What an awesome list! English major here too, I can't imagine having to deal with two of me!
Ivo Nicholas (EYE-vo) --- like
Toussaint James (pronounced like Tucson) --- I think he's going to have pronunciation problems. It will probably be a headache. Scratch off list or change to Tucson (which is still cool)
Reed Nicholas --- not as exciting as most of the other names but it's solid
Aubyn James (family name) --- family names are always my weakness. Keep.
Cabot James --- Not totally sold on this.
Asa Nicholas --- like
Barnaby James --- personally not a fan of Barnaby
Theodore James "Teddy" --- cute
Atticus John --- Atticus is cool, but I feel like it's kind of trendy these days.
Bertram John --- like it..
Tristram James --- Hard to say.
Zevon James (rhymes with Devon) ---- Awesome.
Finch Nicholas --- I prefer Nicholas Finch. Not sold on Finch as a first name.
Tennyson James "Ten" or "Tenny" ---- Awesome.
Thackeray John (rhymes with Zachary) --- In theory this name is awesome, but I always feel like I have a lisp when I say it and it makes me giggle.
Jolyon Nicholas (JOLE-ion) ---- Whoa. Never heard that. How cool.
Ambrose John --- For some reason, Ambrose has always rung feminine to me.
Peregrine James (We might use Pip as a nn even though it's a bit too LOTRish...but it is actually from Angela Carter's last novel, Wise Children, my dh's favorite) --- Like it.
Orlando James "Orly" --- Cool.
Worthy James (family name) --- Again, family names.
Tarquin James ---- Love Tarquin.
Copeland James (family name) --- not a huge fan of Copeland.
Pryor James --- I think because I've heard it so much as a last name and never as a first, I'm having a hard time falling in love with this.
Tavish John --- Along with Tarquin, this is also on my list. So cool. And "Tav" or "Tavvy" is so cute!
Fenwick James "Fen" (family name) --- love it.
Hawthorne/Hawthorn James (I like it without the E, dh likes it with) --- It's okay. If you're going to use it, I prefer the E.
Macabee James (family name) ---Mack is a cute nickname but it's my least favorite of your family names.
Banyan James --- this is cool.
Wyeth James --- like it.
Sparrow John --- kinda trendy, not really a fan
Rushdie James ---- to closely associated to Salman Rushdie in my opinion, even though he's a worthy namesake.
Tarquin James --- btw, how cute would these two be as twins?!
Tennyson James --- love the nn "Ten"
Zevon James --- "Zev" super cool
Regardless, your son is going to be handsomely attired with a bad@ss name.
Ivo Nicholas (EYE-vo)- Sounds like a new product...
Toussaint James- If you need to tell us the pronunciation, it's a bad sign... it means he'll spend his life telling others the pronunciation.
Reed Nicholas- Short, but packs a big punch. It's quite manly, and very down to earth.
Aubyn James- So confused when I saw this one. Not a fan.
Cabot James- Makes me think of cabbage and carrot.
Asa Nicholas- I've known some Asas... it's a good, strong, masculine name. Very unpretentious...
Barnaby James- Please no.
Theodore James "Teddy"- Theodore is a classic name that has stood the test of time. The great part is there are so many possible nns... like Teddy, Theo, Ted, Ned, T.J., etc.
Atticus John- Love. This is a sweet spot name... not too common, but familiar enough to not be weird.
Bertram John- Sounds like a great grandfather's great grandfather.
Tristram James- He'll spend his life being called Tristan.
Zevon James (rhymes with Devon)- Sounds like an alien in a sci fi novel.
Finch Nicholas- Not a fan of birds for boys.
Tennyson James "Ten" or "Tenny"- This is quite a nice name, although the literary connection is quite direct. I'd probably prefer something a bit more understated. Can you imagine if your son is dyslexic and can't read? Then Tennyson is a tad ironic. Or what if he hates literature? After all, you're choosing something for him, but you don't know much about him yet... so it needs to fit a wide variety of people.
Thackeray John (rhymes with Zachary)- Thack is not a nice sound... it's like a bird flying into a window.
Jolyon Nicholas (JOLE-ion)- I'd guess it was Jolly-on. I can see he'd get that a lot.
Ambrose John- A great, distinguished sounding name. I like the vintage feel, and A.J. would be a nice nn.
Peregrine James- I like your personal connection, but I've never liked this name. It sounds like a brand of mineral water to me.
Orlando James "Orly"- A very cool, interesting, but not unknown sort of a name. Not big on Orlando James, as it makes me think of O.J. Simpson, but I doubt anyone younger than me (or not American) would make that connection.
Worthy James (family name)- I've known 3 girls with this name... 1 was from Africa, 1 was from Hong Kong, and 1 was from the ghetto in the US.
