Choosing Vintage Boy Names
I’ve been reading through all of your columns for inspiration and loving your suggestions. It seems like everyone else has a hard time picking boys names, too!
The boy’s name is giving us a run for our money, though! Scott is a family name I’d like to keep in the middle. I’m head over heels for Felix, and I also love Kieran, Caspian/Cassian. My husband strongly dislikes all of those.
The few names we both like are Rye, Jules, Sebastian, and for a possible middle name, Ellis. I’ve also discovered I really like names with Z: Boaz, Lazarus, Buzz. But the first two don’t work with our last name and while I really like Buzz, I’d like it more as a nickname.
I’d appreciate any thoughts you have! I’ve been waiting for lightning to strike twice, but am getting antsy so close to the due date. Maybe that just means baby’s a girl!
The Name Sage replies:
It sounds like you’re both fans of vintage boy names, especially ones with a certain modern sensibility. Felix matches perfectly with Blythe and Sylvie. But, as you’ve discovered, that doesn’t mean it’s automatically the right name for your family.
Could it be that your husband prefers slightly more familiar names for boys? Many of us do. Sebastian, after all, ranks in the US Top Twenty. Jules and Rye sound a little more distinctive, but they’re awfully close to Top 100 choices Julian and Ryan.
Silas – If you love Sylvie for a girl, would you consider Silas for a boy? They’re both ultimately from Silvanus, a Latin name meaning forest, from silva – wood. Of course, choosing Silas might rule out using Sylvie in the future.
If that’s not quite right, how do you feel about Ezekiel or Zeke? It fits with vintage boy names, and has that great Z sound, too. Ezekiel Scott might be just about perfect. And Zeke and Blythe sound like siblings.
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Rachamim F Said
on August 12th, 2020 at 11:04 am
What about Sylvan, Sylvian or Sylvester?
JK Garrison Said
on August 12th, 2020 at 11:55 am
What about Zebedee or Zebediah nn Zeb? Zebedee is a guilty pleasure name of mine.
Some slightly more familiar options to consider:
Jude – to me it’s still an overlooked vintage name with that sharp one-syllable sound like Blythe. It’s similar to Jules but maybe a little more familiar for most people.
Powell – vintage and heard-of but uncommon
Arthur or Oliver
Tobias – it strikes a nice balance between Boaz and Lazarus and similar but more popular names like Elias and Josiah
on August 12th, 2020 at 5:49 pm
– Basil, nickname Baz or Buzz
– Linus, possible nickname Lux?
on August 12th, 2020 at 5:51 pm
I really like Theodore/Theo from Abby’s list.
Here are a few more names that came to mind:
Leander (I know there were no -er ending names on your list but stylistically it fits)
on August 13th, 2020 at 6:50 am
I love Baz for Sebastian!
My suggestion is Prescott “Scottie”
Kieran… Kai? Kaison
Rye… Bran? Eg Branson Brannigan
on August 13th, 2020 at 7:12 am
I really love Sebastian nn Baz as previously suggested! Or how about Bastian nn Baz? Blythe & Bastian
I absolutely love the name Harry with Blythe! Harry Scott would be such an awesome name?! Or how about Henry? Blythe Norah & Henry Scott <3
Some other suggestions:
Wyatt (Blythe and Wyatt)
Rayland (Blythe and Rayland)
August (Blythe and August) maybe nn Gus?
Zephyr (Blythe and Zephyr) nn Zeph? Love this!
Raymond (Blythe and Raymond)
Theodore (Blythe and Theodore) Theodore Scott is another gorgeous combo that Iove! Theo is a cute nn!
Hope this was helpful!
on August 13th, 2020 at 12:16 pm
My first thought was Laszlo. A little vintage and with that Z sound they like. It’s also a little step out of the norm but I think it works beautifully with Blythe.
on August 13th, 2020 at 8:21 pm
on August 15th, 2020 at 12:32 am
I knew a Blythe growing up and her brother was Gabriel. I always thought those were cute names together Blythe and Gabriel.
I like Julian too – it has vintage charm even though it’s a little popular these days!
Theodore is also a great suggestion with Blythe.
Ezra and Isaiah also came to mind!
on September 27th, 2020 at 11:37 pm
My friend has a little boy names Sullivan, Sully for short and I Love that. I also Like Abel and Clark but the hubby has thrown those out.
We have a 2 boys Trey and Grant, if we have a girl this time we have Sylvie pick out as well and are struggling to agree on anything else ha
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