100 Canadian Names for Boys

Are you in love with this North American country or do you have a special bond with it? Then choose one of these Canadian names for boys.
100 Canadian Names for Boys
Marcela Alejandra Caffulli

Reviewed and approved by the pediatrician Marcela Alejandra Caffulli.

Last update: 18 May, 2023

Canada’s a country that embraces different territories of the world, as it gathers in its essence the culture of other countries. That’s why the origin of the following Canadian names for boys is so varied, but at the same time, adapted to the phonetics of the English and French-speaking country. Are you looking for a worldly option so that you can decide what you’re going to call the future king of the house? If so, Canada can offer you what you’re longing for.

List of the best Canadian names for boys

According to a study carried out by Juan Francisco Maura, from the University of Vermont, Basque and Portuguese fishermen throughout the Middle Ages used the word ‘glen’ to refer to this country, which later evolved to its current name. If the wild nature and beauty of this English and French-speaking country inspire you, don’t miss the following selection of the most popular names that have made parents fall in love with this beautiful land.

Canadian names for boys, from A to C

  1. Adil: comes from Arabic and alludes to one who is ‘judicious and sensible’.
  2. Alan: means ‘harmony’ or ‘grace’. At the same time, the Alans were a people who arrived in France and Spain in the 5th century.
  3. Aleck: this is the Canadian abbreviation for Alexander, ‘the defender of mankind’.
  4. Baptiste: a name that comes from Greek and means ‘the one who baptizes’.
  5. Baptistin: similar to the previous option, this is the diminutive that Canadian parents have fallen in love with.
  6. Barthelemy: this is the Canadian variant of the name Bartholomew.
  7. Cain: this name comes from Hebrew and means ‘acquired by Jehovah’.
  8. Caleb: alludes to one who is ‘bold and faithful’.
  9. Calix: comes from Greek and refers to a child who’s ‘beautiful’.
  10. Calvin: the French variant of one of the most prestigious Roman surnames.
  11. Cassius: this name also comes from an honorable Roman family.
  12. Cedric: this name’s of Celtic origin and means ‘chief’ or ‘battle leader’.
  13. Cephas: comes from Hebrew and has the same meaning as Cedric.
  14. Colas: comes from the Greek name Nicolas, which alludes to the ‘victory of the people’.
  15. Colbert: comes from the English word ‘colt’.
  16. Colin: is of Irish origin and alludes to ‘youth’.
A child playing hockey on a frozen lake
Canadian names have diverse origins due to the arrival of people from all over the world and both American and French influences.

Canadian names for boys from C to G

  1. Conrad: in Germanic, this name means ‘brave’.
  2. Constant: comes from the Latin word constante.
  3. Corentin: comes from Celtic and means ‘friend’.
  4. Clarence: comes from the Latin word clarus and alludes to one who is ‘lustrous, bright, and clear’.
  5. Cyprien: means ‘man of Cyprus’.
  6. Cyril: comes from Greek and alludes to ‘lord’.
  7. Cyrille: this is a variant of Cyril, which, again, alludes to ‘lord’.
  8. Cyrus: means ‘sun’ in Persian.
  9. Fabien: this is the French variant of the name Fabian. Data from the Geneanet site corroborate its popularity in Canada.
  10. Fabrice: this is a name of French origin and alludes to ‘craftsman’.
  11. Gaspard: this is a Persian name that alludes to a ‘treasure manager’.
  12. Gedeon: a name that comes from Hebrew and alludes to a ‘destroyer’ or ‘mighty warrior’.
  13. Gentien: this name is said to pay homage to Gentius, an Illyrian king who’s said to be the discoverer of the tonic and healing properties in Gentian plants.
  14. Gentil: comes from Latin and alludes to a child who’s gentle.
  15. Gideon: this name comes from Hebrew. In this regard, it alludes to a ‘destroyer’ or ‘mighty warrior’.
  16. Guylain: this is a name originating from France, but it doesn’t yet have a recognized meaning.

