100 Charming Old Man Names For Boys

Cheryl Freedman
Feb 16, 2024 By Cheryl Freedman
Originally Published on Jun 16, 2020
A young boy wearing classic outfit

Why old man names?

Old-fashioned boy names are timeless. Using them to name your baby also serves to carry forward the family lineage. Old man names are rustic and charming.

As the name of an ancestor, they also carry sentimental value within families. Old man names are also trending nowadays. These classic names also have impressive meanings you can associate with your baby.

Old-fashioned boys' names are also distinctively different from modern names. While modern names are more creative, old man names better reflect character.

They hold the charm of a memorable past. You might enjoy browsing this list of old-fashioned names for boys. You will find a variety of old man names and learn about their origin and meaning.

Many notable personalities worldwide and throughout history have had these names. You will find some of them mentioned here. Reading the article can help you discover the best old-fashioned name for your baby boy.

Charming Old Fashioned Names


1. Abraham (Hebrew origin) - is a good old man name meaning 'father of many'. Abraham was a religious prophet and the progenitor of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The 16th US president was Abraham Lincoln.

2. Adrian (Latin origin) - meaning 'from Adria', where Adria refers to a place in Italy. Famous personalities with the name are - Robert Steven Belew is an American guitarist and singer. Adrian Sutil is a Formula One driver.

3. Aiken (English origin) - meaning 'from the oak tree', is a common Scottish surname. Clayton Aiken is an American singer, actor, and activist. Howard Hathaway Aiken was a physicist and computing expert. Aiken can be a unique first name for your baby.

4. Albert (Germanic origin) - meaning 'noble and bright'. Albert Einstein was a renowned theoretical physicist. Albert Camus was a notable author, journalist, and philosopher. 

5. Alfred (Germanic origin) - derived from the Anglo-Saxon name ‘Ælfræd’ meaning ‘elf counsel’ or 'wise'. Alfred Hitchcock was an iconic English director. Alfred Noble was a chemist known for establishing the Noble Prize during the 18th century.

6. Allen (Celtic origin) - meaning 'little rock', ‘handsome’, or 'harmony'. Allen Iverson played professional basketball for 14 NBA seasons. Allen Drury was a novelist and reporter at the US Senate. 

7. Archie or Archibald (Germanic origin) - meaning ‘bold’ and 'precious'. Archibald Alexander was a US Virgin Islands governor, besides being an engineer and an architect. Archibald Gemmill is a former soccer player from Scotland.

8. Arlo (English origin) - meaning 'from the fortified hill'. Arlo Parks is a British singer. Arlo White is a sports commentator.

9. Arthur (Celtic or Roman origin) - meaning ‘bear' or a Roman clan name. Arthur was the name of the medieval king of the Celtic Britons. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was an English physician and author.

10. Barnaby (English origin) - meaning 'son of consolation'. Barnaby Conrad Jr. was a boxer, author, and artist. Barnaby Edwards is a British actor and director.

11. Bartholomew ( Aramaic origin) - meaning 'son of Talmai'  or ‘son of Ptolemy’. One of the Apostles of Jesus was named Bartholomew. Bartholomew van der Heist was a famous painter.

12. Basil (Greek and Arabic origins) - meaning 'brave', 'kingly', and ‘fearless’. Saint Basil of Caesarea was a bishop and notable theologian. Sir Basil Embry was a commander of the UK Royal Air Force.

13. Benedict (Latin origin) - meaning 'blessed'. Benedict Cumberbatch is a famous stage and film actor. Benedict is also the name of several bishops of the Roman Catholic Church.

14. Benjamin (Hebrew origin) - meaning 'son of my right hand'. Benjamin Disraeli was an earl and English statement of the 19th century. Benjamin Franklin was an 18th-century inventor, writer, and diplomat.

15. Bernard (Germanic and French origins) - meaning 'brave like a bear'. Bernard Shaw was a famous playwright from the late 19th and early 20th century and also an activist. Bernard Montgomery served in the British Army during the First World War and rose to the rank of senior officer.

16. Blake (English origin) - the meaning is unclear, but the name is generally used for someone with black hair. Blake Griffin is a star basketball player for the Boston Celtics. Blake Shelton is a famous country singer.

17. Bruce (Scottish and French origins) - meaning 'the willowlands'. Bruce Lee was an exceptional martial artist and actor. Bruce Willis is an American actor known for his action movies.

