90 Cheerful Boy Names That Mean Joy or Happiness

Give your baby boy a name that means happy to show him he's the light of your life.

Updated May 2, 2024
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Bringing a baby into the world is a joyful event. So why not select a name that reflects the joy that your baby boy brings you? These boy names that mean joy or happy — or anything reflecting a state of good cheer and happiness — are the perfect names to show how you feel about your little man coming into your life. 

Sweet Boy Names That Mean Joy or Happy

Choose a baby boy name that means joy or happy for a son you wish to bestow those same characteristics upon through his name. These baby boy names could have several meanings, but at least one of the meanings reflects joy or happiness, just like your bundle of joy.

  • Alaia - joyful (Basque)
  • Ash - happy (Hewbrew)
  • Asher - happy (Hebrew)
  • Bennet - happy (Norman)
  • Caio - happy (Brazilian) 
  • Edwyn or Edwin - happy friend (Anglo-Saxon)
  • Fagan- joyful or glad (Irish)
  • Fain - happy (British)
  • Faine - happy (British)
  • Farukh - happy (Armenian)
  • Feliciano - happy (Latin)
  • Felix - joy, lucky, or fortunate (Latin)
  • Helgi - happy (Icelandic)
  • Hilario - happy (Greek)
  • Jevin - joyful (American)
  • Jolly - happy, cheerful (English)
  • Kamaran - happy (English)
  • Kasem - happiness (Thai)
  • Kiichi - joyful one (Japanese)
  • Kiko - joyful child (Japanese)
  • McKay - rejoicing (Irish)
  • Naeem - happy (Hebrew)
  • Naim - happy (Hebrew)
  • Onni - happiness (Finish)
  • Ron (can be short for Ronald) - joy or song of joy (Scottish)
  • Rune - happy (Thai)
  • Saad - happy (Arabic)
  • Seeley - happy (French)
  • Selig - happy, blessed, holy (Yiddish)
  • Winston - joyful stone (Old English)
  • Win - short for Winston
  • Wynstan - joyful stone (Old English)
  • Wyn - short for Wnystan
  • Yoshiro - joyful one (Japanese)
  • Yoshi - joyful one (Japanese)
  • Zelig - happy, blessed, or holy (Yiddish)
Quick Tip

Names may also have religious significance, so if that's important to you, look for Christian names like the unisex Shiloh (peace or abundant joy). You might also consider a mythological Hindu name that means joy like Nanda.

Boy Names That Mean Happy or Joy From Around the World

If you'd like something culturally significant, look for a boy name that means happy or joy that comes from cultures and countries around the world. These names are wonderful first or middle names for boys
  • Ajay - (EY-JHey)- joyful (Sanskrit)
  • Anand (aa-NAEND) - happiness or joyful (Sanskrit)
  • Ayo (AA-Yow) - full of joy (Yoruba)
  • Dilshad (DihL-SHAA-D) - joyous or happy heart (Persian)
  • Gale (Gey-L) - gives joy (Norwegian)
  • Gil  (JHiy-Laa) - joy (Hebrew)
  • Gilon -  (JHiy-Laa-N) - joy (Hebrew)
  • Ilarion (iy-LAA-R-iy-ow-N) - joyful or happy (Greek)
  • Illarion (iy-LAA-R-iy-ow-N) - joyful or happy (Greek)
  • Macario (MaaKAAR-iy-ow) - happy or blessed (Greek)
  • Makarios (MaaKAAR-iy-ows) - happy or blessed (Greek)
  • Makari (MaaKAAR-ee) - happy (Greek)
  • Oron (ow-RAA-N) - joy or light (Hebrew)
  • Radman (RAA-DMahN) - joy (Slavic)
  • Saeed (Saa-IY-D) - auspicious, lucky or happy (Arabic)
  • Sa'id (Saa-IY-D) - auspicious, lucky or happy (Arabic)
  • Whelan (WEHL-aeN) - joyful (Irish)
  • Xing-fu (zhing foo) - joyful or happiness (Chinese)
  • Yuki (YOO-KyEE) - happiness (Japanese)
  • Zorion (ZAORiyAHN) - happy (Basque)

Names That Reflect Joy and Happiness for Boys

mother playing with her adorable baby boy

A name may not have the direct meaning of joy or happiness, but there are plenty of names that reflect those feelings through their meaning. 

  • Alan - cheerful (Gaelic)
  • Blythe - cheerful (Old English)
  • Cai - rejoice (Latin)
  • Caius - rejoice (Latin)
  • Gauis - rejoice (Latin)
  • Isaac - laughter (Hebrew)
  • Ike - brings laughter (Hebrew)
  • Jay - rejoice or jaybird (Latin)
  • Jesse - gift or gift from God (Hebrew)
  • Jude - praise or thanks (Latin)
  • Keye - rejoice (Latin)
  • Luke - light one or bringer of light (Greek)
  • Sunny - bright, light, cheerful (British)
  • Tait - cheerful (Norse)
  • Tate - cheerful (Norse)
  • Vito - life (Italian)
  • Xavier - bright or splendid (Basque)

Related: Top 100 Boy Names Your Little Guy Will Love

Happy or Joy As Your Baby's Name

Few places have baby naming rules, so there's probably not much to stop you from naming your son whatever makes you happy. An original, unique baby name can help you truly personalize your son's name. Happy can be used as your baby's first or middle name with no mistaking the meaning. Joy is traditionally a girl's name, but you can still use it for your son. Alternatively, you may want to create your own version of both names.

  • Happie
  • Hap-pi
  • Joie
  • Joyo
  • Joyoust

Words for Joy or Happiness in Other Languages That Make Cute Names

We love a cute name, so we scoured our translator apps to find words in different languages that mean joy or happiness that would make adorable baby boy names.

  • Athas (Irish)
  • Ayo (Yoruba)
  • Chara (Greek)
  • Fia (Samoan)
  • Furaha (Swahili)
  • Harikoa (Maori)
  • Hauʻoli (Hawaiian)
  • Ilo (Finnish)
  • Marah (Arabic)
  • Masaya (Filipino)
  • Oli (Samoan)
  • Onu (Igbo)

Joyful Baby Boy Names That Make You Smile

When it comes to selecting the best baby name for your son, you want to pick something that makes you smile. If you're happy, your baby will be too!

90 Cheerful Boy Names That Mean Joy or Happiness