Unusual Boy Baby Names: A brother for Sage and Rocco

Is the middle name the stumbling block for naming baby #3?

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Her husband is wild about Harry in the middle spot, but they’re struggling to agree on a first name if baby number three is a boy.

Emma writes:

We are expecting baby number three and are stuck for a name if the baby is a boy.

Our first child is a girl named Sage India, and our second is a boy, Rocco Finn.

I am trying to find something that matches with these and I like slightly unique names.

My husband would like the baby if a boy to have the middle name Harry so something that goes with that too would be great!

Top of my list for boys are Brewer or Fox. Can’t wait to see what you come up with!

The Name Sage replies:

Let’s begin in the middle.

When it comes to honor names, it might make sense to favor meaning over style. And yet, it seems like the overall flow of a name matters very much to you. I’m having a tough time working with Harry in the middle spot. Would your husband be satisfied with Harris or Harrison instead?

You’ve come up with some truly gorgeous names for your two older children. I wonder if trading Harry for Harris or Harrison would make it much easier to find the right combination. Because Brewer Harry sounds like a job title, and Fox Harry doesn’t seem quite right, either. But Brewer Harris? Fox Harrison? Those work beautifully.

Now, back to the firsts. While none of your favorite names are common, Fox falls just inside the US Top 1000. And Brewer? Brewer sits way outside, a name given to a mere 31 boys last year.

Still, both Fox and Brewer pair well with big brother Rocco and sister Sage. Let’s look for some more cool and modern boy names with history, that fall either right inside the current Top 1000, or somewhere slightly beyond while still feeling familiar.

Blaise Blaise Harrison combines tradition and the unexpected – just like Rocco Finn. While Blaise sounds fiery, it boasts history galore. The name comes from ancient Rome. There’s mathematician Blaise Pascal, too. Blaise ranks Number 903 in the US right now; straight-up word name Blaze comes in even higher, at Number 858.

Calder – I can’t stop recommending Calder. Given to just 120 boys last year, this surname name has ties to the arts (thanks to sculptor Alexander Calder) and sports (via ice hockey’s rookie of the year award, the Calder Memorial Trophy). It feels rare, but very accessible.

Dash Dash Harrison sounds quite handsome, and if you’d like something longer, Dashiell Harris works, too. Verb name Dash ranks Number 780, while literary surname Dashiell sits a few hundred spots outside the current Top 1000. Sage, Rocco, and Dash make for an eclectic set, and yet they sound exactly right together.

Heath Sage and Rocco both keep it short and simple, but still have bold, distinctive sounds. Heath shares that quality, too. It’s a nature name that caught on in the 1960s thanks to a television cowboy. (Though parents will think of Heath Ledger instead.) Today it remains at the edge of the US Top 1000, and feels underused.

Huxley – Is Huxley Harris too much H sound? I’m not sure, but I think a name with the letter X might be just what you’re seeking. Surname Huxley comes in at Number 867. The accomplished Huxley family included scientist Thomas and author Aldous, but this generation might think of Star Wars villain General Hux instead. Other x options include Felix, Loxley, Axel, and Knox.

Rome Roman ranks in the US Top 100, but place name Rome is far less familiar. It has a strong, distinctive sound and brings to mind both the eternal city and the ancient empire. Rocco and Rome would share an initial, which some parents prefer to avoid. But they don’t sound especially close; in fact, Rome works really well with Sage and Rocco.

Thatcher – The combination Thatcher Harris sounds so right to my ear. Like Brewer, Thatcher is a humble working man’s name. (A Thatcher repaired roofs made of straw.) It shares sounds with the rising Theodore, as well as established favorites like Hunter and Carter. But it stands at Number 832 right now, which means it remains fairly unusual.

Zen – One of Sage’s several meanings is wisdom. Zen echoes that idea. It literally translates to meditation or thought, but carries a deeper spiritual sense, too. Zoe Saldana used the name for her youngest son. Zen might be a mini-name, but that Z sound makes it memorable.

It strikes me that your challenge with boy names might be more about the middle than the first. If you can be flexible with Harry names, Fox Harrison would be my first choice. It makes a great brother name for Rocco Finn and Sage India.

