Cool Unusual Boys’ Names: A Guide to the Very Best

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Yesterday we brought you our picks for best cool unusual girls’ names; today we look at the best 100 cool unusual boys’ names from the master list of names given to 25 or fewer babies last year.

Our criteria: We tried to pull out names that have genuine roots, that are attractive, and that work in the modern world.  True name nerds or obsessive name searchers can go to comb through thousands of unusual boys’ names from the entire file of all the names used every year stretching back to 1880.

Here’s our list of Top 100 unusual boys’ names:

  1. AHMET
  2. AMIAS
  3. AZAIAH
  4. BALTHAZAR
  5. BARNABAS
  6. BAY
  7. BIRCH
  8. BRANCH
  9. BRECCAN
  10. BRICK
  11. CALIX
  12. CALLOWAY
  13. CASHEL
  14. CASIMIR
  15. CASPAR
  16. CHET
  17. CLANCY
  18. CLIFF
  19. COLTRANE
  20. COSIMO
  21. COSMO
  22. COTTON
  23. CRISPIN
  24. DAY
  25. DECIMUS
  26. FERGUS
  27. FIELDING
  28. FINBAR
  29. GERRIT
  30. GODFREY
  31. GRIFFITH
  32. GROVER
  33. GUTHRIE
  34. HAMISH
  35. HART
  36. HILL
  37. HOMER
  38. HOPPER
  39. HUMPHREY
  40. INIGO
  41. ISIDORE
  42. IVO
  43. JAGO
  44. JEDEDIAH
  45. JOTHAM
  46. KERMIT
  47. KIT
  48. KNUTE
  49. LAIRD
  50. LEONIDES
  51. LORCAN
  52. LOU
  53. LUDOVIC
  54. MALACHY
  55. MAXFIELD
  56. MORRISON
  57. MOSS
  58. NICANDRO
  59. NORTH
  60. OBERON
  61. ODYSSEUS
  62. OGDEN
  63. ORSON
  64. OSBORNE
  65. OSWALD
  66. OZIAS
  67. PARK
  68. PERCIVAL
  69. PHELAN
  70. PIERS
  71. PIKE
  72. PLACIDO
  73. PRESCOTT
  74. PRIMO
  75. RAOUL
  76. REDMOND
  77. REYNOLD
  78. ROMULUS
  79. ROTH
  80. RUFUS
  81. SAYER
  82. SERGE
  83. SOCRATES
  84. STANISLAV
  85. STANTON
  86. STELLAN
  87. THELONIOUS
  88. THORNTON
  89. TIBERIUS
  90. TOBIAH
  91. VAUGHAN
  92. WALDEN
  93. WALDO
  94. WARD
  95. WASHINGTON
  96. WEBB
  97. WEBSTER
  98. WILFREDunusual baby names
  99. WIN
  100. ZEBULON

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CountryLizB Says:

August 6th, 2010 at 5:15 am

I like these names.

5.BARNABAS
31.GROVER
44.JOTHAM
45.KERMIT
67.PERCIVAL
79.RUFUS
90.TOBIAH
100.ZEBULON

Noelle Says:

August 6th, 2010 at 6:18 am

Kermit???
I love
Crispin
Casimir
Caspar
Ivo

Doubtfull about:
Oberon

phaedra Says:

August 6th, 2010 at 8:20 am

Crispin is great. I would’ve used it myself but worried about the “crispy” nickname.

Kermit and Grover would be awesome if they weren’t puppets.

Isidore is a girl’s name in my mind.

Great list!

Sellons Says:

August 6th, 2010 at 8:27 am

I absolutely adore Vaughan

Fielding is nice but I prefer Fielder & Fisher.

Stanton is nice too, and you could use Tate as a nickname for it.

smismar Says:

August 6th, 2010 at 8:28 am

Brick? Branch? Moss? Socrates? Ew. No, I can’t get behind this list. And there are a couple that are strictly Muppets for me, not babies.

Sarah Says:

August 6th, 2010 at 9:21 am

I love the name Tate, but it’s currently number #442 on the list.

Sarah Says:

August 6th, 2010 at 9:25 am

I just checked the masterlist and I think it should say Tatem, instead of Tate.

I also like Birch, Caspar, Hart, Kit, & Stellan.

Vikki Says:

August 6th, 2010 at 9:36 am

I also love Crispin and Hamish. But I agree that Kermit and Grover are a bit to muppetish for me to use. Actually Grover makes me think of a mass murdering family that operated in my home town in the early 1900s so it would have been off the list even without the muppet connection.

Hmmm…I wonder if there is a blog in the names of notorious criminals.

