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100 Exotic Baby Boy Names (With Meanings)

Finding 100 exotic boy names was trickier than you might think. Not because there is a shortage of unique boy names, but because what is an exotic boy’s name in one culture can be mundane and ordinary in another.

Don’t be surprised if you find what you consider to be a common boy’s name on the list. While you might see it as boring and run-of-the-mill, someone from a different background may find it exciting and unusual.

100 Exotic Names for Boys

Looking for a moniker that’s not run-of-the-mill? Our team chose these as our 100 favorite exotic male names.

1. Ádomás

Ádomás is a Hungarian name meaning pledge.

This exotic name for boys is pronounced AAL-doh-maash. Ádomás is different from Adomas, which is the Lithuanian version of Adam, which means man-made from red clay.

2. Akio

Akio is a Japanese name that means bright man.

Japanese is written in symbols called kanji, and a range of kanji combinations can be used to create a number of words or phrases with the same sounds. 昭夫 means bright man, but other combos may have different meanings.

3. Altair

Altair means the bird in Arabic.

Altair is the name of the brightest star in the Aquila constellation. It is also the twelfth most luminous star in the night sky.

4. Alvis

Alvis is an Old Norse name that means all wise.

Norse mythology tells of Alvis, a dwarf who wanted to marry Thor’s daughter. Thor didn’t want this to happen, so all night until the sun rose, Thor asked Alvis questions. When sunlight struck Alvis, he was turned to stone.

5. Anders

Anders is a Scandinavian name meaning manly.

The earliest documented use of Anders in Denmark was recorded during the 12th century, and in Denmark, Donald Duck is known as Anders And.

6. Arjun

Arjun is a modern Indian name that means white, clear.

This is a modern spelling of Arjuna, who was a hero in Hindu writings. He was said to be the son of the princess Kunti and the god Indra.



A Hebrew name, Asher means happy, blessed.

Asher was rarely seen in the U.S. before the 1990s. However, since then, it has seen a sharp increase in use. By 2019, it was ranked number 43 in the most used boys’ names that year.

8. Atticus

The anglicized form of the Greek name Attikos, Atticus means from Attica.

The most famous Atticus, at least in the modern-day, is probably Atticus Finch, the fictional lawyer and central character from the classic novel, To Kill A Mockingbird.

9. Azaire

Azaire is an archaic French name meaning God has Helped.

Azaire is an archaic French version of the Hebrew name Azariah, and although considered a French name, Azaire evolved in French-speaking areas of the “new world.” Consequently, it was found in Quebec and Louisiana, rather than France.

10. Bacchus

Bacchus is a Greek name that means to shout.

Bacchus was the Roman god of the grape harvest, wine-making, wine, festivity, and theater. He was also worshipped as the god of orchards and fruit, fertility, religious ecstasy, ritual madness, and insanity.

11. Barış

Barış is a Turkish name that means peace.

The correctly written form of Barış is with the Turkish dotless i and the S-cedilla. The Persian word, بارش, is pronounced baris and means rainfall.

12. Beauden

Beauden is a modern name from New Zealand, meaning beautiful.

The popularity of New Zealand rugby player Beauden Barrett caused this name to experience a surge of popularity in his home country.

13. Belvedere

Belvedere is Italian and means beautiful view.

In architecture, a belvedere is a structure or part of a structure built so you can enjoy a scenic view.

14. Booker

Booker is an English boy’s name that means the maker of books.

Booker as a forename was an example of the surname-to-first-name trend in the 19th century U.S. and reached peak popularity during the early 20th century.



Brien is an English name of uncertain meaning.

Brien is an alternative spelling of Brian, which could be related to the Celtic word element Bri, which means hill.

16. Calisto

A Spanish name, Calisto, means most beautiful.

There are 44 known species of Calisto butterfly, all of which are found in the Caribbean islands. Most of the species are located on the islands of Hispaniola and Cuba.

17. Cathal

Cathal is an Irish name that means ruler of the battle.

English speakers or those with English as a second language may be inclined to pronounce this name CATH-all. However, the correct pronunciation is KA-hal.

18. Chi

Chi is an Igbo name and means God or spiritual being.

Odinani is the traditional cultural and religious practices and beliefs of the Igbo. One element of Odinani is the belief that everyone has a personal spirit that determines their destiny, and this spirit is called Chi.

19. Cowel

Cowel is a Manx name meaning joint pledge.

Manx names are specific to a small, self-governing island in the Irish Sea. It has been populated since before 6500BC, and in 2016 was given Biosphere Reserve Status by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization.

20. Dante

Dante is an Italian name that means enduring.

Dante began as a shortened form of Durante, an Italian name that evolved from the Late Latin name Durans.

21. D’Artagnan

In French, D’Artagnan means from Artagnan.

D’Artagnan was a name created by author Alexandre Dumas for a character in his novel The Three Musketeers. Artagnan is a town in Southwest France from which the character was said to have come.

22. Dechen

Dechen is a Tibetan name meaning great happiness.

Transliterated to English language characters from the Tibetan བདེ་ཆེན, Dechen is a gender-neutral name that is also found in everyday use in Bhutan.

23. Deshal

Deshal is a Hindi name that means nation.

In some places, you will see Deshal listed as a baby boys’ name, and in others, you will see it labeled as a baby girls’ name.

24. Dilshad

An Urdu name, Dilshad means happy heart.

Dilshad is gender-neutral and freely used for both boys and girls. The name has its roots in the Persian words دل (del), which means heart, and شاد (shad), which means happy.

25. Ebrima

Ebrima is a Gambian name meaning the father of many.

Ebrima evolved in Western Africa from the name Ibrahim. Ibrahim is the Arabic, Dhivehi, and Albanian form of Abraham.

26. Efrain

Efrain is a Spanish name that means fruitful.

