1. I think of a good southern boy with sandy hair and blue eyes. Loves to hunt and fish and will spend all day in the woods. He wants to be a cowboy when he grows up.
2. I can't really come up with anything productive but there are others out there- Hugo, Hector, Huxley
I think Huck is very southern gentlemanly, Huxley and Henry would be my top choice
Thanks for the feedback everyone!
Becoming absolutely obsessed w/ Huck. Thinking of using Henry as a given name, thanks to a lot of your recommendations. My only question is, will he have to correct every teacher/person he meets when they call him Henry (as seen on official paperwork)? We'd love him to have that to fall back on if he wants in the future, but for all intensive purposes, we'd want him to be called Huck 99% of the time.
Has anyone else had a similar issue w/ given name vs. nickname?
Henry is perfect as a formal option for Huck. Huck Finn is an incredible namesake.
I enjoy having an everyday name and a longer legal name. It was never a problem to go by my nickname in school. Teachers would usually mispronounce my full name, and I'd just say, "You can call me Emma."
I like Huck as a nn, but I think it does require a formal name due to its informality and strong connotations. Moreover, because one has an idea of what a Huck should be, it could be almost ironic if he's not that... Like a suave, fashionable stockbroker named Huck would seem strange to me. I like Henry as the formal name, although Huxley was the first thing that popped into my mind. With the popularity of Henry, I prefer Huxley (and because Huck seems like a more intuitive nn for Huxley).
Okay... I apologize in advance for how negative this is about to sound...
The only thing I think of when I hear Huck is The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, in which Huckleberry goes by Huck almost exclusively. Your son will most likely have to read this book in high school. The character is not a good person to be named after, or a good role model. Also, anyone with that name is going to be made fun of using a word that starts with an f that rhymes with Huck. Also rhyming with Huck are: yuck, truck, buck (buck teeth, or a deer), duck, muck, and suck. I don't know about you, but none of these words have positive connotations for me.
All that being said, if you really want to name your son Huck, go for it.
I love the name Huck, and Henry is my favorite as a longer form. Henry nn Huck is in the running if I ever have child. As for having to correct teachers... I'm a teacher, and I have students with nns all the time. Most teachers will--or should--take their cues from the student. I don't foresee a problem.
If Huck Finn is going to the bad place, I want to go there too.
Originally Posted by lizzard21
Huck is good. Not good in a Widow Douglas kind of way, not well-mannered, but good at heart. He has a powerful moral compass that's unswayed by the cast of hypocrites he encounters throughout the book. He befriends an escaped slave, and helps him to freedom... What exactly about Huck Finn makes him a poor role model?
My son's name is Finn, and no one calls him Huck....they do call him Finnegan-begin-again sometimes, or Finny but always with fondness NEVER derision....