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Best One-of-a-Kind Names for Boys

Unique names that nobody — and by nobody, we mean zero people in the US the last year counted — is using for their baby boys in America include the following fascinating boy names.

Some of the coolest one-of-a-kind boy names are international favorites such as Pim, Ngozi, Maxence, and Jadson. Other totally unique boy names include stylish surnames Osgood, Seaton, and Tolliver, and groundbreaking word names Drummer, Quartz, and Traveler.

On this list are many unusual yet classic boys' names as well as fresh, creative choices. If you are looking for truly unique names for your baby boy, any of these would be excellent choices.

One-of-a-Kind Boy Names
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AcaciusHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "thorny; or, innocent, not evil"
  • Description:

    Acacius is a Latinized form of the Ancient Greek Akakios and can be interpreted to relate to the same root as the name Acacia, for the thorn bush, or Akakios which means "not evil." With the modern taste for ancient names that end in "us," this obscure but attractive choice may have a chance of new life. Acacius is the name of three early saints.

TarquinHeart

  • Origin:

    Roman clan name of uncertain meaning
  • Description:

    One of the few ancient Roman names that doesn't end in us, the rarely heard Tarquin has a decidedly creative, even dramatic flair, which could appeal to the parent looking for a strikingly original name. Sir Laurence Olivier used it for his oldest child, who was named Simon Tarquin but called by his middle name.

AuberonHeart

  • Origin:

    English from German
  • Meaning:

    "noble, bearlike"
  • Description:

    Rarely heard in the US, Auberon has a gentle autumnal feel rare in a male name. Possibly starting as a pet form of Aubrey, it was also infuenced by Oberon, the king of the fairies in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.

SeptimusHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "the seventh son"
  • Description:

    Septimus is one of the more dashing of the birth-order Latin number names that were revived by the Victorians. So even if you don't anticipate son number 7, you might be bold enough to consider this relic, certainly preferable to sixth-son name Sextus.

BardHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish variation of Baird, Scottish
  • Meaning:

    "minstrel, poet"
  • Description:

    Great Irish middle name choice for Shakespeare lovers.
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CorentinHeart

  • Origin:

    French, Breton
  • Meaning:

    "tempest, hurricane"
  • Description:

    Corentin is an intriguing saint's name fashionable in France but virtually unknown here-- which you may consider a big plus. St. Corentin possessed a magical fish that regenerated itself each night, feeding himself and his lucky visitors in perpetuity.

CiceroHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "chickpea"
  • Description:

    Roman statesman's name used here for slaves by owners trying to show off their classical education -- and rarely heard since. A bold baby namer could try to bring it into modern life.

CadmusHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "one who excels"
  • Description:

    Cadmus is the name of the serpent-slaying hero of Greek mythology who also founded the city of Thebes and is credited with inventing the alphabet. Its ancient feel might appeal to modern parents — especially since Cadmus Peverell is a human Harry Potter character, one of the three original owners of the Deathly Hallows.

JemHeart

  • Origin:

    Diminutive of James or Jeremiah
  • Description:

    This name of the ten-year-old boy in the much loved and acclaimed modern classic To Kill a Mockingbird could find favor along with that of the character's sister, Scout.

GulliverHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish
  • Meaning:

    "glutton"
  • Description:

    Gulliver is an obscure Gaelic surname known almost solely through its literary Travels until actor Gary Oldman used it for his son, instantly transforming it into a lively option. British actors Damian Lewis, of Homeland, and Helen McCrory also have a son named Gulliver.
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CathalHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish
  • Meaning:

    "battle rule"
  • Description:

    The name of an ancient Irish saint is in the contemporary Irish Top 50. While it's one of the rare Irish names for boys that hasn't immigrated to the U.S., it may follow brothers Aidan and Declan to our shores. The t is not pronounced.

FinloHeart

  • Origin:

    Manx
  • Meaning:

    "fair Lugh"
  • Description:

    FInlo is a name from the Isle of Man, deriving from that island's pagan Sun God, Lugh. Given the popularity of all names Finn/Finley etc, Finlo could be a great alternative for people who love the "Fin" sound but want a more unusual name.

MingusHeart

  • Origin:

    Scottish, variation of Menzies
  • Meaning:

    "tenants of a manor"
  • Description:

    Supermodel Helena Christensen named her son in honor of jazz great Charles Mingus, opening up a whole category of jazzy possibilities: Kenton, Calloway, Ellington, Gillespie, Mulligan, Tatum, and Thelonius.

InikoHeart

  • Origin:

    Nigerian
  • Meaning:

    "time of trouble"
  • Description:

    African name with Niko-nickname option.