18. Cecil (Welsh origin) - meaning 'blind'. Cecil Rhodes created his empire in the mining industry during the 19th century. Sir Cecil Beaton was a notable photographer and painter.

19. Cedric (English origin) - invented by novelist and poet Walter Scott from the name of an Anglo-Saxon king. Cedric Benson was a professional American football player. Cedric Richmond is an American politician and attorney.

20. Charles (Germanic origin) - meaning 'free man'. Charles Chaplin Jr. was a talented actor and director. Charles I was a 16th-century king of early consolidated England.

21. Chester (Latin or English origin) - meaning 'walled town' or 'fort'. Chester Bennington was the singer and songwriter from the rock band Linkin Park. The 21st US president was Chester Arthur.

22. Clarence (Latin origin) - meaning 'from Clare', a town in Suffolk. Clarence Thomas is a judge at the United States Supreme Court. Clarence Seedorf is a former soccer player.

23. Clifford (English origin) - meaning 'ford near a slope'. Clifford Robinson was an American basketball player. Clifford Geertz was an anthropologist.

24. Clive (English origin) - meaning 'to stick', ‘glue’, or ‘to adhere’. Clive Barker is an author, director, and visual artist. Clive Owen is a famous English actor.

25. Conrad (German origin) - meaning 'brave counsel'. Conrad Moffat Black is a businessman and former publisher of newspapers. Conrad II was an 11th-century emperor of the Roman Empire.

26. Cornelius (Latin origin) - meaning 'horn'. Cornelius Vanderbilt was a business mogul in the railroad and shipping industry. Cornelius Castoriadis was an author, philosopher, and economist.

27. Daniel (Hebrew origin) - meaning 'God is my judge'. Daniel Day-Lewis is a renowned retired actor. Daniel Alves da Silva is a famous international footballer.

28. Derek (Germanic origin) - meaning 'ruler of the people'. Derek Chisora is a professional heavyweight boxer. Derek O'Brien is an Indian quizmaster and politician.

29. Douglas (Scottish or Gaelic origin) - meaning 'black river'. Douglas MacArthur served as the United States Army General during the 19th century. Douglas Adams was a screenwriter, dramatist, and author.

30. Duncan (Gaelic origin) - meaning 'dark-haired warrior'. Duncan Duff is an English actor. Duncan Sheik is a singer and composer.

31. Edgar (English origin) -  an Anglo-Saxon name meaning 'prosperous' and 'spear'. Edgar Allan Poe was a 19th-century writer and poet. Edgar Wright is a filmmaker.

32. Edward (English origin) - meaning 'wealthy guardian'. Edward I ruled over England and Ireland. Edward Heath was a former Prime Minister of the United States.

33. Edwin (English origin) - meaning 'fortune' and 'blessed friend'. Edwin Hubble was an astronomer, with the Hubble Space Telescope named after him. Edwin Aldrin is a former astronaut who landed on the Moon.

34. Elijah (Hebrew origin) - meaning 'my God is Yahweh'. Elijah Wood is famous for his role in the 'Lord Of The Rings' trilogy. Elijah Cummings was an American civil rights advocate.

35. Elmer (English origin) - meaning 'noble and renowned'. Elmer Flick was a Hall-of-Fame baseball player. Elmer Bernstein was a conductor and composer known for his compositions for Hollywood films.

36. Ernest (German origin) - meaning 'strife' or 'vigor'. Ernest Hemingway was a writer, journalist, and novelist. Ernest Borgnine was a notable actor and voice actor.

37. Eugene (Greek origin) - meaning 'well-born'. Eugene O'Neill was a playwright who won the Noble Prize in Literature. Eugene Debs was a socialist and one of the founding representatives of the Industrial Workers Of The World.

38. Ezra (Hebrew origin) - is the name of a biblical character and one of the Bible books. Ezra Levant is a political activist and writer. Ezra Stiles was a theologian, academic, and author.

39. Felix (Latin origin) - meaning 'fortunate' or 'happy'. Felix Frankfurter was a lawyer and jurist who served on the United States Supreme Court. Felix Hoffman was a chemist who discovered the pain-relief medicine aspirin.

40. Francis (French origin) - meaning 'from France'. Francis Ford Coppola is a famous screenwriter and director known for 'The Godfather' trilogy. Francis Bacon was a philosopher and English statesman from the 16th century.

