Ever feel like all of the creative聽baby names for boys are already taken?聽It isn鈥檛 so. There are hundreds of great boy names that have yet to enter the US Top 1000.聽The smallest stars of Fuller House, Netflix鈥檚 latest nostalgia-rich series, are a great example. Twins Dashiell and Fox Messitt play聽Tommy Fuller, the youngest son of DJ Tanner-Fuller. Neither Dashiell or Fox are currently in the US Top 1000 鈥 in fact, neither has ever been among the 1000 most popular names聽for boys in the US.聽It takes some looking, but there are plenty of names for boys that are stylish in sound and rooted in history, but have never quite caught on in the US. Scroll on to discover these baby names.


1.聽Dashiell:聽Novelist Dashiell Hammett makes this name literary and sophisticated. Obvious nickname Dash makes it sporty and fun. Given to a mere 123 boys in 2014, Dashiell has been used in small numbers since the 1980s. The name picked up momentum after聽The Incredibles used the name for the older superhero son in 2004. Just Dash cracked the US Top 1000 for the first time in 2014, but it聽remains nicely underused. Huxley and Auden are two more names with literary ties that are under-the-radar.

2.聽Fox:聽Dashiell鈥檚 twin brother is Fox. It鈥檚 a very different name, style-wise, borrowed from the natural world instead of the literary one. And yet, it hits the same rare-but-stylish note as Dashiell. With names like River and Jasper so popular, parents continue to turn to nature for fresh baby naming inspiration. Plus, The X-Files is back, and聽Fox Mulder is on the small screen again. Everest, Rio聽and Wells are three more offbeat nature name possibilities.

3.聽Boone:聽We love presidential names, and those聽that feel quintessentially American, like Levi (an Old Testament name that brings to mind blue jeans) and Ford (a name tied to the automobile industry). So how about Boone, as in frontiersman,聽Daniel? It鈥檚 just outside of the current US Top 1000. More names that hit the same note include Penn (as in Philadelphia founderWilliam) and Revere (as in Paul, he of Midnight Ride fame).

4.聽Zev:聽Like your names short and snappy? Modern favorites like Jax are gaining ground, but there are plenty of possibilities with longer histories of use. Zev means wolf in Hebrew. It was given to 148 boys in 2014, making it rare 鈥 but not completely unknown. Other names with the same vibe include word names like Link, Zen聽and True.

5.聽Finnian:聽Irish names have long been popular in the US. Liam is a current Top Ten favorite, and Ryan and Connor have been favorites for years, with fast-rising choices like Declan and Ronan racing up the charts. But rarer choices abound, including Fin- names, like Irish saints鈥 name Finnian and legendary Fintan, as well as imports like Cormac and Breccan.

6.聽Dempsey:聽While we鈥檙e looking at all things Irish, names like Riley and Brady have been big in recent years. Dempsey聽鈥 as in boxing legend Jack Dempsey聽鈥 has the same upbeat sound, but is far less common. Other ends-in-y names聽with a similar vibe include the English Rigby and Ramsey.

7.聽Linus:聽This Greek mythological name was worn by several popes, but is most famous today as the blanket-toting member of The Peanuts gang. Linus was given to just 163 boys in 2014, making it a name that鈥檚 both instantly familiar and seldom heard. It鈥檚 a good alternative to names like Felix and Ezra that are already on the rise. More vintage names that are underused in 2016 include聽Lyle, Roscoe and Rufus.

8.聽Benedict:聽Benjamin is a traditional choice for a son that鈥檚 never been very聽popular, and surnames like Bennett and Benson are on the rise, too. But how about Benedict, boosted by handsome leading man Benedict Cumberbatch, and an equally reasonable way to get to Ben? The saintly name was popular with popes and has a long history of use. 137 boys were given the name in 2014, suggesting that the actor behind Sherlock has put his unusual given name on the map. Other unexpected long forms of popular names include Leopold for Leo and Phineas for Finn.

9.聽Thayer:聽Ends-with-er names are a popular category, from favorites like Hunter and Carter to up-and-coming choices like聽Archer and Thatcher. But it鈥檚 also a category with plenty of undiscovered options. Thayer, a cousin to Taylor, seems like a promising choice, given to just 51 boys in 2014. Keller, Decker聽and Ledger are three more names attracting attention in 2016, but still nicely under the radar.

What are your favorite unusual baby names for boys? Tweet us @BritandCo and let us know!

This post was previously published on Nameberry by Abby Sandel.

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