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120 rare and unique boy names (and their meanings) for your baby

For parents who want to give their baby boy a name that’s as unique as he is

Unique boy names

Sometimes it’s nice to follow the crowd. But when it comes to naming a baby, lots of parents-to-be find that they want to do exactly the opposite, seeking out a unique boy name instead of one that features in the “most popular” lists. 

With a rarer baby name, you might feel that your baby has a better chance of standing out in life. Or perhaps it’s because you’d just rather that they weren’t one of four children with the same name in the same class at school. Whatever your reason for wanting an unusual boy name, we’re here to help.

We’ve used the latest baby name data available for the United States (from 2021) and also the United Kingdom (from 2020) to pick some of the cutest, unique baby boy names out there. If short baby names are your preference, there’s a list for that. Rare names for boys inspired by nature? We’ve got those covered, too. And for unique girl names, we’ve got a whole other article for that.

Let’s hope there’s something in there that’s perfect for your baby boy when he arrives.

Short and unique boy names

You want something unique and short so people can’t forget it? Take a look at this list, which only features names that were given to fewer than 100 baby boys per year in the United States or the United Kingdom. Do any of these unusual boy names feel right for you?

  1. Earl
  2. Kip
  3. Nate
  4. Elan
  5. Lex
  6. Jed
  7. Rafe
  8. Thor
  9. Cai
  10. Haze
  11. Gene
  12. Fox
  13. Iman
  14. AJ
  15. Fitz
  16. Holt
  17. Rome
  18. Zane
  19. Kyle
  20. Jax
  21. Geo
  22. Troy
  23. Noel
  24. Amos
  25. Pace
  26. Dean
  27. Ned
  28. Alp
  29. Alec
  30. Gabe

Nature inspired unique boy names

All of the nature-themed names in this list fall outside each country’s list of the top 100 most popular baby names, meaning they’re all relatively uncommon. Plus, you can find name meanings for the ones without an obvious link to nature. What do you think of these unique baby boy names?

  1. Lake
  2. Wolf
  3. Reid
  4. Kai (meaning “sea”)
  5. Flint
  6. River
  7. Caspian (the name of the world’s largest lake)
  8. Phoenix
  9. Aspen (a type of tree)
  10. Reef
  11. Brooklyn (meaning “small stream”)
  12. Forrest
  13. Orion (meaning “rising in the sky”)
  14. Denver (meaning “green valley”)
  15. Oak
  16. Robin
  17. Birch
  18. Beaumont (meaning “beautiful mountain”)
  19. Dale (meaning “valley”)
  20. Huckleberry
  21. Bear
  22. Heath
  23. Clyde (the name of a river in Scotland)
  24. Aloe
  25. Woody
  26. Rafferty (meaning “flood”)
  27. Maxwell (meaning “stream”)
  28. Clay
  29. Apollo (meaning “god of the sun”)
  30. Bay (meaning “berry”)
Unique baby boy names

Very rare, unusual, and unique boy names

Interested in discovering some of the very rare names for baby boys in the United States right now? This list will deliver. Each name below was given to fewer than 50 babies born in 2021, ensuring they’re some of the most unusual boy names to exist.

  1. Ellington 
  2. Chadwick
  3. Murray 
  4. Kirby
  5. Sailor
  6. Wilfred
  7. Mika 
  8. Bartholomew
  9. Cylus 
  10. Alexavier
  11. Sydney
  12. Quinlan
  13. Ted
  14. Nyles
  15. Clarke
  16. Bray
  17. Buddy
  18. Tiernan
  19. Hart
  20. Oslo
  21. Henderson
  22. Percival
  23. Eliah
  24. Connell
  25. Sirius
  26. Augie
  27. Bastien
  28. Cyprus
  29. Griffith
  30. Humphrey

H2: Cool, cute, and unique boy names

In this selection you’ll find names that were given to fewer than 50 babies born in the United Kingdom in 2020. Are there any unique baby boy names here that you like enough to give to your baby boy?

  1. Benedict
  2. Caspar
  3. Deacon
  4. Simeon
  5. Silas
  6. Lorcan
  7. Edmund
  8. Artie
  9. Trent
  10. Digby
  11. Guy
  12. Lando
  13. Boden
  14. Keaton
  15. Denzel
  16. Conrad
  17. Jameson
  18. Byron
  19. Gus
  20. Lockie
  21. Pablo
  22. Nelson
  23. Elwood
  24. Knox
  25. Malachy
  26. Murphy
  27. Dakota
  28. Trey
  29. Conan
  30. Augustine
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