Boys name inspiration needed! A sibling for Cosmo ……

(96 Posts)
Anjou Thu 22-Nov-12 14:24:47

We?re due in late Jan/early Feb and we?re pretty sure (although not 100%) that it?s a boy. My husband and I agree on girls names 100%, but with boys ? not so much! Our little 18 month old boy is Cosmo, so we want a name that goes well with this. On my shortlist, (not necessarily my husbands though!) are:

Etienne
Stellan
Constantin
Iggy
Wolfie
Luca

Does anyone have any ideas of a good, kind-of-unique, strong name that would suit? I?ve gone through all sorts of lists looking for inspiration but feel I?ve looked EVERYWHERE now! All ideas are welcome!

Thanks.

Shybairns Thu 22-Nov-12 14:26:07

I have a friend who has Cosmo and Ziggy.

Dibs

Kittenkatzen Thu 22-Nov-12 14:33:48

Ooh I love Stellan from your list smile

How about Bay or Skylar?

juneau Thu 22-Nov-12 14:34:08

Rex
Jude
Quinn
Milo
Gabriel
Ziggy is good too

TheReturnoftheSmartArse Thu 22-Nov-12 14:34:24

Milo?

Furoshika Thu 22-Nov-12 14:35:13

Valentine.
Cygnus.
Volker.

Bongaloo Thu 22-Nov-12 14:37:33

Justin?
They could be 'Just Cos' for short

EldritchCleavage Thu 22-Nov-12 14:38:36

Thinking of short, 'strong' names:

Rollo
Marco
Cyrus
Ulric (I know an Ulric, and secretly love it but DH said no no no)
Carlos
Wulfstan

Furoshika Thu 22-Nov-12 14:42:39

Inigo
Zbigniew
Hrafn

baskingseals Thu 22-Nov-12 14:49:19

Orion

i've just seen Ikaros on another thread - that goes with Cosmo i think.

Sholto

Otis

Exzekiel - Zeke

Furoshika Thu 22-Nov-12 14:51:19

Hlaford
Menachem
Spike

Bonsoir Thu 22-Nov-12 14:53:17

Cosmo's brother might indeed be Constantin or Luca. How about Bruno?

Anjou Thu 22-Nov-12 14:54:15

Oooh, thanks for the replies guys!

Shybairns: really?! What a coincidence. I absolutely LOVE Ziggy (and Iggy actually) but husband has said he’s not overly keen on either. I’m going to keep working on it though!

Juneau: Great names. Rex, Jude & Milo are all on the extended shortlist, (longlist?!). Quinn is great, but it’s a surname of a best friend, so might feel a bit weird.

Furoshika: Valentin, I really like. I prefer Constantin though, which is kind of similar. Inigo I like when pronounced ‘Innigo’, but a Spanish friend tells me it’s more like ‘Inyigo@, which to me ear sounds like ‘in you go’. It kind of ruined it for me! How do ou pronounce Zbigniew?!!

Kittenkatzen, Stellan is my favourite. Thing is, Cosmo means order/universe, (like cosmos) and Stellan sounds a bit like stellar/star like. Would they sound too space-themed?!

EldritchC... Wulfstan might be a contender for the ‘full’ name version of Wolfie? My husband actually likes Stan, (he would shorten Constantin to this, while I would shorten it to Con).

Baskingseals, all good suggestions. I have friends with a Zeke though.

Thanks so much for the suggestions so far!

Furoshika Thu 22-Nov-12 14:54:44

Beris
Lycope
Galen

Furoshika Thu 22-Nov-12 14:56:06

Zbigniew is pronounced Zpigg-nee-eff. Zbysz (Zpish) for short. It has visual impact.

Furoshika Thu 22-Nov-12 14:56:30

(Sorry I am on a roll, I love unusual names).

baskingseals Thu 22-Nov-12 14:59:30

Conrad

Thor

Fabian

Bruin

Furoshika Thu 22-Nov-12 15:00:35

baskingseals, I wonder if we have friends in common? I recognise all those names!

Furoshika Thu 22-Nov-12 15:01:14

Do you also know a Tycho?

Blu Thu 22-Nov-12 15:02:43

Politan

Stellan is gorgeous.

Definitely the best on your list.

