Traditional Boy Names: Frank, Walter, and George
They prefer their boy names classic, but not too popular. But have they gone too far in the other direction?
I am due in three weeks and we still haven’t picked a name for our boy.
We seem to like traditional but not common names such as Frank, Walter, and George. While I do like these three, I keep wondering if there is something better out there. Or maybe these are just too Old Man?
We have a long last name that ends in “key,” so I keep wanting to keep the name short and punchy, but at this point I’m open to anything.
The Name Sage replies:
We’re looking for a time-tested name that sidesteps any hint of trendiness, without being too moss-covered – or too common, right?
What they’re not: stylish.
At least not right now in the US. There’s reason to believe that all three of those names are readying for a comeback. George and Walter are significantly more popularity on Nameberry than they are in the US. (Frank is about even.) And from Prince George to Elvis Costello’s son, we can think of lots of high profile uses of the names.
Even if that doesn’t happen, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed in any of the names. They’re great choices, and would wear over a lifetime.
Let’s look at a few more possibilities:
From your choices, my favorite is George. There are dozens of positive associations, and it has such a simple, but distinctive sound.
But let’s add a poll to help you narrow down your choice.
Readers, which of Erin’s favorites would you choose? Or do you have other suggestions for the family?