41. Frank (multiple origins) - meaning 'spear', ‘dagger’, or ‘an inhabitant of France’. Frank Sinatra was an actor and singer who gained popularity during the mid-20th century. Frank Zappa was a musician who composed jazz, pop, rock, and orchestral music.

42. Frederick (German origin) - meaning 'peaceful ruler'. Frederick Douglass was a notable statesman and social reformer from the 19th century. Frederick Koehler is a talented TV actor.

43. Gabriel (Greek and Hebrew origins) - meaning 'God is my strength'. Gabriel Garcia Marquez was a journalist and novelist. Gabriel Boric Font is the present president of Chile.

44. George (Greek origin) - meaning 'farmer'. George R.R. Martin is a popular screenwriter and novelist. George Washington was elected as the first president of the United States.

45. Gerald (Germanic origin) - meaning 'ruler of the spear'. Gerald Ford Jr. was the 38th US president. Gerald Durrell (OBE) was an English conservationist, naturalist, and zookeeper.

46. Godfrey (French and German origins) - meaning 'peace of God'. Godfrey Gao was a famous model, regarded as the first male supermodel from Asia. Godfrey Cambridge was an actor and comedian. 

47. Gordon (Germanic origin) - meaning 'spacious fort'. Gordon Downie was a musician and activist. Gordon Ramsay is a world-famous chef, writer, and restauranteur.

48. Gus (Latin origin) - diminutive of Augustus, meaning 'majestic’. Gus Van Sant Jr. is a film director, musician, and producer. Gus Arnheim was an American songwriter and pianist.

49. Harold (Germanic origin) - meaning 'army ruler'. Harold Carmichael is a former NFL player. Harold Pinter was an English actor, playwright, and director.

50. Harry (French origin) - a diminutive of Henry, meaning 'home ruler'. Harry Houdini was a renowned escape artist, stuntman, and magician. The 33rd US president was Harry Truman.

51. Harvey (Celtic origin) - meaning 'blazing iron'. Harvey Elliott is a soccer player. Harvey Keitel is a famous actor.

52. Henry (Germanic or French origin) - meaning 'home ruler'. Henry Ford was an industrialist and laid the foundation of the Ford Motor Company. Henry Kissinger is a geopolitical consultant and diplomat.

53. Herbert (Germanic origin) - meaning 'bright’ and ‘army'. Herbert Spencer was a 19th-century biologist, psychologist, and philosopher. Herbert von Karajan was part of the Berlin Philharmonic as a conductor for 34 years.

Vintage Names

54. Herman (Germanic origin) - meaning 'army man'. Herman Achille is a politician and former Prime Minister of Belgium. Herman von Helmholtz was a notable physician and physicist known for his works in mathematics and physics.

55. Horace (Latin origin) - the origin and meaning of the name need to be determined. However, it was a popular family name used by Romans and speculated to be derived from the Etruscan language. Horace Walpole was an 18th-century writer and historian. The notable publisher and editor Horace Greeley founded the New York Tribune.

56. Howard (English and Norse origins) - meaning 'high guard'. Howard Hughes Jr. was an engineer, pilot, Hollywood film producer, and business mogul. Howard Schultz has been both chairman and CEO of Starbucks.

57. Hugh (Germanic origin) - meaning 'mind’ and ‘spirit'. Hugh Jackman and Hugh Grant are famous actors. Hugh McElhenny was one of the most popular American football players from the San Francisco 49ers.

58. Humphrey (Germanic origin) - meaning 'to bestow peace'. Humphrey Bogart was a stage and film actor known for his performance in 'Casablanca'. Humphrey Gilbert was a 16th-century explorer and soldier.

59. Ichabod (Hebrew origin) - meaning 'without glory’. Ichabod Chauncey was a physician and served as a chaplain for the English army at Dunkirk. Ichabod Goodwin was the governor of New Hampshire during the mid-19th century.

60. Ira (Hebrew and Sanskrit origins) - meaning in Hebrew is 'watchful', while the Sanskrit name either refers to the Earth or the wind-God. Ira Cohen was a filmmaker, poet, and photographer. Ira Hayes was a Marine in the United States Corps during the Second World War.

61. Isaac (Hebrew origin) - meaning 'will laugh'. Issac Newton was a famous astronomer and mathematician. Issac Hayes Jr. was a notable singer, composer, and actor.

62. Ivan (Slavic and Hebrew origins) - meaning 'God is gracious'. Ivan Rakitić is a talented international soccer player. Ivan Sutherland is an internet and computing expert regarded as the founder of 'computer graphics'.

