin, one that describes the ‘son of the sea’.
This name was also carried by Dylan Thomas, a poet of Welsh descent.
Nicknames for the name Dylan include Dane, Donny, etc.
This name of Hebrew origin originates from the Old Testament and is better known as Dawid in the Hebrew language.
The name describes someone who is ‘beloved’ and is a wonderful name for your little boy if you want to show him your love in every possible way.
A name of Old English origin and a variation of the Hebrew name, Elijah. Elias translates into ‘The Lord is my God’.
Yet another name with biblical ties which was historically very popular, but has since dwindled away.
A return wouldn’t hurt though as it seems like a very sweet baby boys’ name.
Another boy’s name of Hebrew origin, this one represents someone who is ‘firm’ or ‘strong’.
Ethan is a very prominent name in the Old Testament, belonging to several figures.
The Hebrew variant is Eitan and the most well-known figure from the Old Testament with this name was Ethan the Ezrahite.
A boys’ name of English origin, it describes someone who is ‘large’ or ‘giant’ both in personality and physical size.
This name became famous in the US thanks to our 18th president, Ulysses S. Grant, but, in more recent years has seen a slight spike in popularity in honor of the late Grant Imahara from the Mythbusters TV series.
This name of Celtic origin depicts a ‘white hawk’ and was a very popular name back in the day, albeit a bit less so nowadays with so much more competition around.
While it has fallen out of favor, it’s still a great choice for those of you aiming for the 5 letter route!
A gender-neutral name from the Old English language.
It translates to someone or something who ‘lives by the forest’.
It’s more common as a last name, but can be used as either or.
A very strong name of Germanic origin, Henry translates into a ‘ruler of the home’ or in more modern terms, the head of the house.
It’s also a French male name and the most famous bearer of this name was the former king of England, Henry VIII.
A well-known name in the Old Testament, Isaac is a name of Hebrew origin that translates into ‘laughter’.
It came from a much more complex variation, Yitzchak, which wouldn’t see much use today due to its pronunciation difficulty.
That said, this name proves that the Bible and its variations are a great source of names if you’re ever stuck mulling over more options.
A gentle and soft boy’s name meaning ‘dove’ that comes from the Hebrew language.
It’s a name that’s quite popular thanks to the Old Testament as well as pop culture.
Two of its most prominent bearers are the actor Jonah Hill and the very famous reporter from The Daily Bugle in Marvel’s Spiderman, J. Jonah Jameson.
Jason is a very popular name today and has been for ages. It’s a name of Greek origin that means ‘healer’.
It also belonged to a great Greek hero of the same name and has belonged to many popular individuals throughout history and pop culture.
Jason Bourne might be the best example as of recent memory.
A name of American origin, one that translates into ‘son of Jack’. It used to be a very common name back in the day but has since disappeared off the charts.
Maybe it’s time to bring it back as it’s a rather lovely name, even in modern times.
A name with roots in the ancient Hebrew language, Jacob translates into a ‘supplanter’.
The original version of the name is Ya’agov, but Jacob is the modernized and simplified version.
In the good book, Jacob is one of the twins, the other being Esau.
He was the younger of the two, the son of Rebecca and Isaac. He is the father of the 12 sons of Israel’s 12 tribes.
This is a variation of the name Jace and it has no actual meaning tied to it. It’s simply a masculine name that’s become very popular in recent years.
One of the more prominent characters with this name in pop culture is Jayce from the game ‘League of Legends’.
It doesn’t take a scientist to recognize that this is a Biblical name with strong ties to the Greek and Hebrew language translating into ‘God is salvation’.
Despite that, it doesn’t see much use globally outside of Hispanic communities where Jesus is a common name.
Nevertheless, it’s still a good name to choose from should you feel like it’s appropriate. You really shouldn’t feel restricted for no reason.
Judah is a name of Hebrew origin describing someone who is greatly ‘praised’ and a name that’s prominent in the Old Testament as one of Jacob’s sons.
