Category: Boy Names

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Name Sage: A Brother for Charles Alasdair

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Kristen writes:

We put lots of thought into naming our first son, and I couldn’t be happier with what we settled on: Charles Alasdair, Cal for short.

Both his first and middle names honor his great-grandparents, Charles and Al. Cal is the name of my favorite character from my favorite book, East of Eden, and Alasdair is a cheeky nod to Alexander the Great and the fact that we were deployed to Afghanistan at the time of his conception. It’s the perfect name for him and our family.

The problem is coming up with a name for his little brother, due in March, with a similar traditional feel, cool-but-not-too-common nickname-ability, and family significance. We like strong, classic boy names, but I have always wanted to avoid the Top 100 — though I obviously made an exception with Charles.

Some of the family first names we’re working with are John, William, James, Thomas, and Raymond — all of which are too familiar for my taste, as they are — and Bertsch, Rhodes, and Stokes as possibly transformable last names. I’d also be open to using honor initials, like J.D. after my father or T.R. after my husband’s grandfather, but we just can’t think of any combination of names that we’re in love with.

As a middle child, I know what it’s like to feel overshadowed by my older sibling, and I really want this baby’s name to be just as special as his brother’s. Can you offer any advice?

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Name Sage: Is This Baby Name Theft?

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Caroline writes:

My husband and I are expecting our first child in July. We have plenty of boy names, but we are struggling with a girl’s name. The only name we agree on is Mika.

One of the criteria for our names is that it should honor our Japanese and Korean heritage. Another is that the name must work with the middle name Marie, to honor a great-aunt. Mika fits the bill.

Our dilemma is that friends of ours named their daughter Mikayla last year. They said that they planned to use the nickname Mika, but so far, they seem to call her Mikayla exclusively.

Mikayla’s family lives in another state, but we’re part of a large group of friends, and we do see each other a few times a year.

Given the circumstances, can we still use the name Mika?

If we do use the name, what is the recommended etiquette we should follow? I don’t think we should have to ask to use the name, but I’d hate to see it cause problems in our group of friends. I also worry that our daughter would be called “the second Mika.”

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One of our favorite fantasies here on Nameberry is to name imaginary families.  Today’s challenge: Tell us what names you’d choose for two brothers.

A classic pair like Henry and William?  Or a stylish duo such as Sebastian and Jasper?

Two boys’ names with matching initials?  Traditional family names, or maybe a modern androgynous pair?

And how do your feelings about raising boys and boy name trends today factor into your decision?

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Best 100 Cool Unusual Boys’ Names

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Cool unusual boys’ names come in styles to suit every taste. There are cool unusual boys’ names from the Bible, which include such rare edgy choices as Boaz and Hanan. Then there are undiscovered classic names for boys that have fallen off the radar but deserve a fresh look, such as Hugh and Roger.

And of course there are lots of modern names for boys — surname names, place names, and word names — that also qualify as cool and unusual.

The boys’ names here are drawn the best of all different styles.  They’re highly unusual, given to  only ten or fewer boys in the US.  These rare choices include names both classic and new-fangled, plain and fancy — as long as they are cool.

In fact, it’s hard to whittle the list down to only 100. If you want to see even more choices, also check out this somewhat different list of the best cool unusual names for boys.

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Best Boys’ Names: 10 stylish selections

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Our new book The Nameberry Guide to the Best Baby Names for Boys includes many different styles of great boys’ names — including, well, stylish ones.

Stylish might mean popular…but not necessarily. More precisely, it means names that strike the right fashion note for the times, that are in today, and may be even more in tomorrow.

Like Pottery Barn furniture or J. Crew clothes, stylish baby names often combine freshness, quality, and broad appeal. It’s a difficult balance to strike, and no wonder that some of the names that achieve this magic mix go on to be adopted by many — some might say too many — parents.

The stylish boys’ names here are among the best in their class. Any would make a handsome choice for a contemporary baby boy.

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