25 Cool Names for Boys Whose Initials Make Great Nicknames

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When choosing a baby's name, pondering the initials isn't always an afterthought. Sometimes, they can become a focal point for parents who crave an initial-based nickname like A.J., J.R., or P.T. And these punchy initial names are particularly popular for boys.

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"Initials have the fun, informal style of classic nicknames, but with extra energy," explains Laura Wattenberg, baby name expert and founder of BabyNameWizard. "They're not diminutives -- compare the nickname T.J. to Timmy -- so they grow up well."

In case you're looking for such a combo, keep a few rules in mind: "It's all about rhythm," says Wattenberg. "And one-syllable names are the key. They're hugely popular as middle names to go with a longer first name, and it can work in the other direction, too."

More from CafeMom: 30 Nicknames That Make Better First Names

To get your gears turning, here are a few two-name combos with cute initial nicknames to consider:

Baby Boy Names With Cool Initials

A.J.

Albert James -- A strong, classic name with German and Latin roots.  

Alexander Joel -- Long first names often pair well with shorter seconds, which makes this Greek-themed combo a winner.

Ashton Jacob -- Ashton, a "place name" derived from a town in England, gets a good rhythm going with this Latin middle name.

C.J.

Cameron Jett -- This zippy middle name adds zing to a long Scottish first name.

Colby Jarrett -- An Old Norse first name meets an English middle for a sophisticated combo.

Cole Jamison -- A simple first name pairs well with this longer, more lyrical English name in the middle.

D.J.

Drew Jackson -- Drew is short for Andrew, but the surname-derived Jackson gives it weight ... and how cool is it to raise a baby DJ?

Dylan Julius -- The l's in each name add a lyrical quality.

J.D.

Jayden Dean -- Jayden, a combination of Jacob and Aidan, rose to popularity thanks to Will Smith's son; Dean provides a gentle echo.

Jasper Dax -- One of the Three Wise Men had the first name, while the middle means "leader."

Jonah David -- A classic biblical combo with a snappy nickname when you use the initials.

J.J.

John Junior -- if you want your husband's name passed down but worry about the ensuing confusion, J.J. is the perfect way to tell them apart!

Jeremiah James -- A long first name pairs well with a short, stately middle one.

J.P.

John Paul -- Naming your kid after the Pope has to bode well for his future, right?

James Patrick -- Patrick, named after the patron saint of Ireland, pairs well with this solid first name.

Jean Pierre -- These two French names go together like peanut butter and jelly. 

J.R.

James Roderick -- Reality star Rosie Pope chose this name for her son; the middle name is German for "ruler."

J.T.

Justin Thomas -- A masculine, Latin-derived name with the double s's adding a hint of breeziness.

M.J.

Mason James -- This masculine, yet unusual, first name goes well with a more classic middle one, plus the "a" sound provides a nice echo.

P.J.

Preston Philip -- The first is an English place name that you don't hear too often, the second is for an English royal -- perfect for any Anglophile.

Paxton James -- Paxton is hot due to Angelina Jolie, while the middle name maintains a classic streak.

P.T.

Phineas Taylor -- This was beloved circus founder P.T. Barnum's full name, so your kid will have some fun-loving shoes to fill. 

R.J.

Robert John -- A classic male name combo with a jazzy two-initial nickname.

T.J.

Travis Jordan -- This first name, French for "to cross," meshes well with this middle name which means "to flow." 

Tanner Kendrick -- English and Scottish surnames combine for a unique name that can be shortened to a cute nickname. 

For more great baby name ideas, visit BabyNameWizard


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