But if the middle must be Harry, I’ll go back to one of the names mentioned above: Dashiell Harry. Dashiell qualifies as an unusual name, but nickname Dash makes it very wearable. The slightly longer first name works better with a casual middle like Harry.

Now let’s turn it over to the readers, because I know they’ll have some great suggestions: what goes well with Sage India and Rocco Finn? What do you think of the Harry versus Harris/Harrison question?

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15 Responses to “Unusual Boy Baby Names: A brother for Sage and Rocco”

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nicolebaby1 Says:

September 13th, 2017 at 12:33 am

Oswin Harry
Omar Harry
Quill Harry. I like that the kids initials would go QRS youngest to oldest.
Rufus Harry
Shepherd Harry
Quincy Harry or Harris
Wolf Harry
Asa Harry
Bertram Harry

I love Fox.
Pick a name that you love and that goes with baby’s LAST NAME. If you love Harry in middle, use it. I’m sure you have your reasons. I really think coordination with last name is way more important. Best of luck and congratulations.

tfzolghadr Says:

September 13th, 2017 at 6:02 am

Sage, Rocco, and…
Merrick, Tiernan, Teague, Ozias, Ogden, Ocean, Caspian, Dmitri, Quill, Quaide, Jericho, Crimson, Cerulean, Burke, Oleander, Leander, Hale, Torin, Tobin, Wolfgang, Aryo, Enzo, Ender, Evren, Emre, Evren, Mavi, Moses, Ziggy, Tolliver, Everest, Equinox (Knox), Mars, Cato, Caius, Apollo, Phineas, Cyprian, Cypress, Sequoia, Oberon, Ulysses, Zephyr, Zenith,

jpruitt76 Says:

September 13th, 2017 at 8:23 am

I think Drake Harry works really well. Or Burke Harry/Harris. I also liked the suggestion of Quill Harry. Maybe even Boden Harry (nn Bodhi?).

Fox Harry makes me think of a hairy fox.

hml Says:

September 13th, 2017 at 9:19 am

I love Thatcher Harris.

I agree with jpruitt76, any combo of Fox + Harr- sounds a little strange to me.

Other ideas: Kai Harrison, Forrest Harry, or Linden Harry?

ARhythmofNames Says:

September 13th, 2017 at 9:22 am

I definitely think Calder, Huxley or Thatcher would be such handsome choices and perfect additions!
As for some other suggestions, here are some that I think might fit well:
Bowen (Brewer is awesome! But if your husband doesn’t want to trade Harry for Harris or Harrison, Bowen Harry is a thumbs up in my opinion)
Banks (Love this one and I think that it would be a stunning addition to Sage & Rocco, Banks Harrison has a nice flow to it)
Cairo/Calix (Cairo & Rocco seem to just be perfect together, however, if you don’t like the names both ending in ‘o’ Calix is a great choice. And Harry or Harrison both flow well as a middle)
Cyrus/Cypress (One’s a Persian name meaning ‘Throne’ while the other is a Nature name referring to a tree. Both though end in the ‘es’ sound and have a soft ‘C’. And while Harris or Harrison may not flow as well, Harry would.)
Hawthorne/Hawk (Is it a little too much or is it just right? Hawthorne Harris makes a nice name, but if Hawthorne isn’t quite right, maybe Hawk could work? Just lik Fox, it’s an uncommon word name and Hawk Harrison compliment each other.)
Earl (Simple, classic and yet so strong, I think it’d make a great addition. And Earl Harrison sounds so powerful.)
Alaric (German for ‘Noble Ruler’ it has that similar sound like ‘Rocco’ but still stands out on it’s own. Alaric Harris or Alaric Harry make great choices.)

