Are you expecting? Congratulations. Have you thought of a name yet? If you haven't then check out this list of names that are very seldom used (at least these days). Maybe there is a name or two that you might be interested in bringing back into the popular name game. Why not? It's got to be worth a shot. It's easier than digging through a ton of books to find out what each name means and all that.
There are some really interesting names here. Some are from the Bible so that will appeal to those of you who are good, church-going folk. Some are derived from Old English and both Irish and Scottish Gaelic. Others are more simply created, but no less interesting. Either way, there is certainly a peculiar name for everyone on this list, I think.
And if you don't like them at all, then there's at least one thing that's very good about having gone through this article. You've come closer to narrowing down what names you don't want to call your little baby boy. But I dare say there will be something that catches your eye. Maybe Gideon isn't for you. But who knows...Dakota might be (and no, I don't mean the actor Dakota Fanning)...
Archer is not a frequently used name. Sure, it might be more recognizable than many of the names on this list, but that doesn't mean that you'll walk around town and meet 50 people named Archer. You'll probably meet 50 Davids or Matts, but not Archers. And hey, if you're a fan of the hilariously inappropriate comedy cartoon Archer, then it might be fitting for you to name your son after this somewhat iconic character who always manages to win in the end. Don't you want your son to win? If you name him Archer, he's already named after a warrior or hunter of sorts before even considering that cartoon. Archer is an obvious reference to a "bowman" or someone who uses a bow. I mean, you could name your boy Robin Hood, but wouldn't you rather not be so cliched? Just stick with Archer and you'll hit the mark.
It's interesting, this name. When I think Bentley, I think of two things. I think about the Bentley Continental car or the Bentley luggage company. Either way, imagine if you had a boy who was as classy as a Bentley Continental! I mean, here's hoping he wouldn't be as boring as the Continental, but the class would be great to have. Apparently, Bentley is derived from an English place-name meaning "a clearing overgrown with bent grass". I'm not too sure if you take into consideration the meaning of a name when you think of naming your kids, but it might be worthwhile doing. It's like if you named your kid Cecil without realizing that it means short-sighted or myopic. Bentley has come to be known as a classy name...but it means an overgrown clearing with bent grass.
Everyone thinks of at least one thing when the name Everest is brought up. It should be Mount Everest. That being said, it may very well be the water brand. And if it is, well then that's just silly. Especially since that brand is named after Mount Everest in the first place. Anyway, Everest used to be a surname that meant "Everett's son". This is a variant name of Evered, which is derived from the Old English Eoforheard meaning "brave as a wild boar". Essentially, the name is made up of two pieces. Eofor "a wild boar" and heard, meaning "strong, brave, or hearty". There are also all sorts of variations if you don't want to spell the name just like the mountain. Everist, Everett, Everitt...they're all pretty close. It's a pretty mountainous name.
When I first thought about the name Colt, I immediately think about the gun made by the infamous Samuel Colt. I also think about a kid who grew up next door to me who I used to play POG with (does that make me old?). He's the only kid I've ever known to be named Colt. The name Colt is derived from the word colt which means "a young male horse", so if you think that your son is going to be a real buckaroo, then maybe the name Colt is for you. Or for him, I mean. Colt is also a short form of the longer name Colter. No, not like Ann Coulter who is just a horrible human being. Colter is apparently a name which means "keeper of the colt herd". I can't imagine having that job. Not for even one second. But hey, if you want your boy to be a wild boy, maybe name him Colt.
For those Americans reading this (and I assume that's most of you reading this), it shouldn't take you very long to figure out just where the name Dallas comes from. Or at least where it most recently comes from. That would be from the Texas city of Dallas named after the Vice President G.M. Dallas (1792-1864). This used to actually be a Scottish Surname which meant "belonging to Dallas" or "from Dallas". The Gaelic elements of that name are daily meaning "field" and eas meaning "a waterfall". So, its basic meaning is "the waterfall field". Not something I'm sure you thought of for any of you parents who have been toying with the name Dallas for your little boy. But now you know all the more. A little history lesson for you.