Pronounced eh-fra-EEN, this is the Spanish version of the Hebrew name Ephraim, which is pronounced as either EEF-ree-am or EEF-ram. If you are looking for an exotic boy’s name, choose your preferred pronunciation, and run with it.

27. Elías

Elias means Yahwah is my God.

Yahweh is the name of the Hebrew God and evolved from the Hebrew name Elijah. Popular in Europe, Elías has seen a steady increase in popularity in the U.S., and in 2019, 5,690 baby boys were given the name.

28. Émile

Émile is a French name meaning rival.

Novelist, journalist, and playwright Émile Zola failed his Baccalauréat, the French equivalent to a high school graduation, twice. As a result of that, he was unable to go to law school and began writing while he worked as a clerk.

29. Evander

Evander means bow warrior or the good of man.

An example of the same name evolving separately in two places, Evander is both an Ancient Greek name with the good of man meaning, and a Scottish name from the Old Norse Ivarr, which means bow warrior.

30. Ezekiel

Ezekiel is an Ancient Hebrew name meaning God will strengthen.

Ezekiel was a prophet in Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. This could be a striking and unusual boys’ name choice for a family of mixed religious heritage.

31. Fabian

Fabian is a Germanic name that means bean.

In 1980, Fabian was added to the list of names used for tropical cyclones in the Atlantic. It replaced Frederic. However, after the 2003 Hurricane Fabian caused four deaths in Bermuda, the name was retired and replaced with Fred.

32. Faustus

Faustus was an Ancient Roman name meaning lucky or auspicious.

The Ancient Romans used Faustus as a cognomen. This came after a given name and clan name and was usually considered to be more of a nickname. Cognomen eventually merged with clan names and were inherited like surnames.

33. Felipe

A Spanish name, Felipe means friend of horses.

Felipe has been the name of three kings of Portugal and six kings of Spain, including the current monarch whose full name is Felipe Juan Pablo Alfonso de Todos los Santos de Borbón y Grecia.

34. Firdaus

Firdaus is an Arabic and Urdu name that means paradise.

If you like Heaven as a name but don’t feel it suits a boy, has been overused, or both, then Firdaus is a viable exotic alternative.

35. Florian

Florian is a Germanic name meaning flower.

Although considered to be a boys’ name, Florian is the given name of Florian Cloud de Bounevialle O’Malley Armstrong, known by most people as Dido.

36. Fujin

Fujin is a Japanese name that means wind spirit.

Pronounced FOO-ZHEEN, Fūjin was the name of the Japanese god of wind who was depicted as carrying the winds in a bag slung over his shoulder.

37. Gallus

Gallus is an Ancient Roman name that means rooster.

If you are waiting until you get to know your baby boy’s personality before choosing his name, Gallus is an option if he wakes you with a loud cry as the sun rises.

38. Girish

An Indian name, Girish, means lord of the mountain.

Girish is a modern Indian form of the more traditional Girisha. Girisha is one of the names of the Hindu god Shiva. He was given this additional name because his home was in the Himalayas.

39. Gracian

Gracian is an Occitan name that means grace.

Gracian is derived from a Spanish family name and is used as a given name by speakers of the Occitan language, which is sometimes called Provençal. It is spoken by some ethnic groups in Southern France, Spain, and Italy.

40. Guillermo

Guillermo is a Spanish name meaning determined protector.

Award-winning Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro has made low-budget Spanish language movies and multi-million dollar Hollywood blockbusters, co-written a series of novels, and adapted them into graphic novels and TV shows. He’s even made animated children’s series for Netflix.

41. Harith

In Arabic, Harith means plowman or cultivator.

As families become more multicultural, we love the idea of using traditional occupational names outside of their cultures of origin. Harith is relatively mundane in North Africa, but it makes for a different farmer’s son’s name in the U.S.

42. Hugh

Hugh is a Germanic name that means heart, mind, or spirit.

Fans of Star Trek: The Next Generation will know Hugh as the Borg drone rescued by the Enterprise-D. Once disconnected from the Borg hive-mind, Hugh learned a sense of self and developed an identity as an individual.

43. Idris

Idris is an Arabic name which may mean interpreter.

The prophet Idris of the Quran is considered to be the same person as the Hebrew prophet Enoch. Idris is also a Welsh name that means enthusiastic/impulsive lord. The best-known Idris in modern days is actor Idris Elba.

44. Ignatius

Ignatius is a Roman name of unknown meaning.

The name Ignatius was created when the spelling of the Roman family name Egnatius was changed to resemble the Latin word ignis, which means fire.

45. Innes

The anglicized form of the Irish name Aonghus, Innes means one strength.

Want a rare name for your boy? Virtually unheard of in the U.S., Innes has recently become relatively widespread in Scotland, where 77 baby boys were given this name in 2019.

46. Iokua

Iokua is a Hawaiian name meaning God is salvation.

Technically speaking, Iokua does not translate directly to God is salvation. Instead, it is the Hawaiian version of Joshua, from which the meaning is derived.

47. Isander

Isander is an Ancient Greek name meaning equal of the man.

In the Greek epic poem, The Iliad, by Homer, Isander is a man who is killed by the god Ares.

48. Ives

Ives is an English name that means yew.

Some names from exotic, tropical countries sound wrong on a person from a different culture or another land. Ives is unusual while remaining appropriate for almost anyone.

49. Jabari

Jabari is a Swahili word that means brave.

Jabari Price is an American Football player drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the 2014 NFL Draft. He plays cornerback.

50. Javier

Javier is a Spanish name meaning new house.

Javier was the surname of a noble family from the Basque region of Northern Spain and South Western France. Correctly pronounced kha-BYEHR, Javier is often mispronounced by English speakers as ha-VIER.

51. Joaquin

Joaquin is an American name that means raised by Yahweh, the Hebrew name of God.

The Academy Award-winning actor Joaquin Phoenix was born Joaquin Bottom. His parents changed the family name to Phoenix to symbolize leaving the religious cult of which they had been members.

52. Jothi

Jothi is a Tamil name meaning light.