63. Ivor (Norse origin) - meaning 'archer'. Ivor Novello was a singer, dramatist, and actor who gained fame as an entertainer during the early 20th century. Ivor Cutler was a songwriter, poet, and author of children's books.

64. Jacob (Hebrew origin) - meaning 'supplanting' or ‘may God protect’. Jacob Rees-Mogg is an English politician who has served the UK government in several roles since 2010. The fourth president of South Africa was Jacob Zuma.

65. James (Hebrew origin) - meaning 'supplanter’ or ‘follower'. James Edwin Webb was a former NASA Administrator, after whom the James Webb Space Telescope was named. James Cameron is a filmmaker known for his science-fiction and epic movies.

66. Jarvis (English origin) - meaning 'spear man'. Jarvis Cocker is a musician and founder of the band 'Pulp'. Jarvis Varnado is a professional defensive basketball player.

67. Jasper (Persian origin) - meaning 'bearer of treasure'. Jasper Johns is a sculptor and painter known for his pop and abstract art. Jasper Maskelyne was a mid-20th-century magician.

68. Jeremy (Hebrew origin) - meaning 'God will uplift'. Jeremy Corbyn is an English politician who formerly led the UK Opposition and Labour Party. Jeremy Clarkson is a game show host, journalist, and television broadcaster.

69. John (Hebrew origin) - meaning 'graced by Yahweh (God)'. John Lennon was a peace activist, singer, and songwriter from the band 'The Beatles'. The 35th US president was John Fitzgerald Kennedy.

70. Jonah (Hebrew origin) - meaning 'dove' or 'pigeon'. Jonah Goldberg is an American author and political analyst. Jonah Lomu was a famed rugby player from New Zealand.

71. Joseph (Hebrew origin) - meaning 'God will add or increase'. Joseph Conrad was a writer who is considered the greatest English-writing novelist. Joseph Smith Jr. founded Mormonism.

72. Julian (Latin origin) - meaning 'youthful' or ‘shiny’. Julian Edelman is a retired American football player who appeared in 12 seasons of the NFL. Julian was also the name of an ancient emperor of the Roman Empire.

73. Kenneth (Gaelic origin) - meaning 'handsome'. Kenneth Clarke is an English politician and the Baron of Nottingham. Kenneth Branagh is a talented film actor and director.

74. Kevin (Irish origin) - meaning 'dear' or 'of noble birth'. Kevin Costner is a musician, film actor, and producer. Kevin Nash is a professional wrestler who appears in WWE.

75. Laurence (Latin origin) - meaning 'bright one' or 'from Laurentum'. Laurence Olivier was a prominent stage actor during the mid-20th century. Laurence Fishburne is another notable actor who is a screenwriter, director, and playwright.

76. Leonard (German origin) - meaning 'lion-hearted'. Leonard Cohen was a famous singer and songwriter. Leonard Nimoy was famous for playing Spock in 'Star Trek'.

77. Lionel (French origin) - meaning ‘lion'. Lionel Messi is one of the greatest athletes in the game of soccer. Lionel Richie Jr. is a singer and television celebrity.

78. Lloyd (Welsh origin) - meaning 'grey'. Llyod Bridges Jr. was a talented actor appearing in films, television, and stage shows. Lloyd James Austin III is a former General in the United States Army, decorated with four stars.

79. Louis (French origin) - meaning 'famous warrior'. Louis Armstrong was a 20th-century jazz vocalist and trumpeter. Louis Boudreau was a talented baseball player.

80. Martin (Latin origin) - meaning 'warlike' or ‘of Mars’. Martin Luther King Jr. was a key figure in the 1955 civil rights movement. Martin Scorcese is a famous filmmaker popularly known for his gangster flicks.

81. Max (Latin origin) - meaning 'the greatest'. Friedrich Max Muller was an orientalist and expert in philology. Max von Sydow was a renowned actor.

82. Merlin (Celtic origin) - meaning 'fortress of the sea'. Merlin Santana was a TV actor and rapper. Merlin Olsen was an actor and American football professional.

83. Michael (Hebrew origin) - meaning 'there is none like God'. Michael Jackson was the greatest pop singer in the world during the 20th century. Michael Phelps II is a professional swimmer with the most wins in the Olympics.

