Three-Syllable Boys' Names

Benjamin, Gabriel, and Sebastian are cool picks for baby boys

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When you are considering what to name your baby, three-syllable boys' names have an almost noble or regal sound to them. They can be a mouthful but often match well with shorter surnames.

Most of these longer names provide built-in nicknames, often with more than one to choose from. They can fit baby boys nicely and you can distinguish your child from others with the same long name. As they grow up, they can then decide whether to use the longer name professionally or even a different shorter version.

Here are some three-syllable names, many with Biblical roots, that might be good choices for your new baby boy


Benjamin is a Hebrew name meaning "son of the south," stemming from the twelfth and youngest son of Jacob in the Old Testament. It has steadily risen in popularity, cracking the top 10 boy's names in the U.S. and Canada. It's easily shortened to Ben, with casual monikers of Benj, Benji, and Bennie.


Elijah is a very old name that's been revived among parents for about the past ten years or so as a pick for baby boys. It's an ancient Hebrew name meaning, "My God is Yahweh." His backstory is pretty intense, but Elijah does lend itself to the cute nickname Eli, which may be more suitable for his younger namesakes.


Meaning "priceless one," Anthony is a perennially popular name with strong roots in Latin and Italian. The common nickname Tony is both masculine-sounding name and a poetic-sounding. Although this name is widely associated with families of Italian heritage, Anthony has a multicultural appeal. An Anthony might even decide to call himself Ant as a fun nickname.


Meaning "name of God" in Hebrew, Samuel is an ancient name enjoying a revival. His nickname, Sam, does have a little bit of an old man feel to it, but for younger Samuels, there's always Sammy, a very cute alternative.


The name of the angel who announced the birth of Jesus, Gabriel has religious roots and has held a spot in the top 25 boys' names for the past decade. With the nickname Gabe, this name is just quirky enough to be a little unusual, while offering an interesting backstory.


This name was highly popular in the 1980s and only began to slide a bit in popularity. Another name with Biblical roots, Joshua means "the Lord is my salvation," and most who bear the moniker go by Josh.


Another name with tremendous staying power and a Biblical backstory, Christopher remains a fine choice for a baby boy's name. Its roots are in Greek, and St. Christopher is the patron saint of travelers. The nicknames Chris and Topher are cute diminutives of the full name that are both perfect for babies.


His sister Olivia has been a top three name for several years, but Oliver remains a lower-key option for boys. Olive trees and branches symbolize peace, as does this name. And is there a cuter nickname for a baby boy than Ollie?


This formal-sounding name with Biblical and Shakespearean cred doesn't leave a lot of room for nicknames other than Seb, or maybe Chen. It has remained popular among Millennial parents nonetheless.

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