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Transforming Top to Uncommon Boy Names

Transforming Top to Uncommon Boy Names

Parents’ desire to use uncommon boy names is relatively recent. Historically, sons were given family names passed down through generations, but over time, the has emphasis has shifted from tradition to distinction. Many modern parents are seeking out boy names that make their sons stand out not only within the family, but among their peers.

It’s more than okay to go ahead and use a Top 100, even Top 10 name if that’s the one you love (you do you!). But if you can’t bear the thought of your son going by Benjamin L. or Maverick P., you might want to search for an uncommon alternative.

We’ve taken the Top 100 boy names of 2019 and matched them with their rarer counterparts. They’re paired based on style, sound, or origin — sometimes all three.

All of the uncommon boy names are below the official US Top 300 and given to fewer than 1000 baby boys in 2019, the last year on record.

Uncommon Boy Names to Substitute

LiamLeland

NoahJoah

OliverGulliver

WilliamWinston

ElijahUriah

JamesAmes

BenjaminBenedict

LucasLucian

MasonMiller

EthanEben

AlexanderAlistair

HenryHarvey

JacobJaco

MichaelMakai

DanielDashiell

LoganLorcan

JacksonJenson

SebastianAugustus

JackMack

AidenAlden

OwenLowen

SamuelSamson

MatthewMatthias

JosephPhilip

LeviZevi

MateoTadeo

DavidDesmond

JohnJones

WyattWilder

CarterCarver

JulianJulius

LukeZuko

GraysonWilson

IsaacZaccai

JaydenRaiden

TheodoreIsidore

GabrielAbdiel

AnthonyAnton

DylanDamon

LeoOtto

LincolnFord

JaxonMaxon

AsherAsa

ChristopherCrispin

JosiahJonas

AndrewAmbrose

ThomasThaddeus

JoshuaElisha

EzraIra

HudsonHalston

CharlesCharleston

CalebCallum

IsaiahIsaias

RyanRyland

NathanLathan

AdrianFabian

ChristianShepherd

MaverickTitan

ColtonColeson

EliasAmias

AaronEfron

EliAri

LandonLangston

JonathanJotham

NolanFlynn

HunterFletcher

CameronKiernan

ConnorConrad

SantiagoSantino

JeremiahJericho

EzekielAzriel

AngelNoel

RomanMilan

EastonEdison

MilesWells

RobertStanley

JamesonDenison

NicholasNikolai

GreysonGreyden

CooperKiefer

IanEamon

CarsonCallahan

AxelOnyx

JaxsonPaxton

DominicMonico

LeonardoLeandro

LucaRafa

AustinAutry

JordanRiordan

AdamAdler

XavierZahavi

JoseRey

JaceCase

EverettEverest

DeclanLachlan

EvanEver

KaydenKeaton

ParkerParson

WesleyWiley

KaiKoa

See our transformations of top girl names here.

About the Author

Sophie Kihm

Sophie Kihm has been writing for Nameberry since 2015. She has contributed stories on the top baby name trends of 2021, baby name synesthesia, and the top names in each state. Sophie is Nameberry’s resident Name Guru to the Stars, where she suggests names for celebrity babies. She also manages the Nameberry Instagram and Pinterest. You can follow her personally on Instagram or Pinterest, or contact her at sophie@nameberry.com. Sophie lives in Chicago.