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When choosing Hawaiian baby boy names, you may be surprised to hear the list is quite long! Traditionally, a baby boy in Hawaii will receive a name at birth from their parents or a family elder, and it will usually carry a specific meaning.
Traditional Hawaiian names for boys originate in names that ‘appeared’ in dreams or visions, names passed down from ancestors, names based on personality traits, or names which honor a person or important event. For this reason, Hawaiian male names are often deeply meaningful, and frequently prize strength and power.
Nature is also revered in traditional Hawaiian names, with the mountains, sandy beaches, and rich plant-life all making appearances. Let’s take a look at some examples.
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The stunning beaches and plant life of Hawaii will have left a lasting impression on any visitor. If you’d like your baby boy to connect with nature, the following names would be a great fit:
Many of these can be found joined together to create longer, even more meaningful names. The rich history and descriptive language that goes into Hawaiian boys’ names will give you many choices when it comes to naming your little one.
As with many cultures, Hawaiian baby boy names also often give praise to the gods.
This name has origins in Hebrew through St. Joseph, and means ‘God will increase.’
Perfect for your little angel, this name literally means ‘of the heavens.’
A great choice for your baby boy, this name means ‘God’s gracious gift.’
Meaning ‘protected by heaven,’ this name is a solid choice and sounds beautiful.
On the other hand, you may be looking for a more unique name for your special one. If you are considering going for a rarer Hawaiian boy’s name, some of the following may appeal to you:
Meaning ‘extremely generous,’ this name would make your baby boy stand out from the crowd.
A name that links to strength and power, Makoa means ‘bold man’ and was only given to 12 Hawaiian boys in 2020.
You may also consider some of the more exotic-sounding and mysterious Hawaiian baby boy names, such as Koukakala (mysterious river), Maka’ala (vigilance), or Nahele (woods or forest).
If you are looking for cool Hawaiian boys’ names, without doubt the most popular is Kai. Meaning ‘of the sea,’ this name not only sounds cool, but connects with the stunning coastline of Hawaii. Another familiar name may be Keanu, which has been very popular with movie fans in the recent past. Keanu literally means ‘cool mountain breeze’ and is another name which pays tribute to Hawaii’s natural beauty.
Along with paying tribute to nature, Hawaiian names often focus on strength.
These Hawaiian boys’ names signify power, strength, or fearlessness:
If you still haven’t made your choice, this list of other Hawaiian male names may help:
For more ideas on the best baby names for your little one, why not ask the mamas of Peanut?
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