Choosing a name for your newborn is a fun and meaningful process, but perhaps finding that perfect and unique name for your baby boy is a little more challenging than you thought! Have you been scouring blogs and baby name books to no avail? To make your search easier, we’ve compiled a list of 70 unique baby boy names that are sure to give your little one a cool, signature name that fits his personality perfectly.
Popular Yet Unique Baby Boy Names
It may seem like an oxymoron, but your little one can have a name that’s both fashionable and unusua! If you’re looking for a unique name that stands out from the crowd but still want your baby boy to fit into his generation, consider some of these uncommon yet popular choices. The following are the trendiest unique names for boys in the United States in 2020:
1. Sebastian. Although still a unique name for boys in the United States, Sebastian has been quite popular in Europe for many centuries. Saint Sebastian was a martyr in the third century, and the name means “from Sebaste,” which was a town in modern-day Turkey. In Greek, it means “venerable.”
2. Mateo. This name has grown in popularity in the United States but remains unique. It’s the Spanish form of Matthew, which means “gift of Yahweh,” the Hebrew god. However, you’ll also find Mateo in Croatia and in Italy as Matteo.
3. Ezra. Unique biblical names can be a great option for boys, especially if you want your little one to have an unusual name. Ezra, who was a prophet in the Old Testament, means “help” in Hebrew. A famous bearer of the name was the poet Ezra Pound.
4. Elias. Elias is a unique form of the popular boys’ name Elijah, and you can find this variant across Europe. The name is Hebrew and means “my God is Yahweh.”
5. Silas. An ancient Roman and biblical name, Silas only recently gained popularity in the United States and its origins are somewhat unknown. Many believe it’s the short form of Silvanus, which means “wood forest,” whereas others believe it’s from the Hebrew name Saul, meaning “prayed for.”
6. Waylen. From the Old English name Weland, also spelled Wieland, this is a mythological name from Germany. In Old Norse, Waylen (spelled Völundr) meant “a skilled craftsman.”
7. Gael. The boys’ name Gael also had a recent spike in popularity in the United States, but still remains unique. It refers to those who speak Gaelic languages, like Irish and Scottish Gaelic.
8. Rowan. As the English version of the Irish name Ruadhán, a diminutive of Ruadh, Rowan simply means “red,” and was given to both girls and boys with red hair.
9. Amir. Despite its popularity elsewhere (in Turkey, the Balkans, and the Middle East in particular), Amir is still unique in the United States. It means “commander” or “prince” in Arabic and “treetop” in Hebrew.
10. Thiago. This Portuguese name is a variant of Tiago, which is a form of James. Although James is a popular name on its own, it’s actually derived from Jacob, which means either “holder of the heel” or “may God protect.”
Retro and Uncommon Baby Boy Names
If you prefer a unique baby boy name with some old-fashioned charm, consider a more uncommon moniker with a retro or vintage theme. This tactic could also be a way to name your little one after a family member.
11.Adan. If you’re looking for a unique Hispanic boys’ name with a vintage twist for your baby, perhaps Adan is a good choice. It’s the Spanish equivalent of Adam, the Hebrew word for “man,” and became popular in the United States between the 1930s and 1950s. Perhaps it’s time to bring it back?
12.Bradford. A baby boys’ name with a retro, English feel, Bradford was once a surname that came from a place name (Bradford is a town in the United Kingdom). It means “broad ford,” which is a wide, shallow part of a river that you can walk across.
13.Kendric. The boys’ name Kendric, also spelled Kendrick, comes from Britain and means “royal ruler” or “champion.” It’s been out of fashion for a while, but Kendrick is making a comeback, both with and without the “k” ending.
14.Octavius. Even though this name means “eighth” in Latin, your little boy doesn’t have to be the eighth child to bear this noble Roman name! Before he ruled Rome, Emperor Augustus was called Octavius.