Names from H to L

  1. Harold: this is a name that many Norwegian, Danish, and English kings have borne. In this regard, it alludes to the root of the herald.
  2. Hermes: recognized for being the ‘interpreter of the gods’ in Greek mythology.
  3. Herold: has the same root as Harold.
  4. Hiram: is of Phoenician origin. Specifically, it’s the abbreviation of the name Ahiram, which means ‘my brother is the exalted one’.
  5. Hugues: this is the French variant of the Germanic name Hugo. Therefore, it refers to one who ‘has a great spirit’.
  6. Ilyas: this name comes from Hebrew and means ‘Yahweh is my God’.
  7. Isai: a Canadian variant of the Hebrew name Yishay, meaning ‘I possess’.
  8. Klebert: alludes to one who is ‘serious’ or ‘formal’.
  9. Lancelot: in French, this name alludes to the ‘knight of the lance’, in honor of the Legend of King Arthur.
  10. Lazard: the French variant of the traditional Lazarus.
  11. Leonard: the French variant of Leonardo, which alludes to one who’s as ‘strong as a lion’.
  12. Leonel: follows the same etymological path as Leonard. Undoubtedly, a true warrior’s name.
  13. Leroy: comes from French and means ‘king’.
  14. Levi: in Hebrew, it means ‘he who unites his own’.
  15. Loric: of Armenian origin, it means ‘quail’.
  16. Ludovic: a derivative of Luis. It alludes to an ‘illustrious warrior’.

Names from N to Z

  1. Nathan: comes from Hebrew and alludes to ‘God’s gift’.
  2. Nathaniel: in line with the previous option, it’s another variant of the biblical name Nathan.
  3. Norbert: of Germanic origin and means ‘bright northerner’.
  4. Pelace: believed to be a variant of the name Palace, but its meaning and origin haven’t yet been discovered.
  5. Valentin: comes from Latin to allude to the one who’s ‘brave, strong, and healthy’.
  6. Waldo: of German origin, it means ‘norm’ or ‘rule’.
  7. Waldemar: means ‘powerful’ or ‘famous’ and is of Germanic origin.
  8. Walid: is a variant of the Arabic name Walada, meaning ‘newborn’.
  9. Wallace: is a variant of waleis, meaning ‘Welsh’.
  10. Wassim: alludes to the one who’s ‘handsome’ in Arabic.
  11. Wilfred: means ‘desire’ or ‘peaceful’ and comes from Germanic.
  12. Wladimir: comes from Slavic and alludes to one who ‘rules the world and holds peace’.
  13. Zachary: derived from the Hebrew name Zechariah. It means ‘God is remembered’.
  14. Zaire: derived from Portuguese and means ‘river that devours all rivers’.

Canadian names for both sexes

Society is changing and more and more parents are choosing unisex names when deciding on a name for their baby. With this in mind, Canada aims to serve as an inspiration to other countries in their international policy. And this is demonstrated, for example, by research published in 2021, which is a theory that’s put into practice with the choice of the following names:

Three children standing in the snow, holding Canadian flags.
The maple leaf is Canada’s most recognized national symbol, which is why it appears in the center of its flag. It also reflects the nature of the country, which inspires many parents when choosing a name for their children.

Unisex Canadian names from A to G

  1. Aden
  2. Alva
  3. Amida
  4. Azaria
  5. Basil
  6. Casimir
  7. Chery
  8. Christin
  9. Clair
  10. Chery
  11. Coral
  12. Gervais
  13. Gildas
  14. Goldie
  15. Gontran
  16. Gratien
  17. Gregoire

Unisex names from H to M

  1. Hilarion
  2. Honore
  3. Innocent
  4. Irenee
  5. Lambert
  6. Landry
  7. Lazar
  8. Loris
  9. Louison
  10. Medine
  11. Mina
  12. Mirca
  13. Modeste

Unisex names from N to Z

  1. Nova
  2. Pacome
  3. Parfait
  4. Percy
  5. Van
  6. Wenceslas
  7. Wilfrid
  8. Winifred

The country of the maple leaf offers these Canadian names for boys

The beauty of the wilderness that’s palpable in the Canadian flag also pierces the hearts of parents. Therefore, they choose names representative of this culture and territory when deciding what the future king of their house will be called. So, if you’re also thinking of choosing one of these options, we encourage you to do so, as they’re steeped in other cultures but give off an essence of their own. The best part? You’ll find in them a wide variety of choices, but most of them are modern alternatives adapted to current times.

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