100+ Classic Boys’ Baby Names — below the Top 1000

By Pamela Redmond Satran

Looking for a classic boys’ name that’s also unusual?

Way beyond the Williams and Henrys you hear every day are dozens of boys’ names that achieve this golden combination.  These names have deep roots and have been used for centuries, yet are given to only a handful of boys each year.

These classic boys’ names include choices from ancient cultures and the Bible, names sailing out of style (So long, Sherman) along with those heading in: Welcome, Grey, Linus, and Finnian!

Here, more than 100 classic boys’ names you’ll find hiding below the U.S. Top 1000, ordered from those given to the most babies in 2012 (Gordon, at 194) to the least (Mercury, at just five):

 

 

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KateMP91 Says:

March 11th, 2014 at 11:25 pm

Wow, I know at least one guy named:
Ephraim
Enoch
Grey
Glenn
Gerard
Ulysses
Clyde
Norman
Ira
Guy
Edmund
Lloyd
Caesar
Wolfgang
Boris
Horatio
Valentine
Homer

Robin is a name I have loved for a very, very long time. It is just so handsome and sweet.

Montgomery is interesting and kind of has a surname/place name/Southern feel.

Casper is a name that appears A LOT in my family tree, spelled every way from Casper to Kaspar.

Leander is one that I have never really considered, but I really like it!

Stellan and Sampson are both great, and Cato just has such a sharp feeling to it!

mill1020 Says:

March 11th, 2014 at 11:45 pm

Cato has such an interesting sound, but Kato Kaelin ruins it for me.
A few more cool (but maybe not classic) boy names outside the top 1000:
Bartleby (The Scrivener)
Ozymandias (Shelley’s King of Kings)
Ripley

augusta_lee Says:

March 12th, 2014 at 12:06 am

Another fantastic list. Once again, I see so many of my longtime favorites. In fact, Atlas, Wallace, Dashiell, and Roscoe are all in my Top 10, and Luther is #11. And oh, how I adore Waldo! I wish it were usable.

From this list I would use Mordecai, Leif, Magnus, Octavio, Linus, Edmond, Alistair, Constantine, Robin, Phineas, Shepherd, Casper, Wolfgang, Leander (unfortunately it rhymes with my last name!), Sylvester, Stellan, Caspian, Ignatius, Ozias, Valentine, Amias, Cosmo, Cato, Thaddeus, Balthazar (especially with the nn Baz!), Oberon, Romulus (Rom is a great nn, particularly now that the age of the CD ROM is over), and Barnaby.

Odysseus, Jupiter, Peregrine, Mercury are guilty pleasures — perhaps in the middle spot?

Other great names not in the 1000: Dov, Reggie, Erasmus, Baxter, Thatcher, Reeve, Jules, Larkin, Fraser, Bartleby, Artemas, Truman, Clive, Whittaker, Valor, Emil, Jabez, Corwin, Jove, Prosper, Eban, Merritt, Hale, Kenyon, Ansel and Anselm, Quade, Micaiah, Mischa, Bramwell, Jethro, Fritz, Eliam, Eliezer, Otis, Adlai, Gardner, Gentry, Noble, Judson, Sayer, Gable, Noble, Evander, Bayard, and Clancy.

augusta_lee Says:

March 12th, 2014 at 12:47 am

Oh, and how could I forget Amadeus!

jtucker Says:

March 12th, 2014 at 1:56 am

There are quite a few gems on this list today! 🙂

Lazarus – I absolutely adore this name, now I just need to get DH on board. I love that’s its Biblical but not overused. And it just sounds so strong and handsome.
Angus – adore, however it’s a cattle breed IMO and I can’t get over that association.
Caspian – swoon worthy. DH vetoed it.
Stellan – love, love, love!
Conan – this name is very handsome IMO, and has a great meaning. However the Conan the Barbarian association makes it unusable for my hubby and I.
Thaddeus – DH actually likes this one! 🙂 I think it’s a great name.
Woodrow – unfortunately this doesn’t work with our last name, but we both adore it.

