Thackeray John - I love Thackeray, it was on our list until DH nixed it.
Barnaby James - Barnaby was also on our list but we've opted for Barnabas instead. Still love this version though.
Jolyon Nicholas - I love the name Jolyon and it is so rarely used.
Wyeth James - This would work very well over time and still is unique. This is actually my favorite of your list.
Peregrine James - I LOVE Pip as a nn
Ivo Nicholas- I think this would be a little too unfamiliar for Americans, and it's a bit of a tongue-twister with your last name.
Toussaint James- While I usually think pronunciation problems are often overblown, this one would would just cause undue hardship on your son with its spelling and pronunciation issues.
Reed Nicholas- I like it, but not in love with it.
Aubyn James- Is it prn. Aw-ben or Oh-ben? You're already honoring family in the middle, do you need to do it twice?
Cabot James- Like.
Asa Nicholas-I like it! Asa is becoming more familiar, I think, but it's still a rare, sophisticated choice.
Barnaby James- Like this combination, even though I'm not usually a fan of Barnaby.
Theodore James "Teddy" - This is the tamest name on your list. I like it, but prefer the nn Theo.
Atticus John- Love!
Bertram John- NMS.
Tristram James- Lovely.
Zevon James (rhymes with Devon) - Sounds made up to me, and I know it's not.
Finch Nicholas - I see what you're going for, but I don't know if I'd like to go through life with "Finch" as my name. It'd be better in the middle spot (two middles?).
Tennyson James "Ten" or "Tenny"- Love!
Thackeray John (rhymes with Zachary)- Love! Even people who aren't familiar with him would be able to pronounce it, it's pretty intuitive, and it's not too far off from names people are already familiar with.
Jolyon Nicholas (JOLE-ion)- Meh. It would take some explaining every time you introduced him, or when he was older, he introduced himself, since it's not a very familiar character.
Ambrose John- Love! Ambrose James might be a better combo though? I like the look of the S's.
Peregrine James (We might use Pip as a nn even though it's a bit too LOTRish...but it is actually from Angela Carter's last novel, Wise Children, my dh's favorite) - I'm not a fan of Peregrine; personally, I find it a little formal. But it's definitely usable.
Orlando James "Orly"- Love!
Worthy James (family name)- My first thought was that it was so Puritan!
Tarquin James- Usable, but NMS.
Copeland James (family name)- I actually quite like this.
Pryor James- Meh. You've got better on your list.
Tavish John- You've got better.
Fenwick James "Fen" (family name)- I like it, but mostly for the nickname.
Hawthorne/Hawthorn James (I like it without the E, dh likes it with)- I like it lot!
Macabee James (family name)- Not a fan.
Banyan James- I think of the trees.
Wyeth James- I think he would constantly be explaining that it's Wyeth and not Wyatt, and be spelling it out for people. Might be confusing.
Sparrow John- Too starbaby.
Rushdie James- Meh.
Atticus John (or James)
Ivo Nicholas (EYE-vo) -- I worry about pronunciantion
Toussaint James (pronounced like Tucson) -- ditto, but looks very cool on paper
Reed Nicholas -- a perfectly good more mainstream choice
Aubyn James (family name) -- Odd-looking
Cabot James -- I think I like it.
Asa Nicholas -- Ass-a :( so no.
Barnaby James -- dislike Barnaby, sounds like a cartoon character
Theodore James "Teddy" -- Like this historic name
Atticus John -- Okay
Bertram John -- Don't like but don't have a good reason for not liking. Maybe I just hate B names.
Tristram James -- I really dislike Tristan (on a boy) because it sounds too girly to me, and this looks too much like Tristan.
Zevon James (rhymes with Devon) -- Interesting. Again, pronunciation issues.
Finch Nicholas - Don't hate it, but don't like it either. Makes me think of birds.
