Classic, but not common boy's name! Why so hard!

(76 Posts)
kmini Sun 23-Mar-14 12:00:49

Hi,

Like many, DH & I, are finding boy's names so hard!

We are both traditionalist. We like classic names for boys. No surnames, cool names (we are too boring to carry this off) or old man or vintagey style names. I don't want a name that is common. This is not a concern of DH.

Finally surname starts with H and ends with IE. It rules out lots of y & ey first names(Rory, Toby etc).

So on DH list:

Henry (far too many h & y sounds with surname)
Christopher (far too many boys from my childhood called this)
William (too common & done for me)

Me (I'm not Scottish BTW, just seem to tend towards them):

Alister
Alec
Magnus

Only common choice is Benedict or Benjamin, preferably the former. However, Benedict is my brother's name & for someone who's been obsessed with baby names since childhood it just seems so disappointing to choose something that's already been chosen by your parents!

Help help help!!!

callamia Sun 23-Mar-14 12:08:22

Robert?
Daniel?
James? (v popular though)
Alexander?
Sebastian?

Stokey Sun 23-Mar-14 12:18:09

There's a lot of Bens around OP if you're after something not too common

Marcus
Hugo
Edward
Joseph

EdithWeston Sun 23-Mar-14 12:18:13

Dominic, Rupert, Marcus, Kenneth, Richard?

Thomas
Rupert
Peter

Martorana Sun 23-Mar-14 12:26:33

Patrick
Michael
Peter
Timothy
John

ElviraPink Sun 23-Mar-14 12:43:45

Adair
Bryce

Glynn
Harrell

NigellasDealer Sun 23-Mar-14 12:47:22

John

PixelAteMyFace Sun 23-Mar-14 12:49:16

Peter
Philip
Lucas
Richard
Alexander
Edward

Fairyloo Sun 23-Mar-14 12:49:25

Fraser???

Aidan

dancemom Sun 23-Mar-14 12:52:36

Ethan
Joel
John
Michael

Merefin Sun 23-Mar-14 12:52:44

Matthew
Philip
Patrick
Samuel
Thomas
Sebastian
Robert (due a comeback, lovely solid name)
Richard (same)
Anthony

littlebluedog12 Sun 23-Mar-14 12:54:04

Stephen
Nathaniel

oenophilia Sun 23-Mar-14 12:54:42

Nicholas

99redbafoons Sun 23-Mar-14 12:55:17

Joseph

Bryzoan Sun 23-Mar-14 12:55:48

Robert?
Or maybe Gregory? I know it has a y on the end but it is not at all common. It is our ds' name and I love it.

onlyjoking Sun 23-Mar-14 12:58:49

Elliot
Joel
Fergus
Fraser

Oubliette0292 Sun 23-Mar-14 13:01:10

Jonathan
David
Simon
Charles
Luke
Adrian
Alan
Mark
Gregory

MadameJosephine Sun 23-Mar-14 13:03:37

Our DD was going to be David if she'd been a boy, not many if those around nowadays. Others on our list were

Daniel
Nathaniel
William
Michael
Matthew
Sebastian
Edward

nonameisgoodname Sun 23-Mar-14 13:05:04

Callum
Caleb
Zachary
Toby
Matthew

Figster Sun 23-Mar-14 13:06:18

Willoughby??

Will for short

missmysexybody Sun 23-Mar-14 13:08:48

Dominic or Alexander (don't like Alec, reminds me of smart alec sorry).

ZenNudist Sun 23-Mar-14 13:21:21

I know what you mean about disappointing to choose well used names, but think of it as standing your ds in good stead for life rather than something faddy or too obviously 'now'. I could have written the same post 8 weeks ago. I decided choosing a boys name best to go with strong classic name and to hell with worrying about popularity.

Benjamin is both classic and strong, Benedict a bit more 'now' but also a time honoured name. Both were on my list. My main concern about them was they'd be shortened to Ben forever.

I ended up choosing a name common to my boss, BIL and dh's best mate. Decided that in the end that's less relevant to my ds as he goes through life. It might be nice for your ds to share a name with his uncle.

If you both like these names, pick one and go with it, your first choice is closer to your heart and trawling through ever more names is unlikely to get you anywhere!

Btw Christopher is not a common name for boys now, reconsider?

littlebluedog12 Sun 23-Mar-14 13:21:49

Albert (Bertie)
Arthur
Max
Felix
Jasper
Solomon
Jonah
Daniel
Zachary

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