Dad Names, like Dad Clothes and Dad Jokes, are total classics. We’re all familiar with them—sometimes to the point of exhaustion. They’re common among middle-aged men—those who are experienced fathers, but not yet old enough to be grandfathers. Most importantly, they’re not trendy among babies born today. The names on this list were most popular in the 1970s in their respective countries.
Just like baby names today, Dad Names vary from country to country. What sounds dated and dad-ish in Norway may be fresh and youthful in the US. So even if the names from your home country make you think of corny jokes, white sneakers and Hawaiian shirts (or whatever your cultural equivalent is), know that somewhere else in the world, it’s a novel idea for a baby boy.
Here are forty-five quintessential Dad Names from around the world:
We have a baby boy due late August–we’re thrilled that our son will have a brother, but boy names did not come easily to us last time, and we’re dreading the task on this go around.
We finally settled on ElliottWilder–to us, it had a classic/literary vibe with a side a spunk. Nothing we can think of now quite matches up.
Current short list is kind of all over the map and includes August/Gus, Arthur, Kit, Miles, Oscar, Finn, and Wells. Thinking of middle names to help balance the particularly “cutesy” first names we like (re: Finn, Kit) back toward something more classic/enduring has also been challenging (we’re not super fond of the longer form versions of those names, like Finley or Christopher). I’m also looking to avoid names that are becoming too trendy/common in my neck of the (urban) woods (Felix, Oliver, Henry, etc.).
Babies born today are a part of Generation Alpha, which encompasses children born from 2010 to 2025. Their parents are Millennials, who were born from 1980-1996, the dawn of the digital age.
The trends in baby naming have shifted between these generations. Parents have become more adventurous with boy names, widening the pool of options for GenAlpha babies. This change began during Generation Z but has really picked up steam since 2010. As more parents choose names like Bodhi and Ryker for their sons, there is less pressure to stick with the hyper-traditional dad names that dominated for so many years.
We’re looking for another unusual name, preferably one that has no religious connotations, references nature – we especially love plant names, is easy to spell and pronounce, and feels somewhat gender neutral.
His middle name will be my (German) surname; last name is my husband’s (Irish) surname, which is also a common first name and sometimes causes confusion.
We’ve considered Jupiter(but is it too out there?), Hawthorn/e (too surname-y?), Zephyr(too close to Cedar?), and Salix(the Latin genus for willow trees, but maybe too confusing?)
What a week this is for baby name lovers! We’ve had some long-awaited announcements in this week’s name news, including a royal baby, and new popularity charts from several countries. And that’s just for starters: tomorrow we’re expecting the main course of the USA 2018 baby name data. (You can still enter our contest to guess the new Top 10 until midnight tonight, Thursday 9 May.) Strap in and enjoy!