70 Southern Baby Boy Names & Their Meanings

The southerners living south of the Mason-Dixon Line are showy people who love their sugary teas, history and have a deep respect for names with meanings that are subtle and have been handed down since the medieval times. Their strong family bonds show in names like Jackson, Greyson etc and mean son of Jack or son of Grey. They are also hard-working and have names based on professions like the boy names Hunter, Walker, Mason, and more. So, let us have a quick look at country southern baby boy names that are classical, Bohemian, trendy and traditional.

Adorable Southern Baby Names for Boy

Next to having a safe delivery and a healthy bonnie baby boy, there is no task quite its equivalent than naming the lad. A name with a meaning carrying a blessing is meant to last for life and even be inspirational. So let us look at some traditional names used by the Southerners. Any southerner is recognizable with classical names like Judd, Eagle, Merle, Blake, Conway, Percy, Thaddeus, Jeremiah, Gus, Frankie, Butch, Tex, Huck, Bubba, Remington or Remy and names that are not only unique but full of meaning.

We have compiled a list of fifty names below with their meanings to help you get strong southern boy names. Most Southerners tend to have a first name, middle name and a surname. So whether you plan to use the name in any of these positions, a cheat sheet is sure helpful. After all, the names of Southerner’s and their baby boys are distinguished and adapted from several cultures. Some of the more used boy names that are popular are Stetson, Luke, Wyatt, Bowie, Shane, Wayne, Colton, or the stylish names like Dale, Arnold, Clement, Kit or Cheyenne.

Name  Meaning
Austin Latin origin name meaning ‘full of dignity or majestic’. It is also the name of a place.
Avery A unisex name for the French language meant to name ‘one who rules with the wisdom of the elves’. Avis is a masculine variation.
Art/Arty Unique southern name meaning ‘good at the artwork’ and is the skill level of an artist. Also spelt as Artie and Ardy.
Billy Boy Nickname for William and means ‘resolute guardian’. Sounds cow-boyish too!
Bonny This Latin originating name means ‘good’ and can also be used as Bonnie, Bona, Bonne.
Boone French origin name meaning ‘special’ or ‘good’. Can also be spelt as Boon.
Buddy Or a friend is a colloquial way of saying it in English. Has a nickname of Bud built into it.
Cash From Latin origins the name connotes ‘wealth’. Remember the singer Johny Cash of country music fame?
Callie A typical gender-neutral name suggesting of great beauty in the Greek language.
Charles Or the strong man’ has a German origin. Many regents have used this name.
Connor The Irish name is taken from the Gaelic term Conchobar which in Scottish means ‘wise man’. O’Connor or of Conchobar is a variant.
Casey The Gaelic name means ‘the brave one’.
Davis Of Scottish origins, it means ‘a son of David’. A variant is Davidson.
Dallas The name means ‘the Valley of water’ and is of Irish origins. Also the name of a place.
Deacon The term is Greek and means ‘a messenger or servant of God’.
Earle This name of English origins means ‘a brave warrior’. You can use Earl too.
Forest The English word for green forest lands and a name inspired by the colour green.
Flanner The name is of English origins and means ‘the person from the flatlands’.
Grady Means the illustrious one or the nobleman in the Gaelic language.
Greer Of Latin origin, this name means ‘one who is watchful or a guardian angel’.
Dixie A gender-neutral name is typical in the Southern areas and very hip. So is Pixie.
Harper Or ‘one who plays the harp’ is a traditional southern name which is gender-neutral.
Hollis The name means ‘a hero’ and is of Anglo Saxon origins. It also means ‘of manly characteristics like rugged, handsome, virile etc’.
Houston Named after Houston, it means ‘town’ and is of English origins.
Jackson With origin in the Hebrew language, it means ‘son of Jack’. Jack, Bill and almost all names had the appendix in medieval times.
Jed In Hebrew, this means ‘the beloved of God’. You can try Jediah, Jude, Judah or Judeah too.
Jefferson Or ‘the son of Jeffery’ is an Anglo Saxon name for your son.
Jeremiah The name means ‘one whom God has exalted’. Jeremy, James, Jerry all are variants to use.
Keanu The Hawaiian originating name means ‘a cool breeze’. As in Keanu Reeves.
Lee Meaning ‘a plum’, the name is of Chinese origins.
Mason Used to denote a good artisan, the name has French and Germanic influences of calling stone workers by the name.
Memphis This Southern name is inspired by the place Memphis.
Parker With English origins, the medieval times’ profession of this name was of a gamekeeper.
Prescot Hebrew name for the cottage of the priest and biblical in nature.
Rhet Want your son to go to law school. The name means one who advises.
Rae/Ray The English term for ‘a beam of light’. Also a surname in India.
Raleigh This name means ‘a field of birds’ and is of Anglo Saxon origins.
Red/Redd The name is taken from the colour and is an English term. Can also be spelt Rhed.
Roy This French name means ‘kingly’. It has many variations and is a multicultural name and sometimes a surname in India.
Rufus The name means red-headed in Latin and was popular for naming the red-haired boys of medieval times.
Shelby The name is derived from English and means ‘from the village or estate’.
Sterling The name connotes ‘a little star’ and is of English origin. It also means of the best quality when mentioned with precious goods.
Taylor Spelt in English it indicates the profession of a tailor. Ah yes, Elizabeth Taylor!
Tyrell In French, this name means to pull. Some magnetic power for the little one?
Vernon The name from the Latin lexicon means ‘to be ever-youthful’. You can shorten it to Vern, Ernie, Verna too.
William A name that was chosen for kings and princes as it means ‘strong-willed and valiant warrior’ in German who spell it Wilheim or Wilhelm.
Waylon/ Waylan The English origin name means ‘an angel from God’. Remember Waylon Jennings the famed southern singer of country music?
Willow Taken from the willow tree it means ‘freedom’ and is of English origins.
Wylie The English name means ‘well-watered fields and meadows’.
Watson The name implies ‘son of Walter’ which is of Germanic origin and means an army ruler.

