popular black names for boys

550+ African-American Black Boy Names

Traditional Africans tend to name their children based on the circumstances or the unique stories surrounding the birth. Therefore, from the day or time a baby is born, several factors play a vital role on babies’ name. For instance, some words reflect the family’s mood or situation at the time of birth, e.g., Nhamo means misfortune, and Yananiso means bringing the family together.

But as a brought-up American, people of African ethnicity love to embrace both the African & American tradition. Keeping those parents like our mind, we have made a list of African-American-themed black baby boy names. You will get here all the popular boy names of 2021 that start with A to Z. For meanings; you can search on the internet. Take a look at our below list of boy names and find a suitable name for your baby. If you are searching for black baby girl names, see here.

Unique Black Boy Names

NamesMeanings
1. Alwan Colors
2. Assad A lion
3. Autry Noble strength
4. Busta Friend
5. Caleb Faithful
6. Cassius vain
7. Clayton Clay settlement
8. Darius Rich or Kingly
9. Dijon God is gracious
10. Dontrell Lasting
11. Eldrick Old or Wise Ruler
12. Emmett Universal
13. Ericson Ever kingly
14. Ervan Yew
15. Garlan Wreath or Prize
16. Ghalen Calm
17. Grady Noble
18. Hakeem Wise
19. Hassan handsome
20. Hosea Salvation
21. Ian God is Gracious
22. Iker Visit
23. Isiah God is my savior
24. Izaak Laughter
25. Jadyn God has heard
26. Jaheem Raised or dignified
27. Jayden God has heard
28. Joachim/Joaquin Established by God
29. Joseph God will increase
30. Justus Fairness, justice
31. Kahlil Friend
32. Keenan Little ancient one
33. Kelvin River man
34. Keon God is gracious
35. Khalan Strong warrior
36. Kimbel Warrior chief
37. Kordell Cord Maker
38. Laikin From the lake
39. Lamonte Man of law
40. Lemarcus From the God Mars
41. Lucius Light
42. Malachiah Messenger of God
43. Marcel Young warrior
44. Martell Warrior of Mars
45. Murphy Sea warrior
46. Neville New village
47. Niles Champion
48. Nimbus Dark Clouds
49. Nolan Noble
50. Orion Hunter
51. Orion The Rising Star
52. Oscar God’s spear
53. Otis Prosperity
54. Owen Well-born
55. Payne Countryman
56. Peter A stone or rock
57. Phineas Serpent’s mouth
58. Quinn Wise, counsel
59. Raffiel God has healed
60. Rashaad Wisdom, good guidance
61. Rhyland Where rye grows
62. Roscoe Deer forest
63. Roscoe Heartland of the roe deer
64. Rufus Red-Headed
65. Sabah  Morning
66. Sammy His name is God
67. Sebastian Revered
68. Stefon A crown or garland
69. Warren To protect
70. Xavier A new house
71. Xenon Guest or Foreigner
72. Yogi Spiritual guru
73. Zahair Shining Bright
74. Zephan Prized possession of God