Another gender-neutral name of Hebrew origin. It translates to ‘gift’.
A perfect name for all you parents who consider your little one to a gift from the heavens or from wherever else you find fitting.
A Hebrew name that became quite popular in the US, James depicts a “supplanter”.
It’s a variation on the name Jacob, a popular Biblical name for boys, and has graced many important people in US history.
Arguably one of the more cookie-cutter names on this list, it doesn’t change the fact that it’s still a ‘beautiful’ name in its own right. Its meaning says so too after all!
It’s a name of Irish origin originally and can be seen all over the world.
One of the more popular people carrying this name is comedian and actor Kevin Hart.
A gender-neutral name of English origin which translates into ‘dweller by the road’.
While the meaning is rather peculiar, the name itself is wonderful and deserves more use than it currently has, as both a boy and a girl name.
Another gender-neutral name, one with a strong Scottish origin that translates into a ‘hollow’.
The root word is a diminutive of the Gaelic word lag, lagan.
The most famous bearer of this name can be found in Marvel comics, Wolverine, better known as just Logan.
It’s the perfect name for a tough little guy.
A five-letter name of Greek origin translating into someone who is from Lucania in Italy.
Other common versions of the name are Luke and Luca, but those aren’t boy names with 5 letters so they’re not included on this list.
However, the one other alternative, Lucca, is up for grabs!
Similar to Albin (Alvin) is Linus, a name of Greek origin that depicts someone or something ‘flax colored’.
While the name’s meaning might not be as strong as some of the others, it’s perfect for kids with flax-colored hair.
This is another occupational name coming from the English language.
The name means exactly what you’d expect, ‘bricklayer’ or ‘stone worker’.
It can be used as either a first or last name, and, because of that, it’s also considered to be a unisex name by the general public.
A name of Latin origin and a variation of the name Milo, this one translates into ‘soldier’ or someone who is ‘merciful’.
It became a more popular name in modern times thanks to the jazz musician Miles Davis.
This name is also shared by Miles Morales, one of the newer Spider-Man versions to hit the big screen that people took quite a liking to.
This is another unisex name. It has ties to the Hebrew language and translates into someone ‘who is like God’ in their actions.
It describes someone with very benevolent qualities and is a perfect Christian name for your little bundle of joy.
It also helps that it’s sometimes considered to be a slight abbreviation of the name Michael that belonged to the archangel of the same name.
A name of Latin origin and a variation on the earlier name, Miles, with the same meaning, ‘soldier’.
Unlike the earlier ties, the name Myles is more commonly tied to the well-known Pilgrim, Myles Standish.
Another one of the more exotic 5 letter baby boy names, this one is of Spanish origin, translating into a ‘gift of God’.
Given this translation, it’s one of the more popular names for boys in Spain, so you might want to keep that in consideration when choosing a name for your boy, especially if your family has some Hispanic heritage.
Nolan is a strong Irish name, one with a very powerful meaning too.
It literally translates to ‘son of the famous one’, or, in simpler terms, a ‘champion’.
This name is actually quite popular in the US with some of the more iconic bearers being Christopher Nolan, a movie director, and Nolan North, a voice actor.
It has been used more recently in a cartoon series, ‘Invincible’, which has a character by the name of Nolan Grayson, who is a sort of superman. No spoilers though!
Regardless, I personally think that it’s a very beautiful name that should be considered when you’re picking names for your little baby boy.
You might never have guessed this, but Oscar is a name for boys linked to nature.
It’s of Irish origin and literally translates into ‘deer lover’.
Truly a beautiful name for anyone who believes that their son is going to be a great friend to animals everywhere.
Outside of that, the name has been iconic to the famous movie awards, ‘The Oscars’, if that’s more your fancy.
Besides, who knows, maybe your son will grow up to be a great actor in the future too.
A name derived from the Greek language and the word Petros that translates into ‘rock’.
It’s a name most often tied to people with a strong character for that very reason, one of the most prominent ones being St. Peter who is now the gatekeeper of Heaven.
