French names are perennially popular in the US, but there is still a host of undiscovered gems on the French popularity list. So today, the boys: 10 of the best possibilities for an unusual name taken from the popular names of France.
Mathis- This name makes for an unusual spin on the classic Matthew. The French pronunciation is ma-TEES, but it’s also a surname with multiple pronunciations. The most common for the surname is math-iss, exactly as it’s spelled.
Kylian- It’s the French variant of the Irish name Killian. Irish inspired names have long been common in the US, and this one, with its three-syllable structure and -n ending, fits in with a lot of other popular trends.
Rayan- Arabic for “brilliant,” Rayan is a trendy sounding name with a great meaning. Incidentally, it’s also a feminine Sanskrit name and a title in India.
Nael- Nael is reminiscent of several names: Gael (as in Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal), Noel, Nile, and Neil. The origin is murky, but it could be related to any of those names- or some amalgamation of several of them.
Ilyes- Ilyes and alternate spelling Ilyas are the Arabic forms of top 10 name Elijah. It’s a great option if Elias isn’t exotic enough.
Corentin-It sounds like some sort of variant on Cornelius, but Corentin actually derives from a Breton word for “tempest.” And like many fascinating names from history, Corentin is a saint name.
Kenzo- Kenzo is an easily pronounceable and spellable Japanese name with an upbeat and masculine -o ending: I’m quite surprised that it’s yet to catch on in the US.
Ilan- This gentle-sounding Hebrew name, used as both a surname and a given name, means “Tree.”
Kais- I’ve had quite a bit of trouble finding accurate information on this fascinating name. It appears to have an Arabic origin, but I couldn’t find much on it beyond that. Qais is a spelling variant.
Marius- Marius has ancient roots; it comes from the name of the Roman god Mars and its variants (including Mario) have been in use throughout Europe for millennia. But somehow, it’s remained rare in English speaking countries- variants of it are popular in France, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Italy, and more, but it’s never really been common in the US or UK.