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A name for Roxanne’s baby brother?

The Name Sage offers advice

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Welcome back to Nameberry’s newest column, The Name Sage. Every week, I answer one reader’s questions about naming a baby-on-the-way, or general baby name angst. And here’s the best part: we’d love it if you would add your thoughtful suggestions and comments to help expectant parents decide. The world needs more nicely named children, berries! Want to see your question featured? Please email namesage@nameberry.com.

Molli and her husband are expecting their second child, a brother for Roxanne Alice, called Roxi.

They’re looking for a name that is:

  • Definitely not in the US Top 100, and probably not in the US Top 300.
  • But not so uncommon that the name is completely out there!
  • Clearly a boy’s name, so no Emerson, Rowan, etc.

Molli adds that she’s “extremely picky” about names and is finding it much harder to choose a name for a son. One family name they could use is Scott, her husband’s name – but she really doesn’t want to use that as her son’s first name.

Let me first say this: Molli, your daughter’s name is perfection! Literary, with tons of history, and hits the sweet spot between uncommon and outlandish. It sounds like you found exactly the right name for your firstborn.

So I completely understand why you’re struggling the second time around, and yet I’m confident we can come up with a great name for Roxi’s brother.

There are two possible directions to explore.

First, while Roxanne has a certain vintage style, the name was most popular back in the 1950s. In other words, she’s more Mad Men than Great Gatsby.

Could there be other names from the same era that feel equally timeless?

If you can look past Larry and Gary, there are some great possibilities from the 1950s that feel classic, but not too common today.

A few that come to mind: Gregory, Franklin, Marshall, Neil, and Julius. I wanted to add Ross and Rex, but they’re too close to Roxi.

From the list, my favorite is Gregory. The name currently ranks Number 298 and is falling. Greg is a little bit Brady Bunch, but Gregory is quite dashing. And there are other nicknames to consider, including Rory and Grey.

Gregory could be the perfect sweet spot name. Everyone knows it, but few other children share it.

But maybe that’s still too common?

Let’s look at names that are more obscure.

International names might be a good place to start. Leif, Magnus, or Willem, maybe? There are also surnames to consider, like Foster, Vaughn, Garrison, Royce, and Calloway.

Namehunter suggests Crispin, Caradoc, Jericho, and Deveraux.

My favorites are Magnus and Deveraux.

Magnus means “the greatest.” The medieval ruler Charlemagne was Carolus Magnus in Latin, and several kings of Scandinavian countries were Magnus, too. Roxanne and Magnus. It’s a masculine name that feels current, but ranks an obscure Number 955.

Deveraux is a surname, ultimately from the French city of Evreux, in Normandy. Nickname Dev matches so well with RoxiDeveraux and Roxanne, Dev and Roxi. They’re both bold names with great sounds.

If one of these names feels close, but not quite right, it might be worth looking for similar possibilities. There are tons of great Scandinavian names like Magnus, and plenty of surname name possibilities like Deveraux.

Please let us know when your son arrives!

Now let’s hear from you, berries! What would you name a brother for Roxanne Alice?

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kpearl8 Says:

April 14th, 2015 at 11:07 pm

I agree Roxanne and Deveraux go very well together, but of the other names you mentioned I like Julius best. Roxanne and Julius 🙂 Maybe Julian for a little more modern take?

JH Says:

April 14th, 2015 at 11:25 pm

Frederick Scott
Quentin Scott

peacebird10 Says:

April 14th, 2015 at 11:44 pm

I like the idea of an unpopular but not outrageous name. Roxanne is such a lovely sweet spot name. For some reason, I can’t picture a surname-turned-first name here. There are too many surnamed babies running around right now; another one, even if the name itself is uncommon, is going to blend in. From 300+ popularity that have the same feel as Roxanne:

Dallas
Angelo
Titus
Desmond
Tobias
Frederick
Franklin
Dorian
Sterling
Fletcher
Thaddeus
Marcel

augusta_lee Says:

April 15th, 2015 at 12:34 am

I see Roxie as a Roaring 20s name.

