classic but unusual boys names ... help

(50 Posts)
whoseshoes Tue 11-Dec-12 23:43:42

Bump has been nn Horatio, but not sure about it as it's quite a mouthful with no sensible shortenings. However we are now struggling to come up with something similar as we

A - don't agree on anything
B - have a very common surname so are hoping to avoid anything in the top 10 at least

I like Arthur, Dorian, Edward - (we cant use this one), you get the idea

I really like Nimrod but everyone is a bit hmm as am I, but I still like it!

Alternatives gratefully considered or any suggestions for nn/shortenings for Horatio

bubbles1231 Tue 11-Dec-12 23:47:33

Horace??
Harry??

rachel234 Wed 12-Dec-12 06:54:19

I think Horatio is a great name. Cool, classic and not overused. I wouldn't shorten it but Harry is an obvious option.

RayanneGraff Wed 12-Dec-12 07:09:59

Horatio nn harry?

Or
Rowan
Gabriel
Edmund
Patrick
Benedict
Gregory
Francis
Jonah
Christopher nn Kit
Raphael
Wilfred
Michael
Quentin?

girlgonemild Wed 12-Dec-12 07:14:27

Hamish Hector or Hugh?

Gwennan Wed 12-Dec-12 09:59:04

Abraham
Adrian
Alistair/Alasdair
Angus
Anthony
Aubrey
Augustus
Austin
Barnaby
Bartholomew (I like Tolly as a nickname)
Bernard
Bertram
Bruce
Bruno
Byron
Caleb
Calvin
Caspar
Clarence
Clifford
Cosmo
Curtis
Cyril
Cyrus
Damon
Dominic
Douglas
Edgar
Edmund
Edwin
Ellis
Ernest
Eugene
Evan
Fergus
Francis
Franklin
Griffith
Gwilym
Harold
Herbert
Horace
Ian/Iain
Idris
Ivo
Ivor
Isaiah
Jasper
Jeremiah
Jesse
Josiah
Julian
Julius
Lawrence
Leo
Leonard
Malcolm
Marcus
Martin
Montgomery/Montague/Monty
Noel
Orlando
Otis
Percival
Philip (I like Pip as a nickname)
Ralph
Reuben
Roland
Rowan
Rufus
Rupert
Sidney
Simon
Solomon
Spencer
Stephen
Timothy
Tristan
Victor
Vincent
Wallace
Walter
Warren
Wesley
Wilbur
Winston

HelpOneAnother Wed 12-Dec-12 10:14:53

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bigbluebump Wed 12-Dec-12 11:07:57

We have a Quentin so love that smile, but I also like Arthur, Dorian and Raphael very much. Or how about Fabian, Tristan, Eric, Thaddeus or Cassius?

If you're after an underused name (especially with a common surname) you probably won't want to shorten Horatio to Harry, THE most popular boys' name.

priscilla101 Wed 12-Dec-12 12:38:18

Ned?

Conrad

seeker Wed 12-Dec-12 13:05:32

Patrick. Sorted!

FirstPersonPlural Wed 12-Dec-12 13:10:22

I really like Horatio. You could use the nn 'Ray' or 'T' (which would no doubt then turn into 'Mr. T' - a most awesome nn for a little boy!)

Raphael, Cassius and Hamish are also lovely names that have been mentioned.

badtime Wed 12-Dec-12 13:17:24

Horatio from CSI gets called 'H'.

Penguinbeaver Wed 12-Dec-12 13:18:52

Seth

shoobidoo Wed 12-Dec-12 13:36:36

I think Horatio is rolls off the tongue easily so don't think it needs a nickname.

Really like the suggestions of Quentin, Dominic and Marcus or how about Constantine, Casper or Aneurin?

Bluestocking Wed 12-Dec-12 13:41:02

John. When was the last time you met a baby John?

Leafmould Wed 12-Dec-12 13:45:20

Grigor

forgetmenots Wed 12-Dec-12 13:45:39

I got overwhelmingly nice feedback about Angus on my thread! (Admittedly I am in Scotland!)

What about Phinnaeus, Hector, Clarence, Laurence - or for Shakespearean links, Banquo, Benedict (kind of..!), Aeneas, Sebastian,Ferdinand, Balthasar, Corin, Edgar, Orlando?

sipper Wed 12-Dec-12 13:51:01

I LOVE Emerson

Emerson

(Was going to use it but had three DD's!)

smable Wed 12-Dec-12 15:53:47

I would shorten Horatio to Tio ( tee-o ) otherwise Bruno is the best boys name ever

Bearandcub Wed 12-Dec-12 15:59:07

Adolf

shoobidoo Wed 12-Dec-12 17:04:09

I think there is a reason why Adolf should remain unusual for a long time....Alfred or Arthur, on the other hand, are lovely.

MadSleighLady Wed 12-Dec-12 17:35:40

Nelson? grin

Elsewhere in the Hs I quite like Hereward (Herry) at the moment.

