[name]Aiden[/name] - SOOOO popular
[name]Adrian[/name] - I love this on a boy
[name]Kye[/name] - I wouldn’t call this unique; I’d call it a misspelling of the name [name]Kai[/name]. I [name]DO[/name] like [name]Kai[/name], though! I agree that it’s similar to the female name [name]Kaia[/name], but I prefer [name]Kai[/name] on a boy. If you like, you could use [name]Malakai[/name] or Kaius, and use the nickname [name]Kai[/name].
[name]Nathaniel[/name] - Great name
Jakobi - I definitely wouldn’t use this spelling. It looks really girly with the “i” at the end, which was a popular trend for girls’ names in the 80s ([name]Tiffani[/name], [name]Staci[/name], [name]Mandi[/name], etc.). The [name]Jacoby[/name] spelling makes it look much more legitimate, and it’s climbing in popularity on the SSA charts, so I think most people would recognize it. You shouldn’t get too many pronunciation problems; I would pronounce Jakobi and [name]Jacoby[/name] just the same, but the first spelling just looks way too trendy for me. But that’s just my opinion! Also, if I came across the nickname [name]Cobi[/name], I’d assume it was for a girl. [name]How[/name] about [name]Coby[/name]?
[name]Slate[/name] - Seems made up to me. I know that it’s a kind of metamorphic rock, but that doesn’t mean it makes a good name. But, again, that’s just my opinion!
[name]Shane[/name] - A little dated, but it’s nice
And here’s my comments on the other names you mentioned:
[name]Oliver[/name] - Very nice! [name]Love[/name] it, but it’s getting popular.
[name]Dashiell[/name] - [name]LOVE[/name], especially with the nickname [name]Dash[/name]
[name]Owen[/name] - Ditto my comments on [name]Oliver[/name]. I prefer it to [name]Oliver[/name], but it is more popular ([name]Owen[/name] was 58th most popular last year, whereas [name]Oliver[/name] was 118th).
[name]Kit[/name] - I’d use this as a nickname only, because it doesn’t seem “full” enough to be a first name on its own. It’s sometimes used as a nickname to [name]Christopher[/name].