Category: Boy Names
Do you know how, when you’re a kid, your friends’ names are just your friends’ names? It seems to me that the younger you are, the less likely you are to realize that other kids’ names are unusual, and certainly kids have no real idea about what names seem dated or ethnic or “weird.” On the contrary, names seem so inextricably linked with the people who bear them that names are cool or not based on the person him or herself.
I hope that you might be able to put some fresh eyes on a debate my husband and I are having about the name of our second child!
Our first is named Ivan Lawrence. I liked that Ivan is different, but not too different. I also liked the nicknames Ives and Van. My husband studied Russian Literature in college. Lawrence is from our family tree.
We cannot seem to think of a name for our second if it’s a boy.
My husband loves the popular classics: William and Alexander, maybe James or Benjamin. I like traditional names, but prefer mine a little less common: Abram, Abraham, Abel, Malachi, Arthur, Theodore, Leo, Alistair, and Louis. He’s willing to consider Lewis.
We’d love to find an older name that feels contemporary, but not trendy. We like names with nicknames and don’t like last names as first names. Our middle name is already set: Richard, another family name.
I am starting to feel like the name we need doesn’t exist!
Viewers on both sides of the Atlantic have been enjoying the television show The Last Kingdom, based on novels by Bernard Cornwell. Set in the ninth century, it tells the story of the Danish invasion of what is now England, and the Saxon resistance.
A lot of the characters are real historical figures so we know their names are appropriate for their time and place (always a relief for name lovers). Many of the fictional characters also have names that were recorded around the same time.
Here are seven authentic Anglo-Saxon men’s names from the show, ranging from the familiar to the unheard-of. Characters’ names are spelled here are they are in the credits.
My husband and I are expecting our third baby on February 7. We have decided that we won’t find out the gender. We’ve already used the two boy names we have always loved for our two sons: Henry Hiram (often called Hal) and Joseph Magnus. Both names carry personal and religious significance for us.
If this baby is a girl, we are considering Mary Grace. Whenever I tell people we’re thinking about the name Mary, they wince and seem to really not like it! They say it’s too common, even though my kids do not know one little girl with the name and very few people of any age with the name anymore. We also like Elizabeth and Lydia.
I have a gut instinct, however, that this next child will be another boy. My husband and I are so stuck! Nothing seems right.
I like Thomas, James, Patrick, John, or perhaps Charles. My husband doesn’t like any of these, and the name I love the most, Patrick, has been rejected because of the starfish on SpongeBob SquarePants. He has suggested Abraham called Bram, Sven, and Simon Peter – which seems very heavy to me. Ephraim is a possible middle name. We have ruled out Brigham, Phillip, Benjamin, Ezra, Judah, Caleb, and Theodore.
We tend to like more traditional first names with less conventional middles. All of a sudden, February 7th seems so close, and if this baby is a boy, he does not have a name at all!
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By Abby Sandel
The first Star Wars movie debuted way back in 1977. If you’re welcoming a baby in 2016, chances are that you’ve never known a world without Luke and Leia, Han and Chewbacca, and, of course, the menacing Darth Vader.
Now there’s a new installment in movie theaters, the seventh theatrical release in the franchise. After some disappointing prequels, The Force Awakens is a mega-hit, with fans, critics, and the movie-going public.
Does a hit movie mean that children will be named after the characters? At least one family was already inspired to choose a Star Wars-themed name after their son was born the day the movie opened in theaters.
It helps that many of the best Star Wars baby names are very wearable and nicely on trend for 2016. You could easily give your child a name from a galaxy far, far away without it being too obvious that you’re a fan.
Or maybe you’re happy to take inspiration from a favorite series. More than 750 girls have been named Khaleesi in the last few years, so why not a few more boys with names that would fit right in on Tatooine?