Name Sage: Finding Romantic Boy Names
They love their daughter’s long, romantic name, and have a great story behind it, too. Now it’s time to find long, romantic boy names for Ophelia Thi’s new brother!
We just found out that our second child is a boy, a sibling for Ophelia Thi.
Both this pregnancy and our last we never have come up with a single boy name that we love.
Our daughter Ophelia‘s name holds a lot of meaning for my husband and I. We named her for The Lumineers’ song “Ophelia.” My husband and I met planning an outdoor music festival. The year we met the Lumineers were the opening act. Her middle name is a family name and a tie to my husband’s Vietnamese heritage.
Our son’s middle name will be Tien after my husband’s late father.
I would love help on a name for Ophelia Thi’s brother!
The Name Sage replies:
When your first child’s name feels like it was pre-ordained by fate, it can be even more challenging to name a sibling.
The boy names you’ve considered – Oscar, Otis, Arlo, Felix, Fraser, Crosby, Ezra – read like solid citizens. But maybe what they lack is that extra bit of oomph. After all, Ophelia is at least three syllables. (And, the way the Lumineers sing it, more like five!)
Let’s look for long, romantic boy names and see if they click.
LONG, ROMANTIC BOY NAMES
Benedict – This name seems a little more buttoned-up than some others on this list. But it has a long, strong, and distinctive sound. Benedict Cumberbatch’s star turns as a Marvel superhero and Sherlock Holmes lend it polish and dash, making Benedict an equal to Ophelia.
Caspian – Even if your Ophelia isn’t directly named for Shakespeare’s character, the name still feels literary. Caspian comes from the map, but it’s also the name of a prince from CS Lewis’ Narnia series. He’s handsome and brave, and fights to reclaim his kingdom and rule it well.
Finnian – Finn stepped out of Irish legend, and it’s an awfully short name compared to Ophelia. Finnian shares Finn’s roots, but adds some syllables. It’s sometimes spelled with a single ‘n’, as in Finian’s Rainbow, a Broadway musical turned 1968 movie starring Fred Astaire.
Leonidas – You might shorten Leonidas to the wildly popular Leo, but then again, nothing says you must. Like Atticus, Leonidas is straight out of the ancient world. The story of King Leonidas of Sparta is widely known, but others have answered to the name across centuries.
Montgomery – Like Crosby, Montgomery started out as a surname. But it’s climbing in use as a given name, too. There’s a Revolutionary War hero and a Hollywood leading man to make it familiar. Montgomery sounds distinguished, while nickname Monty feels downright friendly.
Orion – Borrowed from one of the most familiar constellations, Orion is the hunter from Greek mythology. Both nature names and those borrowed from myth are having a moment; that puts Orion midway between River and Atlas. Like Oscar and Otis, Orion matches sister Ophelia’s O.
Raphael – An archangel, a Renaissance master, and, of course, a ninja turtle, Raphael hits the familiar-but-uncommon mark nicely. Rafael with an ‘f’ ranks higher than Raphael in the US these days, but the shared ‘ph’ between sibling names could make for a subtle connection.
Tennyson – Let’s end on another literary note. British poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson remains among the best-known of nineteenth century writers. Tennyson means “son of Dennis,” but this name feels sweeping and romantic. It fits right in with Jameson and Harrison, but feels bolder at the same time.
Overall, I love the idea of Orion for Ophelia’s brother, particularly if you’re drawn to the idea of using another O name. From your original list, I think Atticus has potential, too. It’s a little longer, slightly literary, and distinctive, too.
But Caspian remains my top choice. Like Ophelia, it’s the kind of name that’s rising in popularity today, but still feels nicely distinctive. Even if your son’s name doesn’t have quite the backstory yet, it’s a name that promises a lifetime of adventure.
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on June 17th, 2020 at 8:21 am
I agree, something long and romantic would be perfect with Ophelia (which I love!). But Ophelia is so versatile that it works with traditional classics too, for a more British style.
Atticus, Caspian and Orion are all great.
on June 17th, 2020 at 11:15 am
Ophelia Thi is gorgeous
Love the below names for you:
Hope you like some of them and good luck! 🙂
on June 17th, 2020 at 11:18 am
My first thought was Leopold. I think it’s a little more romantic than Leonidas, which feels more adventurous to me.
From the Name Sage’s list, I think Caspian would be perfect.
A note on falling in love with the right name… For me, an interest in a name often starts with the sound. I then do lots of research on the name, and the right name becomes apparent when I connect with the history, literary references, religious connotations, etc. of a name. It’s like retrofitting meaning vs finding a name that’s meaningful first and then learning to love the sound. It sounds like you loved the song “Ophelia” before you liked the name itself, so maybe this other tactic will work this time around.
on June 17th, 2020 at 2:35 pm
I’m the mom of a Raphael and it was also my first thought! I love a lot of the names already listed, but other (pretty random) suggestions would be:
Anton/Anthony Ophelia Thi and Anton Tien
Humphrey. Ophelia Thi and Humphrey Tien
Henrik. Ophelia Thi and Henrik Tien
Franklin Ophelia Thi and Franklin Tien
Frederic Ophelia Thi and Frederic Tien
on June 17th, 2020 at 10:15 pm
My favorite from Abby’s list is Raphael, out of all of the names I think it goes best with the middle name and sister Ophelia. Here a few more suggestions:
Aramis (a musketeer!)
Nicasio (has the same sort of flow as Ophelia)
on June 17th, 2020 at 10:30 pm
If Atticus isn’t quite right, what about Augustus?
on June 19th, 2020 at 12:42 am
Erin Beth Said
on June 21st, 2020 at 9:16 am
A few more ideas:
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