40 Absolutely Brand-New Baby Boy Names No One Else Will Have

Genny Glassman | Nov 20, 2019 Pregnancy
40 Absolutely Brand-New Baby Boy Names No One Else Will Have
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Most parents are looking for a name that is unique and special. As an expectant parent, someone might think she's heard every name under the sun. Luckily, baby names are being created every day -- especially some pretty epic new baby names for boys! These names are 100 percent new and never used. That's right. Parents get to call dibs on these baby names before anyone else on the playground tries to nab them. 

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According to naming expert Laura Wattenberg at Baby Name Wizard, new names "[have] to represent a shift in style, an openness to new languages, spellings, or sources of inspiration, or simply the boldness to go where no name has gone before."

A parent might be a little hesitant to try something new. Just remember, as Baby Name Wizard wrote, "over 100,000 different names from Aaban to Zzyzx had already qualified in past years." That's right, there is a baby out there named Zzyzx.

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Remember, someone has to start the baby name trends. So take heart, be bold, and take a look at these as-yet uncharted baby name waters!

  • Axon

    boy hanging out a car window

    Science is in right now, folks! Playing off this trend, Axon is actually a part of the nerve cell that conducts impulses toward other neurons, though Wattenberg noted, "As a name, it sounds more like a superhero (or villain)." Perfect for a little hero or a name with a little tech flair.

  • Drizzt

    boy playing with dinosaurs

    Okay, hear us out. This is a REAL baby name. For fans of Dungeons and Dragons, Wattenberg noted, "Drizzt is the name of a dark elf in the 'Forgotten Realms' world." But for us nongamers, Drizzt sounds both foreign and futuristic. It is also hotly debated in the D&D community how exactly to pronounce this name, but we think the straightforward "DRIZT" is the best answer.

  • JohnOliver

    little boy with glasses

    For your little funny guy! JohnOliver is not only the name of the Last Week Tonight host, but a punch up from more traditional names. We think the name sounds sweet, but will definitely get comedy vibes from anyone who meets him.

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  • Hux

    toddler playing baseball

    General Hux is a ruthless officer working for the dark side in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. But parents shouldn't let that stop them from considering this modern and cute derivative of Huxon. Adorable variations are Hucksley, Huckson, Huxton, or Huckston.

  • Grizzly

    little boy with an umbrella

    Perhaps because the name Bear rose in popularity due to Bear Grylls and Liam Payne's son, Bear Payne, we should have seen the name Grizzly coming. Derived from the North American grizzly bear, this name popped up thanks to hipsters' love of the outdoors. But don't worry -- these Grizzlys are more like teddy bears.

  • Negan

    little boy coloring

    A name for Walking Dead fans out there! The fact that Negan is certified evil should not deter parents from considering this unique name. Wattenberg noted, "As we saw with the year's fastest-rising name Kylo, an appealing name can outweigh a villanous source." (Kylo Ren was, of course, the conflicted baddie in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.)

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  • Ocelotl

    little boy

    Pronounced "AH-see-lot," this name is perfect for parents who want to try something a little more original. According to Wattenberg, the name means "jaguar" in Nahuatl, and there were even the Aztec "jaguar warriors" who were a fearsome group. Ferocious!

  • Maccabee

    little boy jumping over a puddle

    To be or Maccabee, that is the question. The Maccabee, pronounced "Ma-CAH-bee," were ancient Jewish warriors, and one of their greatest victories is actually the basis for the story of Hanukkah. But even if parents aren't looking for a name that is so specific, the name Maccabee evokes a sense of athleticism, heroism, and honor! Plus, as Wattenberg noted, it lends itself to the LO getting the super cute nickname Mac.

  • Calcifer

    boy playing with blocks

    This is a name for Miyazaki fans! Calcifer was the fire demon in the animated film Howl's Moving Castle. But that shouldn't be a problem. In the movie, a Calcifer is friendly fire demon who basically helps cook food. Therefore, think of this name as both friendly and warm.   

