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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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  • Fyodor

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    This variation of Theodore is familiar here mostly via the great Russian novelest Dostoyevsky. It was also the name of three early tsars of Russia. Read More 

  • Gaston

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    Took on an off-putting air via the vain antihero of Disney's Beauty and the Beast.  Read More 

  • Guillaume

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    An everyday name in France, a charismatic possibility here.  Read More 

  • Gunnar

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    A key figure in Norse legend and a traditional Scandinavian favorite making inroads here, because or in spite of its macho image, it now ranks at Number 451.  Read More 

  • Gwilym

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    An unusual version of William, helped or hindered by a slight baby-talk feel.  Read More 

  • Helio

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    More familiar to Anglos in the Italian Elio form.  Read More 

  • Ilya

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    A rare example of an a-ending boy's name that sounds masculine, Ilya has a large measure of creative Slavic charm. >p>Ilya Ilyich Oblomov is the central character in Goncharov's novel "Oblomov." ... Read More 

  • Ivar

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    Part of a small group of similar names with similar roots — Ivor, Iver, Ivo, Ives — which are all worth looking at. Used throughout Scandinavia, Ivar is currently a Top 100 name in Sweden. In the ... Read More 

  • Ivo

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    Ivo is an unusual, catchy name with the energetic impact of all names ending in ' o'. Hardly heard in the U.S., it is used a bit more frequently in England, as is the related Ivor, a favorite of su... Read More 

  • Janos

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    Pronounced YAH-nosh, has a serious, violin-playing air. Perhaps that's why it has so many nicknames: JANCKZI, JANCSI, JANI, JANKIA, JANKO. Read More 

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