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Boy Names Uncommon in the US

There are many thousand boy names uncommon in the US that are nevertheless widely used in their native lands. Does that mean they're ripe for import? Perhaps. Many unusual names for boys and girls here are anything but rare in their cultures of origin. The international boy names uncommon in the US but popular in their own countries include the following.

  • Aarav

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    This Hindi name has a wonderfully calming meaning. In the US, Aarav entered the Top 1000 in 2008. Cool guy nickname Ravi only adds to its considerable appeal.Read More 

  • Abdullah

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    Another Islamic favorite, the father of the Prophet Muhammad.Read More 

  • Ahmed

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    This variation of Ahmad is one of the most popular Arabic names among Muslim families the world over and is now the most used... Read More 

  • Aitor

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    A common Basque name first used in French Basque writer Agosti Xaho's 1845 work "The Legend of Aitor."Read More 

  • Albie

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    This cute masculine nickname -- with connections to princes, Hogwarts headmasters and the Manzo family of "Real Housewives of New Jersey" -- almost has enough heft to stand on its own. But all of... Read More 

  • Albin

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    Albin is a modern form of the ancient Roman Albinus or Albus, meaning white or bright. There was a Saint Albinus who was also known as Aubin. In the contemporary world, Albin is popular in Sweden... Read More 

  • Alessio

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    Alessio, simpler than the related Alessandro, would be a welcome settler here. Read More 

  • Alfie

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    Alfie is a Top 50 name throughout the British Isles, where retro nickname names are ultratrendy, but it hasn't really been picked up in the US yet.

    Thanks to some louche fictional... Read More 

  • Alistair

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    With many British names invading the Yankee name pool, the sophisticated Alistair could and should be part of the next wave. It debuted in the US Top 1000 in 2016. You have a triple choice with... Read More 

  • Alvaro

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    A well-used Spanish saint's name with a lot of flair that could definitely cross over to more general usage. It reached its peak in the United States in 1985, when it ranked Number 456.Read More 

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