15.Orson. Orson means “bear cub” and is a diminutive name coming from the Latin word for bear (ursa). This unique baby boy name is as cute as a teddy bear, but it’s also strong and dignified at the same time.
16.Osvaldo. For another distinctive baby boys’ name with retro appeal, try Osvaldo, the Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese version of Oswald, which means “god” and “power” or “ruler.”
17.Reggie. A cute, short version of Reginald, Reggie means “council power.” This old-time nickname is making a comeback with the new generation.
18.Riggs. Meaning “Son of Ridge” in Old English, Riggs began as a surname from the Lancashire region of England and has since become a unique boy name that’s appealing to those looking for a vintage vibe.
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Powerful and Unique Baby Boy Names
Of course, you want your baby boy to have a unique name that fits his personality. If you hope to channel strength and influence with your choice of name, consider these unique baby boy names with powerful meanings.
19.Atlas. As a name in Greek mythology, Atlas was a famous Titan who carried the heavens on his shoulders, so this name certainly conjures up an image of strength. The name may mean “the bearer of the heavens” in Greek, so it’s a moniker that’s noble as well as unique.
20.Aziel. This name has its roots in Hebrew and means “God is my strength.” It’s rarely selected, but if you want to name your little one something biblical and unusual, this is a good choice.
21.Boaz. Meaning “swiftness” in Hebrew, Boaz was the husband of Ruth in the Old Testament. But what also makes this unique baby boys’ name even more powerful is that Boaz was also the name of one of the pillars supporting Solomon’s Temple.
22.Dante. As the medieval short form of the name Durante, Dante means “enduring.” Probably the most famous bearer of this name was the Italian poet Dante Alighieri, author of The Divine Comedy.
23.Finlay. Finlay has origins in Ireland and means “fair-haired hero.” It’s also a common name in Scotland.
24.Kenji. This Japanese name means “strong and vigorous,” or “intelligent second son.” It’s a unique yet powerful name for your baby boy, especially if your family has Japanese roots and you want your little one’s name to reflect his heritage.
25.Hernan. Travel back in time to medieval Spain! Hernan comes from the name Hernando, which was an older form of the more common Ferdinand, meaning “daring” and “brave.” Hernan is a unique, creative name that fits an adventurous baby boy who loves knights and castles!
26.Marcellus. Meaning “young warrior” in Latin, this strong, yet unique name certainly makes a statement. It’s also a diminutive of Marcus, which comes from the Roman god Mars, meaning “male.”
27.Maynard. This German name means “brave,” “hardy,” and “strong.” It’s a great option for a unique name with a powerful and mighty meaning for your baby boy.
28.Storm. Evoking thundery skies, Storm is an original name for your little superhero. It’s become more popular as a boy’s name in Scandinavia, where it’s derived from the common surname Stormr.
Different and Cool Baby Boy Names
Sometimes, you just want an unusual and nontraditional name for your baby boy! If that’s the case, the following are perfect unique names for boys that are different yet cool. Your little one will stand out from the crowd and might set some trends in the process!
29.Braylon. This name blends Braden and Jalen, making Braylon a trendy, modern American name. Brayden (or Bradán) is an Irish name meaning “salmon,” and Jalen is a modern name made popular by Jalen Rose, who played professional basketball in the 1990s and early 2000s.
30.Dario. Often found in Spanish-speaking countries and Italy, Dario is a Latin version of the Greek-Persian name Darius. In fact, there were many Persian kings bearing the name Darius, making it a unique option for a royal name. The Latin variation of Dario is an elegant name meaning “possessor of good.”
31.Jaylen. Jaylen is a variant of the name Jalen from above, as in Jalen Rose. The pro basketball player’s name combines James (his father) with Leonard (his uncle). James comes from the name Jacob, meaning “may God protect,” and Leonard means “brave lion.”
32.Lake. This unisex name is a nice, nature-based option. Perhaps your baby will grow up to love the outdoors! Although it’s an English name, it comes from the Latin word lacus meaning lake.
