Our Favorite Double Names for Boys
It is not just Jack. It’s actually Jack Wyatt. In the South, we take our double names quite seriously.John Dawson. William Russell. John Michael. In the South, when it comes to naming our boys, double names just roll off the tongue. Two names meant to always be together, not just for when he is causing a stir and Mama has to holler at him. When he and Dad are out fishing, it will be Henry Knox sitting at that pond, not Henry. Grandma will always be calling her little peanut by his proper double name. It goes without saying that double names, just like family names, are very popular. Here are a few of our favorite double names for your boys.
Unlike double names for girls, boys’ names typically begin with a shorter, one-syllable name. Beau may be one of the most beloved Southern names. Just because it means “beautiful” doesn’t mean that it isn’t masculine—especially when paired with a name like Alexander, which means “defender of man.”
David means “adored,” and Emmett means “entire.” Great match.
This name is ideal for Christmas babies. The Biblical figure of David is connected with the holiday season, and Hollis, or Holly, is a classic holiday symbol.
Wyatt, which means “courageous in battle,” is a timeless Southern name.
Dale used to refer to someone who lived near a valley, which is just right for a boy born and raised in Southern flat lands.
Meaning “adored” and “God’s mercy,” this name is a classic, through and through.
John, which traces its origins back to the Bible, is one of the most popular choices. Here, it’s followed by Dawson, which means “son of David.”
Everett is inspired by the name Everard, which was used in the Middle Ages to mean “brave boar.”
Quite fitting for a Southern boy, Hayes means “one who lives by the brush.”
In addition to being one of the most popular double names for boys, the name John Michael is shared with John Michael Bishop, a Noble Peace Prize winning physician.
Here’s another very common male double name. Morgan means “great circle.”
Preston means “from the priest’s town.”
Born in Virginia, John Tyler was the 10th U.S. President.
Noah means “rest and comfort,” and Presley can be traced back to years before Elvis (although, that’s enough). Presley also means “of the priesthood."
Robert means “brilliant fame,” which may explain the number of notable Southern Roberts. For example, architect Robert Mills is known for designing the Washington Monument.
Inspired by the King of Cowboys himself, Roy Rogers (whose birth name was actually Leonard). Roy Lee means “King of the clearing.”
Davis is a name that will always be associated with the South, but its roots are actually much older. Derived from the Bible, it means “adored.”
There are boys who share a name with a few notables like Harrison Ford, Henry Ford, and Mark Twain’s well-loved Missouri mischief-maker, Tom Sawyer.
William is another popular choice, which means “strong minded and protecting.” Henry means “ruling,” and that’s quite appropriate because William Henry was the 9th president of the USA.
This one is longer, but one of our favorites. Jennings is derived from John, which means “God is merciful.”
A lively name for a lively boy. Traditionally, the name Russell meant red-headed, however there are plenty of males with that name bearing hair of different hues. Combined with William, which means “strong-minded,” you may have yourself a hot-headed fellow. Consider yourself warned.
William Westmoreland was a U.S. Army General who made a name for himself as commander of American troops in Vietnam.
If your family already has a Robert Sr., Robert Jr., and so on, switch it up with a double name that starts with “Bobby.”
Even though double names feel inherently formal, Jack is a laidback way to start one. A popular name from the Bible, David means “beloved.”
We love this pairing of an old-school name and a modern name.
This combination of two old-fashioned names rolls right off the tongue.
This double name combines two Biblical names, and it’s only two syllables, which makes it easier to say.
Catholic parents-to-be recall this name from two past popes, but it’s also an English version of Jean-Paul, a popular French name.
A combination of two biblical names, this double name is as traditional as it gets.
Apparently, Owen comes from a word that means “young warrior” and “well-born,” and those meanings seem like good omens for a strong, confident young man.
Even though Tyler is one of our favorite gender-neutral names, it’s decidedly masculine when paired with a classic boy name like James.
Fun fact: Both former president Bush’s middle names are Walker.