35 Adventurous Boy Names Inspired By World Explorers

Exploration is the act of searching for the purpose of discovery of information or resources. In human history, its most dramatic rise was during the Age of Discovery when European explorers sailed and charted much of the rest of the world for a variety of reasons. When coming up to baby names, you could consider choosing adventurous names for your baby boys inspired by those famous explorers. These names are bold and mighty, and they make good names for your little explorers.

Abel: Abel Tasman, Dutch seafarer, explorer, and merchant, best known for his voyages of 1642 and 1644 in the service of the Dutch East India Company.

Amerigo: Amerigo Vespucci, Italian explorer, financier, navigator and cartographer who first demonstrated that Brazil and the West Indies did not represent Asia's eastern outskirts as initially conjectured from Columbus' voyages, but instead constituted an entirely separate landmass hitherto unknown to Old Worlders. Colloquially referred to as the New World, this second super continent came to be termed "America", deriving its name from Americus, the Latin version of Vespucci's first name.
Bartolomeu: Bartolomeu Dias, a nobleman of the Portuguese royal household, was a Portuguese explorer. He sailed around the southernmost tip of Africa in 1488, reaching the Indian Ocean from the Atlantic, the first European known to have done so.
Brendan: Saint Brendan of Clonfert, also referred to as Brendan moccu Altae, called "the Navigator", "the Voyager", "the Anchorite", or "the Bold", is one of the early Irish monastic saints. He is chiefly renowned for his legendary quest to the "Isle of the Blessed," also called Saint Brendan's Island. The Voyage of Saint Brendan could be called an immram. He was one of the Twelve Apostles of Ireland.
Christopher: Christopher Columbus, Italian explorer, navigator, colonizer, and citizen of the Republic of Genoa. Under the auspices of the Catholic Monarchs of Spain, he completed four voyages across the Atlantic Ocean.
David: David Livingstone, Scottish Congregationalist pioneer medical missionary with the London Missionary Society and an explorer in Africa, one of the most popular national heroes of late-19th-century in Victorian Britain.
Edmund: Edmund Hillary, New Zealand mountaineer, explorer, and philanthropist. On 29 May 1953, Hillary and Nepalese Sherpa mountaineer Tenzing Norgay became the first climbers to reach the summit of Mount Everest.
Ernest: Ernst Shackleton, polar explorer who led three British expeditions to the Antarctic, and one of the principal figures of the period known as the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration.
Ferdinand: Ferdinand Magellan, Portuguese explorer who organised the Castilian expedition to the East Indies from 1519 to 1522, resulting in the first circumnavigation of the Earth, completed by Juan Sebastián Elcano.
Francis: Francis Drake, vice admiral was an English sea captain, privateer, navigator, slaver, and politician of the Elizabethan era.
Francisco: Francisco Vazquez de Coronado, Spanish conquistador and explorer who led a large expedition from Mexico to present-day Kansas through parts of the southwestern United States between 1540 and 1542.
Hernan: Hernan Cortas, Spanish Conquistador who led an expedition that caused the fall of the Aztec Empire and brought large portions of mainland Mexico under the rule of the King of Castile in the early 16th century. Cortes was part of the generation of Spanish colonizers who began the first phase of the Spanish colonization of the Americas.
Hernando: Hernando de Soto, Spanish explorer and conquistador who led the first European expedition deep into the territory of the modern-day United States, and the first documented European to have crossed the Mississippi River.
Ibn: Ibn Battuta, Medieval Moroccan Muslim traveler and scholar, who is widely recognised as one of the greatest travelers of all time.
Jacques: Jacques Cartier, French explorer of Breton origin who claimed what is now Canada for France. Jacques Cartier was the first European to describe and map the Gulf of Saint Lawrence and the shores of the Saint Lawrence River, which he named "The Country of Canadas."
James: Captain James Cook, British explorer, navigator, cartographer, and captain in the Royal Navy.
Juan: Ioannis Phokas, better known by the Spanish transcription of his name, Juan de Fuca, was a Greek maritime pilot in the service of the King of Spain, Philip II.
Leif: Leif Erikson or Leif Ericson, Icelandic explorer and the first known European to have discovered North America, before Christopher Columbus.

Marco: Marco Polo, Venetian merchant traveller whose travels are recorded in Livres des merveilles du monde, a book that introduced Europeans to Central Asia and China.
Matthew: Matthew Henson, the first African-American Arctic explorer, an associate of Robert Peary on seven voyages over a period of nearly 23 years. They made six voyages and spent a total of 18 years in expeditions.
Neil: Neil Armstrong, American astronaut and the first person to walk on the Moon. He was also an aerospace engineer, naval aviator, test pilot, and university professor.
Pedro: Pedro alvares Cabral, Portuguese nobleman, military commander, navigator and explorer regarded as the discoverer of Brazil. Cabral conducted the first substantial exploration of the northeast coast of South America and claimed it for Portugal.
Peter: Peter Minuit, Walloon from Wesel, in present-day North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, then part of the Duchy of Cleves. His surname means "midnight."
Ponce: Juan Ponce de Leon, Spanish explorer and conquistador. He became the first Governor of Puerto Rico by appointment of the Spanish crown.
Ranulph: Ranulph Fiennes, 3rd Baronet, OBE, commonly known as Ranulph Fiennes, is an English explorer and holder of several endurance records. He is also a prolific writer.
Richard: Sir Richard Francis Burton, English explorer, geographer, translator, writer, soldier, orientalist, cartographer, ethnologist, spy, linguist, poet, fencer, and diplomat. He was famed for his travels and explorations in Asia, Africa and the Americas, as well as his extraordinary knowledge of languages and cultures. According to one count, he spoke 29 European, Asian and African languages. Burton's best-known achievements include a well-documented journey to Mecca.
Roald: Roald Amundsen, Norwegian explorer of polar regions. He led the Antarctic expedition of 1910–12 which was the first to reach the South Pole, on 14 December 1911.
Robert: Captain Robert Falcon Scott, British Royal Navy officer and explorer who led two expeditions to the Antarctic regions: the Discovery Expedition, 1901–1904, and the ill-fated Terra Nova Expedition, 1910–1913.
Tenzing: Tenzing Norgay, born Namgyal Wangdi and often referred to as Sherpa Tenzing, was a Nepali citizen Sherpa mountaineer.
Vasco: Vasco Nunez de Balboa, Spanish explorer, governor, and conquistador. He is best known for having crossed the Isthmus of Panama to the Pacific Ocean in 1513, becoming the first European to lead an expedition to have seen or reached the Pacific from the New World.
Vitus: Vitus Bering, also known as Ivan Ivanovich Bering, was a Danish cartographer and explorer in Russian service, and an officer in the Russian Navy.
Walter: Sir Walter Raleigh, English landed gentleman, writer, poet, soldier, politician, courtier, spy, and explorer. He was cousin to Sir Richard Grenville and younger half-brother of Sir Humphrey Gilbert.
William: William Beebe, American naturalist, ornithologist, marine biologist, entomologist, explorer, and author.
Yuri: Yuri Gagarin, Russian Soviet pilot and cosmonaut. He was the first human to journey into outer space, when his Vostok spacecraft completed an orbit of the Earth on 12 April 1961.

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