Choosing a name for your son is one of the most important and enjoyable (although sometimes tricky) decisions you’ll face when you’re about to become a parent. In your search for interesting, original or perhaps even quirky boy names, you’ve probably been scouring the Internet and devouring baby name books. To make your search easier, we’ve compiled the ultimate list of unique boy names.

Retro and Uncommon Baby Boy Names

Want a name that comes with some old-fashioned charm? Take a look at these rare and unusual baby boy names that have a distinct vintage theme:

  • Alfred. This name was popular in England and Wales around the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries, but maybe it’s time for a comeback? You might remember Alfred the Great from history lessons at school – he was the mediaeval king who (legend has it) burnt some cakes entrusted to him by a peasant woman who was giving him shelter. Apart from the odd kitchen disaster, though, Alfred is known to have been a wise ruler and protector of the weak.

  • Kendrick. The boy’s name Kendrick may have several origins – including Old English, Welsh and Gaelic – but wherever it comes from, this name has an ancient, classic ring to it that radiates strength and refinement.

  • 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, the Emperor Augustus was called Octavius.

  • Orlando. For another distinctive name with retro, Latin appeal, try Orlando (the Italian form of Roland). William Shakespeare seemed to like this name too: The character Orlando in Shakespeare’s play ‘As You Like It’ is brave, chivalrous, modest, intelligent, strong and handsome.

  • Orson. Orson is a diminutive word derived from the Latin word for bear (ursus), so it means ‘bear cub.’ This name is as cute as a teddy bear, but it also sounds strong and dignified.

  • Reggie. A shortened version of Reginald, this name derives from and ancient Germanic word for ‘King’. Both the long and the short versions of this name have been growing popular again more recently.

  • Riggs. Originally an Old English surname, Riggs meant someone living at a place called Ridge – either a village of that name or the actual ridge of a hill, for example. Nowadays though, it’s increasingly popular as a first name too.

Powerful and Unusual Baby Boy Names

Interested in something powerful and different for your son? Pick one of these unusual baby boy names:

  • Atlas. In Greek mythology, Atlas was a famous Titan who carried the heavens on his shoulders, although he is often depicted holding up the world too. Either way, this name certainly conjures up an image of strength and power.

  • Aziel. This name has its roots in Hebrew and means ‘God is my strength’. It’s a rare name, but a great choice if you want to name your baby something biblical but original.

  • Finlay. Finlay originates from Scotland, coming from the Gaelic for ‘fair-haired warrior or hero’. This name could be a great way of honouring your Scots ancestry, but then again you don’t have to be of Scottish descent (or even have a blond-haired child) to name your son Finlay if you like the sound of it.

  • Kenji. This Japanese name means ‘strong and vigorous, but it can also mean the ‘intelligent second son’. It’s a good, powerful name for your little boy, especially if your family has Japanese roots.

  • Leonardo. Originating from Italy, Spain and Portugal, this name is a variant of Leonard, meaning ‘brave lion’. But the name could also suggest an affinity with science, art and culture thanks to historical namesakes such as the artist and scientist Leonardo da Vinci, or the 13th-century Italian mathematician Leonardo Fibonacci. Of course, however many famous people have had a name in the past, your son will soon make it his own.

  • Marcellus. Meaning ‘young warrior’ in Latin, this strong, yet unique name certainly makes a statement.

  • Max. This short form of Maximillian or Maxwell is also great as a standalone name. Coming from Latin, it simply means ‘greatest’. And what could be better than reminding your son, every time you call out his name, that you think he’s the greatest?

  • Storm. Evoking thundery skies, Storm is an original name for your little superhero. It’s also popular as a girl’s name, so if you’re looking for a unisex or ungendered name this could be one for your shortlist.

Cool and Different Baby Boy Names

Have the feeling your little one will stand out from the crowd? We know he will! Check out these cool and quirky baby boy names if you had something less traditional in mind:

  • Dario. Dario is the Italian form of the Greek-Persian name, Darius. In fact, it may be derived from the name of an ancient Persian king. The Latin variant Dario is an elegant name meaning ‘upholder of the good’.

  • Eliot. This English name is a great choice if you’re looking for something a bit different, and your son will certainly be in good company: The poet and playwright T.S. Eliot and the mob-busting American crimefighter Eliot Ness will be among your child’s namesakes if you pick this one.

  • Jaylen. Jaylen is a cool African-American unisex name that’s been around since the 1990s. So, if you’re looking for something fresh, modern and interesting for your little boy – this might be it!

  • Lake. This unisex name is a gentle, nature-based option. Perhaps your baby will grow up to love the outdoors.

  • Micah. Shake things up with this unusual but catchy alternative to Michael, and your baby boy’s name will always make a statement.

  • Seven. If you’re on your seventh child and you’re having trouble finding a name, 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 could also be a fitting name for your little lucky charm.

  • Tremaine. This uncommon name started out as a Cornish surname meaning ‘stone settlement’. You might consider it if you’re looking for something out of the ordinary with timeless appeal, or perhaps as a nod to your family’s West Country roots.

  • Zarif. This Arabic name meaning ‘elegant’, ‘witty’ or ‘graceful’ could be an inspired choice if you’d like to give your baby boy an unusual name with an eastern flavour.

Rare and Unique Baby Boy Names With Meaning

Your son’s name will represent him for life, so choose one that’s as special as he is. Here are some more unique and different baby boy names that have special meaning to help inspire you:

  • Adel. This name comes from the Arabic for ‘one who judges fairly’, so it’s a great choice if you’re keen to pass on the values of fairness and impartiality to your children. Then again, you might just like this name for its simplicity and its unpretentious yet exotic feel.

  • Brennon. You might consider this quirky variant of the name Brennan for your baby boy. It comes from the Irish surname Ó Braonáin, the Gaelic word for ‘descendant of Braonán’ meaning rain, teardrop or moisture. Perhaps your family has Irish roots or you want something original with a Gaelic feel to it.

  • Cree. This very rare baby name that comes from the name of a Native American tribe in central Canada may be a nice choice for your little one.

  • Dewi. This charming name is an old Welsh form of the more familiar-sounding David – meaning ‘beloved’. Saint Dewi also happens to the patron saint of Wales. But even if you don’t have Welsh ancestry, this name from the valleys could be a perfect match for your beloved son.

  • Keanu. Meaning ‘cool mountain breeze’ in Hawaiian, this boy's name is a poetic and unique name for a special little boy.

  • Kalen. This name can be used for both boys and girls, making it a unique unisex name. It has its roots in Gaelic, deriving from the name Kaelan, meaning ‘slender’.

  • Kapono. This virtuous Hawaiian name means ‘righteous’ or ‘good’. It’s a beautiful and rarely used name that could be an original choice for your son.

  • 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.

The Bottom Line

Picking a unique name for your baby boy can be fun. You could even make it a team effort by holding a baby naming party with family and friends.

As your search continues, check out these top baby names for boys. You never know where you’ll stumble across the perfect name! You can also hunt for a unique baby name with our Baby Name Generator, where you can search by the origin of the name, the first letter or by theme.