Baby Names

1,000+ Unique Baby Boy Names That You Won’t Regret

The Social Security Administration has published lists of the most popular names yearly since the late 1800s. These aren’t those names.

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There are lots of great and familiar baby boy names — we all know and love Jakes, Johns, and Williams. But there are thousands of uncommon baby names worth exploring too, unique baby boy names that illuminate how special a sure-to-be-prodigious offspring will be. And while parents may agree about wanting a unique baby boy name, that might mean cool and unusual to one and historic or old-fashioned to the other.

Choosing a meaningful baby name is never as easy as it sounds. Luckily, the Social Security Administration publishes annual lists of the most popular names each year, dating back to the 1800s. Parents considering a boy name like Noah, Elijah, Mason, or Logan should know their baby boy will be in good company, as those names are among the top 10 most popular boy names every year. But the Social Security lists also tell us which baby boy names are uncommon. If you’re looking for original or unusual boy names — ones that will set your kid apart from the Erics and Bens in his class and keep things interesting, we’ve got you covered. This list of 1,000-plus unique boy names just might include the name you’ve been searching for.

Uncommon Names for Baby Boys

  1. Alvin. Alvin is a 19th century name with Old English roots that means noble friend. In 2020, the name Alvin ranked at 682nd most popular boy names in the U.S.
  2. Arnie
  3. Avi
  4. Bennett
  5. Cary
  6. Dalton
  7. Declan
  8. Emery
  9. Erskine
  10. Leighton
  11. Lyle
  12. Merrick
  13. Raffiel
  14. Tancredi
  15. Peyton. Peyton is an English name that means fighting man's estate. It was listed in the top 1,000 baby boy’s names at 432 in 2020.
  16. Tracy
  17. Eason
  18. Evans
  19. Finn
  20. Lawson
  21. Bailey
  22. Bentley
  23. Benton
  24. Braxton
  25. Burke
  26. Anders
  27. Barrett
  28. Eagan
  29. Grady
  30. Harley
  31. Lonnie
  32. Marion
  33. Daylen
  34. Greyson
  35. Raiden
  36. Ryder. Ryder is listed at 108th in popular boy's names for 2020. It's a gender-neutral name that means horseman or rider.

Plain Cool Baby Boy Names

  1. Orme. Orme is a Norse word that means serpent or dragon. The name Orme is the 11,007th most popular surname.
  2. Bassel
  3. Hayden
  4. Logan
  5. Ollie
  6. Walker. Walker has English roots and means fuller of cloth. It was listed at 206th in terms of most popular boy names in 2020.
  7. Wyatt
  8. Everett
  9. Hugo
  10. Cadogan
  11. Ivan. Ivan comes from a cultural mix of Slavic, Russian, and Hebrew cultures. It translates to God is gracious in Russian and ranked at 153 in popularity in 2020.

Boys Names Inspired by the Natural World

  1. Peak. Peak is a unique Old English word that means the top of a mountain or hill. It is often used as a surname.
  2. Puma
  3. Arbor
  4. Fox
  5. Gray
  6. Jay
  7. Lynx.
  8. Pike
  9. Summit
  10. Wilder
  11. Wing
  12. Robin
  13. Tiger
  14. Warren. Warren has diverse European roots, and in French, means park keeper. In German it translates to protector or loyal. In 2015, it ranked at 399 in popular male names.
  15. Wolf
  16. Oakley
  17. Juniper
  18. Phoenix
  19. Fraser
  20. Eden
  21. Forrest
  22. Dale
  23. Conan
  24. Elm
  25. Eoghan
  26. Everly
  27. Fern
  28. Ferris
  29. Fiore
  30. Fisher
  31. Lark
  32. Linden
  33. Lance
  34. Oriel
  35. Sky
  36. Yael
  37. Nova
  38. Lupin
  39. Dale. Dale is an Old English name that means valley. This gender neutral name also has British roots and in 2001 ranked in popularity at number 411.
  40. Hawk
  41. Heath
  42. Geo
  43. Darby
  44. Cedar
  45. Cullen
  46. Birch
  47. Brent
  48. Bryn
  49. Marshall
  50. Clay
  51. Bjorn
  52. Cashel
  53. Cullen
  54. Mason. Mason is an English name that means artisan who works in stone. It also means brick layer and topped the charts at number three in popular boy’s names in 2015.
  55. Dionne

