100 Cool Boys’ Names
Cool boys’ names come in styles to suit every taste. There are cool unusual boys’ names from the Bible, which include such rare edgy choices as Boaz and Hanan. Then there are undiscovered classic names for boys that have fallen off the radar but deserve a fresh look, such as Hugh and Roger.
And of course there are lots of modern names for boys — surname names, place names, and word names — that also qualify as cool and unusual.
The boys’ names here are drawn the best of all different styles. They’re highly unusual, given to only ten or fewer boys in the US. These rare choices include names both classic and new-fangled, plain and fancy — as long as they are cool.
In fact, it’s hard to whittle the list down to only 100. If you want to see even more choices, also check out this somewhat different list of the best cool unusual names for boys.
- For hundreds more cool unusual boys’ names, get your copy of The Nameberry Guide to the Best Baby Names for Boys — your personal guide to the very best boys’ names.
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on December 10th, 2013 at 1:08 am
My brother’s name is Barnaby!
And my dog’s middle names (I know… I couldn’t help it) are Horatio and Grover. It would appear that our family’s boys are very coolly and unusually named 😉
on December 10th, 2013 at 1:23 am
I loved these:
Aldous — love love love Aldous Huxley
Barnaby — On my list
Bastien — I love this as a full name
Cyprian — Is on my middle name list
Finch — I’ve loved this forever
Hawthorne — This is on my list right now
Llewellyn — I used this in my book. It’s soft but fierce
Octavion — Love it and Octavia
Rafferty — It’s so cool
Severus — I love this name and love seeing it used.
Topher — I do love this as a full name
Ones I love as GP names:
Heron — very cool bird, don’t like how it’s close to Heroin
Horatio — I love it but I think kids would have a field day with the HOR part
Lancelot — Very cool mythology, a little strong though
Mcgregor — It’s sweet and cool but makes me think of Peter Rabbit
Romulus — It’s awesome and the mythology is cool, but it makes me think of a race from Star Trek 🙁
The ones I find weird as a name on a real child (mostly because they seem like weird words to use as names):
on December 10th, 2013 at 1:36 am
I <3 Balthazar, Bridge, Fergus, Laurent, Llewellyn, Loch, Oak, Osric (thanks to Supernatural I'm really liking this name), Rafferty, Romulus (Harry Potter name! my weakness!), Severus,
Topher, and Yale.
on December 10th, 2013 at 1:50 am
Aldous and Llewellyn are on my list.
Some of these are…just strange… (Sender?)
Also, all I can think about when I see/hear Zed is “Zed’s dead”
on December 10th, 2013 at 2:24 am
I have an 8 month old Rafferty!=)
I also really love Calloway. I’m surprised that one isn’t more popular. And there is something about Cabot that I can’t put my finger on. It just seems ‘fun’ to me. I would love to meet a Cabot someday.
on December 10th, 2013 at 2:25 am
I LOVE Birch, Finch, and Moss, but they were either vetoed by my boyfriend or sound horrible with our difficult last name. Our second choice for our little boy is Walden, with Wally and/or Waldo as nicknames. I’m a big fan of this list!
on December 10th, 2013 at 4:50 am
Some of these are lovely…
I’ve never figured out why Rafferty has caught on but Ryder/Ryker have. Rafferty is much more appealing imo.
Pilot, Connelly, Hawthorne, Llewelyn (total GP name for me. So awesome), Topher, Bastien, Finch, Redmond, and Griffith are all adorable.
I can see Drexel on some brave parent’s kid, along with Moss, Satchel, Zed, Chuck, Fitzpatrick and Morocco. Not my style, though.
on December 10th, 2013 at 8:21 am
Moss and Birch immediately caught my eye. I would never use them on a child, but they’re still nice!
on December 10th, 2013 at 9:02 am
Barnaby and Horatio made it! Those are two of my favorites! I also love Griffith and Kermit (though I don’t know if I could use that one due to the Muppet connection). There are so many fun names on this list.
on December 10th, 2013 at 9:21 am
First, I have to say that I love the cool little dude in jeans and glasses. He looks so hip and intelligent!
Middle names only…
on December 10th, 2013 at 9:53 am
I just love:
Aldous, Balthazar, Barnaby, Clovis, Gardner, Griffith, and Llewellyn, and Hawthorne is a GP of mine.