Popular American African Boy Names

NamesMeanings
1. Ahmod Highly Praise
2. Amari Strength
3. Asaad Lion
4. Calvin Little Bald One
5. Dakarai Happy
6. Daran Great
7. Deion God of wine and revelry
8. Demarcus Likened to the God of Mars
9. Denzel Wild one
10. Dewayne From the wagon maker
11. Dikembe Sports figure
12. Duante Wagon maker
13. Elijah God is Powerful
14. Furnell Fern Covered Hill
15. Gabriel God is my Strength
16. Hampton High Settlement
17. Isaiah Yahweh is Salvation
18. Jamir Highly Good Looking
19. Jelani big and powerful
20. Jevonte Son of Jeptheh
21. Kadeem Newly created
22. Kendis Pure
23. Keshawn Happy
24. Khalon Little king
25. Kofi Friday born
26. Kwamie Born on a Saturday
27. Kwamin Born on Saturday
28. Kyan Little king
29. Kyrone Brash
30. La Vonn The small one
31. Laken Treasure
32. Lashawn grace in God
33. Lavaughn Wood
34. LeBron King
35. Lisimba Lion
36. Llyod Grey
37. Ludacris Rapper, musician
38. Mablevi Do not Deceive
39. Malik King
40. Mashawn Vivacious
41. Montraie Fussy
42. Montrell whose name means popular.
43. Mykelti He who is like God
44. Nabulung Do not receive
45. Naeem Benevolent
46. Napoleon Lion in a new city
47. Noah Comfort or Rest
48. Obiajulu The heart is consoled
49. Parvez Commendable
50. Perry A dweller near a pear tree
51. Pierre Rock or Stone
52. Qasim Sharing
53. Quaashie Ambitious
54. Quarren Tenacious
55. Quintavius Fifth child
56. Quoitrel Equalizer
57. Raimy Compassionate
58. Rashon Shining light
59. Runako Handsome
60. Salim Peace
61. Shaquille Handsome
62. Shevon Zany
63. Shontae Hopeful
64. Sulaiman Peaceful
65. Sultan Ruler
66. Tamarius Stubborn
67. Tavon Nature
68. Tevaughn Tiger
69. Tyrell Thunder; ruler
70. Uba Wealthy
71. Uzoma Born on a trip
72. Vandwon Covert
73. Verlyn Growing
74. Xayvion The new house
75. Xyshaun Zany
76. Yogi Spiritual Guru
77. Zareb Increase; growth
78. Zashawn God is gracious; merciful
79. Zyaire the name means river
80. jaMarion Dashing and charming

Strong Black Boy Names

NamesMeanings
1. Aaron Mountain of strength or lofty
2. Ajou/Aray Courageous and Determined
3. Alphonse Ready for battle
4. Andra/Andre/Andreas/Andrew/Andri Brave, Manly
5. Antama  Royal
6. Anthone Highly praiseworthy
7. Carl Strong man, Free Man
8. Carnell Defender of the castle
9. Colt Young horse
10. Colten Swarthy person
11. Da-Juan Favored by God
12. Da-Shawn Who Is Like God
13. Dauntay Powerful and Strong
14. Dayton Day town, light town
15. Deandra/Deandrae Divine and Defender of mankind
16. Delano Healthy black man
17. Delroy The King
18. Demont I am king
19. Donner Thunder
20. Duron Strong
21. D’andre Brave man
22. Ernard Strong, brave bear
23. Fayard Strong magician
24. Ferric Iron
25. Finias The Nubian
26. Garon Guards
27. Jarrick Strong, Favor
28. Jarvis Spearman, Servant of the Spear
29. Jemarcus From the God Mars
30. Jerrick Strong and Gifted ruler
31. Kamau Quiet Warrior
32. Kearney Fighter
33. Keyon Guide, leading
34. Louis Famous warrior
35. Lovell Young wolf
36. Marques/Marquis Nobleman, or lord of the borderlands
37. Meurig A Moor
38. Mohanbir Charming And Brave
39. Moise Saviour
40. Nasr Supporter
41. Odell Wealthy
42. Omari Powerful
43. Reginald King
44. Revon Power of the sun
45. Rodell Famous ruler
46. Rodney Roda’s island
47. Sayon Sun
48. Trayvon Brave and The chosen one
49. Tyrell Powerful ruler
50. Tyrus Valuable
51. Wayan First Son, The Wise One
52. Wendell Wanderer, Seeker
53. Zeshaun God is gracious, merciful