How about:

Theodore (nn Teddy or Theo)
Arthur
Roscoe
Phineas
Walter
Conrad
Louis/Louie
Francis
Arlo
Leo/Leon
Max
Stanley
Calvin
Raymond
Simon
Truman
Winston
Amos
Otis
August
Dewey
Milo
Rex
Bayard
Clark
Harvey
Flynn
Grant
Edward, nn Ned
Rhett
Desmond
Zeke
Felix
Otto
Jasper
Dashiell
Baxter
Dexter
Everett
Laszlo
Marius
Julius
Bruno
Calder
Graham
Holden
Jethro
Malcolm

jj1010 Says:

April 15th, 2015 at 1:47 am

Walker Scott
Archibald Scott
Frederic Scott
Augustus Scott
Gavin Scott
Dwight Scott
Hugo Scott
Tyrone Scott

eveyalecia Says:

April 15th, 2015 at 2:15 am

I like Julius and Deveraux, but I’m not a fan of Magnus at all. Gregory doesn’t work well with Roxi in my opinion.

Some options I like better:
Dexter
Milo
Knox
Gideon
Lorenzo (nn Enzo)
Rhett
Nico/Niko
Rhys
Byron
Dorian
Reginald
Valentine/Valentino
Marlon
Heath
Apollo
Casper
Linus

Gr19 Says:

April 15th, 2015 at 7:10 am

Evander
Augustine
Roscoe
Caspar
Dane
Grover
Dashiell
Amias
Franco
Roman
Carlo
Oran or Oren

hlparker Says:

April 15th, 2015 at 8:41 am

Devlin
Lazarus
Lorenzo
Bazel
Dexter

jtucker Says:

April 15th, 2015 at 9:40 am

I think that with Roxanne nm Roxi that the following work,

Frederick Scott
Magnus Scott
Leif Scott
Tristan Scott
Alec Scott

SimoneKadele Says:

April 15th, 2015 at 9:49 am

I second Caspar!

mill1020 Says:

April 15th, 2015 at 10:03 am

I agree w/ Augusta_lee; Teddy/Theodore would be great.

rosierose Says:

April 15th, 2015 at 11:16 am

Lionel!

niteowl13 Says:

April 15th, 2015 at 11:18 am

Desmond (Des/Desi) has a similar vibe

gabbygrace1915 Says:

April 15th, 2015 at 12:50 pm

I love the suggestion of Gregory!! (That just might be because I just watched the movie Spellbound with Gregory Peck and that man is fantastic!)

Joiya Says:

April 15th, 2015 at 1:19 pm

Someone’s suggestion of Titus was great! Titus Scott would be a good choice… but you could always go with Titus Gregory to keep the Sage’s advice, too.

Dh is Julius, so that stood out to me as well. So underused, but people are always complimenting my husband on his name.

clairels Says:

April 15th, 2015 at 3:35 pm

Zeus

tiannarose Says:

April 15th, 2015 at 3:54 pm

I liked Namesage’s selections and my favorite was Marshall.

Roxanne Alice & Marshall Scott

I also like a lot of the suggestions above including:

Desmond and Titus Scott/Gregory

Roxanne Alice & Desmond Scott
Roxanne Alice & Titus Gregory/Scott

Gthesmith Says:

April 15th, 2015 at 4:03 pm

Edmund
Theodore (theo for short)

I can’t see a surname baby that is siblings with Roxane, by defiantly a strong boy name

frankie97 Says:

April 15th, 2015 at 5:59 pm

From the sage’s choices I love Deveraux so much!

These would be my suggestions with Roxanne

Damion/Dami
Sidney/Sid
Marlon/Loni
Terrance/Teri
Sullivan/Sully
Fletcher/Fletch
Samson/Sammy
Jeffrey/Jeff
Christopher/Topher
Leonard/Leo
Mitchell/Mitch
Tobias/Tobi

I also love alliteratives, so if you’re going for another “R” with Roxi……..

