Looking for 3 letter boy names for your baby boy?
I’ve rounded up my favorite boy names that are short, sweet and perfect for your little guy.
This 3 letter boy names list includes meanings as well!
Short names have been rising in popularity over recent years. Especially boy names with 3 letters and 4 letter boy names. There’s lots of benefits of choosing a short name.
Short names are great because they’re simple, straightforward and usually easy to spell and pronounce. There’s been a trend of parents choosing short classic male nicknames for first names like Sam and Joe.
This list has over 200 three letter names for boys so I’m sure you’l find at least 1 to fall in love with! There’s lots of classic 3 letter boy names as well as a bunch of much more uncommon boy names with three letters that you’ve probably never heard of.
Let’s jump in!
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THREE LETTER BOY NAMES LIST WITH MEANINGS
Abe – this 3 letter boy name is short for Abraham which means ‘father of multitude’
Abu – this Arabic boy name means ‘father’
Ace – meaning ‘one’ or ‘unity’ often refers to someone who excels at something
Adi – this unisex Hebrew baby name means ‘jewel’ or ‘ornament’
Ale – meaning ‘noble’ has Dutch origins
Alf – this Norse boy name means ‘elf’
Aja – this name varies by origin but the Korean meaning I really liked – it means ‘never give up’ or ‘never stop fighting’
Ali – meaning ‘high’ ‘elevated’ or ‘champion’ in Arabic
Anu – meaning ‘the heavenly one’ and refers to a Sumerian god
Apu – this 3 letter Indian boy name means ‘pure, virtuous and divine’
Ara – the name meaning varies by origin so I chose the Armenian meaning which is ‘king’
Ari – Hebrew boy name meaning ‘lion of God’ and often a short form of Ariel
Ark – meaning ‘essence’ or ‘ray of light’ and comes from Sanskrit
Aro – this 3 letter boy name is derived from the Hebrew Aron and means ‘mountain of strength’
Art – this short and cute Celtic boy name means ‘bear’ ‘champion’ or ‘noble one’
Asa – this Hebrew boy name means ‘doctor’ or ‘healer’
Ash – this cute boy name with 3 letters means ‘happy’ and has Hebrew origins
Ata – meaning ‘gift’ and has Arabic origins
Avi – Hebrew boy name meaning ‘my God’ or “father’
Axl – Hebrew boy name meaning ‘father is peace’
Aza – this name’s meaning varies by origin so I picked my favorite ‘strong’ and ‘powerful’ in Swahili
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Bam – meaning ‘full of life’ or ‘constant’ and ‘steadfast’
Bas – this Greek name means ‘royal’ or ‘kingly’ – also often a common nickname for Sebastian
Bay – this French baby name means ‘auburn haired’
Baz – this Greek boy name means ‘kingly’ or ‘royal’
Ben – this three letter boy name comes from Latin and means ‘blessed’
Bil – a nickname for English boy name William which means ‘resolute protection’
Bix – often a nickname for Bismark which means ‘bold’ or ‘good news’ and has African origins
Bob – this classic 3 letter boy name means ‘famed’ ‘bright or shining’ and has German roots
Boe – this cute and short boy name means ‘handsome’ and has both Scandinavian and French roots
Bry – the meaning varies by origin – the Gaelic meaning is ‘noble’ or ‘strong’
Buz – this bible name means ‘contempt’
Bud – this Englis baby name means ‘friend’
Cai – has Welsh origins and means ‘rejoice’ or ‘colorful in Chinese
Cal – meaning ‘devotion’ has Hebrew origins
Cam – this cute Scottish boy name means ‘crooked nose’
Cas – this short but strong Dutch name means ‘imperial’
Caz – this 3 letter boy name means ‘famous destroyer’ and has Slavic origins
