Looking for strong, but unusual boy names? Perhaps you want your boy to stand out amongst the rest, and you want to give him a good start by giving him a unique name.
The trick is to give him a name that is memorable and unique, but not completely unheard of.
Two things to consider as you pick unusual boy names:
- Go for names that are easy to spell and pronounce. This is especially important if you are looking for unusual boy names;
- If you are choosing a name from a foreign language, make sure you understand the meaning and connotation of the name in different contexts.
For your convenience, this list of unusual boy names is listed in alphabetical order.
Abbott means “father”. Abbott is a name with religious overtones as the head of a monastery.
Abner means “father of light”. Abner was the name of the commander of Saul’s army and appears twice in the New Testament.
Ace means “one, unity”.
Albus means “white, bright”.
Alcide means “glory of Hera” and pronounced as al-CEED.
Alden means “old, wise friend”. Aiden is a gender-neutral name.
Amias means “loved”.
Anakin means “warrior”.
Apollo means “to destroy”. Apollo is the Greek god of the sun.
Archie means “truly brave”.
Arden means “to be eager” or “ardent”. Arden is a gender-neutral name.
Aristotle means “superior”. Aristotle is the name of a great philosopher.
Arlo means “fortified hill” or “eagle’s hill”.
Armani means “freeman”. Armani is a gender-neutral name.
Arrow is a common English word that some may use as a name.
Asa means “healer; born in the morning”. Asa was the name of an important biblical king of Judah, who reigned for more than forty years. Asa is also a gender-neutral name.
Atlas is a Greek god who is strong enough to carry the world on his shoulders.
Atticus means “from Attica”. Atticus is the name of an important Roman literary figure named for the Greek region around Athens.
Auden means “old friend”.
Aurelio means “the golden one”.
Austin means “great, magnificent”.
Autumn is a season name. Autumn is a gender-neutral name.
Axl means “father of peace”. Axl is a spelling variation of Axel.
Baker is an occupational name. It’s also a common last-name.
Bartholomew means “son of the furrow”.
Basil means “regal”.
Baxter is an Anglo-Saxon and Scottish name, meaning “baker”.
Beck means “one living beside a small stream”. Beck is a gender-neutral name.
Benedict means “blessed”.
Bentlee means “meadow with coarse grass”.
Birch is a tree name.
Blade is a common English word that some may use as a name.
Bobo is a variation of Bob. Bob is a German baby name, which means “Famed; bright; shining.” In the English language, “bobo” may also refer to “fool.”
Bond means “peasant farmer”.
Booth is sometimes used as a name, and means “small dwelling place, shed”.
Bowie means “blond” and pronounced as BOWiy-. Bowie is a gender-neutral name.
Bram means “father of multitudes”.
Braxton means “Brock’s town” or “Brock’s settlement”.
Breccan means “speckled” or “freckled”.
Bridger means “to live near the bridge”.
Broderick means “brother”.
Calix means “chalice”.
Calloway means “pebbly place”.
Carlson is a variation of Carlsen which means “Carl’s son”.
Cashel means “castle, stone fort”.
Casimir means “destroyer of peace” and pronounced as KAA-Ziy-Mih-R. Casimir is a traditional name of Polish kings.
Casper means “treasurer”.
Caspian is a geographical name of the large salty sea between Asia and Europe.
Cassidy means “curly-headed”. Cassidy is a gender-neutral name.
Cato means “wise” or “all-knowing”. Cato is a name that has a large history in Ancient Rome, such as the man who opposed Julius Caesar.
Cedar is a tree name and pronounced as C-Der. Cedar is a gender-neutral name.
Chester means “fortress” or “walled town”.
Conan means “little wolf”. In Gaelic, Conan was the name of an illustrious seventh-century Irish saint, bishop of the Isle of Man.
Constantine means “steadfast” and pronounced as KAAN-STahN-TiyN. Constantine was the name of three medieval Scottish kings and the name of the first Roman Emperor to convert to Christianity. Constantine is a gender-neutral name.
Cosmo means “order, beauty”.
Crew is a common English word that some may use as a name.
Cullen means “handsome” or “good-looking lad”, but in Celtic, the name means “cub”.
D’Artagnan means “from Artagnan” and pronounced as dar-TAN-yan. D’Artagnan is the name of a character in The Three Musketeers.
Daxton means “from the French town, Dax”.
Declan means “man of prayer” and pronounced as DECK-lin.
Dex is a diminutive of Dexter which means “dyer” or “right-handed”.
Dexter means “dyer” or “right-handed”.
Dimitri means “follower of Demeter” and pronounced as dih-MEE-tree.
Drexel means “to turn”.
Elian means “The Lord is my God” or “God is family”.
Elias means “Yahweh is God”.
Elio means “sun”. Elio is a variation of Helios, the sun god in Greek mythology.
Ellington means “Ellis’s town”. Ellington is a gender-neutral name.