The first thing I'm sure many of you think of when hearing the name Kenyon is the idea that perhaps you would be referring to the country of Kenya and the notion that your son is "of Kenya" but this name is actually very different. This is traditionally an Irish surname. It has been Anglicized as well, of course, and take three pieces from Irish Gaelic. Coinin, meaning "rabbit", Ceann, meaning "head", and fhionn meaning "white, fair". It's a pretty interestingly pieced together name which I guess ultimately means "the pretty rabbit head". A strange thing to call your son, I admit. But Kenyon is kind of a cool name. And if you're some sort of hippie-ish family, it might suit to name your son after a fair little creature of the forest.
This is a pretty straightforward name, right here. It's simply Wolf. You'd just be naming your son after the ancestor of all of our domestic dogs...the wolf. Which is kind of cool, I think. It's not like you should worry about him becoming a lone Wolf. I mean, if he grows up in a good family then you can hope that he'll grow up like most wolves, staying close to the pack. And who knows, maybe naming him Wolf will actually help with his want to stay near his family. That could be a good thing. You just never know. I don't know anyone personally named Wolf, but there are definitely those out there carrying that name. Don't let them be lone Wolfs. Why not add another Wolf to the pack and name your little boy that as well?
You might recognize this name. At least if you've studied your Bible at all in the past few years. Cain is the "evil" brother of Abel. Realistically, Cain just wanted to be praised like his brother, but God didn't seem to care much for him from the start. Anyway, it shouldn't surprise you that Cain is originally taken from the Hebrew saying, meaning "smith" or "craftsman". It's too bad that the story of Cain and Abel has sort of sullied what is otherwise a pretty cool name. Unless you're thinking about the wrestler Kane. He used to be cool, but now he's just a bald, chubby Republican candidate who really can't wrestle anymore. But don't get caught up thinking about a biblical murderer or a sh*tty wrestler when picking your boy's name!
Beau is probably one of the more familiar names on this grand list of not-so-often-used baby boy names. Beau Bridges is probably one of the more famous of people who have the name. If you don't know who that is, he's the lesser-known brother of Jeff Bridges. Either way, Beau is a pretty beautiful name. Literally. It's meaning is derived from the French word beau which means "pretty", or is in reference to "a dandy", or even something as simple as being "handsome". So don't worry that you might be giving your baby boy a girly name. Beau doesn't have to mean pretty. It can means handsome. And maybe you're hoping your son ends up with the fancy styles of some sort of dandy. So why not try and help him along by giving him a name that means that very thing?
Alright, look. This is not a hard one at all. There are so many Christians in America that it has got to be kind of hard to miss just what this name means. It's probably one of the more popular names that you'll find on this list. After all, you probably hear the word anywhere in the United States at least several times each day. And, for those of you who don't actually know what the name Christian means...it means basically the exact same as the title Christian means. It means "to be a follower of Christ". And for those of you who didn't know where this name came from in the first place, it comes from the Greek word christianos. It's not like Christian has always been around since the figure of Christ allegedly lived. It's a much more recent term and name.
King isn't actually in reference to being a monarch of any sort. It's actually a short form of the name Kinglsey which translates to "King's wood". However, if you wanted the name to stand alone and you wanted to name your son after the title of being a king, then it is based on the Old English word cyning which, of course, means "king" or "monarch". It's a pretty straightforward name, but I think it's used more as either a surname or the name for a dog. I'm not saying that if you like the name that you shouldn't call your boy King. I'm just saying that I've known several dogs with the same name and have never known anyone personally with the first name King. I know a couple of King families, but that's about as far as I go with that.
This is perhaps the only name that is of Siouan origin. It is derived from the Siouan word dakota which means "allies" or "to be thought of as friends". I'm not sure how many Americans think of the Dakotas, both North or South as friends, but that's what they're named after. This was originally the name given to the northern Plains tribes of the Sioux and the Lakota. And now there are two States in the Union named for them...though they have a lot of issues with the native communities there. Which makes this sort of awkward. Either way, I know at least one person named Dakota. I also know a few dogs named Dakota as well. There is also a vehicle called the Dakota. It's a pretty popular name...just not with people apparently. Maybe it's time to make it a popular first name?
This is another Hebrew name derived from gihd'on, meaning "hewer" or "one who cuts down". It's also the name on every single Bible in the every bloody hotel room across the United States. I don't know why they started that practice, but boy they need to end it. What a waste of money. Anyway, Gideon was a judge in the Bible who was a key part of the slaughter of the Midianite people (which God asked for)...so much for all-loving. Anyway, Gideon must have been all-loving because if you believe the Bible at all, he apparently had something like 70 sons! So, if you don't want a metric f*ck ton of grandchildren, maybe think twice about naming your little baby boy after this Gideon characters. He sounds like a bit of a womanizer.
Averill is a pretty interesting name, I think. It used to be simply used as a surname and was never thought to be of any use as a first name. But that changes every single year, so it shouldn't be any great shock. Either way, Averill is thought to have two meanings. In fact, there is a bit of a debate about which meaning is the true meaning of the name. One side of the argument thinks that the clear definition is "April" in reference to the month of the year. This would make the name of English origin. But there are those who think that the name is of Germanic origin and means something along the lines of "wild boar battle". I mean, that a little bit of a dated meaning to a name, but that's not to say there aren't still people out there who hunt boar. I mean...there's a "reality" tv show about it right now.
I mean...this one isn't all that hard to figure out. Bear...it's in reference to a bear. You know, those giant, cave-dwelling, berry-eating, big and hairy beasts who wander the forests, mountains, and snowy tundras of the world. All I can really say on this one is that you better hope your baby boy ends up growing up to become a pretty sizeable kid and adult. Otherwise, people might wonder why the hell he's called Bear. I mean...sure, he could be a bear cub, but I think some people might use that as a way to make fun of him. So you really have to gamble with this one. Base it on his initial weight, I think. I mean, if he does end up as a big, strapping lad, then it's not like too many people are going to mess with him...I mean...he's called Bear!
This name, apparently, used to only be used as a surname. Considering the meaning of the name, I think it's kind of sad that it was used as a name at all, really. The name seems to be derived from the Russian word "banich" meaning "one who has been exiled or banished". That seems like a pretty sad name to have. When I first saw this name and saw that it was now used as a first name, I immediately thought of the food bannock which is an awesome biscuit sort of bread that is traditionally made in the coals of a fire with flour and water. It's a traditional Native-American food that was easy to make and filled the belly fairly well also. I personally make it all the time when I go camping or am out in the woods. That being said, when someone makes jokes about how a kid is so adorable they could just eat the kid alive...you might want to think twice about calling your boy Bannock.
I know it's not the same spelling, but when I see this name I think of a bra. I also think of a charcoal BBQ sort of contraption. Or at least a coal heater. But that's not even what this name is actually derived from. Brazier is apparently pulled from the Old English word brasier which means "a brass founder" or "a worker of brass". And even that in itself is taken from another Old English word brasian, which is taken to mean "to make of brass". So, if you want your kid to be named after something shaped of a pretty often sought-after metal that needs to constantly be polished and cared for, then I think Brazier is the named for you. And hey, it's an American name of English origin, but it definitely sounds a little more exotic than...David.
Alright, before we get down to the name...I couldn't resist using this photo. It's just adorable...aside from the worry that I have about this kid drowning. But otherwise, it's adorable. Anyway, I'm sure it's not a strange name to hear. Though it might be strange to call a boy Merlin, it's not an uncommon name. It's attached to all sorts of lore and myths. It's originally a Welsh name that means "sea hill" or "sea fortress". You'd know it best from tales of King Arthur and his mighty wizard Merlin. The name is split into two parts. er or mori meaning "sea". And dunom meaning "hill" or "fortress". Hence the meaning of "sea fortress". Did you ever think that naming a kid could be such a deep rabbit hole of research?
I can't help but think of the 80's band Duran Duran when I think of the name Duran. I just think it's impossible not to. Thankfully, for anyone naming their kid Duran these days, no one growing up with him will know anything about that band. Or at least the chances are pretty damn slim, let's be honest. Duran is a name that is derived from the Latin word duras, meaning "enduring" or "durable" or "long-lasting". There are also a couple of variations of the name Duran as well. So, if you don't want to name your kid after some 80's band you may or may not like, you can always name him Durand, or Durant. Both of those names actually come across much better, I think. But that's also because I can only think of the band when I see the name Duran.
So, here's the thing. I'm not sure if you really want to have your son named after what is thought to be a sly and crafty dog-like animal. But hey, there's more than one connotation when it comes to being a fox. For instance, there's always the idea of being "foxy". And when your son is older, he can be referred to as the Silver Fox. And it would make perfect sense because he would have grey hair and his name would be Fox. That being said, it's probably best to leave Fox as a nickname, but it is definitely on the list as an actual first name used by Americans. I don't personally know anyone by the name of Fox (other than as a surname) but that doesn't mean that they don't exist out there, or that they couldn't exist out there.
Kermit is an interesting one. And not just because literally everyone reading this just starting thinking about a muppet frog made of green cloth who has a very annoying voice. It's more because of where the name comes from. Kermit is an English derivation of the Irish Gaelic name Diarmaid, which means "without injunction" or "freeman". Don't ask me how the English decided that that made any sense, but language has always been a very strange thing. The elements of the name are as follows. di "without" and "airmit" injunction. Somehow, to the English, this made Kermit. Either way, I still can't help but think solely about the muppet Kermit the Frog. I would never call my son this name, but it certainly is an uncommon name to use.
This one should really go without saying, I think. You know what it is to be lucky. And if you don't, then you know what it is to wish to be lucky. I don't know anyone personally who was ever named lucky, but I do know of the gangster who was called Lucky Luciano. To be fair, his first name wasn't actually Lucky, but it might be cool to name your son something that gives him a bit of good fortune to start off. Or at least a wish for good fortune by calling him Lucky. That being said, it would be pretty awful if you named your son Lucky and then he had bad luck all of his life. I'm not saying that going to happen and I'm not trying to dissuade you from using this name. I'm just saying that it would be a pretty horrible thing to have happen.
There's only one thing you should be thinking about when you hear the name Shelby. Well, two things I guess. You should be thinking about the Shelby Cobra which is a wicked sexy Ford Mustang line. And the other thing you should think about is Carroll Shelby, the man behind the creation of that awesome car. Oh, I guess you could also be thinking about naming your little boy Shelby as well. Shelby is derived from an English place-name meaning a "willow" or a "grove" or a "place where willows grow". It's pretty straightforward, really. I think that it's a pretty peaceful name when you take it from its meaning. But if you take it from the perspective of a wicked boss car with a mighty powerful sound...not quite so peaceful.
When you think of Ford, I know you think of the car company. Or you think about some sort of acronym for it like 'Found On Road Dead', or something to that effect. But the name actually has nothing to do with the car company. The name is actually taken from the Old English word ford, meaning "a shallow place in a river or stream which can be crossed by wading". Therefore, the actual meaning of the name is in reference to someone who is a "dweller by the Ford". I really wouldn't mind being one of those dwellers. That being said, if you're a city-dweller then you might not want to really name your son after someone who should be living out by a creek or river. That is, if you want your kid to grow up and still be near to your home.
Depending on how old you are, this name might make you think of a pretty damn famous band, Fleetwood Mac. A kid could definitely be named after worse things out there. I know a guy named Bulldog...sure, that's not his real name but that is what even what much of his family calls him. Fleetwood means "creek wood". I mean, the wood part is pretty obvious. Fleet is derived from the Old English "fleot" which refers to a creek. It's certainly not a name that is used very often. In fact, the only person I've ever heard of who actually has this name is Mick Fleetwood. And he is responsible for the band name Fleetwood Mac. So if you really want to dig in and have a pretty original name for your baby boy. Fleetwood is a good one to go with. Just make sure that their nickname is Fleet and not something like Woody.