Found mostly in Sri Lanka and southern India, this is a gender-neutral name that is a regional form of Jyoti.

53. Kai

Kai is a Chinese name that means triumphant music.

As well as being a Chinese boys’ name, Kai is a gender-neutral Hawaiian name meaning sea, an Eastonian nickname for girls named Kaia, and a Frisian boys’ nickname for Gerard, Nicholas, Cornelius, and Gaius.

54. Kalei

Kalei is a Hawaiian name meaning either the flowers or the child.

Although this is seen as a gender-neutral name in Hawaii, the similarity in pronunciation to girls names Keighley, Callie, and Kaylee could be off-putting for some people.

55. Kofi

Kofi is a Ghanan name that means born on a Friday.

In Ghana, the traditional naming ceremony for infants is Outdooring. This happens eight days after birth when parents take their baby outside for the first time and give them a day name.

56. Kurō

Kurō is a Japanese name that means nine or son.

While this was traditionally given to the ninth son of the family, it might be an unusual choice for a boy born on the ninth day of the month or the ninth month of the year.

57. Lazar

Lazar is a Russian name meaning my God has helped.

Used in Russia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Croatia, and Macedonia, Lazar is most common in Eastern European countries and is a variant of Lazarus.

58. Maleko

Maleko is the Hawaiian form of Mark, which means male.

If you want to give your child an exotic-sounding, tropical moniker, choosing an option such as Maleko gives them a name with a direct low-key equivalent. Therefore, if they want a less individual name later in life, they have a suitable ready-made option.

59. Malik

Malik is a Greenlandic name that means wave.

Malik is sometimes creatively spelled Malick, but both forms of the name have the same meaning. You may see Maligiaĸ as a name, and this means, more specifically, mid-sized wave.

60. Matias

Matias is a Spanish name meaning gift of God.

Although Matias is a Spanish name, it is popular enough in Finland to warrant an official name day. Therefore, if you want a striking baby boy name and your child is born on February 24th, then Matias is a good choice.

61. Mikel

A Basque name, Mikel, means who is like God.

Mikel is the Basque form of Michael. Many parents feel pressure to name their child after a family member. If you are in this position, then an exotic alternative form of the name can be the answer.

62. Mohan

Mohan is a modern Indian name meaning charming, bewitching, or infatuating.

This is a modern form of Mohana, a descriptive name that was often applied to the Hindu gods, Kama, Krishna, and Shiva.

63. Murad

Murad means wish or desire in Arabic.

Some people choose names for their meaning, and if you have had a difficult path to parenthood, Murad is an exotic boys’ name that reflects this in a positive way.

64. Nevan

Nevan is from an Irish name that means little saint.

Are you looking for an unusual name but worried about being too out there? Anglicized forms of some ethnic names can be a suitable half-way point. In this case, Nevan is the easier to spell and pronounce version of Naomhán.

65. Ossian

Ossian is a name from literature, meaning little deer.

James Macpherson was an 18th-century Scottish writer who published a volume of epic poems narrated by a figure named Ossian. Scholars debate how genuine the work is, but Ossian remains an excellent exotic boys’ name.

66. Osten

Osten is a Swedish name that means island of stone.

If you are looking for an exotic boys’ name from tropical climes, then this is not it. However, if you want a Scandinavian name, then Osten, which is used in both Sweden and Finland, could work for you.

67. Pavel

Pavel is a Russian name that means humble.

Like the name Paul, Pavel comes from the Roman family name Paulus. While this is a relatively common name in Russia, Belarus, and the Czech Republic, in other cultures, it may be seen as unusual.

68. Pherick

A Manx name, Pherick means nobleman.

Cabel Pherick was a place of worship on the Isle of Mann, where Manx names originate. Known as a keeill on the island, the ruins are located within a burial ground in a quiet glen.

69. Phineas

Phineas is an Ancient Hebrew name of uncertain meaning.

Researchers are unsure whether this name means Nubian, which referred at the time to an ethnic group from what is now northern Sudan and southern Egypt, or serpent’s mouth, in Hebrew. If you name your son this, however, get ready to hear some Phineas and Ferb jokes.



Proinsias is an Irish name that means Frenchman.

If you’re looking for a multicultural name to reflect your family and you have Irish and French roots, Proinsias could work for you.

71. Rafael

Rafael is a form of Raphael, meaning God heals.

Rafael Nadal is a Spanish professional tennis player who is tied with Roger Federer as having won more men’s’ Grand Slam titles than anyone else.

72. Ramzan

Ramzan is a Chechnian name that means parched.

When a word is translated from one written language to another in a way designed to help the non-native speaker pronounce the word correctly, it is called transliteration. Ramzan is a transliteration of Ramadan.

73. Rasmus

A Scandinavian name, Rasmus means beloved.

Pronounced Raz-mus by most English speakers, in Danish, it is RAS-moos, in Swedish and Norwegian RAS-muys, and in Finland, the pronunciation is RAH-smoos.

74. Rasul

Rasul is an Arabic name that means prophet or messenger.

Rasul is also an Avar name. Avar names are used by the Avar people of the Republic of Dagestan, a small republic of Russia located on the western shore of the Caspian Sea.

75. Raul

Raul is an Italian and Portuguese name meaning wolf’s counsel.

Raul has featured in the top 1,000 boys’ names in the U.S. since 1910. In 2019, the last year for which data is available, 550 boys were named Raul.

76. Roark

Roark is an English name of disputed meaning.

This name could be an Anglicized version of the Ancient Scandinavian name Hrœrekr, which means famous ruler. Alternatively, it may be from the Irish language word ruarc, which means rainstorm.

77. Ruben

Ruben is a form of the Hebrew name Reuben, which means behold, a son.

This slightly shorter form of Reuben is the more popular spelling in Belgium, France, Italy, and Spain. It is also a way to distinguish it from the popular Reuben sandwich.

