Best Unusual Boy Names: Cassian, Macsen, and Wolf

50 Great Boy Names Still Unusual Today

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?

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12 Responses to “Best Unusual Boy Names: Cassian, Macsen, and Wolf”

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lesliemarion Says:

May 21st, 2017 at 10:03 pm

There are some names I love here!

Horatio, Hale, Wolf, Ferris, Collier, Shaw, Frasier, Whitaker (though I prefer 2 t’s), Mercer, Walton, Giles, Grover, Percy, Rufus…

They all have a lot of personality and pizazz.

RosieMac Says:

May 21st, 2017 at 11:29 pm

I adore Cosmo & Rufus! I guess I’m not alone in loving those anymore!

mill1020 Says:

May 22nd, 2017 at 12:14 am

Wow, Rigel–twin to Betelgeuse?

I like Hayes and Grover.

I also think James should revert to its blue font… 🙂

Maple10 Says:

May 22nd, 2017 at 8:06 am

Surprised Roscoe hasn’t hit it big. It’s vintage, nature, and ends in the O sounds. One of my favorites!
Also love Chord, it really hits all the right notes, ?

lee_augusta Says:

May 22nd, 2017 at 10:58 am

So many good names here! Roscoe is an all-time favorite. From this list, my favorites are Macsen, Cassian, Rigel, Cosmo, Winslow, Hale, and Booker. I can see Teague, Keane, Rhodes, Thayer, Patton, Prescott, and Macon taking off.

BluebirdBlossom Says:

May 22nd, 2017 at 12:24 pm

Gosh, I love roscoe so much. It is such an under used vintage classic!

ARead Says:

May 22nd, 2017 at 2:16 pm

Lots of great names! I particularly love Fintan and Cassian!

eveyalecia Says:

May 22nd, 2017 at 2:48 pm

I’ve long loved Prosper and Alexei, and would absolutely use them today!

I’m also a fan of Booker, Tennyson, Cassian, Wolf, Percy, Rhodes, and I have a soft spot for Galileo. 🙂

Bobcat108 Says:

May 22nd, 2017 at 4:03 pm

A cautionary note on Rhodes: It’s one of my last names & it is constantly, both over the phone & in person, misheard as Rose. Even when I spell it out for people it’s still mistaken as Rose, or even when people get that it’s the plural of “road,” misspell it as Roads, Rhoades, or Roades. The correct spelling is the least used, it seems.

alliebelle Says:

May 22nd, 2017 at 5:56 pm

I like Prescott! Kind of like Preston but with that cool -tt ending. I could see that skyrocketing.

FelicitySmoak Says:

May 25th, 2017 at 12:58 am

I like:


A name not in the too 1000 that I really like is Ramsey.

orphanedhanyou Says:

May 25th, 2017 at 3:47 pm

Alexei – doesnt seem very unexpected, maybe by the numbers

Cavan – Kevin? like Steve Urkel and Stefan?

Fintan – trying to make Quinten less Q?

Booker – just makes me think of someone hunched over piles of records

Collier – i feel like this is both a dog and an illness

Conway – what nn? Con? just trying to hard to find an alt to Conner/Conrad?

Dempsey – dumpy 🙁

Hutton – wouldnt want the nn Hut, sounds like huntin’, just unpleasant

Walton – another tv reference. dislike Wally.

Whitaker – Forest

Chord – all i can think is umbilical cord

Cassian – vintage gem? not anymore its Star Wars all the way

Ferris – Bueller only for me

Giles – Buffy the vampire slayer plus sounds like Niles and gives off the same vibe as the Frasier character

Grover – i feel this will never sound ‘cool’. Groves maybe?

Roscoe – reminds me of rascal feels like a pet name

Rufus – rhyming with dufus is a no

Willis – too many jokes asking what hes talking about

Macon – mmmbacon. makingbacon?

Rigel – i like the star inspiration but it still sounds like and gives me the vibe of Nigel. see Giles/Niles above

Ike – needs more. I wouldnt want to be known as the very short sound forever. plus i also see icky.

Penn – always a writing instrument, just too common a sound and utensil

Galileo – i cant image calling ‘Galileo’ to dinner. Gal as a nn on a boy isnt ideal, the Leo sounds like Layo so no

Gio – knew a guy with this nn for Giovanni – would want a kid to have more the Gio/Geo as a name – too short with multiple images that come to mind

Horatio – just a whole lot of name with an unfortunate first syllable

Lando – still Star Wars for me, always feels like a made up name

Winslow – since Cavan/Kevin = Stefan/Steve i can only hear Mr Winslow

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