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Cool Boy Names From Around the World

Cool boy names from Italy and Ireland, Scandinavia to the Middle East and beyond include the following choices.
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  • Tygo

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    This Dutch form of the ancient Greek saints' name Tycho is in the Top 100 in The Netherlands. While largely unknown in the English-speaking world, it's got a cool sound and ancient roots, which eq... Read More 

  • Umberto

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    A definite improvement over the English Humbert, Umberto has nevertheless been rarely heard outside the Italian community. The writer-semiotician Umberto Eco is a noteworthy namesake. Read More 

  • Vasili

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    Exotic form of Basil that might suit the adventurous.  Read More 

  • Willem

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    Common in Holland, the appealing Willem (as in de Kooning and Dafoe) makes William fresh and distinctive. Read More 

  • Wolf

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    Wolf is a name with a split personality. It can be seen as one of the fierce animal names, like Fox and Bear and Puma, with a touch of the werewolf, or it can be viewed as a quieter, Wolf Blitzer k... Read More 

  • Zeno

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    Zeno, the name of two ancient philosophers, has a muscular dynamism that's lightened by its cheerful final vowel, resulting in a kind of offbeat sci-fi feel. Zeno of Citium was the founder of the S... Read More 

  • Zeus

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    The supreme Olympian god represents a mighty image for a little fella to live up to, but more and more parents are beginning to consider it seriously. The Roman equivalent Jupiter has also come do... Read More 

  • Zevi

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    More distinctive than Levi.  Read More 

  • Ziv

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    Also a synonym for the Hebrew month of Iyar, which usuually falls in May, would work and play well with others like Zev and Lev. Read More 

  • Étienne

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    Appealingly gentle and romantic French classic--with a lot more charm than Steve.  Read More 

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