Boys Names Inspired by Places

  1. Eugene. Eugene. Eugene has Greek and French roots and means well-born or noble. It peaked in popularity in 1970 and in 2020, ranked at 840 in popular boy’s names in the U.S.
  2. Knox
  3. Roman
  4. Rome
  5. Vermont
  6. Albion
  7. Amador
  8. Bergen
  9. Camden
  10. Caspian
  11. Ellis
  12. Everest
  13. Garrison
  14. Harlem
  15. Hudson
  16. Kent
  17. Lowell
  18. Memphis
  19. Ferrera
  20. Eugene
  21. Diego
  22. Francisco
  23. Hamilton
  24. Santiago
  25. Kyle. Kyle means narrow, confident, reliance and trust. This Gaelic word also translates to slender. Kyle was listed as 313th most popular boy’s name in 2020.
  26. York
  27. Denver
  28. Israel
  29. Peyton
  30. Zaire
  31. Bailey
  32. Aspen
  33. Camden
  34. Cairo
  35. Caspian
  36. Cairo
  37. Jordan
  38. Orlando
  39. Lawrence
  40. Raleigh
  41. Salem
  42. Sydney
  43. Troy
  44. Wyatt
  45. Carlisle
  46. Laredo
  47. Richmond
  48. Lyon
  49. Austin. Austin is a Latin name that means great, magnificent, and majestic. It’s also the name of a city in Texas and listed at 90 in popular boy names in 2020.

Baby Boy Names Inspired by Space

  1. Jett. Jett comes from Old English and means free or black stone. In 2020, Jett was also listed at number 278 in a list of most popular male names.
  2. Orion
  3. Apollo
  4. Armstrong
  5. Astro
  6. Galileo
  7. Jupiter
  8. Phoenix
  9. Rocket
  10. Solar
  11. Aldrin
  12. Altair
  13. Calypso
  14. Comet
  15. Leo. Leo is a German moniker that means brave people or lion-hearted. It was super popular in 2020 and ranked at 36 in a list of popular boy names.
  16. Cosmo
  17. Holmes
  18. Janus
  19. Neptune
  20. Red
  21. Saros
  22. Tarique
  23. Taurus
  24. Trek
  25. Vulcan
  26. Sol
  27. Rigel
  28. Pollux
  29. Spock
  30. Aries
  31. Eos
  32. Aten
  33. Cielo
  34. Draco
  35. Elio
  36. Hoku
  37. Kepler
  38. Archer
  39. Jericho. Jericho has roots in Hebrew and Greek culture. It means city of the moon and ranked at 997 in popular boy’s names in 2020.

Classically Cool Baby Boy Names

  1. Amir
  2. Armondo
  3. Brookes
  4. Bruce
  5. Buck
  6. Cedrick
  7. Darius
  8. Ezra
  9. Gustavo
  10. Howie
  11. Jace
  12. Jermaine
  13. Leroy
  14. Matteo
  15. Naeem
  16. Pierre
  17. Terrell
  18. Omar
  19. Terrence
  20. Irvin

Names Inspired by the Arts

  1. Lawrence
  2. Albrecht
  3. Alberto
  4. Auguste
  5. Gianluca
  6. Lorenzo
  7. Henri
  8. Gustav
  9. Julian
  10. Pierre
  11. Roy
  12. Salvador
  13. Vincent
  14. Fredrick
  15. Marcel
  16. Norman
  17. Romare
  18. Mies
  19. Leonardo
  20. Ang
  21. Arlo
  22. Jasper
  23. Winslow
  24. Calder
  25. Chanel
  26. Dix
  27. Donatello
  28. Matisse
  29. Pablo
  30. Toulouse
  31. Sullivan
  32. Yves
  33. Willem
  34. Degas
  35. Cezanne
  36. Claude
  37. Raphael
  38. Rembrandt
  39. Sandro
  40. Rene

