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15 Old-but-New Names for Boys

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by Pamela Redmond Satran

Vintage baby names have been so widely used for so long that the parent in search of a boys’ name that’s both old-fashioned and fresh-feeling may have to search long and hard.

On the boys’ side we’ve seen waves of Biblical baby names, from Adam and Zachary to current Top Ten favorites Noah, Jacob, and Ethan.

Traditional names are perennially popular for boys, with James and William leading the current pack that includes Michael, Alexander, and Matthew.

And then there are the quirkier vintage boys’ names that are stylish today and have even risen into the Top 100: Oliver and Sebastian, Josiah and Tyler.

Given all this popularity, if you’ve been looking for a vintage boys’ name that feels fresh and new, you may feel frustrated. So we’ve done the searching for you. These 15 boys’ names are all well below the Top 1000 yet can work in the modern world. They’re distinctly vintage — some Biblical, some from ancient cultures, some international — yet feel surprising cool.

Our picks for old-school boys’ names that feel new again are:

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Romantic Italian Baby Names

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Today we celebrate the birthday of Leonardo da Vinci, namesake of that other Leonardo–whose pregnant mother was said to have been inspired while looking at a da Vinci painting in Florence when she felt baby Leo‘s first kick. Now the name Leonardo has been embraced internationally, but there are other Italian Renaissance artists whose names are also as great as their art. So if you love romantic boys’ names with the magical o-ending, here are a few worth considering, whether or not you have Italian roots.

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Boy Baby Names: The truly timeless ones

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By Pamela Redmond Satran with Esmeralda Rocha

Have you ever wondered which boys’ names might have been among the Top 1000 for all of the 130+ years the U.S. government has been tracking baby names? We’ve put together a list for you and divided it into relevant categories, from classics to outliers.

Interestingly, the group of classic boys’ names is nearly twice as large as that girls’, so we broke the classic boys’ names down into categories.

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New Baby Boy Names: Inspired by Trees

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By Abby Sandel

Ever think that every possible baby name has been used?

This week’s baby name news proved that it just isn’t so. English actor Jack Huston – you know him from Boardwalk Empire – and American model Shannan Click welcomed a son, Cypress Night. Cypress joins big sister Sage Lavinia.

They’re both nature names, but while Sage is well established for girls, Cypress feels like a new baby name.

Plenty of tree names for children are well established. For girls, Hazel, Olive, Laurel, Willow, Aspen, Holly, Juniper, and Magnolia are all in the current US Top 1000. Rowan ranks for both genders. And Forrest is a fast-rising possibility for boys.

Despite all of these popular picks, plenty of new baby names inspired by trees remain, and some of the most interesting options feel like promising choices for a son.

Here are nine of the best.

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By Kara Blakley

We recently ran Kara‘s suggestions for subtly connecting girl siblings’ names.  Now it’s the boys’ turn.

Matthew/Levi.  Matthew is an American staple, spending decades in the Top 20, reaching as high as Number 2 in the 90s.  But if, at Number 16, Matthew is still too popular for you, or if you want to honor a friend without directly repeating the name, consider Levi.  Levi was the biblical Matthew‘s given name before becoming an apostle, hence the connection.  Matthew McConaughey named his firstborn Levi for this reason in 2008.

Peter/Simon.  Like Matthew and Levi, Peter and Simon share a biblical connection: the first pope was born Simon before Jesus nicknamed him Peter, meaning ‘rock’.  Simon, perennially popular in Europe, has never been as common as Peter here, which makes it prime for Americn usage.  Simone and Petra are attractive feminizations that also deserve wider use.

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