Quirky Boy Names

Names I would consider for my future sons
  1. Albert
    • Origin:

      German
    • Meaning:

      "noble, bright"
    • Description:

      Albert has acquired a new gloss as one of the top royal baby boy names, a considerable upgrade from its serious, studious image (think Einstein, Schweitzer).
  2. Alfred
    • Origin:

      English
    • Meaning:

      "wise counselor; elf counsel"
    • Description:

      Alfred is up off his recliner! If you're looking for a path to Fred, you can go directly to Frederick or take the long way around with the so-out-it's-in-again Alfred. Alfred is quite popular in several European countries, especially England and Wales, Norway, Sweden, and Denmark.
  3. Arthur
    • Origin:

      Celtic
    • Meaning:

      " bear"
    • Description:

      Arthur, once the shining head of the Knights of the Round Table, is, after decades of neglect, now being polished up and restored by stylish parents, inspired perhaps by the new generation of royals. Arthur has led the list of possible names for the young British princes, chosen as a middle name for Prince Louis, son of William and Catherine, Prince and Princess of Wales.
  4. Adler
    • Ames
      • Barnes
        • Origin:

          English
        • Meaning:

          "someone who lives or works near the barn"
        • Description:

          This is a solid surname choice for people looking for a change from Cooper, Parker and Carson. Australian parents will probably instantly associate this name with famous rock legend Jimmy Barnes, but this has an even older pedigree as a namesake - Barnes Wallis was a UK aviator and inventor, most remembered for designing the Dambuster bomb (a bomb that bounces across water to reach its target) and working on supersonic flight in the 1940s and 50s.
      • Bear
        • Origin:

          Animal name
        • Meaning:

          "bear"
        • Description:

          Bear has suddenly lumbered onto the baby name landscape. Perhaps inspired by British adventurer Bear Grylls (born Edward Michael), first celebrity chef Jamie Oliver used it as the middle name for his boy Buddy, and more recently Alicia Silverstone called her son Bear Blu., followed by Kate Winslet's Bear Blaize. It's part of a current trend normalizing once aggressive animal names like Wolf and Fox. Bear is now Number 218 on Nameberry and in the Top 900 in England.
      • Booth
        • Origin:

          English and Scottish
        • Meaning:

          "small dwelling place, shed"
        • Description:

          Short but not particularly sweet surname.
      • Bruce
        • Origin:

          Scottish and English from French
        • Meaning:

          "from the brushwood thicket"
        • Description:

          Bruce is a Norman place name made famous by the Scottish king Robert the Bruce, who won Scotland's independence from England in the fourteenth century. It's perennially popular in Scotland, but has been rarely used here for a generation -- though the impact of Bruces Lee, Springsteen, Dern and Willis, as well as Batman's Bruce Wayne -- still lingers. At one time Bruce was so widespread in Australia, it became a nickname for any Ozzie man. An interesting alternative is Brix, the Normandy place name where the Bruce family originated.
      • Bruno
        • Origin:

          Germanic
        • Meaning:

          "brown"
        • Description:

          It’s ok, we can talk about Bruno now!

      • Crosby
        • Origin:

          Irish
        • Meaning:

          "village with crosses"
        • Description:

          Crosby is an attractively laid-back Irish surname with retro musical associations to Bing and Crosby, Stills, and Nash, and with a jaunty air. Crosby Braverman was the name of a character on the TV show Parenthood, played by Dax Shepard.
      • Clouse
        • Darwin
          • Origin:

            English
          • Meaning:

            "dear friend"
          • Description:

            Enough parents have found naturalist Charles Darwin, the father of the theory of evolution, a worthy hero to keep Darwin relatively consistently in the Top 1000 (it dropped off in 2021 but is back in 2022)—though some might just like its trendy two-syllable sound. It has a lovely meaning too—"dear friend."
        • Dom
          • Origin:

            Diminutive of Dominic, Latin
          • Meaning:

            "belonging to the Lord"
          • Description:

            A bit slight to put directly on the birth certificate, but Dom is a pleasant nickname for a boy or a girl.
        • Edison
          • Origin:

            English
          • Meaning:

            "son of Edith or Adam"
          • Description:

            This rhythmic last-name-first-name projects the creativity and inventiveness of Thomas Edison. It's an English surname deriving from either Adam or Eda, a medieval diminutive of Edith.
        • Elliot
          • Origin:

            Anglicization of Elijah or Elias
          • Meaning:

            "Jehovah is God"
          • Description:

            Elliot (which boasts several spellings depending upon how many 'l's or 't's you want to use) is a winner -- it has the ideal quality of being neither too common nor weirdly unique. Elliot had a style boost back in the early 1980s via the young hero of the movie E.T. , who was named Elliott. Since then there have been Elliots on Law & Order: SVU and Mad Men.
        • Ellison
          • Origin:

            English
          • Meaning:

            "son of Ellis"
          • Description:

            Updates Ellis -- but also has a lot of feminine potential thanks to Allison/Ellie similarity.
        • Fergus
          • Origin:

            Scottish and Irish
          • Meaning:

            "man of force"
          • Description:

            In Celtic lore, Fergus was the ideal of manly courage, making it a charming, slightly quirky Scottish and Irish favorite.
        • Fox
          • Origin:

            Animal name
          • Description:

            Fox is one animal name backed by a longish tradition, and then popularized via the lead character Fox Mulder on X Files. Fox is simple, sleek, and a little bit wild, and could make an interesting middle name.
        • Frederick
          • Origin:

            German
          • Meaning:

            "peaceful ruler"
          • Description:

            Frederick, and friendlier nickname Fred, seemed almost to have disappeared, leaving just the memory of Freds past such as Astaire, Mr. Rogers and Flintstone. But today's parents are beginning to recognize it as a strong classic and one of the top royal baby boy names.