Cool Boy Names From Around the World

Cool boy names from Italy and Ireland, Scandinavia to the Middle East and beyond include a wide variety of choices. You may want to choose a boys' name that reflects your family's ethnic heritage or represents a culture you love. Or you may simply be looking for unique boys' names and want to consider international names as one source. Here, a selection of cool boy names from around the world.

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  • Ori

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    Friendly but substantial. Read More 

  • Orion

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    Orion is a rising star, with both mythical and celestial overtones. Heard sporadically in the late nineteenth century, it burst on the scene in full force in 1994 and has been shooting upwards... Read More 

  • Orlando

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    Orlando, the ornate Italianate twist on the dated Roland, with a literary heritage stretching back to Shakespeare and before, has appealing book-ended o's, and is open to combination with almost... Read More 

  • Pablo

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    Pablo, the commonly used Spanish version of Paul, has the added bonus of some fantastic artistic bearers: painter Picasso, cellist Casals, and poet Neruda. Read More 

  • Padraig

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    Parents of Irish heritage are increasingly looking for more authentic Gaelic names, and this is a native spin on Patrick. Pronunciation will be confusing for many Americans, though: It's... 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... 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... 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... 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 

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