91 Best Old Man Names Ready To Make A Comeback

If you’re searching for the perfect old-fashioned name for your son, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve put together the ultimate list of old man names for you to choose from.

Many of these names have fallen out of favor in recent years, but they’re ready to make a comeback with a whole new generation. So if you want your boy to have a classic name that isn’t ridiculously common, you can’t go wrong with any of the choices below…

Cute baby boy with a silly face laughing at old man names.

Our Top Old Man Names For Newborns

Along with each of the old man names below we’ve also given you the meaning of the name and listed some famous namesakes (both real and fictional)…


  • Origin: German
  • Meaning: noble and bright
  • Famous Namesakes: Theoretical physicist Albert Einstein, baseball superstar Albert Pujols, actor Albert Brooks


  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: defender of mankind
  • Famous Namesakes: Alexander the Great, politician Alexander Hamilton, inventor Alexander Graham Bell, hockey superstar Alexander Ovechkin


  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: elf counsel or wise counsel
  • Famous Namesakes: director Alfred Hitchcock, scientist Alfred Nobel, actor Alfred Molina, the butler character Alfred from Batman


  • Origin: German
  • Meaning: noble friend
  • Famous Namesakes: musician Alvin Lee, basketball player Alvin Robertson, cartoon character Alvin and the Chipmunks


  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: burdened or troubled
  • Famous Namesakes: baseball player Amos Otis, musician Amos Lee, Famous Amos Cookies (interesting note, Amos is actually the last name of the cookie company’s founder)


  • Origin: German
  • Meaning: bold
  • Famous Namesakes: football player Archie Manning, Archie Mountbatten-Windsor (son of Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan, Archie Bunker from the TV show All in the Family


  • Origin: Irish/English
  • Meaning: noble or bear
  • Famous Namesakes: the legend of King Arthur, author Arthur Conan Doyle, tennis great Arthur Ashe


  • Origin: an English version of the Hebrew name Barnabas
  • Meaning: son of comfort, strong as a bear
  • Famous Namesakes: British actor Barney Walsh, Barney the Dinosaur, Barney Gumble from The Simpsons, Barney Rubble from The Flintstones


  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: royal, kingly
  • Famous Namesakes: British actor Basil Rathbone (1940s version of Sherlock Holmes), former hockey player Basil McRae, Basil Fawlty from Fawlty Towers
example of old man names - autographed hockey card of Basil McRae
I still have this autographed Basil McRae card!


  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: son of my right hand
  • Famous Namesakes: Benjamin Franklin, actors Ben Affleck and Ben Stiller


  • Origin: German
  • Meaning: brave as a bear
  • Famous Namesakes: Comedian Bernie Mac, politician Bernie Sanders, basketball players Bernard King, baseball player Bernie Williams, actor Bernard Fox


  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: bald, hairless
  • Famous Namesakes: president Calvin Coolidge, designer Calvin Klein, baseball player Cal Ripken, football player Calvin Johnson, Calvin and Hobbes
Took this pic right from my  copy of the Calvin and Hobbes collection.
Took this pic right from my copy of the Calvin and Hobbes collection.


  • Origin: Persian
  • Meaning: treasurer
  • Famous Namesakes: actor Casper Van Dien, Casper the friendly ghost


  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: blind
  • Famous Namesakes: Film producer Cecil B. Demille, baseball player Cecil Fielder


  • Origin: French/German
  • Meaning: free man
  • Famous Namesakes: Prince Charles, basketball player Charles Barkley, author Charles Dickens


  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: fortress
  • Famous Namesakes: President Chester A. Arthur, singer Chester Bennington, U.S. Navy Admiral Chester Nimitz


  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: scribe, scholar
  • Famous Namesakes: actor Clark Gable, hockey player Clark Gillies, Clark Griswold from National Lampoon’s Vacation


  • Origin: Scottish
  • Meaning: the River Clyde in Scotland
  • Famous Namesakes: basketball player Clyde Drexler, Bonnie and Clyde


  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: horn
  • Famous Namesakes: football player Cornelius Bennett, business magnate Corenlius Vanderbilt, and my grandfather was named Cornelius!