Old Southern Baby Boy Names

It ain’t like all the boy names of the modern baby need to be trendy and hipster. The old fashioned southern names do just as well as long as they have strong meanings and suit the southerner’s tastes. Bohemian Baby names are unique and suit the southerners well. Names like Aspen, Forest, Haze, Heath, Laurel, Meadow and Willow are unique boy names too! Down South, you may find boys with names that are typical and classical-like Billy, Bennett, Stratton, Abott, Carlisle, Spencer, Ardy or Marcus. Here is our list of some names that have a typical southern ring to them like Nash, Knox, Brooks, Hayes, Mercer, Reed, Sutton, and Emerson. Some of the multicultural names becoming popular of recent are Maxime the greatest, Norris from the North, Marquis a noble rank, Miquel or like God, Sid from St Denis, Rene the reincarnated, Parfait or perfect, Pierce or a rock, Paul the little master, Percival or piercing through the veil, Orvil also spelt Orwell hailing from the golden village, Perry or Pierre the rocky stone,  Rainier the wise counsellor, Quinn the fifth born, Remi or Remy the powerful, Ray, Roy or Roi the king or light beam, Sommer or born in Summer, and Romaine or Roman from Rome of course!


Name  Meaning
Beau French name that means ‘handsome man’ or ‘manly’.
Duke Sounds royal and an Anglo Saxon word to mean ‘a ruler of men’.
Ellis This name has Hebrew origins and means ‘my God is Jehovah’.
Finch Named after the bird and the celebrated book of the southerners ‘To kill a Mocking Bird.’
George In Greek, the name means ‘gorgeous’ and was also used in medieval times to mean ‘a farmer or tiller of the lands’.
Hunter The English term means ‘one who hunts’.
Hank A nickname for the name John, the medieval name means ‘beloved of the Lord’.
Jesse A Biblical name, it means ‘a gift from God’ and has Latin origins.
Montgomery A Nordic name that means ‘a powerful power’ or ‘manly power’.
Noah A biblical name and means ‘inspirational ruler’. It has Latin origins.
Orson The name means ‘iconic bear cub’ and is of Latin origin.
Oakley Name with English origins means ‘from the land of the oaks’ or ‘clearing by the oak trees’.
Presley The unisex name means ‘the priest’s meadows’ and has the famous Rock and Roll icon Elvis as a namesake.
Tenessee Named after the place, the name has Anglo Saxon origins.
Travis English name that means ‘at crossroads or crossings’.
Ura Unisex name that is unique and means ‘the heart’ and is of American Indian origin.
Walker The name means ‘a traveller’ and is of English origin.
Wayne By profession, it denotes ‘the cabin or wagon driver’ and has English origins.
Xavier The unique name means ‘a new home that is gorgeous and warm’. It has Spanish, Basque and Arabic origins.
Yates This name means ‘gatekeeper’ in English and is very popular with the Southerners.

Southerners also love names like Bailey the fortification or bailiff, Warrane or the game warden, Wyatt or Wiatt the guide, Bernard the brave and bear-like, Bellamy the handsome buddy, Bell or handsome, Corbett or raven-haired, Bruce from Brys, Dillon or Dylan meaning lion-like, Dix or number ten, Denis or Dennis of the Dionysus, Gary the watchful, Joy the rejoicer, Iven the little archer, Lancelot the King’s lance-man, Linus or Lineaus or flaxen-haired, Leandre or Leander like the lion, Lionel the young lion, Marlo the young hawk, Luc or enlightened, Marque the God of War are all good choices of French names adapted by the Southerners.

Most Southern boy names are meant to be unique, rugged and with a distinct nod to their great history and culture added to an emotional attachment to old things and a typical southern drawl and roll of the tongue. Some names of places that are dear are often used as gender-neutral names like Atlanta, Tennessee, Memphis, Raleigh, Austin etc. Some use geographical features like Ridge, Lake, Delta, Bayou, River or even flower options like Sage, Garland, Fern while others like colour options like Red, Colt, Forest. Some names are Biblical, others compounded like John Dylan, John Patrick, David Christophe and others classically old Indian style like Samson, Elijah, Moses, Paul, Peter, Simon, or James. We wish you look and enjoy our list of classic southern boy names while you pick the best one for your bonnie baby boy! All the best!

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Aarohi Achwal holds a bachelor’s degree in Commerce and a master’s degree in English Literature. While working as an intern for an English daily, she realised that she likes writing above anything else. The idea of being heard without having to speak appeals to her. She likes to write research-based articles that are informative and relevant. She has written articles on pregnancy, parenting, and relationships. And she would like to continue creating content on health and lifestyle.