Chi – means ‘younger energy’ and has Chinese origins
Col – this English baby name means ‘charcoal or dark featured’
Coy – English baby name meaning ‘quiet’ or ‘still’
Cru – this Spanish name is a variation of Cruze and means ‘to cross over’
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Dan – English baby name meaning ‘God is my judge’ and often a nickname for Daniel
Dax – this unique 3 letter boy name means ‘leader’ and has French origins
Del – this is another French baby name and it means ‘of the’ or ‘small valley’ in English
Den – this Russian baby name means ‘God is my judge’
Dev – this Sanskrit name means ‘God’ and is often short for Devin
Dex – this Englis boy name means ‘dyer’ or ‘right handed’ – often a nickname for Dexter
Doc – English name meaning ‘doctor’
Dom – English boy name meaning ‘Lord’
Don – Irish boy name meaning ‘brown’ chief’ or ‘noble’ – often a nickname of Donny or Donald
Dre – meaning ‘man warrior’ and has French and Greek origins
Dru – means ‘brave, manly or male’ and has Greek, Welsh and French origins
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Ean – Scottish boy name meaning ‘God is gracious’
Ebb – Hebrew baby name meaning ‘foundation stone’
Edd – English baby name meaning ‘wealth protector’
Edi – Hebrew boy name meaning ‘my witness’
Eli – another Hebrew baby name – this one means ‘high, uplifted or asended’
Eon – has Scottish and Hebrew origins and means ‘God is gracious’
Era – meaning ‘wind’ or ‘air’ in Albanian
Esa – boy name meaning ‘god is my salvation’ – has Finnish roots
Eza – boy name meaning ‘one who is always eager to help’
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Fen – this Dutch and Frisian boy name means ‘peace’
Fil – this Turkish boy name means ‘elephant’
Fin – this boy name with 3 letters means ‘fair’ or ‘from Finland’ and has Irish origins
Fox – English baby name referring to a ‘fox catcher’ or ‘fox den’
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Gar – this boy name means ‘spear’ and has Anglo-Saxon origins
Gee – shortened form of Irish name ‘Mcgee’ meaning ‘son of Aodh’
Geo – meaning ‘earth’ ‘ground’ or ‘land’ – has Greek origins
Gil – cute 3 letter Hebrew boy name meaning ‘happiness’
Gin – this Japanese boy name means ‘silver’
Gio – meaning ‘God is gracious’ – has Italian origins
Gus – three letter name meaning ‘great’ – has English origins
Guy – Hebrew boy name meaning ‘gentile’ or ‘guide or leader’ in French
Hal – short and cute English boy name meaning ‘army ruler’
Han – Scandinavian boy name meaning ‘God is gracious’
Hux – a nickname for English boy name Huxley meaning ‘inhospitable place’
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Ian – vintage boy name meaning ‘the Lord is gracious’ – has Hebrew origins
Ike – English boy name meaning ‘he will laugh’ – often a nickname for Isaac
Ion – Russian boy name meaning ‘God is good’
Ira – this classic three letter boy name means ‘watchful’ and has Hebrew origins
Isa – German baby name meaning ‘strong willed’ – also Arabic for of Jesus and Hebrew for ‘salvation of God’
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Jad – Arabic boy name meaning ‘generous, merciful and benevolent’
Jai – 3 letter Indian boy name meaning ‘victory’ or ‘champion’
Jak- a variation of Jack – this Hebrew baby name means ‘gracious is the Lord’
Jay – this English baby name means ‘to rejoice’
Jax – this English boy name means ‘God has been gracious’
Jaz – this unisex English name means ‘fragrant flower’
Jeb – Hebrew boy name meaning ‘beloved friend’ – how cute is that!
