Unusual Boy Names that Won’t Shock Grandma

Unusual boy names have the X factor of being unique without being strange. Discover cute unusual baby names for pretty boys and be different! Your son will have a rare baby name that his friends will envy. As you probably know already, being unique is one of the most important things in children’s early life. They want to differentiate themselves in every possible way. Giving your baby boy an unusual name will help him to walk off the beaten track.

Unusual boy names earn the right to be special and easily remembered. As they can be just a little bit quirky, people will appreciate the creativity and discovery skills of the parents that did their research in order to come up with an unusual baby name like that. We made sure that the following unusual boy names are rare but at the same time remain down to earth not too strange for people to spell or pronunciate. Thus, we can guarantee that they will not create a burden for your baby boy, or they will not be a reason to mock your children at school. On the contrary, they are especially designed to make them the stars of their class!

Let’s get down to the nitty gritty and explore the various options of amazing and awesome unusual boy names!

Unusual Boy Names

Arlo: we’ll walk you through A to Z in this list of unusual boy names, so stick with me here. Arlo baby name meaning is barberry tree, so it instantly qualifies for a name that is rather uncommon. With Spanish roots and an upbeat -o ending, Arlo has managed to tick the boxes of being animated and carry a fresh cheery feeling. Celebrities like Australian actress Toni Collette and MTV’s Jackass creator Johnny Knoxville have both picked it for their children. The later used it as a girl’s name, bringing Arlo into the unisex realm (see a beautiful collection of pictures for cute baby girl Arlo Clapp here).

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Brice: derives from an old Scottish surname that means freckled or speckled. Brice is among the unusual boy names ready to take off, as it just made it to the top 1,000 chart of popular baby names. So why wait to become more mainstream? Pick Brice and be ahead of the game by giving your son a sophisticated name that can also make grandpa Bruce happy, while remaining modern and sleek. A true win-win scenario, don’t you think?

Cashel: belongs to the unusual boy names of Irish origin that have a tough feeling. Cashel means stone fort, and indeed sounds like castle. As a result, you get an obvious connection with attributes of a strong and confident person who can defend his enemies and remain solid and undisputed even when he is out numbered. If you combine the castle association with another word game, Cashel can also sound like cash, maximizing the appeal of this unusual boy name. After all, who doesn’t like to have some extra cash in his pocket (don’t miss: Baby Names that Boost Your Salary for real).

Cortez: another unusual name that has Spanish origin. Cortez means courteous but has that exotic -z ending that can create some kind of craze for unusual boy names in the future. Mark this one down, you’ll remember me in 5 years time!

Deon: since we are exploring European baby names, let’s make a stop in Greece and check out unusual boy names from this small yet beautiful Mediterranean country. Deon is a cool alternative of Dion, which in turn is a short form of Dionysus, the God of wine and known for his ecstasy in ancient mythology. There are plenty of similar spelling variations for this name, for example: Deon, Deonn and Deyon. However, we picked Deon as the most promising of the unusual boy names as it is cute and unique.

Eliseo: what’s left from the Mediterranean sea after exploring Spanish and Greek names? But of course, Italy! Eliseo is the Italian variation of Elisha, which is actually a Hebrew name meaning “God is my salvaiton”. Elisoe provides a fresh look into the long traditionof Biblical baby names.

Ignacio: derives from the the Latin name Ignatius and has a de facto firy theme as it comes from the word “ignis” which means fire. Dozen saints have carried the name Ignacio during the centuries. One of the top priests of Christianity, the third bishop of Antioch that found tragic after being thrown to wild animals by furious emperor Trajan was named Ignatius. In more recent history, Iggy is the most well known variation of this name thanks to American songwriter and singer Iggy Pop.

Kael: one of the most uncommon and unusual boy names of Gaelic origin that has a veil of secrecy around it as its meaning remain uncertain. Some name researcher suggest that it means “slender” however we don’t have enough evidence to believe this is a documented fact. We believe that mystery plays a huge role in creating an enigmatic aura for attractive men, thus Kael should be considered in cases where parents want to play a game with the name meaning of their son.

Kit: derives from the more common name Christopher. Kit is one of the best examples on how you can get awesome unsual boy names from diminutives of other established names that are currently suffering from over use. Keeping it short has the great ability to transform any given name into a cute baby name that girls love! Celebrities like Jodie Foster (born in LA, 1962) know that already, that’s why she has chosen Kit as her son’s name. You can check the most recent pictures of Jodie Foster with her pretty boy at the Golden Globes night.

Lathan: you don’t get to meet many Lathans. Most people don’t even know that this name exists. We think it’s a hidden gem, one of the best kept secrets that we bring into the spotlight. Lathan is a L- starting name that immediately links with love. It’s a rare variation of the Hebrew name Nathan, which means God has given. Suits religious parents that want a Biblical name with a twist, enough to make it unique and different.

Otto: a more “serious” kind of name that is ideal for parents who aspire their sons to be a lawyer or a judge when they grow up. Based on German no-nonsense approach, Otto derives from Odo and means wealth. It is destined for boys that are bound and determined to succeed in life, achieving all their goals and reach prosperity and happiness.

Phelan: do you like to learn more about unusual baby names inspired by animals? Meet Phelan, the Irish name that means wolf. Started as a surname but soon turned into a birth name as it has interesting links with Irish mythology that make it exciting and unique. Phelan was a ferociously devoted patron of the mighty warrior Finn MacCool.