FlorentHeart

  • Origin:

    French from Latin
  • Meaning:

    "flowering"
  • Description:

    Historically, the English name Florence was used for both sexes. Now that it's female-only, we have to look to other European languages for a male equivalent. Florent is a steady classic in France, booming there in the 1980s. Maybe it's time to import it, and show that boys can be floral too.
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PimHeart

  • Origin:

    Dutch diminutive of Willem or William
  • Meaning:

    "resolute protection"
  • Description:

    The short, cute Pim is a Top 100 boys' name in The Netherlands though little-known outside that country. But in a family overrun with Williams, Pim could make an original nickname setting a modern child apart from father Will and grandpa Bill.

RooneHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish
  • Meaning:

    "red-haired"
  • Description:

    Roone is a lively, attractive and unusual redhead entry brought into the mix by the late TV sports and news executive Roone Arledge, who seemed to own it as a one-person name when he was alive.

AletrisHeart

  • Origin:

    Flower name, from Greek
  • Meaning:

    "corn grinder"
  • Description:

    The bell-shaped flower Aletris is also known as Colic Root, Blazing Star, Unicorn Root, and Stargrass. Its roots have medicinal properties and are used to aid digestive and muscle problems. Its name derives from Greek aletris -- a female slave who ground corn -- because of the mealy texture of the flowers.

GawainHeart

  • Origin:

    Welsh
  • Meaning:

    "May hawk"
  • Description:

    This name of the courteous Knight of the Round Table, the nephew of King Arthur, has long been superseded by its Scottish form, Gavin.

TolliverHeart

  • Origin:

    English occupational name
  • Meaning:

    "metalworker"
  • Description:

    If you're tired of Oliver, you might consider this energetic three-syllable surname instead, so you could have a little Tolly instead of an Ollie.
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ClemHeart

  • Origin:

    , English, diminutive of Clement
  • Description:

    Laid-back and humble, with a distinctive down-home charm.

PuckHeart

  • Origin:

    Literary name
  • Description:

    Puck was Shakespeare's mischievous pixie whose only known real-life incarnation was the insufferable neohippie on an early season of MTV's "Real World." Now, though, the attractive bad boy character on "GLEE" is giving Puck new possibilities, at least as a nickname.

PiranHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish
  • Meaning:

    "prayer"
  • Description:

    It may be a longshot – especially since it was given to less than 5 boys in the US in 2018 – but Piran could conceivably be a future Kieran, which is shaping up to being the next Kevin. Piran is the patron saint of miners and of Cornwall.

YarrowHeart

  • Origin:

    Botanical name, English
  • Meaning:

    "rough stream"
  • Description:

    Highly unusual as a baby name for either gender, Yarrow is an herb that grows wild and has long been used for its medicinal property. It's named for the mythical Achille, who was said to carry yarrow into battle.

AragonHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish place name
  • Description:

    Equally strong, dramatic and romantic, this name of an old kingdom in the Iberian Peninsula and a modern Spanish community as well, would give a boy an instant pedigree.
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FlavianHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "yellow hair"
  • Description:

    A Latin clan name that may rise again along with other things Roman.

MaxenceHeart

  • Origin:

    French form of Latin Maximus
  • Meaning:

    "greatest"
  • Description:

    A cute and fresh way to get to Max, this was the name of a sixth century saint.

RuskinHeart

  • Origin:

    Scottish
  • Meaning:

    "from a family of tanners"
  • Description:

    British-sounding literary surname choice.

UgoHeart

  • Origin:

    Italian variation of Hugh
  • Meaning:

    "mind, intellect"
  • Description:

    Ugo is very common in Italy, but here it might call to mind that little Yugoslavian car.

ScorpioHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "scorpion"
  • Description:

    Of all the astrological names —think Leo, Aries, Gemini— Scorpio probably has the most dramatically potent presence, which could prove something of a burden to a young boy.
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MiesHeart

  • Origin:

    Dutch, diminutive of Bartholomeus
  • Meaning:

    "son of the earth"
  • Description:

    Apt choice for an architect's child, honoring German-born Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, a central figure in modern design, and universally referred to as Mies.

GeordieHeart

  • Origin:

    British English demonym
  • Description:

    Though it looks, to the untrained American eye, like a yoonek spelling of Jordy, Geordie actually refers to people from Tyneside in Northeast England and the local dialect there. To give you a sense of what it implies to Brits, Geordie Shore is British MTV's long-running answer to Jersey Shore.

