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October 15th, 2013 08:34 PM #1
Help me fall in (or out of) love with something!
Anything, really... boys' names have always been ridiculously hard for me. I don't even have a proper top 5, just a top 2. August and Barnaby are my only constant favorites, with Henry sort of lurking in the background (but his popularity turns me off. Might make a middle out of him, as it's a family surname).
August and Barnaby both embody what I'm really looking for in a boy's name. They're both (in my opinion) decidedly masculine, but not in-your-face macho in that Breaker/Gunnar/Butch way. They have a softer, more lyrical quality, and I could picture either on an artist, a judge, a doctor, or a musician. If I have my way, my sons will grow up surrounded by arts, crafts, nature, animals, and music. They'd be the type to bring home strays rather than chase them away with sticks. I could just as easily see any boy of mine knitting and building birdhouses as I could roughhousing and playing in the mud. If they looked like me and my SO they'd end up with light brown or brownish-red wavy hair and blue or green eyes with long lashes, bow lips and straight noses. My SO is long-haired so there's a chance they'd go for that as well of course I'm just imagining at this point.
Getting to the point... I used nymbler for some inspiration and these names caught my eye. I have some concerns about some of them so I'd love brutally honest opinions (not about August or Barnaby though please, those are set) and any suggestions if you have them. Every name is welcome except William - please, please do not suggest William. It's out for reasons I don't want to get into.
Without further ado, what do you think of:
Ulysses - OTT? Maybe a middle?
Clement - I also like Clemence/Clemens, but worry about whether it's too harsh sounding. Clement looks like 'cement' to me, anyone else?
Luther - SO's surname is "Belts", some commented it might sound like "Looser Belts" with a lisp, or "Leather Belts"?
Whistler - a current GP that might make a push for my real list.
TIA!baby BOY arriving november 2015
currently considering: Martin, Shepherd, Edmond, Lachlan, Absalom
a girl would have been named: Beatrix Judith
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October 15th, 2013 09:05 PM #3
October 15th, 2013 09:23 PM #5Boys
October 15th, 2013 09:33 PM #7
August & Barnaby are great names!!!
Although very match-y with Barnaby, I thought you might like Willoughby. He's all bad-boy for me thanks to Fanney Burney and Jane Austen, but it sounds so dashing and happy go lucky.
Also matching, Rigsby.
How about Ludwig or Ludovic nn Ludo?
Keepers!! For me, these embody the vision you described of your future sons:
Meh because of the following associations/reasons:
Clement = cement, very harsh sound
Dexter = serial killer also killed this name for me
Harvey = Old West saloon bartender
Tobin = seems incomplete
Luther = due to the last name situation, otherwise it is awesome!
Prosper = Prospero from the Tempest
Whistler = Andy Griffith Show & Flo Rida song about blow jobs...
Last edited by ruolan; October 15th, 2013 at 09:36 PM. Reason: left one of the reasons blank!若兰
I'm just a third-culture girl with an affinity for names.
In loving memory of Margot
October 16th, 2013 05:24 AM #9Senior Member
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August and Barnaby are good ones! I actually met a little Barnaby a little while ago and he's so cute and sweet I really like this name now.
Ulysses - I don't think it's OTT, it's my newest addition to my short list of boys names. I think it's wonderful, windy and nautical.
Clement - I don't see cement, nor do I find it hard sounding. It reminds me of brass instruments for some reason.
Harmon - Not bad, I quite like it.
Dexter - I do love an x here and there, but this name is very hard and rough.
Bayard - LOVE! A magical horse and a good knight, what's not to love?
Harvey - I actually like Harvey, it's got a certain retro charm and swagger.
Tobin - Tobin's very cute and charming.
Luther - I don't think it's an issue. Luther's got such a nice sound and looks very pretty written out. And it's got namesakes.
Prosper - This is fine, but I prefer Italian Prospero. Prosper sounds very preppy, Prospero's storms and oceans.
Winston - Love! Winston's very cool, it used to be on my list.
Whistler - The only one I'm saying a definite NO to.
Shepherd - I like Shepherd, if you're going to go for a profession name, this is the one to choose.
XavierMy darling Marian Illyria Aphrodite, March 2013 & Little Bunny (a girl!) due 9th of February 2014