Jed – this cool and unusual American boy name means ‘friend of God’
Jef – this Dutch boy name is an alternative of Jeffery meaning ‘pledge of peace’
Jet – this unique unisex name means ‘black gemstone’
Jim – Hebrew boy name meaning ‘supplanter’
Job – this bible boy name means ‘persecuted’
Joe – Classic English boy name meaning ‘God will increase’
Jon – vintage boy name meaning ‘gift from god’ – Hebrew origins
Jud – Hebrew baby name meaning ‘praised’
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Kai – the meaning varies by origin but this beautiful name can mean ‘warrior’ in Frisian or ‘sea’ ‘ocean’ in Hawaiian and Japanese
Kal – this Finnish boy name means ‘strong’
Kam – the Scottish meaning is ‘crooked nose’ or it can mean ‘comb’ in Dutch
Ken – this classic 3 letter Irish boy name means ‘handsome’
Kev – usually a nickname for Irish name Kevin which means ‘of noble birth’
Kim – meaning ‘noble or brave’ if you look at English origins but ‘kingly or leader’ in Chinese
Kip – this Old English boy name means ‘pointed hill’
Kit – this Greek baby name means ‘carrier of Christ’ and is often a nickname for Christopher
Koa – this Hawaiian boy name means ‘warrior’ or ‘brave one’
Kyl – this is a variation on Kyle – a Gaelic baby name meaning ‘narrow strait or channel’
Kye – is of Welsh, Scandinavian, Greek, and Gaelic origin, and the meaning is ‘keeper of the keys’
Kyo – this Japanese baby name means ‘cooperation’ or ‘capital’
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Lee – this English baby name means ‘clearing’ or ‘meadow’
Len – this cute German baby name means ‘hardy lion’ or ‘lion-bold’
Leo – this classic 3 letter boy name means ‘lion’ and has Greek and Latin roots
Les – this Old English boy name means ‘holly garden’
Lew – this strong boy name means ‘famous warrior’ and is of English origin
Lev – this name has Russian and Hebrew roots that mean ‘lion’ or ‘heart’
Lex – Greek boy name meaning ‘defender of man’ or ‘warrior’
Lou – this cute French baby name means ‘renowned warrior’
Luc – this French baby boy name means ‘light’ or ‘illumination’
Lux – this Greek baby name means ‘light’
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Mac – this Scottish boy name means ‘son of’
Mak – this boy name’s meaning varies by origin so I went with the Slavic meaning ‘blessed’
Mat – this Hebrew baby name means ‘gift of the Lord’
Max – often short for Maximilian or Maxwell – this cute and modern boy name means ‘ greatest’
Mel – meaning ‘friend of justice’ or ‘dark’
Mic – Hebrew baby name meaning ‘who is like God?’
Mio – Japanese name meaning ‘gracious’ or ‘pleasant’
Moe – this name has Hebrew and Latin origins and means ‘to love; God’s helmet; dark-skinned, Moorish; savior’
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Nas -this cute Spanish boy name means ‘fiery’
Nat – this Hebrew boy name means ‘gift of god’
Ned – this English baby name for boys means ‘wealthy guardian’
Neo – this unisex baby name means ‘gift’ Tswana or ‘new’ in Greek
Nic/Nik – this Greek baby name means ‘victory of the people’
Nim – this Swedish baby name means ‘wisdom’
Noe – is a variation of the Hebrew name Noah meaning ‘peaceful’
Nol – Old English name meaning ‘one who lives at the top of the hill’
Nox – this unique Latin boy name means ‘night’
Nym – this is a Shakespearean baby name – a soldier in King Henry V’s army
Obi – this cute African boy name means ‘heart’ – also a fan favorite from the Star Wars franchise Jedi master Obi Wan
Ody – this English baby boy name means ‘wealthy defender’
Oli – the German meaning is ‘elf warrior’ while the Greek is ‘olive tree’ (nickname form for Oliver)
Ori – this unique unisex Hebrew baby name means ‘my light’ – love it!