84. Mortimer (French and Norman origins) - meaning 'dead lake or pond'. Mortimer Adler was a notable author, encyclopedist, and educator. Mortimer Zuckerman is a billionaire media mogul and magazine editor.

85. Murray (estimated Celtic origin) - meaning 'settlement by the sea'. Murray Rothbard was known as an activist, political theorist, and economist. Murray Hamilton was a famous 20th-century American actor.

86. Ned (English origin) - a diminutive of Edward, meaning 'wealthy guardian'. Ned Beatty was a talented actor. Ned Block is a well-known philosopher.

87. Nelson (English origin) - meaning ‘son of Nicholas’. Nelson Mandela was an activist and the first president of South Africa. Nelson Freire was a classical pianist. 

88. Neville (Norman and French origins) - meaning 'new settlement'. Neville Southall is a former soccer player regarded as the best goalie of his time. Neville Holder is the singer and guitarist for the band 'Slade'.

89. Norman (Germanic origin) - meaning 'a northman' or ‘from Normandy’. Norman Peale was a best-selling author from the 20th century. Norman Borlaug was an expert in agricultural science and one of the figures to lead the Green Revolution.

90. Oliver (Germanic origin) - meaning 'elf warrior'. Oliver Cromwell was one of the influential English politicians and statesmen during the 17th century. Oliver Barbosa is a grandmaster in chess.

91. Oscar (Irish origin) - meaning 'friend of deer'. The name is associated with Oscar Wilde, a renowned novelist, playwright, and poet. Oscar Han was a writer and sculptor.

92. Oswin (English origin) - meaning 'God's friend'. Oswin Gibbs-Smith headed the Chapter of Winchester Cathedral in England for a quarter of the 20th century. Oswin Bruno Nazareth drafted the Pakistan Hockey Federation constitution.

93. Otis (Latin and Greek origins) - meaning 'the great bustard’ bird. Singer and songwriter Otis Redding Jr. was one of the greatest performers of blues and soul music. Otis Blackwell was a songwriter and a key figure in elevating 'rock and roll' music.

94. Otto (German origin) - meaning 'wealthy' or 'prosperity'. Otto von Bismarck was a diplomat and one of the exceptional minds in Prussian politics during the 19th century. Otto Jespersen was an exceptional linguist.

95. Owen (multiple origins) - meaning 'fighter' or 'noble'. Owen Wilson is a talented actor, and Owen Chamberlain was a Noble Prize-winning physicist.

96. Patrick (Latin or English origin) - meaning 'nobleman' or ‘anonymous ruler’. Patrick Swayze was a famous dancer and actor from America. Patrick Dempsey is a race car driver and actor known for his role in the television series 'Grey's Anatomy'.

97. Percival (French and Welsh origins) - meaning 'one who pierces the valley' or ‘spear’. Percival Lowell was an astronomer, businessman, and mathematician. Percival Proctor Baxter was a politician and philanthropist who became the governor of Maine.

Cool Old Fashioned Names

98. Peter (Greek origin) - meaning 'stone' or 'rock'. Peter Dinklage is a famous film and stage actor. Peter Green was a famous blues guitarist, singer, and songwriter.

99. Phileas (Greek origin) - meaning 'affectionate'. Phileas was a name of an ancient saint and Egyptian martyr. Phileas Fogg is a popular character from Jules Verne’s novel ‘Around The World In 80 Days’. 

100. Quentin (Latin origin) - meaning 'fifth'. Quentin Tarantino is a director, screenwriter, and author. There is also the talented tennis player Quentin Halys.

101. Ralph (Norse and English origins) - meaning 'wolf counsel'. Ralph Fiennes is a renowned actor. Ralph Lauren is the founder of a multibillion-dollar fashion company with the same name.

102. Raymond (Germanic origin) - meaning 'counseling protector'. Raymond Liotta and Raymond Burr were talented actors.

103. Reginald (Latin origin) - meaning 'king'. Reginald Fessenden was an inventor known for his works in radio communications and sonar. Reginald Hudlin is a writer, director, and producer.

104. Reuben (Hebrew origin) - meaning 'behold, a son'. Reuben Fine was a psychologist, author, and talented chess player. Reuben Torrey was a writer, pastor, and preacher of evangelism.

105. Ronald (Norse and English origins) - meaning 'decisive ruler' or ‘advisor’. The 40th US president was named Ronald Reagan. Ronald Fisher was a polymath known for developing statistical mathematics.

