Baby Men Names are names that sound perennially middle-aged, born wearing ties and carrying leather briefcases, buttoned-up and oh-so-adult.
These names carry several advantages: They’re rooted in tradition, of course, and so give your child a solid base for any grownup pursuit. And since so many of them have been out of style through the past decades of hippie names and androgynous names and nature names and invented names, they feel distinctive now and even fresh.
And if they feel too forbiddingly adult to bestow on a baby, many of these names come packaged with cuter, more kid-friendly nicknames, so that Frederick can be shorted to Freddy and Philip can be called the playful Flip.
August — We love all forms of this venerable name, drawn from the ancient Roman Augustus, but the simplest is also the most fashionable: August. August also has a day name gloss and the cute nickname Augie or the more mannish Gus.
Boris — The Russian saint’s name Boris is definitely on the outer fringes of the Baby Men names, still carrying a Cold War era Boris-and-Natasha taint — at least to Americans. In Europe, it’s fashionable along with many other things Russian.
Edmond — Twilight made the more conventional Edward chic, but Edmond and near-identical twin Edmund like outside the Top 1000 and make the name more grownup and more distinctive. And you can still use short forms Ed, Ned, or even Ted.
Frederick —Will or won’t Frederick take off? That’s the question many parents attracted to this attractive classic have been asking, and truthfully it could go either way. Our best call: Frederick will remain in that golden zone between geek and chic.
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