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Unique Boy Names: Unusual and Rare

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  • Helios

  • Horatio

    Like Horace, Horatio is a variation on the Latin Horatius, but its Shakespearean and optimistic Horatio Alger pedigree makes it an attractive up-and-comer, especially with its cool final o. A... Read More 

  • Idris

    A common Welsh name virtually unknown before the emergence of the charismatic Idris Elba, first on The Wire and then depicting Nelson Mandela in the acclaimed film.

    Idris Hawr "the... Read More 

  • Ike

    Ike, once the quirky one-person nickname of President Dwight Eisenhower, has morphed into a cool kid nickname of the early 21st century. The rise of Isaac and the stylishness of short... Read More 

  • Indiana

    This state name emerged in the eighties along with westerners Dakota and Montana, and it's still used occasionally by parents such as superstar-sib couple Summer Phoenix and Casey Affleck. Read More 

  • Inigo

    Inigo, almost unknown in the U.S., is an intriguing choice, with its strong beat, creative and evocative sound, and associations with the great early British architect and stage designer Inigo... Read More 

  • Isidore

    Isabel and Isadora are back: could it now be time for a more widespread revival of Isidore? In 2014, both Isidore and Isadore were on the list of fastest-rising names in the US.

    A... Read More 

  • Jericho

    A biblical place name with trumpeting verve and strength.

    Though rarely heard as a first name, Jericho has appeared in the titles of films, TV series, songs, bands, comics, and video... Read More 

  • Jex

    Decidedly offbeat name that combines jauntiness with that uber-cool X, and would certainly set your son up for life outside the mainstream.Read More 

  • Jolyon

    Galsworthy used this for "The Forsyte Saga," but in modern real life Julian would work better.Read More 

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