106. Rory (Gaelic origin) - meaning 'red-haired king'. Rory Anderson is a former American football player. Rory Mcllroy is a famous golfer.

107. Roy (multiple origins) - meaning 'red' or ‘king’. Roy Keane is one of the most successful former soccer players from Ireland. Roy Orbison was a notable musician and singer from the 20th century.

108. Rudy (multiple origins) - meaning ‘reddish brown'. Rudy Lewis was a 20th-century singer of blues and rhythm music. Rudy De Luca is an actor and screenwriter known for his work in several television shows.

109. Rufus (Latin origin) - meaning 'red'. Rufus Wainwright is a renowned singer and composer who has written classical operas, singles, and film tracks. Rufus Sewell is an English film and stage actor.

110. Russell (Norse origin) - meaning ‘red haired’. Russell Westbrook is a skilled professional basketball player. Russell Crowe is a popular actor.  

111. Samuel (Hebrew origin) - meaning 'placed by God'. Samuel Taylor Coleridge was a famous poet and theologian. Samuel Leroy Jackson is a famous actor.

112. Saul (Hebrew origin) - meaning 'asked for'. Saul Kripke was a notable analytic philosopher and logician. Saul Bellow was an exceptional writer who won the Pulitzer Prize and the Noble Prize.

113. Sebastian (Greek or Latin origin) - meaning 'from Sebastia'. Sebastian Vettel is a famous Formula One driver. Sebastian Bierk is a singer and former lead of the rock band Skid Row.

114. Seth (Hebrew origin) - meaning 'to give' or ‘to place’. Seth MacFarlane is a talented actor, singer, and screenwriter known for his animated creation 'The Family Guy'. Seth Meyers is an actor, comedian, and writer known for his television performances on 'Saturday Night Live'.

115. Sidney (English origin) - meaning 'wide island'. Sidney Sheldon was a celebrated play and film writer, as well as a best-selling novelist. Sidney Lumet was a director and screenwriter.

116. Silas (Hebrew origin) - meaning 'the youngest'. Silas Wright Jr. was a notable Democrat and attorney. Silas Deane was a merchant and diplomat who negotiated the 'Treaty of Alliance' on behalf of America with France.

117. Simon (Hebrew origin) - meaning ‘listen’. Simon Carmiggelt was a popular 20th-century columnist and poet. Simon Ammann is an accomplished ski jumper. 

118. Solomon (Hebrew origin) - meaning ‘man of peace’. Solomon Trujillo is a notable businessman. Solomon Ferris was an officer in the British navy. 

119. Spencer (Latin origin) - meaning ‘administrator’ or ‘dispenser of provisions’. Spencer Ackerman is a writer and journalist. Spencer Davis was a famous musician and singer. 

120. Stanley (English origin) - meaning 'stone meadow'. Stanley Kubrick was a film director. Stanley Baldwin was a politician and the first Earl of Bewdley.

121. Sullivan (Irish Gaelic origin) - meaning ‘dark eyed’ or ‘hawk’eyed’. Sullivan Stapleton and Sullivan Sweeten are actors.   

122. Terrence (Latin origin) - meaning 'polished'. Terrence Malick is a talented filmmaker. Terrence Howard is an actor appearing in many films and television series.

123. Theodore (Greek origin) - meaning 'God gifted'. Theodore Roosevelt Jr. was elected the 26th president of the United States. Theodore Shapiro is a music composer.

124. Thomas (Aramaic origin) - meaning 'twin'. Thomas Edison was the famous inventor of the primitive lightbulb, sonograph, and camera. Thomas Jefferson was an architect, diplomat, and philosopher. 

125. Timothy (Greek origin) - meaning ‘honoring God’. Saint Timothy was 1st century bishop. Timothy Henman is a former tennis player.

126. Tobias (Hebrew origin) - meaning 'God is good'. Tobias Lindholm is an award-winning screenwriter and director. Tobias Menzies is a famous English actor who won an Emmy Award for his role in 'The Crown'.

127. Tony (Latin origin) - a diminutive of the name Anthony. Tony Ahn is a singer from South Korea. Tony Curtis was a popular American actor.  

128. Vance (English origin) - meaning 'marsh' or ‘bog’. Vance Randolph was a writer and a folklore expert. Vance Brand is an aeronautical engineer and astronaut.

129. Vaughn (Welsh origin) - meaning 'little'. Vaughn Monroe was a trumpeter, baritone, and opera singer. Vaughn Armstrong is an actor who appears in several episodes of the 'Star Trek' television series.