Ephraim means “fruitful, fertile, productive”.
Eustace means “fruitful, productive” and pronounced as YUW-STahZ.
Evan means “the Lord is gracious”. Evan is a gender neutral name.
Everest is the name of the world’s tallest mountain. Everest is a gender-neutral name.
Ezra means “help”. Ezra has a heroic Bible legacy. Ezra is a gender-neutral name.
Ferris means “rock”.
Finbar means “fair-haired”.
Finch means “to swindle”. Finch is a gender-neutral name.
Finnegan means “fair”.
Finnian means “fair”. (Similar to Finnegan.)
Fischer is a spelling variation of Fisher which means “fisherman”. Pronounced as FIHSHer.
Fisher means “fisherman”.
Fitzgerald means “son of Gerald” and pronounced as FIHTSJHehR-owLD.
Ford means “river crossing” or “dweller at the ford”.
Fraser means “strawberry” and pronounced as FRahSEH-R or FREY-Z-er.
Fulton means “fields of the village”.
Gage means “oath, pledge”.
Gene means “well-born, noble”. Gene is a gender-neutral name. Gene is also the diminutive of “Eugene.”
Gerrit is a German variation of Gerard which means “spear strength”.
Gibson means “Gilbert’s son”.
Gray means “the son of the bailiff”. Gray is a gender-neutral name. It is also a common last name.
Gryffin means “strong lord”.
Hanan means “graciousness”. Hanan is a gender-neutral name.
Hannes means “God is gracious”. Hannes is a common name in Afrikaans and Dutch.
Hart means “stag”.
Hawk is a bird name.
Hayes means “hedge” or “brushwood”.
Holden means “hollow valley”.
Hollis means “Dweller at the holly trees”. Hollis is a gender-neutral name.
Humphrey means “peaceful warrior”.
Huxley means “Hugh’s meadow” or “inhospitable place”.
Indigo is a color-name and means “Indian dye”. Indigo is a gender-neutral name.
Inigo means “fiery” and pronounced as IN-ih-go.
Jansen means “Jan’s son”.
Janus means “gateway”. Janus is the name of an ancient Roman god who is usually depicted as a two-faced god facing in opposite directions since he looks both to the future and the past.
Jayden means “thankful”. Jayden is a gender-neutral name.
Jedi means “invoker of the Lord”.
Jett means “free”.
Josiah means “God supports, heals”.
Joziah means “God supports and heals”. Joziah is a spelling variation of Josiah.
Kael means “slender” or “fair”.
Kamren means “crooked nose”. Kamren is a gender-neutral name. Kamren is a spelling variation of Camren or Camron.
Keene means “proud” or “brave”.
Kensington is a place-name in a posh area of London. Kensington is a gender-neutral name.
Kip means “from the pointed hill”.
Kirk means “church”.
Kit means “Carrier of Christ”. Kit is a gender-neutral name.
Knute means “knot”. Knute is the name of the patron saint of Denmark.
Kohen means “priest”.
Lachlan means “from the fjord-land” and pronounced as LACK-lin or LOCK-lin.
Lancelot means “servant”.
Landon means “long hill”.
Larson means “crowned with laurel”.
Laszlo means “glorious ruler” and pronounced as LAZ-lo.
Lawton is the name of a place. Lawton is most notably thename of a handful of historical figures. It is also the fifth-largest town in Oklahoma.
Leif means “heir, descendant” and pronounced as LAYF or LEEF.
Leighton means “meadow town” and pronounced as LAY-ton. Leighton is a gender-neutral name.
Leland means “meadow land” and pronounced as LEE-land. Leland is a gender-neutral name.
Leopold means “brave people”.
Lev means “heart” or “lion” and pronounced as LehV or Liyeh-V.
Linus means “flax”.
Loyal is a virtue name which means “faithful.”
Lucas means “man from Lucania”.
Maguire means “son of the beige one” and pronounced as MaaGWIHR-.
Matson means “son of Matthew”.
McCallister means “son of Alistair”.
Mercer means “a merchant”. Mercer is a gender-neutral name.
Miller is an occupation, (grinder of grain,) and now also a name.
Milo means “soldier” or “merciful”.
Morrison means “Son of Morris”.
Moss means “descendant of Moses”.
Night is a common English word name that some use as a name.
Nile means “champion” and pronounced as NAHL. “The Nile” is also a river in Egypt. Nile is a gender-neutral name.
Norman means “northerner, Norseman”.
Octavius means “eight”. Octavius was at one time used for the eighth child in a family.
Oden means “rage” or “frenzy”. Oden is a variation of the old Norse mythology name, Odin.
Odin means “rage” or “frenzy”. Odin is the name of the supreme Norse god of art, culture, wisdom, and law.
Olly is a diminutive of Oliver which means “olive tree”. Olly is a gender-neutral name.
Orson means “bear cub”.
Otis means “wealthy”.
Otto means “fortune”. There were many Otto’s in Germanic history, appearing as emperors, kings, and chancellors.
