I like all of them except Oswin and Bliss. Although I really like Posy, it doesn't seem like a name an adult would have. I love, love, love Hero and I think Jess is way cooler than Jesse. I don't know why he would get bullied for it. I also agree with celianne that Kitt looks more complete.
I think that you are never going to find a name that makes everyone happy. And if kids are going to tease your kid, they're going to do it whether he's named Jess or whether he's named Thomas. My name is Amy. You wouldn't really expect there to be teasing potential, but I was given cruel nicknames. None of your names are ridiculous (except maybe Bliss) and they don't really seem exceptionally tease-worthy. Just pick a name that you love and that you can see your child growing into, because they are going to spend much more of their lives as adults than as children.
Hero is an old, old name from mythology and literature- not a reference to heroism. Here's the Christopher Marlowe poem "Hero and Leander.": http://personal.rhul.ac.uk/uhle/001/...%20leander.htm
Originally Posted by tangocamper
I totally understand your feelings about "Hyper masculine sounding words". I feel the same way. I know you love Milo (I love this too). There's a name that's probably too close, but if you're worried Milo is getting too popular, you might look at Winslow (for a boy!). This is a favorite of mine. It's the name of an uncle. I think it would totally work. It's my favorites list although I will probably use it for middle name.
Another W name you might like is Wilhelmina for girl which is not too girly in my opinion. Possible Nicknames: Willie, Will, Billie, Minnie, and Mina.
Originally Posted by ameliawilliams
I think a little boy named Jesse would be better than just jess as then you can shorten it to jess..
Oswin is a little bit too dr who like atm..but nice.. and ofc dr who companions arnt about forever xx lol just that ppl may see a conection to it even if there isnt one!
Emilyva: I think Winslow could grow on me; if there were an instance where I didn't use Milo I would definitely consider Winslow, thanks!
I have a knee-jerk "yuck" reaction to Wilhelmina for some reason. Just not my style at all. My sister has also called dibs on William if her next child is a boy, which sounds similar to me.
It's hilarious that you brought up Gilmore Girls! I do like the show (just started re-watching the 1st season over again because of your comment!), but Milo and Jess aren't spawned to it...but I think it solidified my love of Jess and the fact that I think it totally works as a masculine name. Milo is a name I've loved since childhood and didn't even realize it was the actor's name until now. How funny!
Thanks, everyone who chimed in! It's definitely made me reconsider some of the names. I'm glad I'm not having kids for a good while so that I can have a long think about these names!
I completely agree! I love the name Oswin after the Doctor Who character, though it is very superfan-ish.
Originally Posted by celianne
My favorites on your list are Eliza and Milo. That would be an awesome sibling set.
I think Jess is a great boy's name, but Jesse would be safer. Hero is cute for a URL, if you ask me. I would prefer it as a mn though
Oswin Rose-- pretty but it's a hard name for a little girl to live with. Would you call her Ozzy? Winny?
Artemis-- I knew a girl in HS with this name. She was Greek so it worked, I guess. I'm sure she was teased though.
Hero- why would you do that to a child?
Eliza-pretty in that "everything old is new" way. Makes me think of Eliza Doolittle/Pygmalion/My Fair Lady.
Posy- cute. Makes me think of Parker Posey
Bliss- future stripper?
Milo-makes me think of a small dog. a jack russell perhaps?
Jess- will probably get beaten up. If you name him Jesse and call him Jess, that could work. Also brings to mind the song "a boy named sue"
Kit- I think of a 1950's housewife.
Wesley- makes me think of Westley from the princess bride-- not in a good way. Also conjures images of weasels and other rodents (rats and such). And those swamp monster things from the princess bride.
I don't really think there is a big difference in "normal"/"absurdness" in your dream vs safe list.
They are all equally useable to me.
First keep in mind that I am a high school teacher, so see about 120 kids per year with all there names, classic, trendy, weird, horrible, interesting, etc.
Dream Girl List:
Oswin Rose -- I don't personally care for this name at all, but I would only think her parents were a little bit weird, and go with it. I have a student this year who pronounces her name very similar to this (we won't go into her wacky spelling though), so I am now kind of used to it.
Artemis -- Again, it's not something I care for personally as I think it has a harsh mannish sound. But I have a wonderful female friend named Artie (not short for anything), and this is no stranger than some of the other students that I have.
Hero -- I would think this was weird. I know it's a real name with a heritage and literary connections, but it is also a word with a meaning, and I just don't think it works on a pretty little girl or a grown woman.
Safe Girl List:
Eliza -- Love it!!
Posy -- Not my style at all, and I'd roll my eyes a bit in my head, but go right along with it as she sits next to the rhyming Josie and the growing in popularity Juniper and Azalea.
Bliss -- I don't care for this, but I also see it as one of those names that I would like if I knew someone named it and got used to it.
Dream Boy List:
Milo -- Not weird at all. I have a weird association with it (it is the name of the scheduling and billing system used by my university), but that is only going to affect the handful of people that went to that school. This is a n
Jess -- Not weird at all. I would be a slight bit of "hmm, not short for Jesse? Okay" but then move on and be fine.
Kit -- Slightly odd, but not crazy. It's very girly to me, because of the American Girl doll, but there is nothing wrong with it. Give him a good strong middle name with awesome flow, and who cares if it's not Christopher.
Safe Boy List:
Thomas -- So handsome! Love this, Tom, and Tommy for a little one.
Samuel -- So handsome!!
Wesley -- Great name!