Baby Names

Strong Yet Different Boy Names

Are you looking for an uncommon boy name? This list of strong, yet different boy names will help you find the more special and unique name for your new son!

Unique Names for Boys

Many parents hope to give their baby boys a strong name that will grow with them through to their adulthood. However, many may will want to make sure their baby’s name is not overused. Finding a name that is strong, but also unique isn’t as easy as it appears. Lots of uncommon baby names don’t sound strong. 

But what makes a baby name unique? I checked out the Social Security baby name charts to make sure none of these names are in the Top 100 most common baby names last year. You can be guaranteed none of these names are overly common. 

I’ve tried to help you out by compiling a list of strong yet different boy names. I hope you can find a name that appeals to you!

Strong Yet Different Boy Names

So without further ado, here are the strong and different boy names!

Ace

English word meaning ‘the highest rank’.

Anders

Anders is the Scandinavian version of Andrew, which means ‘manly’ or ‘masculine’.

Arlo

The meaning of this name is unknown, but was possibly inspired by the fictional place name ‘Arlo Hill’ from Edmund Spenser’s poem ‘The Faerie Queene’.

Archer

Originally a surname meaning ‘bowman’. It originally came from Old French. 

Arthur

The meaning of the name Arthur is unknown, but is perhaps from the Celtic, meaning ‘bear’ and ‘man’ or ‘king’. Arthur is the mythic king of Britain renown in legend.

August

August comes from the Latin and literally means ‘to increase’. As a name, it means ‘venerable’ or ‘esteemed’ and was given to emperors.

Augustus

Augustus is a Roman name which means ‘exalted’ or ‘venerable’.

Barrett

Originally a surname, Barrett means ‘strife’.

Beckett

Beckett was originally an English surname which could possibly mean ‘brook’.

Bennett

Bennett is the medieval form of Benedict and is also a surname.

Benson

Benson is more commonly used as a surname, meaning ‘son of Ben’, but is gaining traction as a given name as well.

Bentley

This is a surname which was originally a place name of several English towns. 

Bowen

Bowen is a Welsh name, meaning ‘son of Owen’.

Brantley

Brantley is an English surname that means ‘sword’ or ‘fiery torch’. It’s just recently become more popular as a given name.

Braxton

Braxton was originally a place name (Bracc’s settlement), which became a surname. It’s recently become popular as a given name. 

Bryan

The meaning of Bryan is unknown, but could possibly mean ‘high, or noble’.

Brody

Referring to a location in Moray, Scotland, Brody was originally a surname.

Bryce

In Welsh, Bryce means ‘son of the ardent one’. In Scottish, it was a surname.

Caesar

Julius Caesar was the infamous military leader and emperor of Ancient Rome.

Camden

Camden was originally a surname meaning ‘enclosed valley’.

Cash

Originally a surname made popular by singer, Johnny Cash.

Clayton

Clayton was originally a surname meaning ‘clay settlement’ in Old English.

Colt

Colt is the English word that refers to a young, male horse. 

Corbin

Corbin was originally a nickname meaning ‘little crow’ and comes from Old French.

Daxton

Daxton is an elaborate form of Dax, which refers to a town in France.

Dean

Originally an English surname.

Deacon

Deacon comes from the occupation of deacon in the church, coming from the Greek for ‘servant’.

Declan

Declan is the Anglicized form of the Irish name, Deaglan.

Dallas

Dallas is a name that comes from the place name. While many people associate Dallas with the city in Texas, there is also a Dallas in Scotland. It can also mean ‘meadow’ and dwelling’ in Old English.

Dalton

Dalton is an English two syllable name which means ‘settlement in the valley’. 

Damon

Damon is a Greek baby name that means ‘gentle’ or ‘to tame’. In Greek mythology, Damon is a friend of Pythias.

Dax

Originally a surname, from the French town of Dax.

Emmett

Emmett was originally an English surname. It’s a great strong, yet different baby name that is easy to pronounce, but is not too common.

Emerson

Emerson means ‘son of Emery’. Ralph Waldo Emerson, an America writer, was a famous bearer of this name. 

Finley

Anglicized version of Fionnlagh, meaning ‘white warrior’ in Gaelic.

Finn

A name from Old Norse, meaning ‘person from Finland’.

Grady

Grady is a Gaelic baby name that means ‘noble’. 

Gael

Gael refers to the Celtic, or Gaelic ethno-linguistic group. It’ s a great way to pay homage to your Scottish or Irish heritage!

Graham

Originally a Scottish surname, referring to a ‘gravelly homestead’.

Grant

Originally an English surname from the Norman French for ‘large’.

Griffin

Griffin is the Latin form of Gruffudd, meaning ‘lord’, or ‘prince’, or can be in honor of the mythological creature of the same name.

Gunnar

Gunnar is an Old Norse name, meaning ‘war’ or ‘warrior’.

Harrison

Harrison is a surname meaning ‘son of Harry’, meaning ‘home ruler’.

Hank

A nickname for Henry (meaning ‘ruler’), made popular by baseball player Hank Aaron, and musician Hank Williams.

Hendrix

After the famous rock star, Jimi Hendrix (if you want to read more rock star-inspired names, click here) It can also be variation of the Dutch last name, Hendrick. 

