boys names for cool boys?

(131 Posts)
MyFriendGoo Tue 15-Jan-13 15:58:18

DH and I are totally stuck- he thinks my choices are boring (Henry, Barnaby, Max) but his choices are too out there for me (Milo, Jobie, Amos). We've agreed we want a name that shows a bit of spark and individuality, but we need a middle ground! Thoughts?


(might be biased)

OmgATalkingOnion Tue 15-Jan-13 16:37:58

Kit is short for Christopher. Bit different and traditional name as the fallback.

Floralnomad Tue 15-Jan-13 16:38:41


TheFallenNinja Tue 15-Jan-13 16:39:35


amck5700 Tue 15-Jan-13 16:41:06


Please O please don't call your son after the contents of a toilet bowl (jobie)

amazingmumof6 Tue 15-Jan-13 16:41:09

I like all your choices (not Jobie)

I like Biblical names mainly, which can be considered very "boring" - such as Matthew (DS4 middle name) or Samuel (DS2 first name)

or there are the more unusual ones such as Issachar, Jethro, Asher or Malachi (wish I was brave enough to choose this instead of Michael for DS3!

I give you our boys' names, don't know if they aer cool or not, they (and we) like them:

Joshua David, Samuel Aaron, Michael Jacob, Noah Matthew & Isaac Benjamin

other names I like : Ethan, Levi, Sebastian, Dominic, Benedict, Reuben, Daniel, Thomas, Barnabas, Timothy, Nathan, Caspar, Abraham, Noel, Raphael, Christopher, Gabriel, Elijah

I love Kit! DS2 (5 months) is called Ralph and I get people saying what a cool, uncommon name, but am also biased. His middle name is Hector. I also like Milo. I like Rudy, Rui and Luca as well.




Eskino Tue 15-Jan-13 16:44:00

Felix. Very cool name.

FairyJen Tue 15-Jan-13 16:50:24

Why don't you see what he looks like? My ds is an old soul bless him hence George Edward. ( very military and spiffing grin )

I do like kit / Christopher tho which could also be topher.

invicta Tue 15-Jan-13 16:51:39











MyFriendGoo Tue 15-Jan-13 16:57:39

I love so many of these!! Noted on Jobie (which I really didn't like and now have a great reason to strike off DH's list!!) Visualise out of interest does anyone make a Bob Dylan connection? It's actually a name we both agree on but we didn't want everyone to think that was why we picked it!

MyFriendGoo Tue 15-Jan-13 16:59:45

Fairy we are hoping to make a master list of about five and then see how he looks when he arrives smile

orangepudding Tue 15-Jan-13 17:07:25

I don't think many would make the Bob Dylan connection, Dylan is quite popular at the moment and a fab name.

How about Oscar?

I met a Ziggy a couple of weeks ago, thought it was a cool name and the kids did look very cool - he however was a bit pretentious!

eggs11 Tue 15-Jan-13 17:12:31

all the Max's I know are very snotty and wet! Same goes for Harry's, olivers, etc. Nothing about them stands out!

Jobie is AWFUL! Barnaby is worse. Makes me think bear.

I don't mind Henry, still a bit in the wet brigade though.

Love Milo though smile

I don't think biblical names are boring at all amazingmum I know a Jonah and Noah that are both very 'cool' boys. Same as Joshua.

eggs11 Tue 15-Jan-13 17:13:26

I know so many Dylans. And working in a school - they're all naughty! And yes Bob Dylan is the first thing that came to mind!

Alisvolatpropiis Tue 15-Jan-13 17:26:49

Etienne (that might only work if you're a bit French though?)

Alisvolatpropiis Tue 15-Jan-13 17:28:55

I like Henry and Max. Don't like any of the other names.

SignoraStronza Tue 15-Jan-13 17:34:37


amazingmumof6 Tue 15-Jan-13 17:41:40

eggs11 good you agree, I don't think they are boring either (as proven by our actual choices smile) but I know people who do, that's why I said....

another one Simeon

LST Tue 15-Jan-13 17:43:23


Assajjventress Tue 15-Jan-13 17:50:17

Alex though popular is a cool name most Alex's I know have been cool

CheeseStrawWars Tue 15-Jan-13 17:58:10

Surely the person makes their name "cool", not the other way around? The Fonz was cool, right? You could call you kid Fonzie, or point out to your DH that the actor's real name was Henry....

farmersdaugther Tue 15-Jan-13 17:59:11

Merlin grin

Frikadellen Tue 15-Jan-13 18:52:49

IMO the way around this (dh and I had a similar problem) is to find traditional names that are not commonly used. That way you get your traditional feel and dh gets his " out there " feel so names like

(Sorry I had to add the last 2)

everlong Tue 15-Jan-13 18:56:35

Spike is pretty cool.

tammytoby Tue 15-Jan-13 18:58:40


Are all 'cool' based on my experience of people who own them.
But agree that a cool person will make ANY name cool!

amazingmumof6 Tue 15-Jan-13 19:00:40

"who own them" - LMFHO grin

amazingmumof6 Tue 15-Jan-13 19:04:19

cheesestraw - yes, good point and based on that how about Kojak? grin

twoteenagers2 Tue 15-Jan-13 19:08:41

You can't choose Max with today's links with yewtree. How about Leo, Noah, Stanley, Kevin, Robin?

shufflebum Tue 15-Jan-13 19:11:12



wiltingfast Tue 15-Jan-13 19:15:36


Love Barnaby and Milo!

marriedinwhite Tue 15-Jan-13 19:16:21

If your son is cool, the name will seem cool. That's the way it works I think. DS's cool friends don't have particularly cool names. Would list them but likely to out myself because that group is pretty well known and most of you lot know where I'm from but needless to say there's a James and a Will. DS is 18.

amazingmumof6 Tue 15-Jan-13 19:18:45

Max & yewtree - meaning?

