Western Boy Names

By Melissa S. Treacy
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If you are overwhelmed by the vast amount of baby boy names out there, consider choosing a Western or "cowboy" name for your son. "Many of today’s parents are cruising baptismal lists from the1800s for inspiration," said AmericanCowboy.com's Philip Armour. "Part of the reason for this is that the 1860s, thanks, in part, to the Homestead Act, were a time of hope, when folks moved west to be independent and to give their kids a better life."

Baby Name Genie

The website BabyNameGenie.com allows parents to share baby name ideas. Some Western name suggestions for baby boys include Jackson, Colt, Wyatt, Weston, Cash, Destry, Calvin, Landry and Tucker, among many others. Parents may also choose to use the site to ask for input on their name selections, as the website offers a forum-style discussion board.

SheKnows.com Suggestions

SheKnows.com suggests that most Western names come from two sources. Some names are inspired by famous cowboys that really existed such as outlaws Frank and Jessie James, or the Earp Brothers, Morgan and Wyatt. Others use Western radio and television shows for inspiration, selecting names like John Wayne and Gary Cooper, who were actors in the genre, or Ranger Reid, better known as "The Lone Ranger." Sheknows.com offers a wide selection of Western names, along with their meanings, such as Cole, which means "of a triumphant people," according to the site.

Baby Center

A portion of the popular parent advice website, BabyCenter.com, offers another forum-based "community," in which parents from all over the nation and world can discuss options for Western baby boy names. Some suggested names include Sawyer, Wayne, Carter, Kitt, Lane, Dallas, Carson, Lariet, Bronson and Beau. Babycenter.com also suggests Dalton, Justice, Cody, Brody, Remington, Rhett and Trey. Site membership is free, and offers a space for parents to discuss names with one another and browse through name ideas.

American Cowboy

Parents can find an assortment of Western boy names -- along with their origins and meanings -- on AmericanCowboy.com. Names include Levi, Zack, Clayton, Ty, Waylon, Maverick, Zane or Clinton/Clint. The site also suggests seeking unique western city names, like Austin and Dallas, or names like Jasper, Colt and Wes/Weston. According to the site, more unique suggestions include Angus, Ned, Oakley or Winchester/Chester.

About the Author

Melissa S. Treacy is a former newspaper and online media editor in Philadelphia. She has been published on philly.com, in the "Philadelphia Inquirer," "The Philadelphia Tribune" and "Montgomery Newspapers" since she began writing in 1997. Most recently she was a regional editor for Patch.com, managing the Montgomery County sites. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Pennsylvania State University.