usable boys names outside the top 1000

(46 Posts)
oldbutnotpastit Tue 21-Jan-14 14:21:27

as per girls thread
roger
terence
finnian
lucius
montague
murray
simeon
aneurin
aubrey
caspian
elisha
emlyn
augustine
derek
eugene
floyd
ivor
sydney
dara
allan
emmet
bartholomew
quentin
cornelius
julius
malcolm
nehemiah
rhodri
barnabas
lemuel
clement
clarence
claude
duncan
luther
linus
maurice
valentine
eoghan
roy
cassian
grant
humphrey
augustus
augustine
harold
bertram
desmond
graham
donald
geoffrey
keith
lucius
horatio
gerald
lysander
trevor
griffin
peregrine
zebedee
edmond
ulysses
ambrose
Zachaeus
godfrey
finbar
barry
pascal
crispin
llewelyn
lester
aurelius
zephaniah

i particularly like peregrine .augustine ,ambrose , barnabas , aubrey , crispin , caspian , cornelius and zebedee (not sure i'd be brave enough to use it )

HoneyandRum Tue 21-Jan-14 14:24:28

I know a 6 yr old Valentine (Valentin) but he is Russian.

I like Terence/Terry! Although I know it's very 70s throwback.

oldbutnotpastit Tue 21-Jan-14 15:51:32

should have included piers and pierce

Oriunda Tue 21-Jan-14 18:22:02

Hey you missed Cosmo off the list! Think no 1123 or something like that last year. From your list I like Cassian and Caspian.

talulahbelle Tue 21-Jan-14 18:24:53

I love Rhodri, but neither me nor DH are Welsh so I don't think we'd get away with it.

MsJJones Tue 21-Jan-14 19:00:29

Lawrence/Lawrence are both around 400+

Theonlyoneiknow Tue 21-Jan-14 20:22:13

I think Murray might be in the top 100 in Scotland

I love Cassian and Finnian

Lottiedoubtie Tue 21-Jan-14 20:25:17

Dara
Eoghan
Duncan

Are the only three I'd consider from your list.

Mintyy Tue 21-Jan-14 20:25:51

I like Sydney.

Theonlyoneiknow Tue 21-Jan-14 21:21:17

Duncan is a great boys name. I know a few, they are all lovely men!

gruffalosfriend Tue 21-Jan-14 22:20:22

Great list!

I love Aubrey, Clement, Finnian and Quentin (we have onesmile)!

curlew Tue 21-Jan-14 22:25:22

Please can the "I'm not sure I'd be brat enough to use it" contingent remember that there is very little braver involved in giving somebody a name. If there is bravery involved it is in bearing of the name for maybe 90 years.

curlew Tue 21-Jan-14 22:26:25

Brave, not brat!

minipie Tue 21-Jan-14 22:26:51

Griffin is awesome (maybe as a middle name though...)

BikeRunSki Tue 21-Jan-14 22:31:32

Surprised Duncan is not higher.

Ambrose rocks - never done my brother any harm!

Jemimapuddlemuck Tue 21-Jan-14 22:34:56

I know a little Trevor, I think it's quite nice smile

Juno77 Tue 21-Jan-14 22:37:54

'Useable names'

I beg to differ.

BananaHammocks Wed 22-Jan-14 05:50:15

Thanks for doing this, I did the girls one!

I like Floyd, Ivor, Lysander, Griffin, Caspian, probably wouldn't use any though!

Mrsindecision Wed 22-Jan-14 06:42:51

Interesting list but apart from a few that shorten to fairly mainstream names (Zachaeus - Zach, Finnian - Finn, Edmond - Ed) I would consider most to be completely unusable and I know my ds (secondary school age) would be horrified at the prospect of being named most of the above. Don't forget you are giving someone a name they have to wear for the rest of their lives. Imo, many of these 'stand out' for all the wrong reasons, and would only be used for the sake of being different.

oldbutnotpastit Wed 22-Jan-14 09:12:32

i did miss out Cosmo and Kurt for that matter . By the time i'd wades through the name list a few times i was beginning to go cross- eyed . i would agree that Murray is considerably more popular in Scotland

curlew when i used the phrase brave enough to use the name , i meant brave enough to inflict it on a child as i'm fully aware it is the child who will have to live with the name .

oldbutnotpastit Wed 22-Jan-14 09:14:34

waded not wades

tammytoby Wed 22-Jan-14 10:47:18

That's a great list!

My favourites are Julius, Sydney, Quentin and Finnian. I'm surprised they are not in top 1000.

cupcakeicing Wed 22-Jan-14 11:03:36

I love the name Duncan. I'm always a little surprised though quite glad it hasn't become more popular in the resurgence of traditional names up here.
I also like Grant, Lucius and Eoghan (Eoin).

bassingtonffrench Wed 22-Jan-14 11:15:44

The best is duncan by quite a mile. Def due a revival.

I think some of them are far less weird than many within the top 1000, or even 100!

I love names that are 'normal' but out of favour.

Those that stand out for me are..

terence - terry is great
emlyn
ivor
sydney - i presume sidney is higher
allan
malcolm - ulrika johnson has a son with this name?!
barnabas - amazed this is not higher. I know two barneys
clement - lovely as a middle name
clarence
duncan
maurice
roy
harold - so many harrys why not harolds?
graham
donald
geoffrey - geoff is a fab name
gerald - gerry is good
edmond - presume edmund is higher

the others are too way out for me

on the other hand, IMO the following names are unpopular for a reason and should not be revived..

barry
trevor
keith
derek

oldbutnotpastit Wed 22-Jan-14 12:38:33

I know what you mean about Barry , Derek ,Keith and Trevor . They just seem to dated .
Yet Barry sounds so similar in style to the ubiquitous Harry while Derek is not that far from Eric which appears to be growing in popularity .
I wonder how long it will be for these names do feel useable again .

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