If you’re expecting a biracial baby, you may be on the hunt for mixed baby boy names! Choosing a name is difficult, whether this is your first baby or you’ve had multiple (and if you’ve had multiple, you may be running out of ideas). This list compiles name ideas for mixed-race children, so you can honor the diversity of your family.
As a mother of biracial babies, I know firsthand how challenging it can be to choose names that are fitting to who your children are. I am biracial myself – half white, half black – and my husband is black. And as odd (and quite possibly… bad?) as it might sound to say it this way, we didn’t want names that were “too white” or “too black.” We wanted names that fit both of our backgrounds, were uncomplicated, and would age well. This meant finding unique baby boy names that would feel like a blend of our cultures and families.
It took us up until the last few days before I was due before we finally settled on something. In the end, our choice was the perfect name for our son (and happens to be somewhere on this list)!
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Tips for Choosing a Biracial Name
Choosing a biracial baby name can be a wonderful way to celebrate and honor the diversity of your family background. However, keep in mind that what you choose doesn’t have to have cultural significance to you. It may just boil down to what sounds and feels good enough to you and your partner.
Meaning, just because you are part Irish, doesn’t mean you need an Irish origin name, or just because you’re East African, doesn’t mean you need a Swahili name (read: me and my husband).
Two major questions we asked ourselves were:
Can you picture this name being used for either race or background?
Does this name complement our (pretty unique African) last name?
If not, we passed on it.
No matter what your goals are in your naming process, here are some tips to help you choose a meaningful and culturally inclusive name for your mixed-race child:
- Celebrate both cultures: Embrace names from both parents’ cultural backgrounds. This not only honors your heritage but also reflects the diversity of your child’s identity.
- Research names: Explore names from different cultures and languages. Learn about their meanings, origins, and pronunciation. This can help you find names that carry significance for both sides of the family. I remember that only after we selected our daughter’s name, we found out that it had a sweet translation in my husband’s grandmother’s village language. A nice coincidence!
- Combine names: Consider blending names from different cultures to create a unique and harmonious name. For example, combining an African name with a European name can result in a beautiful and uncommon fusion.
- Consider universal meanings: Opt for names that have universal meanings related to love, peace, strength, or joy. Such names can be found in various cultures and are easily understood and appreciated by people from diverse backgrounds.
- Think about pronunciation: This is a big one for a lot of reasons. Choose a name that is easy to pronounce in both cultures. Names with complex or unique pronunciations might lead to confusion, especially if your child has to correct others frequently.
- Consider family names: Look into family names from both sides. This could be a first name, middle name, or a variation of a family member’s name, honoring your lineage in a special way.
- Consult Both Families: If you’re really stuck, consider asking your families for insights into traditional or culturally significant names that you might not be aware of.
- Embrace multilingualism: If your child will be exposed to multiple languages, consider names that are easily pronounced and understood across these languages.
- Avoid stereotypes: Be mindful of cultural stereotypes when choosing a name. Avoid names that might carry negative connotations or could lead to misconceptions about your child’s heritage.
- Think long-term: Consider how the name will be perceived as your child grows up. A name that is cute for a baby might not suit an adult in a professional setting. For us, we chose names that are cute for a baby but will age nicely as they become young adults and eventually professionals.
- Be open-minded: Be open to exploring a wide range of names. Don’t limit yourself to specific cultural categories; there are beautiful names in every culture that might resonate with you.
- Combine modern and traditional: Mix traditional names with modern ones. This blend can create a name that feels both classic and contemporary.
Remember, the most important thing is to choose a name that holds meaning and significance for your family, reflecting the love and unity that your child represents.
Biracial / Mixed Baby Boy Names
Naming your little boy is one of the biggest decisions you’re ever going to make! When it comes to mixed baby boys, parents often look for biracial names that reflect their diverse heritage and cultures. Alternatively, mixing names from different backgrounds can create a unique and meaningful name for your little one.
Here are some unique boy names inspired by different cultures around the world:
Meaning: Kasen is a more modern name that means “pure.”
Origin: This is of American and Greek origins and is also sometimes spelled Kason.
Meaning: Elijah is a biblical name that means “my God is Yahweh.”
Origin: Elijah is a Hebrew name, dating back to the Old Testament. Yahweh is the name for the God of the Israelites.
Meaning: Mateo has become an increasingly popular name in recent years, landing at the top of many baby name charts. It means “gift of God.”
Origin: This is the Spanish variation of the name Matthew. The Italian variation is Matteo.
Meaning: “Master” or “king”
Malik is a unique name that would very well suit a mixed-race baby!