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  • Klutch

    boy on a slide

    As in, "oh yeah, that's so Klutch!" Yes, this name is a little bit crunchy, but it also is positive and has a unique spelling. Wattenberg noted, "This is an interesting case where the creative spelling of the word has crossed over to baby names, while the common word spelling 'Clutch' does not appear in this year's name stats." Truly one of a kind!

  • Brodhi

    Little boy riding a bike

    Though parents may be familiar with the more Americanized spelling (i.e., Brody, like Brody Jenner), Brodhi is sort of a cross between a preppy American first name and the Buddhist concept Bodhi (meaning enlightenment). Sounds creative to us!

  • Eadric

    little boy

    This Olde English-sounding name might have people wondering if a parent is a Game of Thrones fan, but no worries -- this name is purely based on history. As Laura Wattenberg noted, Eadric the Wild was an English resistance leader, and though his name has faded in notoriety, we think it could be a good name that has a noble connotation. 

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  • Brixx

    little boy on kayak

    This name has a bit of a British sound to it, right? According to Wattenberg, Brixx plays heavily on the trend of "X" names -- Brixen, Brixten, and Brixtin. In fact, action-sounding names are huge right now. So I guess we could say this name is pretty super.

  • Griezmann

    little boy in field

    Hello, soccer fans! This is the perfect name for a little one whose parents enjoy football, known in the US as soccer. This wouldn't be the first European soccer star to start a baby name trend (we can't even imagine how many babies are named Messi or Ronaldo), but French soccer star Antoine Griezmann might be the catalyst for a whole new trend. Goal! 

  • Dune

    mom and baby

    According to Wattenberg, this name covers two hot baby trends: sci-fi and one-syllable names. If those aren't familiar with it, Dune is a Frank Herbert cult-classic science-fiction novel. And for a more well-known reference, the sandworms in Dune were the inspiration for the sandworms in Beetlejuice. It's a good pick, if parents want their baby to have a highly literary name!

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  • Fionnlagh

    baby eating from a jar

    Pronounced like "Finlay," this name is a Gaelic charmer. Gaelic names have risen in popularity recently, though parents may prefer to go with the more Americanized spelling. It's perfect if they want a name that will make their child seem well traveled or if they are  fans of the TV show Outlander.

  • Ruaridh

    baby crawling

    This is another Gaelic name for a little world traveler! Pronounced like "Rory," Ruaridh is actually a Scottish Gaelic name that means "red one." Again, parents may prefer the Americanized spelling, but either way this name is cute and cuddly.

  • Aceston

    baby playing in a puddle

    Though nicknames are trendy, Wattenberg said sometimes parents want add a suffix that will add a little heft. Therefore, a name like "Ace" becomes "Ace-ston," which is a refreshing twist. It's perfect for parents who want to lead the trends, not follow them.

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  • Lanceton

    boy listening to tin can phone

    If Lance doesn't catch your fancy, perhaps this new twist will capture your interest. Similar to Aceston, Lanceton is a new name based on parents' interest in adding heft and gravitas to a more casual baby name. And adding -ton to the name will make this name seem more classic than it actually is!

  • Wilco

    baby and father

    Indie rock lovers will find this name tickles their fancy. Following the hipster trend of rock & roll baby names, Wilco is the name of the 2000s band that is probably still playing at a local coffeehouse. We think this is a sweet name that will always start a conversation. Rock on, little guy!

  • Fenrir

    Boy playing at the playground

    Pronounced "FEN-reer," this name has origins in both old mythology and new mythology. In Norse mythology, Fenrir was a giant wolf, and in Harry Potter you might remember Fenrir Greyback as the ferocious werewolf. But don't let that scare you! This name can have an old-world charm that far outweighs its hairy background.  

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  • Lucchese

    little boy smiling

    Pronounced "Lu-KAY-zee," this Italian name holds a lot of intrigue. As Wattenberg noted, it's the last name of the nortorious New York crime family and the name of a classic company that makes cowboy boots. But that just means Lucchese has both mystery and swagger!

  • Astro

    boy playing in leaves

    This one is a name out of this world! The name Astro has covered a lot of territory. "It's the name of a celestial prefix, a major league baseball team, the Jetsons' animated space dog, and a K-pop boy band," Wattenberg said. A baby name that still finds its place to shine, Astro sounds both futuristic and retro.

  • Shadrach    

    boy with stick

    If the new baby will be a little king, how about a name that means royal? Shadrach is a seriously underused Biblical name with Hebrew origins that sounds strong and fresh for a little boy.

  • Xion

    smiling baby

    This name was created for a character in the Kingdom Hearts series of video games, so it's perfect for the family that loves to game. The name means “I won’t forget you” or “remembrance.” We think it could be an unforgettable name for a baby boy!

  • Aert

    baby in blue cap

    Moms who like a short and strong name will like this one. Pronounced like “Art” or “AIR- t” this Dutch name means high or lofty. This one might pair well with a longer middle name or even two middle names.    

  • Albus


    Even with the wild popularity of the Harry Potter series of books, the name Albus has never been in the top 1000 names in the United States, so we’ll count it as a new name. Albus means wise in Latin, which is always a wonderful trait to bless a son with.

  • Curran

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    Pronounce KER-an, this Irish and Gaelic name means "dagger" or "hero." This is a fresh name for those who want to honor Irish heritage but also want to avoid overused names such as Liam or Aidan.

  • Grimsby    


    Grimsby is a cool choice for parents who want a location name but don't want to go with something obvious. Grimsby is a small village in the United Kingdom with Viking roots and could be an appropriate choice for an offbeat boy name.

  • Vox 


    Want to raise a boy who knows how to speak his mind? Vox could be a name that works! Vox comes from the Latin phrase vox populi, which means "voice of the people" and could be a fitting name for a future leader.

  • Bright 

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    Need a cheerful name for a happy guy? Bright is a Hebrew name that means "the one who is loved," which is such a sweet sentiment. This is an appropriate name choice for parents who want a unique name that is also easy to pronounce and spell.

  • Colson 


    Colson is a cool update to the trend of last names as first names. For those who like a nickname option, it shortens easily to Cole. It's also a subtle nod to the Avengers universe, so superhero fans will like it too.

  • Aksel 


    Pronounced AHK-sell, this is a Scandinavian version of Axel that means "the father is peace." Although this name is popular in Denmark, it's never been in the top 1000 names in the United States, so an Aksel will likely be one of a kind!

  • Einar    

    infant boy

    This Old Norse name means "one warrior" or "one who fights alone," so it is bold choice for parents looking to raise an independent kid.

  • Wulfric

    little boy

    Parents who like the idea of an animal inspired name but feel as if Wolf, Fox, or Bear are getting too trendy can turn to Wulfric! This Anglo-Saxon name means “wolf power,” and is a cool choice for parents who want a bold and strong name for their little boy.

  • Dare

    smiling baby

    To dare is to have courage, which makes using Dare as a baby name becomes a brave choice! People who are drawn to names such as Maverick or Ace might want to consider Dare as a newer name alternative.

  • Banyan 

    boy planting a tree

    Parents looking for a unique nature based name might want to consider the name Banyan. Banyan trees are the world's largest, and the name Banyan conveys strength and stability.

  • York 

    baby sitting

    Anglophile parents who want to choose a sophisticated name might be drawn to York. This English name means "from the yew estate" and has a formal feel that still easy to spell and pronounce.

  • Brawn 

    boy with dog

    Looking for a strong and masculine name? Consider Brawn, which has Old Norman roots and means both strength and "fiery sword." For parents who select this name, we recommend choosing paper towel brands carefully.

  • Ranger