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Choosing a name for your child is one of the most stressful but exciting times of becoming a parent. Traditional or classic baby names never really go out of style and that’s why many parents opt to take this option.
But many of these names are very masculine which is something that many parents are not looking for in 2023. They’re looking for names with a softer tone to them for their little ones.
We have put together a list of 100 such names that have a soft tone to them and are perfect for your baby boy.
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Top 101 Best Soft Boy Names
Abbey – The name is of English origin and it means ‘nunnery.’ It’s also a short form of the name Abigail.
Abijah – Hebrew in origin and it means ‘the Lord God is my father.’ It was very popular in Biblical times.
Abhiratra – This is the name of Sanskrit origin and it means ‘small, humble, and soft.’
Addison – This name literally means ‘child of Adam’ and it’s of English origin.
Adiel – A name of Hebrew origin and it means ‘God’s ornament.’
Asa – A name of Hebrew origin and it means ‘a healer.’ This was the name of a biblical king of Judah, who reigned for over forty years. Asa is pronounced as AY-sah.
Aayan – It’s a name of Hindu origin and it means ‘soaked in the divine.’
Arya – It’s derived from the Sanskrit and it means ‘excellent, honored, or noble.’
Asher – This is a biblical name from the book of Genesis. Asher was the eighth son of Jacob and the second son of Zilpa. He was also the founder of the Tribe of Asher. It is of Hebrew roots and it means ‘happy or fortunate.’
Ashley – A name of English origin and it means ‘from the Ash tree field.’
Aaron – A Hebrew name that means ‘exalted, high mountain,’ or ‘a mountain of strength.’ In biblical times, Aaron was the brother of Moses.
Ara – It means ‘king’ and it’s of both Armenian and Hebrew origin. Ara can also be used as a girl’s name, as in Arabic it means ‘brings rain.’
Atlas – Of Greek origin and it means ‘to carry or strength.’ Atlas was a mythical Titan who bore the weight of the world on his shoulders.
Aubrey – English in origin and it means ‘noble ruler.’
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Baines – Of English origin and it means ‘thin or little anvil.’ It was an English surname that had two possible meanings either ‘bones for a thin person’ or ‘a blacksmith.’ The Welsh word means ‘little anvil.’
Baptiste – A name that means ‘baptist’ or ‘baptized’ and it’s of French origin.
Barnabas – This name means ‘son of encouragement’ and it’s of Greek origin. In the Bible, Barnabas was an early follower of Christ in Jerusalem.
Beau – It means ‘beautiful, handsome,’ and it’s of French origin.
Bennett – A name of Latin origin and it means ‘little blessed one.’
Bird – Meaning ‘young bird’ but it’s a very rare name and it’s not often seen.
Bram – It’s a name derived from Abraham and is very common in the Dutch region. Bram means ‘father of a multitude.’ It does have a very different meaning in both English and Scottish, meaning ‘a bramble, a thicket of wild gorse.’
Bay – In English and French, it means ‘auburn-haired.’ In Latin, it means ‘berry’ and this is why it makes the perfect unisex name.
Cailean – A name of Scottish origin and it means ‘whelp.’
Callum – Of Scottish origin and it means ‘dove.’
Cameron – This name means ‘bent nose’ and it’s of Scottish origin.
Cassidy – Meaning ‘curly-haired’ and it’s of Irish origin.
Christian – An English name meaning ‘follower of Christ.’
Daewon – Means ‘gracious is Yahweh’ in Hebrew. Yahweh is the Hebrew word for God.
Dallas – A name of Scottish origin and it means ‘from the meadow dwelling.’
Daniel – Of Hebrew origin and it means ‘God is my judge.’
Darcy – A name of French origin and it means ‘a dark one.’ The name Darcy is from an English surname that was originally derived from the French d’Arcy.
Drew – English in origin and it means ‘manly.’
Dune – This is a name with a variety of different meanings. In Scottish, it means ‘brown-skinned soldier’ while in English, it means ‘little sandhills.’ But Dune also has some sci-fi connections, in 1965 Frank Herbert published a science fiction series by that name.
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Ezra – A name of Hebrew origin and it means ‘help.’ According to the Bible, Ezra led a group of Israelites out of slavery and back to Jerusalem. Ezra has played many parts in history as a religious leader of the 5th century, a prophet of the old testament, and the author of the book of Ezra.
Eero – Scandinavian origin and it means ‘eternal ruler.’
Elio – A name of various meanings depending on the language. In Latin and Greek, it means ‘sun god Helios,’ and in Spanish, it means ‘the sun.’ It is also a short form of Elliot.
Emys – A name of Welsh origin and it means ‘immortal one.’
Erin – This is a unisex name of Gaelic origins and it means ‘peace.’
Eulalio – Of Greek origin and it means ‘soft-spoken.’
Fabian – A Latin name and it means from the Roman clan named Fabius.
Farouk – Arabic in origin and it means ‘one knows the distinction between wrong and right.’
Finn – A name of Irish origin and it means ‘fair or white.’ Finn was a hero of Irish mythology and had supernatural powers.
Finley – Of Scottish origin and it means ‘fair-haired hero.’ In Old Norse, it means a battle hero and in Irish, it means ‘white warrior.’
Flynn – Irish in origin and it means ‘descendant of the red-haired man.’
Free – This literally means ‘free’ or ‘freedom.’ It originates from Old English and would be the perfect name for a gentle, free-spirited little boy.
Galen – Meaning ‘calm and it’s of Greek origin. Galen was an ancient Greek medical researcher.
Galo – This is an extremely rare name and it means ‘of a rooster’ and it’s of Latin origin.
Galileo – Meaning ‘person from Galilee’ and it’s of Latin origin. Galilee is a region in northern Israel and was the home of Jesus in the bible.
