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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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    

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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    

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    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 

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    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 

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    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 

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    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    

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    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

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    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

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    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 

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    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 

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    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 

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    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 

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    There is a long tradition of names based on jobs (think Mason, Hunter, or Archer) but this is a modern update! Ranger is a fitting name for a outdoor-loving family and has built-in nature vibes.

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