Category: unusual boy names
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.
There are a lot of names I love and enthusiastically encourage other people to use. But when it came to naming my own kids? No way.
The most common reason for championing a name that you wouldn’t use yourself is, of course, cowardice. I think of all the names I considered for my younger son but chickened out on actually using: Penn, Pike, Otis….sigh. I’d lead the cheer if a parent on the Nameberry forums was thinking of one of those wonderful names. But in the end, we went with the much safer Owen.
My husband would tell you that we never really seriously considered Otis, because he hated it. So there’s another reason you might only be able to envision a beloved name on someone else’s child.
Plus, with a last name that starts with S, the truth is we never would have used a first name that ends with an S sound, for fear of confusion. Similarly, you may love elaborate names like Orianna but wouldn’t pair them with your equally-elaborate last name, or shy away from a short name like Tom if your last name is Smith, or avoid favorite ethnic first names such as Maeve or Massimo if they clash with a last name of a distinctly different ethnicity.
As the authors of, literally, the book on Cool Names, you’d think we’d know everything there is to know about cool baby names.
But the definition of cool is so fluid and so subjective, it’s difficult to point to one name, or one group of names, and proclaim it as universally cool.
Yet sometimes, you know cool when you see it. I was reading about the British actor Damian Lewis the other day — the redheaded hunk on Homeland — and noticed (of course) that the names of his children with fellow actor Helen McCrory are Manon and Gulliver.
Huh, I thought. Now THOSE are cool names. Undeniably quirky, but cool.
Baby names that start with the letter A have been on the rise for several years now. with choices such as Ava and Aiden high on the popularity list, Asher and Adelaide rising fast, and names such as Abel and Aurora poised to take off.
In our last blog about names that start with A, we pointed out all the reasons parents love them: Besides their high fashion status along with other vowel names, studies show that children whose first names begin with A might earn higher marks in school, get into better colleges, and even live longer.
In that 2010 post, we listed A baby names on the Most Popular list along with those that were becoming more stylish. But the appetite for A names is so healthy that parents are searching for ever-newer and fresher varieties. Nameberry’s behind-the-scenes popularity data shows a wave of unusual A names attracting interest from baby namers.
Hot new A names you might not have considered before include:
Yesterday we brought you our picks for best cool unusual girls’ names; today we look at the best 100 cool unusual boys’ names from the master list of names given to 25 or fewer babies last year.
Our criteria: We tried to pull out names that have genuine roots, that are attractive, and that work in the modern world. True name nerds or obsessive name searchers can go to comb through thousands of unusual boys’ names from the entire file of all the names used every year stretching back to 1880.
Here’s our list of Top 100 unusual boys’ names: