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Unique Names for Boys

August 6, 2019 Abby Sandel

Unique names for boys can be a challenge. These parents like unique boy names and are thinking of naming their new son Oak. But much as they love the name, there are some roadblocks that might push them in a different direction.

Chantel writes:

We are team green for baby #3, due in October. We currently have one of each: Elowyn Magnolia and Arthur Jack Ruger. Our girl name is picked out, but we’re having a harder time choosing for a boy.

Our son’s first two names are honor names. Ruger is a fun little add-on.

Right now, we are thinking Oak Garcia Crockett if it’s a boy. I also like Wulfric, Walton, Hendrix, Indigo, Harrison, Floyd, Ruben, Morrison, and Merritt as middle names. Obviously, I love unique names for boys! And I’m wavering on Oak. We know we won’t use Oaklee or Oakley.

Mostly I’m wondering: is Oak too similar, as we often call our older son Arthur Jack. And should we use a longer middle name, or just stick with two middles again?

I would love a few more suggestions to think about!

The Name Sage replies:

On paper, Oak Garcia Crockett is great. It mixes a modern nature name with unexpected surname choices.

But when I say it aloud? Oak Garcia gives me pause. The ‘k’ of Oak runs into the ‘g’ of Garcia: Oakarcia.

If you’ll call your son Oak 99% of the time, then it’s probably not an issue. But if you routinely refer to your kids as Elowyn and Arthur Jack, I imagine you’ll find yourself calling your new baby by a longer name, too. And maybe that’s why you’re wavering.

Where does that leave you?

First, you can commit to careful enunciation and repetition, coupled with an awareness that it might not work. Unusual names take time to remember.

Or maybe you can just call your son Oak, no middle. If that’s not an option, I wonder if you’d consider another longer Oak- name. Besides Oakley, there’s Oakes, Oakton, Oaken, and Oakland.

I’m also tempted to suggest you consider Hendrix, Harrison, or Walton as a middle name. Oak Hendrix, maybe?

And, of course, Oak could be the middle name, at least if you like another name enough to consider it.

Let’s make some new combinations:

  • Harrison Oakes
  • Hendrix Garcia Oak
  • Merritt Garcia
  • Merritt Oakes
  • Merritt Walton Oakes
  • Oak Harrison
  • Oak Hendrix
  • Oakland Garcia Wulf
  • Oakes Walton Garcia
  • Oakes Ruben Garcia
  • Oaken Crockett Garcia
  • Wulfric Crockett Garcia

Looking at the list, I think Merritt splits the difference between unexpected Elowyn and traditional Arthur best. Any of the combinations seems like a fit for your family, though I really like Merritt Garcia and Merritt Oakes. (Or maybe …Merritt Garcia Oakes?)

But if keeping Oak as a first name matters most, I do think the solution is to choose a single, longer middle. Oak Hendrix and Oak Harrison would be my picks. They’re slightly more familiar as given names, just like Elowyn’s middle, Magnolia. And both combinations are easy to say in full, should you choose to use them together.

Okay, readers, we could use your help on this. Let’s have a poll – should they keep Oak or find another name? And please suggest your favorites in the comments.

Abby Sandel is the creator of name blog Appellation Mountain and writes Nameberry’s Name Sage column, offering wise advice on baby name questions submitted by Berries every other Wednesday.  Abby lives outside of Washington DC with her husband and two children, Alex and Clio. You can reach her on Facebook , Instagram and Pinterest. For a chance to have your questions answered on Nameberry, contact Abby at namesage@nameberry.com.

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Abby Sandel is nameberry's Senior Editor and resident Name Sage. Look for her baby name news round-ups every Monday, and her Name Sage columns on Wednesdays. Abby is the creator of the baby name blog Appellation Mountain and mom to Alex and Clio. For a chance to have your questions answered, contact Abby at namesage@nameberry.com.

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