503 Rare Baby Boy Names That No One Has Used | Unique Ideas
I’ve deciphered lots of data to find the rarest of rare baby boy names!
All the names on this list were given to 100 or fewer baby boys last year! That means they’re very unique and you’re unlikely to meet anyone with that name in your lifetime!
First, we’ll go through the top unique baby names and meanings. Then, we’ll learn about cool and strong unusual boy names.
And finally, I’ve put together a gigantic list of all the names!
Unique boy names with meanings
Explore these unique boy names with meanings! These names were only given to 100 or fewer babies in the US last year!
In Hindu mythology, the Ashwins are the twin gods of sunrise and sunset.
The Arabic, Turkish, and Persian name Aziz means “powerful, respected, beloved.”
In Old English, Baxter means “baker.” I love that this name is totally recognizable, easily spelled and pronounced, yet it’s still uncommon!
This Hungarian name is short for Vincent or Benedek. But it sounds like a name on its own, too!
This no-nonsense French name is perfect and perfectly unique for boys and girls!
Cyril comes from the Greek word for “lord.” It’s another recognizable but uncommon boy’s name!
The name Darby comes from the town of Derby in England. And the town gets its name from Old Norse, where it means “deer town.”
This last name makes a great first name too! It might come from a Norse word meaning “triangular-shaped hill,”
Hiram might come from Phoenician or Old Hebrew, where it means “exalted brother.” It used to be popular in the US in the 1800s but is virtually unheard of now.
This name means “boar friend.” It used to be common in the US until about 1930.
Although Juno is typically a female name, it works just fine for boys. It comes from the Greek goddess Juno, the wife of Jupiter and queen of the heavens.
The Greek name Leander comes from the word Leo, meaning “lion.” This name is a great lesser-known alternative to names like Leo and Alexander!
Marcelino is a Portuguese and Spanish name that comes from the Roman god Mars.
The English name Marlow means “remnants of a lake.”
Niles comes from the Gaelic name Niall. Historians debate over the meaning- it might mean “cloud” or “champion.”
The French and Dutch name Olivier is usually pronounced AWL-LIV-EE-AY. It’s a great, unique alternative to the more popular Oliver.
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Although Prescott is traditionally a surname, it makes a unique first name for boys too!
Until I researched this post, I had no idea that Rupert is a German version of Robert. It means “bright fame.”
While Spence is usually a short form of Spencer, it works just fine on its own! Meaning: dispenser of provisions
This Roman- based name means “forest.” It used to be very popular in the US until the 1910s but has dwindled and is almost unheard of now!
Tremaine, with the fun nickname Trey, means “stone settlement.”
This distinguished name means “from the hill of wine.”
On its own, Zed is the pronunciation of the letter Z in some English- speaking countries. It’s also a short form of Zedekiah.
Cool rare names for boys
Here are the top cool rare names for boys, given to less than 100 children last year. That is to say, if you choose one of these names for your child, they’re unlikely to meet someone else with that name in their lifetime!
This Celtic name means “white” and was inspired by the cliffs of Dover.
This short and sweet name is unique and cool for a boy or girl!
The rare boy’s name Beaumont is French for “beautiful mountain.”
I love the sound of “virtue names” like Clement, Grace, Hope, Constance and Joy. And Candor is one more option to add to the possibilities!
The dictionary defines candor as “the quality of being open and honest in expression.”
In medieval Jewish, Christian, and Islamic tales, Cassiel is an angel. This name might mean “speed of God” or “cover of God.”
Although everyone has heard of British musician Sir Elton John, it’s rarely used as a given name. It comes from Old English and means “Ella’s town.”
Florian sounds exotic, which also makes it a cool, rare name for boys. It comes from the Roman word meaning “flower.”
The cool sounding name Griffith means “strong prince.” Although it’s pretty rare today, it was a common name for medieval Welsh royalty.
Shakespeare used a variation of the Danish name Amleth for his play. While the meaning of the original name is unknown, hamlet also means “a settlement smaller than a village.”
This classical English form of Horace means “hour, “time,” or “season.”
This meaning of this late Roman name is unknown. But it was borne by several saints. And it resembles “ignis,” the Latin word for fire.
Jules is the French version of Julius, made famous by Jules Verne, author of Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. This name refers to the Roman god Jupiter.
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Kirby comes from an Old Norse name meaning “church settlement.”