Alyssa Says:

August 6th, 2010 at 9:43 am

I liked the girls list better…

pam Says:

August 6th, 2010 at 9:48 am

I checked that, Sarah, and I think you’re right. Tatem would not qualify so I replaced with Chet. Thanks for the heads up!

spotlightstarlit Says:

August 6th, 2010 at 10:30 am

Crispin, Hart, Kermit, Kit, Raoul, Stellan

SJ Says:

August 6th, 2010 at 10:53 am

I like this list better than the girls’ list, which seemed to have a lot of word names, nicknames, and surname-names. Which is good, because for me it’s harder to find fresh boys’ names I like.

I’m particularly fond of the Biblical names like Azaiah, Jotham, and Ozias; and I also like some of the Celtic ones, like Breccan, Cashel, Griffith, and Lorcan.

Thanks for your hard work in going over those long lists!

stacy Says:

August 6th, 2010 at 11:15 am

Most of these aren’t my taste, but I tend to be more conservative with boy names.

I do like: Griffith, Barnabas, Coltrane, Inigo, Laird, Orson, Piers and Stanton.

I think I’d only have the guts to use Griffith or Piers, though.

SamanthaAmy Says:

August 6th, 2010 at 12:44 pm

I’m in the UK and know a Finbar, Hamish, Casper, Fergus and Jaigo.
All suit their names and I actually like all of the names expept Fergus.

Of the list I love the name Bay

jessesgirl Says:

August 6th, 2010 at 1:06 pm

I like the girls list better but there are some on here I like!

Breccan ( could never use due to a family members close name )
Griffith
Hamish
Humphrey
Jedediah
Rufus ( kinda suprised it’s on here. Thought it was more popular )
Vaughan
Stellan

Jedediah and Rufus were already on my list! Humphrey was but I just had to take it off because it sounds like hump free! Lol! Does anyone else think that or is it just me!?

Emmy Jo Says:

August 6th, 2010 at 1:13 pm

More than five parents actually named their sons Socrates? Are you serious? I’m all for ancient names and such, but that seems like an AWFULLY hard one to wear.

From this list, I love Amias, Piers, Stellan, Zebulon, Tobiah, Knute, and Guthrie. And I’m actually thinking Hopper is kind of cute — yes, it sounds like a cartoon frog, but if Cooper works today, I see no reason why Hopper shouldn’t.

katybug Says:

August 6th, 2010 at 1:27 pm

I also like this list better than the girls. Love Crispin, Stanton, Coltrane, Piers, Orson and Ogden–well, most of them, really! Thanks for the great ideas!

chrbaker Says:

August 6th, 2010 at 2:38 pm

Adore the majority of these. Love all the music references on this list! These are the ones that were already on my personal “THE LIST”.

-Breccan
-Griffith
-Guthrie
-Malachy (Though I used the Malachai spelling)
-Sayer (LOVE this)
-Stellan

Other faves from the list
-Bay
-Calloway
-Coltrane
-Jedidiah (Mostly because I’m a fan of the nn Jed)
-Knute
-Roth
-Thornton
-Tobiah (Prefer Tobin)
-Vaughan (Prefer Vaughn)

chrbaker Says:

August 6th, 2010 at 2:46 pm

jessesgirl: Don’t you hate that? And once you get something like that in your head it’s impossible to get it out! I really wanted to add Phelan to the ones I like but I have a close friend with that last name and she says everyone makes You’re Failin’ jokes to her all the time. 🙁

MollyK Says:

August 6th, 2010 at 4:25 pm

I see Stellan becoming very popular in the next few years. I think it will be the next name to jump up in to the top 100 very quickly.

I like a lot of the names here, especially some of the word/nature names: Cotton (love it! but would never actually use), Birch, Bay, Hill, Moss, Pike (love it!). I will have to check back to this list if/when we have another baby.

Lauren Says:

August 6th, 2010 at 6:39 pm

The only one I like out of all of these is Breccan and that’s a stretch! I agree with some of the others, I liked the girls list much better!

Loren Says:

August 7th, 2010 at 1:38 am

Is it just me, or is “Birch” suggested constantly? I am quite sure it would be mocked for the expletive that is one letter off. Also, is Phelan pronounced the same as felon?

I like Jedidiah, Jotham, Ludovic and Leonides. My brother was supposed to be Fielding after some ancestor, but my parents chickened out and picked a top 25 name. I want to use Day as a middle for a girl, in honor of Sandra Day O’Connor. I’m surprised that these names are ultra-rare but I already have an association with most of them (a celebrity or historical figure or someone I’ve actually known).

