25 Stylish-yet-Unusual Boys’ Names

May 11, 2015 Pamela Redmond
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by Pamela Redmond Satran

Two-syllable baby names ending with the letter n have dominated the boys’ popularity list for several years now.  The Top 20 for boys includes sex such choices: MasonEthan, and JaydenAiden, Jackson, and Logan.  And when you add in all the spelling variations of these trendy boys’ names, the count leaps much higher.

It’s easy to understand why these names are so popular for boys.  They’re strong yet unconventional, at least compared with traditional boys’ names such as William or James.  They sound good with many last names.  And the two-syllable n-ending genre includes many different types of names, from the Biblical (Ethan) to the surname (Mason and Logan) to modern inventions such as Zayden.

In fact, the only real problem with these boys’ names is that they’re so popular.  Many boys’ names have zoomed up the list largely on the strength of this fashionable rhythm and sound: I’m thinking of Dylan, Owen, and Gavin, to name just a few of the more visible choices.

So what if you love two-syllable n-ending names for boys, but you want something more unusual?  Are there any choices left that have yet to be discovered — or at least have not been so widely discovered they’re getting overrun?

An elite selection.  We searched our database and came up with this handsome group of 25 boys’ names that fit the fashionable mold yet are also uncommon.

Which do you like best?

For more amazing names for boys, get your copy of The Nameberry Guide to the Best Baby Names for Boys, available now in ebook or paper.

About the author

Pamela Redmond

Pamela Redmond is the cocreator and CEO of Nameberry. The coauthor of ten bestselling baby name books, Redmond is an internationally-recognized name expert, quoted and published widely in such media outlets as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Today Show,, CNN, and the BBC. Redmond is also a New York Times bestselling novelist whose books include Younger, the basis for the hit television show, and its new sequel, Older.

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