Kingly Baby Names

All of the names in our list of kingly baby names were borne by a king in various points in history and in different cultures (two of the names actually mean ‘king’ in themselves!) These names may be just the thing to pull out the inner leader in your baby boy!


From the Latin form of the Greek name Alexandros which means ‘to defend’ and ‘man warrior.’ Alexander became very popular in the post-classical period and means ‘defender of man’. Usage is largely derived from the fame of Alexander the Great, King of Macedon.


The name Bruce was originally a Scottish surname, notably belonging to Robert Bruce, a Scottish king in the 14th century.


Darius is a name of Persian origin and was borne by the king of the Persians in 6th century BC.


A biblical name borne by King David of Israel, who killed the giant Goliath with a slingshot before his rise to power. David is a very popular name in English-speaking countries.


The name Edgar is derived from the Old English name Eadgar. The name was borne by an English king and St Edgar the Peaceful.


St George is the patron saint of England, and is well known from the legend of St George and the dragon. Popularity was bolstered in the 18th century when George I became King of England.


Henry is a German name adopted by Normans who introduced it to Britain. It quickly became a favoured royal name and was most notoriously borne by King Henry VIII.


Kyan is a modern variation of the name Ryan and is especially popular in America. It means ‘little king.’


Louis was a very common name among French royals and noblemen. The name was borne by sixteen French kings up to the French Revolution.


Malik comes from the Arabic word for ‘king.’ It has risen in popularity since its use by African- American activist Malcolm X, who took the Islamic name El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz.