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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 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 2021 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 2021, the last year on record.

Top Boy Names → Uncommon Boy Names

LiamLeland

NoahJoah

OliverGulliver

ElijahUriah

JamesAmes

WilliamWinston

BenjaminBenedict

LucasLucan

HenryHarvey

TheodoreIsidore

JackMack

LeviZevi

AlexanderAlistair

JacksonJenson

MateoTadeo

DanielDashiell

MichaelMakai

MasonMiller

SebastianAugustus

EthanEben

Top Boy Names → Uncommon Boy Names

LoganLorcan

OwenLowen

SamuelSamson

JacobJaco

AsherAsa

AidenAlden

JohnJones

JosephPhilip

WyattWilder

DavidDesmond

LeoOtto

LukeZuko

JulianJulius

HudsonHalston

GraysonWilson

MatthewMatthias

EzraIra

GabrielAbdiel

CarterCarver

IsaacZaccai

Top Boy Names → Uncommon Boy Names

JaydenRaiden

LucaRafa

AnthonyAnton

DylanDamon

LincolnFord

ThomasThaddeus

MaverickTitan

EliasAmias

JosiahJonas

CharlesCharleston

CalebCalder

ChristopherCrispin

EzekielAzriel

MilesWells

JaxonMaxon

IsaiahIsaias

AndrewAmbrose

JoshuaElisha

NathanLathan

NolanFlynn

Top Boy Names → Uncommon Boy Names

AdrianFabian

CameronKiernan

SantiagoSantino

EliAri

AaronEfron

RyanRyland

AngelNoel

CooperKiefer

Waylon Warren

EastonEdison

KaiKoa

ChristianShepherd

LandonLangston

ColtonColeson

RomanMilan

AxelOnyx

Brooks Briggs

JonathanJotham

RobertAlbert

JamesonDenison

Top Boy Names → Uncommon Boy Names

IanEamon

EverettEverest

GreysonGreyden

WesleyWiley

JeremiahJericho

HunterFletcher

LeonardoLeandro

JordanRiordan

JoseRey

Bennett Hewitt

Silas Cyrus

NicholasNikolai

ParkerParson

Beau Rowe

WestonDutton

AustinAutry

ConnorConrad

CarsonCallahan

DominicMonico

XavierZahavi

See our transformations of top girl names here.

About the Author

Sophie Kihm

Sophie Kihm

Sophie Kihm has been writing for Nameberry since 2015. She has contributed stories on the top 2020s names, Gen Z names, and cottagecore baby names. 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.

Sophie Kihm's articles on names have run on People, Today, The Huffington Post, and more. She has been quoted as a name expert by The Washington Post, People, The Huffington Post, and more. You can follow her personally on Instagram or Pinterest, or contact her at sophie@nameberry.com. Sophie lives in Chicago.