Pan – this Greek name means ‘ god of shepherds’ or the Hindi meaning is ‘leaf’ or ‘feather’
Pat – this 3 letter English boy name means ‘noble’
Pax – this Latin baby name means ‘peace’
Pip – this super cute English boy name means ‘lover of horses’
Poe – originally a French surname meaning ‘peacock’ – perfect for literary fans as a tribute to Edgar Allan Poe
Raf – this short and cute English boy name means ‘angel of God’
Raj – this popular 3 letter Hindi boy name means ‘king’ ‘ruler’ or ’emperor’
Ram – this Sanskrit boy name means ‘pleasing’ or ‘charming’
Ray – this classic English boy name means ‘wise protector’
Raz – this cute Hebrew boy name means ‘secret’
Reg – this English boy name means ‘Mighty counselor-ruler’
Ren – this cool rare boy name means ‘water lily’ or ‘lotus’ in Japanese
Rex – this badass boy name is of Latin origin and means ‘king’
Rey – this cute Spanish boy name means ‘king’
Ric – this unique Italian boy name means ‘powerful’ or ‘strong ruler’
Rio – this cute Spanish boy name means ‘river’
Rob – this English baby name is often a nickname for Robert meaning ‘famed, bright, shining’
Roc – this strong sounding Irish boy name actually means ‘person with frizzy hair’
Ron – of Hebrew, Scottish, Gaelic, and Old Norse origin meaning “mountain of strength or ruler’s counselor”
Roy – this Gaelic baby name means ‘king’ or ‘red’
Rye – this cute English boy name means ‘island meadow’
Sal – this Italian name is often a nickname for Salvatore meaning ‘savior’
Sai – this Persian name means ‘saint’ ‘master’ or ‘lord’
Sam – this vintage Hebrew boy name means ‘God has heard’
Sef – this German boy name is often a nickname for Joseph and means ‘God will increase’
Shy – English name meaning ‘bashful’ or ‘modest’
Sid – this cute English boy name means ‘wide island’
Sim – this Gaelic 3 letter boy name means ‘heard’
Sky – this unisex name means ‘the sky’ or ‘the heavens’
Sly – this Latin boy name means ‘wooded’ although it’s also often a common nickname for Sylvester which means ‘wild’ or ‘woodland’
Sol – this adorable unisex Spanish name means ‘sun’
Syd – this boy name means ‘wide meadow’ and is often a nickname for Sydney
Tad – this cute English baby name means ‘praise’ and is often a nickname for Thaddaeus
Tag – this adorable Irish boy name means ‘handsome’ – (remember Rachel’s boyfriend Tag from Friends , I think that’s the only time I’ve ever heard it) – super unique and cute!
Tai – this Vietnamese name means ‘talented one’ or ‘big’ in Chinese
Taj – this uncommon boy name means ‘crown’ in Sanskrit
Tam – this rare Hebrew boy name means ‘naive, honest and innocent’
Tan – this is another Vietnamese name and it means ‘new’
Tav- this unusual boy name is of Hebrew origin and means ‘truth’
Tay – this super cute English boy name means ‘tailor’
Taz – this cute and unusual boy name means ‘king’ and is of Eritrea origin (although it is sometimes used as a nickname for Theodore as well)
Ted – this is probably the most common nickname for Theodore which means ‘wealthy guard’ and is of English origin
Teo – this cute and unique boy name means ‘divine gift’ and has Greek origins
Tim – this is often a nickname for Timothy meaning ‘honoring god’ and is of Greek origin
Tio – this name has Portuguese and Spanish origins and means ‘uncle’
Tip – this American unisex name means ‘nickname’
Tod – this classic Scottish boy name means ‘fox’
Tom – this vintage boy name means ‘innocence or naive’ and is of Hebrew origin
Tre – this English baby name means ‘three’ and is a variation of Trey
Tru – this German boy name means ‘strength of the spear’
Tye – this unique English boy name means ‘from the enclosure’
Ugo – this strong Italian boy name means ‘mind and spirit’
Uly – this Indonesian boy name means ‘beauty’
Ura – this cute Indian 3 letter boy name means ‘the heart’
Uri – this unique Hebrew boy name means ‘flame, fire or my light’
Val – this rare boy name means ‘strong’ and is of English origin
Van – this unusual boy name has English and French origins and means ‘of or from’
Vee – this short and cute English boy name means ‘gift of God’
Vic – this strong Latin boy name means ‘conqueror’
Vio – this Latin boy name means ‘life’
Vin – this is another unique Latin boy name which means ‘conquering’
