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Rare Boy Names You Don’t Know (Yet!)

Lovers of rare boy names – today it’s your turn!

Yesterday, we brought you a list of 100+ rare girl names that feel unique but highly usable, and today we bring you the boys’ list. The rules are the same: none of these names was given to more than 10 baby boys in 2018 (the most recent year for which the SSA has released data) – and many are truly one of a kind.

These rare baby names hail from languages and cultures from all over the world, and include traditional choices as well as under-the-radar surname and word names. The one thing they have in common? You’ve probably never heard of them.

(Go on – let us know in the comments section how many were really new to you!)

Without further ado, here’s our A to Z roundup of the 100+ best unique boy names you’ve never heard of.

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Rare Boy Names A-Z

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A

Agni

Aneirin

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Ashbel

Asketill

Atwood

Aubert

Auley

Avihu

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B

Bardou

Bedo

Berian

Brioc

Bristow

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C

Cadfael

Caian

Caradoc

Caruso

Cezanne

Corcan

Cybi

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D

Dacre

Dalziel

Diallo

Dorsey

Dougray

Drystan

Durai

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E

Eldred

Elidor

Eliphelet

Elouan

Esca

Esker

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F

Fairfax

Faro

Finnur

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G

Gabin

Geneo

Gwenael

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H

Haimo

Halldor

Hampson

Hendry

Heriot

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I

Ianto

Imtiaz

Indra

Ingvar

Innes

Irvine

Iskandar

Issey

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J

Jaco

Jaques

Johani

Jospin

Judoc

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K

Kabelo

Kees

Kenelm

Kobus

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L

Lachie

Lemmitty

Leolin

Lowry

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M

Mabon

Majdi

Malo

Mathurin

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N

Nandor

Narvi

Ninian

Nye

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O

Oshin

Osier

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P

Padgett

Parvan

Pasco

Piran

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Q

Qismat

Quiller

Quirin

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R

Ravello

Raza

Rhisiart

Riaz

Roch

Runar

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S

Sabri

Senna

Sindri

Sisley

Skandar

Struan

Sulien

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T

Tabassum

Talmai

Tancred

Taneli

Tanguy

Tudor

Tygo

Tzion

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U

Ultan

Umaru

Urso

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V

Valtin

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W

Whistler

Wyre

Wystan

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X

Xurxo

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Y

Yannou

Yngvi

Yohane

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Z

Ziri

Zindelo

Zoravar

Zuko

What would you name a son today, using only this list? Have you heard any unknown boy names you think deserve more love? Share them below!

About the Author

Emma Waterhouse

Emma Waterhouse joined the team in 2017, writing about everything from where to find a cool vintage boy name to why some names become popular memes. As Nameberry's head moderator, she also helps to keep our active forums community ticking. A linguist by background, Emma speaks six languages and lives in England's smallest county with her husband and three young children. You can reach her at emma@nameberry.com.

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