  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: beloved
  • Famous Namesakes: musician David Bowie, soccer player David Beckham, baseball player David Ortiz, comedian Dave Chappelle


  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: named for the middle ages Kingdom of Desmond in southeastern Ireland
  • Famous Namesakes: actor Desmond Llewelyn, football player Desmond Howard, civil right activist Desmond Tutu


  • Origin: Scottish
  • Meaning: black water, dark stream
  • Famous Namesakes: American General Douglas McArthur, football player Doug Flutie, author Douglas Adams


  • Origin: German
  • Meaning: white or blonde
  • Famous Namesakes: President Dwight Eisenhower, basketball player Dwight Howard, baseball player Dwight Gooden, Dwight Schrute from The Office


  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: successful spearman
  • Famous Namesakes: author Edgar Allan Poe, baseball player Edgar Martinez


  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: wealthy guardian
  • Famous Namesakes: actors Eddie Murphy and Edward Norton, musician Eddie Vedder, Edward Scissorhands


  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: prosperous friend
  • Famous Namesakes: astronomer Edwin Hubble, baseball player Edwin Encarnacion, soccer player Edwin van der Sar


  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: noble, renowned
  • Famous Namesakes: composer Elmer Bernstein, cartoon character Elmer Fudd, Elmer’s Glue


  • Origin: English/German
  • Meaning: universal
  • Famous Namesakes: Football player Emmitt Smith, Emmett “Doc” Brown from Back to the Future, Emmett from The Lego Movie


  • Origin: English/German
  • Meaning: serious, resolute
  • Famous Namesakes: author Ernest Hemingway, actor Ernest Borgnine, explorer Ernest Shackleton, baseball player Ernie Banks


  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: noble, well born
  • Famous Namesakes: actor Eugene Levy, playwright Eugene O’Neil, Eugene Krabs from Spongebob Squarepants


  • Origin: Scottish
  • Meaning: born of the yew tree
  • Famous Namesakes: actor Ewan McGregor, author Ewan Morrison


  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: fortunate, happy
  • Famous Namesakes: composer Felix Mendelssohn, baseball player Felix Hernandez, hockey player Felix Potvin, Felix the Cat, Felix Unger from The Odd Couple


  • Origin: Latin/French
  • Meaning: free
  • Famous Namesakes: Pope Francis, director Francis Ford Coppola, Sir Francis Drake


  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: free landholder
  • Famous Namesakes: President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, President Franklin Pierce, Franklin the Turtle
Franklin the Turtle


  • Origin: German
  • Meaning: peaceful ruler
  • Famous Namesakes: actor Fred Savage, dancer Fred Astaire, baseball player Fred McGriff, also a common name among royalty


  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: triangular field
  • Famous Namesakes: inventor Garfield Wood, basketball player Garfield Blair, Garfield the cat


  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: farmer
  • Famous Namesakes: President George Washington, actor George Clooney, boxer George Foreman, singer George Michael


  • Origin: English/German
  • Meaning: ruler with a spear
  • Famous Namesakes: President Gerald Ford, baseball player Gerald “Buster” Posey, actor Gerald McRaney


  • Origin: Scottish
  • Meaning: great hill
  • Famous Namesakes: chef Gordon Ramsey, musician Gordon Lightfoot, basketball player Gordon Hayward, Gordon from Sesame Street


  • Origin: English/Scottish
  • Meaning: grand homestead
  • Famous Namesakes: musician Graham Nash, comedian Graham Norton, actor Graham McTavish


  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: boy who lives near a grove
  • Famous Namesakes: President Grover Cleveland, baseball player Grover Alexander, Grover from Sesame Street


  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: magnificent
  • Famous Namesakes: astronaut Gus Grissom, Gus Fring from Breaking Bad


  • Origin: Scandinavian/English
  • Meaning: army ruler
  • Famous Namesakes: President Harry Truman, musician Harry Styles, director Harold Ramis, illusionist Harry Houdini, Harry Potter


