Best Cool Unusual Boys' Names

Here is a list of 100 cool and unusual boy's names with the most potential---they have genuine roots, are attractive, and work in the modern world. Best of all, they're still widely underused! Click here to see lots more boys' names and here to view our full menu of unusual names.
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  • Calix

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    Calix is starting to be very quietly used (46 boys in the U.S. were named Calix in 2012, up from 19 the year before), probably thanks indirectly to actress Calista Flockhart, who brought one female... Read More 

  • Calloway

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    Calloway is one of those irresistibly jaunty, animated three-syllable Irish surnames, like Sullivan and Finnegan--but this one has the added attraction of jazzy ties to the immortal "Dean of Americ... Read More 

  • Cashel

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    The Gaelic Cashel was chosen by actor Daniel Day-Lewis and his writer-director wife Rebecca Miller for their son. In Ireland, Cashel refers to a circular stone fort. It is the name of a town in ... Read More 

  • Casimir

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    Casimir, a traditional name of Polish kings, would have problems assimilating here. But like Leopold and Lazslo, Casimir is strong and exotic and worth considering if you've got an adventurous str... Read More 

  • Caspar

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    After half a century, this otherwise feasible name has at last started to lose its link to the friendly ghost; it certainly didn't scare model Claudia Schiffer, who chose it for her son, as did Ato... Read More 

  • Chet

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    Chet is an old-fashioned short form that, ala Ned and Joe, is starting to sound cool again. Read More 

  • Clancy

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    Clancy, one of the original crossover Irish surname names, is as energetic and appealing as ever — full of moxie, more distinctive than Casey, and also one of the less obvious of the red-headed nam... Read More 

  • Cliff

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    Cliff is a familiar, timeless short form -- never too popular, yet widely known -- that you might also think of as a geographical name ala Vale or Field. Read More 

  • Coltrane

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    The great sax player John Coltrane could be a cool naming inspiration for a jazz fan.  Read More 

  • Cosimo

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    Dramatic, worldly, and exotic, Cosimo was chosen by singer Beck and his wife, Marissa Ribisi, for their son. Now that Cosima has emerged as a starbaby favorite, twin brother Cosimo could join her. ... Read More 

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