Roald: an intriguing Norwegian name that means famous ruler. Drop the “n” from the common Ronald and you get a unique and rare alternative that has Scandinavian links and a famous author as most notable name bearer, Roald Dahl,  the talented person behind the delicious story of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (watch the thatrical trailer), starring Johnny Depp as the buoyant confectioner Willy Wonka.

Roderick: another name that means “famous ruler”, this time with a German origin. Roderick has been always seen as an aristocratic yet not snoby name that somehow managed to flirt with popularity, however it never really break through. An off beat choice with rich literary history, as it appears in the title of novels like Roderick Hudson by Henry James and Roderick Random by Tobias Smollett. Never underestimate the power of a dignified grandpa name that can get back into public attention any time soon.

Thaddeus: Aramaic is a dead language, meaning there are no people speaking it today. This makes any baby name with Aramaic origin unusual by default. Thaddeus is one of them and menas the gift of God. A wonderful and inspirational meaning to a rare and unique boy name. According to the Bible, Thaddeus was one of the 12 original apostles. He was also known as Judas the son of James, but not to be confused with the traitor Judas the Iscariot. Some historians believe that Thaddeus was used as some kind of surname to distinguish these two apostles.

Vihaan: you will not find too many unusual boy names of Sanskrit origin that have the same musical pronunciation as Vihaan. The meaning of this zen-like name is “dawn” and we couldn’t help but include it in our list!

Wilfred: means desires peace, and it’s another prime example of a name that has a peaceful yet sophisticated aura.

Zeke: I told you we are going to take you from A to Z, didn’t I? So let’s close this list of unusual boy names with Zeke, the cool and rare diminutive of Ezekiel. This short Hebrew baby name is a casual alternative of the high priest and prophet Ezekiel, whose name meant God strengthens.

How did you find our analysis on the best unusual boy names? Did you find a name for your son that fits perfectly in your taste? Or do you have other suggestions from friends and family that have other unique baby names? Please share your thoughts and let us know by leaving a comment below!

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11 responses to “Unusual Boy Names that Won’t Shock Grandma”

  1. corazon says:

    umm what ? under the name Thaddeus it say Aramaic is dead? no its not lots of people still speak this language do your research please

    • BabyNames says:

      Hi Corazon, thanks for your comment. It depends on your definition of a “dead language”. If speakers are now scattered, then it might be considered as a once great language which is now more or less dead, even though it had a great history and a lot of today’s words come out of it. The same applies for Ancient Greek or Latin, they are one of the most important languages in the history of human kind, but nobody really speaks them in every day life. We didn’t want to offend anybody by saying that Aramaic is a dead language, but we should be realistic and see the facts without emotion blinding our judgement. Last but not leasat, if you do your research, you will see that famous linguists around the world agree that Aramaic is a language that needs “preservation”, which is a need that arises only for languages of the past. Hope that clarifies things for you!

  2. Tommy says:

    Aramaic is not a dead language i speak Aramaic im Chaldean which is middle eastern we originated mesopotamia and are more located in san diego california and detroit michigan do your research before making comments

    • BabyNames says:

      Hi Tommy, when we say “dead” language, we don’t really mean that nobody is actually speaking it. Dead language has a different meaning, it used to be popular but nowadays it’s not that common anymore. Hope this clarifies things!

  3. Hannah says:

    …the meaning of dead language is not spoken any more >.<

  4. cortney says:

    Instead of commenting about a language that isn’t commonly spoken, how about we talk about the contents of the article. Jeeze people.

    Anyways, I really liked some of these names, just wish the list was longer.

  5. Yikes says:

    Just to let you know that Vihaan means “I hate” in Finnish, so I’d really consider that twice…

  6. Mary says:

    I love some of the gaelic / irish names! But a note how to pronounce them would be helpful.
    Two things: Thaddeus may be a rare biblical name, but would you really name your kid like an ill-tempered squid?
    Otto actually has been a common name in Germany, and some famous people were called that, yet the most famous Otto today is the comedian who voiced Sid in ice age and sings a lot of silly songs. ;)

  7. Jess says:

    Nathan just means ‘given’, Natanel (or Nathaniel in English, or Netanel, another variant) means “god-given” or “god gave”. Lathan must be a very ‘rare’ variation because it is not grammatically correct in Hebrew at all, and MIGHT mean “to give”, sort of, if you squint your eyes =)
    And to jump on the Aramaic argument: If Thaddeus is of Aramaic origin, and I am 100% sure it actually may be Greek (I believe the Aramaic version was “Tadday”), then you’re thinking Jewish Aramaic, the language spoken at the time of Jesus, which is today a dead language with zero native speakers. Chaldean/Syrian Aramaic is/are very alive, vibrant languages, with a significant community of native speakers.

  8. Rea says:

    Hi I’m a linguist (with a degree in linguistics) and it’s NOT a dead langauge. It’s a group of very closely related languages and dialects, some of which are dead, some of which are very much alive.
    Some of those are ‘dead’ in that they have no NATIVE speakers, but they’re still spoken by people who have learned it, like Latin – still used, but not a native langauge.
    I did a huge keystone project (the final project for getting my degree, like a thesis) on dead, dying, and revived languages. Languages can be dying with thousands of speakers or thriving with just a few hundred.
    Don’t fight people telling you their languages are alive.
    Also, check out the history of Cornish. It was dead (potentially still used, but not as a native language, though nobody seems sure which) for around 100 years but it’s now spoken by over 500 people! How cool is that?
    If you said now that Cornish is a dead language, I would be deeply offended (being Cornish myself).

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