RodionHeart

  • Origin:

    Russian from Greek
  • Meaning:

    "song of the hero"
  • Description:

    Well used in Russia, this is a distinctive and undiscovered choice here. Rodion Romanovich Raskolnikov is the fictional protagonist of Crime and Punishment by Feodor Dostoyevsky.

BasHeart

  • Origin:

    Dutch, diminutive of Bastiaan and Sebastian
  • Meaning:

    "person from the city of Sebastia"
  • Description:

    Bas is a fashionable name in its own right in the Netherlands, where it's been in the Top 10. Used throughout Europe, it may have a future here as a straightforward-but-charming nickname name. Baz is another, similar and more appealing possibility.

PascoeHeart

  • Origin:

    Cornish variation of Pascal
  • Meaning:

    "Easter"
  • Description:

    Pascoe was popular in medieval times and is definitely deserving of revival, especially for a child born in the Easter season. Other spellings are Pasco and Pascow.
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RoaldHeart

  • Origin:

    Norwegian
  • Meaning:

    "famous ruler"
  • Description:

    This intriguing Scandinavian name is associated with Roald Dahl, author of the juvenile classics James and the Giant Peach and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. You can honor an ancestral Ronald just by dropping that middle 'n'.

AlamoHeart

  • Origin:

    Place-name, Spanish
  • Meaning:

    "poplar tree"
  • Description:

    The unique O-ending makes this name memorable, especially for someone with ties to Texas.

GroveHeart

  • Origin:

    Nature name
  • Meaning:

    "grove of trees"
  • Description:

    If you find Grover too fusty and furry, this is a much cooler-sounding alternative.

TarianHeart

  • Origin:

    Welsh
  • Meaning:

    "shield"
  • Description:

    Country singer Travis Tritt is partial to the letter T for his children's names: he has a Tyler, a Tristan, and a son named Tarian. Tarian is a unisex Welsh name which, though used more for girls in Wales, would be perfectly acceptable here for a boy.

SpruceHeart

  • Origin:

    Nature name
  • Description:

    A handsome, spruced-up post-Bruce tree name.
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WilkieHeart

  • Origin:

    Scottish surname from a diminutive of William
  • Meaning:

    "resolute protection"
  • Description:

    William was such a popular name, thanks to the Conquerer, in early England that it gave rise to a range of nicknames, including the distinctly Scottish Wilkie. Heard mostly as a surname these days, it's the middle name of Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick's son James and the first name of writer Collins. While Wilkie could make an adorable short form for a little boy, we'd recommend a more substantial full name such as, well, William.

DunstanHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "dark stone"
  • Description:

    A two-syllable surname feel puts this name of an important English saint in the running -- though it could sound like a confused cross between Duncan and Dustin.

QuartzHeart

  • Origin:

    Mineral name
  • Description:

    This may be a bit quirky to make it as a name, especially in first place. If you love it, you might try it in the middle.

ConranHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish, anglicization of O'conarain
  • Meaning:

    "descendant of Conaran"
  • Description:

    Associated with iconic British designer and retailer Terence Conran, who had an international impact on household design. Makes a nice variation on Conrad.

UmbertoHeart

  • Origin:

    Italian variation of Humbert
  • Meaning:

    "renowned warrior"
  • Description:

    A definite improvement over the English Humbert, Umberto has nevertheless been rarely heard outside the Italian community.
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AkelloHeart

  • Origin:

    Ugandan
  • Meaning:

    "I have brought forth"
  • Description:

    Energetic but mellow.

CassioHeart

  • Origin:

    Italian variation of Cassius
  • Meaning:

    "hollow"
  • Description:

    Cassio is a notable Shakespearean name that's a member of the ever-more-popular Cassius family of names. Cassio was Othello's young, good-looking, and flirtatious lieutenant.

TristramHeart

  • Origin:

    Medieval English variation of Tristan, “noise or sorrowful"
  • Description:

    This version of Tristan, known to English Lit students from the novel Tristram Shandy, is rarely used in this country, but, though its similarity to the popular Tristan could prove confusing, still makes an interesting literary choice.

CrusoeHeart

  • Origin:

    Literary surname
  • Description:

    Crusoe, as in castaway hero Robinson, is a literary invention by author Daniel Defoe. The character says his name is an Anglicization of the German Kreutznaer, which may be a place name or mean a crossing of the river Nahe. Short form Cru was given to nearly 50 boys in a recent year.

KuboHeart

  • Origin:

    Japanese
  • Description:

    The lead character of the Oscar-nominated 2016 film "Kubo and the Two Strings" lives in Edo-period Japan, but his name is more often heard as a surname in Japan. Still, fans of the animated movie may want to consider it.
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