Rare, Unique, and Unusual Boy Names
Description:Cecilio is derived from Caecilius, an Ancient Roman surname that was likely originally bestowed upon someone who was blind.
Origin:Greek, diminutive of various names beginning with the element Niko-
Description:Attractive, approachable, and more striking Nick alternative.
Description:A name that took on a pronounced country twang via Nashville megastar Garth (born Troyal) Brooks.
Origin:Italian variation of Livius
Description:This Italian version of the ancient Roman Livius, with an unenviable meaning, is popular in France and make a fresh spin on Oliver or Levi. In the US, this is a very rare name -- it was given to no baby boys in 2021 -- with big potential.
Description:The girls have Apple, Plum, Peaches, Cherry, and Berry: here's one variety of fruit suitable for a boy.
Description:Also a synonym for the Hebrew month of Iyar, which usuually falls in May, would work and play well with others like Zev and Lev.
Description:Derivation of Hutchinson.
Description:Birch is a rarely used nature name that calls to mind the lovely image of the tall, strong but graceful white-barked tree.
Description:Now that Kimberly is no longer one of the top girl names, Kim or long form Kimball feel more gender neutral.
Description:Morocco is an attractive and rhythmic name, evocative of such fabled cities as Casablanca, Tangier and Marrakesh, in a country whose unique landscape and rich culture attracted such twentieth century writers as Tennessee Williams, Paul Bowles and William Burroughs.
Description:In the old days, this might have been a short form for Dewitt, but today it's more likely to appear as a witty word name. We approve.
Origin:Modern version of Roman family name Tullius, meaning unknown
Description:Heard in both Italy and Spain, Tulio could make a more unusual alternative to Julio. Or with the rediscovery of many Roman names, you might want to go to the original Tullius, the middle name of the philosopher and statesman Cicero.
Origin:English or Gaelic surname
Meaning:"descendent of the champion"
Description:Rooney is one of many bouncy Irish surnames that could make an agreeable first, once tied to Mickey Rooney (who was actually born Joseph Yule) in his young and spunky Andy Hardy period.
Description:Eaton's similarity to Eton gives it an upscale Old School feel, though in the U.S. a name that sound like eatin' could have teasin' potential. Eaton could also sound like the much-more-familiar Ethan with a tough-guy accent.
Meaning:"son of the beige one"
Description:Although Maguire is such a prominent Irish surname —it ranks in the Top 40 in the Emerald Isle —this lively and cheerful family name has rarely been used as a first, unlike more familiar examples like Ryan, Riley and Reagan. The powerful and distinguished Maguire clan was known for their courage, leadership and resilience. The name's many notable associations include the unionizing Pennsylvania coal miners known as the Molly Maguires, actor Tobey Maguire and Dixie Chick Martie Maguire. Other spellings are McGuire and McGwire; two other handsome Irish surnames to consider are Malone and Magee.
Description:An attractive surname, but also the name of a popular cookie.
Description:His nickname would inevitably be Bull.
Description:This Italian form of Benedict sidesteps the Benedict Arnold association that still clouds the English version.
Origin:Diminutive of Tucker, English
Description:Sharp and preppy.
Description:With West one of the hottest names for boys, and North the name of a high-profile celebrity baby, can East be far behind? While Easton seems to be the version of choice for this directional name -- there were 5500 boys named Easton last year, versus, um, zero named East -- we like the simplicity of the gender-neutral East, especially for a middle name.