Vietnamese Names for Boys
Vietnamese 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
Bi`nh: peace, peacefulness (also a girls name)
Bao, : protection
Ca,nh: 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.
Chie^'n: fight, battle, combat
Chinh: correctness, righteousness
Cu`ong: prosperous, healthy
Dac Kien: acquired view or knowledge
Danh: fame, prestige
Da.t (with a line through the D): accomplished, to attain, to achieve
De (with a line through the D): royalty
Die^`n: farm, farming
Duc: physical exercise, desire
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?o: good (also a girls name)
Hien: nice, kind, gentle
Hie^' 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).
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^ n: fictitious four-legged animal with a single horn on the head
Lo.^c: luck, blessings
Nha^t: long life
Nha^'t: number one
Phuc: luck, blessings. Northern version.
Phuoc: lucky. Southern version.
Quang: clear, brilliant; good reputation
Quo^'c: nation, country
Si~ : being a gentleman
Sinh: birth, life, blooming
Thanh: ear pleasing sound; delicate, of high level, also means the color of the sky; very popular name for boys
Tha`nh: achieved, accomplished
Tho. : longevity, long living
Thua^. n: conforming
Trang: decorated, honored
Trong Tri: not of small mind
Trung: central; loyalty
Tu': star, brilliant, quick-minded (can be used for both boy and girls)
Tuan: bright, smart
Tu`ng: a type of coniferous tree
Va^n: traditional middle name to indicate a boy.
Vie^n: (boy's name?) Completion, accomplishment & satisfaction (round, circular object)
Vie^n: (with a little dot underneath the e) Institute, palace, reference
Vi .e^t: being Vietnamese
Vu.ong: prosperous, developed
If you have additions or recommendations for Vietnamese names, please write us. Special thanks to Patti Sheeter, Quynh-Anh Lam, Tran Anh Tu, Hong Cao, and Le Chi Thao for their contributions to this page.
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