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Best Unusual Boy Names: Cassian, Macsen, and Wolf

May 21, 2017 Abby Sandel
Best Unusual Boy Names

by Abby Sandel

If you’re expecting a boy soon, you might be poring over the new most popular baby names stats for the US.

Plenty of great names have gone from under-the-radar to the next big thing. Shepherd, Gus, and Fox cracked the US Top 1,000. Wilder, Arlo, Kingsley, Hayes, and Grey all climbed more than 100 places in the rankings. Even classics like Henry, Frederick, and James gained in use.

What’s a parent to do? If you’re after a name that your son won’t share, you’ll have to look beyond today’s favorites to find possibilities that remain underused.

Luckily, there are plenty of options. Start with our list of fifty great boy names that are still unusual today.

Exactly how unusual? Every one of these names was given to fewer than 100 – and in some cases, many less – boys born in the US last year. It took 202 births for a name to make the Top 1,000 in 2016. These names don’t even make the Top 2,000. (The number following the name represents the actual births recorded last year, so there were just 32 Tennysons – and just eight Chords!)

Best Unusual Boy Names: Unexpected Imports

Alexei, 34

Cavan, 44

Esben, 7

Fintan, 26

Macsen, 35

Best Unusual Boy Names: Surname Names

Booker, 58

Collier, 47

Conway, 64

Copeland, 38

Dempsey, 71

Frasier, 6

Hutton, 18

Mercer, 43

Patton, 67

Prescott, 33

Tennyson, 32

Thayer, 44

Walton, 29

Whitaker, 47

Best Unusual Boy Names: Word Names

Chord, 8

Hale, 20

Prosper, 18

Ranger, 69

Wolf, 67

Best Unusual Boy Names: Vintage Gems

Cassian, 19

Esau, 48

Ferris, 47

Giles, 17

Grover, 17

Percy, 46

Roscoe, 63

Rufus, 35

Willis, 68

Best Unusual Boy Names: Simply Unexpected

Macon, 32

Rhodes, 59

Rigel, 34

Vander, 54

Best Unusual Boy Names: Short and Sweet

Ike, 54

Jed, 64

Keane, 27

Penn, 63

Riggs, 65

Teague, 45

Shaw, 33

Best Unusual Boy Names: Ending in O

Cosmo, 21

Galileo, 20

Gio, 50

Horatio, 16

Lando, 20

Winslow, 19

Would you consider any of these names? Do you think any of these will be the next big thing?

About the author

Abby

Abby Sandel is nameberry's Senior Editor and resident Name Sage. Look for her baby name news round-ups every Monday, and her Name Sage columns on Wednesdays. Abby is the creator of the baby name blog Appellation Mountain and mom to Alex and Clio. For a chance to have your questions answered, contact Abby at namesage@nameberry.com.

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