Uncommon Boy Names
Origin:Arabic, Turkish, and Persian form of Moses
Description:Moses has always been a widely used name in the US, and this international version debuted in the Top 1000 in 2015. Its concise two-syllable sound could help it continue climbing.
Description:A name that conjures up billionaire shipping magnates like, for instance, Stavros Niarcos.
Origin:Arabic variation of Ishmael, Hebrew
Meaning:"God will hear"
Description:This classic, handsome Arabic name — cognate of the Hebrew Ishmael — was chosen by Tan and Rob France for their son born in 2021. Ismail is the preferred spelling in England, Germany, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Turkey, while Ismael ranks higher in countries with native Spanish speakers, including the US.
Origin:Italian variation of Peter
Description:Yet another winning international form of Peter.
Description:This name was on the U.S. Top 1000 in the early 20th century, when recent immigrants frequently chose native names that have since died out for American babies. But if you're of Finnish ancestry, you may want to consider reviving this one with a positive meaning.
Origin:Hungarian variation of Vincent, Latin
Description:Bence has been the most popular boy name in Hungary for over a decade — it’s held the top spot since 2003, the year Hungary began releasing its baby name data. Bence is the Hungarian translation of Vincent and is also occasionally used as a nickname for Benedek.
Description: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 and ripe for export as a simple, unusual name with deep history.
Meaning:"gift of God"
Description:One of the relatives on the widely-branching family of John names, Yanis is in the French Top 50.
Description:Khalid has flirted with the Top 1000 for several decades now, climbing back on in 2015 after more than a decade's absence. Its return could be in part because of the popularity of snapchat personality and rap collaborator DJ Khaled. R&B singer Khalid may also be contributing to its newfound popularity. The name is important in Islamic history thanks to a 7th century military leader. Khalida is the feminine version.
Origin:Swedish variation of Louis
Description:In the Anglophone world, Love is more likely to be perceived as an English word name than the Swedish form of Louis.
Origin:Italian variation of Jacob, Hebrew
Description:One of Jacob’s perkier variations.
Origin:French variation of Maximus
Description:Common in France, but could be confused with the feminine Maxine here.
Meaning:"stone of victory"
Description:Nope, not a misspelling of Sexton or a number name. This Old Norse name is actually a name denoting victory and in the Swedish Top 100..
Origin:Arabic, Turkish, and Persian form of Yochanan
Description:As a form of Yochanan, Yahya is an Islamic name that honors the prophet John the Baptist. A new entry to the US Top 1000 in 2015, it's a widely used choice in Italy and in England and Wales.
Description:An Irish mythology name belonging to a semi-legendary high king of Ireland, often equated with English David though not etymologically related.
Origin:Irish, Persian, Punjabi, Khmer
Meaning:"oak tree; wealthy; leader; star"
Description:Though Dara in the U.S. would be considered mainly a girls' name – the most recent count is 10 times as many girls given the name last year than boys – it's a boys' name in Ireland, where it's in the Top 100 along with variations Daire and Darragh.
Origin:Scandinavian variation of Ludwig, German
Description:Unlikely to catch on in the Anglophone world, where parent name Ludwig still conjures up images of Beethoven.
Origin:Italian variation of Matthew
Meaning:"gift of God"
Description:As parents go searching for alternatives to the unstoppable Mateo/Matteo duo, Mattia stands out as a worthy option. Same handsome, alluring feel, for a fraction of the popularity. Buy now!