StellaNova Wed 12-Dec-12 17:44:55

We had a kitten called Horatio which we shortened to Ray.

The youngest in the Treasure Seekers was Horatio shortened to H.O. I think.

Not that helpful. Was trying to remember the other Treasure Seekers for potential classic names but they were Oswald, Dickie and Noel so perhaps not that great. And Albert Next Door.

shoobidoo Wed 12-Dec-12 18:48:45

Horatio shortened to Ray is a great idea! I'd avoid shortening to Harry as there are so many already!

seeker Wed 12-Dec-12 18:53:57

Shoo idol- you did notice that the person named Horatio shortened to Ray was a kitten , didn't you?

GlaikitFizzogTheChristmasElf Wed 12-Dec-12 18:57:02

I was thinking Orlando, as have a few others! Would you use horatio as a middle name?

lljkk Wed 12-Dec-12 19:05:19

Horatio makes me cringe.
Emerson always makes me think of Miss Emerson.
There are lots of nice names in Gwennan's long list.

lljkk Wed 12-Dec-12 19:05:39

Raymond.

WillYuleDoTheFandango Wed 12-Dec-12 19:09:38

Miles? My mum had twin uncles- Horatio and Miles

<outs self completely>

Rhubarbgarden Wed 12-Dec-12 19:39:02

Horatio is a great name. Do it.

BikeRunSki Wed 12-Dec-12 21:09:03

Ambrose

shoobidoo Wed 12-Dec-12 22:07:17

Seeker, yes I had noticed that Stella's kitten is called Horatio. What I referred to was the nickname Ray, which imo is a great alternative to Harry as a shortening for Horatio.

comeonbishbosh Wed 12-Dec-12 22:27:44

Cato?

(I only know this name because DH is an Iris Murdoch fan!)

coribells Wed 12-Dec-12 22:31:13

Nathaniel - means 'gift from god' and can be shortened to a cool Nat or Nate

whoseshoes Thu 13-Dec-12 19:15:43

Lots of great suggestions thanks.

I'm not sure if i like any of the shortenings for Horatio - except possibly Harry which is too common with our surname and also a bit of a stretch

Boys names are sooo much more difficult than girls!

Bluestocking I like John, but we already have a close relative called that!

Close family names are also Anthony, Albert, Barnaby, Daniel, Edward, Frederick, George,Hugh, James, Joseph, Peter, Rupert, Theo, etc.. obviusly we haven't considered all of these but it's quite difficult!

NamingOfParts Thu 13-Dec-12 19:24:24

Edwin
Oswin
Redvers

Bluestocking Thu 13-Dec-12 19:47:57

Hi whoseshoes - I would have loved to call our DS John but DP vetoed it on the grounds that it was "too boring". I'm on a campaign to revive the name!
How about Geoffrey, Nicholas, Peter, Edmund, Christopher, Benedict, Frederick, Martin, Roderick?

Bluestocking Thu 13-Dec-12 19:51:27

Hi Naming, how do you pronounce Redvers? We went to Carisbrooke Castle in the summer, which belonged to the Redvers family, and the guide pronounced it Red-vair. Would you pronounce it like that?

afterdinnerkiss Thu 13-Dec-12 20:15:58

Anselm

i love Horatio too though.

NamingOfParts Thu 13-Dec-12 20:27:32

Hi Bluestocking, in my family it is pronounced as spelt - Red-vers

shoobidoo Thu 13-Dec-12 21:10:47

I don't think I'd shorten Horatio at all. It sounds great and isn't too long imo.

WhiteHairReally Thu 13-Dec-12 22:36:35

Orderic
Alaric
Wulfstan
Siward
Edwin
Morcar
Edmund
Edgar

I'll join Bluestocking's campaign to revive John!

MoelFammau Fri 14-Dec-12 17:26:48

Isn't Horatio pronounced Hor-ray-shee-o? Finding the T and Tio nicknames a bit odd to my ears.

RightUpMyRue Fri 14-Dec-12 18:15:21

Another vote for Lawrence nn Laurie. I love it but DP isn't keen sad

HelpOneAnother Fri 14-Dec-12 22:12:28

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shoobidoo Sat 15-Dec-12 19:08:39

I'd say Hor-ay-sho. I think it is a great name - cool, classic, easy to say/spell and not overused (yet?). Go for it!

KoalaKube Sat 15-Dec-12 19:21:04

I've always liked Atticus - but it really depends on your surname. (Cos of the to kill a mockingbird character).

RillaBlythe Sat 15-Dec-12 19:25:40

Love Horatio. Shortening is Horry, obviously!

Ambrose, Amos, Bartholomew (Tolly), Solomon.

COCKadoodledooo Sat 15-Dec-12 23:41:25

I have 2 in your close family names list, and dh is also there. We are traditional kinda people!

Bump names have been Pugh, Barney and Cuthbert.

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