153 Baby Boy Names That Start With J

Michele Meleen
Baby boy playing with cardboard letter J

If you love the letter J, the sound it makes, or want to continue a J name theme in your family, there are hundreds of baby boy names for you to choose from. Choosing a baby boy name that starts with J is easy when you know what names and sounds you like. Keep in mind the letter "J" can make a "j" sound or a "h" sound.

J Nicknames to Use As First Names for Boys

If you like short baby boy names or want a unique name for your little guy, J nicknames and boy names with one syllable are fun options.

  • J (jay) - Short for any J Name
  • Ja (jah) - Nickname; Name of rapper Ja Rule
  • Javi (hah-vee) - Short for Javier
  • Jax - Short for Jaxson/Jackson/Jaxon
  • Jay - Short for Jason/Jayson/Jaysen
  • JB - Initials
  • JC -Initials; NSYNC member name
  • JD - Initials
  • Jem - Short for Jeremy
  • JJ - Initials
  • Jo/Joe - Short for Joseph
  • JP - Initials
  • JR (joon-yor or jay-are) - Initials or short for Junior
  • JT - Initials; Justin Timberlake nickname
  • JuJu - Short for Julien
  • Juni - Short for Junior
  • JZ - Initials; Similar sound to rapper Jay-Z
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J Names for Baby Boys From the Bible

Biblical names have always been popular for boys throughout history, but many J names from the bible are unique biblical names for boys when you look beyond John and James.

  • Jaala (jah-ah-lah) - Wild goat
  • Jaasau (jay-ah-sow) - They will do
  • Jabez (Jay-behz) - Sorrow
  • Jabin (Jay-bihn) - Perceptive
  • Jachin (Jay-kin) - He establishes
  • Jacob - Supplanter
  • Jada (jah-dah) - He knows
  • Jahleel - God waits
  • Jahzeel - God will divide
  • Jair (jay-er) - He shines
  • James - Supplanter
  • Jamin (jay-mihn) - Right hand
  • Japeth - Enlarged
  • Jarah - Honeycomb
  • Jared - Descent
  • Jason - To heal
  • Javan - Greece
  • Jeconiah (jeh-coh-nyuh or jeh-cohn-eye-uh) - Yahweh will establish
  • Jedidiah (jehd-ih-die-uh) - Beloved of Yahweh
  • Jehiel (jee-hie-uhl)- God will live
  • Jehu (jee-hoo) - Yahweh is he
  • Jeremiah - Yahweh will exalt
  • Jeriah - Taught by Yahweh
  • Jesse - Gift
  • Jesus - Yahweh is salvation
  • Jethro - Abundance
  • Joash (joh-ash) - Fire of Yahweh
  • Joel - Yahweh is God
  • John/Jonathan - Yahweh is gracious
  • Joktan - Small
  • Jonah - Dove
  • Joseph - He will add
  • Josiah - Yahweh supports
  • Jotham - Yahweh is perfect
  • Jubal - Stream
  • Judah/Judas/Jude - Praise
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Names of Famous Male Athletes Starting With J

When you want a strong baby boy name or one that honors your favorite sport, team, or player you can look to famous athletes for inspiration. Look at athlete nicknames and last names to create uncommon first names.

  • Jack - Professional golfer Nicklaus
  • Jackie - Baseball player Robinson
  • Javier - Professional soccer player Hernandez
  • Jenner - Last name of Olympian Bruce/Caitlyn
  • Jerry - NFL player Rice
  • Jeter - Last name of Baseball player Derek
  • Jimmie - NASCAR driver Johnson
  • Jordan - Professional golfer Spieth
  • Julio - NFL player Jones
  • Julius - NBA player Erving

Unique J Names for Baby Boys

As new parents experiment more with names and find new sources of inspiration, it's become more difficult to find a truly unique baby boy name. A look through some unexpected sources might be the key to finding an original moniker for your son.

Least Popular J Names for Boys

If you look at the bottom of the top 1000 boy names in the U.S. from 2018, you'll find some J gems that might be perfect for your little guy.

  • Jad
  • Jairo
  • Javion
  • Jeremias
  • Jeremy
  • Jericho
  • Jerome
  • Jesiah
  • Jordy
  • Juelz
  • Justus

J Names for Boys Inspired by Books and Movies

Honor your favorite characters by naming your son after them. Books, movies, and even TV shows are filled with great name inspiration. Look beyond the main characters if you want a more original name.

