Exotic Short Boy Names

In your search for exotic, short boy names, does “exotic” mean “uncommon?” Or used in another culture? Do Italian, Greek, Polish, and Spanish names fit the bill? Or are you looking for Asian, African, and Middle Eastern names?

No matter what type of short, exotic boy name you want, we’ve got plenty to choose from!

Exotic short boy names

exotic short boy names
  1. Aang – as in the main character from Avatar: The Last Airbender
  2. Afan
  3. Alec – an exotic, short version of Alexander
  4. Anas
  5. Aram
  6. Aras
  7. Ari
  8. Arild
  9. Asil
  10. Artur
  11. Avet
  12. Bau – Vietnamese and Chinese name that means treasure, precious, jewel
  13. Biel
  14. Bjorn – Swedish for bear
  15. Blai
  16. Bru
  17. Caio
  18. Chuno
  19. Ciro
  20. Claes – short form of Nicholas 
  21. Dai
  22. Dante
  23. Davi
  24. Davit
  25. Diep – Unisex Vietnamese name meaning leaf.
  26. Dino
  27. Dov
  28. Duff
  29. Edus
  30. Eino
  31. Eloi
  32. Eman
  33. Emil
  34. Enzo
  35. Eoin
  36. Eun
  37. Faas
  38. Fazl
  39. Fion
  40. Franc
  41. Franz
  42. Fritz
  43. Gian
  44. Gio
  45. Greig
  46. Guo
  47. Hai – Vietnamese for ocean
  48. Hans – a form of John that’s widely used in German-speaking areas
  49. Hayk
  50. Hayt
  51. Hui
  52. Hye
  53. Iago
  54. Ido
  55. Igor
  56. Iker
  57. Isak
  58. Iver
  59. Ivo
  60. Iwo
  61. Izan
  62. Jad
  63. Jan – Jan is a form of John in many languages, pronounced Yawn
  64. Jens – pronounced Yenz
  65. Jarl
  66. Joao
  67. Joas
  68. Joep
  69. Jiri
  70. Juan
  71. Jules
  72. Juwan
  73. Kai
  74. Kais
  75. Kean
  76. Kei
  77. Klaos
  78. Klaus
  79. Knut
  80. Koa
  81. Krzys
  82. Kun
  83. Kyo
  84. Laird
  85. Lan
  86. Lars
  87. Leif
  88. Lenn
  89. Lenz
  90. Lew
  91. Lian
  92. Lino
  93. Lior
  94. Loic
  95. Lorn
  96. Luis
  97. Lutz
  98. Lyov
  99. Mael
  100. Marc
  101. Mateo
  102. Miel
  103. Min
  104. Mu
  105. Nakia
  106. Niels
  107. Nil
  108. Niko
  109. Nils
  110. Nino
  111. Noam
  112. Noor
  113. Nuno
  114. Nur
  115. Odin
  116. Olaf
  117. Olav
  118. Omar
  119. Onni
  120. Pau
  121. Per
  122. Petr
  123. Pich
  124. Piet
  125. Pim
  126. Ping
  127. Pleun
  128. Pol
  129. Qays
  130. Quim
  131. Quing
  132. Ra
  133. Raf
  134. Raul
  135. Ren
  136. Rens
  137. Rian
  138. Roc
  139. Roel
  140. Roko
  141. Ru
  142. Ryo
  143. Ryu
  144. Saif
  145. Sean
  146. Sef
  147. Sem
  148. Sepp
  149. Seok
  150. Shi
  151. Sho
  152. Shui
  153. Siem
  154. Sion
  155. Sior
  156. Soan
  157. Sven
  158. Svit
  159. Tai 
  160. Taj
  161. Teun
  162. Timo
  163. Tome
  164. Tygo
  165. Tyr
  166. Ugo
  167. Urs
  168. Utz
  169. Vahe
  170. Veit
  171. Vien
  172. Vinz
  173. Vit
  174. Vito
  175. Vlas
  176. Vuk
  177. Wei
  178. Wen
  179. Wim
  180. Wout 
  181. Wu
  182. Xia
  183. Xue
  184. Xun
  185. Yi
  186. Yin
  187. Yun
  188. Yves
  189. Zan
  190. Zef
  191. Zejd
  192. Zeno
  193. Zeyd
  194. Zeyn
  195. Zhen
  196. Zhi
  197. Zhou
  198. Zsolt

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More exotic short boy names

exotic short boy names

Let’s look at some common names and short, exotic equivalents from other cultures.

Some of these names may be pronounced similar to their English counterparts, but just have a different spelling, such as Lyam (Liam). Others, you don’t encounter frequently in English- speaking countries, like Enzo or Larus.

Daniel

The classic name Daniel might appear as Daan, Danne, or Tatu!

Laurence

Did you know that historically, Laurence was more common than the spelling Lawrence?

In some cultures, this name becomes Laurenzo or Lorenzo.

Some short but exotic nicknames for the boy’s name Laurence are Lars, Larus, Rens, Lenz, Enzo, and Renzo.

Andrew

In English, an Andrew might go by Andy or Drew. Around the world, you might meet 

Andre, Andor, Ander, Dand, Atte, or Tero!

Henry

I love the name Henry. Around the world, this name has evolved into short, exotic boy names like

Heinz, Enzo, Ints, Hein, Rik, Ain, Imre, Kiko, Enn, and Rike.

Otto 

Otto may be uncommon in the US, but I love these exotic forms: Audo, Odo, Udo, and Rino!

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James

To me, James is just such a soft, melodic name. But in other cultures, you might find Jasa, Jaka, or Iago!

William

Did you know Liam is a form of the name William? And in many languages, William is something like Guillermo or Wilhelm, which gives us the fun nickname Guy, along with Gui, Guim, Gwil, Vili, Pim, and Lyam.

John

When it comes to common boy names, they don’t get much shorter than John! Other cultures have similarly short names that are equivalent to John: Hovo, Ivan, Eoin, Gjan, Iban, Jan, Jens, Juan, Xoan, Juho, Honza, Hans, Sean, Zan, Anze, Iwan, Efan, and Seoc.

Joseph 

Joseph turns into some great exotic boy’s names, like Jose, Zeze, Ze, Pepe, Sepp, Joep, Zef, Joso, Jozo, and Pino.

Michael 

Michael has a few interesting short spinoffs: Mijo, Miho, and Miko.

Thomas

These international versions of Tom are so fun! Tomo, Tomi, Tam, and Tome are all short but exotic-sounding!

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August

Ok, August isn’t really a common boy name. But it certainly has some fascinating nicknames: Dino, Tijn, Auke, and Aku.

Wrap Up

Exotic Short Boy Names

We hope you enjoyed these unique and intriguing short, exotic boy names! Best of luck in choosing just one!

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