Furoshika Thu 22-Nov-12 15:08:38

Zeb
Arkady
Sacha

EldritchCleavage Thu 22-Nov-12 15:12:02

But the English pronunciation of Inigo is Inn-i-go. I don't see why you'd have to commit to pronouncing it the Spanish way.

You could also consider Abraham shortened to Bram?

LadyMargolotta Thu 22-Nov-12 15:12:34

Love Wolfie
What abour
Felix
Bruce
Heath

EldritchCleavage Thu 22-Nov-12 15:14:16

Oh, just thought, Ivo is also nice.

thisthreadwilloutme Thu 22-Nov-12 15:20:20

Felix
Barnaby
Milo

LadyMargolotta Thu 22-Nov-12 15:38:25

Ludo

ChestnutsRoastingonaWitchesTit Thu 22-Nov-12 15:40:58

Taliesin

Rufus

Laszlo

Absy Thu 22-Nov-12 15:47:16
R2PeePoo Thu 22-Nov-12 17:10:28

Haestan

Siegfried

baskingseals Thu 22-Nov-12 17:24:21

Furoshika - sadly no, i don't know a Tycho.

actually 2 of those names are relatives. maybe you know them? grin

also thought of
Valentine

Tiago

Lebkuchenlover Thu 22-Nov-12 19:31:32

Cosmo and Constantin are great names - love them both. But your boys would share the same initial.
How about Quentin or Monty or even Fabian?

Etienne and Luca sound feminine to my ears, sorry and I don't like Wolfgang nickname Wolfie at all.

Floggingmolly Thu 22-Nov-12 19:33:51

Not Wolfie. Really, not Wolfie.

almapudden Thu 22-Nov-12 19:43:09

I like Stellan and Constantin.

Also like suggestions of Bruno and Sholto.

Chatto? Lorimer?

Ignatius is a good long version of Iggy.

Anjou Thu 22-Nov-12 20:13:53

LOVE Spike but, like Wolfie Iggy & Ziggy, I'd like it to be the nickname of something more formal/longer so that he has a choice. Problem is, I really don’t like Wolfgang, Ignatious or Sigmund/Siegfried. Sigurjohn (‘Seegeryon’ phonetically) is nice, but a bit of a mouthful. And we’re not Scandinavian. What could Spike be short for, I wonder?!

Bruno is also nice, Bonsoir. Cosmo comes from Greek and Italian, but is also used in Russia and Scotland. However, pairing it with Bruno definitely Italianises it. Love Italy, but we’re not Italian! Also, I think we'll have to shy away from any name ending in ‘o’. Certainly 2 syllable ones. Just might be odd having ‘Cosmo & __o’. Shame, as I really like Milo, Hugo, Nico, Miro, & Ludo, (Ludovico is a real fave).

Good point about the English pronunciation of Inigo, EC. Also, Ivo is nice, and I’ve not heard that before. Ends in ‘o’ & 2 syllables again though! I like Ivar, which is similar, but it’s a good friends name.

I don’t mind them both having the same initial, Lebkuchenlover. I’d be concerned if the names were similar – Harry and Henry, or Emma & Ellie for example. I think Cosmo & Constantin have a flow thats different enough from each other, if you know what I mean. And I like Fabian too but, again, its a friends name!

Some great names are coming up though, thanks to all of you! I've had more inspiration from you guys today than in the last 2 months!

ellesabe Thu 22-Nov-12 20:27:19

I love Stellan!

How about Merle?

RubberNeckerNicker Thu 22-Nov-12 20:30:32

Amies
Wulfric
Victor
Eben
Orion
Alban
Torbin

I do love Stellan though

CurlyKiwiControl Thu 22-Nov-12 20:35:01

I love Quinn. So much. I want another DS so I can call him Quinn.

goes off to buy DP 8 cans so i can seduce him grin

Anjou Thu 22-Nov-12 20:39:30

More good suggestions. Thanks! Yep, Stellan is just wonderful but, like I posted earlier, I'm just not sure about it with Cosmo ..... does it sound too space-themed?! Maybe it's just me that thinks that, as I always focus on the meaning/etymology of names. What does everyone else think of them together? confused

baskingseals Thu 22-Nov-12 20:45:17

i think Cosmo and Stellan sound really good together, but from your list i would choose Constantin. it's got the same international feeling as Cosmo - and i like both Stan and Con as nicknames, whereas i am not as keen on Stell or Stelly.

