Are you bored of seeing the same baby names for boys on every baby name list online? We are too! If you’re looking for something different for your baby boy, you’ve come to the right place. We decided to come up with a list of names that you have never seen before or, at least, haven’t come across in some time. Valuing individualism over conformity is something you might want to pass on to your child and unique baby names are a great way to start.
On your quest to discover a baby name for your child you’re probably going to come across a lot of bizarre or even made-up monikers. You don’t have to be that creative. Finding a name that thrives off the beaten path simply means choosing names that aren’t on trend or in the top 1000 names from last year. It’s not too hard. All you need is a little imagination and maybe a dive into a baby name archive. We’re here to help. We’ve discovered the best names for baby boys that we think absolutely shine without being overpowering. Here are 25 names for boys you haven’t even considered yet!
Looking to go beyond Adrian and Andrew? Consider the Welsh name Adeon. The name means “royal” and it’s rarely seen these days. The name can also be spelled Adion.
Beck is an Old English location name that means “living beside a small stream.” This very stately name deserved more attention these days, even if it’s associated with the musician of the same name.
Calder might conjure visions of sculpture and mobiles, but this English name has plenty of versatility. The name also carries a wonderful meaning, “rocky water.”
If you’re having a Capricorn baby, consider the name Cassiel. The Latin name means “Angel of Saturday” and refers to the archangel who protects those born under the sign of Capricorn. If you’re looking for a handsome name with an equally good nickname, you’ve got it in Cassiel and Cass.
Colson has slowly been climbing the charts and in 2018, the name was number 640 on the list. While it might not have hit your radar yet, this name has tons of character. It derives from an English surname that means “son of Nicholas.”
If you’re after a strong, Irish name, consider the vintage-sounding, Conroy. Connor is pretty overdone these days and Conroy would be an excellent alternative. The name means “wolf of the plain.”
We don’t often look to Russia for baby names, but we’re rather fond of their form Demetrius, Dima. While we love Demetrius as well, it’s a mouthful. Dima is easy, breezy, and a lot of fun to say. The name means “follower of Demeter.”
Fletcher is another unlikely name you’ll find in the top 1000 as of late. It’s an English occupational name for a “maker of arrows.” The name offers more quirkiness than other similar like Parker, Forester, or Taylor.
Haskell is a fine and handsome name for boys, but it does rhyme with “rascal” so keep that in mind. Haskell the English form of an ancient Norse name that means “god’s helmet.” The name is also considered a form of the Hebrew name, Ezekiel which means “God strengthens.”
Marcel is the wonderfully French form of the Latin name, Marcellus. The name has been quietly climbing the charts since 2011 after the actor, Marion Cotillard chose the name for her son. It means “little warrior.” It’s a stylish choice you should consider.
If you’re in the market for a classic Latin name, Marius is the one for you. It comes from an ancient Latin family name that relates to the god of war, Mars. If Marius rubs you the wrong way you can always go with the time-tested Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese favorite, Mario.
Did you grow up reading and loving Ogden Nash‘s humorous poetry? If so, this name might be the right pick for you. It’s got English origins and means “from the oak valley.” We guarantee your son will be the only Ogden in his class.
Oslo is an emerging place name that also belongs to the capital city of Norway. The city takes its name from “a meadow beneath the ridge.” We love that the name is bookended by two O’s and how fun it is to say. Oslo is a great opportunity to update names like Oswald, Oz, or Otto.
The popular Italian name Rocco is derived from the German name Roque. Roque sound just like “rock” and it means “rest.” Make this very old name new again!
Another English occupational name like Fletcher, Sadler has not seen the same favor as other names in its class. Sadler means “maker of saddles.” Be forewarned, the beginning syllable here might be a dealbreaker for some parents.
Stellan has yet to come to America’s shores in great numbers, but we see a lot of potential for this Swedish name that means “calm.” The name should be familiar to you thanks to actor Stellan Skarsgård.
Tavo is seldom heard these days, but it’s an old Spanish variation of Gustave that we’d love to see make a return. The name has Teutonic origins and means “staff of the Goths.” Names like Theo, Thiago, and Tiago are having a moment and this name would be a unique alternative.
The Norweigan variation of Timothy, Timo is popular today in both Germany and Finland. The name means “honoring God.” We love the casual nature of this name that somehow sounds more mature than Timothy.
Tobin or Tobyn are two spelling of an English surname that comes from Tobias. The name means “God is good.” We think Tobyn is very good too.
The Irish name Torin finally made its debut on the US charts in 2018. While we love Torin, we’re very fond of its cousin, Torian. The Irish name means “chief.” This name is a kingmaker.
For most English speakers in the US, the name Umberto is unheard of. You might have read some philosophy from the Italian cultural critic and semiotician, Umberto Eco, but outside of him, there is little reference for the name. We love Umberto much more than its English counterpart, Humbert. Umberto is an Italian name that means “renowned warrior.”
Viggo is an extremely popular name in Scandinavia where it originated. The name means “war,” which is unsavory, but it sounds much more fun than the meaning implies. Viggo is currently the 32nd most popular name in Sweden.
Ah, a very winning choice. Wynn is an English surname with Welsh origins which means “swift runner.” This handsome and unique name would be most welcome at school, we’re certain.
Zeb is a shortened, fun form of Zebulon or Zebidiah. We think Zeb stands on its own and its single syllable packs a big punch. Zeb has a friendly sound to it and the Hebrew name means “gift of Jehovah.”
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Zephyr is a criminally underused unisex baby name. The name is more commonly chosen for boys, but we think it works for girls too. The Greek name means “west wind” because it belonged to the mythological Greek god of the westerly wind.
There you go! 25 baby names for boys you haven’t considered yet. While a couple of these are probably familiar to you, you might not have mulled them as much as Oliver, Liam, or Noah. We hope these names inspire you to choose a bold moniker for your child that’s not overly used.
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.
- 1 25. Adeon
- 2 24. Beck
- 3 23. Calder
- 4 22. Cassiel
- 5 21. Colson
- 6 20. Conroy
- 7 19. Dima
- 8 18. Fletcher
- 9 17. Haskell
- 10 16. Marcel
- 11 15. Marius
- 12 14. Ogden
- 13 13. Oslo
- 14 12. Roque
- 15 11. Sadler
- 16 10. Stellan
- 17 9. Tavo
- 18 8. Timo
- 19 7. Tobyn
- 20 6. Torian
- 21 5. Umberto
- 22 4. Viggo
- 23 3. Wynn
- 24 2. Zeb
- 25 1. Zephyr
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