Category: unusual boy names

Best Unusual Boy Names

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.

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Vintage Boy Names: Grover and Friends

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.

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By Pamela Redmond Satran

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.

These classic boys’ names include choices from ancient cultures and the Bible, names sailing out of style (So long, Sherman) along with those heading in: Welcome, Grey, Linus, and Finnian!

Here, more than 100 classic boys’ names you’ll find hiding below the U.S. Top 1000, ordered from those given to the most babies in 2012 (Gordon, at 194) to the least (Mercury, at just five):

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Geek Chic Names for Boys

geek chic baby names

By Pamela Satran

Geek is chic, at least when it comes to boys’ names. Looking at classic boys’ names that lie below the Top 1000, a lot of them are sweetly geeky. These are not the obvious Cool Guy names like Nico and Shane; instead, they’re the names of the computer nerds who go on to make a billion dollars and help save the world.

Depending on your taste, some of these names (hi, Marmaduke! hi, Hyman!) may be too geeky for you. Others, like Edmond or Van or Wallace, may strike you as downright suave.

But there may be some names for boys here that seem to reach the perfect balance between geek and chic.

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classic baby names

by Pamela Redmond Satran

Are you looking for classic baby names but bored by all the usual suspects: Emma and Olivia, William and James?

We have a great source for classic names you probably haven’t considered – at least if you’re American. The birth announcements in the London Telegraph include dozens of baby names that are classic and stylish and also rarely heard outside of Britain.

We pulled 60 unusual classic baby names – 30 for girls and 30 for boys – from a recent crop of birth announcements to feature here. Might one of these be perfect for your non-British baby?

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