Exotic Baby Names 2014 for Boys
Check out these exotic baby names for boys that carry a cool foreign passport in their luggage. Your son will thank you for the international heritage you have given him. These exotic baby names sound attractive yet they are not a stranger for most Americans. They have multiple origins including Indonesia, Hawaii, Polynesia, Europe and India.
Exotic baby names have unique stories behind them and are all about storied heroes, brightness and royalty. Our exhilarating list will take you through an exiting journey to the unknown and will give you some amazing ideas for exotic baby names for your beloved son.
Exotic Baby Names 2014 for Boys
Arjun: the shining meaning of this exotic Hindu name makes it popular among Indo-Americans. Arjun means bright and you will find it sitting comfortably on the top 500 baby names chart thanks to it’s pleasing sound. Arjun comes from Arjuna, an epic Hindu warrior known as one of the finest archer in the world. Arjun was an undefeated hero, a strong and powerful attribute that could boost any boy’s confidence.
Gauthier: a French variant of Walter which means army ruler in German. Rarely heard in US, Gauthier can be an exotic fresh take in the old-fashioned Walter.
Jalmari: a unique Finnish form of the old Norse name Hjalmar. Much easier to spell than its predecessor, Jalmari stands for the protector of helmets. An even cooler nickname could be short version Jari, perfect for confident handsome boys that will grow up to be strong and dependable men.
Keanu: celebrities sometimes give exotic names to their children. Other celebrities have exotic baby names themselves. Keanue Reeves is one of them. The Hollywood actor who played Neo in the mega hit Matrix saga (get the complete deluxe DVD trilogy plus Animatrix as a bonus) brought the cool Hawaiian name in the spotlight. The actual meaning of Keanu is cool mountain breeze.
Kumar: you will find dozens of Sanskrit exotic baby names, but none as good as Kumar. First of all, it starts with the popular K- letter, a trend that we have identified as the most important for 2014. Second, the name is straight forward and sounds familiar to American parents without being strange or too hard to spell. The meaning of Kumar is man or boy and it is common in some parts of India. Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle was a 2004 movie that tells the life-chaning story of an investment banker and a med-school student (watch trailer).
Lars: are you travelling a lot and consider yourself a citizen of the world? Then Lars might be the name you were looking for! Heard across mutliple cultures, it’s not weird at all but has an exotic aura. In fact, it comes from a Scandinavian form of the Latin name Laurentius which would be too classic for this list. The meaning of Lars is crowned with laurel.
Laszlo: impossible to spell? You got that right! Laszlo can be difficult to write but it’s easier to pronunce (laz-lo). In fact, you can lose the “s” and choose the more straight forward option, Lazlo. Exotic baby names from Hungary are often associated with kings. Laszlo follows this trend as it stands for the glorious ruler. Hipster parents will love the -o ending and will appreciate the jazzy “Z” in the middle. You can find Laszlo in the Doctor Who series and other popular TV series, but you won’t find many in a school class!
Manu: Balinese people are one of the most skilled artists in the world. They are famous for their handcraft batik texture which is a unique method of creating fine clothes. Manu is associated with the popular among tourists Indonesian island of Bali and brings in mind their fine art. The meaning of Manu is bird of the night and it can be used by parents who appreciate hand made craft. If you are a mom working from home and sell your creative stuff via Etsy, then Manu is a name that you need to seriously consider!
Per: the shorter the name, the sweeter it gets! Per is a tiny exotic boys name that derives from a Scandinavian variation of Peter. The meaning of Peter by the way is stone in Greek. A rare name that won’t go unnoticed.
Rai: we covered Kai in our popular baby names 2014 post, so we won’t come back to it here. Having said that, Rai is an awesome alternative for parents who are looking for exotic baby names that are not so common. This distinctive version of Ray, is blessed with the illuminative association to the healing sun rays that make people smile and keep them warm. However, the actual meaning of Rai is wise protector, since it derives from Raymond, a name of German origin.
Rajah: now that the royal baby name is known and the guessing frenzy has gone away, you can start to consider alternative ways to welcome a young King in your life. Enter Rajah, a Hindi name that means prince. It’s way more exotic that King and has a vivid sound. Definetly a must for parents with Indian roots.
Renato: exotic baby names of Italian origin are always cool and sexy. Renato is an elegant choice that has a musical vibrato theme, fuelled by the hipster -o ending. The meaning of Renato is reborn and comes from Renatus which has Latin origin (re-natus, natus means born again). Perfect for religious parents who are looking for names outside the bible, Renato has a spiritual meaning. Being born again through baptism is one of the main pillars of Christian faith. Thus, it was adopted massivly by early Christians that wanted to highlight how crucial baptism was. Saint Renatus, a 5th century Bishop that became a martyr is celebrated on October 6, so it could also be considered among the October baby names list.
Ulrich: If you are a metal head, you already know Metallica’s lead guitar player, Lars Urlich. But what you probably don’t know is that this exotic baby name is a variation of Alaric which means all-powerful ruler. As such, it was a common name for Ostrogoths kings (circa 4th century AD). Other baby name experts suggest that Ulrich comes from the quirky English name Ulric which has a similar meaning, wealthy.
Zesiro: are you expecting twins? Then stop anything else you are doing and make a note of this name! Zesiro is among the exotic baby names that is both unusual and attractive at the same time. It means the older of the twins and the origin of Zesiro is Luganda.
Did you find our exotic baby names list thrilling? Has it given you inspiration for an out of the ordinary boy name? Leave a comment and tell us what you think or add your own suggestion!