Last week, we unearthed 14 under-the-radar names for girls, none of which is in the current Top 1000, and this week we are doing the same for the boys. Unlike their sisters’ choices, some of these unusual baby names are more quirky than classic, though we’ve included some ancient and biblical goodies, and a couple of admirable imports. All of them were more popular in the past— and we think the time has come for their second act.
Poor biblical Abner got rubified by the dim-witted hayseed comic strip character L’il Abner, which ran in the Sunday papers for 43 years. We think it’s time to polish up the image of the name of the Old Testament commander of Saul’s army. Another noteworthy bearer of the name is Abner Doubleday, a Civil War Union general often credited with inventing baseball.