Vintage Boy Names: What to call Cora’s Brother?
Update: He’s here! Welcome to the world, Charles Christopher, called Charlie. Thanks to all for your help!
We are stuck! Our son is set to arrive in April, and we’re not in love with any of the names on our short list.
Our daughter’s name, Cora, felt right from the start. We’re not having the same feeling with any of our choices this time around.
I really like to use family names somewhere in the mix, and the meaning of names is important as well. Our daughter’s middle is Brewster, a family surname, and we’re considering Christopher, Cameron, Thornton, or Guy for a middle.
Some names we’ve considered:
Mason – Kind of an honor name as my husband’s grandfather was a mason by trade. Top of our list, but concerned about popularity.
Griffin– Aligns with my husband’s heritage (Welsh/Scottish), but still on the fence.
I obsessively look on nameberry for ideas, but I’m coming up empty in terms of anything new. Please help!
The Name Sage replies:
We name strangers. This is the privilege of parenting; it’s also why naming can feel like such a challenge!
Ready for some good news? The names we pick almost always feel like a fit, even if it takes a few days of getting to know our new addition.
Let’s talk about Oliver, and your concerns that your son won’t like the name. Most parents today are children of the 1980s or early 90s. Back then, Oliver was solidly out of favor. We grew up with sweet, bespectacled Cousin Oliver on re-runs of The Brady Bunch, and Dickens’ Oliver Twist on our assigned reading lists.
Today, the name’s image has transformed. Oliver in 2017 is the equivalent of Andrew or Kyle in the 1980s – not new, but newly fashionable. It is popular throughout the English-speaking world, including the US, where it currently ranks Number 19. Actors, athletes, and musicians have chosen the name for sons in recent years. And it’s the perfect vintage boy’s name for Cora’s brother.
If I haven’t convinced you to re-consider Oliver, I think Mason also deserves a second look. You’ve noted that family history and meaning are among your top concerns. True, Mason has ranked in the Top Ten for the last few years. But your Mason would have a compelling story behind his name. And those stories can make the most common name shine.
But since you asked for some new ideas, let’s see if we can come up with a few.
Gavin – Gavin shares Oliver’s ‘v’ sound and the Welsh/Scottish roots of Griffin. We can trace the name back to the Middle Ages, but it has appeared in the US Top 100 since the year 2000 – without ever becoming too popular.
Jasper – Fifteenth century Welsh nobleman Jasper Tudor would become the uncle to King Henry VII of England. So while the name is Persian in origin, it has a history of use that matches your husband’s heritage. Jasper shares Oliver’s –r ending, and is every bit as vintage as Cora.
Henry – Like Oliver, Max, and Theodore, Henry has gone from neglected classic of the 1980s to white hot favorite of the 2010s. If you love those names, you might consider Henry, too. One big advantage? If you’re worried about nicknames – Teddy for Theodore, Ollie for Oliver – Henry requires no shortening.
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on February 1st, 2017 at 3:30 am
Edward “Eddie” Thornton
Samuel “Sam” Beau
I LOVE the name you chose for your daughter Cora Brewster. It’s so lovely and fun. Good luck with finding a nice name for your new baby boy! ❤️
on February 1st, 2017 at 4:31 am
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on February 1st, 2017 at 7:02 am
I read a fanfiction where there was a Cora. Her twin brother was Sam.
on February 1st, 2017 at 7:41 am
I feel it’s a pity to write off the names Maxwell and Oliver, just because Max and Ollie are popular names for dogs. I hear this in connection with Rex, Toby, Lucy, Molly, Holly, etc. It is a misconception that names can’t work for both pets and humans. I have known dogs called Tara and Carla, and had a dog called Amber. I have known a cat called Gilbert, and the first Chloe I ever knew was also a cat. I don’t think that it matters. Maxwell and Oliver are excellent choices for a child, in my opinion.
on February 1st, 2017 at 8:09 am
Love the name Beau with Cora.
on February 1st, 2017 at 8:32 am
Frederick? It’s a vintage name & can be shortened to Freddie, Rick/Ricky, or Fritz.
Your hubby doesn’t like the nickname Theo but would Leo work as a name? Maybe since it’s not a nickname & it’s nickname-proof, he’ll like it.
We just named our third son Maximilian (we call him Max) & my brother has a dog Max. It doesn’t bother me one bit. Sometimes people intentionally name their kids after their childhood pets.
Llewelyn? A long shot, but deeply connected to Welsh history.
on February 1st, 2017 at 8:43 am
I think Beau is perfect with Cora!
on February 1st, 2017 at 8:46 am
I’ve known two Olivers. One was my great grandfather and the other is currently two. I’ve also known two Teddys. One is in his 30’s and the other is a toddler SO I think both of those names age really well. As for nicknames, I don’t think kids really make up nicknames and stick to them unless a parent calls them that. If you don’t like Ollie or Ted then stick to Oliver and Teddy/Theodore. I think it is up to mom and dad to make that call.
