20 Unique Baby Names for Boys

You won't find Tom or Steve on this list.

unique-boy-names Edmond
Matrix ImagesGetty Images

If you know you're giving birth to a boy, then you'll probably want to start brainstorming some names for your future son. Heck, even if you don't know your baby's sex, you might want to lay out some options before their due date. If you’ want to skip the classic names you’ve heard plenty of times before, you could opt for a more unique boy name.

Keep in mind that the distinctiveness of any name depends a lot on context. For example, many names that have been traditionally less common have exploded in popularity in recent years. Additionally, names that are rare in some states appear very frequently in others. Check out the list below of 20 names for your new baby boy that are universally unique and have a range of origins. You could also take your baby-naming cues from a particular heritage, creative celebrity, or collections of the most unusual monikers, all of which have options that don’t include Tom or Steve.

unique-boy-names Finlay
Elizabeth MarieGetty Images
Finlay

While Finlay is a popular name in Scotland, it's still very unique in the U.S. Meaning "fair haired warrior," you can only hope that your little one will grow up with a fighting spirit.

1 of 20
unique-boy-names Declan
Tatyana Tomsickova PhotographyGetty Images
Declan

While it's risen in popularity in recent years, Declan is still a relatively unique baby boy name. Meaning "full of goodness," it won't be uncommon for too much longer.

2 of 20
unique-boy-names Kenji
YDLGetty Images
Kenji

Kenji is a name of Japanese origin that can mean "strong and vigorous" or "intelligent second son." Not very common in the U.S., it's a special combination of rare and powerful.

3 of 20
unique-boy-names Walt
Tatyana Tomsickova PhotographyGetty Images
Walt

While there's one famous person with this name who happens to be very popular (his last name was Disney), the name Walt is very rare in 2019 and is a simple alternative to Walter.

4 of 20
unique-boy-names Lonnie
David A LandGetty Images
Lonnie

Lonnie has German origins and can also be used as a girl's name. This makes it a choice that feels individual, yet is also more gender neutral.

5 of 20
unique-boy-names Wells
mrsGetty Images
Wells

Wells is considered a trendy name at the moment, though it still ranks far down the list of baby name rankings. Meaning "spring," it evokes a lighthearted personality.

6 of 20
unique-boy-names Roland
LWA/Dann TardifGetty Images
Roland

For a little boy who already has a big personality, Roland, which means "famous throughout the land," is a very appropriate name.

7 of 20
unique-boy-names Gray
tatyana_tomsickovaGetty Images
Gray

A shortened version of Grayson, Gray derives it's meaning from the color. It somehow manages to be distinctive yet subtle at the same time.

8 of 20
unique-boy-names Edmond
Matrix ImagesGetty Images
Edmond

A vintage name that has declined in popularity since the 1800's, Edmond is ripe to be brought back into the present day. It also might suggest good financial fortune for your son, as it means "protector of wealth."

9 of 20
unique-boy-names Ronin
Praveenkumar PalanichamyGetty Images
Ronin

Your Ronin would share his name with a character in the Marvel Universe, but not many others—although the name has spiked in popularity in the last few years.

10 of 20
unique-boy-names Dewey
Catherine DelahayeGetty Images
Dewey

The name Dewey has Welsh roots and historical significance as it gained popularity in the 1800's based on war hero Admiral George Dewey. These days it's extremely rare, though it's meaning, "beloved," is surely fitting for your newborn.

11 of 20
unique-boy-names Elon
Lesley MagnoGetty Images
Elon

Elon is one of the rarest names on this list, though it may sound familiar due to the fame of entrepreneur Elon Musk. For the newest entrepreneur of the family, this name will provide some inspiration.

12 of 20
unique-boy-names Coen
Alexandra GrablewskiGetty Images
Coen

For future filmmakers (or parents who are film buffs), Coen makes an excellent name choice as it's reminiscent of the pair of filmmaking brothers. The name has German origins and means "brave."

13 of 20
unique-boy-names Donte
Jose Luis Pelaez IncGetty Images
Donte

A spin on the Latin name Dante, which means "steadfast" or "enduring, Donte spiked in popularity during the American Civil Rights Movement. These days, it's in danger of dropping out of the top 1000 baby names, making it a perfect name for a unique newborn.

14 of 20
unique-boy-names Hendrix
Cavan ImagesGetty Images
Hendrix

Stemming from the name Henry, Hendrix is a far less common name that will probably remind you of the American rock singer. It's also one of the 20% of American baby forenames that started as surnames.

15 of 20
unique-boy-names Otto
Westend61Getty Images
Otto

Similar to many other German names, Otto fell out of popularity in the U.S. after World War II. Meaning "prosperous," it's due to be brought back into circulation.

16 of 20
unique-boy-names Aarav
Mayur KotlikarGetty Images
Aarav

While the name Aarav is quite popular in the U.K., it remains less common in the U.S. A Hindi name meaning "peaceful," it also easily lends itself to the nickname Ravi.

17 of 20
unique-boy-names Alonzo
Tetra ImagesGetty Images
Alonzo

Having both Spanish and Italian origins, Alonzo is a name that will give your son some flair. Plus, he's got two nicknames to choose from: Lon or Zo.

18 of 20
unique-boy-names Thaddeus
Catherine DelahayeGetty Images
Thaddeus

The name Thaddeus has biblical roots and translates to mean "gift of God". Unlike other biblical names like Adam, James or Matthew, Thaddeus is seldom used and a highly unique choice.

19 of 20
unique-boy-names Quinten
Alexandra GrablewskiGetty Images
Quinten

Names starting with Q tend to be rare in general, and Quinten is no exception. This spelling is the least common out of all the iterations, and meaning "fifth" in Latin, is especially perfect for baby #5.

20 of 20
Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
More From Family + Friends