25 Groovy 'G' Names for Baby Boys

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Because of the strong sound and powerful look (seriously, how cool is the cursive G?), 'G' names for boys have always been popular. From the classic George to the more modern Greyson (or Grayson!), the monikers have topped baby name charts and have been in the popular consciousness for years. And rightfully so.


Settled on naming your little guy something that begins with a G? Bust out your baby name list, and add these great 'G' names for boys:

  1. Gabriel: The Biblical name, which means "God is my strength," has Gabe as a nickname and is one of the most popular 'G' names for boys. Ever since 2012, it's topped the charts in multiple countries around the world.
  2. Gael: The Gaelic name, pronounced GAH-ehl, literally translates into "Irishman" and has recently become a more popular name for little boys. Before 2012, the name hadn't been on many parents' radar screens, but actor Gael Garcia Bernal has helped it reach higher levels of popularity.
  3. Gage: Whether it's spelled Gage or Gaige, the name is similar to other strong-words-turned-names like Chance or Stone. It's also the name of one of the main characters in the 1989 horror film, Pet Sematary.
  4. Gannon: The original Irish last name means "descendant of the fair-haired man," is a character in the "Legend of Zelda." Teen Mom 3 star Mackenzie Douthit also used the name for her first-born son.
  5. Garrett: Originally a spin-off from Gerald, which means "spear rule," and Gerard, which means "brave with a spear," Garrett has been a top name for boys ever since the 1990s.

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  6. Garth: The Middle English garth means "an enclosed yard or garden" and was used as a nickname for anyone in charge of a garden space, but singers Garth Hudson and Garth Brooks give the name a musical twist.
  7. Gatsby: Taken from the F. Scott Fitzgerald novel The Great Gatsby, the name has immediate connections to the roaring 1920s and classic American literature.
  8. Gavin: The classic Gaelic name means "a hawk" and "a blow, battle," and it can also be attributed to the historical Arthurian stories. Sir Gawain (or Gavin) was a knight at the Round Table.
  9. Geoffrey: Originating from the Old French Geoffroi and an alternative to Jeffrey, the name has been made popular by English author Geoffrey Chaucer and Australian actor Geoffrey Rush.
  10. George: The classic boys name means "earth worker" or "farmer" and was most popular in the 1880s. But thanks to the royals and Prince George, the name has become a bigger possibility for today's parents.
  11. German: Though it's obviously an adjective for people who hail from the European country, the baby name is actually a version of Hermann, and means "soldier, warrior." 
  12. Gideon: Meaning "one who cuts down" in Hebrew, the name gained extra popularity when Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka named their son Gideon Scott in 2010. 
  13. Gilbert: The original French name Guillebert means "pledge" and "bright or famous" and was most popular back in the 1930s. It got worldwide recognition thanks to Gilbert Blythe of Anne of Green Gables.

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  14. Giovanni: It's the Italian version of John, but the name can be shortened to Gianni, Gio, Giovani, Jovani, Jovany, and even Yovanni. Want an alternate spelling? You have plenty.
  15. Gordon: It started out as a Scottish last name, but it's turned into its own, standalone, first name in recent decades. From Gordon Ramsey to Gordon Gekko, we've seen plenty of Gordons in pop culture in recent years. 
  16. Graden: The Gaelic name means "renowned" and follows the very popular two-syllable and "ending in -n" trend.
  17. Grady: In Gaelic it means "noble," and it's followed suit with Avery, Gavin, and Liam, and become a newly popular name of the past. In recent years the name has reached the same levels of popularity it enjoyed in its last peak: the 1910s. 
  18. Graeme: Even though it's an alternative to Graham (see below), many consider Graeme to be its own singular name. This Scottish spelling is used by children's author Graeme Base, and golfer Graeme McDowell, so your little man will have plenty of namesakes.
  19. Graham: Though the beginning part of the name is untraceable, the latter part means "home or dwelling," and if you can get past the Graham Cracker references, it makes quite a stylish name for boys. Graham Nash, Graham Parker, and Graham Rahal are all namesakes.
  20. Grant: Its Old French roots show that it means "great," and it originally started as a quirky nickname for a tall person. But between its presidential references (Ulysses S. Grant) and Hollywood-likes (Hugh and Cary Grant), the name has some storied history.

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  21. Grayden: The place name means "grey settlement" in Olde English and uses Grady as a nickname (see above). Consider Gray as another shortened version, or even change up the original name by going with Graden.
  22. Greyson: While Greyson is the traditional British spelling, Grayson is the American. The name means "grey haired one," and musician Greyson Chance has helped the name gain popularity -- 2012 was its post popular year! 
  23. Griffin: Taken from the original Griffith, the name could mean both "red" and "prince." Though name experts are divided on its origins, one things is true: it's a well-loved name! 
  24. Gunnar: The Old Norse name means "war, strife, and battle," and was a popular name in Norse mythology. Though it's been a more popular name among Icelandic baby boys, it's quickly made its way west. 
  25. Gustavo: The classic Spanish name can be linked back to Gustavo Matta, Gustavo Rojo, and Gustavo Alatriste, all famous and iconic stars. Plus, with Tavo and Gus for short, you'll have plenty of shortened names to use. 

 Which 'G' name for boys is your favorite?


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