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Rare Classic Boy Names

November 21, 2020 Clare Green
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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 boys 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):

Lev
Duncan
Leif
Ulysses
Ralph
Harris
Ernest
Boaz
Montgomery
Pierre
Abner
Benedict
Sidney
Gilbert
Guy
Clarence
Edmund and Edmond
Norman
Casper
Clifford
Eamon
Jethro
Finnian
Bernard
Wolfgang
Lucius
Vladimir
Karl
Ishmael
Ozias and Osias
Luther
Glenn and Glen
Oren
Thor
Octavio and Octavius
Arnold
Gerard
Monroe
Phineas
Myron
Ewan
Linus
Cornelius
Nigel
Orson
Dashiell
Leopold
Lloyd
Stellan
Jules
Morris
Fitzgerald
Obadiah
Chester
Leander
Angus
Constantine
Tobin
Ignatius
Roscoe
Floyd
Woodrow
Sylvester
Basil
Niall
Clive
Valentine
Zacharias
Gareth
Herbert
Clement
Conan
Cosmo
Boris
Percy
Mahlon
Odysseus
Claude
Rudolph
Sampson
Urban
Bartholomew
Sherman
Esau
Jupiter
Rufus
Remus
Cato
Hubert
Oberon
Quintus
Randolph
Homer
Horace and Horatio
Rupert
Aloysius
Peregrine
Romulus
Balthazar
Hercules
Waldo
Barnaby
Anselm
Humphrey

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.

Alistair
Ambrose
Amias
Archie
Atlas
Azariah
Caspian
Clyde
Enoch
Ephraim
Gordon
Grey
Ira
Magnus
Mordechai
Otis
Robin
Shepherd
Thaddeus
Wallace

About the author

Clare Green

Clare Green writes Nameberry's weekly round-up of the latest baby name news, including celebrity announcements, unusual naming stories, and new statistics from around the world . Clare, who has been writing for Nameberry since 2015, lives in England, where she has worked in libraries and studies linguistics. You can follow her personally on Instagram and Twitter.

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