Inspiration for boy's name please!

(27 Posts)
WhatAPredicament Mon 17-Jun-13 14:13:38

There are loads of imaginative and beautiful girls' names but boys names seem to be either traditional and frequently heard or a bit too far on the unusual side. Please help me to think of a name for ds2 that's not too trendy and overused, not too traditional but not too wacky either! It seems like an impossible task to me and I feel like I've heard every boys' name there is in the world!

I'm quite a fan of surname sounding names like Evan, Owen, Ellis, Sullivan, Harrison, Travis. They are familiar as names, so not too out there but not so much as first names

Gregor
Niall
Fraser
Joseph
Keir
Arran
Simon
Peter
Logan
Austin

poppydaisy Mon 17-Jun-13 14:57:57

Quentin - best name ever (ok, I'm biased smile).

Or how about Tristan, Patrick or Clement?

Tincletoes Mon 17-Jun-13 15:00:30

Jago is a lovely name (Cornish version of James) that I am disappointed I will never get to use!

tammytoby Mon 17-Jun-13 15:08:45

I like the suggestions of Austin, Quentin and Clement - great underused classics.

Or how about
Benedict
Dominic
Vincent
Cassian

WhatAPredicament Mon 17-Jun-13 15:40:59

I'm liking some of these - Ellis, Evan, Niall and others but on phone so can't look back... Still haven't hit on 'the one' yet though but definitely a start. Some are ruled out as already in close family and friends. I don't find as many boys' names as pleasant to say/hear as girls' names. I like quite a lot of nature/virtue names that don't seem to exist for boys?

Littlecherublegs Mon 17-Jun-13 15:45:33

Joel
Simeon
Nicholas
Julian
Anthony
Nathaniel
Spencer
Fraser
Aidan
Brett
Karl
Victor
Silas
Noel
Ivor
Emmett
Leon
Marcus
Neil
Owen
Amos
Philip
Christian
Linus
Dean
Scott
Blake
Gavin

A bit of a mixed bag but might inspire???!!

Elquota Mon 17-Jun-13 15:49:39

Maybe go for some of the traditional boys names which have fallen out of fashion, so aren't overly popular at the moment but are still heard of?

Simon
Michael
Richard
Leonard
Miles
Matthew
Julian
Samson
Adam
Andrew
David
John
Peter

Conrad

Exhaustipated Mon 17-Jun-13 15:55:06

Patrick
Rowan
Francis
Xavier
Corin
Elliot
Nathaniel
Simeon
Saul
Timothy

WhatAPredicament Mon 17-Jun-13 16:12:04

Thanks! There's loads of suggestions here, I'm liking Rowan and Miles and Christian among others.

I'm starting to feel a bit annoyed with myself though that I don't think I've seen one yet that really feels like the name that I could actually imagine calling ds yet there are loads of girls' names I could really enjoy reading and saying. DH is next to useless on this topic as has no strong opinions about my suggestions but hasn't come up with any of his own either!

WhatAPredicament Mon 17-Jun-13 16:13:03

Question - would a Christian just end up being called Chris?

Or Kit

Littlecherublegs Mon 17-Jun-13 16:33:54

I know 2 Christian's and they never get called anything other than Christian.

shiningcadence Mon 17-Jun-13 18:18:18

Oh god I know exactly what you mean about boys names. We had LOADS of girls names we loved but struggled so much with boys names. Luckily I had 3 girls grin

Do you have any other nationalities in your family? Might be worth looking at the names from that place for something different but not 'out there'. We are Welsh so looked at the traditional Welsh names and found some lovely boys names that we would've gone with had we had boys.

WhatAPredicament Mon 17-Jun-13 21:42:35

Sadly, we're boringly English through and through so no excuse for getting creative with names from other cultures! Though I wouldn't rule out any name if it was the right one.

bugsybill Tue 18-Jun-13 06:05:39

I second the idea of looking at surnames for something.

Nature/virtue names maybe

Hunter
Finn
Flint
Flynn
Archer
Fox
Heath
Wolf
Jett
Forest
North (I knew a gorgeous little boy called this!)
Ash
Bodhi
Cole
Leo
Hawk
Canyon
Thorne
Phoenix
Onyx

bugsybill Tue 18-Jun-13 06:07:12

I hope these some of these are not too wacky! ^^

bugsybill Tue 18-Jun-13 06:09:35

I was the opposite of you op. I had loads of boy names I liked but could find very few girl names.

KatyDid02 Tue 18-Jun-13 06:19:21

I know a couple of Christians and they are not called Chris. One has started to use his middle name though - he's an atheist and prefers it.

WhatAPredicament Tue 18-Jun-13 06:48:53

bugsybill - I love some of your ideas but don't think I'd have the guts to actually use them! I think the one I really like is North but I certainly can't see myself getting it past DH even if I tried!! Did you use one of these names? Leo's one of my faves but unfortunately we already know a couple, ditto Finn/Flynn.

If you like Niall, what about Nile? - I've heard of a boy called that, named after the river.

ro , what about

Logan
Devon
Paris
Merrick
Cairn
Craig
Lorne
Harris
Blaven
Duncan
Jed
Guy
Robin
Crispin

bugsybill Tue 18-Jun-13 13:52:39

whatapredicament yes we used 2 of those names (well one was a variation of one). There is a couple I would love the chance of using, will have to see if we're lucky enough!

As I said before dh and I find it easier to think of boy names, if we ever have a girl we would be in trouble.

I also love North but could never use it as our surname is a place name (so couldn't even use it as a middle name).

Jasper?
Noah?

WhatAPredicament Tue 18-Jun-13 20:03:05

Hadn't really thought of it till now but our surname also sounds like a place name so North would hypothetically have to be ruled out because of that too!

I really like Noah but get the feeling that it's becoming extremely popular, as is Theo.

I quite like some of the surnamey names so am half thinking about Logan and I liked Cairn but not sure whether that would appeal to DH! I read Lincoln on another thread today and that isn't bad but probably too 'out there'.

Just still have the feeling that we haven't found 'the one' yet and suspect that it's going to be a case of choosing one of the ones we like enough...thanks for all the suggestions.

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