Category: unusual boy names
Her husband is wild about Harry in the middle spot, but they’re struggling to agree on a first name if baby number three is a boy.
We are expecting baby number three and are stuck for a name if the baby is a boy.
I am trying to find something that matches with these and I like slightly unique names.
My husband would like the baby if a boy to have the middle name Harry so something that goes with that too would be great!
The Name Sage replies:
by Abby Sandel
If you’re expecting a boy soon, you might be poring over the new most popular baby names stats for the US.
Plenty of great names have gone from under-the-radar to the next big thing. Shepherd, Gus, and Fox cracked the US Top 1,000. Wilder, Arlo, Kingsley, Hayes, and Grey all climbed more than 100 places in the rankings. Even classics like Henry, Frederick, and James gained in use.
What’s a parent to do? If you’re after a name that your son won’t share, you’ll have to look beyond today’s favorites to find possibilities that remain underused.
Luckily, there are plenty of options. Start with our list of fifty great boy names that are still unusual today.
By Abby Sandel
Spoiler alert: we’re talking about the final season of Girls below!
Ready for a cardinal rule of baby naming? Names go in and out of style. Every few years, something old feels new again. And a name that was once all the rage teeters on the edge of extinction. Good-bye, Gary. Hello, Otis.
The Girls series finale gave us a baby name that might signal the next new wave for boys. While it’s not a neat formula, there are plenty of examples of once-dated names that feel current today.
Twenty years ago, Jasper and Felix made few shortlists. Otis had tumbled out of the US Top 1000 entirely. Now Jasper and Felix feel like mainstream favorites, and Otis is shifting from daring hipster pick to an alternative to mega-popular Oliver.
Pop culture plays an important role in helping parents re-consider long neglected names, so the Girls name could prove influential. And the fact that Lena Dunham and her fellow writers chose it? I suspect names like this are trending in their own lives.
Let’s take a closer look at Girls’ Grover, along with some other so-far-out that they might – just might – be ready to be back in – names for boys. None of these appear in the current US Top 1000, but there’s good reason to think a younger generation of parents could cautiously consider them.
Looking for a classic boys’ name that’s also unusual?
Way beyond the Williams and Henrys you hear every day are dozens of boys’ names 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.
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.