  • Origin: German
  • Meaning: warrior, soldier
  • Famous Namesakes: actor Harvey Keitel, comedian Harvey Korman, Harvey Dent from Batman, the mixed drink Harvey Wallbanger


  • Origin: German
  • Meaning: estate ruler
  • Famous Namesakes: business magnate Henry Ford, actors Henry Cavill, Henry Fonda, and Henry Winkler, King Henry VIII


  • Origin: German
  • Meaning: glorious soldier
  • Famous Namesakes: President Herbert Hoover, author Herbert (H.G) Wells, hockey coach Herb Brooks


  • Origin: German
  • Meaning: soldier, warrior
  • Famous Namesakes: author Herman Melville, football coach Herm Edwards, Herman Munster


  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: high guard
  • Famous Namesakes: radio personality Howard Stern, sports broadcaster Howard Cosell, entrepreneur Howard Hughes


  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: mind, intellect
  • Famous Namesakes: actors Hugh Jackman and Hugh Laurie, Playboy founder Hugh Hefner


  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: laughter
  • Famous Namesakes: scientist Isaac Newton, writer Isaac Asimov, musician Isaac Hayes


  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: youthful, downy-bearded
  • Famous Namesakes: Julius Caesar, basketball player Julius “Dr. J” Erving, football player Julius Peppers


  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: from the Roman city of Laurentum
  • Famous Namesakes: football player Lawrence Taylor, screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan, performer Lawrence Welk


  • Origin: German
  • Meaning: lion-hearted
  • Famous Namesakes: actor Leonard Nimoy, musician Leonard Cohen, composer Leonard Bernstein


  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: flax-haired
  • Famous Namesakes: chemist Linus Pauling, inventor Linus Yale, Linus from the Peanuts comic strip


  • Origin: Welsh
  • Meaning: grey
  • Famous Namesakes: actor Lloyd Bridges, rapper Lloyd Banks, Lloyd Braun from Seinfeld


  • Origin: French/German
  • Meaning: renowned warrior
  • Famous Namesakes: musician Louis Armstrong, actor Lou Costello, baseball player Lou Gehrig, chemist Louis Pasteur, also a popular name among royalty


  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: warlike
  • Famous Namesakes: civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr, actor Martin Freeman, hockey player Martin Brodeur, President Martin Van Buren


  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: greatest
  • Famous Namesakes: baseball player Max Scherzer, hockey player Max Pacioretty, physicist Max Planck


  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: gentle lord
  • Famous Namesakes: actor Mel Brooks, baseball player Mel Ott


  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: from a mill town
  • Famous Namesakes: entrepreneur Milton Hershey, entertainer Milton Berle, scientist Milton Friedman, inventor Milton Bradley


  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: still sea
  • Famous Namesakes: media mogul Mort Zuckerman, archaeologist Mortimer Wheeler, Disney’s Mortimer Mouse


  • Origin: Scottish
  • Meaning: settlement near the sea
  • Famous Namesakes: Murray Lender (founder of Lender’s Bagels), hockey player Murray Craven, Murray Goldberg from The Goldbergs


  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: new town
  • Famous Namesakes: politician Newt Gingrich, Newt Scamander from the Harry Potter series


  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: northerner, Norse-man
  • Famous Namesakes: artist Norman Rockwell, writer Norman Mailer, actor Norm McDonald, producer Norman Lear, Norm from Cheers


  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: olive tree
  • Famous Namesakes: English leader Oliver Cromwell, director Oliver Stone, actor Oliver Platt, the Oliver Twist novel by Charles Dickens


  • Origin: English/Irish
  • Meaning: divine spear
  • Famous Namesakes: boxer Oscar de la Hoya, basketball player Oscar Robertson, Oscar the Grouch, Oscar Madison from The Odd Couple


  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: divine power
  • Famous Namesakes: Saint Oswald, Oswald the cartoon octopus, Oswald the Disney rabbit


  • Origin: German
  • Meaning: wealthy
  • Famous Namesakes: singers Otis Redding and Otis Williams, football player Ottis Anderson, baseball player Otis Nixon


  • Origin: German
  • Meaning: wealthy
  • Famous Namesakes: German statesman Otto Von Bismarck, football player Otto Graham, Otto Mann from The Simpsons


  • Origin: French
  • Meaning: piercing the valley
  • Famous Namesakes: musician Percy Sledge, football player Percvy Harvin, the Percy Jackson book series, Percy Weasley from Harry Potter


  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: lover of horses
  • Famous Namesakes: singer Phil Collins, football player Philip Rivers, actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, golfer Phil Mickelson


  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Nubian, a region of present day Egypt
  • Famous Namesakes: Phineas “P.T.” Barnum, Phineas and Ferb


  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: wolf counsel
  • Famous Namesakes: actors Ralph Macchio and Ralph Fiennes, author Ralph Waldo Emerson, Wreck-It Ralph, Ralph Kramden from The Honeymooners


  • Origin: German
  • Meaning: wise protector
  • Famous Namesakes: actor Ray Romano, hockey player Ray Bourque, musician Ray Charles


  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: behold, a son
  • Famous Namesakes: musician Ruben Stoddard, football player Reuben Foster, the delicious Reuben sandwich


  • Origin: German
  • Meaning: famous warrior
  • Famous Namesakes: tennis player Roger Federer, musician Roger Waters, football player Roger Staubach, baseball player Roger Clemens


  • Origin: German/English
  • Meaning: famous throughout the land
  • Famous Namesakes: medieval military leader Roland, director Roland Emmerich, Roland Deschain from The Dark Tower series


  • Origin: English/German
  • Meaning: advisor to the ruler
  • Famous Namesakes: President Ronald Reagan, director Ron Howard, football player Ronnie Lott, Ronald McDonald


  • Origin: German/English
  • Meaning: famous wolf
  • Famous Namesakes: actor Rudolph Valentino, politician Rudy Giuliani, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer


  • Origin: English/French
  • Meaning: redheaded
  • Famous Namesakes: football players Russell Wilson and Russell Westbrook, actor Russell Crowe


  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: venerable, from the ancient city of Sebastia
  • Famous Namesakes: actor Sebastian Stan, musician Sebastian Bach, Sebastian from The Little Mermaid


  • Origin: English.French
  • Meaning: of the marshy land near the sea
  • Famous Namesakes: American electrical engineer Seymour Cray, Principal Seymour Skinner from The Simpsons


  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: wide meadow
  • Famous Namesakes: hockey player Sidney Crosby, actor Sidney Poitier, novelist Sidney Sheldon


  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: from the stony field
  • Famous Namesakes: actor Stanley Tucci, Marvel creator Stan Lee, baseball player Stan Musial, director Stanley Kubrick


  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: divine gift
  • Famous Namesakes: President Theodore Roosevelt, baseball player Ted Williams, actor Ted Danson, Theo Huxtable from The Cosby Show


  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: alder tree
  • Famous Namesakes: football player Vernon Davis, baseball player Vernon Wells, Uncle Vernon Dursley from the Harry Potter series


  • Origin: German
  • Meaning: army ruler
  • Famous Namesakes: film icon Walt Disney, poet Walt Whitman, journalist Walter Cronkite, baseball player Walt Weiss, Walter White from Breaking Bad


  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: wagon maker
  • Famous Namesakes: hockey great Wayne Gretzky, comedian Wayne Brady, musician Wayne Newton, football player Wayne Chrebet. Wayne’s World

Honorable Mentions For Best Old Man Names

We had a ton of fun putting together this list of old fashioned boy names and we think many of them will become increasingly popular in the future.

But we also came across a few old man names that we just can’t imagine anyone using:

  • Bartholomew
  • Cuthbert
  • Egbert
  • Gaylord
  • Horatio
  • Wilbur
  • Waldorf and Statler (remember those old man Muppets that used to sit in the balcony and heckle the acts?? Those guys were great!)

What do you think of our list of old man names? What are some old fashioned boy names we missed??

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