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  • Rockwell Kent (or Norman)

    21 52.50%
  • Maxfield Parrish

    14 35.00%
  • Cheever

    3 7.50%
  • Thoreau/Walden/Ralph/Emerson

    27 67.50%
  • Alcott

    20 50.00%
  • John Muir/Aldo Leopold

    11 27.50%
  • Franz Marc

    8 20.00%
  • Odilon Redon

    4 10.00%
  • Hardy/Dicken/Thackeray

    7 17.50%
  • Wallace Nutting

    5 12.50%
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  1. #1
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    What about these artists' names?

    I am drawn to creative names, in boys in particular. Names of painters, writers, architects, etc.

    Any thoughts on these or additions to the list?

    PS I'd love to include Trollope - great word! - but can't.
    Last edited by lesliemarion; January 20th, 2014 at 03:26 PM.

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    I love most of these names...

    Cheever - for its happy sound and reminder of "achieving great things"
    Maxfied Parrish - for its "Englishness" (even though he was an American named Frederick ).
    Thoreau/Walden/Emerson - strong and distinguished one and all
    Aldo Leopold - for its awesomeness
    Odilon - unusual and romantic
    Hardy - what parent doesn't want their child to have this quality?
    Thackeray - much more evocative than Thatcher

    I'm not feeling much love for...

    Rockwell Kent - a bit heavy on the macho swagger for my comfort level
    Ralph - unless pronounced Rafe like Mr Fiennes, this is clunky
    Dicken - too much teasing potential
    Alcott - like the author but not the "cott" sound. Alden is better.
    John Muir - the surname just sounds so depressed
    Franz Marc - Not bad names by any means but neither one is my favourite version of the names. I prefer the Dutch Frans with an "s" (artist Hals) and the Latin Marcus.
    Wallace Nutting - A great Scottish hero but with the first name may come Wally and don't get me started on the surname (Nut?).
    All the best,
    Mischa.

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    I didn't realize

    Quote Originally Posted by mischa View Post
    I love most of these names...

    Cheever - for its happy sound and reminder of "achieving great things"
    Maxfied Parrish - for its "Englishness" (even though he was an American named Frederick ).
    Thoreau/Walden/Emerson - strong and distinguished one and all
    Aldo Leopold - for its awesomeness
    Odilon - unusual and romantic
    Hardy - what parent doesn't want their child to have this quality?
    Thackeray - much more evocative than Thatcher

    I'm not feeling much love for...

    Rockwell Kent - a bit heavy on the macho swagger for my comfort level
    Ralph - unless pronounced Rafe like Mr Fiennes, this is clunky
    Dicken - too much teasing potential
    Alcott - like the author but not the "cott" sound. Alden is better.
    John Muir - the surname just sounds so depressed
    Franz Marc - Not bad names by any means but neither one is my favourite version of the names. I prefer the Dutch Frans with an "s" (artist Hals) and the Latin Marcus.
    Wallace Nutting - A great Scottish hero but with the first name may come Wally and don't get me started on the surname (Nut?).
    that Wallace Nutting was a great Scottish hero - need to go do my research. I thought he was a skilled and famous American wood craftsman? Our neighbors' dad was named Wallace Nutting and we thought it was the coolest, most autumnal-sounding name (we were rather imaginative and odd kids!).

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    Quote Originally Posted by lesliemarion View Post
    that Wallace Nutting was a great Scottish hero - need to go do my research. I thought he was a skilled and famous American wood craftsman? Our neighbors' dad was named Wallace Nutting and we thought it was the coolest, most autumnal-sounding name (we were rather imaginative and odd kids!).
    I was referring to the first name of Wallace regarding Scottish hero (eg. William Wallace).
    All the best,
    Mischa.

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    I love Rockwell paired with Kent. I have liked Kent for a while, especially as a nickname for Kenneth, but pairing Rockwell with Kent is magical to me...
    Alcott could grow on me. Interesting post.

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