Emily Says:

August 7th, 2010 at 1:49 am

This list is a bit bizarre to say the least. It’s hard for me to imagine actual living humans with some of these names, but here are the ones I like and would consider using:

BARNABAS
CASPAR
COSIMO
COSMO
FERGUS
GODFREY
GROVER
HAMISH
HUMPHREY
OSBORNE
OSWALD
OZIAS
PERCIVAL
RUFUS
WALDEN

It may be because my taste in names is a bit wack, but I liked this list a lot!

Emily Says:

August 7th, 2010 at 1:51 am

I just wanted to add that my cousin recently decided on Cosimo for her son. He’s due in November.

Cassie Says:

August 7th, 2010 at 2:27 am

I like Stellan, but the first thing that comes to my mind is “Stalin,” which is not exactly a positive association.

and as for Tate/Tatem… well once again it brings a not so positive association up. I’ll give you a hint: it’s a body part.

Living in CO using Pike would be very hard, one of our most famous mountains is Pikes Peak (founded by Zebulon Pike.)

Sorry, but I really don’t like many of these names.

Jill Says:

August 7th, 2010 at 9:12 am

Hi Pam and Linda! Great blog! I hope you’ve been well…xx Jill 🙂

Alia Says:

August 7th, 2010 at 10:53 am

I love Orson, Casper, Walden and Ivo. I’m a tiny bit afraid to use them if we have a second son, but I may have to take the plunge.

JNE Says:

August 7th, 2010 at 3:15 pm

Thelonious, hands down. There are a bunch of names that I’m personally perfectly happy to hear are used for fewer than 25 kids, but some are quite nice… Thelonious is the best one on the list!

Amy Says:

August 7th, 2010 at 7:57 pm

I have two boys, Calvin and Isaac. We are expecting baby boy #3 in Nomber. Any suggestions for a name that “goes with” these?

delovely Says:

August 13th, 2010 at 7:08 pm

Woohoo! Now I can say to all the Hamish-haters that Pam thinks it’s cool! 😀 (Although I agree with the British previous poster – I’m from Australia and it’s a lot more common over here. Anyone else – listen to a Hamish&Andy podcast and you’ll think it’s cool too :D).

I liked this list a lot better than the girls’. My favourites:

FERGUS
HAMISH
RUFUS
SERGE
STELLAN
VAUGHAN

I’m in serious doubt of the coolness of Knute, though… :S

Sachiko Says:

August 16th, 2010 at 2:18 pm

Leonidas and Odysseus = LOVE.

Trisha Says:

September 10th, 2010 at 1:47 pm

I have 2 sons with somewhat different names…..One noone has ever heard of……KEDRYN…my ex picked it out and everyone loves the name but everywhere i search noone has heard of it…..and my other unusual name is Giuseppi….Yes hes part italian and we live in IL so people think its unusual lol!!

Kiki Says:

September 15th, 2010 at 11:39 pm

I have fallen in love with MAVERICK. Love the meaning and also it is far more popular in Australia than in the US.

Other names I like are last names used for First….Taggert, McAlester (call him Mack)…you get the idea.

expecting Says:

September 16th, 2010 at 10:43 am

I love Maverick too! I’m expecting my first in January and my husabnd won’t go for it… maybe I’ll get to use it for the middle name… also love last names as first even though it may be difficult with our last name… I like Landon, Logan, Keiran, Connor, Kendrick… most fot these from this list are too far out for me but i find that boys are tougher than girls names because there are less to choose from 🙁

Michelle Says:

September 22nd, 2010 at 7:16 am

I don’t like any of these names they are too strange for me. I like:

CONAN
JACK
AIDEN
CONNOR
JAYDEN(Jay for short)
SEAN
ROBERT
BRANDON
KEIRON

Annon. Says:

January 6th, 2011 at 5:07 pm

I am considering two names, Inigo and Xankou. I’ve never met anyone else named Xankou, so maybe it should be on the list. (pronounced Zankoo)

Amy Says:

February 24th, 2011 at 7:06 pm

OSWALD…..
I would be careful to name a child this. After all, Lee Harvey OSWALD assassinated President John F. Kennedy! Not a very good connotation for your son’s name to have!

justme Says:

March 13th, 2011 at 1:48 am

I have always liked AHMET. I really don’t care if Frank Zappa used it first.
Can I just say that one of the actors in Clueless has the name BRECCAN. It’s spelled Breckin though.
CASPAR was almost going to be brothers name, but they chose Jasper at the last minute.
CHET is what we called my great uncle Chester.
CRISPIN is really cool.
GUTHRIE only if I can name another one Arlo.
PIERS I like. Pierce, not so much
There have been 5 STELLAN’s born amongst the co-workers of myself and my partner.

sara Says:

March 15th, 2011 at 8:23 am

A friend of mine will soon be welcoming a little Tyberius (in honor of James T Kirk, of course), I’m not sure what inspired swapping the I with a Y but it really is cute.

