boy names starting with GBoy names starting with G include traditional George and Biblical Gabriel. They’re familiar, handsome choices for our sons.

But the letter also suggests a big number of surname options, from current favorites to rising possibilities.

Rare and overlooked G boy names abound, too.

As of 2022, G represents the fourteenth most popular first initial for boy names. That’s far less popular than chart-topping J or runner-up A. But it’s well ahead of rarities like Q and U.

Speaking of J names, G might feel letter two letters in one, with some hard-G names and others that sound more like a J.

It makes for an appealing list. Read on, and see if your favorite baby boy names beginning with G are here!



An Old Testament angel’s name, Gabriel feels modern and rooted in tradition. Friendly nickname Gabe is a bonus.


Grayson followed all the long-a Aidens and ends-with-son names straight up the popularity charts. But it still feels polished and buttoned-up, even as we hear it more and more often.


This the second spelling of the name ranked in the US Top 100. Graysen is also in the Top 1000, making this name sound even more popular than the numbers suggest.

GAEL (#104)

A modern Spanish baby name, Gael owes its rise to actor Gael Garcia Bernal. In Spanish, the ‘ae’ sound makes this a little more like two syllables. American English speakers sometimes pronounce it like Gale.


The Italian equivalent of John, Giovanni is evergreen in Italy. But in the US, it’s only ranked in the Top 1000 consistently since the 1960s. With our appreciation of longer boy names, though, Giovanni and other elaborate Italians could appeal. The single N spelling Giovani is soemtimes seen, too.

GEORGE (#142)

Regal and saintly George has been in the spotlight ever since the British royals welcomed Prince George Alexander Louis in 2013.

GRAHAM (#155)

A straightforward and simple boy name, Scottish import Graham feels both timeless and surprising, a name never in the US Top 100, but still instantly familiar.

GAVIN (#206)

Gawain saved the day in many a medieval tale. The name was revived as Gavin in the 1900s. By the year 2005, it reached the US Top 50, and is falling slowly now.

GRANT (#220)

There’s something about Grant. Originally a surname name meaning grand or tall, Grant has ranked in the US Top 1000 every year since 1880, but has never made the Top 100. It’s a perfect stands-out, fits-in kind of choice.

GRIFFIN (#230)

A gryphon combines eagle wings with a lion body. But Griffin is a Welsh name meaning prince. It’s a twenty-first century favorite, more popular today than ever before.

GIDEON (#333)

An Old Testament hero name, rising in use again in the twenty-first century.

GIANNI (#379)

The shorter form of Giovanni.

GUNNER (#387)

From an Old Norse name meaning warrior, it’s traditionally spelled Gunnar. But Gunner makes sense to parents familiar with the military job title.

GRADY (#405)

A logical successor to Brady, with a great meaning: noble.

GARRETT (#463)

A 1990s star from the same era as Jared, Garrett never quite caught on. But it did help pave the way for names like Beckett and Everett. The single-T Garret is sometimes seen, too.

GREGORY (#496)

Greg is still hanging out in bell bottom jeans on The Brady Bunch, but Gregory in full sounds rather dashing.

GERARDO (#581)

The Romance language form of Gerard.

GUNNAR (#589)

The traditional spelling of this name from Old Norse legend, now less popular than the phonetic Gunner.

GUSTAVO (#636)

Another Romance language take on a Norse and Germanic name. Gustav hasn’t appeared in the US Top 1000 since the 1930s.

GAGE (#649)

Originally from the same roots as words meaning “to measure,” Gage combines a strong sound with a modern energy.

GATLIN (#724)

A surname turned given name, Gatlin almost certainly owes its increased use to parents’ embrace of names inspired by weapons. In this case, it’s the Gatling gun, named for its inventor. There’s also Gatlinburg, Tennessee, named for Radford Gatlin, who established a general store in the settlement’s early days.

GREY (#758)

If Grayson and Greyson rank so well, why not just the color name? The “a” spelling ranks higher for Grayson, but in a twist, it’s Grey-with-an-e that fares better. Credit possibly goes to long-time medical drama Grey’s Anatomy, named for lead character Meredith Grey … and the anatomy reference book Gray’s Anatomy.


The Spanish form of William, made familiar thanks to Oscar-winning filmmaker Guillermo del Toro.