Von – this is a German name meaning ‘son of’
Web – this is an English occupational boy name with three letters meaning ‘weaver’
Wes – this vintage Old English boy name means ‘western meadow’
Wil – this is a German variation of William meaning ‘resolute protection’
Wim – this Old German boy name means ‘determined protector’
Wyn – this Welsh boy name means ‘white, fair, blessed or holy’
X, Y, Z
Xan – is often a nickname for Xander meaning ‘defending man’ and has Greek origins
Xen – this is another Greek name and it means ‘guest, stranger or foreigner’
Yan – this Chinese name means ‘rock’ or ‘cliff’
Yvo – this is a popular name in Dutch speaking countries (has German and French origins) which means ‘yew’
Zac – this cute classic Hebrew boy name means ‘remembrance of God’
Zay – this unique African boy name means ‘son of a king’ or ‘love’
Zed – this cute English boy name means ‘God is righteous’
Zhi – this Chinese name means ‘wisdom and healing’
Zev – this cool and unusual Hebrew name means ‘wolf’
TIPS FOR CHOOSING THREE LETTER NAMES
Picking a baby name is a lot of pressure. You want it to be perfect. It has to speak to your child and tell the world who he is.
We had such a tough time coming up with one that we both agreed on and loved.
There was only 1 that we both agreed on (very early on) and decided it would be our backup plan while we added more names to the list.
When all was said and done, we ended up going with that very first name.
When it’s the right one, you’ll know it.
Here are a few tips to keep in mind to help you narrow things down.
Consider The Full Name – when choosing your baby’s first name, also take into consideration their middle and last name. Say them out loud to get a feel for the flow of things.
When you choose a short and sweet 3 letter boy name, you may want to opt for a longer middle name so it doesn’t sound too choppy. Something like Max Dean Smith doesn’t have quite as nice a balance.
Think about how many syllables you need to round it out.
Don’t Forget Initials -When you’re choosing a baby name, don’t forget to think about the initials. You can get some pretty ‘interesting’ combinations if you aren’t paying attention like Ashton Sam Smith.
Consider Name Meanings – If you find yourself stuck on a few names you love, consider their meanings. Sometimes that can help you choose a clear winner. Or is there a certain meaning or trait you love? You can even look up names that way. I was looking for boy names that mean strength and bravery so that’s what I typed in to search.
3 LETTER BOY NAME LIST
I hope you found some inspiration for your own baby from this list of three letter boy names.
Which ones were your favorite?
If you’re choosing a short and sweet boy name with 3 letters (or any name you love), I would suggest holding off on sharing them with people until baby is born.
Everybody’s got an opinion and it isn’t always a good one. If you love a name, it’s most likely the perfect one. You’ll just know it.
You don’t need people putting doubts in your head and upsetting you during such a special process as naming your little love.
If you do need a second opinion, I suggest asking strangers instead. There’s tons of baby forums where you can post name ideas or even ask for name suggestions and get feedback from other moms.
Just know, whatever you pick will be just right.
Tuesday 30th of June 2020
So many cute ideas here! I cannot believe how much work you put into researching this great resource for parents to be!
Monday 15th of June 2020
I didn't realize there were so many 3 letter boy names out there! Such a great list of names for parents to be. I'm definitely browsing all of your lists for my baby number 3!
Friday 12th of June 2020
These are so sweer, you always have the best name lists! Thanks for the wonderful ideas.
Thursday 11th of June 2020
Awww thanks for this post! Made it easy for anyone who's in the middle of thinking what name? :)
Wednesday 10th of June 2020
Oh wow this is such a complete and extensive list! Moms to be will definitely find this guide super convenient and helpful. I love shorter names and kind of wish I had this to reference for my son when I was pregnant!