Hope this helps and GL!

sarah1800 Says:

September 13th, 2017 at 11:01 am

Thatcher Harris is a great suggestion. I also like the suggestions of Bowen, Everest, Kai, Caspian, and Hawthorne.
A few more:
Atlas Harry
Bodhi Harris
Boone Harris
Dakota Harris
Donovan Harry
Flynn Harry
Lennox Harry
Otis Harry
Wilder Harry

saoirse123 Says:

September 13th, 2017 at 7:16 pm

Griffin Harris
Falcon Harry/Harris
River Harry
Archer Harry
Colt Harrison

oftenoverseas Says:

September 14th, 2017 at 1:43 am

I tried to find names that specifically went with Harry. My favorites were Kit or Kip, Langston or Linden. In general, though, 1-syllable names seemed to flow well with Harry, so here are a few more of those too: Ed, Finn, Glenn, Lane, Lief, Reed, Roe, Shae, and Tate. (And I might add Glenn to my favorites!) Along this vein, I actually think Fox Harry works!

caetano Says:

September 14th, 2017 at 9:29 am

Oakley Harry
Bodhi Harry
Whitley Harry
Tennyson Harry
Jensen Harry
Shea Harry
Zeke Harry
Quest Harry
Shiloh Harry
Canyon Harry
River Harry
Zayne Harry
Kipton Harry
Wilder Harry
Lennox Harry
Jaxley Harry
Ramsey Harry
Kenzo Harry
Baylor Harry
Lake Harry
Ripley Harry
Adlai Harry
Reed Harry
Zephyr Harry
Ryland Harry
Pryce Harry
Deacon Harry
Kingsley Harry
Onyx Harry
Brighton Harry
Raleigh Harry
Indigo Harry
Phoenix Harry
Wynn Harry
Palmer Harry
Jupiter Harry
Kester Harry
Bowie Harry
Koa Harry
Rio Harry
Winter Harry
Kayson Harry
Tennessee Harry
Zealand Harry
Salem Harry
Reef Harry
Sailor Harry

jtucker Says:

September 14th, 2017 at 12:57 pm

Love the suggestions of Fox Harrison, Blaise Harrison & Heath Harrison

zsazsa00 Says:

September 14th, 2017 at 2:02 pm

Hello. I think so many names will work with Harry, but I wanted to weigh in with my experience. And give some more options along with Harris and Harrison.

My SO wanted William as our boys name to honor both is grandfathers but it didn’t really suite our naming style which is similar to yours. So I did my digging and went looking for nicknames, international variations and even other W names so as to honor, but still leaving the name to a personal interpretation. We are still in the process and luckily got time but what we are considering is Willem (an international variation) or Willough (a W name with the same nn of Will), while still going through W names in case we find one that fits.

So I did some digging for you guys. As the name sage said, if your open to being flexible, maybe consider these options as a middle name. Harry is usually a diminutive for Henry or Harold. Some international variations for those would be Henrik/Hendrik, Henning, Hendry, or Haroldo.

You could even go with name that share the same meaning, or look further into H names.

Either way I just wanted to drop that as an option cause I really didn’t like William but we found some great names to work with in our case when being flexible. Good luck and congrats.

JamiJae Says:

September 14th, 2017 at 9:01 pm

I would suggest moving the Harry tribute to the first name. It allows you to keep that tribute but also allows you more freedom with the middle name. My suggest is Harrison Fox. It sounds smooth and strong as well as being a name that is sure to grow with the child.

kennamoon Says:

September 15th, 2017 at 2:53 am

I like Harry as a middle name! It could go with a lot of middle names depending on your last name.

Sage India, Rocco Finn & Nat Harry
Sage India, Rocco Finn & Pierce Harry
Sage India, Rocco Finn & Holden Harry
Sage India, Rocco Finn & Quin Harry
Sage India, Rocco Finn & Drew Harry
Sage India, Rocco Finn & Barron Harry
Sage India, Rocco Finn & Elton Harry
Sage India, Rocco Finn & Zedd Harry
Sage India, Rocco Finn & Wyatt Harry

Kjh446 Says:

September 17th, 2017 at 1:56 pm

I really like Rome! Such a handsome name. Rome Harry sounds really nice but I prefer Harris or Harrison in the middle spot.

Some ideas I like with Sage and Rocco:

Zan Harry
Jago Harry
Beau Harry
Beckett Harry
Atlas Harry
Tobias Harry
Rowan Harry
Gideon Harry
Sonny Harris
Cruz Harry
Atticus Harry
Tolliver Harry
Edison Harry
Percival Harry
Griffin Harrison
Porter Harrison
Bruno Harry

Good luck with your search!

9275279 Says:

April 2nd, 2018 at 5:30 pm

I love Harry! I think Boaz Harry has a nice ring to it and would work well with Sage and Rocco!

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