Baby Boy Names With a Musical Ring

  1. Cole
  2. Dion
  3. Nico
  4. Rufus
  5. Hendrix
  6. Waylon
  7. Axel
  8. Jax
  9. Miles
  10. Willie
  11. Andre
  12. Lennox
  13. Austin
  14. Billie
  15. Stevie
  16. Aria
  17. Michael
  18. Laurent
  19. Marley
  20. Jagger
  21. Hendrix
  22. Jude
  23. Louie
  24. Frankie
  25. Amos
  26. Elvis
  27. Kai
  28. Simon
  29. Amadeus
  30. Dean
  31. Ozzy
  32. Bruno
  33. Joel
  34. Foster
  35. Django
  36. Van
  37. Quincy
  38. Fabian
  39. Beck
  40. Luciano
  41. Mercury
  42. Wayne
  43. Presley
  44. Donovan
  45. Lionel
  46. Niall
  47. Calloway
  48. Macy
  49. Guthrie
  50. Alanis
  51. Nirvana
  52. Ellington
  53. Sade
  54. Axl
  55. Elton

Famously Memorable Names for Boys

  1. Denzel
  2. Khalid
  3. Ashton
  4. Dax
  5. Dean
  6. Elon
  7. Keanu
  8. Reynolds
  9. Idris
  10. Ira
  11. Liam
  12. Oliver
  13. Ethan
  14. Samuel
  15. Hudson
  16. Aaron
  17. Colton
  18. Cooper
  19. Robert
  20. Vin
  21. Legend

Creative Baby Boy Names

  1. Angus
  2. Harnan
  3. Henley
  4. Izaak
  5. Jayden
  6. Meyer
  7. Milton
  8. Otis
  9. Ronin
  10. King

Historic Baby Boy Names

  1. Marcus
  2. Remington
  3. Abe
  4. Booker
  5. Carter
  6. Cato
  7. Churchill
  8. Cornelius
  9. Demetrius
  10. Desmond
  11. Franklin
  12. Grant
  13. Grover
  14. Phillip
  15. Jessie
  16. Marco
  17. Maynard
  18. Nelson
  19. Reginald
  20. Saxon
  21. Weston
  22. Napoleon

Inspired Baby Boy Names

  1. Elian
  2. Elijah
  3. Samson
  4. Chandler
  5. Claude
  6. Cornell
  7. Dewey
  8. Esau
  9. Frances
  10. Hamilton
  11. Asa
  12. Lex
  13. Luigi
  14. McKenzie
  15. Micah
  16. Misha
  17. Moses
  18. Noah
  19. Prince
  20. Tupper
  21. Essam

Sporty Names for Baby Boys

  1. Wesley
  2. Aiden
  3. Bradley
  4. Brady
  5. Crew
  6. Duke
  7. Flynn
  8. Nate
  9. Nolen
  10. Parker
  11. Roderick
  12. Willson
  13. Lebron
  14. Jordan
  15. Kobe
  16. Bale
  17. Beckham
  18. Carson
  19. Palmer
  20. AJ
  21. Woods
  22. Lachlan
  23. Dino
  24. Evander
  25. Jonas
  26. Keane
  27. Nelson
  28. Trae
  29. Klay
  30. Stephen
  31. Neymar
  32. Kevin
  33. Sebastian
  34. Tiger
  35. Floyd
  36. Manny
  37. Luis
  38. Jaymes
  39. Alexis
  40. Shaun
  41. Canelo
  42. Carl
  43. Elliud

