Boys names - looking for opinions

(29 Posts)
mistletoe1 Mon 01-Aug-16 16:57:26

Thinking about boys names and would love some feedback and suggestions - finding it so much harder than girls! The challenge for us is that the child will have a reasonably common surname so we can't use anything too popular for the first name. My name is quite unusual (though not remotely weird) and I think it's handy to be able to find yourself on google. So, with that in mind, any thoughts or suggestions to add to my list as i'm not 100% sold on any of them.

Shortlist:
- Edwin
- Wilfred (we like 'Wilf')
- Rowan
- Ezra

Would be on my shortlist if they weren't so popular or vetoed by partner:
- Noah
- Kier
- Jude
- Gabriel
- Finn
- Roman

Thanks so much!

Only1BabyPigeon Mon 01-Aug-16 17:01:34

Which do you think sounds best with your surname?

From the list I'd say Ezra.

MrsJoeyMaynard Mon 01-Aug-16 17:03:10

I like Edwin best from your shortlist.

Not keen on Rowan as it's a bit too unisex for my liking.

No particular strong feelings either way on the other two.

mistletoe1 Mon 01-Aug-16 17:05:44

All the shortlisted names work with the last name - I only really have to avoid hard 'r' or 'a' endings.

NameChange30 Mon 01-Aug-16 17:09:29

Ezra is my favourite on your list.

Some other suggestions:
Ray / Raymond
Eli / Elijah (don't know how popular it is)
Cole
Dexter

Only1BabyPigeon Mon 01-Aug-16 17:10:45

Always regret not naming one of mine Ryder, if that helps!

MrsJoeyMaynard Mon 01-Aug-16 17:26:14

Doesn't Ezra have an 'a' ending?

mistletoe1 Mon 01-Aug-16 17:31:53

I would say Ezra has quite a soft 'a' ending... but maybe that's just the way i'd say it. Something like Dexter, as suggested above, wouldn't work I don't think.... I'm making myself sound silly, I fully appreciate it!

I do really like Eli and hadn't considered Cole, which i'll suggest. Thanks NameChange!

NameChange30 Mon 01-Aug-16 17:35:10

You're welcome! I think we have quite similar taste as there are a few on your list that I really like smile

Artandco Mon 01-Aug-16 17:36:59

I like Edwin

Otherwise have you considered: Monty, Edmund, Timothy

marblestatue Mon 01-Aug-16 21:46:24

I like Edwin, Eli and Gabriel.

Sophronia Mon 01-Aug-16 22:10:32

I love Edwin and like Wilfred

Ipanema01 Tue 02-Aug-16 06:42:09

I really like Wilfred. Ezra is also cool but I've heard it so much on baby name forums lately, if popularity bothers you?

Pipilangstrumpf Tue 02-Aug-16 07:57:21

I like Reuben, Rowan and Roman best. Or how about Quentin or Damian?

ElodieS Tue 02-Aug-16 10:36:14

I love Ezra! For me it's a very Jewish name though, on a par with Chaim or Eli, and your other choices aren't. I don't think it matters, but bear in mind people will make that assumption.

My girls have French-ish names, and are 1/4 French - they get asked whether they're French all the time and don't really get why...

mistletoe1 Tue 02-Aug-16 13:57:34

Thanks all - super helpful. Edwin is in our top 2 so it's nice to hear that it's liked.

Pipi, I really like Reuben and Quentin but friends have recently used them so they're out. Elodie, we're not jewish and I had considered that there may be some awkwardness for that reason. I'm thinking I may just have to admire from afar!

SteviebunsBottrittrundle Tue 02-Aug-16 14:30:31

I really like Wilfred, Ezra, Gabriel and Roman.

I must be weird as I'm really not keen on Edwin for some reason (sorry OP). Must have known a horrible one in a previous life wink.

Hurricane99 Fri 05-Aug-16 08:35:44

If you're avoiding names that are popular, you might be disappointed with Ezra. It's definitely growing in popularity, I'm convinced it'll be the next Noah.

sparksthefirst Fri 05-Aug-16 08:43:20

Awww go with Gabriel!! Absolutely love it and want it if this bump is a boy..but hubby not having it. Middle name instead I think! I really wouldn't care too much about popularity, if you really adore a name go for it.

sonlypuppyfat Fri 05-Aug-16 08:44:31

Wilfred is terrible, what teenager wants to be called Wilf. Ezra is nice a lot of people have Jewish names that aren't Jewish I do!

MrsJoeyMaynard Fri 05-Aug-16 08:53:04

Wilfred might be a considered a perfectly normal name, or even a great name to have by the time OPs baby is a teenager.

For all any of us know, it could rocket in popularity and shoot up into the top 10 in a few years time. As could just about any name really.

sonlypuppyfat Fri 05-Aug-16 08:54:11

No, I can't see that happening grin

Whataboutwhathuh Fri 05-Aug-16 08:55:53

Outing myself as usual...

I have a Wilfred and a Gabriel. Both excellent names and lots of options for shortening. I'm not sure why a teenager wouldn't want to be called Wilf, I'll tell you what mine Calls himself when we get there.

People (mostly) comment on what lovely names my children have.

sonlypuppyfat Fri 05-Aug-16 08:59:12

I know a few Gabriels it's lovely

ShakespeareanQuotations Sat 06-Aug-16 14:15:52

My 18yo DS has a friend called Wilf. Perfectly acceptable name, no teasing from anybody and he seems to like it.

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