And I’m with Augusta Lee on Amadeus, it’s such a wonderful name! 🙂

Elina Says:

March 12th, 2014 at 5:20 am

Brilliant list! My favourites are Stellan, Caspian, Roscoe, Vladimir, Edmund, Alistair, Cato, Rupert, Remus, Balthazar, Oberon and Benedict

Tina_and_Bert Says:

March 12th, 2014 at 8:26 am

Wow, this list has so many of my favorite names: Ambrose, Clarence, Gerard, Bernard, Basil, Rufus, Alistair, Horace, Bartholomew, Aloysius, Thaddeus, Balthazar, Barnaby, Peregrine, Shepard, Dashiell, Benedict. We’ve actually already used Basil, nn Baz, which we love. On our “short list” is Thaddeus, Bernard, and Dashiell–this must be our sweet spot!

miloowen Says:

March 12th, 2014 at 9:12 am

Interesting mix of very Jewish and very Anglo-Scots names….

My “Jewish” list would include Ephraim, Enoch, Mordechai, Avner, Ira, Lev, and Obadiah. I especially love Avner and Obadiah; Obadiah is actually in my family tree.

Others I like are Gordon, Leif, Edmund, Ewan, Angus, Rupert, Rufus, Robin, Archibald, Barnaby, Ralph, and Valentine.

I would suggest adding Torquil and Dunstan.

freddiethepink Says:

March 12th, 2014 at 12:44 pm

These are definitely my kind of names! So many are on my list. I especially LOVE:

Ephraim
Enoch
Clarence
Ulysses
Edmund
Finnian
Lucius
Phineas
Montgomery
Morris
Benedict
Casper
Obadiah
Caspian
Zacharias
Ignatius
Sampson
Woodrow
Ozias
Valentine
Homer
Odysseus
Bartholomew
Cato
Rupert
Thaddeus
Oberon
Peregrine

maggiemary Says:

March 12th, 2014 at 3:43 pm

I love these ones…

Ephraim
Abner
Edmund and Edmond
Lucius
Constantine
Dashiell
Benedict
Ambrose
Caspian
Zacharias
Octavius
Valentine
Amias
Bartholomew
Rupert
Thaddeus
Barnaby

sofiarosem Says:

March 12th, 2014 at 5:03 pm

I love/like Abner, Ewan, Harris, Edmund and Edmond, Finnian, Benedict, Casper, Caspian, Zacharias, Sampson, and Cato

sofiarosem Says:

March 12th, 2014 at 5:03 pm

I love/like Abner, Ewan, Harris, Edmund and Edmond, Finnian, Benedict, Casper, Caspian, Zacharias, Sampson, and Cato

findemaxa13 Says:

March 12th, 2014 at 5:58 pm

I absolutely love Ira, it’s absolutely gorgeous, although it’s probably too close to another favorite, Eli, to use both. I also really like Enoch, Mordecai, Ambrose, and Alistair.

etkatie Says:

March 12th, 2014 at 9:14 pm

Wow! Two of my four sons’ names are on this list (Roscoe and Boaz). Lots of great, and surprising, names here. Have had Clyde, Lloyd, Barnaby and several others on my list at various times.
How about:
Clive, Boyd, Cormac, Warrick, Gareth…

R_J Says:

March 14th, 2014 at 5:45 am

Heaven help me if I ever have to name another boy. I just can’t get excited about boy names! I do like this list though, and the concept. My favorite is Lev.

thiswastheirworld Says:

March 14th, 2014 at 11:09 am

I love this list! The only one I would never, ever use is Ira – the connection to the IRA is way too strong and would make life very difficult for a child, in Ireland anyway.

EloraLaszlo Says:

March 16th, 2014 at 8:25 pm

I love Ulysses and hope to use it some day. Other names I like but not sure I am brave enough to use as a first name, though maybe as a middle name Constantine, Valentine, Robin, Linus, Lazarus and Kermit.

Myosotis Says:

April 4th, 2014 at 4:19 am

I’m absolutely loving:
Caspian
Edmund
Horatio
Leif
Benedict
Ephraim
Alistair
Amias

In general I really love less popular classic names; they’re so handsome.

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