Boy Names That Start With J

You have plenty of options if you’re seeking boy names that start with J. Whether you want something cool and creative, or a timeless classic that will never go out of style, you’ll find it among these baby name favorites. And yes, there’s plenty of inspiration if you want twin boy names (or even triplet names) that start with the letter J!


The gem of all the boy names that start with J; it’s associated with a type of quartz, and with famed photographer Jasper Johns.



James is a timeless classic and a perennial favorite—it’s the name of two Apostles, numerous world leaders, and countless celebrities.


One of the most popular boys’ names of all time, Joseph has been a top 20 choice for boys since records started being kept, back in 1880.


Jonathan has been nearly as popular as John of late. Both names date back to Biblical times.


This surname name is currently one of the most popular boy names that start with J, ranking in the top 20.


Though less popular than its more formal origin, Jacob, Jake makes a cool, short-and-sweet name option for boys.


An elegant boys’ name, Julian has become an uberpopular take on the Roman classic, Julius.


An Arabic name that means “handsome,” Jamil spiked in popularity during the last quarter of the 20th century.


After spending a few decades at the top of the charts, Justin is on a slight decline. You can see evidence of its popularity in the current wave of young celebs—like Justin Timberlake, Justin Theroux and Justin Bieber.


In 2012, nearly 1 out of every 100 boys was given the name Jacob, and it’s still incredibly popular for boys. Jacob is a Biblical name that means “supplanter.”


A newly popular pick, Jet is connected with the color black and superfast flight.


An Old Testament prophet bore this name, which means “appointed by God.” (But be prepared for people to start singing Three Dog Night’s classic “Joy to the World,” which features the line, “Jeremiah was a bullfrog…,” quite a bit.)


A popular Old Testament name, Joel was red-hot from the 1960s to the 1980s, but still remains in the top 200 names for boys.


An Arabic name that means “good-hearted,” Jad is just starting to come into vogue.


This Old Testament favorite is currently in the top 100 boys’ names—and it’s been a popular pick for celebrity babies.


Jonah is the currently more popular of two variations on the same name. It means “dove.”


In vogue during the closing half of the 20th century, Jeffrey means “pledge of peace.”


The Spanish version of Joseph, Jose shares its perennial popularity.


You can thank outlaw Jesse James for giving this Old Testament name a bit of swagger. Jesse means “gift,” and is currently in the top 200 baby names for boys.


The Spanish take on George is currently in the top 250 baby names in the U.S.


Once known as the patron saint of lost causes, Jude is now closely associated with the Beatles’ classic hit “Hey Jude.” (And of course, Jude Law.)


Whether you go for the English, Spanish, or German versions, John, a Biblical name that means “God is gracious,” is a winning choice.


The patron saint of learning sported this Greek name, which means “sacred.”


A top 40 pick for the past 35 years, Joshua means “the Lord is our salvation.”


A popular name for boys and girls, Jordan is connected to the Middle Eastern country and famed river.


One of the newest boy names beginning with J, Jayden became a trendy favorite when Britney Spears picked it for her son.


Most wearers of this name pronounce it “hay-soos,” and it’s currently a top 200 favorite.

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