Artist Names for Boys

Before your son even brings home a single scribble, you can help inspire him to artistic greatness -- simply by naming your budding artist after one of the most renowned masters in history. Consider one of these choices for your future Picasso.

  1. Andy+ Andy Warhol's pop-culture sensibility -- and his bright paintings of cultural icons from Marilyn Monroe to Campbell's soup cans -- have earned him a spot as one of the 20th century's most popular artists. More daring baby-namers may give their child his last name, Warhol. Read more about Andy
  2. Ansel The parents of famed photographer Ansel Adams gave him a German name that means "protected" -- and it's a perfect choice for babies of either sex.
  3. Auguste+ The French name Auguste (meaning August) was most famously associated with the sculptor Rodin -- the artist responsible for the iconic sculpture The Thinker. Read more about Auguste
  4. Claude+ Odds are, you had one of Claude Monet's dappled Impressionist landscapes hanging in your college dorm. He's the most popular of the Impressionists. Read more about Claude
  5. Edgar+ Edgar Degas's elegant paintings and sculptures of ballerinas and racehorses earned him a place among the masters. Read more about Edgar
  6. Edouard+ French Impressionist Edouard Manet crafted masterworks such as Luncheon on the Grass and Olympia. Read more about Edouard
  7. Edvard+ Edvard, the Scandinavian variation of Edward, was the moniker for Edvard Munch, a Norwegian painter and printmaker best known for his work The Scream. Read more about Edvard
  8. Frederic+ If you're a fan of the Old West, you probably know Frederic Remington's work, which features cowboys and other iconic images from the rough-and-tumble era. Read more about Frederic
  9. Henri+ You'll find two famous Henris amongst the finest artists in the world: Henri Matisse was a French artist who used vibrant color in his art, and Henri Rousseau was a French painter in the Postimpressionist movement. Read more about Henri
  10. Hopper American realist painter Edward Hopper is most famous for his painting Nighthawks, portraying a group of people in a late-night diner. Hopper was also the name Sean Penn and Robin Wright chose for their son. It's a less common name (not in the top 1,000), but a great choice if you want an alternative to Hunter, Sawyer, and Cooper.
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