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Unique Boy Names: Unusual and Rare

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  • Noam

    Noam is an underused modern Hebrew name with any number of attractive attributes attached to its meaning; it doesn't have the biblical weight of Noah, but could make a more distinctive alternative... Read More 

  • Ocean

    Nature names like Ocean and River are flowing back into favor, especially with nature lovers and green-oriented parents.

    Forest Whitaker, an inspired child namer (his other kids are... Read More 

  • Octavius

    Octavius, which was at one time used for the eighth child in a family, has the worn leather patina of all the ancient Roman names now up for reconsideration.

    The first Roman emperor,... Read More 

  • Orson

    Orson has had in the past a rotund teddy-bear image, a la Orson Welles, who early on dropped his common given name of George in favor of his more distinctive middle one, and who seemed to own it... Read More 

  • Osiris

    Osiris is the name of Egyptian mythology god-king who died and was reborn every year. Emerging from centuries of obscurity, Osiris has several ingredients for success in the modern world: Roots in... Read More 

  • Ozias

    Everyone says they want an unusual name — well, if you truly do, this is one with Biblical cred that fits the bill, with the added attraction of the user-friendly nickname of Oz or Ozzie.... Read More 

  • Pascal

    The French-accented Pascal was historically used for sons born at Easter, and can make an interesting choice for a boy with Gallic roots arriving around that holiday.

    Pascal has a... Read More 

  • Pax

    Pax, one of the variations of names meaning peace that are newly popular in these less-than-peaceful times, got a lot of... Read More 

  • Penn

    This simple, elegant name offers something for many kinds of parents, from writers and history buffs to photographers to Pennsylvania dwellers. Most famous bearers are comedian Penn Jillette and... Read More 

  • Peregrine

    Peregrine is considered to be an elegantly aristocratic name in England, but has never made it to the U.S., where it has been seen as extravagantly eccentric. In the new naming climate, though,... Read More 

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