Glover – A name of English origin and it means ‘glove maker’ or ‘merchant.’ It is an English occupational surname.
Gray – Meaning the color, black mixed with white, and it’s of English origin. The name was originally used to denote a person with gray hair.
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Happy – A name of American origin and it means ‘joyful.’
Haven – Haven means ‘a safe place’ and it’s of English origin.
Helios – Means ‘the sun’ in Greek.
Harper – This was originally an occupational surname for those that played the harp for a living. It is of English origin and it’s means ‘a harp player.’
Haluk – Turkish in origin and it means ‘good-natured.’
Harley – A name of English origin and it means ‘from the hares wood.’
Hugh – Of German origin and it means ‘bright in mind and spirit.’
Icarus – The name Icarus means ‘follower’ and it’s of Greek origin. From Greek mythology, Ikaros, possibly meaning ‘follower.’
Issa – This name means ‘Jesus’ in Arabic.
Ira – In Hebrew, Ira is a boy’s name and it means ‘watchful or full-grown.’ But in Sanskrit, it’s a girl’s name and it means ‘the earth.’ It’s also the name of the goddess of wisdom. Ira is pronounced as EYE-rah.
Ives – A name of English origin and it means ‘archer’s bow.’
Jace – A Hebrew name that means ‘the Lord is salvation.’
Jacintho – This is a Spanish and Portuguese variation of Hyacinthus. He was a lover of the sun God Apollo. Jacintho is known in Greek myths to be beautiful, soft, and gentle as a flower.
Jackson – Originally a British surname and it means ‘son of Jack’ or John. The most common variation of this name is Jaxon.
Jade – Derived from the ornamental stone of Jade. The stone is hard and is known for its purity. Jade means ‘harmony and balance.’
Jasper – Of Persian origin and it means ‘bringer of treasure.’
Jiro – In Japanese it means ‘second son.’
Joss – German origin and it means ‘one of the Goths.’
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Jorah – A Hebrew name that means ‘rain’ or ‘autumnal rains.’ This name was brought to popularity by the series Game of Thrones.
Jules – Of French origin and it means ‘youthful.’ It is the French form of the Latin name Julius.
Julian – Meaning ‘youthful’ or ‘downy’ and it’s of Latin origin.
Keala – A beautiful Hawaiian name that means ‘the path.’
Koa – Another name with a few different meanings. Firstly, it’s a biblical name that means hope. In Hawaiian, it means ‘brave and strong’ or ‘a warrior.’ Koa is also the name of a tree native to Hawaii, its wood is used for making canoes and surfboards.
Latif – A popular Arabic name that means ‘elegant, gentle, and kind.’
Leif – This is one of the most popular names for boys in Scandinavia and it means ‘heir’ or ‘descendant.’
Lumi – A name of Finnish origin and it means ‘snow.’
Micah – A biblical name of Hebrew origin and it means ‘who is like the Lord.’
Nico – Of Greek origin and it means ‘people of victory.’
Niles – A name of Scandinavian origin and it means son of Nile. In Finnish, Nile means ‘people’s victory.’
Noah – It means ‘rest’ or ‘peace’ and of Hebrew origin. It is also a biblical name, Noah was known for gathering animals two by two and creating the ark as a refuge from the great flood.
Noel – This is the perfect name for a little one born at Christmas time as Noel means Christmas or Natalis birthday in French.
Ocean – A great name for those parents looking to connect their little one with nature.
Oren – Of Hebrew origin and it means ‘pine or ash.’
Ori – A name of Hebrew origin and it means ‘my light.’ There are a few variations of this name such as Uri or Ouri.
Owen – A name of Irish origin and it means ‘the yew tree or youth.’
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Percy – French origin and it means ‘pierce valley.’
Quinn – A name that means ‘descendant of Conn’ and it’s of Irish origin. This is an Anglicized form of the Gaelic surname O’Cuinn which literally means counsel.
Rafiq – Arabic in origin and it means ‘dear friend.’
Rhys – A name of Welsh origin and it means ‘enthusiasm.’ Both Reese and Reece are anglicized versions of Rhys.
Riley – Irish in origin and it means ‘descendant of Roghallach.’
Rory – Of Irish origin and it means ‘red-haired king.’
Rowan – This name has both Scottish and Irish origins meaning ‘little red one.’ But the name also has Scandinavian roots, the rowan tree is a small deciduous tree that is native to the northern hemisphere and it bears small red berries.
Ruben – A name of Hebrew origin and it means ‘behold, a son.’ Ruben was the son of Jacob and Leah in the old testament. He was also an ancestor of one of the twelve tribes of Israel.
Sasha – A name of Russian origin and a diminutive of Alexander.
Sean – Irish in origin and it means ‘God is gracious.’
Seth – Meaning ‘placed’ or ‘appointed’ in Hebrew. Seth was the ancestor of Noah and the son of Adam and Eve.
Shai – A name of Armenian and Hebrew origin and it means ‘gift.’ Shai is pronounced as shy.
Slate – This name refers to the fine-grained, grayish rock.
Soren – Scandinavian roots and it means ‘stern.’ Soren is pronounced as Sorr-en.
Stefan – It means ‘crown’ and it’s of German origin.
Theo – Greek in origin and it means ‘God-given’ or ‘divine gift.’ It is also a short form of the name Theodore.
Val – A name of English origin and it means ‘strong.’
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Wesley – A name of English origin meaning ‘from the west field.’
Zen – It is a type of Buddhism that focuses on awareness through meditation.
Zion – A name of Hebrew origin and it means ‘highest point.’
The Final Thought
We hope that our list of beautiful soft baby boy names has given you some inspiration or even helped you to find the perfect name for your little boy.