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  1. #6
    Join Date
    May 2012
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    Reuben - Rufus, Rupert
    Lionel - Leon
    Frederick - Theodore has a similar feel to me with cute nn Teddy or Theo
    Earnest - I love Earnest perhaps because The Importance of Being Earnest, I even knew an Earnest
    Abram - Abner or Abe I think all the variations of Abraham are pretty trendy right now.
    Samuel - Sam ??
    Clement - Calvin
    Wallace - Winston

    Arthur, Ivan, Hugo, Jude, Oscar and Simon are of a similar feel to me.
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  2. #8
    Quote Originally Posted by noblemishleft View Post
    So, as we narrow our boy name list, I'm realizing we have other name choices that we like that might sound old-mannish to some. I'm looking for similar suggestions that still have strength to them without sounding like a grandfather. This is by no means a complete name list, but here is a mix of some of my favorites & some of the ones i like but i dont think would work as well today. Thanks in advance!

    Reuben
    Lionel
    Frederick
    Earnest
    Abram
    Samuel
    Clement
    Wallace(?)
    I think many of these are very wearable , especially Frederick nn Fred/Freddie very cute on a little one but he will grow into his more grown up name. Reuben is very wearable- I know a toddler and a grown up with this name, quite popular in the uk i believe- i love the meaning of this name also
    Samuel is easy to wear but I guess you are worried about it being popular? it's a classic though so I wouldn't worry too much if you love it. (I prefer Reuben myself )
    Wallace is on my list, as is Earnest- and I too worry about the wearability of these , but if old fashioned names are back for girls, why not for boys also?

  3. #10
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    Location
    Lijiang, China
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    Some of my favorites that might fit your style:
    Roland
    Leland
    Conrad

    I think all of your options are very usable. Lionel is one of my personal favorites.
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  4. #12
    Join Date
    Apr 2013
    Location
    Xi'An, China
    Posts
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    Reuben- very wearable, complete with 2 great nns: Roo and Ben.
    Lionel- I just picture Lionel Ritchie...
    Frederick- Love. Rick, Erick, Derick, Fred and Freddie are great for a kid, and he can grow into his full name.
    Earnest- I had a coworker once with this name... I like it for its uniqueness, although I might put it as a mn.
    Abram- Love. I've known a few Abrams in my life, all of whom went by Abe (and all were 80s babies). I love the nn Abe, and think it's quite wearable.
    Samuel- A bit too common.
    Clement- Just never liked it.
    Wallace- Love Wallace, but hate Wally.

    Lewis
    Clarence
    Lance
    Irving
    Isaiah
    Lawrence
    Lars
    Pascal
    Sterling
    Amos
    Allen
    Stanton
    Benson
    Benton
    Byron
    Clive
    Piers
    Davis
    Duncan
    Enoch
    Ephraim
    Eugene
    Hugh
    Harmon
    Keane
    Leander
    Oleander
    Linden
    Malcolm
    Montgomery
    Nelson
    Oren
    Ogden
    Philip
    Quincy
    Quentin
    Roland
    Roscoe
    Ransom
    Rufus
    Rupert
    Stewart
    Samson
    Tobias
    Truman
    Wendall
    Winston
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  5. #14
    Sorry for any repeats!


    Reuben
    - I quite like Reuben but other suggestions: Ben/Benjamin, Beau, Rene...

    Lionel
    - Again, I have no problem with Lionel. I quite like it. Leo/Lio, Leonardo, Lorenzo, Neil, Noel, Eli, Ellis,...

    Frederick
    - Fred/Freddie/Freddy, Rick/Ricky, Derrick, Red, Erick/Erik/Eric, Reed/Reid...

    Earnest
    - Rene, Ren, Sean, Rae...

    Abram
    - Bram, Abe, Amar, Gabe...

    Samuel
    - Sampson/Samson, Saul, Solomon...

    Clement
    - Lee...

    Wallace
    - Walter, Ace...


    Best Wishes x

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