Boys' names are impossible

(47 Posts)

We don't know yet whether we're having a boy or a girl but if it's a boy we're going to be really stuck for names.

I like:

Henry-DH not a fan
Toby-on principle I prefer 'full names' but I don't like Tobias so this is prob a no
David-there are about 60 million Davids in the family already
Frederick-DH utterly horrified by this one
Hamish-ditto
Arthur-v close friend (of many years) has just named her son this
Alfred-DH thinks this is a joke confused

The only name DH likes is James, which I don't mind, but I don't like Jamie, Jim or Jimmy and I think it's silly to pick a name where whatever nickname the poor boy gets or chooses I will be disappointed!

Any suggestions? Basically we don't like any of the more modern, fashionable names like Oscar, Milo etc.

curiousgeorgie Tue 28-Jan-14 14:06:10

James can just be called James though?

I like Sebastian..

Innogen Tue 28-Jan-14 14:08:55

I know a James who is 24, and has only ever been James.

You just go, 'no, James, not Jimmy - just doesn't feel like me' when anyone gets it wrong.

I have to do this with my own name. Never really a problem.

Monkeyandanimal Tue 28-Jan-14 14:09:25

We just had a girl, so i can donate my boys list:

Basil
Lyndon
Frank or Francis
Patrick
Nicholas
Gilbert

I'm sure there were some more....

We would just call him James but I want to make sure any name we choose has nicknames we like as we won't be in control of those! For instance, my name is something like Charlotte and my mother has not forgiven me for becoming something like Charlie at school as she hates it.

Sebastian is lovely but a close relative has just used it.

Thanks all, keep em coming please!

Charles
William
Rufus
Matthew
Jeremiah
Robert

Incidentally, DS has a friend called James, he's never called anything but James

HoratiaDrelincourt Tue 28-Jan-14 14:12:35

I'm marking shortenings I like because I do think you can/should steer people if there's a shortening you actively dislike.

Edward (Ted)
Christian (Kit)
Timothy (Tim, obvs)
George (doesn't get shortened IME)

onetiredmummy Tue 28-Jan-14 14:15:07

What about Max, just Max on its own like Max de Winter in the book Rebecca?

Blackcathaireverywhere Tue 28-Jan-14 14:15:24

I've got sons - some of their friends at primary school who have great names are:

Robert
Nicolas
Edward
Adam
Dominic

HoratiaDrelincourt Tue 28-Jan-14 14:18:15

Max de Winter is Maxim though - in fact I think he's Maximilian but wifey calls him Maxim and his friends call him Max.

absentmindeddooooodles Tue 28-Jan-14 14:20:29

Dominic
Reuben
Seth
Victor
Jacob
Myles
Rory
William
Christopher
Jude
Benjamin
Jesse

NauseousKitty Tue 28-Jan-14 14:23:09

What about Jay as a shortened form of James? Or if he has a middle name like Robert he could be JR? I feel your pain, we are having a boy name nightmare as well.

How about:
Charles
Isaac (isa or Zac)
Zachariah
Matthew

Charles and William are possiblities. I love Edward and Christopher but DH doesn't.

We are too hard to please I think. It has to be totally, totally traditional. Even the Biblical names like Noah and Isaac seem too faddy blush

Robert is great, incidentally, but it's my brother's name so it's out.

HoratiaDrelincourt Tue 28-Jan-14 14:32:47

Any other family names you've discounted?

sonlypuppyfat Tue 28-Jan-14 14:35:16

Names really don't have to be shorted my DCs names aren't. I never understand this preoccupation with NN on MN.

buttercrumble Tue 28-Jan-14 14:36:17

How about Teddy smile

I don't mind if they choose to shorten their names (or if their school friends choose to, more like!) but I'd like to choose a name where I like the most obvious nicknames too. I know I can't control it if they decide to be called something totally random or based on our surname or whatever so it's not a total preoccupation, but I'd like to avoid potential nicknames that I know in advance I don't like!

No other family names we've discounted. Other family gems are Simon and Brian which aren't anywhere near the running!

elQuintoConyo Tue 28-Jan-14 14:48:34

Ambrose
Evelyn
Noel
Jesus
Abraham
King
Zane
Xander
Xavier
Vikram
Matthew
Keith

MissHC Tue 28-Jan-14 14:51:55

We didn't like most shortened boys names. However wevwe've had a girl, so these were our names:
Matthew (don't mind Matt)
George
John

I also love Noah and Liam but DP hated them so were not on the list.

George is lovely. DH is worried about the royal effect but given most of the names we like have been monarch's names at some point I don't think it's an issue!

Oubliette0292 Tue 28-Jan-14 15:14:16

Alan
Alec
Andrew
Duncan
Francis
Gregory
Guy
Hugh
Ian
Jonathan
Laurence
Malcolm
Martin
Michael
Nicholas
Peter
Richard
Stephen

Luke, Oliver, Joseph, Samuel, Mark? Trying to think of traditional names which haven't been mentioned...

Ooh, Hugh and Luke are going on the list. Thank you!

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