When trying to choose a name for your baby boy, you want a moniker that stands out and helps tell your child’s story. Classic baby names like Armand, Aiden, and Alexander are indeed wonderful, but it’s always a great idea to think outside of the box and find a name that helps your child stand out from the rest.
After all, you do not want your son to be one of three so-and-so’s in a classroom. Please do not relegate him to being Alex K. or Alex S. It’s tempting to hand down a family name that’s very common. Resist that temptation and go for something with a little razzle-dazzle. You’ll be very glad you did when you’re constantly complimented by other parents for making a bold choice. We went through every letter of the alphabet and handpicked special names for each that are handsome and full of charm. Here are 130 unique baby names for boys that are exciting and deserve your consideration.
The Biblical name Asa has been getting a lot of use lately. If you’re intrigued by it but are trying to find a more unique name, consider Aza. Aza is an Arabic name that means “powerful.” Simplicity is bliss and Aza is as easy as it gets.
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Often a shortened form of Bingham, Bing can stand all on its own. This German name means “kettle-shaped hollow.” Crooner Bing Crosby famously went by the moniker even though his birth name was Harry.
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Cristóbal is a Spanish variation of the name Christopher. The name means “bearer of Christ.” Cristóbal Balenciaga is a famous bearer of the name known for founding a fine fashion house.
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Actor Domhnall Gleeson helped popularize this Gaelic name that’s commonly found across the UK. The name means “proud chief.”
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Ender is not commonly found in the US, yet! Ender is a Turkish name that means “very rare.” Orson Scott Card (who has an excellent name) used the name for his science fiction novel, Ender’s Game.
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While the name Finn is climbing the popularity charts in the US, Fionn is the preferred form of this name in Ireland. This Gaelic name means “fair.” In Irish mythology, Fionn was the name of a man who acquired divine knowledge after eating an enchanted salmon. So, there’s that!
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Thoroughly butch name, Garth comes from Norse and means “groundskeeper.” Popularized by musician, Garth Brooks, the name is trending up once more.
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The very serious sounding name, Hieronymous has Greek and Dutch origins and means “sacred name.” The English form of the name is Jerome. Boys named Hieronymous will inevitably get paired with the nickname Harry, so just be prepared.
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Ilario and Hilario are popular names that have origins in Latin, Basque, and Italian. The name shares the same root as the word hilarious and means “happy.”
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Jules is a popular gender-neutral baby name that’s the French form of Julius. While the name is the tenth most popular name for boys in France, in the US, the name has not enjoyed such favor. The name is currently trending for girls, but we’d love to see the same for boys. The name means “youthful.”
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A welcome alternative to Kevin, Kavan in Breton means “battle.” In Hindi, the name means “poem” or “water.”
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Lito is a very fun boy’s name that comes from Latin and has a bright meaning, “light.” Retired cornerback for the Philadelphia Eagles, Lito Sheppard is a famous example that bears the name.
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Massimo is an Italian variation of the Latin, Maximus and it means “greatest.” Massimo seems more contemporary than its old-fashioned cousin, Mario.
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Naim is a beautiful name for baby boys that is found in both Scottish and Arabic traditions. In Scottish, the name means “river with alder trees.” In Arabic, it means “happy.” Both meaning are lovely! The name is pronounced nah-eem, but expect to have to correct some who will want to pronounce it “name.”
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You can give your son a mythic name without it being Zeus or Loki. Consider the Greek name, Olimpio which means “Mount Olympus.”
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Pascoe is the Cornish form of Pascal and it means “Easter.” Its association with the holiday would fit perfectly for a Spring baby. You can drop the “E” and also go the Pasco route.
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In Ancient Rome, there were only about 20 first names available. It must have been a very confusing time! Quintus is one of them and it means “fifth” in Latin.
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Rami is a form of Arabic and Sanskrit name Ram with means “archer” or “pleasing.” Actor Rami Malek has helped popularize the name in the US.
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Stellan is a very popular boy’s name in Sweden where you’ll also find it spelled Stellen. Swedish actor who appears in many English-speaking roles, Stellan Skarsgard bears this name. The meaning of the name is debatable, but most consider it to mean “calm.”
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Most parents are favoring Holden these days, but the old-school name, Tilden is a great choice. Tilden is an English name that means “fertile valley.” Tilden Park is a beautiful retreat in the San Francisco Bay Area
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You won’t find this very unique name often outside of Spain’s Basque country. The name means “shepherd.” As you might imagine, the name has a cowboy reputation there.
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Viator has Aviator vibes and comes from Latin. The name means “voyager.” If you’re a parent who is really into space and travel, consider this name for your son.
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Whit is an English name and pet form of Whitman which unfortunately means “white man.” If you love Walt Whitman, consider this very clever name for your son.
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Xavi is a pet form of Xavier which we think holds up on its own. The name has Basque and Arabic origins and means “new house” or “bright.”
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Yoni is a delightful Hebrew name that means “gift of Jehovah.” It’s a shortened form of Yonatan and you’ll hear both throughout the world.
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If you’re intrigued by Zeke, but want something with a little more charm, consider Zeki. This name has Turkish origins and means “clever.”
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There’s an attractive and unique name for boys for every letter of the alphabet. These 130 underutilized names should help inspire you and hopefully one of them ends up on a birth certificate!
Andrew is a Chicago-based writer who enjoys finding the best of the internet, obsessively making lists, and cooking for friends. After studying Film and Art History, he developed a deep love for both topics. Celebrity news, pop culture, and stories that bring people together are his passions.
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