Boy Baby Names: 50 sweetest sweet-spot names

Darwin, Dimitri and Duncan

By Linda Rosenkrantz

A large percentage of parents-to-be are looking for a name that is instantly recognizable yet distinctive, especially appealing and yet not overly popular—aka a sweet-spot name.  Well, a readymade place to look for names that fit that perfect fitting in/standing out trope is in the very lower depths of the Social Security popularity list.  We’ve found 50 boy names that measure up—a mix of vintage faves, international possibilities and a few surprising word, place and nicknames. All of them were given to fewer than 300 baby boys across the country last year.

Would you pick any of these? What’s your idea of a great sweet-spot boy name?

Stay tuned for the girl version coming soon.

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Adalee Says:

February 13th, 2019 at 9:26 am

Duncan and Hugh are my favorite from this list. Duncan was my grandfather’s middle name and I think that Hugh is just so sweet.

QuirkFlower Says:

February 13th, 2019 at 11:26 am

I love Toby and Shepherd (though I’m sure Toby is more popular if you also consider Tobias and Tobey). I know a young Huxley and Keenan, and two Seamuses!

stephaniebrooke Says:

February 13th, 2019 at 11:28 am

I really like Bjorn, it’s a name both me and my partner strongly agree on. I also like Duncan, Heath, Leif and Seamus.

justthinkin Says:

February 13th, 2019 at 3:14 pm

Van and Blaise are so cool and would make good brothers. So would Lyle and Toby, very cute. Billy needs to come back. And I’ve been awaiting Avi catching on more.

beynotce Says:

February 13th, 2019 at 4:16 pm

I’m in love with Hugh right now! I tend to like longer names on boys, but Hugh is nicely brief and approachable without being too informal. I also really like Thatcher, and I love Huxley and Shepherd as avenues to nicknames Huck and Shep.

ecpt Says:

February 13th, 2019 at 6:16 pm

I love Ephraim, such an underrated gem.

flamingo Says:

February 13th, 2019 at 9:24 pm

My baby was one of the ‘under 300’ babies named Lyle!
I think it’s so cute and snazzy, and of course his mascot is a crocodile 🙂

katinka Says:

February 14th, 2019 at 12:10 am

Several of these are pretty popular in the UK (Alfred, Billy, Frankie, Louie, Reuben, Toby). We do love our vintage/nickname names!

jpruitt76 Says:

February 14th, 2019 at 8:52 am

I quite like Wells, Anders, Vaughn, Reginald, Lyle, Heath, Miller, Thatcher and Duncan. I know a young Bridger and Miller.

oftenoverseas Says:

February 14th, 2019 at 9:21 pm

Every time I see Billy I get a little pang of regret that we didn’t name our son William last year (and call him Billy). Good thing it’s not so common yet that I have to suffer every day, wink wink. I also love Hugh and Gordon, and my husband is Anders, so I love that one too. We’ve talked about Leif, but the differences and authenticity of the pronunciation made me shy away.

gumtrees Says:

February 15th, 2019 at 10:11 pm

Van seems to be becoming more common in Australia. I know of three children under 2 with the name, not to mention a few more with Van as a middle name. Same with Reign.

I’ve also taught many Frankies (mostly girls), Blaise and Alistairs.

oliviamcdonald Says:

February 16th, 2019 at 7:09 am

i’ve Loved Bjorn for a while, but this has brought Vaughn into view. I like it.

stepx Says:

February 17th, 2019 at 6:11 am

Blaise is a great name and due for an uptick in popularity I suspect. Alfred is the name of one of my twin boys.

Sinclaiiir Says:

February 17th, 2019 at 6:29 pm

I wouldn’t consider Bridger, Alaric or Ephraim easily recognizable especially when you’re in large, diverse cities.

I’ve always loved Anders and Bjorn as middle names and Billy and Rocky for girls.

the_y_button Says:

February 17th, 2019 at 10:27 pm

Thatcher always manages to catch my eye. Alistair is also a personal favorite.

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