BrightenMyNorthernSky Thu 22-Nov-12 20:53:36

Cosmo & Magnus?

BrightenMyNorthernSky Thu 22-Nov-12 20:56:35

And yes, I see what you mean about the space theme with Cosmo & Stellan (although like Stellan a lot). Not that that is necessarily a bad thing!

StillSquiffy Thu 22-Nov-12 21:05:23

Cassius, Benedict, Seb.

devonsmummy Thu 22-Nov-12 21:05:27

Hugo

Anjou Thu 22-Nov-12 21:08:41

Glad you think that Constantin has an International ring to it, Baskingseals. That's what I think; International without being necessarily fixed to one nation in particular.

I like Magnus, very much but unfortunately we names one of my little boys toys Magnus when he was born, which was a little short sighted of us!

2 other names form my original shortlist that I forgot to put are Kirill and Atticus. Atticus is so lovely, but - for me - so linked to To Kill A Mockingbird that I can't really get past it.

Hedwig3 Thu 22-Nov-12 21:51:06

This is probably no help at all, but, I know a lovely Cosmo with a big brother called Caspar.

I love Stellan too.

Oberon/Auberon? Aubrey for short?

Iago/Jago
Ambrose
Leander

TheWave Thu 22-Nov-12 22:43:51

Ferdinand
Marius

Apollo?

mathanxiety Fri 23-Nov-12 03:19:24

Cosmo and Stellan is a bit too much of a cosmos and stars theme for me.

The only names I like from your list are Constantin and Kirill.

Would you consider:
Stanislas/Stanislav
Cornelius
Julius
Conrad

Clement
Casimir
Otto
Anatole

Anton
Damien
Gregor
Lev

Marat
Ruslan
Roman
Stepan

Lazar
Milan
Vaughn
Ludovic

Isadore
Balthazar
Timur
Axel

mathanxiety Fri 23-Nov-12 03:28:40

Also --
Darius
Asa
Solomon
Jonas

FellatioNelson Fri 23-Nov-12 04:13:50

I love the 'o' names but I thinking having two of them might be a bit much.

Torin
Ambrose
Osian
Amos
Valentine
Hugh
Ferdinand/Ferdy is good
Lynus
Magnus
Jasper

IndigoBelle Fri 23-Nov-12 05:06:11

Dante
Troy
Cuba
Xavier
Drake
Horatio

Trazzletoes Fri 23-Nov-12 05:15:24

Scampi great minds think alike! grin

Anjou Fri 23-Nov-12 10:32:38

Hedwig, I love Caspar! And thanks for all the suggestions mathanxiety. Casimir I love too but my husband scrubbed both of those from the list ages ago sadly. I like heaps of names, its my husband who's the picky one! All Biblical names are out too - his rule. He's not über-enthused by any name right now. Maybe I should get him on here instead of me. Iago is v cool but - again - totally identifiable with one source. Thanks so much though! I'm so grateful for all of these. Keep 'em coming! smile

EldritchCleavage Fri 23-Nov-12 12:06:05

Frederick is very nice

Morten

Stefan

Johan

Florian (a favourite of mine)

Dorian (I know a Dorian-his family pronounce it Dorrian, which is interesting)

Asher (if you like it, don't tell your DH it's from the Bible)

Rupert -a classic that is never overused

Victor

Arne (Arr-nuh. Great name, but I could never use it because I went out with an Arne and he was a twit. Albeit a very...^physically talented^ twit. Ahem)

Luca

Corin

Lawrence

Paris (went out with a Paris too, but we won't go there, hem hem)

Bartholemew know as Bart

johnstoncrow Fri 23-Nov-12 12:32:25

I really like so many of these!

I add (they were all on my list - i have two boys):

Ingram
Tyr
Balder
Amory
Wayland
Thane

EldritchCleavage Fri 23-Nov-12 12:54:24

Have you considered Welsh or Old English names?
I give you:
Alban
Bran (pronounced Bron)
Elis
Gavin
Wyn

BellaTheGymnast Fri 23-Nov-12 14:10:26

If we're going Welsh I love Geraint.

Love Lev too. And Cassius.

Pelham? PG Wodehouse's first name.

