Best Cool Unusual Boys' Names

Here is a list of 100 cool and unusual boy's names with the most potential---they have genuine roots, are attractive, and work in the modern world. Best of all, they're still widely underused! You can also skip directly to our full menu of boys' names or unusual baby names.

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  • Pike

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    The field of nature names is constantly expanding to include all species of flowers and trees and animals and birds — and even fish. In addition to its appeal for anglers, Pike recalls... Read More 

  • Placido

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    Opera star Domingo was responsible for giving this popular Latin name its green card. It was commonly used by early Christians to convey their serenity in the faith, and it was borne by several... Read More 

  • Prescott

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    Prescott is one of several distinguished, upper-crusty surnames beginning with P.

    There are several historical surnamed Prescotts, including William, a Massachusetts Minuteman and... Read More 

  • Primo

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    Primo is number one among the Latin birth-order names--Octavius et al--and the one most likely to be used in these days of smaller families. It has that jaunty 'o' ending and Italian flavor that... Read More 

  • Raoul

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    Raoul, with its unique three-vowel middle, rolls off the tongue in an appealing way.

    French painter Raoul Dufy is a worthy artistic namesake. Raul is the Spanish form. Read More 

  • Redmond

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    We love this partly for purely personal reasons, since it is one of our surnames. We used it as the middle name of a son -- and it can make a good first choice too.

    Redmond--aka... Read More 

  • Reynold

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    Serious surname choices, the latter form known via award-winning author Reynolds Price. Read More 

  • Romulus

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    He was the original Roman, Remus's twin and a founder of Rome. But parents attracted to this name are advised to read the legend first. Romulus does have some less than savory characteristics,... Read More 

  • Rufus

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    Rufus is a rumpled, redheaded (it was the nickname for red-haired King William) ancient Roman name popular with saints and singers (e.g. Rufus Wainwright); now, Rufus is on the cutting edge of... Read More 

  • Sayer

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    One of the more subtle occupational surnames, Sayer is a pleasant, open, last-name-first name, particularly apt for a family of woodworkers -- or writers. Some parents are beginning to consider... Read More 

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