Searching for Casual Cute Boy Names
The name that tops my list is Dill.
I like how unpretentious and cute it is, especially for a baby. But my partner is unsure and has thought of some unflattering nicknames. Dylan and Dillon just don’t appeal to me as much for some reason even though I think they would work better for a teenager and adult.
Please help! I feel like I have read every single name!
The Name Sage replies:
I never say this, but I’m going to say it.
Here’s why: your list is packed with casual, cute boy names. They’re breezy and unpretentious. But they’re also familiar, accessible choices that everyone recognizes. I’ve sometimes called them homespun boy names – an appealing blend of modern and traditional styles.
There is a character from To Kill a Mockingbird called Dill, but it’s a nickname. (His real name is Charles.) And unlike Atticus or Scout, it’s yet to catch on. People actually named Dill in the English-speaking world are vanishingly rare. That means lots of repeating, spelling, and explaining your son’s name. Some parents welcome that, especially if there’s a great backstory. It sounds like you’re a little more hesitant about choosing something that’s really different.
CASUAL CUTE BOY NAMES
BEAR – Yes, Bear tends to appear on lists of crazy celebrity baby names. And yet, we’re borrowing names from the animal kingdom more and more often. After all, Wren is on your list, and Fox is gaining in use, too. Bear feels just daring enough now, but it fits with lots of casual, cute boy names like Jude and Beau.
ROSCOE – Speaking of o-enders that stand out, Roscoe centuries of history. And yet, it’s nearly unknown as a given name today. But unlike Dill or November, we all recognize it as a given name, even if we don’t hear it very often.
WOODY – Woody shares the same casual style as Herbie. But it also feels a little outdoorsy, and just slightly familiar. (Credit to actor Harrelson, and, of course, the Toy Story character, hero of four movies over more than two decades.)
Gus strikes me as the most obvious substitute for Dill. And, of course, formal name August echoes month-name November. If you’re feeling like it’s still too predictable, then maybe a choice like Roscoe, Bear, or Otis would satisfy?
But I still wonder if Dillon isn’t the best of all possible worlds? It delivers a cute, cuddly nickname for your baby boy, plus a more formal name to wear as he grows up.
Readers, I’d love your take – is my reaction to Dill too harsh? Is there another compromise name I’ve missed?