Tarquin James- Just think of tar.
Copeland James (family name)- I can understand wanting to use family names, but I'd give this one a pass. It begins with 'cop' or 'cope'... "Cope with it, Copeland"... I also think of copulation... and if that comes to my mind, at least 1 teenage boy will think of it.
Pryor James- Prior to what? Prior to James' birth? Not a fan.
Tavish John- Interesting and unique, but completely wearable. Love!
Fenwick James "Fen" (family name)- Sounds like a character in a Dickens novel.
Hawthorne/Hawthorn James- I like this one a lot. I do prefer it with the e, but it's a nice, classy, masculine name.
Macabee James- I oddly like this, esp. as it's a family name. Mac is a cool nn... but I'd consider the ramifications before I chose this name.
Banyan James- A bunion on your foot?
Wyeth James- I'd think he was saying Wyatt with a speech impediment.
Sparrow John- Too feminine.
Rushdie James- Love Rushdie's books (esp. Midnight's Children), but I wouldn't use it. Remember when the Ayatollah issued a death warrant? If your son decides to major in Arabic or Farsi and live in the Middle East (or just finds a job there), this name could be a burden. With globalization, I'd steer clear of controversial figures.
Ivo Nicholas (EYE-vo) - that's not how Ivo is pronounced. Correct would be EEvo. Don't like either.
Toussaint James (pronounced like Tucson) - it's OK
Reed Nicholas - bit boring
Aubyn James (family name) - love this
Cabot James - think of Meg Cabot, teenage girl writer
Asa Nicholas - dislike Asa
Barnaby James - it's lovely
Theodore James "Teddy" - nothing against it
Atticus John - it's OK
Bertram John - old gentleman's name and too Catholic
Tristram James - I think correct spelling is Tristan
Zevon James (rhymes with Devon) - it's OK
Finch Nicholas - love this
Tennyson James "Ten" or "Tenny" - dislike
Thackeray John (rhymes with Zachary) - lovely
Jolyon Nicholas (JOLE-ion) - like this
Ambrose John - it's nice
Peregrine James (We might use Pip as a nn even though it's a bit too LOTRish...but it is actually from Angela Carter's last novel, Wise Children, my dh's favorite) - love Peregrine
Orlando James "Orly" - like this
Worthy James (family name) - dislike
Tarquin James - dislike
Copeland James (family name) - it's OK
Pryor James - dislike
Tavish John - dislike
Fenwick James "Fen" (family name) - like this one
Hawthorne/Hawthorn James (I like it without the E, dh likes it with) - lovely, either way
Macabee James (family name) - dislike
Banyan James - dislike
Wyeth James - dislike
Sparrow John - it's cute, not for adult
Rushdie James - no
These names make my heart beat a little faster:
Tarquin James (I met a real life Tarquin, he was in his 40s, and a bit of a silver fox, made me love the name more!)
Aubyn James (Prefur Auben, or Alben but they are all strong, handsome names, and family connections always deserve extra points)
Peregrine James - Pip is so cute!
These, not so much:
I'm an English graduate too and I love love LOVE Peregrine. Here in the UK the usual nn is 'Pen' which I think is a nice graduation into adulthood from Pip too. Aubyn James is definitely a close second for me. And Bertram would be on my list too as I love the nn Bertie which is, again, the usual over here. X
Names I like and would use
Ivo Nicholas (EYE-vo)
Theodore James "Teddy"
Atticus John (or James)
Copeland James (family name)
Tavish John---or James
Fenwick James "Fen" (family name)------LOVE This one
Hawthorne/Hawthorn James (I like it without the E, dh likes it with)----I like the E
Names I like and would not use...Guilty Pleasure Names?
Toussaint James (pronounced like Tucson)
Tristram James (I always think of the snack cracker Trisket
Tennyson James "Ten" or "Tenny"
Thackeray John (rhymes with Zachary)
Banyan James----I love this---maybe too new to my ears, have not heard it before as a name
Names I do not care for
Aubyn James (family name)
Asa Nicholas (never liked Asa)
Zevon James (rhymes with Devon)
Finch Nicholas---Little birdy
Jolyon Nicholas (JOLE-ion)
Orlando James "Orly"
Worthy James (family name)
Peregrine James (We might use Pip as a nn even though it's a bit too LOTRish...but it is actually from Angela Carter's last novel, Wise Children, my dh's favorite)---I like Pip.......Just not the birdy
Pryor James---From a long time ago...Richard Pryor going up in flames
Macabee James (family name)-----See Macabre
Sparrow John----Little Birdy......would use for a girl
Rushdie James---like Salmon?
Rushdie James (like Rush to die? Not a pleasant name)
Jolyon Nicholas (I think it would be mispronounce joe-lion)