The Best American Nicknames For Boys

April 29, 2024

Read The Most Popular American Nicknames For Boys, Based On The Top 20 Baby Names In The USA For Boys

Are you looking for the best American nicknames for boys? We look at the most popular nicknames for boys in the US, based on the current list of the top 20 popular names for boys.

American nicknames for boys

We look at each name and the most popular nickname, along with where you can read more ideas for short names to help you find your favourite boy’s nickname.

What Is A Nickname And Why Are They Popular For Boys?

Firstly, what is a nickname and why are they so popular for boys?

A nickname is a short, familiar or affectionate name given to a person instead of or as well as their real name.

Most nicknames evolve naturally in time, too – lots of parents have short and sweet pet nicknames for their children which aren’t related to their name, or nicknames can be based on something completely different to a name – such as appearance, like hair colour.

However, nicknames are commonly short versions of the given name.

Why are American nicknames so popular for boys in the US? There are lots of reasons why nicknames are popular – a big one is because nicknames are more familiar, shorter and easier to say (most people will have memories of being called their full name, including middle name, by their parents when they are angry!).

Some names are also given for more formal reasons, with a nickname to be used every day – this is common with names which are used in every generation of families, for example.

You might want a longer, more ‘formal’ name to use on the birth certificate with a shorter name for every day.

You might also want a sweeter, younger sounding name for when they are young with a longer, more formal name to use when they re older.

Top 20 Baby Names For Boys And Popular Nicknames

Nicknames for American boys

Here are the current top twenty most popular baby names for boys in the USA, in order, along with the top nickname for each of the boy’s names, along with a link to read a full list of nicknames for each post. These nicknames are mainly based on short versions of the name, or have been used historically (for example, Harry and a nickname for Henry):


    2. Noah

    3. Oliver

    4. James

    5. Elijah

    6. William

    7. Henry

    8. Lucas

    9. Benjamin

    10. Theodore

    11. Mateo

    12. Levi

    13. Sebastian

    14. Daniel

    15. Jack

    16. Michael

    17. Alexander

    18. Owen

    19. Asher

    20. Samuel

    Looking For More Boy Name Inspo?

    If you like vintage, retro names then read grandad names for boys.

    If you like something more unusual than the top 20 most popular names, read unusual names for boys.

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