Rare Baby Boy Names That Aren’t Overused

Apollo – This name of a Greek god means “to destroy”

Caspian – The name of a sea and a popular literary character, Caspian is dreamy and strong

Ellington – If you love musical-inspired names, Ellington is as cool as they come

Fraser – This popular Scottish name means strawberry

Griffith – More commonly a last name, Griffith is a great alternative to Griffin

Laird – Feeling a little fancy? Laird means “lord of the land”

Maxfield – Tired of Maximillian or Maxwell? What about Maxfield?

Orson – Orson Welles was a famous actor, and one with a really cool name

Pascal – Having a baby around Easter? Pascal means “born during Easter”

Rockwell – This name sounds trendy, and means “rock spring”

Rufus – Having a redhead baby? Consider naming him Rufus, it means “red-haired”

Stellan – This starry sounding name means “calm”

Tiberius – Low key nerd? This is the middle name of Captain Kirk from Star Trek.

Vaughn – This Welsh name is a common last name meaning “small”

Werner – This German name isn’t particularly common, and that’s what makes it cool

Willis – More commonly used as a last name, Willis makes an equally cool first name

JOLYON Taken from the Latin Julianus — which is derived from Julius — and an old Roman family name thought to be derived from Iulus, which means “the first down on the chin” or “downy-bearded.” Jolyon is a new take on a classic name.

LOYAL A name for a tried and true friend, Loyal is a great boy’s name. It actually was a popular baby name throughout the 1880s and early 1900s, and has recently started to make a comeback. 

AMIAS Names that start with “A” have been trendy in 2020, but we rarely see Amias on the baby name charts. We think that’s pretty much a huge waste of cool name potential, plus think of all the adorable nicknames like Ami, Aim, or Mias.

EMRYS Pronounced EM-riss, today this Greek name is not often seen on the front of a lunchbox. Although its meaning might change a few hearts. Emrys was taken from the name Ambrosios, which in turn was derived from the Greek word for immortal — ambrosios.

LAZER It’s Lazer, not laser (although that would probably be a pretty fun name too) that is the next name on our rare baby names list. Lazer is the shortened form from the biblical name Eliezer or Lazarus.

MARO While most people might be more familiar with the similar-sounding name Mario (like the Mario Brothers) Maro doesn’t have the same Italian origins. In fact, it’s thought to be Croatian or is sometimes the shortened form of the Spanish name Bulmaro.

HARDY This name probably brings to mind the children’s’ book series, The Hardy Boys or baseball legend JJ Hardy — but to us, that’s a good thing. Originally an English surname, Hardy means “brave” or “hard.” 

LIEV We can’t hear the name Liev without thinking about the actor Liev Schreiber, but someone else might know the Russian name because it means “lion” and “lion-hearted.” It also is the shortened name for the Russian name Lyova.

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