Unique Boy Names

With these unique boy names your kid will stand out in the crowd — instead of having the same name as two other kids in his class. See, fewer than 200 boys in the whole country were given these unusual boy names last year. How’s that for original? Check out these unique boy names — and get inspired!

Aspen

Aspen is one of the most unique boy names out there, and we love it. The name is connected to the gorgeous ski capital in Colorado, and a type of white-barked tree.

Bruin

You don’t have to be a fan of the Boston hockey team to pick this colorful name, which means “brown.”

Clemente

This Spanish name means “merciful,” and was the surname of legendary baseball player Roberto Clemente.

Donatello

The Renaissance painter gave us this name, from the Latin word that means “to give.”

Eben

A shortened version of the forever Scrooged Ebenezer, Eben means “stone of help,” and is a nice alternative to the ever-popular Evan and Ethan.

Finnegan

A more intriguing path to the trendy nickname Finn, Finnegan is a Celtic surname pick.

Graydon

Get to that popular “Gray” nickname without using the popular Grayson. Graydon Carter is this Graydon’s most famous namesake.

Hero

A strong word name, Hero was most commonly a woman in Greek mythology and Shakespeare’s plays. But we like it just as well for boys.

Ives

This short-and-sweet moniker means “archer,” and is one of the most uncommon boy names around—only five boys were given this saint name last year.

Joss

A short form of Joseph, Joss was worn by writer-director Joss Whedon, responsible for the Avengers reboot, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and a slew of other entertaining shows and movies.

Kylo

One of the more unique baby boy names out there, Kylo was the villainous son of Star Wars pair Princess Leia and Han Solo.

Lysander

Shakespeare gave this Greek name, which means “liberator,” to one of the lovers in Midsummer Night’s Dream. Consider it a more classical route toward unusual boy names.

Monroe

If you’re looking for unique boy names, Monroe—which has links to both one of the U.S. Founding Fathers and the legendary movie star—makes a distinctive choice.

Neville

This name means “new village,” and was most memorably used for Harry Potter’s tried-and-true pal, Neville Longbottom. Only 16 boys were given this name last year, making it one of the truly rare boy names in the U.S..

Oswin

Among the very rare boy names, Oswin is an English name that means “God’s friend.” Doctor Who fans will recognize it as the middle name of the Doctor’s recent companion Clara Oswin Oswald.

Pace

This short-and-sweet word name could also be considered a short form of Pacey—one of the male leads on 1990s favorite Dawson’s Creek.

Quinlan

Love Quinn, but not in love with its popularity? Consider this Irish surname, which means “thin.”

Rupert

Most famously used in pop culture as Watcher Rupert Giles in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Rupert is the German version of the classic Robert, and shares its meaning, “bright fame.” Actors Rupert Grint and Rupert Everett, and billionaire Rupert Murdoch are the most famous real-life wearers of it.

Severus

One of the most complex and cool characters from Harry Potter sports this name, which means “severe.”

Taos

This place name from the skiers’ haven in New Mexico is one of the most picturesque unique baby boy names.

Ulrich

The surname of Metallica’s legendary drummer Lars Ulrich makes a unique way to pay homage to a Richard in your past. Ulrich is a German name that means “ruler.”

Valentine

Actor Chris O’Dowd gave his son this heartfelt saint name. (And he wasn’t even born near the holiday!)

Walden

A very nature-themed name based on philosopher Henry David Thoreau’s classic, Walden (or Life in the Woods), which advocated for a simpler life.

Xane

One of the most unique boys names out there, Xane is a character from the popular Fire Emblem video games. Its soundalike, Zane, is considered a variant of John.

Yul

Actor Yul Brenner is the claim to fame for one of the most unique boy names—there were less than five boys given the name last year.

Ziggy

Only 45 babies last year bore this name, which can be used in homage to rocker David Bowie’s alter ego, Ziggy Stardust. (Expect a few more to join you this year, after the name was used for one of the young characters in the popular series Big Little Lies.)

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