Rare Classic Boy Names

Rare Classic Boy Names

Looking for classic boy names that are also unusual?

Way beyond the Williams and Henrys you hear every day are dozens of rare baby names for boys that achieve this golden combination.  These names have deep roots and have been used for centuries, yet are given to only a handful of boys each year.

These rare classic boy names include choices from ancient cultures and the Bible, names sailing out of style (so long, Sherman) along with those heading in: Welcome, Boaz, Casper, and Finnian!

Here, more than 100 classic boy names you’ll find hiding below the US Top 1000 according to the latest figures, ordered from those given to the most babies in 2019 (Lev, just shy of the Top 1000 with 205 boys) to the least (Anselm and Humphrey, with just 6):

LevDuncanLeifUlyssesRalphHarrisErnestBoazMontgomeryPierreAbnerBenedictSidneyGilbertGuyClarenceEdmund and EdmondNormanCasperCliffordEamonJethroFinnianBernardWolfgangLuciusVladimirKarlIshmaelOzias and OsiasLutherGlenn and GlenOrenThorOctavio and OctaviusArnoldGerardMonroePhineasMyronEwanLinusCorneliusNigelOrsonDashiellLeopoldLloydStellanJulesMorrisFitzgeraldObadiahChesterLeanderAngusConstantineTobinIgnatiusRoscoeFloydWoodrowSylvesterBasilNiallCliveValentineZachariasGarethHerbertClementConanCosmoBorisPercyMahlonOdysseusClaudeRudolphSampsonUrbanBartholomewShermanEsauJupiterRufusRemusCatoHubertOberonQuintusRandolphHomerHorace and HoratioRupertAloysiusPeregrineRomulusBalthazarHerculesWaldoBarnabyAnselmHumphrey

Revived classic boy names

Since we first published a list like this, using the 2012 data, these formerly rare classic boy names have risen into the US Top 1000. This makes them pretty stylish, and not quite so unknown anymore.


About the Author

Clare Green

Clare Green

Clare Green has been writing for Nameberry since 2015, covering everything from names peaking right now to feminist baby names, and keeping up-to-date with international baby name rankings. Her work has featured in publications such as The Independent and HuffPost. Clare has a background in linguistics and librarianship, and recently completed an MA dissertation researching names in multilingual families. She lives in England with her husband and son. You can reach her at clare@nameberry.com