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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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  • Padraig

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    Parents of Irish heritage are increasingly looking for more authentic Gaelic names. Though the pronunciation (PAD-dreek) is close to the Anglicized Patrick, the spelling makes it far more distincti... Read More 

  • Paolo

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    Paolo is an irresistibly lush name, worlds more romantic than its spare English equivalent. Among noted bearers of the name are Renaissance painters Uccello and Veronese, architect Soleri, and who... Read More 

  • Pascal

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    The French-accented Pascal was historically used for sons born at Easter, and can make an interesting choice for a boy with Gallic roots arriving around that holiday. Pascal has a number of notab... Read More 

  • Piet

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    Wonderful nickname name most often associated in this country with Dutch modernist painter Mondrian. Pronounced PEET. Read More 

  • Pim

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    The short, cute Pim is a Top 100 boys' name in The Netherlands though little-known outside that country. But in a family overrun with Williams, Pim could make an original nickname setting a modern... Read More 

  • Rafiq

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    Confident Middle Eastern choice. Children will relate to the Rafiki form via the wise guru in Disney's "The Lion King."  Read More 

  • Raoul

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    Raoul, with its unique three-vowel middle, rolls off the tongue in an appealing way. French painter Raoul Dufy is a worthy artistic namesake. Raul is the Spanish form.  Read More 

  • Remi

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    Makes the jaunty REMY a little more nicknamey and feminine. Read More 

  • Roman

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    Roman -- a surprise hit name of recent years -- owes much of its popularity to Cate Blanchett and Debra Messing, who almost simultaneously chose Roman for their sons, as Molly Ringwald did later. I... Read More 

  • Soren

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    This gentle Danish name, soft and sensitive, still has more masculine punch than the dated Loren. It's most closely identified with the nineteenth century philosopher Soren Kierkegaard, but there h... Read More 

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