It’s the sixth most popular initial for our sons’ names. Naturally that means plenty of options, from the classic Edward to cool Enzo.
E names are topping the charts. Parents are looking to the Old Testament for inspiration, and finding a wealth of options for their baby boys.
A number of surname-style names make this list, too, from current baby name favorite Everett to possible up-and-comer Everson.
A few long-time favorites are still hanging on here, too. Evan, a cousin to John, peaked a decade ago but remains steadily popular. The Norse import Eric reached a high in the 1970s, but now feels more like a modern traditional than a trending one.
Read on for more of the best baby boy names starting with E.
MOST POPULAR BOY NAMES STARTING WITH E
An Old Testament name, the prophet Elijah was known for working miracles. While the name has a long history of use, it’s never been as popular as it is today.
Another Biblical boy, we tend to think of Ethan as more modern. Maybe it’s because of American Revolutionary Ethan Allen, or maybe it’s thanks to so many contemporary characters, like the long-running Mission: Impossible franchise’s Ethan Hunt.
Ezra has a razory, unexpected sound. It also has a great meaning: help.
Another form of Elijah, Elias has enjoyed a long history of use.
Another Old Testament name, Ezekiel benefits from the ‘z’ as well as nickname Zeke.
A mini name with a big meaning: ascension.
Easton is the first name on this list that doesn’t claim Old Testament roots! It’s modern and polished.
A surname name boosted by the letter v.
A homespun boy name that fits with -tt ending favorites like Bennett and Beckett. Emmet with a single T is occasionally seen, too. (Notably, the hero of The Lego Movie is Emmet Brickowski.)
An Italian name, Enzo is short for Lorenzo – but it stands nicely on its own now.
Long-time favorite Evan has transitioned from trending favorite to modern traditional.
A surname take on Elijah, and fast-gaining favorite.
An elaborate take on the classic pan-European name Emil. It’s a brother for Leonardo.
Because Elliot is nearly as popular spelled with a single T, this name is more popular than you might guess.
A traditional name associated with Jesus, Emmanuel has never been particularly popular in English. But it fits well with long boy names like Sebastian that parents love now.
Buoyed by our love of o-ending boy names, as well as the popularity of Amelia and Emilia, Emilio is a steadily rising favorite.
Regal Edward continues to be relatively uncommon, but remains a classic.
A Scandi import meaning “ever mighty,” Eric has gone from trending 1970s favorite to solid staple name for a son.
A surname name equally popular for our daughters.
Another cousin to powerfully popular Elijah, with a nod to boy names like Julian and Adrian.
Another surname name choice related to Elijah.
The second-most popular spelling of Scandi Eric. Erik is also seen, as are versions that swap the E for an A. ER actor Eriq La Salle adds one more option.
A slightly different spelling of popular Ezekiel.
The Spanish take on Edward.
Edwin means “rich friend,” but the name’s second syllable implies victory.
From the Biblical garden, a gender neutral name rising for boys as well as girls.
Another Ed- name, this one bringing to mind creative powerhouses: Edgar Allan Poe and Edgar Degas.
The dashing Spanish form of Steven.
Another Eric option.
A slimmed-down spelling of Emmanuel.
Along with Eitan, the Hebrew name equivalent of Ethan. It’s also the preferred spelling in Mexico, which probably explains this spelling’s spike in use in the US.
The Spanish form of Henry.
Swap Emmett’s second ‘e’ for an ‘i’ and you’ll have Emmitt, as in NFL Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith.
A title from the Arab world, the rough equivalent of Prince.
A Hebrew name, Eliam means “God’s people.” But this name’s success is probably tied, in part, to our love of Liam.
A romance language take on Old Testament Elisha, boosted by that bright O ending.
A gender-neutral surname name more popular for our daughters, but with plenty of potential for boys, too.
An Ed- surname name that suggests world-changing inventor of the light bulb.
An Old Testament rarity with a flowing sound.
A Biblical boy name with a strong meaning: dedicated.
Long before Alicia became a Top 100 favorite for girls, Old Testament Elisha was the name of a prophet.
It sounds like an Evan-Alexander mash-up, but Evander has roots in the ancient world. It means “good man.”
If you like Charlie over Charles, then maybe it’s Eddie, rather than Edward, that appeals.
From the name of Earth’s highest mountain, a name that echoes current favorite Everett.