Beautiful Black Boy Names

NamesMeanings
1. Absolan Father of peace
2. Adric One who is a blessed ruler
3. Adrik Dark person
4. Akrsna Pure, Moon
5. Algernon Wearing a mustache
6. Aman Peace
7. Amani Wishes
8. Antoine/Antonio Priceless, inestimable or praiseworthy
9. Azibo Happiness
10. Barrington Fair-haired
11. Bellinor Beautiful and dark person.
12. Blamore The dark moor
13. Cartier One who transports goods
14. Casim Controller Of Anger
15. Cavin Beautiful at birth
16. Cerne Someone with Black Hair
17. Chante Sung
18. Ciaran Little dark one
19. Cleveland Land of cliffs, hilly area
20. Clinton Settlement on a hill
21. Cody Helpful
22. Coleridge Dark ridge
23. Collby Swarthy person’s settlement
24. Cula A dark born coal seller
25. Curtiss Polite, Courteous
26. Da-Jon God is gracious
27. Daevin/Daevon Beloved
28. Dagen Black Haired
29. Damon Constant, Loyal
30. Damone Gentle
31. Dangelo Angel
32. Darel Tenderly loved
33. Davian Light , New home
34. De-Angelo Angel
35. Deaengelo/Deangelo Messenger
36. Deaven Romantic
37. Deelon Ray Of Sunshine
38. Dejohn God is gracious
39. Delmar Of the sea
40. Delon Ray Of Sunshine
41. Donahue Dark fighter
42. Dorjan Dark Man
43. Ennis From the island
44. Getla One who belongs to the town of dark people
45. Glendin From the fortress in the glen
46. Jamaall/Jamal/Jamar/Jamaar/Jamarr Beauty, good-looks, Handsome
47. Jermaine/Jermain Brother
48. Jerom Holy Name
49. Jeron Holy
50. Jimar Beauty or Good looks
51. Jimarcus From the God Mars
52. John God is gracious
53. Karam Generous or giving
54. Karuppan One who is Dark, Black is Beautiful
55. Kaven Handsome
56. Keandre Ancient
57. Kentay Outrageous
58. Kojo Born on Monday
59. Krishan Dark-skinned
60. Lado Second-born son
61. Lamar/Lamarr The water, land famous
62. Lamech Powerful
63. Larmar The water
64. Lavonne Wood
65. Mavriki Dark Skinned
66. Mikal Who resembles God?
67. Mo Dark Skinned
68. Montel/Montell My Ruler
69. Neeshika Honest, Gold and Pure
70. Nelson Son of the Champion
71. Nishant/Nishanth The Moon and Peace
72. Nishesh Entire
73. Nox Goddess of night
74. Orpheus the darkness of the night
75. Quadrees Four
76. Quannell Strong-willed
77. Rashan Peaceful and Respectful
78. Rashard Brave Ruler
79. Sean Gracious
80. Sebastion Black Butler
81. Serek lordly
82. Shadow Deep darkness
83. Tamesis Dark One
84. Tamish God of darkness
85. Tavarius Misfortune; fun-loving
86. Ulan First-born twin
87. Voshon God’s grace
88. Zaire Deep and intense, like a winding river

Cool Black Boy Names

NameMeanings
1. Abnus A dark colored wood that do not sink
2. Adelram Dark or raven
3. Adie Noble
4. Adrianus Son of Adria
5. Adryan Rich,Wealthy
6. Akil Intelligent
7. Akmad Etymology
8. Amber Jewel
9. Anjisnu Highly Brilliant
10. Bartt Son of the earth
11. Benjamin Son of South
12. Bisman Dark Blue
13. Blac A Dark-Skinned-man
14. Blagden Dark valley
15. Booker Scribe
16. Bowie Yellow Haired
17. Brendon Prince
18. Calbert Cowherd, Cowboy
19. Christopher Bearer of Christ
20. Clarence Bright, shining and gentle
21. Cleavon Cliff
22. Clement Mild, Merciful
23. Clifton Town by the cliff
24. Cordell Maker or Seller of rope
25. Craig From the Rocks
26. Dajuan Favoured by God
27. Dakari joyous and happy.
28. Darrian Gift
29. DeAndre of Andrew
30. Deanthony Rambunctious
31. Deron Belongs To God
32. Devain/Deval/Devan Divine
33. Dexter Right-handed
34. D’angelo Angel
35. D’shaun God is Gracious
36. Eddie Rich or happy
37. Edhem Dark
38. Edward Wealthy guardian
39. Evander Good man
40. Farrell Superior Man
41. Glenden Settlement in the glen
42. Glendon From the fortress in the glen
43. Hasan Handsome
44. Herold To rule or be a warrior
45. Hethin Dark Skinned
46. Hraefn Raven
47. Hunapo Hidden darkness
48. Jaedyn Thankful
49. Jenell Maiden
50. Jonathon God has given
51. Jovan Majestic
52. Karlus Free man
53. Karvannan Lord Krishna
54. Keary Black-haired
55. Kedron Dark
56. Lamont Man of law
57. Lemar /Lemarr The water or land famous
58. Matlal Dark Green
59. Nathan Gift from God
60. O’Brain A descendant of Brain
61. Quaddus Bright
62. Quashawn Tenacious
63. Razi Secret
64. Romain A Roman
65. Romeo Pilgrim to Rome
66. Roshaun Shining light
67. Siavash Keeper of Black Horses
68. Sidell From the wide valley
69. Tabansi One who endures
70. Tabari After famous Muslim historian
71. Terell Thunder ruler
72. Terrance Tender
73. Tevin Son of Kevin
74. Trory The red one
75. Vashon God is gracious, merciful
76. Winton Friend’s settlement
77. Yobachi Pray to God
78. Zaid Increase; growth