Meaning: Elias is a variation of Elijah, meaning “The Lord is my God.”
Origin: Elias is both of Hebrew and Greek origin.
Meaning: “Bringer of light”
Origin: Derived from the latin name Lucas, Luca is a common Italian name.
Meaning: “New house”
Origin: Javier has Spanish roots and is a variation of Xavier.
Meaning: Kai is a recently popular boy name of the last twenty years or so, meaning “sea.”
Given the length, I can see this as being the perfect middle name!
Origin: Jayden is of Hebrew origins and is a modern variation of the biblical Jadon from the Old Testament. It is sometimes spelled Jaden.
Jayden is also sometimes also used as a baby girl name, if you are interested in something that is gender neutral!
Meaning: “Son of the sea,” or “born from the ocean”
Meaning: “God is my strength,” “A hero of God”
Origin: Gabriel is a biblical name of Hebrew origin.
Meaning: “Calm” or “tranquil”
Origin: Jalen is an American name that is sometimes spelled Jaylen.
This name has risen in popularity and will likely continue to rise because of Jalen Hurts, the Philadelphia Eagles’ quarterback. This is one of my favorite names!
Origin: Arabic. Kayden, Cayden, and Caden are common American spelling variations.
Meaning: Omar has origins in a variety of cultures and thus has several meanings, including “flourishing” or “long lived,” “wealthy” or “famous,” “eloquent” or “gifted speaker.”
Origin: Arabic, German, Hebrew. Omar can also be spelled Umar.
Meaning: Jackson means “son of Jack,” and since Jack is a common nickname for John, it also means “son of John.”
Origin: English, Scottish, Irish
Jackson would be an excellent choice for a mixed baby boy (look at Jackson Avery from Grey’s Anatomy for starters!). It is sometimes spelled Jaxon.
Meaning: “ruler of the elves”
Origin: English and French
Avery is a gender-neutral name that would also be fitting for a biracial baby (again, Jackson Avery from Grey’s Anatomy).
Meaning: “Healthy” and “wise”
Origin: This cool name has Japanese roots, though doesn’t necessarily sound that way. Great choice for a variety of backgrounds.
Meaning: “Dark” or “of dark complexion.”
Origin: The name Dwayne can also be spelled Duane, and is of Irish origin.
Meaning: “Stern,” “strict,” or “severe”
Origin: If you want a strong name for your little one, this Danish name could be the one for you.
Origin: Jamal has Arabic roots and is commonly used in America.
Meaning: “Victory of the people” or “people of victory”
Origin: Nico is an Italian and Greek name derived from Nicholas.
Origin: The name Miles is of Latin origins and has stood the test of time!
Think Miles Davis and Miles Teller – it works!
Meaning: Kieran, sometimes spelled Keiran, means “little dark one” or “dark haired.”
Origin: While Kieran is an Irish name, the original Gaelic form is Ciarán.
Meaning: “God is gracious,” or “gift from God.”
This name is sometimes spelled Zayn.
Meaning: This name literally means “a carter,” or someone who “transports goods by cart.”
Origin: British, Irish
Meaning: “Of the forest”
Meaning: “God is gracious”
Origin: Russian, Hebrew, Slavic
Meaning: “Bright” and “new house”
Origin: Arabic, Spanish
Meaning: Tyson is derived from the french word tison, which means “ember” or “firebrand.”
Origin: Arabic. Sometimes spelled Emir.
This could be the perfect name for YOUR little prince!
Meaning: “Owen’s territory” or “Owen’s county”
Origin: Tyrone originates from Ireland’s largest county, Tyrone, or Tír Eoghain.
Meaning: “Faithful,” “full-hearted”
Caleb is quickly becoming one of the top boy names of the 2020s!
Meaning: “From the high stronghold”
Origin: The name Denzel is English, specifically from Cornwall.
I’m sure Denzel Washington is in at least one of your favorite movies!
Ravi is a beautiful name that would pair nicely with a short or long middle name, given its simplicity.
Meaning: “Growth” or “abundance”
Remember, the most important thing is to choose a name that holds significance for you and your family, whether it is something that is personal to you, or something that just feels right.
It might be a name from one of your cultural backgrounds, a name inspired by a meaningful event, or simply a name that you and your partner both love. Whatever name you choose, make sure it resonates with you and brings joy to your hearts as you welcome your little one into the world.
You may start with a large number of names that you think could be a good choice for your mixed-race bundle of joy, but eventually you will just know! I hope that this list has provided you with some inspiration!