Unusual Baby Names: 14 great under-the-radar choices for boys

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.


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Parents seeking a less simple version of Simon could consider the possibility of this original Hebrew version of the name, with its rhythmic sound similar to the growing-in-popularity Gideon. The first known Simeon was the second son of Jacob and Leah, who gave his name to one of the twelve tribes of Israel. Simm makes for a friendly nickname.

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