I’ve always been a fan of baby names that aren’t heard very often. We named our oldest daughter, Harlan, after my mother-in-law (it was her maiden name), and since then I’ve had a little bit of an obsession with giving my children names that are unique.
I will only give my children family names, which makes my situation a little bit more difficult (but still fun!). With my little guy making his arrival in less than two months, we have his name picked out — and he’ll be the fifth in his namesake! What we don’t have is a nickname picked out for him. I want it to be something unique, but still on track with his name: Robert MacKay.
I’m not the only one looking for a unique name. Nameberry released its “Best 100 Cool Unusual Boys Names.” So check below to see some of my favorites from the Nameberry list, as well as some of my favorite unusual-yet-cool names that I’ve loved throughout the years (including possible nicknames for my little guy!).
This is such a great name with a more “normal” nickname you can use if you would like. By simply using the nickname “Ben,” it can become more common in a pinch.
My sister is a huge fan of Johnny Cash, and has had this name on her short list for her children for as long as I can remember. It’s really starting to grow on me, and I would love to have a nephew with the name. I know that most people who use the name replace the “C” with a “K,” but I love it spelled as it usually is.
I had a student that I used to teach with the name Ezra, and I’ve loved it ever since. It’s a Hebrew name that means “helper.” Such a beautiful name with a great meaning behind it.
This was on Nameberry’s list and I really do love it. I’ve always liked the name Finn, but it’s become so popular lately that this name adds a little spin on it. And you can still use Finn as a nickname. Perfect!
This was also mentioned on Nameberry’s list, and I have a friend that just gave this name to her little girl (but with a different spelling) so that just goes to show that it can be a gorgeous name that can easily be used for both boys or girls. I just love names that can be used for either gender!
There was a guy that I knew growing up that had the name Lockwood. It really stuck with me. I’ve never heard the name since, but I have always really enjoyed it for a little guy.
My husband’s middle name is MacKay, and that’s the nickname that he goes by because he is the fourth in his namesake. Mackson made Nameberry’s list this year, and I definitely think it’s a contender for a nickname for our son.
Patton is a variant of a more common name “Patrick.” It’s definitely more popular as a middle or last name, but I really do love it as a first name. Give him a more common middle name, and it will make for a great, strong name.
This name has been on my husband’s short list of nicknames since we found out we were having a little boy. Since our son will be the fifth, it would be a logical nickname for him. I’m still on the fence about the name, but seeing it on Nameberry’s list makes me feel a little bit better about it.
This is Another name that is more commonly heard as a last name, but I really do think that it makes a perfect first name. Tate has become so common lately that I think Tatum will make your guy stand out.
I’ve always loved this name for a boy. I think it sounds like a strong, masculine, and unique name for a little boy.
I worked with a man whose name was Theron, and it’s always stayed with me because I really love it. I am all for names that you don’t hear very often, and I haven’t heard this name since I’ve met him.
Titus is a Biblical name that I have always loved. It means “pleasing,” and I don’t think there could be a better meaning for a little guy’s name!
Wentworth Miller is a popular actor on the television show Prison Break. I’ve always really loved the name, and think it sounds so masculine.
A fellow blogger friend of mine, Shaynah, had her son this year and named him Wrennyn. I’d never heard of the name before, but I really do love it. Her son is the cutest guy ever, and the name suits him so well.