Category: boy names

15 Old-but-New Names for Boys

boys' names

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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word names for boys

By Pamela Redmond Satran

If you look below the Top 1000 baby names on the US popularity list, you’ll find an awful lot of word names for boys inching up toward visibility. These are mostly names that didn’t exist a decade ago, but now the fashion for word names — nature names and inspirational names and tough-guy names and just regular word names — is inspiring parents to consider them more seriously.

You may be interested in finding a new and unique name for your son that is also easy to understand, pronounce, and spell. Or perhaps one of these word names has a special meaning for you — Arrow if you’re an archer, say, or Pike for a fishing enthusiast.

Or maybe you’re just curious about the really unusual names some parents are choosing these days. The hot new word names for boys include:

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x names for boys

By Abby Sandel

The Jolie-Pitts started it.

Angelina Jolie adopted a seven-month-old baby from Cambodia in 2002 and named him Maddox. Three of her children with Brad Pitt now have X-ending names: Maddox, Pax, and Knox.

Last month, the Miami Heat’s Chris Bosh and wife Adrienne welcomed twins Lennox and Phoenix, another example of brothers’ names united by the letter X.

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10 Boys’ Names We Should Steal

European baby boy names

by Pamela Redmond Satran

In this global culture, many of the same boys’ names are popular in both Europe and the US: Noah, Jacob, and William, for instance. But there are other names that seem to flourish there while going largely ignored here. Not every European name can make it in America, but here are ten we consider ripe for appropriation:

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Name Sage: Baby Names for Boy #3

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Sarah writes:

We are expecting our third son in July, and we’re having trouble coming up with a name we both love, fits with our older boys’ names, and isn’t too popular.

I’m Sarah and my husband is Daniel, so we always had our first name followed by our last initial growing up.

Our sons are Cameron and Dominic. They have family names as middles, and our third boy will also get a family name.

Their grandfather is Scottish, so we would like to have a name that is also familiar in the UK. I don’t want to repeat a first initial, so C and D names are out.

Names we have considered:

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