Old fashioned but uncommon boys names please!

(69 Posts)
amyjaney1984 Sun 25-May-14 08:30:41

Hello, we already have a Mary and love it because it is old-fashioned but not in the top 100 baby names at the mo. We have just discovered we are expecting a boy and are stumped!! I'm a teacher so I really don't want a super-popular name... Suggestions please! smile

TerribleMother Sun 25-May-14 08:32:35

Well I have an Eddie (which we love and haven't met many, if any others), but know that some people aren't keen on shortened names as actual names.

RoseberryTopping Sun 25-May-14 08:43:12

Vincent
Theodore
Sid

SquirrelledAway Sun 25-May-14 08:51:32

Robert
Barbary
Edmund
James
Christopher
Benedict

SquirrelledAway Sun 25-May-14 08:52:10

Barbary Barnaby.

Four4me Sun 25-May-14 08:53:37

I work in a hospital so have good supply of old fashioned names! One this week which has been a grower on me is Neville. Nev is so cute!! Of the Stanley ilk! Congratulations grin

MsJupiter Sun 25-May-14 08:54:34

I have a Laurence and haven't met another. People have commented that it's old-fashioned, I just thought it was a good strong name.

Hulababy Sun 25-May-14 08:55:18

It's strange how regional these things are isn't it but many of these names I have taught at least one of recently. I'm in an infant school in Sheffield.

badtime Sun 25-May-14 08:56:50

John (I think the most obvious equivalent of Mary)
Albert
Tristan
Alfred
Miles
Ralph
Francis
Victor
Timothy
Leonard
Laurence/Lawrence

Although some of these are MN favorites which distorts how these things look, none of the above were top 100 in the most recent ONS figures.

Swoosg Sun 25-May-14 09:01:16

Leonard.

SqueezedMiddle Sun 25-May-14 09:06:24

I love Laurence / Laurie.

Michael
Henry (although Harry is quite popular)
William
Arthur
Edward
Charles

Most of the 'classic' names that were popular when we were young - John, James, David, Daniel, Peter etc - are no longer that popular, and could be due a comeback

CollieEye Sun 25-May-14 09:08:46

I automatically associate the name William with Mary. Probably the old royal connection. Not exactly uncommon though.

Lazarus?
Ferdinand?

CharlesRyder Sun 25-May-14 09:10:23

Ezra

WeAllHaveWings Sun 25-May-14 09:14:56

Arthur
Gordon
Neil
Horace
Ian/Iain
Eric
John
Stuart
James
Frank

weatherall Sun 25-May-14 09:15:30

John
Stephen
Francis
Alfred
Arthur
Albert
Alan
Robert
Andrew
Humphrey
Bernard
Cedric
Richard
Paul

badtime Sun 25-May-14 09:17:12

A lot of these names are actually quite popular. I don't want to look like I'm picking on anyone so I am just using the post above (when I started to write). Sorry, Squeezed.

James and William are top 10. Daniel is top 20. Henry is top 30. Edward is top 40. Michael, Arthur and David are top 60. Charles is top 70.

Peter and John are outside the top 100.

RoseberryTopping Sun 25-May-14 09:43:59

Ooh what about Nigel or Norman

PaulinesPen Sun 25-May-14 09:49:16

You don't hear of many boys called Richard or Andrew these days.

Guin1 Sun 25-May-14 10:00:23

Stephen and Andrew are both classics and outside top 100. And both with easy nn.

PaulinesPen Sun 25-May-14 10:03:36

Raymond, Donald (Donnie is cutesmile) Or Reggie.

Coconutty Sun 25-May-14 10:04:01

Some of the names already said are very popular around here.

Percy, Clement, Luke, Saul, Peter.

EvilHerbivore Sun 25-May-14 10:10:37

Right, big list!

Abe
Barton
Cadence
Abraham
Bennett
Carlton
Abram
Benson
Carter
Alastair
Berke
Cecil
Albert
Bertrand
Cedric
Alexander
Bradford
Chester
Archibald
Bradley
Clark
Arlie
Braxton
Clement
Arthur
Brigham
Clifford
Asa
Brock
Coleman
Ashby
Broderick
Collin
Augustus
Brogan
Conrad
Bronson
Crawford
Bruce
Culan
Byron
Cyrus
Dallin
Easton
Fabian
Daniel
Edger
Felix
Darius
Edison
Felton
Darren
Edmund
Finley
David
Edwin
Finn
Davis
Eldon
Fletcher
Davy
Eli
Forrest
Dexter
Elias
Foster
Dixon
Elliot
Franklin
Dorian
Emerson
Frederick
Emmett
Freeman
Emory
Eric
Eugene
Evander
George
Everett
Gerald
Ezra
Gilbert
Grady
Graham
Griffin
Hamilton
Ira
Kendrick
Harrison
Kent
Hart
Hayes
Jack
Hector
Jacob
Lambert
Henry
James
Lance
Herbert
Jameson
Lane
Hilton
Jarvis
Langston
Hirum
Jasper
Laurence
Hoover
Jefferson
Leander
Hudson
John
Lemuel
Hugh
Jonas
Leo
Hyrum
Joseph
Liam
Julian
Lincoln
Llewellyn
Mack
Napoleon
Park
Maguire
Nelson
Parley
Martin
Neville
Percival
Mason
Niles
Percival
Maverick
Norris
Phillip
Maximilian
Pierce
Maxwell
Porter
McKinley
Mercer
Oakley
Meyer
Oliver
Michael
Orson
Quincy
Milburn
Overton
Quinn
Miles
Owen
Quinton
Miller
Milton
Monroe
Morton
Raymond
Sabastian
Talmadge
Reed
Samson
Ted
Richard
Saul
Thaddeus
Robert
Saxon
Theodore
Rueben
Sedrick
Thornton
Rupert
Sheldon
Thurston
Russell
Shelton
Tillman
Sherman
Tobias
Sherwood
Tristian
Silas
Truman
Stanley
Tucker
Sterling
Stetson
Stuart
Sumner
Ulysses
Sylvan
Vaughn
Wade
Victor
Wallace
Vincent
Walton
Warren
Watson
Wesley
Weston
Wheeler
William
Willis
Wilmur
Wilson
Winston
Wyatt
Wylie

devoncreamtea Sun 25-May-14 10:56:16

I second John - great name - underused as a first name too.

How about:

Wilfred (Wilfie/Wil)
Gilbert (Gil) v. Anne of Green Gables
Laurie
Willoughby
Henry
Wilbur (I nearly did!)
Edwin
Solomon (Solly/Sol)

Or a classic:

Thomas
William
James
Isaac

Or the ever fabulous Rafe (my son's name, got to get in there!!)

fairnotfair Sun 25-May-14 10:58:45

Nicholas

FlipFantasia Sun 25-May-14 11:21:52

I have a Richard (named for my father) and it is uncommon now but has a long heritage (I know several adults from 35-75 but no children).

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