25 Stylish-yet-Unusual Boys’ Names

Trendy two-syllable n-ending boys' names that are also rare

baby boy names

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?

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27 Responses to “25 Stylish-yet-Unusual Boys’ Names”

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SimoneKadele Says:

May 11th, 2015 at 11:19 pm

Lachlan, Torin, or Truman. 🙂

demiC Says:

May 11th, 2015 at 11:29 pm

Lachlan & Damon

lesliemarion Says:

May 11th, 2015 at 11:36 pm

These are lovely names.

Here are some of my other favorites with the same or a similar sound:


janeseemore Says:

May 11th, 2015 at 11:42 pm

How about a post on boys names that DON’T end in N?

lesliemarion Says:

May 11th, 2015 at 11:50 pm

I forgot:


Orchid_Lover Says:

May 12th, 2015 at 7:52 am

For the most part, I’m over boys names that end in N. But Heron is pretty cool for Heron of Alexandria, the inventor. And I have a soft spot for Lachlan for some unknown reason.

JennyME Says:

May 12th, 2015 at 7:56 am

No love for Olin?

lesliemarion Says:

May 12th, 2015 at 8:16 am

I obviously love many boys names that end with -n (see my list above).

To me, being “over” these names would be like me being over boys names that end in -o or girls names that end in -a.

I know many of us are strained by all the years of Caden, Jayden, Braden, Aiden, etc. but a name like Gordon seems to me in a league far above many of the others.

I forgot Linden, Stanton, and Glenavon on my list.

Chloe14 Says:

May 12th, 2015 at 9:35 am

I really like Kellen, although I don’t know why, it just has an interesting sound. A very appealing name!

Addie88 Says:

May 12th, 2015 at 1:39 pm

Of this list, I like Lachlan.

jtucker Says:

May 12th, 2015 at 1:45 pm

Some of these are so great!

I especially love


GreenEyes375 Says:

May 12th, 2015 at 3:03 pm

These are great names! I love Damon, Lucian, Conan, Winston, Samson, and Reuben!

LoveBugsMama Says:

May 12th, 2015 at 5:07 pm

I knew the cutest Curran in high school. His brothers were Brycen and Isaac. Those parents were ahead of the times.

Truman is my favorite from the list! So sweet.

KickinKay Says:

May 12th, 2015 at 6:06 pm

Love Walden and Winston! One of the mothers on The Mom’s View has a little son named Winston. I originally thought it was so odd in comparison to her other children’s name, but now I find it so adorable.

pixelatedinfants Says:

May 12th, 2015 at 6:24 pm

I loved Lucian! It’s stylish and if he didnt want to be so unusual, he could go by Luke!

Orchid_Lover Says:

May 12th, 2015 at 6:38 pm

@lesliemarion yes it is like being over girls names that end in a, but no it is not like being over boys names that end in o because on the 2013 SSA list only about 5% of boys names ended in o while about 38% ended in n. Anyway, my point was not to trash names ending in n but to share my honest opinion of being burnt out on them…but even despite that there still are a few I like. There are some really cool data graphics available on the web on the subject but I’ll add spaces so I don’t get moderated for hyperlinking…www. proofreader. com/ 2014/ 04/ baby-names-rise-of-n. html and i. imgur. com/ CGI3BnU. gifv

shelly68 Says:

May 12th, 2015 at 9:05 pm

Love Truman. It’s in my top 5

Waverly123 Says:

May 13th, 2015 at 8:15 am

I like Breccan! So cool! I know a boy named Anton!

JAD311 Says:

May 13th, 2015 at 10:09 am

I wanted Conan but my husband vetoed it, instead we have Colin, which is somewhere between common and unusual on the stylish list. I also like Damon (also vetoed by my husband). I like Breccan, Eamon, and Lachlan as well from this list.

breannajai Says:

May 14th, 2015 at 1:22 am

You may want to edit the beginning of the post. It reads, sex such names instead of six such names. Funny typo though.

I love Truman and Walden. I struggle to find boys names that I love because they all feel overused somehow.

flybella Says:

May 14th, 2015 at 3:06 pm

My favorites (in order) from this list would probably be Pieran, Thornton, and then Runyon. I love Eamon as well, but I try to avoid E names since my future last name begins with an E. My boyfriend’s nephew is Samson though. SO cute!

XmintieX Says:

May 14th, 2015 at 5:10 pm

I love Breccan, Damon, Eamon, Kellen. Lachlan. Lucian, Reuben, Torin and Walden. Although my ultimate favourite would be Eamon at the moment.

Aza Says:

May 14th, 2015 at 8:23 pm

What about Soren?! Love that one.

chellemma1 Says:

May 15th, 2015 at 4:46 pm

Damon is one of my absolute favourite boys’ names, Jensen, Jason and Ciaran are also up there – I really like names ending in N. It’s always good to see some less popular ones.

benjamigurumi Says:

June 24th, 2015 at 9:35 am

I like Winston, but my favorite boys names have always been Marlow and Kayden. I also like Samson and Maden.

Haids1987 Says:

December 3rd, 2015 at 12:53 pm

Cotton? Really? I’m from the Northwest, so unfortunately most babies here have trendy “hipster” names, so I don’t know–is Cotton a Southern thing?

cmariac Says:

April 28th, 2016 at 10:59 am

Interesting choices, somebody mentioned ‘Brogan’, and I went to highschool with one. It’s a pretty cool sounding name, I think it means boots or something? Truman just makes me think of that Jim Carrey movie ‘The Truman Show’, but future generations probably won’t make that connection…

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