Other Black Boy Names

NameMeanings
1. Aabinus/ Abanus Ebony, Dark black color
2. Adiran/Adriano/Adrean/Adrian/Adron/Adrion/Andrian Black,Dark
3. Amos To Carry, Borne by God
4. Anogopta Well-known Person who has dark eyes
5. Asitvaran Dark complexioned
6. Atiyama Very Black
7. Baron Noble Man
8. Benton Town in the bent grass
9. Blakey White, Pale
10. Bruns Dark of skin
11. Cameron Crooked Nose
12. Ciar Black
13. Claec Dark
14. Colby Swarthy person’s settlement
15. Colemann Dark skinned
16. Coley Swarthy, Coal-black
17. Colis Son of the dark man
18. Collis Coal miner
19. Colton From the coal or dark town
20. Colvin Coal Black
21. Colys Son of the dark man
22. Cornell Crow
23. Cronan Dark one
24. Dade Dark One
25. Daegel Dweller by the dark stream
26. Dajon Gift of God
27. Dallan/ Dallen Blind
28. Dalton The settlement in the valley
29. Daray/Darce/Darcio Dark
30. Darnay A tale of two cities
31. Darnel/Darnell Hiding place; hidden area
32. Darryl Open
33. Daruk Tree, Dark Skinned
34. Daryn Born at Night
35. Dawayne Dark, Black
36. De-John God is gracious
37. De-Morris Dark-skinned
38. Deagan Black-haired
39. Deaundra Courageous
40. Dedrian God
41. Delane Black defiance
42. Delaney/Delaynie From the alder grove
43. Demarion Bitter or From The Sea
44. Demonde Of man
45. Dennard Bears Home
46. Deon God
47. Derrick Gifted ruler
48. Deshane Gifted friend
49. Devondre One that knows how to make other people laugh
50. Dewain Dark
51. De’Shane God is gracious
52. Dixon Son of Dick
53. Dominique Belonging to God
54. Donall Stranger
55. Donavan Dark
56. Doogie Dark water
57. Dooley Dark hero
58. Dorrin Dark-browed
59. Dorsey Dark
60. Doughlas/Dougie/Dove/Duglas Dark or Black
61. Dow Dark-haired
62. Duana/Dugan Dark and swarthy
63. Duane Field, meadow
64. Duff Dark-skinned
65. Dulamah Tall and Black
66. Duncan Dark-haired
67. Dunn Brown-skinned soldier
68. Dunnere Dark Brown cClored
69. Dunstan Dark stone
70. Duval Of the valley
71. Duwayne/Dwain/Dwayne Dark or Black
72. Dwade Dark Traveller
73. D’marcus Of Marcus
74. Eason Son of Adam
75. Ebany Deep black wood
76. Edwyn Wealthy friend
77. Elton Ella’s town
78. Erskine High cliff, verdant hill
79. Finneas The mouth of a snake
80. Fosco Dark
81. Gethrude A person of dark skin
82. Gethwine A dusky friend or a dark skinned friend
83. Ghadra Dark
84. Ghanashyam/Ghanasyaam Lord Krishna or Black cloud
85. Ghanasyama/Ghanshyam Dark as a Cloud
86. Glover maker of gloves
87. Godrell Wreath or prize
88. Gotam/Gotama The bright in the dark
89. Goutam/Grant Great, tall
90. Gurutej Shine of God
91. Guyton Sightless
92. Harkan/Harken Dark red
93. Harkyn Army Land
94. Harnish Remove the night and spread the light
95. Indíbil He who is very black
96. Ja-ron Cry of rejoicing
97. Jaquin Yahweh will establish
98. Jared Rose (flower), also descending
99. Jarek spring
100. Jarel/Jarell Blend of Jar and darell
101. Javan Deceiver and One who makes sad
102. Jomo Flaming spear
103. Kaanan Forest
104. Karmegam/Karmegan Black Cloud
105. Kasen Pure
106. Kaval Dark skinned
107. Keeria Little Dark One
108. Keifer Barrel Maker
109. Kenard Brave Cheiftain
110. Kendell Royal Valley
111. Kendrick Royal ruler
112. Kenton The royal settlement