78. Sláine

Sláine is an Irish name that means health.

Sláine is pronounced SLAW-nya and was the name of the first High King of Ireland. Sláine mac Dela was of the Fir Bolg, a mythical people who abandoned Ireland, settled in Greece, and returned to the country to rule.

79. Somerled

Somerled is a Scottish name meaning summer traveler.

Pronounced with a lee sound at the end, rather than the ed sound you might imagine, Somerled is an unusual boys’ name suitable for the child of travelers.

80. Soulougue

Soulougue is a Cajun name of uncertain meaning.

This name is thought to be a misspelling of the surname Soulouque. Faustin Soulouque ruled Hati, first as President and then as Emperor from 1847 to 1859.

81. Suijin

A Japanese name, Suijin means water spirit.

Suijin was the Japanese god of pools, lakes, and water and the guardian of fishers, making this an unusual boys’ name that’s wonderful for those with a family history connected to fishing.

82. Sulaiman

Sulaiman is the Indonesian form of Solomon, meaning peace.

As well as being the Indonesian form of Solomon, Sulaiman is the English transliteration of an Arabic name, which means man of peace.

83. Tafari

Tafari is an Amharic name that means the man who inspires awe.

Tafari Makonnen was the last Emperor of Ethiopia. Upon ascension to the throne, he took the name Haile Selassie I, and adherents of the Rastafarian religion consider him to be an Earthly incarnation of God.

84. Tāne

Tāne is a Maori name meaning man.

In Maori mythology, Tāne was the god of light and the forests. In some accounts, he is said to be the creator of man. On Tahiti, Tāneis is the name of the god of peace and beauty.

85. Taranis

Taranis is derived from the Celtic word taran, which means thunder.

Taranis Patera is the name of a volcanic crater on Io, one of the moons orbiting Jupiter. The volcano has not been observed erupting, so it is unknown whether it is still active or not.

86. Taro

Taro is a Japanese name meaning big son.

Taro is a tropical plant grown for its edible root and is believed to be one of the earliest cultivated vegetables.

87. Tau

Tau is a Southern African name that means lion.

Used across Southern Africa, Tau is found in the Tswana and Sotho languages. Both languages are from the Bantu family.

88. Teague

Teague is an Anglicized form of the Irish name Tadhg, meaning poet.

While Tadhg has become increasingly popular in Ireland, Teague is not used there as a name. This is because the anglicized version was used as a term for “stage Irishmen,” the stereotypical portrayal of the Irish and an ethnic slur.

89. Tómi

Tómi is an Old Norse nickname that means thunder.

Although Tómi is an Old Norse nickname, it has recently seen a revival, but as a given name, in Sweden.

90. Ulrik

Ulrik is a Scandinavian name that means prosperity and power.

An unusual baby boys’ name in some parts of the world, Ulrik has recently become popular in Norway. However, in Sweden, it is still rare, unlike the female version, Ulrika.

91. Vancho

A Macedonian name, Vancho, means God is gracious.

An excellent example of a name that works for mixed-heritage families, Vancho is, by way of many evolutions, the Macedonian version of John. This makes it a straightforward and exotic name all rolled into one.

92. Varam

Varam is an archaic name from Georgia, meaning victory over resistance.

The word Varam has meanings in many languages. In Latvian, Varam means we can, in Sanskrit, it means preferably or rather, while in Tamil, it means boon, and in Pali, it means better.

93. Wayan

A name from Bali, Wayan means first child.

Balinese custom automatically names a child according to their birth order. The name is not gender-specific, and instead, i is added to the front of the name for a boy, and ni is added for a girl.

94. Wynfor

Wynfor is a Welsh name that means fair, white, or blessed.

Wynfor is an excellent choice if you want a rare boys’ name, your family has Welsh heritage, and you do not want to spend a lot of time explaining how to spell or say your chosen name.

95. Xaloc

Xaloc is a Modern Catalan name that means sirocco.

The sirocco is an easterly wind that blows from the Sahara across the Mediterranean Sea. The dry sandy air of the desert sometimes mixes with the moist air of the sea, which then falls as blood rain in Southern Italy.

96. Xavier

Xavier is an Archaic Spanish name meaning the new house.

Due to the popularity of The X-Men, many English speakers pronounce this as Ex-zay-vi-er. However, for native Spanish speakers, it is shs-bee-EH, for European Portuguese speakers it is shu-vee-EHR, and in France, it is GZA-VYEH.

97. Yakob

A name from Cornwall, Yakob means supplanter.

Yakob comes from the same root as Jacob and James. For many centuries, Jacob was seen as the Jewish version, and James was considered the Christian version. Yakob was used as a form free of religious significance.

98. Yasin

Yasin is a Turkish name that means age.

Although the literal Turkish translation of Yasin is age, this is not a case of a word being adopted as a name. Instead, it comes from the Arabic letters, ي, pronounced ya, and, س, which is pronounced sin.

99. Zelek

Zelek is from an Aramaic verb meaning to cleave.

Unfortunately, some people become divided when a family member forms a relationship with a partner perceived to be from “outside their own culture.” Zelek is an exotic boys’ name with deep symbolism for those from such families.

100. Zubair

Zubair is an Arabic name that means strong, powerful, or wise.

Zubair is a volcanic island in the Red Sea, which is part of the uninhabited Zubair group of volcanic islands. A popular tourist destination, the last eruption was recorded in 2013.

Choose Your Exotic Name Wisely

Naming your child is a great responsibility. A name creates an impression of a person, often long before we get to meet them in person. That means it is important to consider what kind of image the name you choose may give to others, not just now, but when your child reaches adulthood.

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50 Most Popular Exotic Boy Names For Your Little Prince

Names with a unique vibe that can draw everyone’s attention.

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Naming a baby boy is quite a big responsibility for parents. Exotic names for baby boys are sassy and make your little one stand out from others. Sounds fun, right?