Ozias means “salvation” and pronounced as ow-ZIYYah-Z.
Pascal means “of the Passover; Easter” and pronounced as PaeS-KAEL. Pascal was historically used for sons born at Easter.
Paxon is a spelling variation of Paxton which means “peace town”.
Paxton means “peace town”. Paxton is a gender-neutral name.
Penn means “enclosure”.
Phineas means “oracle”.
Porter means “keeper of the gate”. Porter is a common last name. It is also a gender-neutral name.
Prescott means “priest’s cottage”. The name “Prescott” used to be common among the upper-middle-class.
Quest is a common English word that some may use as a name.
Raiden means “thunder and lightning”.
Raleigh means “meadow of roe deer”.
Reef is a common English word that some may use as a name.
Reid means “red” or “red-haired”. Reid is a gender-neutral name.
Remington means “place on a riverbank”.
Reuben means “behold, a son”. Reuben was the name of Jacob’s firstborn son by Leah and the founder of one of the tribes of Israel.
Rey means “king”. Rey is a gender-neutral name.
Rex means “king”. (Similar to Rey.)
Rhett means “ardent; fiery”.
Rio means “river”.
Rockwell means “rock spring”.
Roland means “renowned land” or “famous throughout the land”.
Rollo means “famed wolf”.
Roscoe means “deer forest” and pronounced as RAAS-koh. Roscoe is a gender-neutral name.
Rufus means “red-head”. Rufus was the nickname for red-haired King William and was very popular with Roman saints and singers.
Rusty means “redhead, fox-colored”.
Ryker means “rich”.
Sayer means “woodcutter” or “reciter”.
Scout means “to listen”.
Seeley means “blessed” or “very happy”.
Shaw means “dweller by the wood”. Shaw is a gender-neutral name.
Shelton means “place on a ledge or bank”.
Shepherd is an occupational name.
Sherlock means “fair-haired”. (Similar to Finbar.)
Silas means “wood, forest”.
Skylar means “scholar”. Skylar is a gender-neutral name.
Slate is a common English word that some may use as a name.
Slater means “maker of slates”.
Stellan means “calm”.
There is no specific meaning for Stephanius.
Sullivan means “black-eyed one”.
Summer is a season name. Summer is a gender-neutral name.
Sutton means “from the southern homestead” and pronounced as SAHTTahN. Sutton is a gender-neutral name.
Sylar means “maker of rope” or “lordly ruler”. Pronounced as SIY-lər.
Tarek means “trailblazer” and “morning star”.
Teo means “gift of God”.
Thaddeus means “gift of God”. (Similar to Teo.)
Thatcher is an occupation name that has now become popular as a name. It means “roof thatcher”.
Thornton means “place in the thorns”.
Tilden means “fertile valley”.
Tobias means “God is good” and pronounced as Tah-BAY-ahS. Tobias is the name of several biblical figures but is primarily associated with the story of Tobias and the Angel.
True is a common English word that some may use as a name. True is a gender-neutral name.
Truett means “Dry wood meadow”.
Truman means “trusty man”.
Tyrell means “stubborn”.
Ulysses means “wrathful”. Ulysses is theLatin variation of the Greek Odysseus.
Valor means “value”.
Van means “of, from”.
Vaughn means “small”.
Ward means “guard” or “watchman”.
Warner means “protector” or “warrior”.
Webb means “to weave”.
Webster means “weaver”.
Wells mean “spring, stream”.
Werner means “protecting army” and pronounced as VER-ner.
West is a common English word that some may use as a name. West is a gender-neutral name.
Wilder means “wild animal”.
Willis means “resolute protection”.
Win is a diminutive of Winslow, Winthrop, or Winsto. Winslow means “friend’s hill or burial mound”, Winthrop means “friend’s village”, and Winston means “wine’s town”. Win is a gender-neutral name.
Windsor means “riverbank with a winch”.
Woods is a common English word that some may use as a name.
Wright means “worker, the one who shapes wood”.
Wyatt means “brave in war” and pronounced as WHA-yaT.
Wynn means “white, fair, handsome”. Wynn is a gender-neutral name.
Xavier means “new house” or “bright”. Pronounced as ex-ZAY-vee-er or ZAY-vee-er.
Xzander is a variation of Xander which means “defending men”. Pronounced as zander.
York means “from the yew estate”. York is a British royal family name.
Zachariah means “the Lord has remembered”. A spelling variation of Zechariah.
Zaire is a place-name. Zaire was the former name of the African country that is now known as the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The Congo River was also formerly called the Zaire River. Zaire is a gender-neutral name. Pronounced Zah-eer.
Zane means “God is gracious” and pronounced as Zey-N.
Zechariah means “the Lord has remembered”. In the Bible, Zechariah is the name of about 30 different personages, one of whom gave his name to the book of Zechariah.
Zyan means “tiny king” and pronounced as zye-an.
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