Are you about to birth a baby boy? Congratulations! He’s probably one of those little dudes about whom you just know: This kid is going to be hella cool. You’re lucky enough to have a super-chill kid who seems to already rock some serious style right out of the gate (er, womb). So you best give him a name that befits his burgeoning badassery, right? Whether you prefer more unique baby boy names or something a little more elegant, the swagger-tastic names ahead are fit for a kid who enters the world with confidence and never looks back.
“Parents in the 21st century are being more creative with baby boy names,” says Babynames.com founder Jennifer Moss. “Instead of using the stock Biblical names like Michael, John, and David, they’re going for characteristic names — names of gods, titles, and dictionary names that instill strength, like Axel. An Axle literally holds the wheels on a car — it has to be strong.”
Another boy name trend that’s holding strong, according to Moss: surnames like Addison, Parker, and Beckett as first names. “It’s a way to use a name that’s familiar but doesn’t yet have many associations,” she explains.
Although we love classic baby boy names, we know some babies just demand a baby name with a more unique twist. Luckily, there are plenty of names that rise to the occasion — and we think your little man is going to rock (at least) one of these. Check out our favorite picks for baby boy names that have serious swagger:
Unique baby boy names
Can we give a shoutout to these super-underrated baby names? One of these cool-guy options may be just what you’re looking for — and chances are good that with one of these unique baby boy names, your child won’t be one of four kids in his class with the same name.
Tough-sounding baby boy names
We love these tough-guy names because they have a confident air to them, often thanks to the letters X or Z (think Axel or Zander). Moss agrees: “A name tends to seem “tough” if it contains plosive consonants like T, X, or K; if there is only one syllable (like Jett); or if it’s a dictionary word that has a strong association, like Pistol,” she says.
Skip too-obvious names like Hercules or King, however, which can seem like you’re trying too hard to sound tough or strong. Rocco gets that done in spades and is much more subtle, no? We’re also partial to Jett — the name chosen recently by former Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson East and her NFL longer snapper husband, Andrew East, for their baby boy. Check out our picks below.