Russell/Rusty
Randell/Randy/Dell
Reginald/Reggie

Good luck in naming little Roxi’s baby brother!

jpruitt76 Says:

April 15th, 2015 at 7:14 pm

The names that immediately came to mind are:
Dashiell (Dash)
Jasper
Oscar
Callum
Arlo
Tobin
Sullivan (Sully)
Ezekiel (Zeke)
Clive
Barrett
Barnaby

MB_11 Says:

April 15th, 2015 at 8:05 pm

Thank you so much for all the ideas! This definitely gives me a starting point! – Molli

Nathalia Says:

April 15th, 2015 at 9:22 pm

Marshall is perfect with Roxanne/Roxi.
Love it.

tori101 Says:

April 16th, 2015 at 2:48 am

I love Magnus with Roxanne its so cute!!

Some suggestions (sorry for any repeats)…
Otis ~ Roxanne & Otis
Vincent ~ Roxanne & Vincent
Victor ~ Roxanne & Victor
Dean ~ Roxanne & Dean
Carlos ~ Roxanne & Carlos
Charlton ~ Roxanne & Charlton
Jeremy ~ Roxanne & Jeremy
Marcello ~ Roxanne & Marcello
Dexter ~ Roxanne & Dexter
Abraham ~ Roxanne & Abraham
Solomon ~ Roxanne & Solomon (Sully)
Calvin ~ Roxanne & Calvin
Cameron ~ Roxanne & Cameron
Danielson ~ Roxanne & Danielson

: )

baileyann1105 Says:

April 16th, 2015 at 9:42 pm

Ooooooh I am just in love with Roxanne and Magnus!

languageisbeauty Says:

April 18th, 2015 at 9:03 pm

Deveraux is cool, but I agree with peacebird about the surname-as-first-name thing.
Going off of the 50’s thing Namesage mentioned, plus the fact that Roxi Alice is an adorable rockstar name, I think the name Elvis is really cool and underutilized (peaked around 300 in 1957, hasn’t made the top 1000 in quite awhile), and that it’s been a perfect amount of time since the King, though some may disagree. I also think Felix (which hovers around 300 currently) could be a cute name partner for Roxi as well, if you don’t find it too matchy-matchy.
Others I think are cool/distinctive and pair well w/Roxi:
Ferris (barely breaks top 1000)
Morris (which has a vintage feel but now ranked 900-something)

Also agree with Augusta Lee about Theodore/Teddy, Calvin, and Simon, and love eveyalecia’s suggestion of Casper

RosiePosie Says:

April 18th, 2015 at 10:18 pm

I like Sullivan!!! 🙂

Roxanne and Sullivan

Roxi and Sully

kendallrhea1 Says:

April 19th, 2015 at 8:33 pm

Brent
Scott
Franklin

sheena_beena Says:

April 19th, 2015 at 8:41 pm

From your suggestions, Marshall Scott definitely gets my vote. However, I do think Scott is one of those middles that could go with almost anything.

Marshall Scott, Gregory Scott, Julius Scott or Magnus Scott are all great choices!

Entangler Says:

April 20th, 2015 at 10:38 am

I like the suggestions of Magnus and Felix but in my opinion Harvey makes the perfect little brother for Roxanne (Roxi).

Roxanne Alice and Harvey Scott.

joquinta Says:

April 20th, 2015 at 11:57 am

Marshall Scott & Roxanne Alice sound great together. My second pick would be Garrison Scott.

scblovesnames Says:

April 20th, 2015 at 9:02 pm

I also like Roxanne Alice and Gregory Scott which oddly enough, Gregory Scott was on my list when I was thinking of boy names before I knew it was a boy during my last pregnancy.

alohahh Says:

April 21st, 2015 at 11:52 am

One of the names that jumped out at me was Jared, perhaps Jared Scott? Here are some other names that came to mind:
Archie
Jasper
Arthur
Theo/Theodore
Oscar
Alfie
Harvey
Alastair
Elliot
Emmett
Jeremy
Finn

rachelbrein Says:

April 23rd, 2015 at 4:25 pm

Franklin Scott
Roxi & Franky

MB_11 Says:

August 1st, 2015 at 6:52 pm

After much thought and 3 days in the hospital without a name, my husband and I finally compromised on a name. I decided to not be so picky and look at least within the 100-300 range for names. We couldn’t be more excited about our pick. We decided on Leonardo Callen. And Roxi is ecstatic to have baby brother, Leo.

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