But picking the right one with a beautiful meaning can be a draining task when you have many names to choose from. In this post, we share some cool and exotic names from around the world to pick for your baby boy.

50 Most Popular Exotic Boy Names



Avel is the Russian version of the Hebrew name Abel.

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2. Axel:

Axel is a Danish name meaning ‘father of peace’. The popularity of this name has been rising steadily. It ranked 167 among top baby names for boys in 2014.

3. Phoenix:

Name your kid after a mythical bird that rose from ashes. It will inspire hope and idealism in your child. The name is both classic and exotic.


American actor, producer and musician Joaquin Phoenix and English singer-songwriter Naomi Phoenix are famous bearers of this name.

4. Zane:

Do you love the name John, but prefer something unique for your child? Then you can consider Zane, a Hebrew version of John. The name means ‘Gift of God’.

5. Jett:

The name Jett comes from a black semi-precious stone Jade. The name is perfect if you are an adventure freak and an exotic boy names too.

6. Mekhi:

If you like the name Michael, but want a twist, then name your child Mekhi.

7. Rasmus:

Rasmus is a variation of the ancient name Erasmus. Erasmus was a Dutch philosopher of Estonia, Finland.

8. Ren:

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Ren is a unisex name popular in Japan. It means water lily.

9. Santiago:

Santiago is a Spanish name meaning “Saint James”. The name is very popular among Hispanic and Argentinean parents. Santiago is also a place.

Related: Spanish Baby Boy Names With Meanings

10. Sem:

Sem is a favorite name among the Dutch. It is a variation of the Biblical name Shem, who was the son of Noah. Sem is an alternative to Sam.

11. Thijs:

The pronunciation of this name is way simpler than its spelling suggests. The name Thijs rhymes with nice. Thijs is very popular in Netherlands.

12. Rocco:

Rocco is an Italian name that is among the top 500 names for baby boys. Even though the name Rocco means rest, it does not sound sleepy at all.

13. Lars:

Americans see this Scandinavian name as old-fashioned, but Lars is very popular in Sweden, Netherlands, and Belgium.

14. Lazar:

The name Lazar is a version of the name Eleazar, which means ‘God helps’. The name is very popular in Serbia. The other forms of Lazar-Laszlo, Lazaro, and Lazarus are also popular in the United States.

15. Leon:

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Leon may not be very popular in other places, but is a top name in Germany. With the resurgence of lion related name, even this one has a chance. This name comes in the category of exotic names for boys.

16. Devin:

The exotic baby boy names get more unique. Devin is an exotic name with an utterly romantic sound. It is a great choice if you are looking for a unique and cool name for your child. It means ‘helper’.

17. Linus:

Don’t you think Linus is a musical name? Linus is a mythological name popular in Finland.

18. Bran:

Bran is a cool and exotic name that does not sound over the top. The name is easy to spell too. The meaning of Bran is ‘raven’.

19. Luca:

Lucan is a popular name in Europe. It is a substitute for Lucas and Luke. Luca is a unisex name.


Luca Pacioli, Italian mathematician and an early contributor to the subject of accounting, is a famous bearer of this moniker.

20. Mathis:

If you are looking for an uncommon variation of Mathew, then you can consider Mathis. You need to pronounce it as Mat-Tees.

21. Milan:

If you are a fashion lover, then you can name your child Milan. Milan is the name of Italy’s fashion capital. The name is popular in Belgium and Rome.

22. Ethan:

If you are looking for a name with a spiritual background, then Ethan will make a great choice. The Biblical exotic boy baby names means ‘the gift of the island’.

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23. Per:

If you want a short and sweet name for your boy, then you can opt for Per, the variation of the name Peter. The name is simple yet exotic, an amazing combination.

24. Akio:

The name Akio has a beautiful sound and an interesting meaning. It means ‘a bright man’.

25. Zenon:

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Zenon is a variation of the name Zeno. It is a Greek name related to Zeus, the supreme God in Greek mythology. The name means ‘great thinker’.

26. Umberto:

Umberto is a popular Italian name meaning ‘bright bear cub’. It is an Italian version of the German name ‘Humbert’.

Related: Italian Baby Boy Names With Meanings

27. Mazin:

If your child arrived in your arms in the month of monsoon, then you can name him Mazin. Mazin is an Arabic name derived from the Arabic word ‘muzn’, which means ‘rain’.

28. Jibri:

Jibri is a name popular in Africa and the entire Arabic speaking world. It is an Arabic form of the Hebrew name Gabriel.

29. Azrael:

The exotic name Azrael is of Hebrew origin. It was the name of an angel in Jewish and Muslim belief.

30. Amit:

Amit is a simple, yet exotic boys name name popular in Israel and India. The name may be unknown in the English-speaking world, so it will make a unique name for your kid.

31. Dmitry:

Dmitry is a variation of the name Demetrius. It is a cool and exotic Greek name. The double consonant beginning of this name makes it even more intriguing.

32. Emil:

The Latin name Emil has a friendly appeal to it. It is popular among parents from different ethnic backgrounds.

33. Enzo:

Enzo is an Italian version of the name Henry. You can also use it as a short form for names ending in –enzo like Vincenzo and Lorenzo.

34. Fabian:

Fabian is an ancient saint’s name meaning “one who grows bean”. The name got a widespread exposure through an American doo-wop singer- Fabian Forte.

35. Florian:

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Florian is a popular male name in Austria and Germany. It is a name inspired by a female name Florence. Florian means ‘flowering’.

36. Francesco:

Francesco is the most popular baby boy name in Italy. It is a variation of the name Francis. Francesco means a ‘free man’.

37. Hans:

Hans is a diminutive of the names Johannes. It means ‘God is gracious’.

38. Ivan:

Ivan is a form of the name John. It is very popular in Belarus. If you have European roots, then you will love this name for your child.

39. Killian:

Killian is an Irish name meaning ‘church’. It is also the name of several Irish saints. It is a trendy name in France and is gaining popularity in the United States too.

