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Boho Boy Names

KermitHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish, variant of Diarmaid/Dermot
  • Meaning:

    "free man"
  • Description:

    Kermit was a Top 500 name until the 1960s, not coincidentally the decade in which Kermit the Frog became well known, proving that it isn't easy being green, even for a name. But we think it's time for some of those appealing Sesame Street names--Kermit, Elmo, Grover--to be taken out of that context and be considered on their own.

MemphisHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek and Coptic place-name
  • Meaning:

    "Enduring and beautiful"
  • Description:

    A place name with so much history, from Ancient Egypt, where so many pyramids were built, to the US blues southern city. The name also has a great meaning. Although it's being given to babies of both genders, Memphis (unlike most place names) is much more common for boys than girls.

RaoulHeart

  • Origin:

    French variation of Ralph
  • Meaning:

    "wolf-counsel"
  • Description:

    Raoul, with its unique three-vowel middle, rolls off the tongue in an appealing way. Raoul is one of the French names that sounds infinitely more romantic and attractive than the somewhat harsh English version Ralph.

BookerHeart

  • Origin:

    English occupational surname
  • Meaning:

    "scribe"
  • Description:

    Booker would make for a very cool name, for writers, reformers, R & B fans and those wanting to pay tribute to Booker T. Washington.

AlbusHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "white, bright."
  • Description:

    The ancient name Albus has modern currency as the first name of the headmaster of Harry Potter's Hogwarts, more formally known as Professor Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore. Can Albus work if you're missing the long white beard and the magic wand? Maybe, though it might be a heavy mantle for a Muggle child to wear.

WinterHeart

  • Origin:

    Word name
  • Description:

    The girls have dibs on Spring, Summer, and Autumn, leaving this name evocative of snowy landscapes as the one possible seasonal choice for boys. And naturally, it's one of the most obvious names for winter babies.

MccoyHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish variation of McKay
  • Meaning:

    "fire"
  • Description:

    One of numerous usable Irish and Scottish surnames starting with Mac and Mc, this is the real McCoy. McCoy Tyner, the well-known jazz pianist, is one of the few to use this very cool name. Bonus: Nickname Mac.

LudovicHeart

  • Origin:

    English and Scottish variation of Ludwig
  • Meaning:

    "famous warrior"
  • Description:

    Euro-cool. Heard more in Scotland than in England or the US, Ludovic Lesly is a character in the Sir Walter Scott novel Quentin Durward and Sir Ludovic Kennedy was a noted Scottish broadcaster and writer. Cute nickname: Ludo.

GroverHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "lives near a grove of trees"
  • Description:

    Forget the furry blue Muppet, forget corpulent President Cleveland (not too difficult), and consider this name anew. We think it's spunky, a little funky, and well worth a second look.

BridgerHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "lives near the bridge"
  • Description:

    A recent addition to the Most Popular list, Bridger has the trendy two-syllables and 'er' ending, and a historical reference to Jim Bridger, a foremost nineteenth-century frontiersman, explorer, trapper, scout, and teller of tall tales.

BertieHeart

  • Origin:

    Diminutive of Albert, Bertram etc
  • Description:

    Long a royal nickname in England, it's coming back there along with Archie and Alfie. British singer Kate Bush calls her little boy Bertie.

NileHeart

  • Origin:

    River name or variation of Niall, Irish
  • Meaning:

    "champion"
  • Description:

    Water names are a cool category these days, and this one of the famous Egyptian river that streamlines the fussier Niles is no exception. Nile is also related to Niall, the Irish Gaelic form of Neal/Neil.

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.

PoeHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "peacock"
  • Description:

    An evocative unisex one-syllable name, Poe is most distinguished by its literary reference. Edgar Allan Poe was an influential American author and poet, credited with inventing the genres of detective and science fiction, which might provide inspiration for parents who are fans. And now its choice as the name of the hero played by Oscar Isaac in the new Star Wars movie is sure to catapult it from literary choice to major favorite.

CashelHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish
  • Meaning:

    "castle, stone fort"
  • Description:

    Cashel is one of the many appealing Irish names that have not yet emigrated to the US. Cashel was chosen by actor Daniel Day-Lewis and his writer-director wife Rebecca Miller for their son.

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.

TheloniusHeart

  • Origin:

    Latinized variation of Tillo
  • Meaning:

    "lord"
  • Description:

    One of the coolest of names, thanks to legendary jazz pianist Thelonious Sphere Monk, who inherited it from his father. It has been used very sparingly since the 1960s--just a sprinkling of baby boys receive the name each year. Monk's middle name Sphere is pretty unique too--a cousin of Cosmos and Cosmo. Some other jazz names to consider: Bix, Ellington, Ella, Etta, Mingus, Dexter and Calloway. :

ZebHeart

  • Origin:

    Diminutive of Zebediah or Zebulon
  • Description:

    Short and to-the-point, it turns an ancient biblical name into a friendly cowboy.

SparrowHeart

  • Origin:

    Nature name
  • Description:

    With other bird names such as Lark and Phoenix on the rise, why not chirpy Sparrow? Nicole Richie and Joel Madden named their son, born in 2009, Sparrow James Midnight.

BingHeart

  • Origin:

    German
  • Meaning:

    "kettle-shaped hollow"
  • Description:

    When Kate Hudson named her second son Bingham and announced that she would be calling him Bing, it put this zingy nickname name out on the table. Before that, there was only one, further nicknamed Der Bingle -- and he was really Harry Lillis Crosby.