160+ Cool and Catchy Preppy Names With Meanings

Every parent is looking for the right name for their baby. But in doing so, many go for names that aren’t popular for whatever reason. However, this is a costly mistake because you can’t change the name later.

We’ve all heard stories where parents name their child something that the child ends up growing up to hate it.

How can you avoid that? Do some research and check out some popular preppy names to get better idea.

Miles – “soldier or merciful”

Emmett – “universal”

James – “sup planter”

Alec – “defending men”

Andrew – “manly”

Bradley – “broad wood”

Brendan – “prince or king”

Brighton – “bright town”

Christian – “follower of Christ’’

Christopher – “Christ-bearer”

Clayton – “place with good clay”

Clinton – “hilltop town”

Merritt – “boundary gate”

Mitchell – “who is like God”

Murphy – “sea warrior”

Myles – “gracious”

Pierce – “rock”

In the past, some parents have named their child after celebrities or fictional characters.

Sometimes the parents themselves will choose a name that is not typical. Other times they will choose a name that is not common at all.

Some parents are so overwhelmed with the task of naming their child, they opt for a one-word baby name.

And although this has been a popular choice, it’s not always the best decision.

In many cultures around the world, a name is considered an important part of a child’s identity.

Besides, it’s a good idea to avoid naming your child the same as their father, which might lead to confusion.

So, what should the perfect baby’s name be? Let’s dive into the list of awesome preppy names.

Conrad – “bold counsel”

Declan – “full of goodness”

Dorian – “child of the sea”

Ellis – “benevolent”

Everett – “brave, strong boar”

Francis – “free man”

Garrett – “brave, strong spear”

Gerald – “rule of the spear”

Henry – “ruler”

James – “supplanter”

Kellan – “swamp; slender”

Malcolm – “Devotee of Saint Columba”

Preppy Names

These are the awesome and catchy preppy names with meanings:

Marshall – “lover of horses”

Nicholas – “victory of the people”

Nolan – “champion”

Parker – ‘’park keeper”

Philip – “fond of horses”

Radley – “meadow of the reeds”

Richard – “strong leader”

Sheridan – “seeker”

Timothy – “honoring”

Wade – “to go”

William – “desire protection”

Beau – “beautiful”

Beaumont – “lovely hill’’

Bennett – “blessed”

Benton – “town of bent grass”

Blaine – “slender; angular”

Brooks – “dweller of the brook”

Carlisle – “fort at Luguvalium”

Davis – “son of David”

Edison – “Edie’s son”

Preston – “priest’s town”

Quincy – “estate of the fifth son”

Reid – “red-haired”

Shepherd – “herdsman or guardian”

Vaughn – “small, little”

Wilder – “untamed”

Worth – “enclosure; homestead”

Charlotte -“freeman”

Henry – “estate ruler”

Louis – “renowned warrior”

Edith – “prosperous in war”

Alistair – “defending men”

Preppy Names

Preppy Boy Names

Here are the few preppy boy names with meaninngs:

Brentley – “hill or mount”

Cadwell – “wooded stream”

Campbell – “crooked mouth”

Clifford – “ford by a cliff”

Donovan – “brown-haired chieftain”

Langston – “long stone”

Laughlin – “stranger”

Macallister – “son of Alasdair”

Maxwell – “great stream”

Prescott – “priest dwelling”

Quentin – “the fifth”

Quinton – “farmstead estate”

Remington – “raven settlement”

Rutherford – “cattle ford”

Sebastian – “venerable”

Sinclair – “pure, renowned, illustrious”

Sullivan – “dark eye”

Thaddeus – “courageous heart”

Winston – “joyful stone”

Aidan – “born of fire”

Benson – “son of Ben”

Booth – “small dwelling place”

Brock – “badger like”

George – “farmer”

Grant – “large”

Hudson – “son of Hugh”

Jack – “God is gracious”

Jeffrey – “pledge of peace”

Jones – “son of Loan”

Julian – “young at heart”

Tips to Naming Your Babies

There are millions of baby names out there, and while most parents decide on a name and stick with it for the rest of their lives.

There are some who wish the best for their future child, but don’t have a clue how to choose a name.

These parents may be confused about why they can’t come up with a name for their baby, or they may have tried several times and have given up on the idea.

If you are considering giving your child a name, there are some things you should know:

1.      Pick the name you love, even if it is popular.

It is popular and you love it. Anything else you need to think upon? Nope. Go for it. If you want to give it uniqueness, think of a great middle name.

