Cool Boy Names From Around the World

Cool boy names from Italy and Ireland, Scandinavia to the Middle East and beyond include a wide variety of choices. You may want to choose a boys' name that reflects your family's ethnic heritage or represents a culture you love. Or you may simply be looking for unique boys' names and want to consider international names as one source. Here, a selection of cool boy names from around the world.

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  • Leif

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    Leif is one of the most recognizable Scandinavian names, thanks to Icelandic explorer Leif Erikson, and is still one of the best, with a pleasant aural association with the word leaf. ... Read More 

  • Lev

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    This concise one-syllable name, Hebrew for heart or the Russian form of Leo, has definite potential, being more unusual than the increasingly popular Levi.

    The leonine Lev is the... Read More 

  • Lorenzo

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    Latinizing Lawrence gives it a whole new lease on life. Like Leonardo, Lorenzo has been integrated into the American stockpot of names, partly via actor Lorenzo Lamas. Other associations are with... Read More 

  • Luc

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    Luc is the sexier Gallic cousin of Luke, and if you want to know the difference between their pronunciations, just watch Kevin Kline's hilarious description in the film French Kiss.... Read More 

  • Luciano

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    A vibrant, operatic Latin choice. Read More 

  • Lucien

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    Sophisticated Gallic version of Lucian, Lucien may appeal to parents attracted to this meaning over that of Lucas and Luke, which have a different root, and also looking for a more unusual choice. Read More 

  • Marceau

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    Fans of mime Marcel Marceau may want to consider one or the other of his names -- though not both.Read More 

  • Mateo

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    This attractively energetic Spanish version of the classic Matthew is primed to move further and further into mainstream American nomenclature; it entered the Top 100 for the first time two years... Read More 

  • Miguel

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    Miguel's just outside the U. S. Top 150, suggesting that perhaps not only Latinos are using this Spanish classic. Mike Tyson put a twist on his own name by naming a son Miguel. The first name of... Read More 

  • Mikhail

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    One of the most familiar Russian names in the West, thanks to ballet great Mikhail Baryshnikov and state head Mikhail Gorbachev.Read More 

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