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.
An Irish name that means “freckled,” Breccan was given to only 17 American boys last year but is set to rise on the heels of once-obscure brothers such as Declan and Brayden. Breccan was the name of both a saint and a mythological figure. A modern bearer with a less-attractive phonetical spelling is Breckin Meyer.