40. Lachlan:

Lachlan is a Scottish name popular all across the world.

Related: Scottish Baby Boy Names With Meanings

41. Daan:

Daan is a short form of the Scandinavian name Daniel. It is the most popular name in Netherlands and among the top ten in Belgium.

42. Anders:

Anders is an Old Country version of the name Andrew. It is a Greek name meaning ‘strong and manly’. The name Anders is very popular in Sweden.

43. Alessandro:

If you are looking for an exotic version of Alexander, then Alessandro can be your pick. The name became popular due to Alessandro Volta, an influential physicist known for the invention of the battery.

44. Alfie:

Alfie is the 11th most popular boy’s name in the United Kingdom. The name became popular due to the cult comic series “Archie”. You can also choose Alfie as an ultra-trendy nickname for your child.

45. Sylvester:

Sylvester is another exotic name that you can pick for your child. It was also the names of three early popes and became popular due to the Italian Stallion hero of the Rambo movies.

46. Ozias:

Here is an unusual name for your baby boy. Ozias was the name of several minor figures in the Bible.

47. Kevin:

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It is the name of a 7th-century saint who established a scholastic monastery near Dublin. Kevin means ‘handsome’.


American comedian and actor Kevin Hart is a famous namesake.

48. Humphrey:

Humphrey is a royal and exotic name in Britain. It came to England after the Norman Conquest.

49. Miller:

Miller is a stylish name popular in the United States. Miller is also popular as a surname.

50. Ammiras:

Ammiras is a classic name with a modern appeal. It is related to Amir and Amira.

1. What tips can parents use when selecting an exotic boy name?

Parents must consider how the name sounds, the meaning of the name, its roots in a tradition or culture, and the uniqueness of the name.

2. Are there any cultural or societal implications of giving a child an exotic name?

Since exotic names come from different cultures, origins, and traditions, it’s a good idea to know if the chosen name has any social implications before picking one.

3. What are some of the unique benefits of choosing an exotic boy name?

Exotic baby names are less popular and less known to people. Thus, picking them for your baby may make them come across as unique, making people remember them better.

Exotic boy names set your child apart from other children with common traditional names. You may give a unique name to your baby boy based on his personality. It is also possible to find exotic names with deep meanings, which are synonymous with popular or religious names in other languages. Unusual names could compel anyone to pay attention to the name and person as soon as they hear it. You may also try popular names in other languages or places but unusual in your native language or residence.

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The rarest male names — List of the rarest names for boys


List of the rarest male names with meanings

  • A
  • August — majestic, sacred, regal
  • Agap — favorite
  • Agapion — favorite
  • Agathon — kind, noble
  • Aglay — brilliant, magnificent, beautiful
  • Agnes — pure, immaculate
  • Adrian — resident of Adria
  • Azarius — God’s help
  • Akaki — the good-natured
  • Ambrose — immortal, divine
  • Amos — laden, burden-bearing, heaviness
  • Cupid — love

    Ananias the grace of God

  • Anastasy — resurrected, reborn
  • Anikiy — win
  • Anisy — execution, completion, useful
  • Antigonus — instead of
  • Antip — stubborn, strong
  • Anfimy — covered with flowers
  • Apolinarius — dedicated to Apollo, destroyer
  • Apollo — the destroyer. The name of the sun god Apollo among the Greeks meant: the sun, scorching, burning
  • Apollonius the destroyer
  • Arefiy — farmer, virtue, eagle
  • Arius — brave
  • Aristarchus — head of the best
  • Arseniy — courageous
  • Arseniy — courageous
  • Athanasius — immortal
  • B
  • Bogolep — pleasing, pleasing to God


  • Bonifatiy — good, rock
  • B
  • Bartholomew — the son of the plowed land, the son of the fields

    Benjamin beloved son

  • Vivian — lively
  • Vincent — conquering, overcoming
  • Victoria — winner
  • Vissarion — forest
  • Vlasiy — simple, rude
  • Vukol — shepherd, bootes

    Galaktion milky, milky

    Hector Almighty, guardian

  • D
  • Helium — sun

    Germanborn, consanguineous

  • Hermann — warrior, warrior
  • Hermogen — born of Hermes

    Glycerium sweet

  • Gordey — Phrygian king
  • Granium — grain
  • Gury — lion cub

    Darius possessing, owning

  • D
  • Dementius — tamer
  • Demid — ruling
  • Demyan — conqueror
  • Dionysus — dedicated to Dionysus, Bacchus, god of wine and winemaking
  • Dominik — master’s
  • Dorimedont — spear, chief
  • Dorofey — darbogov, God
  • Dositheus — given by God

    Yevgraf well-drawn, hand-painted handsome man

  • E
  • Evdokim — surrounded by good fame, honor
  • Eucarpy — fertile, prolific, fruitful
  • Evlampy — beautifully luminous, blessed
  • Eumenius — supportive, merciful
  • Eusebius — pious
  • Evstafiy — constant, stable, balanced
  • Eustachius — lushly eared
  • Evstigney is a good sign
  • Evstrat — good, warrior
  • Eutychius — happy
  • Egor — farmer
  • Elefery — free
  • Elizar — God’s help
  • Elisha — saved by God
  • Emelyan — affectionate, friendly, cheerful
  • Epifan — prominent, famous, glorious
  • Erasmus — Beloved
  • Erast — beloved
  • Yeremey — messenger
  • Ermak — messenger of the people
  • Ermiy — giving wealth
  • Ermil — dwelling in the Hermes grove
  • Yermolai — messenger of the people
  • Erofei — consecrated by God
  • Efim — pious
  • Ephraim — prolific
  • Euphrosyn — joy, fun