For a more modern take on a strong character with this name, take Spiderman a.k.a. Peter Parker.
He’s a very human character with flaws, but remains strong despite these flaws and is a rock for other people in his life.
A name coming from the Old English language which refers to a person who is from Rome.
It’s a name that wasn’t very common up until recently with the newfound interest in the name partly due to actress Cate Blanchett naming her son Roman.
In addition, there’s a popular and very charismatic character in the hit series “RWBY” who carries the same name, but he meets a tragic end.
An alternative to it is the diminutive version, Romie.
A name of English origin, it’s another occupational surname that refers to men who served as knights because they rode horses most of the time.
Its other translation is very similar, ‘mounted warrior’.
Given these meanings, it’s probably a good choice if you think your son might have an affinity for horse riding or similar activities, especially if you live near a ranch or have one of your own.
A name of English origin that describes someone who is ‘from the Rowan tree’.
It’s one of the more popular baby boy names tied to plants and nature in general.
It’s commonly attributed to redheads given the color of the fruit that grows on the tree, but can be used by anyone.
It’s quite popular in Ireland for that very reason and is often given to both boys and girls.
It has some variations, with the most popular being the female variation, Rowena.
River is a very popular nature name for boys and girls alike and is of English origin.
The meaning is very literal, holding the same meaning as the word does in the English language today.
The most popular bearers of this name are River Phoenix, an actor, and the character River Song from the Doctor Who series.
The name itself has been used as a first, last, and even middle name too.
It’s an ideal name for sci-fi geeks and nature lovers alike. If you believe your son might share these passions, this name might be the perfect one for him.
This is an American name that has German origins. It refers to someone who is ‘becoming rich’.
It’s a variation of the name Riker which attributes itself to Rikers island, a rather unpleasant place to be famous for due to it being a prison complex.
Even with such grim ties, the name Ryker feels like a very strong boys’ name and should be taken into consideration for all you numerologist enthusiasts out there.
This is one of the more peculiar and unusual boys’ names. It has an English origin and translates into ‘advice’.
This name can be found in the novel ‘Gone With the Wind’ belonging to the character Rhett Butler.
It can also be found on a YouTube show and channel called ‘Good Mythical Morning’ where one of the hosts is named Rhett.
A very popular name of Irish origin.
It has a cute meaning of ‘little seal’, so if you’re on the lookout for cute 5 letter boy names, this one could be the right one for your little one.
This is another old English name that’s related to where someone lives or comes from. Rylan describes someone who’s ‘from the rye land’.
Despite such a crude meaning, it’s a lovely-sounding name in its own right and shouldn’t be disregarded in favor of ones with stronger meanings.
A very uncommon Latin name for boys, it describes someone who is ‘of the forest’ and is a derivation of the name ‘Silvanus’.
While not as common as some of the other names on this list, at least as far as baby names are concerned, both this name and its variation have seen recent use.
Two are notable, one being the character Sylas from the game ‘League of Legends’ and the other belonging to Sylvanas from the ‘Warcraft’ series.
Even though the latter is a female, both of these characters are quite popular, and sharing a name with them couldn’t hurt.
Another occupational name coming from the English language, this one refers to someone who ‘makes tiles’.
A similar name often used nowadays is Taylor, though both variations are popular.
Tyler is usually used for boys while Taylor is more gender-neutral.
A name of English origin, it used to be more common as a surname but, since the early 20th century, it’s slowly seeing use as a first name.
It means someone who was ‘brave in war’ and it’s one of the loveliest 5 letter boy names that you can choose from this list.
Despite the fact that the number of letters limits the options, there are still plenty of 5 letter boy names to choose from that get to fulfill that significance of the number 5.
Like many other names, many of these originate from the Old Testament and the Hebrew language in general.
But, there are plenty of names with different origins as well.
I do hope that this list has managed to help you make a more informed and easier decision regarding your child’s name and that you’ll be satisfied with your choice.
Until next time, mammas.
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