Cool Unusual Boys’ Names: A Guide to the Very Best
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:
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on August 6th, 2010 at 5:15 am
I like these names.
on August 6th, 2010 at 6:18 am
on 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.
on 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.
on 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.
on August 6th, 2010 at 9:21 am
I love the name Tate, but it’s currently number #442 on the list.
on 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.
on 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.
on August 6th, 2010 at 9:43 am
I liked the girls list better…
on 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!
on August 6th, 2010 at 10:30 am
Crispin, Hart, Kermit, Kit, Raoul, Stellan
on 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!
on 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.
on 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
on 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 )
Rufus ( kinda suprised it’s on here. Thought it was more popular )
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 Said
on 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.
on 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!
on 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”.
-Malachy (Though I used the Malachai spelling)
-Sayer (LOVE this)
Other faves from the list
-Jedidiah (Mostly because I’m a fan of the nn Jed)
-Tobiah (Prefer Tobin)
-Vaughan (Prefer Vaughn)
on 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. 🙁
on 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.
on 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!
on 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).
on 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:
It may be because my taste in names is a bit wack, but I liked this list a lot!
on 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.
on 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.
on August 7th, 2010 at 9:12 am
Hi Pam and Linda! Great blog! I hope you’ve been well…xx Jill 🙂
on 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.
on 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!
on 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?
on 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:
I’m in serious doubt of the coolness of Knute, though… :S
on August 16th, 2010 at 2:18 pm
Leonidas and Odysseus = LOVE.
on 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!!
on 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.
on 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 🙁
on September 22nd, 2010 at 7:16 am
I don’t like any of these names they are too strange for me. I like:
JAYDEN(Jay for short)
on 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)
on February 24th, 2011 at 7:06 pm
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!
on 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.
on 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.
on April 2nd, 2011 at 10:35 am
I love the names Stellan and Cyri, though Cyri is a girl name in my mind.
on 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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on June 21st, 2011 at 3:23 am
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Romany-means/gypsy -the people.
Rom-means /the Man
Aiyanna Rose-means/ forever flowering rose.
on 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.
on July 18th, 2011 at 10:34 pm
I love Chet and Jedidiah.
I knew a Crispin once. Everyone called him Crispy Biscuit.
on 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)
on 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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on October 10th, 2011 at 7:34 pm
I love Tiberius and Thelonious. Just not sure…
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on November 11th, 2011 at 4:52 pm
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. : )
on May 7th, 2012 at 6:36 pm
Breccan, Caspar, Calix, Finbar and Lorcan are cool. I also think the name Maxim could qualify.
on 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
on 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.
on 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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on 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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on 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)
Stanislav (little boy I know from Russia)
Off the list I absolutely love Vaughan (especially this spelling), Calix, and Orson.
on 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!
on 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.
on 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.
on September 28th, 2013 at 1:33 pm
absolutely in love with Jedidiah and Romulus.
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