Tennyson James "Ten" or "Tenny" -- meh
Thackeray John (rhymes with Zachary) -- No, sounds like a way to make fun of someone with a lisp
Jolyon Nicholas (JOLE-ion) -- Just sounds odd
Ambrose John -- Not a fan, just so perfumey-sounding
Peregrine James (We might use Pip as a nn even though it's a bit too LOTRish...but it is actually from Angela Carter's last novel, Wise Children, my dh's favorite) -- Well I love LOTR so how could I say no? But I wouldn't use it on my own child, either.
Orlando James "Orly"-- Bad association with literally nutty professor with this name. His nickname was Lanny. Ich jerk.
Worthy James (family name) -- A little over the top
Tarquin James -- I think I like it
Copeland James (family name) - I like it, it's nice that it doesn't end with "n" which is so trendy for boys
Pryor James -- The Crucible? That is cool. DDL is such a hottie in the movie version...*swoon*
Tavish John -- I really like this one.
Fenwick James "Fen" (family name) -- Not a fan of the "wick" ending, so harsh
Hawthorne/Hawthorn James (I like it without the E, dh likes it with)--This is pretty neat as well, I prefer it with the e written down, Nathaniel Hawthorne wouldn't have immediately come to mind otherwise
Macabee James (family name) -- You have so many neat options that I wouldn't mess with this one and worry about whether people are offended
Banyan James -- No, don't like the y especially if it is a boy.
Wyeth James -- ok
Sparrow John -- A little odd, not my style, but not a terrible nature name either
Rushdie James -- Looks sort of odd, makes me think of Rush Limbaugh which is a negative association imo.
Reed Nicholas (love this combo)
Theodore James (although nn Theo would be a little more modern)
Tennyson James (LOVE the idea of nn Ten)
Ambrose John (fresh, yet still sounds classic)
Toussaint James (setting yourself up for a lifetime of misspelling/mispronunciation)
Aubyn James (looks somewhat feminine due to the "y")
Tristram James (I keep seeing this as a misspelling of Tristan)
Zevon James (sounds invented)
Jolyon Nicholas (ditto)
Aubyn James (family name)
Theodore James "Teddy"
Zevon James*(rhymes with*Devon)
Peregrine James Have you considered Pen/Penn as a nn for this?
These are my favourites for sure! The others seem like they would be difficult for most people to spell/pronounce and they would be a but of a mouthful for kids!
Here are my first impressions of your names. It is an awesome list! Very creative.
Ivo Nicholas---- I like Ivo. kinda cool sounding
Toussaint James--- not a fan. I think it would be mouthful for kids to say
Reed Nicholas--- I knew a kid named Reed. He was a jerk. so I just haven't liked the name since. Also it is my sisters' maiden name. So I also see it as a last name
Aubyn James--- I love family names!!!
Cabot James-- reminds me of the explorer.
Asa Nicholas--- feels like a girls name to me.
Barnaby James--- could be cute.
Theodore James "Teddy"--- Love it
Atticus John-- I kind of feel like the whole TKAM is over played. I love the name thought. maybe Scout?
Bertram John-- I like it
Tristram James---odd.. looks like a mishmash of names of Tristan and bertram
Zevon James (rhymes with Devon)-- odd
Tennyson James "Ten" or "Tenny"--- cool!
Thackeray John (rhymes with Zachary)--- also very cool
Jolyon Nicholas (JOLE-ion)--- not a fan.
Ambrose John --- very suited for a dude that is owner of a company
Peregrine James--- like it! also might be hard to say for kids. Love the nickname
Orlando James "Orly"-- not a fan but I like Orly or Orla for a girl
Worthy James (family name)--- nice. maybe James Worthy though
Tarquin James--- there was a character in a book with this name. he was kind of a villain. so not a fan
Copeland James (family name)---- LOVE IT
Pryor James--- ehh
Tavish John--- Kinda cool. I feel like he would be an action star or something.
Fenwick James "Fen" (family name)--- cool
Hawthorne/Hawthorn James (I like it without the E, dh likes it with)---ehh
Macabee James (family name)---Macabee is kinda cool. different. maybe for a middle
Banyan James--I don't like this one
Sparrow John-- captain jack!
Rushdie James --- idk
like I said before; awesome names!
I like Hawthorne