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Baby boy name you love but fear is overused? Here are some possible substitutes.
  • Adrian

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    Adrian has in the past been neglected due to its similarity to the feminine Adrienne, but is now being reconsidered. Well used in England since the 1950s, and the name of one Pope and several... Read More 

  • August

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    August has been heating up in Hollywood--used by Mariska Hargitay, Lena Olin, Dave Matthews and Jeanne Tripplehorn, (and by Garth Brooks for his daughter), and is rapidly becoming the preferred... Read More 

  • Augusten

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    Confessional memoirist Augusten Burroughs is the first literary notable to bear one of this family of names since the confessional saint. Read More 

  • Austin

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    Austin -- a name with an attractive southwestern feel, place-name panache and the solid base of having long been an Anglo-Saxon surname and a first name since medieval times --reached the Top 10... Read More 

  • Boston

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    Unseen in the USA since 1901, Boston rocketed back into the Top 1000 in 2004 and, like other place-names such as Brooklyn, London and Paris, the attractive and distinctive Boston has risen ever... Read More 

  • Bowie

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    Baseball commissioner Bowie Kuhn put this name in play as a first name, but David Bowie (born with the considerably less marketable moniker of David Robert Jones) dyed it blond and gave it... Read More 

  • Carson

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    Carson is an androgynous executive-type name, with a dash of the Wild West via the legendary Missouri frontiersman Kit Carson. Dating back to when it was the name of Nancy Drew's Dad, Carson is... Read More 

  • Chance

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    Once a cavalier Mississippi gambler type name, Chance has entered the mainstream and is rising rapidly; endorsed by such celebrity dads as Larry King and Paul Hogan. Read More 

  • Colt

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    Colt is the kind of unconventionally macho name that is so trendy right now, because of or in spite of its association with horses and guns. Colt has risen over 600 places in popularity over the... Read More 

  • Colton

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    Colton is a trendy two-syllable choice, with the popular 'on/en' ending.

    Colton jumped onto the popularity list in 1982 at Number 806. Then, in 1988, the hunky character Colton Shore... Read More 

  • Dallas

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    Relaxed, laid-back cowboy name with broad appeal, although none of the western place-names packs the same style power they did a few years ago. Read More 

  • Foster

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    Foster is one commonly heard last name that makes a fine first. More unusual than Forrester or Gardener yet eminently first-name-ready, the only problem with Foster might be its association with... Read More 

  • Houston

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    Looking for a Texas name more distinctive than Austin and Dallas? Houston is a lanky, roguish place-name, right in style with its Texas accent and cowboy image.Read More 

  • Ryder

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    Ryder, one of the current favorite er-ending boys' names, has been in the spotlight since Kate Hudson and her rocker husband Chris Robinson chose it for their son in 2004; it has jumped nearly... Read More 

  • West

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    West is the most fashionable of what you might call the direction names, with North and East (or Easton and Easter) coming up behind, and South not yet on the map.

    Country singer Randy... Read More 

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