FunnysInLaJardin Fri 23-Nov-12 14:21:44

Rafe (Raphael)?

FunnysInLaJardin Fri 23-Nov-12 14:23:35

also Simeon, Auralian and Nye

BellaOfTheBalls Fri 23-Nov-12 14:31:58

Not read all the replies so sorry if I'm repeating things!

I have a Milo. I'm horribly biased but I still get a little shiver saying his name cause I love it so much! I love Stellan, Atticus & Etienne from you list, although the latter is French for Stephen.

Otto
Roman
Gabriel
Ezra
Marcus
Jasper

Kittenkatzen Fri 23-Nov-12 14:38:22

anjou go with Stellan! Cosmo and Stellan sound lovely together, and whilst they do carry a theme I really don't think it would raise anything more than a passing second glance from anyone. It's certainly not a comical pairing by any means.

I would steal it from you but my surname begins with N so it wouldn't work pluss i'm not even upduffed yet

Frontpaw Fri 23-Nov-12 14:40:55

What a load of cool names! I was expecting some Very Odd ones (as does happen sometimes on here) but I love most of these!

Where's the OP living/from? That may effect the choice of name (pronunciation, meaning, etc).

Anjou Fri 23-Nov-12 17:32:43

Thanks guys. There are some great ones there too, although I have connections with quite a lot of them, (friends, kids of friends or just an association with famous characters/sources), so it kind of rules them out.

Ezra is one of my faves, but my husbands filter process strikes again, and he won't have it!

We're in Edinburgh (I'm English with some other bits and bobs thrown in) so in the main the Scottish accent here is quite a soft one. It' quite a Cosmopolitan place, (no pun intended!), so luckily there's quite a lot of diverse cultures - and therefore names - here.

I think Stellan is still the leader for me. I'm glad that the general consensus is that Cosmo and Stellan sound good together. It's just one of the things you have to consider, afterall. They're their own person and won't be linked with their sibling (in terms of being referred to) all of their lives. Stellan works throughout life, (I feel anyway). With Cosmo, I made my husband go through the following with me; "Hello, this is our baby, Cosmo", "Cosmo, get down", Cosmo, you're late for school", "Cosmo, do you want to think about getting a job?" etc etc. Stellan works for me! I've read my husband all of your suggestions and your positive comments regarding Stellan, and I think it's winning him over a little. Result!

I'n still open to suggestion though. We've another 10-ish weeks to go so .......

smile

LadyMargolotta Fri 23-Nov-12 17:54:44

The only problem is that Stellan could be shortened very easily to 'Stella'.

Bessie123 Fri 23-Nov-12 19:02:18

Pretentio?

BrightenMyNorthernSky Sat 24-Nov-12 21:12:55

I love this thread! You have very similar taste in names to me smile. In fact, you live very near to me too, I will be forever listening for a mum calling out to Cosmo and Stellan in the parks of Edinburgh now! Stellan is great, although I still think Magnus and Cosmo sound good together (I wouldn't let the toy put you off - Cosmo might even like his brother having the same name as one of his toys?). But then I have a Magnus so I am not very objective on this one.

As a final suggestion I give you Joachim. This has always been under consideration for our DCs (and is one which we may use for any future DS), so I just wondered if you might like it too?

cashmere Sat 24-Nov-12 21:33:12

Alex from Blur has a Geronimo, Artemis and Galileo.

messtins Sun 25-Nov-12 21:48:37

Geronimo? Really?

The only Cosmo I know has a brother called Jasper. His parents rejected our suggestions of Metro or Neo politan

Toby? Levi? Raffy ( Raphael or Rafferty)?

Laydeeinwaiting Sun 25-Nov-12 22:24:14

I have to say I do like Luca(s) and Gabriel but of course all these wonderful names must also go with the surname and trying out first initial with surname smile
We could not decide on several names so gave each of our children 3 names each.
Best of luck choosing

<marking place as I'm looking for unusual names too>

Love lots of the names on this thread - hope you find a good 'un, OP!

