Nameberry Makeover: Boys’ Edition

Popular Names

Tuesday we brought you the Name Gamers’ take on new spins for the Top Ten girls’ names.  Today we feature their Nameberry Makeover of the most popular boys’ names.

Thank you to nameberry mavens olivegreen, susan, lyndsayjenness, jill, amym, lola, ricamaca, and dannim26.  For more of their makeover ideas, or to join in the game, go to the Name Game board.

Remember, the idea here is to come up with fresher spins on overpopular names, but what’s so clever about these name makeovers is that the new versions convey the original names’ essence, not merely the way they look and sound.

1.    JACOBJasper, Isaac, James

2.    MICHAELMilo, Miles, Mitchell, Micah, Raphael (wow!)

3.    ETHANNathaniel, Edward, Everett, Ephraim

4.    JOSHUAJonas, Joaquin, Jasper

5.    DANIELDashiell, Dominic, Declan

6.    CHRISTOPHERCrispin, Caspian, Phineas (nice)

7.    ANTHONY —  Ansel, Antoine, August, Ambrose, Vincent (ooooh, very nice)

8.    WILLIAMWalter, George, Philip, needs no replacement!

9.    MATTHEWMoses, Maxfield, Maddox, Matthias or Matteo

10.    ANDREWAsher, Archer, Anderson, Lochlan

Any other ideas?  Let us know!

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4 Responses to “Nameberry Makeover: Boys’ Edition”

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Lola Says:

April 23rd, 2009 at 10:00 am

Ooh, I adore Raphael, Edward, Ambrose, Ansel(m), George & Maxfield!

Off to play more games!

Emmy Jo Says:

April 23rd, 2009 at 2:33 pm

For Jacob, Caleb is a slightly less popular replacement — they’re both biblical, two syllables, and end in the uncommon B sound. Of course, Caleb is ranked #36, so it’s definitely not unheard of, but it’s not #1 at least.

For Joshua, how about Josiah or Judah?

For Anthony, how about reviving Timothy?

And for Andrew, I love the German Andreas or the Scandinavian Anders.

littlemissdotty Says:

April 23rd, 2009 at 5:10 pm

Fresh alternatives to Daniel, whilst still maintaining its Hebrew origin would be Chaniel (‘graciousness of God’), Dekel (‘palm tree’) or Deuel (‘knowledge of God’).

Angus Says:

April 23rd, 2009 at 9:33 pm

The ultimate “makeover” name for Jacob is obviously Israel. It’s YHWH-approved!

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