33.Mykel. Shake things up with this cool and unusual spelling of the traditional name Michael, and your baby boy will always make a statement. Michael is a Hebrew name meaning “who is God?”
34.Seven. If you’re having trouble finding a name for your seventh child, then Seven could be a playful solution. Or maybe you want to break tradition and name your first child Seven. Seven is often thought to be a lucky number, so it can be a great name for your little lucky charm.
35.Treyton. This uncommon baby boys’ name is usually abbreviated as Trey. It comes from England and means “trees.” It’s very rarely used, so if you want something unique, this name is a great choice.
36.Zyair. This is an unusual name with African origins. Your baby boy Zyair’s name can also be spelled Zaire, which means “river.”
Non-English Unique Boy Names
Perhaps you’d like your baby name to reflect your family heritage or honor a place you once lived or visited and loved. There are plenty of unique names for boys that come from languages other than English, some already included above on this list. However, here are more non-English boy names that could be unique and wonderful choices for your son.
37.Alessandre. A variant of Alessandro, the Italian form of Alexander, Alessandre means “defending men” in Greek.
38.Amadeo. As a variant of Amedeo, the Italian version of the Late Roman name Amadeus, this name means “love of God.” Amadeus was the middle name of the famous Austrian composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
39.Ambrose. A French name, Ambrose comes from the Late Latin name Ambrosius, meaning “immortal.” It’s a unique option if you’re looking for international names for your baby boy.
40.Callum. A Scottish variant of the name Calum, which is the masculine version of the unisex name Columba, Callum means “dove.” This is a lovely option for a unique and peaceful name for your sweet baby boy.
41.Enzo. This name is quite popular in Europe, as it’s the short form of names ending in enzo, such as Italian names like Lorenzo or Vincenzo. It’s also the historic version of the name Heinz, a diminutive of the German form of Henry (Heinrich), which means “home ruler.”
42.Kazimir. This unique boys’ name comes from Russian, Croatian, and Slovene languages, as it’s a form of Casimir. It has two conflicting meanings, so you can choose either “to destroy” or “world, peace.” (We prefer the latter!) The shortened name Kaz would be a cute nickname or middle name for your little one!
43.Lazlo. This is the English version of the Hungarian name László, who was a king of Hungary in the eleventh century. László is also the Hungarian version of the Slavic name Vladislav, meaning “rule” and “glory.” This title also has a cute nickname, Laci, pronounced LAHT-see.
44.Lev. This Russian name simply means “lion” and was the real name of the author Leo Tolstoy, whose full name is Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy. However, Lev is also a Hebrew name meaning “heart,” or could be short form for the Georgian name Levan, which comes from the Greek word for “lion.”
45.Xandros. As you may guess, this is a variant of Xandro, which is a diminutive of the Portuguese name Alexandro, coming from Alexander. Just like Alessandre from above, this name means “defending men” in Greek.
46.Yael. Yael is actually a unique girls’ name as the Hebrew form of Jael. But in the United States, it had a brief moment as a boys’ name in 2012, making it a unique name for your son.
47.Zahir. This unique Arabic name means “helper” or “supporter” and can also be spelled Zaahir.
Nature-Inspired Unique Boy Names
With so many boy names with unique meanings, you can easily find a name inspired by nature for your baby. You’ve already seen quite a few on this list, but there are several more unique baby boy names honoring the beautiful outdoors, powerful animals, and mighty elements.
48.Amo. This unique name can be the short form of any name starting with Am, such as Ambrose, Amedeo, or Amaal. However, on its own, Amo means “little eagle” in French.
49.Ashby. Much like the popular name Ashley, Ashby means “ash tree.” With the by suffix, the meaning extends to “ash tree farm,” which is the same meaning as the name Ashton.
50.Atwood. Can you guess the meaning of this unique baby boy name? In Middle English, Atwood simply meant “dweller at the wood.”
