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.
Balthazar, also spelled Balthasar, was the name of one of the Three Wise Men who visited the infant Jesus. The name has been used quietly in the modern world, most notably given to young oil heir Balthazar Getty. Balthazar has also been the name of many literary heroes – of Shakespeare and Balzac, James Bond and Buffy the Vampire Slayer – as well as of a fashionable restaurant in New York. Only 13 boys received the name last year, but we see that number rising.