Sophisticated Baby Boy Names

  1. Ahmed
  2. Alden
  3. Alfonso
  4. Ari
  5. Arturo
  6. Arvin
  7. Avery
  8. Basil
  9. Blaine
  10. Brogan
  11. Callum
  12. Carver
  13. Cecil
  14. Collins
  15. Colton
  16. Damon
  17. Darnell
  18. Dennis
  19. Dillon
  20. Edmond
  21. Elie
  22. Ernest
  23. Gillean
  24. Guy
  25. Harold
  26. Herbert
  27. Howard
  28. Hubert
  29. Hugh
  30. Hyacinth
  31. Irving
  32. Jabaar
  33. Jack
  34. Jackson
  35. Jaime
  36. Javier
  37. Jeremiah
  38. Jerry
  39. Julius
  40. Keith
  41. Landen
  42. Lee
  43. Leon
  44. Leonidas
  45. Lester
  46. Linden
  47. Mario
  48. Marv
  49. Miguel
  50. Milo
  51. Owen
  52. Perry
  53. Preston
  54. Quaid
  55. Ramone
  56. Randall
  57. Ray
  58. Reggie
  59. Riaz
  60. Russell
  61. Scout
  62. Thaddeus
  63. Theo
  64. Thurman
  65. Tripp
  66. Ward
  67. Washington
  68. Xander
  69. Zaxton
  70. Zayden

Writerly Baby Boy Names

  1. Edgar
  2. Elliot
  3. Tristan
  4. Antoine
  5. Atticus
  6. Blake
  7. Dashiell
  8. Fitzgerald
  9. Ford
  10. Homer
  11. Jean
  12. Jedediah
  13. Langston
  14. Maddox
  15. Manuel
  16. Maurice
  17. Octavio
  18. Sawyer
  19. Scout
  20. Seamus
  21. Beckett
  22. Tyl
  23. Cosmo
  24. Dashiell
  25. Ezekiel
  26. Fitz
  27. Ishmael
  28. Jacques
  29. Laird
  30. Luca
  31. Oscar
  32. Penn
  33. Raphael
  34. Wilder
  35. Wolf
  36. Zander
  37. Zane
  38. Zephyr
  39. Malakai
  40. Malcolm
  41. Mars
  42. Matthias
  43. Micah
  44. Milo

Handsome Baby Boy Names

  1. Abraham
  2. Ace
  3. Aiden
  4. Alastair
  5. Alexander
  6. Amare
  7. Ambrose
  8. Amos
  9. Anderson
  10. Andre
  11. Andrew
  12. Angus
  13. Arlo
  14. Armstrong
  15. Asher
  16. Ashton
  17. Aspen
  18. Atlas
  19. Atticus
  20. August
  21. Axel
  22. Barrett
  23. Beau
  24. Beckett
  25. Beckham
  26. Benedict
  27. Benjamin
  28. Benji
  29. Bennett
  30. Benson
  31. Benton
  32. Booker
  33. Braxton
  34. Brent
  35. Bridger
  36. Brooks
  37. Bryant
  38. Cavanaugh
  39. Hassan
  40. Jamal
  41. Kenneth
  42. Nohea
  43. Alistair

Beautiful Baby Boy Names

  1. Aaron
  2. Abner
  3. Adric
  4. Aidan
  5. Aldous
  6. Alf
  7. Alfred
  8. Alvin
  9. Ambrose
  10. Andris
  11. Anthony
  12. Anton
  13. Anwyll
  14. Aodhán
  15. Aquila
  16. Arlo
  17. Armand
  18. Arthur
  19. Avi
  20. Axel
  21. Barney
  22. Baxter
  23. Bede
  24. Bernard
  25. Bertram
  26. Bram
  27. Brogan
  28. Boaz
  29. Caleb
  30. Cam
  31. Campbell
  32. Carlton
  33. Carney
  34. Cash
  35. Caspian
  36. Cecil
  37. Chester
  38. Chidi
  39. Christensen
  40. Clem
  41. Clifford
  42. Clyde
  43. Cornelius
  44. Cosmo
  45. Crosby
  46. Cyril
  47. Dai
  48. Damian
  49. Damon
  50. Dashiell
  51. Dawson
  52. Dewey
  53. Dexter
  54. Ebbe
  55. Eben
  56. Egil
  57. Eli
  58. Emerson
  59. Ferdi
  60. Flick
  61. Flynn
  62. Gabe
  63. Gage
  64. Gus
  65. Hamnet
  66. Harvey
  67. Henning
  68. Herb
  69. Hugo
  70. Husayn
  71. Iggy
  72. Ike
  73. Ivo