on February 1st, 2017 at 11:13 am
I like many of the names from your list. Mason I agree is too popular but I don’t think your child will resent Oliver, it’s not unusual nor too popular, he won’t get teased about it. If you don’t like Ollie, don’t use Ollie! I feel that Oliver doesn’t even need a nickname. If you don’t feel it’s ‘cool’ enough, consider famous tattoo artist Oliver Peck. I also like Theodore “Teddy”, Teddy Roosevelt is the essence of vintage cool to me, and I love Griffin with Cora. If you both love Maxwell but “once” had a pet named it, I feel like you’re overthinking it or maybe not really in love with it, if you currently had a pet named Max I could see the dilemma, though we have a cat named Thor and still consider it for a future child because we just love the name, but we would change the cats name if that happened. Of Name Sage’s suggestions I like Gavin and Jasper. I feel like in general you may be overthinking it, which is not a criticism, I do the same. Once you meet baby boy one may just fall into place.
on February 1st, 2017 at 11:35 am
Jasper definitely fits the best with Cora
on February 1st, 2017 at 2:27 pm
How about Calvin?
on February 1st, 2017 at 5:19 pm
Christopher Mason nn Kip!!!! Cora & Kip <3
on February 1st, 2017 at 5:49 pm
From the names on your short list, I think that Beau is a wonderful name and fits well with sister Cora.
From the suggestions from the Name Sage I like Jasper with Cora.
on February 1st, 2017 at 6:30 pm
Edmund. For some reason it immediately jumped out at me when I saw this post.
on February 1st, 2017 at 7:40 pm
Here’s another new option: Augustus or Augustine (I would go with the latter, but not everybody has mad love for the early church father). The nickname options include Auggie and Gus, both of which I’ve seen totally pulled off by young men/adults, and August, which is just adorable but also manly.
And my nephew, Joshua Bradford (called Brad), has won me over to babies/little boys named Brad, which until his name was chosen seemed like it was too grown-up to fit a baby.
I love Jasper with Cora.
on February 1st, 2017 at 8:29 pm
How about Asher Thornton? Asher is a Biblical name, so, not new. But it’s on trend, like Cora. And, it means “happy” or “praise” or something good like that.
I vote Thornton for the middle, if it can possibly work with your first name choice.
Cora and Asher.
on February 1st, 2017 at 9:41 pm
I think it’s rare for people to regret a name they picked in honor of a loved one, and it’s a nice story that the child can have, so my vote goes to Mason. But I think Beau is a good fit with Cora as well. And I wouldn’t worry about Oliver- it’s fairly popular, so I don’t think it will sound young when all those child Olivers grow up.
on February 1st, 2017 at 11:50 pm
I like Abby’s suggestion of Jasper and like that it means bringer of Treasure.
My pick is Axel, which means Father of Peace. He meaning makes me like it even more.
on February 2nd, 2017 at 2:11 am
Cora is adorable!
I have the same feelings about the name Mason, my grandpa’s middle name was Mace so It is a family name to me as well but the popularity makes me unsure if I’d ever name my son that… but the name sage does bring up good points!!!
I agree Mason Christopher is very handsome but like it with all of your middle name options!
I also think Cora & Beau sound perfect together! But if it doesn’t sound right to you what about making it a nickname for Bodhi, Bowen or Bowie?
Cora & Tyson Christopher
Cora & Forrest Guy
Cora & Kalvin Cameron
Cora & Kellen Guy
Cora & Thurston Guy
Cora & Thayer Cameron
Cora & Jordan Christoper
Cora & Pierce Cameron
Cora & Perry Thornton
Cora & Barrett Guy “Bear”
Cora & Ike Cameron
Cora & Harry Cameron
Cora & Holden Christoper
Cora & August Cameron “Gus”
Cora & Remi Christopher
Cora & Nat Christopher
Cora & Val Cameron
on February 2nd, 2017 at 1:55 pm
First of all, I think Thornton would make an awesome middle! It’s such a unique and cool name, that I would not hesitate at all!
Oliver is the perfect match for Cora, and it’s such a sweet vintage boy name. Love Oliver.
Now, Oliver Thornton? That is just perfection!
Sorry, I just can’t think of anything better:)
on February 2nd, 2017 at 4:12 pm
We have a Cora! She has an older brother called Joseph Henry and a 5 day old baby brother who we have just named Stanley Albert.
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on February 2nd, 2017 at 4:23 pm
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on February 2nd, 2017 at 5:46 pm
My grandfather’s name is Oliver Guy…. funny that I can pick that out of your few suggestions 🙂
on February 3rd, 2017 at 10:35 am
One more name I’d add to your list is Arthur. The roots of Arthur are up for debate–either Roman or Celtic apparently–but the early poems about King Arthur and the knights of the round table are Welsh in origin. Cora and Arthur/Art seems like a really sweet sibling set! Arthur Guy would be my favorite of your middles, but Arthur Cameron or Arthur Christopher would work too.
on February 4th, 2017 at 8:11 pm
I absolutely love the name Felix with Cora. Cora and Felix are beautiful and I love Felix Mason as a first middle name combo.
I never really knew of an Adult man named Felix until my husband mentioned one of his co-workers has the name. I actually think it’s perfect. But that’s just me. Find something that you can’t resist. I know you will. Maybe the little guy will tell you himself.
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on July 11th, 2017 at 10:45 pm
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