Holden

Holden originally means ‘deep valley’ in Old English and was originally a surname.

Jaden

Possibly a variation of Jadon, a biblical name meaning ‘thankful’, or an -den name like Aiden and Hayden

Jake

This one syllable baby name was is a variation of Jack, or a shortened form of Jacob, meaning ‘supplanter’.

Jasper

From the Hebrew, meaning ‘treasurer’. Jasper was one of the three wise men, or magi, who visited baby Jesus in the Bible.

Jax

This one syllable baby name is a form of Jackson, meaning ‘son of Jack’.

Jayce

A shortened form for Jason, meaning ‘healer’. 

Jayson

Jayson is a cool alternate spelling to Jason, a Greek name, meaning ‘to heal’. Jason was the leader of the Argonauts in Greek mythology.

Jesse

Jesse is a Hebrew name, meaning ‘gift’.

Jett

Variation of the English word, jet, referring to the colour black, or a jet airplane.

Jonas

Jonas is a form of Jonah, which means ‘dove’.

Kaden

Kaden could be a derivative of an Irish surname, or a variation of similar sounding names like Hayden and Aiden.

Kai

Meaning ‘sea’ in Hawaiian, or ‘victory’ in Chinese.

Kashton

Kashton is a new name that has risen up the charts quickly since 2015, when it first entered the top 1000, according to Social Security. It’s a combination of Cash/Kash with the popular -ton suffix.

Kason

Kason is a new baby name that has quickly become popular. It’s Jason with the first letter switched to a K.

Kendrick

Kendrick is a surname that has gained popularity as a given name. Its roots are from Welsh, meaning ‘greatest champion’ or Anglo-Saxon, meaning ‘family ruler’.

Kiernan

Kiernan is an Irish baby name and means ‘son of a lord’.

Kingston

Kingston comes from English and literally means ‘King’s town’.

Knox

Originally a Scottish surname referring to a round hill.

Kolton

Kolton is an alternate spelling of Colton, an English name that was originally a surname. It means ‘charcoal’ and ‘settlement’.

Kyrie

Kyrie comes from the Greek and means ‘lord’.

Lawrence

This two syllable name comes ‘from Laurentum’ (a city in the Roman Empire) in Latin.

Lawson

Meaning ‘son of Law’, it was originally a surname.

Maddox

Meaning ‘son of Maddoc’ in Welsh.

Malachi

Malachi means ‘my messenger’ or ‘my angel’. In the Bible, Malachi was one of the twelve minor prophets.

Marcus

Marcus is a Latin name which was likely named after the Roman god, Mars.

Memphis

Memphis means ‘enduring’ and ‘beautiful’. It’s a place name and several cities are named Memphis. 

Micah

Micah means ‘Who is like God?’ and this name appears in the Bible several times.

Nash

Nash is a very trendy one syllable name that originally stems from a Middle English phrase meaning ‘at the ash tree’.

Oakley

Variation of Oak, which honours the oak tree.

Paxton

Paxton is an English name that was originally a surname. It refers to a place name, literally ‘Poecc’s Settlement’.

Pierce

This name comes from the surname, which originates from the given name Piers, the Medieval form of Peter, meaning ‘stone’. 

Porter

Meaning ‘doorkeeper’, Porter was originally a surname which referred to the occupation. 

Preston

Preston originally was a last name meaning ‘priest town’.

Raiden

Raiden is the anglicized spelling of the Japanese god of lightning and thunder, Raijin. 

Remington

Remington is a surname that was originally a place name. It recently became popular as a given name and means ‘raven’ and ‘settlement’. 

Reed

Originally a surname, it comes from the Old English word, ‘read’, a nickname given to a redhead.

Rhett

Originating from Old Dutch, meaning ‘advice’ or ‘counsel’.

Rhys

Rhys is a Welsh name that means ‘enthusiasm.

Ruben

Ruben is Hebrew boy name that means ‘behold, a son’.

Ryker

Also spelled Riker, this strong but different boys name comes from the German and means ‘rich’.

Sullivan

Sullivan is a Celtic name and means ‘black-eyed one’.

Tanner

Tanner is an English name that was originally an occupational surname, referring to someone who tans hides.

Tate

Originally a surname in Old English coming from the given name which means ‘cheerful’.

Theo

Theo is short for Theodore, which means ‘gift of god’.

Titus

Titus is a Roman given name of unknown meaning.

Travis

Travis was originally an English surname.

Tucker

Tucker is an occupational surname for a cloth fuller. 

Walker

Walker is an occupational surname which referred to a walker or fuller, who worked on wool.

Waylon

A variation of Wayland, Waylon was popularized by musician, Waylon Jennings.

Wesley

Wesley originally means ‘west meadow’ and was a surname before gaining popularity as a given name.

Weston

Weston was originally a surname which referred to a place name meaning ‘West town’.

Zander

A shortened form of Alexander, which means ‘defender of men’.

Zayden

Zayden is an Arabic name meaning ‘to increase’, or a variation of the name, Aiden. 

Zane

Originally an American surname of unknown meaning.

Well, those are my top strong yet different boy names. I hope this helps you in your search for the perfect baby name!

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