The name Langley means “long woodland clearing.” And the CIA is associated with Langley, Virginia, where it’s headquartered. Hard to find a cooler namesake!
This unique name sounds like a twist on Matthew. It’s the name of a protagonist in the Wheel of Time series of books.
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Oberon is the name of the king of faeries in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Fittingly, it probably means “elf ruler.”
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The name Pascal means “relating to Easter.” The French philosopher Blaise Pascal had it as a last name.
Sabino sounds suave and cool! This masculine form of Sabina comes from the Sabines, an ancient tribe who lived in Italy.
This classic name means “forest.”
Astronomer Tycho Brahe made this name better known. It is related to the name Thor, the Norse thunder god.
This Spanish form of Victor or Victorianus means exactly what you would think- victor or winner.
Strong unusual names for boys
These strong, unusual names for boys were given to less than 100 babies last year:
The Irish and Scottish name Angus actually means “one strength,” so it’s the perfect strong, unusual name for a boy!
The honest, hard- working Barnes actually comes from a last name referring to someone who lived or worked in a barn. And the word barn actually comes from the words meaning “barley dwelling.”
Braddock invokes a strong and sturdy sound. It actually means “broad oak.”
Cliff can be short for Clifford or Cliffton. And as you might have guessed, they refer to a ford near a cliff, or a town near a cliff.
Of course, this name brings to mind the American folk hero, a great inspiration for a strong and unusual name.
Deckard makes me think of the main character in Bladerunner. Not only does the name itself sound strong, but it also inspires me to think about the steady and capable protagonist from the movie!
This name comes from the ancient Germanic words “fardi” and “nand.” Respectively, they mean “journey” and “brave, daring.”
Harbin is an example of a surname that makes an interesting first name too.
This unique name also comes from a last name. It means “ridge town. “
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This strong name is an anglicized version of a medieval French name that comes from an Old German word meaning “raven.”
Jocko is usually a nickname for John, Joseph, Jacob, and other similar names. And John “Jocko” Willink is a retired Navy SEAL officer.
Did you know the name Kaplan means “tiger” in Turkish?
Karsten is a German form of the name Christian. Many German names sound strong and powerful!
Another German name, Klaus, is short for Nicholas. It means “victory of the people.”
Roman god Mercury’s name means “to trade.” He shares his name with the first planet in the solar system and the liquid metallic element.
Mitch, a short form of Mitchell, means “big” or “large.”
Shakespeare used this Old English name for a courier in Hamlet. It’s formed from two words meaning “God,” and “power” or “rule.”
One of the knights of King Arthur’s Round Table, Percival searched for the Holy Grail. It might mean “to pierce the valley” or “hard spears.”
Piers is a medieval form of Peter, which means “rock.”
This name might be a variation of Rowland, or just a simple combination of Ray and land. No matter what, it sounds tough!
I would have never guessed that this name comes from the French word “cherot,” which means “wagoneer.” I like the soft sh sound combined with the strong last syllable!
Taggert is another last name turned first name, and means “son of the priest.”
JRR Tolkien invented the name Theoden, King of Rohan for Lord of the Rings. He based the Rohirric language off of Old English, so we know Theoden means “king” or “ruler.”
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Did you know Thorsten means “Thor’s stone?” Yeah. Enough said about this unique but strong name for boys!
Even More Unique Boy Names
All of the baby boy names in this list are extremely rare. Fewer than 100 boys receive these names each year. Or, odds are good that only 2 infants in your state received this name last year!
If you want even rarer baby boy names, those in bold were given to 50 or fewer newborns last year.
And finally, the very rarest boy names listed in bold italics were only given to 10 or fewer children last year!
Rare boy names (A-D)
Rare boy names (D-M)
Unique boy names (M-R)
- Octavius, Octavian
- Percy, Percival
Unique boy names (R-Z)
- Slate, Slater
- Stanislav, Stanislaw
- Thorsten, Torsten
I hope you’ve enjoyed these unique and rare baby boy names! Which are your favorites? Which rare baby boy names are just way too out there?
Personally, I love Marcelino and Leander. But as far as rare baby boy names go, Irwin and Zed just don’t fit my naming style!
Resources for finding unique and rare baby boy names
- The US Social Security Administration provides data on baby names
- I use Behind the Name to research name meanings and popularity
- Reddit’s r/ namenerds gave great feedback and analysis on these names! I especially like that a few people summarized the list as “the names from a British nursing home combined with fandoms!”