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Boy names that start with C are popular for a few reasons. Maybe your other children have C names, or perhaps you like alleteration and your last name starts with C. To help inspire you, we’ve created an awesome list of boy names that start with C. Check it out!

Christopher
One of the most timeless boy names that start with C, Christopher means “bearer of Christ,” and has a slew of luminaries sporting the name, from playwright Christopher Marlowe to actor Christopher Walken.

Charlie/Charles
Another longtime favorite, Charles, means “free man,” and it’s associated with classic authors (Charles Dickens) and characters (Charlie Brown), with royalty (Prince Charles) and scientists (Charles Darwin).

Caleb
This Old Testament name has been on the rise lately—and it has a lovely meaning, “devotion to God.”

Cameron
A charmer of a surname, Cameron’s current claim to fame is character Cameron Tucker from Modern Family. (Note that this top 60 baby name is equally popular for girls.)

Connor
Connor means “lover of hounds,” and has been used in Highlander, Angel, and How to Get Away With Murder.

Christian
One of the most popular boy names that start with C, Christian is squarely in the top 50, and is associated with actors Christian Bale and Christian Slater.

Carl/Carlos
This pair of names offers competing versions of Charles that share its meaning, free man. Carl has stabilized in top 700, thanks in part to the character in the Walking Dead, while Carlos has been a consistent top 200 name for more than 75 years.

Chase
A popular word name, Chase is a popular name in sports, with a slew of baseball players sharing the moniker.

Cole
This British baby name, associated with musician Cole Porter, means “jet black.”

Carter
On a huge upswing since President Carter left office back in 1980, this occupational name is just about to hit the top 25 in the U.S.

Colby
A surname name that’s used for both boys and girls, Colby means “coal town.”

Colin
This Irish name gets an extra dash of cool from actors Colin Firth and Colin Farrell.

Colton
There’s a ton of athletes who sport this name, which means “dark.”

Cooper
Agent Dale Cooper from Twin Peaks, journalist Anderson Cooper, and author James Fenimore Cooper helped this surname name rise into the top 100 in popularity.

Cedric
A tragic character from the Harry Potter series and Cedric the Entertainer are the two most famous bearers of this Celtic name, which means “bounty.”

Clarence
Most famous for the angel from It’s a Wonderful Life, Supreme Court Justice Thomas, and Bruce Springsteen’s late saxophonist, Clarence Clemons, Clarence has dipped in popularity after turn of the 20th century, but seems overdue for a new run toward the top.

Clive
Old school Clyde with a bit of British flair, Clive means lives near the cliff. Actor Clive Owen helped bring this name a little more notice.

Clifton
A more modern take on the classic Clifford, Clifton literally means “town on the cliff.”

Chase
This cool word name offers a softer take on boy names that begin with C. It’s currently in the top 100 baby names in the U.S.

Camden
A place name associated with a neighborhood of London, a city in New Jersey, and the Baltimore Orioles home ballpark, Camden has a picturesque meaning—“winding valley.”

Chad
An uberpreppy favorite from the 1980s, Chad means “warrior.” This is one of those boy names that start with C that’s ready for a comeback!

Cormac
A suitor of Hermione’s in the Harry Potter books, Cormac sports a charming Irish name that means “charioteer.”

Cormoran
Cormoran was a giant in Cornish folklore–perhaps that’s why J.K. Rowling picked it for her hulking detective in her Cormoran Strike mystery series.

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