Another spelling of Emery.
The Italian and Spanish form of Ernest, now more popular than the English version.
The Italian form of Helios, Elio was the sun god in Greek myth.
The Amharic form of Jeremiah, accessible and surprising at the same time. It’s the given name of the late rapper better known as Nipsey Hussle.
A name long on the fringes, Eugene offers an appealing meaning: well born.
Ezra with an H.
A Turkish name meaning saint, though it might also have roots in Japanese, or simply be a fresh take on similar-sounding names, from Aaron to Oren.
RARE BOY NAMES STARTING WITH E
A surname name given a boost by husband-wife design team Charles and Ray Eames.
An Irish take on Edmund.
Ian with an E.
Borrowed from the title, though Earl doesn’t sound especially aristocratic by 2020s standards.
Eben means stone in Hebrew; you might know it as part of compound name Ebenezer. It sounds closer to Evan than Ethan.
An Old English name, Edmund was worn by two early kings of England. The spelling Edmond is more common in France.
Take Attila – as in the Hun – import it to German for a medieval poem, and you’ll arrive at Etzel. But we know Etzel as Edsel, a former car company.
An Irish surname with a bright, eager sound.
A quirky name with Germanic roots and a sharp meaning: sword’s edge.
Borrowed from the name of the country.
A Norse name with an intriguing sound.
A unisex Welsh name meaning bright.
The smooth, Spanish form of Greek saint’s name Helladius.
Along with Elton, a surname inspired by a place name of debated meaning.
It’s a cousin to the Germanic Aldrich, but it sounds like a polished, surname take on rugged Ridge.
A Scottish place name-turned-surname with a stand-out sound.
One of many elaborate – and rare – Old Testament boy names beginning with El.
Another Old Testament discovery. The spelling Eleazar is sometimes seen, too.
Another Old Testament name, made famous by Elihu Yale, philanthropist and founder of the university that bears his name.
A surname name that brings to mind fictional detective Ellery Queen.
As in Duke.
Another surname possibility, Ellison tends to lean feminine, but is truly unisex.
An Old Testament name meaning “oak tree,” Elon is perpetually in the headlines thanks to controversial entrepreneur Elon Musk.
As in Saturday Night Live sketch turned cultural phenomenon, Elwood Blues.
A once-dashing surname name, now more commonly associated with the Looney Tunes’ Fudd.
The little red monster makes it tough to imagine on a child, but before Sesame Street, there was 80s classic St. Elmo’s Fire.
A take on Leroy, Elroy substitutes the Spanish ‘el’ for the French ‘le’ – the. Either way, the roy means king. Animated series The Jetsons took Elroy to space.
As in Elton John, who borrowed the name from a fellow musician. A place name originally, it means Ellis’ town or Ella’s town.
As in the King, Elvis Presley.
Emilio and Emiliano rank, but spare Emil remains rare.
A reader favorite, Welsh Emrys is associated with the story of Merlin.
Ender means rare in Turkish, but it also sounds like a cousin for so many Anders names. Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game makes the connection with Andrew direct.
A name from Greek myth, Endymion means “to dive in.”
The founder of one of the twelve tribes of Israel, Ephraim’s name means – appropriately – fruitful.
A Greek name meaning beloved.
It sounds like an old-school virtue name, an association reinforced by Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest. But Ernest is actually a Germanic name meaning serious.
A Greek god of love, also known as Cupid in the Roman pantheon.
As in dashing Hollywood legend Errol Flynn.
Along with Erwin, a Germanic name we don’t hear often today.
An Old Testament name, Esau is best remembered for conflict with his twin.
An English place name, boosted by the X ending.
The smooth French form of Stephen.
A saintly name with Greek roots.
A cool romance language name, Evaristo means well-pleasing.
The original form of the name that became Everett.
Surname Everson probably comes from the Old English word eofor – boar. But Everson owes its popularity to the enduring Ever.
Another Everson option.
An intriguing Turkish name, Evren belongs with Ev- names like Everson and Everett.
Another form of John, and cousin to Evan, made familiar by actor Ewan MacGregor.
A surname made famous by the fictional family at the heart of Dallas.
A soaring Greek name, Ezio means eagle.
What are your favorite boy names beginning with E?
Originally published on November 2, 2020, this post was revised substantially and updated on March 7, 2022; April 17, 2023; and July 31, 2023.