130. Victor (Latin origin) - meaning 'conqueror'. Victor-Marie Hugo was considered one of the best French writers of the Romantic Era. Victor Wooten is an award-winning bassist and record producer.

131. Vincent (Latin origin) - meaning 'winning'. Vincent Van Gogh was a famous painter. Vincent Vaughn is a notable film actor.

132. Virgil (Latin and English origin) - meaning is unclear, but it was a common clan name used by Romans. Virgil Thomson was a 20th-century composer. Virgil Grissom was an engineer and astronaut.

133. Walcott (English origin) - meaning 'a cottage of foreigners'. Derek Walcott was a Noble Prize-winning playwright and poet. Jersey Joe Walcott was the stage name of a talented boxer.

134. Wallace (Norman origin) - meaning 'stranger' or ‘foreign’. Wallace Stevens was a Pulitzer Prize winner and poet of the Modernist Movement. Wallace Shawn is a famous actor and playwright.

135. Walter (German origin) - meaning 'powerful ruler'. Walter Elias Disney was an entrepreneur and animator, and founder of the Walt Dinsey franchise. Walter Scott was a late 18th-century and early 19th-century poet, historian, and novelist.

136. Warren (Norman origin) - meaning 'from Varenne', in Normandy. Warren Buffett is a philanthropist and billionaire investor. Warren Harding served a short term as the 29th US president.

137. Warwick (English origin) - meaning ‘settlement by the dam' or ‘village’. Warwick Davis is a talented actor who appears in the Harry Potter and Star Wars films. Warwick Armstrong was an all-rounder cricketer in the Australian team.

138. Watkins (English origin) - meaning 'little Walter'. Watkins Abbitt was a notable lawyer and politician. Calvert Watkins was a philologist and professor of linguistics.

139. Watson (English and Scottish origins) - meaning 'son of Walter'. Watson Cheyne was an expert bacteriologist. Watson Fothergill was an exceptional architect. 

140. Wilfred (Germanic origin) - meaning 'desires peace'. Wilfred Owen was a famous poet and soldier during World War I. Wilfred Bion was a famous English psychoanalyst.

141. William (Germanic origin) - meaning is a combination of 'desire' and 'helmet'. William Shakespeare was a poet and playwright whose works are globally famous. William Gibson is a fiction writer credited for creating the 'cyberpunk' subgenre in science fiction.

142. Wilson (Norse and Germanic) - meaning ‘desire’. Wilson Bentley was a meteorologist and famous photographer. Wilson MacDonald was a well-known Canadian poet.  

143. Winston (English origin) - meaning 'friend’s town' or a mix of ‘friend’ and ‘stone’. Winston Churchill is arguably the most notable UK Prime Minister. Winston Peters is a politician who served as a deputy Prime Minister, Foreign Affairs minister, and treasurer of the New Zealand government.

144. Wyatt (Germanic and English origin) - meaning ‘wood’ or ‘brave warrior’. Wyatt Hedrick was an engineer and architect. Wyatt Allen is an Olympic medalist rower. 

145. Wycliff (English origin) - meaning 'a slope'. Wycliff Gordon is a trombone player, composer, and jazz music educator. Wycliff Palu is a former professional rugby player.

146. Xavier (multiple origins) - meaning 'new house' or ‘castle’. Xavier Rudd is a talented singer and songwriter with expertise in playing multiple musical instruments. Xavier Armange is a children's book writer and illustrator.

147. Yorick (Greek origin) - meaning 'earth worker' or ‘farmer’. Yorick van Wageningen is a talented actor. Yorick Wilks is an expert in Artificial Intelligence and a computer scientist.

148. Yuri (multiple origins) - the English name meaning 'farmer'. Yuri Gagarin was a 20th-century cosmonaut and the first human to fly into outer space. Yuri Knorozov was an ethnographer and linguist known for decoding the writing scripts of the Maya Civilization.

149. Zachariah (Hebrew origin) - meaning 'remembered by God'. Zachariah Chandler was a politician, abolitionist, and co-founder of the Republican Party. Zachariah Montgomery was a famous orator, politician, lawyer, and author.

150. Zebulon (multiple origins) - meaning 'gift' or 'dwelling place'. Zebulon Pike was a general of the American Brigade and an explorer. Zebulon Vance was a member of the US Senate and also served as the governor of North Carolina.  

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