Modern Baby Boy Names

  1. Maverick
  2. Sterling
  3. Nash
  4. River
  5. Auggie
  6. Leland
  7. Bowie
  8. Remy
  9. Jaxon
  10. Maxwell
  11. Rowan
  12. Silas
  13. Nico
  14. Enzo
  15. Levi
  16. Paxton
  17. Rhett
  18. Nyx
  19. Alfie
  20. Zora

Old-Fashioned Boy Names

  1. Abe
  2. Abner
  3. Ahab
  4. Benjamin
  5. Isaac
  6. Alfred
  7. Archibald
  8. Wilbur
  9. Arthur
  10. Atticus
  11. Baldric
  12. Bartholomew
  13. Benedict
  14. Bernard
  15. Cadmus
  16. Caleb
  17. Carl
  18. Cedric
  19. Clarence
  20. Clement
  21. Cuthbert
  22. Dorian
  23. Douglas
  24. Edwin
  25. Edmund
  26. Emmet
  27. Ernest
  28. Francis
  29. Frederick
  30. Gerald
  31. Gilbert
  32. Gregory
  33. Giles
  34. Harold
  35. Hamish
  36. Hector
  37. Herbert
  38. Hershel
  39. Hugh
  40. Hugo
  41. Humphrey
  42. Ivan
  43. Jude
  44. Jerome
  45. Leopold
  46. Lewis
  47. Lucius
  48. Malcolm
  49. Merrill
  50. Mortimer
  51. Myron
  52. Norbert
  53. Norman
  54. Orson
  55. Orville
  56. Oswald
  57. Percival
  58. Ralph
  59. Randolf
  60. Peregrine
  61. Roderick
  62. Roland
  63. Rupert
  64. Saul
  65. Seymour
  66. Stuart
  67. Theodore
  68. Tobias
  69. Tristan
  70. Uriah
  71. Vernon
  72. Victor
  73. Virgil
  74. Walter
  75. Wendel
  76. Silas
  77. Finn
  78. August
  79. Elijah
  80. Ethan
  81. Levi
  82. Owen
  83. Amis
  84. Beau
  85. Eli
  86. Evan
  87. Guy
  88. Otis
  89. Otto
  90. Cecil
  91. Jethro
  92. Malachi
  93. Maximilian
  94. Reginald
  95. Rainier
  96. Silvester
  97. Solomon
  98. Wilfred
  99. Josiah
  100. Micah
  101. Fausto
  102. Gaston
  103. Ignacio
  104. Pascal
  105. Roman
  106. Sancho

Strong Baby Boy Names

  1. Christopher
  2. Lee
  3. Vin
  4. Wes
  5. Tripp
  6. Michael
  7. Bodhi
  8. Saint
  9. Amiri
  10. Eliam
  11. Colter
  12. Ozzy
  13. Loyal
  14. Khai
  15. Evander
  16. Camilo
  17. Mac
  18. Jiraiya
  19. Banks
  20. Gian
  21. Wylder
  22. Elio
  23. Kylian
  24. Cillian
  25. Bridger
  26. Onyx
  27. Zyair
  28. Koen
  29. Tatum
  30. Odin
  31. Roy
  32. Watson
  33. Anakin
  34. Creed
  35. Rocky
  36. Jarvis
  37. Elon
  38. Bowie
  39. Granger
  40. Cassian
  41. Kalel

Fantasy Boy Names

  1. Anakin
  2. Ajax
  3. Alexios
  4. Angel
  5. Azul
  6. Bastian
  7. Baxley
  8. Bazz
  9. Baratheon
  10. Calix
  11. Calixto
  12. Chantz
  13. Crux
  14. Cignus
  15. Eddard
  16. Elex
  17. Essex
  18. Exodus
  19. Fairfax
  20. Jedi
  21. Joff
  22. Merlin
  23. Lex
  24. Lexxer
  25. Rheagal
  26. Sandar
  27. Khal
  28. Cersei
  29. Oberyn
  30. Bran
  31. Dickon
  32. Tyrion
  33. Conleth
  34. Stannis
  35. Gendry
  36. Loras
  37. Olly
  38. Meryn
  39. Othell
  40. Bowen
  41. Sora
  42. Kairi
  43. Ventus
  44. Maleficent
  45. Saphira
  46. Murtagh
  47. Orik
  48. Eragon
  49. Baldor
  50. Balden

Royal Boy Names

  1. Adrian
  2. Albert
  3. Augustus
  4. Arthur
  5. Carl
  6. Charles
  7. David
  8. Felipe
  9. Frederik
  10. George
  11. Henry
  12. John
  13. Philip
  14. Richard
  15. Rupert
  16. Umberto
  17. William
  18. Malik
  19. Gabriel
  20. Sverre
  21. Windsor
  22. Tor
  23. Earl
  24. Baron
  25. Juan Carlos
  26. Ramiro
  27. Leroy
  28. Kumar
  29. Cynfael
  30. Raj
  31. Tao
  32. Aslan
  33. Jareth
  34. Ignatus
  35. Mikhail
  36. Duke
  37. Vladimir
  38. Montague
  39. Cornelius
  40. Nikolai
  41. Hanover
  42. Wilhelm
  43. Emmanuel
  44. Ahan
  45. Eshanth
  46. Jai
  47. Aaron
  48. Brice
  49. Gaurav
  50. Harish

Boy Names That Mean Moon

  1. Chan
  2. Elatha
  3. Getsumei
  4. Rakesh
  5. Vikesh
  6. Bader
  7. Ainar
  8. Aldrin
  9. Artem
  10. Hyperion
  11. Jerah
  12. Luan
  13. Marvi
  14. Luna
  15. Qamar
  16. Oberon
  17. Delano
  18. Meztili
  19. Yamir
  20. Yue

Baby Boy Names With One Syllable

  1. Ace
  2. Ash
  3. Beau
  4. Dru
  5. Gus
  6. Quinn
  7. Reese
  8. Ross
  9. Shane
  10. Shaw
  11. Tao
  12. Ty
  13. Vance
  14. Clyde
  15. Kye
  16. Wells
  17. Trent

Baby Boy Names With Two Syllables

  1. Auden
  2. Aaron
  3. Adam
  4. Aiden
  5. Andrew
  6. Austin
  7. Arnav
  8. Bentley
  9. Brandon
  10. Bryan
  11. Caleb
  12. Carter
  13. Connor
  14. Cooper
  15. Daniel
  16. David
  17. Dylan
  18. Eli
  19. Ethan
  20. Easton
  21. Evan
  22. Garrett
  23. Henry
  24. Hudson
  25. Hunter
  26. Ian
  27. Isaac
  28. Jackson
  29. Jacob
  30. Jaden
  31. Jonah
  32. Jordan
  33. Joseph
  34. Kayden
  35. Landon
  36. Levi
  37. Liam
  38. Logan
  39. Lucas
  40. Mason
  41. Matthew
  42. Michael
  43. Nathan
  44. Noah
  45. Owen
  46. Parker
  47. Patrick
  48. Robert
  49. Ryan
  50. Taylor
  51. Thomas
  52. Tyler
  53. William
  54. Wyatt

Boy Flower Names

  1. Fiorello
  2. Aaron
  3. Anetris
  4. Arnit
  5. Admon
  6. Aciano
  7. Anthony
  8. Aloe
  9. Cedar
  10. Crisanto
  11. Clem
  12. Fleuri
  13. Fleury
  14. Indigo
  15. Iris
  16. Jared
  17. Kamal
  18. Quill
  19. Shamrock
  20. Rue
  21. Sorell
  22. Trevor
  23. Valerian
  24. Zephyr
  25. Gilford
  26. Mallow
  27. Rhodes
  28. Zahir
  29. Catkin
  30. Blodwyn

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