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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 popular boy names of 2020 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 2020, the last year on record.

Uncommon Boy Names to Substitute

LiamLeland

NoahJoah

OliverGulliver

ElijahUriah

WilliamWinston

JamesAmes

BenjaminBenedict

LucasLucan

HenryHarvey

AlexanderAlistair

MasonMiller

MichaelMakai

EthanEben

DanielDashiell

JacobJaco

LoganLorcan

JacksonJenson

LeviZevi

SebastianAugustus

MateoTadeo

Uncommon Boy Names to Substitute

JackMack

OwenLowen

TheodoreIsidore

AidenAlden

SamuelSamson

JosephPhilip

JohnJones

DavidDesmond

WyattWilder

MatthewMatthias

LukeZuko

AsherAsa

CarterCarver

JulianJulius

GraysonWilson

LeoOtto

JaydenRaiden

GabrielAbdiel

IsaacZaccai

LincolnFord

Uncommon Boy Names to Substitute

AnthonyAnton

HudsonHalston

DylanDamon

EzraIra

ThomasThaddeus

CharlesCharleston

ChristopherCrispin

JaxonMaxon

MaverickTitan

JosiahJonas

IsaiahIsaias

AndrewAmbrose

EliasAmias

JoshuaElisha

NathanLathan

CalebCallum

RyanRyland

AdrianFabian

MilesWells

EliAri

Uncommon Boy Names to Substitute

NolanFlynn

ChristianShepherd

AaronEfron

CameronKiernan

EzekielAzriel

ColtonColeson

LucaRafa

LandonLangston

HunterFletcher

JonathanJotham

SantiagoSantino

AxelOnyx

EastonEdison

CooperKiefer

JeremiahJericho

AngelNoel

RomanMilan

ConnorConrad

JamesonDenison

RobertAlbert

Uncommon Boy Names to Substitute

GreysonGreyden

JordanRiordan

IanEamon

CarsonCallahan

JaxsonAxton

LeonardoLeandro

NicholasNikolai

DominicMonico

AustinAutry

EverettEverest

Brooks Briggs

XavierZahavi

KaiKoa

JoseRey

ParkerParson

AdamAdler

JaceCase

WesleyWiley

KaydenKeaton

Silas Cyrus

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.