Category: cool unusual boys’ names
Nobody wants to pick a baby name that’s too trendy and common. A name that four other kids in your little one’s pre-K will also have, that will consign them to a lifetime of referring to themselves as “Will S.” or “Anna B.”
But there’s also a risk to going too far in the other direction. You might end up picking a name that’s so out there that nobody knows how to spell or pronounce it. Or, worse, a name that attracts ridicule from other children.
What most people want, then, is a name that strikes the perfect balance between these poles: A cool, unusual name. It can be a tricky needle to thread. But you’re not in it alone. Here are the 25 cool, unusual boys’ names that we think are the best for right now.
Naming a daughter instead? (Or also!) Check out our list of the Best Cool Unusual Girls’ Names of 2017.
So you think you’ve found a secret baby name. One that nobody has ever discovered before. Or a sleeping gem neglected by other baby namers.
And maybe you have. But the distressing news is that a lot of the names that parents think are secret finds are really being scoped out at the same time by a lot of other parents.
How do we know? Because we’ve analyzed which names are spiking the highest in nameberry views at the start of 2011 compared with 2010, and among the biggest risers are obscure picks and long-neglected classics.
What makes these names suddenly so hot? For the most part, it’s hard to say. All we can tell you for sure is that they are hot — a lot hotter than you might guess.
Here, the 50 hottest obscure names and how high their traffic has jumped:
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: