Uncommon Vintage Classic Names For Boys

Hello everyone! Earlier I featured an article about Uncommon Vintage Classic Names For Girls and now it's time or the boys! I'm really excited to share these with you today! Like I said before, some parents may think that in order for their child to have a unique or uncommon name, they must make up a new one or change the spelling. Why reinvent the wheel when you could bring back an amazing vintage name that's no longer in use?  I think it was easier for me to find vintage classic girls names that I like than it was to find the boys names but I still managed to find some great ones! Let's get started with these awesome vintage names, each one outside the top 1000.

  • Meaning: spear strength
  • Origin: English and Irish from German
Gerard is a strong, ruggedly handsome name that I would love to see come back into style! I think the success of actor Gerard Butler would have done more to propel this name into the spot light... However, it is still currently outside the top 1000 and a great choice for those looking for something classic yet unique. Gerry would be the most obvious nickname but I think in order to help the name feel more modern, I'd just use Gerard in its entirety. 

  • Meaning: lives near a high cliff
  • Origin: English
I think Clive's style is definitely something that could fit in with today's trends. Clive is the C in C.S. Lewis, which makes it an appealing choice for a fan of his numerous literary works. If you're looking for a cool, uncommon, one-syllable name, try Clive.

  • Meaning: bold people
  • Origin: German
Many different Leo names are very popular today such as Leonard, Leonardo, and Leo itself, but Leopold is still lingering outside the top 1000. Leopold is different from the other Leo names in that it does not have 'lion' in the meaning like you would expect, since its roots are German, not Latin. You could still get the completely adorable and modern nickname Leo, though.

  • Meaning: foreign, stranger
  • Origin: Scottish
Wallace is name full of life, strength, and history but it has faded from popularity. If you're looking for a powerful way to honor a Scottish heritage, Wallace wold be a great choice. If you wanted to spell it Wallis, it would fit in quite well with the popularity of Ellis. Wally would make an appealing nickname. 

  • Meaning: bold voyager
  • Origin: German
Ferdinand is a very handsome German name with a great meaning. It's certainly a very bold choice but I think it would be perfect for an adventurous namer. Ferdinand dropped off the US charts in the 1980s, which surprised me because I wouldn't have guessed that it hung on that long. I think Nando is probably the most usable nickname for Ferdinand.

  • Meaning: northerner
  • Origin: English
Norman was once a very popular boys name in the US, reaching its peak in the early 1930s. It's since faded from the spotlight but I can see it making a strong name for a modern boy, if parents had the guts to choose such a grandpa-sounding name for their son. If other grandpa names can come back, why not Norman?

  • Meaning: the king
  • Origin: English from French
Elijah, Elias, and Ellis are all fairly popular, so why not Elroy? Names beginning with the El sound are very popular these days for boys and for girls. Elroy fits in well with that trend but is still way ahead of the naming curve. 

  • Meaning: dark-skinned
  • Origin: English from Latin
This easier to spelling and correctly pronounce version of Maurice was once a top 100 name. It fell completely off the charts in the 90s. I could see Morris fitting in well with names like Ellis. Morrie, Mo, and even Moss could be nicknames for Morris.

  • Meaning: settlement  of free men
  • Origin: English
I love the name Charleton! I grew up loving the movie The Ten Commandments and of course the star of the movie is Charlton Heston (he spelled it without the 'e' but I prefer it with an 'e'). Charlton Heston was not his given name but Charlton was his mother's maiden name. If you like Charles or want to honor a Charles but want a different spin on it, you might consider Charleton. You could still use the amiable nickname Charlie or if you want something with a stronger sound, there's also Char.

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  • Meaning: fortunate protector
  • Origin: English
Edmund is quite the classic! Similar sounding Edward is #145 currently and has maintained it's status in the top 200 for over 100 years. Edmund used to be quite popular as well (tough never as popular as Edward) but it fell off the charts in the 90s. Edmund is a literary name chosen by C.S. Lewis for a main character in many of the Chronicles of Narnia book (spoiler alert! Edmund is actually a good guy!) If you want an old-fashioned and distinguished sounding choice, Edmund would be perfect. The only good nickname I could think of are the obvious Ed and Eddie.

  • Meaning: merciful
  • Origin: Latin
I love the name Clement! It gives off an impression of gentle strength to me with it's strong sound and kind meaning. I've featured it before in my Awesome But Underused Boys Names From The New Testament article and I featured it's feminine form Clementine in my Uncommon Vintage Classic Girls Names article. I love both Clement and Clementine but if I had to choose I think I love Clement more.

  • Meaning: son of Neil (which means cloud)
  • Origin: Scandinavian 
With both the root name of Neil being mid-range in popularity and the similar sounding Miles just outside of the top 100, why is Niles still outside the top 1000? There were a few Nileses on sitcoms from decades past but I think those associations can be overcome to allow this great name back into use. 

  • Meaning: green river or sea friend
  • Origin: Scottish
Irving definitely makes me picture times in the past but I think it might be an awesome choice for some baby namers looking for a rare vintage gem. Irving certainly has a unique sound: beginning with an 'I', including a very suave 'v'. and ending in 'ing'. Irv doesn't sound like a great nickname for a modern boy but edgier Ving might be a cool alternative.

  • Meaning: lives near grove of trees
  • Origin: English
If you can shake off the Sesame Street reference, Grover makes a really clunky-cool name choice. It has the fashionable 'v' in the middle an the very trendy 'er' ending. G isn't a letter you see an abundance of names starting with these days so that also adds to Grover's uniqueness. 

  • Meaning: strong, brave as a bear
  • Origin: German
Bernard is a powerful sounding name with an equally powerful meaning. In the United States Bernard is pronounced "bur-NARD" but in other English-speaking places it's pronounced "BURN-erd". Berry makes a very endearing nickname for this fantastic bear of a name.

Well, there you have it! I hope you enjoyed this list of uncommon vintage classic names for boys and maybe found some inspiration. My favorite names from this list are Gerard, Charleton, Clement and Bernard. Thank you so much for reading and may God bless you!

Which names were your favorites? Are there any you would add? Let me know in the comments! I love hearing from you!

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  1. Grover is my favorite from this list.

  2. I found your post from the Faith Filled Friday link-up and was intrigued by the title. I like a number of them, but I'm afraid we try to stick to fairly common names because of our very uncommon last name - Tinkel. :-) It's a very rare (at least in the U.S.) German name. Thanks for the interesting list, though. It was amazing, though, how many people that I know that actually have one of those names.

  3. These are great names too, although I probably wouldn't go with Grover :-) My favourite is Niles. Thanks for sharing at Good Morning Mondays. Blessings

  4. Im liking Niles..its a name I never would have thought of before :)


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