  • Jabba - Star Wars movies
  • Jackson - Last name of book character Percy
  • Jaime - Lannister from Game of Thrones
  • Jansen - Last name of book character Cam
  • Jareth - The Labyrinth movie
  • Jarvis - Iron Man movies
  • Javert - Inspector from Les Miserables movie
  • Jean-Luc - Picard of Star Trek
  • Jeeves - My Man Jeeves stories
  • Jiminy - Cricket from Pinocchio movie
  • Joffrey - Baratheon from Game of Thrones
  • Joshamee - Gibbs from Pirates of the Caribbean movies
  • Judson - The Librarian movies
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J Names for Boys From Video Games

Video game fans can also mine cool and powerful names from their favorite games and franchises. J names from video games are more likely to be uncommon baby names than those inspired by book or movie characters and often reflect different cultures.

  • Jago - Killer Instinct
  • Jaiden - Yu-gi-oh
  • Jak - Jak and Daxter
  • Jameson - Halo
  • Jedah - Darkstalkers
  • Jet - Wild Arms 3
  • Jin - Tekken
  • Jinpachi - Tekken
  • Jiro - Battle High
  • Jorge - Halo

J Word Names to Use As Boy Names

If the baby name meaning is the most important aspect of your J name selection, look for meaningful words that easily work as boy names.

  • Jackal - Wild dog
  • Jag - Tooth on a saw
  • Jezail - Type of musket
  • Jib - Arm of a crane machine
  • Jinx - Gives you bad luck
  • Jivey - Lively
  • Jojoba - Type of shrub
  • Jock/Jocko/Jockey - Male athlete
  • Jonquil - Type of flower
  • Jujitsu - Japanese wrestling form
  • Juku - Type of Japanese school

Invented J Names for Baby Boys

Get creative with your J name and invent your own. Browse the top 100 baby boy names and look for names that still work if you replace the first letter with a J.

  • Jamuel - Variant of Samuel
  • Jateo - Variant of Mateo
  • Javid - Variant of David
  • Javin - Variant of Gavin
  • Jiles - Variant of Giles/Miles
  • Joah- Variant of Noah
  • Jogan - Variant of Logan/Rogan
  • Jolton - Variant of Colton
  • Jowen - Variant of Owen
  • Jyan - Variant of Ryan
  • Jylan - Mix of Jaylen and Dylan
  • Jyson - Mix of Jason and Bryson

Popular J Names for Boys From Around the World

Think outside your country to find even more baby name inspiration. If you love the look and sound of exotic baby names, you'll find tons of options in far away places.

American Baby Boy Names Beginning With J

The most popular boy names in the U.S. in 2018 include these classic names and many of the common J names from the Bible.

  • Jace/Jayce
  • Jasper
  • Jayden
  • Jaxon/Jaxson
  • Jose
  • Joshua
  • Juan
  • Julian
  • Justin

European Baby Boy Names Starting With J

Some of the top baby boy names around Europe are the same as those in America, but these names top the charts only in specific countries.

  • Jac - Wales
  • Jacopo - Italy
  • Jaka - Slovenia
  • Jake - UK
  • Jannik - Germany
  • Jens - Netherlands
  • Joao - Portugal
  • Joep - Netherlands
  • Johannes - Germany
  • Jovan - Serbia
  • Jules - France

Baby Boy Names Beginning With J From Africa and Asia

Finding lists of the top baby names in African and Asian countries can be difficult, but these names have been popular within the past five years.

  • Jian - China
  • Jie - China
  • Ji-hu/Ji-ho - South Korea
  • Joo-won - South Korea
  • Joon-woo - South Korea
  • Jui-En- Taiwan
  • Jun-seo- South Korea
  • Junior - South Africa
Baby boy with J letter

Male Names From Mythology Beginning With J

Give your baby god instant fame with a strong J name from myths or legends.

  • Jam -Twin; Persian
  • Janus - Archway; Roman
  • Jarl - Chieftain; Norse
  • Jayanta - Victorious; Hindu
  • Jimmu - Divin warrior; Japanese
  • Jove - Sky father; Roman
  • Jupiter - Sky father; Roman

J Names for Everyone

Choosing a name that starts with J for you little guy can be a challenge because there are so many great options. Consider things like spelling, pronunciation, and meaning to find the perfect fit for your son.

153 Baby Boy Names That Start With J