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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