    Zakhar God remembered

  • Z
  • Zeno — divine
  • Zosima — living, living

    Iakinf yahont, hyacinth

  • and
  • Ignatius — unknown, unknown
  • Ilarius — cheerful, joyful
  • Hilarion — fun, cheerful
  • Iliodor — the gift of the Sun
  • Elijah — Fortress of God
  • Elijah — Fortress of God
  • Innocent — innocent, harmless
  • Ipatiy — the highest
  • Hippolyte — unharnessing horses
  • Heraclius — dedicated to Hercules
  • Isidore — dargoddess of Isis

    Casimir predict, tell the world

  • K
  • Kalinik — good winner, triumphant
  • Kalistrat — beautiful warrior
  • Kalisfen — beauty, strength
  • Callist — the most beautiful, beautiful
  • Kapiton — big-headed, stubborn
  • Carp — fruit
  • Kasyan — helmet-bearer, empty, empty
  • Cyprian — Cypriot, from the island of Cyprus
  • Cyrus — lord, lord, power
  • Kyriak — born on Sunday
  • Claudius — lame
  • Klim — gracious
  • Clement — gracious
  • Kondratiy — square, broad-shouldered
  • Concordia — consonant, unanimous
  • Cornelius — horned
  • Xenophon — a stranger, a foreigner
  • Kuzma — decoration

    Laurel tree

  • L
  • Lawrence — crowning with laurels
  • Larion — cheerful, joyful
  • Leon — lion
  • Leonard — lion
  • Leontes — lion
  • Leontius — lion
  • Livery — free, free

    Onion light, luminous

  • Lukiy — light that shines
  • Lukyan — light, light
  • M
  • May — the month of May
  • Makar — blessed, happy
  • Macedonian — Great Macedonian
  • Macedonian — Great Macedonian
  • Maximian — the greatest
  • Maximillian is a descendant of the greatest
  • Malachi — the messenger of God

    Mary more

  • Mark — hammer, dry, withered
  • Markell — warlike
  • Markian
  • Martyn — dedicated to the god of war Mars
  • Matvey is a gift of God
  • Meletius — caring
  • Meliton — honey
  • Methodius — trace, search for
  • Milan — cute
  • Milen — cute
  • Mily — apple
  • Milovan — caress, take care of
  • Menaion — month
  • Myron — exuding fragrant myrrh, fragrant
  • Mitrofan — glorious mother, having a glorious mother
  • Micah — who is like God
  • Modest — humble
  • Mokey — mocker, ridiculing
  • Mokiy — a mocker

    Nazar dedicated to God. Name of the Jewish town of Nazareth

  • H
  • Nathan — Bogdal
  • Naum — consolation
  • Nestor — returned to his homeland, home
  • Nicander — victorious warrior
  • Nikanor — winner
  • Nikita — winner
  • Nikifor — victorious, winner
  • Nicodemus — conquering people
  • Nikon — winner
  • Nile — black river
  • Niphon — sober, reasonable

    Octavian the eighth

  • O
  • Olympia — Olympic, light
  • Onisius — benefit
  • Onesimus — fulfillment, completion, useful
  • Onufry — sacred bull
  • Orestes — highlander, savage

    Pavsikaky fighter against evil

  • P
  • Palladium — protection, stronghold
  • Pamphil — dear to everyone, a common favorite
  • Pankrat — omnipotent, omnipotent
  • Pankraty — all-powerful, all-powerful
  • Panteleimon — all-merciful
  • Paramon — solid, reliable, faithful, durable
  • Parmen
  • Parfen
  • Patricius — son of a noble father
  • Paphnutius — belonging to God
  • Pakhom — broad-shouldered, strong
  • Pimen — shepherd, leader, mentor
  • Plato — broad-shouldered
  • Polien — praiseworthy
  • Polycarp — prolific, fertile
  • Porfiry — purple

    Honorable, kind

  • Proclus — born in the absence of a father
  • Procopius — grasping the sword by the hilt, success, prosperity
  • Proculus — distant, born in the absence of a father
  • Protasius — advanced, standing in first place
  • Prokhor — sang, head of the choir

    Reasonable mind

  • R
  • Rem — paddle
  • Renat — reborn, returned to life
  • Robert — glory, splendor, brilliance
  • Rodion — pinkish, pink
  • Rubentium — blushing
  • Reuben — see: son
  • Ruslan — lion

    Savvastarets, grandfather, captivity

  • C
  • Savvaty — Saturday
  • Savely — begged from God, hard work
  • Samson — sunny, similar to the sun
  • Semyon
  • Serapion — Egyptian God of life, death and healing
  • Seraphim — fiery, fiery
  • Sylvester — forest
  • Sylvius — forest
  • Simon — noble name, glory
  • Solomon — peaceful, prosperous
  • Sosipater — saving his father
  • Sofron — sane, prudent
  • Spartacus — in honor of the leader of the rebellious gladiators in Rome
  • Spiridon — illegitimate
  • Stachy — spike
  • Stepan — a ring, a wreath crowned with

    Taras is restless, a rebel, a troublemaker

  • T
  • Terenty — annoying, tiring
  • Timothy — God-fearing, worshiping God
  • Titus — defender of honor
  • Tikhon — bringing happiness
  • Trifilium — clover
  • Tryphon — luxurious living
  • Troadium — outcrop of Troy
  • Trofim — well-fed, pet

    Faust favorable, happy

  • F
  • Thaddeus — praise
  • Falaley — blossoming olive
  • Falassius — marine, experienced in navigation
  • Fedos — God-given or dedicated to the gods
  • Fedot — God-given or dedicated to the gods
  • Feklist — divine creation, creation
  • Felix — happy
  • Themistocles — renowned for justice
  • Feofan — revealed by the gods
  • Theophilus — God-lover
  • Theophylact — carrying protection, God-protected
  • Ferapont — servant, admirer, companion
  • Filaret — loving virtue
  • Filimon — beloved
  • Firs — decorated with flowers, vine branches
  • Flavian — descended from the Flavian family
  • Phlegon — flaming, burning
  • Florentium — blooming
  • Florian — blooming
  • Fock — seal
  • Thomas — twin
  • Photius — light, light, illuminate, enlighten