Bearandcub Mon 26-Nov-12 10:12:06

Zinzan
Bertie
Rylan

Anjou Tue 27-Nov-12 23:06:10

Great choice of name, BrightenMyNorthernSky! I do really like Magnus. Joachim is nice but my husbands 'no Biblical names' rule will never let it get on the list. I'll give you a shout if I hear you calling for Magnus in the park!

cashmere, although they're not at the top of my list, you have to love Alex James' fearlessness when it comes to naming his kids! This is just one of the many, many reasons he would make a good husband. wink

Laydeeinwaiting, yes, the surname has to fit. We're lucky that our surname goes with quite a lot. We have to steer clear of names beginning with 'B' though. BJ is not a good nickname! Shame, as a girls name I love is Blythe. As I say, we're 99% sure it's a boy though.

Luca is still peeking over the shoulder of Stellan in the name stakes. (As is Jude to a lesser extent ... currently. That could easily change over the next few weeks though). I know Luca is much more popular than Stellan, but I do like it. Baskingseals made a good point, that Stellan may be shortened to 'Stell', (although I can't imagine many would shorten it to 'Stella', LadyMargolotta? Same amount of syllables, so not really a shortening?). Then again, if you want your name to be said in full, it will be. I'm sure we all know a Michael or a James that we would never think to call Mike or Jim; it's just not their name.

Sorry, I'm waffling now! Thank again for everyones input and interest. I'm sure lots of people reading this thread, as well as me, will take inspiration from all of your suggestions! x x x

showmethetoys Tue 27-Nov-12 23:26:55

Oh my god, I just had a coffee all over the keyboard moment at 'Pretentio'! grin

showmethetoys Tue 27-Nov-12 23:39:08

And I am sorry but this:

Zbigniew is pronounced Zpigg-nee-eff. Zbysz (Zpish) for short. It has visual impact.

Seriously?

Bessie123 Wed 28-Nov-12 00:01:41

showmethetoys I'm starting to think we're alone in this - the others might be serious shock

mathanxiety Wed 28-Nov-12 01:23:27

ehem, you do know that Luca (Luke) and Jude are in the Bible?

mathanxiety Wed 28-Nov-12 01:24:11

How about
Slava
Goran
Darko

monsterchild Wed 28-Nov-12 01:31:14

Kramer?

Cosmothedog Wed 28-Nov-12 10:21:37

My dog's name is Cosmo Kramer.

EldritchCleavage Wed 28-Nov-12 13:17:44

Crispin?

bigbluebump Wed 28-Nov-12 13:39:35

I'd avoid another C name as it could get confusing (post etc).

I think that Cosmo sounds great with
Marcus
Roman
Quentin
Amos
Fabian

Alisvolatpropiis Wed 28-Nov-12 14:00:56

Aurelius/Aurelian?

QueefLatina Wed 28-Nov-12 14:09:57

My dogs name is Wolfie. It's strange to think of kids with that name, is it popular?

evamummy Wed 28-Nov-12 15:34:23

Wolfie is quite popular amongst 60+ year old men in Germany, short for Wolfgang. Not sure I like it that much... Fine for a dog though smile.

I think Cosmo is lovely and that Etienne, Quentin/Quinn and Stefan go well.

mathanxiety Thu 29-Nov-12 01:14:08

Darius
Oisín
Ferdia
Fergus
Sholto
Setanta
Aneurin

BOFingTheDude Thu 29-Nov-12 01:48:22

Iggy is my fantasy boy's name. But that's short for Ignatius, which is a) my grandad's middle name, and b) a good traditional Catholic name, and c) Iggy sounds great with the surname I'd use.

Sadly, I can't have any more. Consider it my gift to you.

grin

amazingmumof6 Thu 29-Nov-12 02:00:25

Rocco?

amazingmumof6 Thu 29-Nov-12 02:11:53

Xavier?

amazingmumof6 Thu 29-Nov-12 02:14:40

Amadeus?

amazingmumof6 Thu 29-Nov-12 02:16:29

Titus? Tristan? Ivan? Zefir?

amazingmumof6 Thu 29-Nov-12 02:20:54

go to http://www.thinkbabynames.com/meaning - list of baby names from A-Z

EldritchCleavage Thu 29-Nov-12 12:32:42

Like Setanta but you can't use it any more thanks to the sports channel.

MrsWolowitz Thu 29-Nov-12 12:38:05

Is this a thread for a child's name rather than a puppy?

Ziggy?
Spike?
Wolfie?

Please don't.

Stellan is the best of a (IMO) a very questionable bunch.

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