Actually, perhaps in a moment of silliness, my DH and I once decided that the full name Clovis Balthazar would be awesome, though it somehow didn’t last on our list. Barnaby is on the “long list” and Llewellyn is the latest addition to our short list, DH approved! I guess he likes underused names!
And it’s interesting to me how many author names there were…very cool.
on December 10th, 2013 at 11:30 am
Oh, I like Kipling. Kip is a cool nickname, and Kipling sounds so spirited.
I have to say though, “Stop trying to make Jupiter happen. It’s not going to happen.” 😉
on December 10th, 2013 at 11:40 am
I really really like Finch and Thurman. Thurman could be the modern Theodore?
on December 10th, 2013 at 12:16 pm
Hey is that Alonso Mateo from instagram in the picture?
on December 10th, 2013 at 12:46 pm
I like Callaghan, Connelly, Quint, Rafferty, Griffith,and Topher.
on December 10th, 2013 at 1:16 pm
Love Lorcan, 5 boys with these name (it wasn’t included), Calloway, Lancelot, Laurent, Redmond, Wagner…
Zoran is slavic name, common Croatian name. Google Zoran Milanovich.
on December 10th, 2013 at 1:16 pm
Zoran Milanovich is prime minister of Croatia. Not very successful.
on December 10th, 2013 at 1:42 pm
The little guy above looks like my dad as a boy (b 1950) – too cute.. oh, excuse me… too cool! 🙂
Harrington, Griffith, Dermot, Kipling, Llewellyn, and Rafferty would definitely be my top picks from this list. Come to think of it, Laurent strikes my fancy too….!
Detroit reminds me of a name I heard within the last couple days…. Seattle. I thought that was pretty cool too. I think he’s somewhere under the age of 10.
I like Sabastien better than Bastien, and Gregor better than McGregor (maybe cause my married surname starts with a Mc) and along the same lines: Topher just sounds like someone trying too hard. But of course, that’s just my opinion, probably bc my brother’s name is Kristopher. (I have a distant cousin named Kristoffer which I always thought was kinda strange.) Speaking of strange, I met a man named Thurman Strange once several years ago and I never forgot his name!
@ jem – I’d love to know what your dog’s first names are!! love their middles!!
on December 10th, 2013 at 1:54 pm
Yay! Hawthorne made it. I have a little Hawthorne Sebastian. I have a feeling Hawthorne is going to make a jump for 2013!
on December 10th, 2013 at 3:05 pm
Good list! My favorites are Birch, Hunt, Keene, Hawthorne, and Griffith. Swoon!
on December 10th, 2013 at 4:58 pm
R_J, I will NEVER give up on Jupiter. Could too happen!
on December 10th, 2013 at 5:25 pm
A lot of these are awful or at least would make better middle names than first names. But I do like Barnaby, Dermot, and Fitzpatrick.
Both Kermit and Grover….
still make me think of those characters.
on December 10th, 2013 at 5:33 pm
How do you find out the popularity of names that aren’t in the top 1000
on December 10th, 2013 at 5:40 pm
Love Bastien, Costello, Finch, Hunt, Spence, and Hawthorne. I have a brother named Racer. Phelan seriously like felon?
on December 10th, 2013 at 10:20 pm
Barnaby, Berlin, Callaghan (I actually am related to a female Callahan…assuming the pronunciation is similar), Driver, Hanon, Huckleberry (One of my favorites, but it’s been demoted to guilty pleasure), Keene, Pacer (reminds me of Pacey from Dawson’s Creek :)), Pilot, Racer, and Topher = AMAZING! <3
on December 11th, 2013 at 9:21 am
Love love love Rafferty and Kipling!
on December 11th, 2013 at 4:48 pm
Some of these names are incredibly strange for example Sender!!
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on December 13th, 2013 at 9:08 am
My favorites are the 3 syllables names: Calloway, Barnaby, Rafferty, Severus.
on December 16th, 2013 at 9:52 am
I absolutely love Keene (also love the spelling Keane… so underused), Cyprian, Dermot, Griffith, Mcgregor, Ogden (who knew it was so rare?), Connelly, and Rafferty. Kipling and Satchel are nice, although I could never see myself using them… I just can’t imaging them aging well.
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