50 Country Baby Names

50 Country Baby Names

The American midwest and south have cultures all their own related to a history of agriculture and simple village living that many people are fighting to keep alive today amidst urban sprawl and industrial farming. If your family has been a part of this culture for many generations, you may want to pick a name for your child that honors this more recent heritage.

Simple, rustic names can be beautiful and unique. You may want to choose a name related to nature. Willow is an unusual, but lovely name, typically for girls. It’s an English language name taken from the tree, but also related to the meaning “freedom.” Hadley is a name that could work for girls or boys and comes from an old English word meaning “heather meadow.”

You might also choose a name related to a location. Savannah is a lively and diverse city in Georgia, but it also makes a fun and modern girl’s name. Savannah comes from the Spanish word meaning “treeless plain.” If your family comes from Jacksonville or Jackson Hole, the boy’s name Jackson might be especially attractive. The simple English name means “son of Jack,” but also has a biblical meaning, “God has been gracious.”

For a name that works for both girls and boys, while relating to American literary history, you might pick the name Harper. While the name literally means a “harpist or minstrel” in English, many people think of the American author Harper Lee and her famous novel, “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

Amaryllis

Meaning: Sparkling. A flower name after the lily-like plants called Amaryllis; poetically used to mean ‘a simple shepherdess or country girl’
Origin: Greek
Gender: Girl

Arizona

Meaning: The name comes from an Indian word possibly meaning “small spring”
Origin: Indian
Gender: Girl

Audrey

Meaning: ‘As You Like It’ A country wench
Origin: Shakespearean
Gender: Girl

Austin

Meaning: Great, magnificent
Origin: French, Latin
Gender: Boy

Billy

Meaning: Determined protector
Origin: Old English and Old German
Gender: Boy

Blaze

Meaning: Lisp, stutter
Origin: Latin
Gender: Boy

Brandon

Meaning: ‘As You Like It’ A country fellow, in love with Audrey
Origin: Shakespearean
Gender: Boy

Buck

Meaning: Male goat or deer, used as a given name or nickname that denotes a robust and spirited young man
Origin: Old English
Gender: Boy

Bullcalf

Meaning: ‘King Henry IV, Part 2’ Peter Bullcalf, a country soldier
Origin: Shakespearean
Gender: Boy

Canyon

Meaning: Footpath
Origin: Spanish
Gender: Boy

Carson

Meaning: Son of the marsh-dwellers
Origin: Scottish and Old English
Gender: Boy

Cash

Meaning: Vain
Origin: Latin
Gender: Boy

Cassidy

Meaning: Curly-headed; ingenious, clever
Origin: Welsh and Gaelic
Gender: Girl

Chyna

Meaning: Based on the country name China
Origin: English
Gender: Girl

Cliff

Meaning: Cliff-side slope
Origin: Old English
Gender: Boy

Clint

Meaning: Fenced settlement
Origin: Old English
Gender: Boy

Cody

Meaning: Helper
Origin: Irish and Gaelic
Gender: Boy

Cole

Meaning: Swarthy, coal-black, charcoal
Origin: Old English
Gender: Boy

Colt

Meaning: Young horse; frisky
Origin: Old English
Gender: Boy

Colton

Meaning: Swarthy person; coal town or settlement
Origin: Old English
Gender: Boy

Cooper

Meaning: Barrel maker
Origin: Old English
Gender: Boy

Corbin

Meaning: Crow
Origin: Old English
Gender: Boy

Dakota

Meaning: Friend, ally
Origin: Native American
Gender: Girl

Dallas

Meaning: From the dales, the valley meadows
Origin: Irish, Gaelic and Scottish
Gender: Boy

Dale

Meaning: Valley
Origin: Old English
Gender: Boy

Dingbang

Meaning: Protects the country
Origin: Chinese
Gender: Boy

Dusty

Meaning: Brave warrior; dusty area
Origin: Old German, Old English
Gender: Boy

Hadley

Meaning: Heather meadow
Origin: English
Gender: Boy/Girl

Haran

Meaning: Mountainous country
Origin: Biblical
Gender: Boy

Harper

Meaning: Harpist, minstrel
Origin: Old English
Gender: Girl

Houston

Meaning: Hugh’s town; settlement on the hill
Origin: Irish, Gaelic and Old English
Gender: Boy

Inda

Meaning: The country India
Origin: English
Gender: Girl

Indiana

Meaning: From India. Also the name of the Middle Western state
Origin: Latin
Gender: Girl

Jackson

Meaning: Son of Jack
Origin: Old English
Gender: Boy

Jessie

Meaning: The Lord exists
Origin: Hebrew
Gender: Boy

Josie

Meaning: Pet form of Josephine
Origin: Hebrew
Gender: Girl

Lanfranco

Meaning: Derived from a name of Germanic origin composed from of landa- ‘earth’ and franka ‘free’, meaning ‘free man in his country’
Origin: Italian
Gender: Boy

Marilis

Meaning: Abbreviation of Amaryllis
Origin: Greek
Gender: Girl

Marshall

Meaning: Caretaker of horses
Origin: Old French
Gender: Boy

Montana

Meaning: Mountain
Origin: Latin
Gender: Unisex

Owen

Meaning: Born of yew; youth
Origin: Scottish and Greek
Gender: Boy

Preston

Meaning: Priest’s town
Origin: Old English
Gender: Boy

Sandra

Meaning: Short form of Alexandra
Origin: English
Gender: Girl

Savannah

Meaning: Treeless plain
Origin: Spanish
Gender: Girl

Sierra

Meaning: Saw
Origin: Spanish
Gender: Girl

Rose

Meaning: Flower rose
Origin: Latin
Gender: Girl

Rider

Meaning: Horseman
Origin: Old English
Gender: Girl

Travis

Meaning: Crossing; crossroads; toll gate
Origin: English
Gender: Boy

West

Meaning: Western stream
Origin: Old English
Gender: Girl

Willow

Meaning: A slender and graceful wood tree
Origin: English
Gender: Girl