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Unique Boy Names: Unusual and Rare

Unique names for boys are more widely used now in than ever before. Fifty years ago, the Top 20 boys' names represented 41% of all male children; by contrast in 2015, the Top 20 boys' names represented only 14% of all baby boys, meaning there are many more rare and unusual boy names in general use.

The greater variety of names being used today means that unique boy names are more likely to be accepted at school or in the workplace. There are lots of ways for boys' names to be unique, from spelling to new creations, but here at Nameberry we're often most inspired by those names which are at once unusual and yet filled with history and meaning.

Here is a selection of our current favorite rare and unique 2019 names for boys, from A to Z. For even more choices, see our full list of unique baby names.

  • Helios

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  • Horatio

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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

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