113. Kenyata Musician
114. Kerr Marsh land
115. Kerrim/Kerryn Dark
116. Kerwinn Little dark one
117. Keyair Dark Hair
118. Kier Dark-skinned
119. Kieran/Kieron Black or Beam of light
120. Kiralescense Little dark one
121. Kol/Kolby Dark-haired
122. Kordell Cord maker
123. Krishanth/Krishay/Krishendu/Krishnachand Black or dark
124. Krishna-dwaipayana The dark one born on an Island
125. Krishnakumar/Krishneel  Lord Krishna
126. Krishnala/Krishnam/Krishnan Black or dark
127. Kyrin Dark
128. La-Ron Thief
129. Lamark Dedicated to Mars
130. Lance Servant
131. Lasean God is gracious
132. Latrell One who is noble and eager
133. Lavon Divine
134. Ledell One who is queenly
135. Lemuel Devoted to God
136. Leron The circle
137. Lester Fortified Place
138. Levon Lion, Spice
139. Lincoln Town by the Pool
140. Liron Song is mine
141. Lloyd Gray-haired
142. Lucius Bringer of light and knowledge
143. Lugobi A light in the dark
144. Luther Lute player
145. Lyron My Song
146. Major Greater
147. Marvin Sea friend
148. Maurice/Mauricio/Maurilio/Maurin/Mauritius/Maury dark-skinned, Moorish
149. Mauryen The dark skinned Emporer
150. Mavra Black
151. Meghashyam; Lord Krishna Cloud dark
152. Merick/Merik/Merric Fame, power
153. Montez Mountain
154. Morie/Moris/Moritz/Moriz/Morrisey/Morse Dark skinned
155. Nero Black
156. Nigel Champion Or Black
157. Otis wealth and Son of Otto
158. Patrice Noble or patrician
159. Peran Little dark one
160. Pinye He who is dark complexioned
161. Quenton lucky number
162. Quincy Estate of the fifth son
163. Radd Thunder
164. Randall Shield-wolf
165. Raymone Wise-protector
166. Raynard Strong decision
167. Reshay Beautiful powerful brave kind strong understanding
168. Romon A special gifted boy or man
169. Romy Dew of the sea in Jamaican origin
170. Roscoe Deer forest
171. Rufus Red-head
172. Sammy God heard
173. Samuel God has heard
174. Santana Saint Anne
175. Shawnte Place of stones
176. Sherwin Swift Runner
177. Shyam/Shyamal Black and Blue
178. Simeon Reputation
179. Smokey Smoke-Colored
180. Spike From Sparta
181. Steadman Farmstead occupant
182. Sterlin Valuable
183. Sullivan Black-eyed one
184. Suneel Dark Blue
185. Sunil Deep Dark Blue
186. Suwayd Black
187. Sylvester wood or forest
188. Talin Talon, Claw
189. Tamal Dark Tree
190. Tamas Twin
191. Taylan Tailor
192. Terrell Thunder ruler
193. Terris Tender and Gracious
194. Travon Fair town
195. Tremaine Town built with stone
196. Treshaun Handsome
197. Treven/Trevon Fair town
198. Twain Cut in two
199. Tyree Derivative of the Scandinavian god of battle
200. Tyreese Enthusiastic
201. Tyrek Evening caller
202. Tyrone land of Eoghan
203. Umar Long-lived
204. Vance Someone who lives near marshland
205. Wardell Watch Hill
206. Waverly From the quaking aspen tree meadow
207. Wilburn Bright will
208. Wyclef Village near the cliff
209. Yemane God is Gracious, Merciful

Though we could take more names, we didn’t want to make you bother while finding the right one. That’s why we have tried to make a list as short as possible. If you haven’t got the one for your little guy, then we have some other articles where you may find any other name on this category of our website.