GIAN (#921)

A logical choice in our Giovanni/Gianni moment.

GARY (#961)

A favorite from the mid-twentieth century, Gary is stuck in style hibernation now, but could very well be back in another few decades.

GORDON (#968)

A Scottish surname long used as a first. Celebrity chef and television personality Gordon Ramsay makes this a household name.



As dashing as the Hollywood leading man from a bygone era, Clark Gable.


A Hebrew name meaning “God is my luck.”


Long associated with Abigail, Gale has masculine roots, too. The Hunger Games’ Gale Hawthorne reminded us of this name’s potential for boys.


The name of an influential doctor from the ancient world, Galen’s meaning appeals: calm.


A star-gazing name with a stylish sound.


Upbeat Irish surname, in the key of Sullivan.


A name borrowed from Arthurian legend, rare – but familiar – today.


A surname long ranked in the US Top 1000, but rare in recent decades.


A subtle twist on Harrison.


Norse in origin, Garth signals two things to this generation of parents: Wayne’s World character Garth, or, more likely, country music (and crossover) recording artist Garth Brooks.


This name is more popular as Jasper, and also heard as Casper. The G spelling has history, too, particularly in French, Italian, and Spanish.


It’s very Bill, but it fits right in with Hayes and Wells.


A surname familiar to all, thanks to F. Scott Fitzgerald’s immortal character.


Short for Eugene.


More popular for girls, but heard for boys, too, Genesis comes from the Greek and means “beginning.” That’s reinforced by the Book of Genesis, the very first book in the Old Testament, detailing the creation of the world.


A medieval favorite, it’s now far more popular spelled Jeffrey with a J.


A gentlemanly name from another era, Gerald peaked in the 1930s in the US.


The Normans brought this sleek name to England, though it’s since become rare. Like many a name starting with ger, it means spear.


Combine the Italian forms of John and Carlo, and this is the result.


An Italian name, Giacomo is the equivalent of James. It’s a logical brother for Giovanni.


An Italian double-name, the equivalent of John Luke in English.


Originally given to sons of Gib – Gilbert. Gibson now fits in with Jackson and company.


A Top 100 name in the 1930s, Gilbert is instantly familiar to Anne of Green Gables fans – though it’s recently left the Top 1000.


Miles-with-a-G, Giles feels British and ever so slightly different.


An Italian nickname for any name ending with -gio, like Giorgino and Luigino, diminutives of Giorgio and Luigi.


It might be a modern invention based on Leo for some. But most often, Gio is short for Italian favorites like Giovanni.


From a Scottish word meaning valley, this nature-inspired choice spiked in use after pioneering astronaut John Glenn walked on the moon.


A medieval import to English by the Normans, Godfrey comes from Germanic elements meaning “god’s peace.” Similar names like Godwin, meaning “friend of God,” are even rarer.


A color name that implies great value, also sometimes heard as a surname.


An appealing English surname option meaning farmer, with a strong connection to the land.


Scottish surname name and style cousin to the more popular Grayson.


Remember hit novel turned movie The Nanny Diaries? The little boy at the center of the plot was Grayer. It sounds like a logical Grayson successor, but remains surprisingly rare.


The furry blue Sesame Street character comes to mind, but before that Grover was a president – Cleveland – and referred to a grove of trees. It could be just as wearable as Forrest.


August and lots of related names, as well as Gustavo, all appear in the US Top 1000. But friendly, casual Gus on its own remains rather rare.


A Scottish surname equal parts gruff and cuddly, Guthrie brings to mind father-son folk singers Woody and Arlo.

What are your favorite boy names starting with G?

First published on November 30, 2020, this post was revised and re-posted on December 13, 2021; March 20, 2023; and August 28, 2023.

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  1. Our twins are named Garrett and Gavin. Garrett a compromise since my husband couldn’t get on board with Gibson!
    I also love Giles, Gilbert and Gideon..

  2. I’ve always thought of Gael and Gale as separate sounding, Gael is two syllables (Gah-yel) and Gale is one, with the emphasis on the ayyy sound

  3. My mother still wishes that she had named my youngest brother George, though I don’t care for the name at all. I’ve always had a soft spot for Gilbert in full.

    I like the sound of Grayer…