Category: boy baby names
Looking for a classic boys’ name that’s also unusual?
Way beyond the Williams and Henrys you hear every day are dozens of boys’ names that achieve this golden combination. These names have deep roots and have been used for centuries, yet are given to only a handful of boys each year.
A little while ago someone started a thread on the forums requesting “earthy” boys names. It got me to thinking about not just what names I would include on such a list, but why. What does the description “earthy” mean to you? Is it a concept, or do you see it literally? Here are three different ways I often view “earthy” names.
Salt of the Earth
People who are described as “salt of the earth” are thought to be loyal, trustworthy, honest and earnest. These are what we often think of as “good ol’ boys”. There’s nothing pompous, pretentious or fanciful about these names, which is possibly why so many of them are nicknames. They’re familiar, friendly and best of all very easy to wear.
Declan, an Irish choice that flirted with the Number One spot on Nameberry throughout 2013, finished at Number Two.
Finn’s star may be flickering, but waiting in the wings is Finn‘s understudy Flynn, another Irish name that was brought to widespread notice by the young son of supermodel Miranda Kerr and actor Orlando Bloom.
Our popularity lists are tabulated by ranking the unique page views each name attracts out of the over 20 million total views of our baby name pages in 2013.
Boy name trends we extrapolate from our 2013 popularity list:
Recently we brought you our Top 100 picks for the best cool unusual girls’ names; today it’s the boys’ turn.
Our criteria: The boy names here had to be given to ten or fewer boys in the U.S. in the most recent year counted, 2012. Beyond that, we were open to names both classic and new-fangled, plain and fancy — as long as they were cool.
It’s amazing how many great names there are that are truly unusual. Among the 100 best are several names that are among our all-time favorites: Barnaby and Birch, Jupiter and Rafferty, Osias and Witt.
And there are many more great choices on the bottom rungs of the extended popularity list. You can download the complete list here.
Our picks for the Top 100 Cool Unusual Boys’ Names are:
Total props to Auggy for creating the list of Hipster Cowboy Names that inspired this post. I love the whole idea, which seems completely right for our times. Yes, there are cowboys – babies whose car seats are buckled into the backs of pickups for a day of roaming the range. And then there are the hipster babies more accustomed to riding the L train, the little dudes who may wear jeans and boots but who’ve never seen a real live cow.
The Hipster Cowboys are a blend of the two types; urban cowboys, if you will. These names combine the image of rugged masculinity with a more modern definition of gender and of cool. Some names we might expect to hear on young hipster cowboys today: