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Coolator for Boys' Names

Cool boys' names can sometimes be made from less-than-cool ones. With a bit of ingenuity you can ramp up a name you like to a similar one that's cooler, or tone it down if you want to go in a quieter direction. Here are some examples:
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  • Adolph

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    World War II stamped a permanent verboten on Adolph.  Read More 

  • Arnold

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    Strange as it may now seem, the venerable St. Arnold was a Greek by birth, a musician who became a member of the court of Charlemagne. The name is said to have been introduced into Britain by the ... Read More 

  • Ashley

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    Even if it started as a strictly male name, when a name has been on the girls' most-popular list for decades, it becomes somewhat more difficult for a boy to carry, despite the lingering memory of ... Read More 

  • Bill

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    Most Bills today are dads...or grandpas. The younger Williams are usually nicknamed Will, or called by their full names.  Read More 

  • Bruce

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    Bruce is a Norman place-name made famous by the Scottish king Robert the Bruce, who won Scotland's independence from England in the fourteenth century; it's perennially popular in Scotland, but has... Read More 

  • Chuck

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    So far out it's almost ready to be let back in.  Read More 

  • Craig

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    Craig is a single-syllable baby-boomer name, still common in its native Scotland, but most modern Americans would prefer something like Kyle.  Read More 

  • Darryl

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  • Dennis

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    Although it has come to sound so Irish, Dennis is actually of French derivation (St Denis is the patron saint of France) and harks back even further to Dionysius, the Greek god of wine and debauche... Read More 

  • Eddie

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    Most parents today call their Edwards Edward and, like Frasier's dad, save Eddie for their pooches.  Read More 

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