DeLiza Says:

April 2nd, 2011 at 10:35 am

I love the names Stellan and Cyri, though Cyri is a girl name in my mind.

AnneMarie Says:

April 26th, 2011 at 2:42 am

I work at a call center and Roman names seem to be in vogue- like Tragan (one of the 7 “good” caesars), Julius and Maximus. I’ve also seen Augustus used for a middle name a couple of times.

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Poppi Says:

June 21st, 2011 at 3:23 am

try these names:
Romany-means/gypsy -the people.
Rom-means /the Man
Chilo-means/seeker.
Aiyanna Rose-means/ forever flowering rose.
Song.
Free

Kristin Says:

June 30th, 2011 at 2:28 pm

My oldest son’s name is Cashel – definitely fit the “cool, unusual” category for us! We love it, and it’s gotten great responses from people. We usually use the full name, but “Cash” is a fun nickname.

Gabby Says:

July 18th, 2011 at 10:34 pm

I love Chet and Jedidiah.

I knew a Crispin once. Everyone called him Crispy Biscuit.

AMH Says:

July 27th, 2011 at 4:00 am

Yay… 4 or fewer boys were born last year with my son’s name! (Not a “Creative” spelling either)

Anny Says:

July 28th, 2011 at 12:49 am

With the rise of Kellan, we love Irish names. We came up with a way to be able to use it and have it work with all the Mc names out there. We are naming our soon to be adopted baby boy
McKellan. I have not seen it anywhere, but the only close would be in a last name of McKellen as Sir Ian McKellen. But when
telling others of what we are naming our little guy everyone loves it and I can’t find it anywhere on any baby name list.
Maybe we will start a trend…

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Goodkarmavt Says:

October 10th, 2011 at 7:34 pm

I love Tiberius and Thelonious. Just not sure…

da boyz Says:

November 11th, 2011 at 4:52 pm

Curious…
I’m wondering what cool city “Justme” is from where she knows of 5 couples who named their son Stellan. Also what industry do you and your husband work in? Just curious– I know the name is not for the meek. My little guy is named Stellan and I am from north of Toronto. : )

erin13 Says:

May 7th, 2012 at 6:36 pm

Breccan, Caspar, Calix, Finbar and Lorcan are cool. I also think the name Maxim could qualify.

Taramore Says:

July 7th, 2012 at 5:49 pm

My older brother’s name is Brecken and I seriously love it. Kinda wish I could name my future son (if I have a son of course) it. Sigh
Anyways I really like Chet, Stanton, and Stellar

watermellie Says:

August 21st, 2012 at 3:28 pm

I don’t like any of the names on here. Just too weird for me. I prefer unusual but not surprising names like Nico, Edmund, etc. Ugh… these are just waay to weird.

magflo Says:

September 29th, 2012 at 7:04 am

My son and wife recently had a son (9-21) and named him Lincoln. No family history behind it for either side.

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Javad Says:

January 4th, 2013 at 4:05 am

Amias is an amazing name! Can’t believe more people don’t name their kid this!

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davis Says:

April 9th, 2013 at 3:35 am

Interestingly enough off this list I’ve met people named:

Calloway (goes by Cal)
Chet (full name is Chester)
Cliff (full name is Cliffton)
Fergus (little boy I know from Ireland, spells it Feargus though)
Maxfield
Stanislav (little boy I know from Russia)

Off the list I absolutely love Vaughan (especially this spelling), Calix, and Orson.

VickyInTX Says:

May 13th, 2013 at 10:04 am

My son is a Fielding–it’s a family (first!) name. Everyone loves it, and everyone remembers it. It’s unique, but not yooneek. That said, I would love for him to meet another Fielding under the age of 65!

Skylark Says:

June 6th, 2013 at 6:09 pm

I love Placido. I just realized it would be a great way to get some Italian and Mexican into our son’s name with a nice meaning too. Cool.

Mummy2Ronnie87 Says:

June 7th, 2013 at 10:05 am

When I hear Coltrane all I can think about is Coletrain from the Gears of War video games and Tiberius is such a Trekkie’s child’s name.

pattyanniee Says:

September 28th, 2013 at 1:33 pm

absolutely in love with Jedidiah and Romulus.

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