    Chariton generous, grateful

  • Frol — blooming
  • X
  • Kharlampy — shining with love and joy
  • Chrysanth — golden flower
  • Christopher — Christ-bearer, anointed, anointed king

    Heavenly Celestine

    Edward property, protection

  • E
  • Elim — dumbness, silence
  • Emilius — affectionate, flattering
  • Erast — lovely, sweet; in love
  • Ernest — serious, strict

    Yuvenaly is always young

  • Yu
  • Julian — Izrod Yuliev
  • Julius — curly, sheaf
  • Just — fair
  • Justinian — fair

    Jacob follows whom

  • I
  • Yang — the grace of God

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Rare names for boys 2023: list, meaning, recommendations

Alexander, Ivan, Sergey — these names are still in use. But increasingly, parents are turning to old names of Slavic or biblical origin.

List of names and their meaning

Astrologers recommend such rare and unusual names for boys born in 2023:

9062 8 Svyatoslav

Albert Miron
Bogdan Nazar
Gleb Oscar
Daniil Rafael
Demid Samuil
Elizar Taras
Kamil Timofey
Lev Timur
Leonty Trofim
Mark Fedor
Matvey Yaroslav



Germanic name meaning «noble splendor». Confident, stubborn, principled man.

2. Bogdan

«Gifted by God», «God’s gift» — this Slavic name has such a meaning. Stubborn, principled, leader and monogamous.

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3. Gleb

According to one version, the name came from Scandinavia and came from the name Gottlieb («favorite of the gods»). According to the second — it is Slavic. Gleb is principled, prefers to achieve everything with his own work, loves family comfort.

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4. Daniel

This name came to us from the Bible — it was worn by the prophet Daniel — and is translated as «my God judge». Daniel is restrained, kind, hardworking.

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5. Demid

The name has Greek roots going back to the name Diomid (Diomed). Self-confident smart man, sociable and at the same time secretive.

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Slavic name derived from the words «kind» and «peace, peaceful». Artistic, cheerful, responsible.

7. Elizar

The name has Hebrew roots and is translated as «God helped». Extraordinary personality. Cautious and principled.

8. Camille

The name, according to one version, comes from the Roman name Camillus. According to another, this is a variant of the sound of the Arabic name Kamil (Kamal). A practical and enterprising man.

9. Leo

Another Greek name. Ambitious, but not stubborn, kind. He does not at all seek to lead people, but he will never refuse help.

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10. Leonty

The name has Greek roots and means «lion». The character is complex. Careerist, passionate about work, withdrawn and selfish.

11. Mark

There are several versions about the origin of the name Mark: from the Greek name Marcos, from the name of the Roman god of war Mars, from the French word «marquis» (marquis).

Secretive, selfish, successful in his career.

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12. Matthew

This is a modern version of the biblical name Matthew, and in translation means «given by God.» Bold, impulsive, sometimes reckless.

13. Myron

Most often, the name is derived from the Greek «myron» — «myrrh», «myrrh», «fragrant resin». There is also a version that this is the Tajik form of the Persian name Miran, meaning «ruler». Kind and generous, he does not tolerate lies and he tries to keep his word.

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14. Nazar

Three versions attribute the name to Latin, Hebrew and Arabic origin and translate either as “one who comes from Nazareth”, “Nazarene”, or “devoted himself to the Lord”, or “far-sighted «. nature is contradictory. Attracts people.

15. Oscar

The name Oscar has German roots and means «divine». Sociable person with a variety of interests. Sensitive, listens to his intuition.

16. Raphael

That was the name of one of the seven archangels, known for the gift of healing. Sociable, able to find a common language with people, emotional and persistent.

17. Samuel

The modern version of the Hebrew name Shemuel (Shmuel), in translation meaning «God heard.» Active, purposeful, proud, at the same time tactful and benevolent.

18. Svyatoslav

Slavic name formed from two words: “holy” (“bright”) and “glory”. A serious balanced person, good-natured and sociable. He does not like change and is not overly ambitious.

19. Taras

Taras is the Russian form of the Greek name Tarasios, which means “rebel”, “troublemaker”. Stubborn, withdrawn, well versed in people.

20. Timothy

The name Timothy has Greek roots and comes from “timotheos”, which means “honoring God”. Outwardly calm, even secretive, but ambitious man.

21. Timur

The name came to us from Asia and is translated from Mongolian as «iron». Purposeful, persistent, prudent man who loves new experiences.

22. Trofim

The name is translated from Greek as “breadwinner” or “pet”. A man who knows exactly what he wants and how to achieve it. Flexible, easily adapts to change, but long-term planning is not his forte.

23. Fyodor

The name comes from the Greek name Theodoros (Theodoros), which is translated as “God’s gift”, like the names Matvey and Bogdan. Kind, sensitive, philanthropic.

24. Yaroslav

The name Yaroslav is Slavic. It is translated as «glorifying Yarila». According to another version, it appeared from the words «ardent» and «glory». This is a really bright charming, but somewhat selfish person.

Popular Questions and Answers

Is it worth giving a boy a rare name?

A rare name will certainly make a child stand out. But so that the boy does not become an object of ridicule, make sure that the name sounds harmonious with the patronymic and surname, and also check what abbreviated forms it has. In general, a beautiful rare name is more likely to be a reason for pride than a problem.

Does a rare name affect fate?

Kristina Duplinskaya, practicing tarot reader:

— Of course, any name affects the fate of a person. But rare, perhaps doubly so. It attracts attention and is remembered. And how a person will use this attention depends on him.

Of course, the name of the name is different. It happens that parents give very original names to their children. It is not always easy for them then, in kindergarten and school they can be teased, offended.

But on the other hand, a person who has chosen a creative career will only benefit from an unusual name. And it will be remembered, and there is no need to choose a pseudonym.

There is another nuance if the parents name after some politician.

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