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Vietnamese Names for Boys

JackVietnamese names for boys are positive and uplifting. They often refer to an positive characterstic (like strength or gentleness), to hoped for attributes (like wealth or studiousness), or to positive images (like spring or a tree).

Here is a list of Vietnamese boys names, and their meanings.

An: peace, peacefulness

Anh Dung: heroism, strength

Bình: peace, peacefulness (also a girls name)

Bao, : protection  

Cành: scenery, environment, natural background in a sense of something that spreads out limitlessly, supports lives,is green and colorful with trees, grass, flowers and fruits.

Chiê'n: fight, battle, combat

Chinh: correctness, righteousness

Cu'ò'ong: prosperous, healthy

Dac Kien: acquired view or knowledge

Ðào: religion

Danh: fame, prestige

Ða.t : accomplished, to attain, to achieve

Ðe : royalty

Diên: farm, farming

Duc: physical exercise, desire

Due: virtuous

Du~ng: heroic, heroism

Duong: positivity, virility

Gia: excellent (sometimes middle or family name)

Giang : river (pronounced "yaahng" in the south or "zaahng" in the north)

Ha?i: river

Ha?o: good (also a girls name)

Hien: nice, kind, gentle

Hiê'u: dutiful to parents, filial dutifulness

Ho.c: to study

Huu: "very much so". amplifies the meaning of the first name, e.g., Phuoc Huu means "one who deserves to be lucky"

Huu (hu+u~): to have, as in Huu Phuoc (to have phuoc).

Hung: prosperity

Hu`ng: heroic, heroism; also strong

Huy: sending light out, brightness

Huynh: older brother (Chinese/Vietnamese word/meaning)

Kha'n: (with raising tone) audience

Lanh: quick-minded, smart; street-smart

La`nh: peaceful

Lân: fictitious four-legged animal with a single horn on the head

Lôc: luck, blessings

Minh: bright

Nguyên: origin

Nhât: long life

Nhâ't: number one

Phuc: luck, blessings. Northern version.

Phuoc: lucky. Southern version.

Quân: soldier

Quang: clear, brilliant; good reputation

Quô'c: nation, country

Sa'ng: bright

Si~ : being a gentleman

Sinh: birth, life, blooming

So~n: mountain

Tha('ng: victory

Thanh: ear pleasing sound; delicate, of high level, also means the color of the sky; very popular name for boys

Tha`nh: achieved, accomplished

Thao: courtesy

Thi.nh: prosperity

Tho. : longevity, long living

Thu: autumn

Thuâ`n: tamed

Thuâ. n: conforming

To.ai: satisfied

To`an: complete

Toa'n: mathematics

Trang: decorated, honored

Trie^`u: tide

Trong Tri: not of small mind

Tro.ng: respected

Trung: central; loyalty

Tu': star, brilliant, quick-minded (can be used for both boy and girls)

Tuan: bright, smart

Tùng: a type of coniferous tree

Vân: traditional middle name to indicate a boy.

Vie^n: (boy's name?) Completion, accomplishment & satisfaction (round, circular object)

ViÊn: (with a little dot underneath the e) Institute, palace, reference

Vi .êt: being Vietnamese

Vu.ong: prosperous, developed

Xuan: spring

If you have additions for Vietnamese names, please write me. Special thanks to Patti Sheeter, Quynh-Anh Lam, Tran Anh Tu, Hong Cao, and Le Chi Thao for their contributions to this page.