Category: unique names for boys
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:
The same phenomenon applies to some names from pop culture, though these can change over time. Juliet has definitely transcended its Shakespearean associations, though is Romeo still rooted to the tragic stage? What about Clementine, which for decades would inspire a chorus of “Oh My Darlin’” but now may have escaped that fate?
Our question of the week is:
Which names are still tied to one person, character, association?
Sometimes we feel we’ve heard every name in the book…..until someone introduces us to a new one.
Actually, that happened just now, when our friend the wonderful photographer Fran Liscio, who took the picture of me and Linda on the home page, just wrote to say she’d heard an unusual name in a 1941 movie called Smiling Through — Moonyean. Had we ever heard of the name Moonyean?, she wondered.
Nope, we told her: She’d stumped the masters.
Which made us think it might be fun to challenge YOU to stump the masters, i.e. tell me and Linda and the rest of the Nameberry community about an unusual name you’ve heard that you think we may not have come across.
All names already in the Nameberry database are off limits, naturally. When you suggest a new name, all documentation — movie character lists, newspaper stories, non-U.S. baby name sites — are helpful. Plus tell us as much as you know about the origin, meaning, and background of the name.
As with the girls’ names, these names share much beyond their potential popularity. Most are ancient names, slumbering for centuries. While they hail from a range of cultures, a quorum are rooted in Ancient Rome or mythology. And as has been the trend with boys’ names, how they end — in n, r, us, or o — seems to be more important to their fashion status than their first initial.
Here, 9 unusual boys’ names we see ready to pop.
The writers of a new name book go out on a limb–and then some–to come up with some unusual baby names you never, ever, would have thought of.
People often ask us how the heck we, two colleagues who live on different continents, and with a total of zero children between us, came to write a baby name book.
It started with an office email about the names of our childhood pets—Miek gave all his tank pets outrageous names like ChunksOfLoveAndLikeAndStuff, A+ Nachos, and Wraaakkkk, while Kerry believed she had discovered the perfect name—July—and so whenever her fish died (which was often), she simply replaced it with a new one, but kept the same name.