118 Strong Short Boy Names for Your Little Buddy!

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Short names have such a cool confidence about them. I didn’t expect everyone to love my post on sophisticated short girl names so much, but since you did – it seems only fair to also write one on the best short, single syllable boy names, too.

Fair is fair 😉

Single Syllable Boy Names I Love:

There are quite a few short boy names that were at the top of our lists when we were picking names. Luke, Kai and Blake were always favorites of mine.

It’s so interesting to me how parents end up picking names. I thought for sure my son would have a short first name, but he ended up with a monosyllable middle name instead: Jai, pronounced like Jay, in honor of my brother.

I will always love the sound of a short first name, though, so I’m hoping these inspire you and I can live vicariously through your one syllable baby name choice.

The Best Short Boy Names:

You are welcome to scroll down to see the list of names and/or watch the video with them below! I absolutely love the sweet baby pictures, too 🙂

Here’s the full list of the best, strongest boy names that are just one syllable long. These short names just might become your new favorites, so don’t forget to print the free baby name list tracker and start jotting down your faves.

Let’s get to it!

  1. Abe
  2. Ace
  3. Art
  4. Al
  5. Ash
  6. Bear
  7. Beau
  8. Ben
  9. Blake
  10. Brant
  11. Brooks
  12. Bryce
  13. Cade
  14. Cal
  15. Cam
  16. Cash
  17. Case
  18. Chad
  19. Chase
  20. Chance
  21. Clay
  22. Clark
  23. Craig
  24. Crew
  25. Cruz
  26. Cole
  27. Colt
  28. Craig
  29. Dale
  30. Dane
  31. Dash
  32. Dean
  33. Drake
  34. Drew
  35. Duke
  36. Finn
  37. Flynn
  38. Ford
  39. Fox
  40. Gabe
  41. Gage
  42. Glenn
  43. Grant
  44. Greg
  45. Gray
  46. Guy
  47. Hank
  48. Hayes
  49. Heath
  50. Holt
  51. Hugh
  52. Ike
  53. Jace
  54. Jack – Classic! Also on my vintage boy names post!
  55. Jake
  56. James
  57. Jai
  58. Jax
  59. Jett
  60. Joel
  61. John
  62. Jude
  63. Kai
  64. Keith
  65. Kent
  66. Knox
  67. Kyle
  68. Lee
  69. Len
  70. Leif
  71. Luke
  72. Mack
  73. Mark
  74. Matt
  75. Max
  76. Nash
  77. Nate
  78. Neil
  79. Nell
  80. Paul
  81. Pax
  82. Penn
  83. Pierce
  84. Quinn
  85. Reed
  86. Reign or Rainn
  87. Ren – Also featured on my list of 56 modern Japanese boy names!
  88. Rex
  89. Rhett
  90. Rhys
  91. Rome
  92. Ross
  93. Roy
  94. Russ
  95. Rye
  96. Sam
  97. Seth
  98. Scott
  99. Shane
  100. Shay
  101. Sid
  102. Slate
  103. Tate
  104. Tim
  105. Todd
  106. Tom
  107. Trace
  108. Troy
  109. Ty
  110. Taz
  111. Vance
  112. Wells
  113. Wess
  114. Will
  115. Wynn
  116. Zane
  117. Zack
  118. Zeek


Aren’t these names so fun? I just love so many of these.

Some of them sound like nicknames, but I actually like it when people just name their kid what they are going to call them.

It’s bold and cool and I like it.

More Baby Boy Names:

If you’re still searching for that perfect boy name, you might also love these name posts:

I hope you find the perfect baby name for your bundle of joy!


If you’re preggo – there’ s lots of great free tips and printables to help you prepare like my free hospital bag checklist. Or, you might also like my 25 Must-Have Baby Essentials post!

Thanks for being here.

I hope you’ll share your favorite baby names with us in the comments below.

Happy baby naming,





  1. Patricia Katz
    September 15, 2022 / 7:15 am

    Yeah. Ian didn’t make the list.

    • Erica
      September 28, 2022 / 7:15 pm

      Ian is a great name, but it’s two syllables! I’ll have to write another short boy name list with two syllable names.

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