When on the hunt for a baby name, you're usually faced with an overload of options. From
literature to movies to your family tree to the Social Security Administration's popularity lists, baby names can be found almost anywhere.
However, if you're looking for a name that doesn't already exist seemingly everywhere you look, you might get stumped. Unique spellings are one way to put a different spin on a favorite name, but that can be a recipe for misery when your child has to constantly correct everyone who tries to spell it ("No, not C-A-R-O-L-Y-N, it's Q-U-E-R-A-U-L-Y-N-N-E, " said some poor kid at some point in the '90s).
So it's not finding a unique name that's difficult; it's finding one that won't lend itself (and your little one) to more difficulties later in life, whether it's a matter of, "Um, how do you pronounce this?" or, "Why on Earth did they name him that?"
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That's where we come in. We rounded up some quirky names for boys — that you can still spell. These are unique enough that he'll stand out, but not so out there that he'll hate it and/or get judged for it (although, of course, he might hate it anyway, and people can be jerks anyway — so, sorry in advance). We also dug into the history books to find some sweet old-timey names that haven't quite caught on yet.
Short & quirky boy names
Short boy names are easy to pair with just about any last name, especially if his surname is on the long side (all of these names are just one syllable). And hey, if these don't strike your fancy for a first name, consider moving them to the second spot.
Longer quirky boy names
These boy names are at least two syllables, but unless your last name is super-hyphenated, why not go long with the first one?
Vintage quirky boy names
While vintage baby names are all the rage right now, not all old-fashioned monikers have piqued the interest of modern parents. These may do just that.
So there you have it: copious names that aren't "John" or "Peter" — but aren't "
Audio Science" either.