Here are some popular preppy names out there:

Elliott – “bravely and true”

Emmitt – “universal, powerful, or truth”

Garrison – “spear-fortified town”

Greer – “watchful or vigilant’’

Harper – “player of the harp”

Harrison – “son of Harry”

Hayes – “hedged area”

Jackson – “son of Jack”

Jefferson – “peaceful place”

Keaton – “place of hawks”

2.      Do not skip lovely preppy names even if they are unique, unusual, and different.

Sometimes, parents will not go for unusual, unique, and different baby names.

They consider it weird. Let me tell you that being attractive and thought provoking is the game these days.

How would you like these preppy names:

Kennedy – “helmeted chief’’

Lawson – “son of Lawrence”

Quinn – “Council”

Spencer – “steward or administrator”

Taylor – “to cut”

Thatcher – roof thatcher”

Tucker – “to torment”

Walker – “a fuller of cloth”

Wesley – “field to the west”

3.      Be confident if you want to go toward personalized spellings for your baby’s name.

SURE. You should be confident when giving personalized spellings to your baby’s name.

However, it is important that you do not make it weird. Adding or removing an alphabet would be enough here.

Try changing these baby names spellings into personalized ones:

 Weston – “western town”

Ashton – “ash tree town”

Banks – “one who lives on the hillside or riverbank”

Brantley – “sword or fiery torch

Bridger – “lives near the bridge”

Byron – “at the byres or barn”

Cooper – “container”

Dashiell – “heaven or sky”

Drexel – “to turn”

4.      Crossing your favorite preppy names on the feedback on friends and family members.

Feedback is important. But it does not mean to listen to every other person’s opinion.

You will hardly find preppy names that everybody would like. Therefore, get feedback but still know your choice.

Consider getting feedback on these baby names from your friends and family members:

Emory – “home strength”

Ennis/Innis – “Island”

Faulkner – “someone who kept and trained falcons”

Fitzgerald – “son of Gerald”

Hawkins – “son of Henry”

Holden – “from the hollow in the valley”

Ingram – “raven of peace”

Ives – “yew wood”

Kendrick – “greatest champion”

5.      Do a little research and find what is out there.

Research is important step for the first-time parents as well for those who do not know what sort of names people pick.

You will be all good once you do a little internet research. You will also be able to find some great preppy names that you might consider now or in the future.

Here are some common baby names examples to help you:

Leland – “one who lives by unseeded land”

Merrill – “sea-bright”

Montgomery – “Gomeric’s hill”

Oakes – “someone who lives near oak trees”

Philips – “son of Philip”

Quade – “son of Uaid”

Ridley – “reed meadow”

Scout – “to listen”

Sloan – “warrior”

6.      Consider names of the subsequent children.

Maybe, you are first time parents and figuring out some cool preppy name. It is a good idea to consider the names of subsequent children too.

7.      Avoid names with bad meanings.

Baby names with bad meanings can be a cause of embarrassment for you and your kid.

Be sure to know the meaning of the name you are gonna pick and be sure it is encouraging and positive.

Here are some of the cool preppy names with meanings:

Sterling – “genuine, of high quality”

Taggart – “son of the priest”

Thornton – from a thorn bush enclosure or settlement”

Wallis – “a Welshman, Celt”

York – “boar settlement”

Alistair – “the one who repels men”

Augustine – “to increase”

Barclay – “birch tree meadow”

Beckham – “homestead by the stream”

8.      Pick up good people names from history.

The name of person has effect on his/her personality, it is said. Maybe, that’s the reason why people choose names from history.

You can consider this as well. I am sure you have heard about many legends from the past. I bet you’d find some awesome and useable preppy names if you look into it.

We have a small list of preppy names here for you to check out and know if you have heard them before:

 Bryce/Brycen – “speckled”

Callen – “rock”

Chandler – “candle maker and seller”

Clark – “secretary”

Collin – “cub, young one”

Crawford – “crow ford”

Duncan – “dark or dark-haired man”

Fisher – “one who obtained a living by fishing”

Fletcher – “an arrowsmith or seller of arrows”

9.      Make sure the first and second name fit with each other.

This happens rarely that the first and seconds names do not fit and meet each other well. It is, however, something you would not want.

Check out preppy names and try to make full names that fit each other nicely:

Douglas – “dark stream”

Emerson – “son of Emery”

Frederick – “peaceful ruler”

Gregory – “watchful, alert”

Hutchinson – “above all others”

Jameson – “son of James”

Jennings – “little John”

Kensington – “a borough of London, capital city of England”

10. Avoid names with too many syllables.

Baby names with too many syllables are complex. They are hard to remember. They should be avoided.

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