Rare baby boy names for 2020

Are you looking for rare and unusual baby boy names?

If you’re expecting a baby in 2020 and want to choose a unique name for your little one, we’ve got you covered. 

While the big chart names are a great choice, you may prefer something a little lesser known for your baby. It’s actually becoming more and more popular to choose names outside of the top 100 baby names charts!

Subjects you can take inspiration from include sci-fi and fantasy movies and TV shows where unusual names are heavily used, pale colour shades and celestial words. 

To help you with your choice, here are 30+ ideas for what to call your baby boy if you want a more unusual moniker for your little one. 

If you’re expecting a girl, you can find some baby name ideas for her over here. Find out about the baby name trends set to be big news in 2020 over on this post!

Now on to the names! Which is your favourite?

Rare baby boy name ideas

Atlas – A great name choice for fans of mythical words and themes. The meaning of the name is “to carry”. 

Barnaby – Can be shorted to Barney, but it’s adorable either way. It’s an English name meaning “son of comfort”. 

Kylo – The word means sky, but the name is now immortalised in popular culture as Kylo was the son of Princess Leia and Han Solo in the new Star Wars trilogy. 

Geralt – A very rare name, though one that may grow in popularity this year due to the new Netflix show The Witcher starring Henry Cavill as monster hunter Geralt. The name is Irish in origin and means “fanner”. Similar to the name Gerald which means spear ruler. 

Maynard – A great choice if you like the idea of a surname as a first name. The meaning is brave and strong. 

Flint – A short but strong name referring to the stone used to spark a fire. 


Walt – Recently in popular culture in the hit TV series Breaking Bad, it’s a great choice for fans of more old-fashioned and vintage names. The name Walter means “army ruler”. 

Caius – The name means “happy” or rejoice making it a perfect choice for a new baby! 

Ezekiel – A biblical name meaning God strengthens, however is quite trendy due to popular culture use in shows such as The Walking Dead. Could be shortened to Zeke which is super cute. 

Wells – Another idea for those who love surnames as first names! It’s an English name meaning “spring”. 

Baby boy name ideas rare

Quinten – Meaning “fifth” which makes it perfect for your fifth child, or if five is your lucky number. Could also be shortened to Quin, which is another gorgeous name in itself. 

Gray – A beautiful Old English name which is perfect if you fancy using a rare name inspired by the pale colour trend. 

Soren – Meaning stern, but the name certainly doesn’t sound stern! A strong but simple name. 

Luther – A great choice for fans of Idris Elba! The name means army people. 

Pax – The name means peace, and is the name Angelina Jolie chose for her eldest child. 

Kai – Perfect for lovers of the ocean, this name means sea. 

Orson – An old-fashioned name meaning bear cub. 

Tobin – Could be shortened to Toby! Means God is good. 

Aurelius – A beautiful baby name that means golden. 


Bowie – This name had a little surge in popularity following the sad death of David Bowie. The name is Scottish and means yellow or fair-haired. 

Roscoe – A simple but powerful name meaning deer forest. 

Lucius – This name means light and is great if you like names such as Luca or Lucas but want something a little less well used. 

Storm – A gorgeous unisex name. Great if you want a one syllable name that is also powerful and masculine. 

Riggs – An English name that refers to a hill. 

Zephyr – From the Greek word for west wind, this is a stunning and unique baby name. 

Keanu – Made famous by the actor Keanu Reeves but still not widely used. The name means the breeze in Hawaii. 

Rush – A great single syllable baby name that means basket weaver. 

Otto – This lovely name means wealth or prosperity. It is German in origin. 

Willis – The name means resolute protector, so it’s a perfect strong and masculine name. 

Thaddeus – Meaning courageous or courage this is a wonderful choice for fans of Greek names. 

Stellan – A Swedish name meaning calm. 

Cassian – Meaning hollow, this is set to grow a little in popularity after being used in one of the latest Star Wars movies. It remains a rarely used name!

Edmond – A French baby name meaning happy or rich. 

Ronin – A simple but very unique name, this means well-advised ruler. 

Wren – Can be used for both boys and girls! It means songbird. 

30+ rare baby boy names and meanings