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January 8th, 2013 10:59 PM #1
Thoughts on my List (Boy Version)
I'm not TTC nor am I pregnant but I have been trying to look at my list in a new light and consider new aspects of names I've had written down for years (months/weeks/days). The running list of course is longer but others are currently on my meh list and I wanted to narrow it down some -> there are still almost 30.
I'd love to hear your thoughts (positive or negative) or suggestions of what else I might like.
(Also I'm a nn person so if you have one you love that I haven't listed I'd love to hear it).
Alaric nn Ricki
Anton (in search of a non-Tony nn)
Artemis nn Arty (inspired by one of my favorite book series Artemis Fowl)
August nn Auggie
Benjamin nn Ben, Benji
Christoph nn Chris
Connolly nn Lee (SO's mn and family name)
Constantin nn Consti
Edwin nn Ned, Ted/dy
Faekin (almost ashamed I made this one up but I really like it)
Henry nn Hank
James nn Jamie (SO's father's name)
Lucas nn Luc, Luca
Maximillian nn Max
Nicholas nn Nico
Prosper nn Prop (After the character in Lord of the Thieves)
Theodore nn Theo, Ted/Teddy
Victor nn Vic (SO's deceased mothers name was Victoria)
Wolfgang nn Wolf (my fathers name)
Zane (have a family name Sanne prn Zan-ne in the family, is this too close would it seem like honoring that name were I to ever use it in real life?)
January 8th, 2013 11:42 PM #3
I quite enjoy the following names:
Alaric nn Ricki
August but not the nickname Auggie at all.
Benjamin nn Ben or Jamie
Erich ideally Eric or Erik
Henry but not the nickname Hank
James nn Jamie
Lucas nn Luca though really it needs no nickname
Maximillian nn Max
Nicholas nn Nico or Cole
Theodore nn Theo or Ted/Teddy
Also, Julian can use the nickname Ian.Nathaniel . Eden | Alessandra . Noel
January 9th, 2013 12:07 AM #5Senior Member
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I love your list! Anton is one of my old faves. I like the nn Toshka for it, but I'm used to hearing Russian nns and I know it might sound feminine to some people.
Alaric, Artemis, August, Henry, Ian, James, Julian, Lucas, Nicholas, Tristan, and Victor have all been on my list before. Alaric and Artemis are more out-there (still great though), but the others sound strong and classic without being boring.
I like Earnest, though I prefer Ernest so it looks like less of a virtue name. Very literary either way. It maybe sounds old-fashioned?
Constantin, Edwin, Prosper, Theodore, and Zane I could come to like, though I have reservations. Constantin sounds so grand, like Constantinople, that I have a hard time seeing it on a kid. Edwin is okay, fairly classic but something bugs me about it. I like the nn Teddy but not Ned. Prosper is usually NMS at all, but for a virtue-type name it sounds surprisingly comfortable in a modern setting. Theodore is again, classic, a handsome name, but maybe too classic. It's all Theodore Roosevelt to me. Zane is crisp and cool, but more of a child/teenager name, I can't see it on someone much older. Maybe Zander/Xander would be a more versatile alternative?
I don't like Faekin - it sounds like fakin'. I like Wolfgang and Ludwig as mns, but as first names they're too closely tied to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Ludwig van Beethoven for me.
January 9th, 2013 12:23 AM #7
@East93. Thanks for your thoughts. I never really considered Ian as a nn for Julian but I'm loving it. Also thank you for the suggestion of Cole as a nn for Nicholas that feels much fresher than Nico. I actually prefer Erich to Eric/k because my family is German and I prefer the softer sound the ch gives the end of the name in German to the harder c/k. Though I realize that in English it seems a bit like semantics.
@Miraje thank you for your thoughts. Toshka is a little to Russian for me (though my mom would love it since she's been trying to convince me we are descendant from Russian gypsies, which we are not. I think she likes the romance behind the thought.) I don't think Zander or Xander would make my favorites list since my name is Alexandra and those would feel oddly close. I however, do agree on Zane and am just not sure how well it would age.
January 9th, 2013 12:32 AM #9
Woot! I had so much fun doing your girl’s names so I’m happy to do the boys version! Here it goes:
Alaric – nms, but I can see the appeal. Ricki does come off as feminine to me as a nn, so I’d prefer simply Rick or Al. Though Ricky might help that problem.
Anton – I mixed on this one. On one hand it’s masculine and works, but on the other hand it comes off as a mispronunciation of Antoine
Artemis – Love it! Art would be better as a nn when he grows, but Arty is cute for a little toddler.
August – Maybe it’s just on nameberry, but I’m sick of hearing this one (don’t like Auggies or Gus either!)
Benjamin – LOVE classics and more people should use Benji for the nn. Jamie would be an unexpected option too!
Christoph – I naturally kept typing “Christopher” when I went to write this. Besides that problem (people thinking it’s really Christopher) this is ADORABLE.
Connolly – Prefer this on your boys list over your girls list!
Constantin – I must say this is just too much of a name for me. Consti also comes off as feminine to me. Stantin (like Stanton) strikes me as a nice nn though
Earnest – Agreed that Ernest is better! Don’t like the word association (not that it’s a bad word, it’s just strikes me as more word than name in this situation). Ernie is the only one I can think of and I don’t like it at all.
Edwin – LOVE it. All nn’s are great!
Emmett – Like this one a lot too. Mett? Etty (like some weird version of Eddie – which for some reason I’m digging a lot!)
Eoin – Spelling problems is of course an issue, but GREAT name
Erich – MUCH prefer Eric/k
Faekin – Agreed with “faking”
Felix – Good choice
Henry – Short, simple, and solid name. Like it. Not liking Hank as a nn (I don’t really like it at all to be honest). I knew a Henry who went by “Hy”
Ian – Love love love
James – Like the name, like the nn. Would be refreshing to hear nn Jim though
Julian – Never liked this, always caught be as feminine
Lucas – Like the names and the nn. I’d just go with “Luke” over “Luc” though. Luc could be said like Luck at first glance
Ludwig – Too ridiculous
Maximillian – Hate this one just because of “Max a million”. Would love to hear about a little Maximus or Maxwell though.
Nicholas – Not a bad name, but what about Nicolai? More creative which you seem to like
Prosper – Hating on this word name
Theodore – I like Theadora on your girl’s list more than Theodore on your boys list! Theodore is getting a little to plain for my taste. Do you like Dorian by any chance?
Tristan – Unfortunately for me, this one has became too associated with a negative feminine-male stereotype
Victor – Love love love! Vic is vey feminine though
Wolfgang – Also quite ridiculous for my taste, like Wolf though.
Zane – seems a little white-trashy to me, but that’s definitely a personal thing. The rest of the world would probably see a short, spunky name. And I LOVE the honoring aspect; it does work for me.
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