51.Banks. Another fairly obvious meaning, Banks referred to someone who lived near the edge of a river or hillside.
52.Elon. In Hebrew, Elon means “oak tree.” Elon is also a biblical name, as one of the Old Testament judges.
53.Foster. Although it has several different origins, Foster is most commonly an English surname meaning “forester” or “woodsman.”
54.Madden. From the Irish word maddah, Madden means “little dog.” You may recognize it more as a surname from the famous bearer and football mastermind John Madden.
55.Odell. Those from the town of Odell in Bedfordshire bore this name. It comes from two words that mean “wood hill” when put together.
56.Rhodes. From the Old English word rod, the name Rhodes means “cleared land.” It’s also the name of a largest of the Dodecanese islands in Greece. In Greek, it has a very sweet meaning, “where the roses grow,” making it a cute and unique name for your baby boy.
57.Zale. A Polish surname, Zale combines the words za and las to mean “on the other side of the wood.”
58.Zamir. This Hebrew name means “songbird.” Similarly, in the southern Balkans, the name means “good voice.”
More Unique Baby Boy Names and Meanings
Do you still need more inspiration? If you haven’t found the perfect name yet, keep reading! Your son’s name will represent him for life, so choose one that’s as special as he is. Here are even more unique baby boy names.
59.Alden. This unique baby boy name comes from the name Ealdwine. In Old English, the name combines the words eald and wine to create the sweet meaning “old friend.”
60.Adryan. This creative name comes from the Roman name Hadrianus, meaning “from Hadria” in Latin. It’s a modern version of a classic boys’ name.
61.Arlo. This unique, old-fashioned baby boy name has unknown origins. Some believe it’s a place name from the Irish town Aherlow, meaning “between two highlands.” Others credit the fictional “Arlo Hill” from the epic poem written by Edmund Spenser in the sixteenth century, The Faerie Queene.
62.Brennon. A quirky variant of the name Brennan, which comes from the Irish surname Ó Braonáin, the Gaelic word for “descendant of Braonán” means “rain,” “teardrop,” or “moisture.” This could be a nice choice if your family has Irish roots, or you want something with a Celtic origin.
63.Cree. This rare name comes from a Native American tribe that originally stretched from Canada to North Dakota and Montana. This is a unique option for your baby boy’s name, especially if you have Native American heritage.
64.Dewei. This charming name comes from China, and means “highly noble,” “of great principle,” or “highly virtuous.”
65.Keanu. Meaning “the cool breeze,” this Hawaiian boy name is a poetic and unique choice for someone special, especially if your family has island ties. You may associate this name with the actor Keanu Reeves, whose father is of Hawaiian descent.
66.Kaipo. This adorable Hawaiian name means “the sweetheart.” It’s a beautiful and rarely used name that’s unisex, so it’s also an excellent choice for Hawaiian girl names.
67.Kalen. This name can be used for both boys and girls, making it a unique unisex name. Its roots in Gaelic, deriving from the name Kaelan, mean “slender.”
68.Rehan. This name comes from the Koran and means “sweet, scented plant,” like basil. It can also be a name with Irish roots, coming from a Gaelic surname, which is a variant of Regan.
69.Rush. Another name that comes from a surname, Rush refers to a grassy plant that grows in a marsh. Of course, “rush” is also an English verb, making it a unique and cool name for your energetic baby boy!
70.Wren. This name can be used for both boys and girls and comes from the Middle English name for a small bird. It’s also the short form of the name Wrenley of the same meaning, which you can also spell as Renley.
The Bottom Line
Picking a unique name for your baby boy can be a lot of fun, but with so many choices out there, it can also be challenging to settle on the perfect one. We hope this list made the process a little easier for you! If you’re still on the hunt for a name, check out some of our other articles, such as baby boy names that start with the letter A or old-fashioned boy names.In the meantime, get rewarded for stocking up on all those diapers and wipes with the Pampers Club app.