Iris1 Tue 15-Jan-13 19:21:13

(B)eggs(B) - what a judgemental thing to say. You should meet my Oliver he's far from snotty and wet. A name really doesn't make someone behave a certain way. My son is a genius - I'm not kidding, I have another child and the age difference is small but i wouldn't say she was a genius. He is though, and he blows people away with his intellect, kindness, and confidence . He's a million miles away from being 'wet', and although I dont usually let comments on here bother me I feel obliged to tell you how rude it is to make assumptions like that.

Back on topic I think Barnaby is absolutely awesome.

Megglevache Tue 15-Jan-13 19:33:44


oopsadaisymaisy Tue 15-Jan-13 19:35:18

Traditional appears to be cool these days.

Piemother Tue 15-Jan-13 19:37:56


TheSecondComing Tue 15-Jan-13 19:39:28

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

ZumbaZara Tue 15-Jan-13 19:39:56


Savechamges Tue 15-Jan-13 19:41:28

Carter if it hasn't already been mentioned!

Beehatch Tue 15-Jan-13 19:43:50


everlong Tue 15-Jan-13 19:45:32

I think Woody is pretty awesome but I know I'm in a minority.

I like Rex and Ned too.

brambleking Tue 15-Jan-13 19:45:59


brambleking Tue 15-Jan-13 19:46:50

Everlong - we posted Woody at the same time!!!!!

A cool kid makes their name cool, unless they have a really normal boring name like Matthew or James, in which case they can still bew cool but their name won't stand out as part of their coolness.

I am a KS2 supply teacher and observe these things very closely so I am speaking from experience here grin

Cool nmes do help though, if the kid has something about him anyway, it adds to the complete package, as does being a good looking kid.

Some names that can add to a cool kid and that seem cool becuase a kid carries it off well include Bo, Hugo, Mungo, Bruno, Aston, Henry, Max, Saxon, Roman, Rufus, Cornelius, Logan and Zak.

I have known kids by these names who are not cool and the name then just becomes a nice name, rather than a cool one.

Also though, kids go through different stages in their lives when they are cool and then not so cool, so it changes anyway. No kid is cool all the time. Nor should we want them to be.

Oh yes, Arlo, and Orson too.

SmallKindnesses Tue 15-Jan-13 19:49:55


IslaValargeone Tue 15-Jan-13 19:52:46

Ranulph is nice and can be shortened to Ran as the uber cool Ranulph Feinnes calls himself.

I like Tad, short for Thaddeus. DH would not let me use it though so I have a Tobias. I also like Zeke, Xander, Orlando, Austin and Malakai. I know boys called Kai, Jett, Eden, Jyrah, Stellan, Trey and Ripley if they are of any use?

orangepudding Tue 15-Jan-13 20:07:07

TheSecondComing in a playground, do you have a Ziggy?

NaturalBaby Tue 15-Jan-13 20:09:58

Gabriel, Felix, Seth, Seb, Jasper, Micah, Eben, Jessie, Robin, Cody.
My all time favourite is Thomas though!

everlong Tue 15-Jan-13 20:10:05

grin bramble that is well spooky!


Also biased. wink

500internalerror Tue 15-Jan-13 20:17:04

So many of these suggestions were on my short list for ds!! I love jed, Seth, Heath, loads of them - I should have had more kids wink

WizardofOs Tue 15-Jan-13 20:21:09

Both of my sons' names have been mentioned. Only one is old enough for any cool grading and is he so not cool!

Lozza70 Tue 15-Jan-13 20:21:21

I really like -


We have a Sander and a Rocco and I hope they are cool kids in the playground for at least a little while in their school careers!

TheSecondComing Tue 15-Jan-13 20:23:00

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Assajjventress Tue 15-Jan-13 20:44:28

Agree it's the person that can make the name seem cool but it would also depend on the area the child is growing up/school they attend on whether they sound cool.

kilmuir Tue 15-Jan-13 20:48:36

giving a child a perceived 'cool' name will not make them cool. how bizarre

Assajjventress Tue 15-Jan-13 20:58:35

Names can conjure up an image so yes to me names like Dan, Leo, Tom, Alex seem cool but a name cannot make an individual cool. But then what is cool????

marriedinwhite Tue 15-Jan-13 20:59:17

Why's that bizarre? I know an uber cool Tom, James and Will and a very uncool Hugo.

katiecubs Tue 15-Jan-13 21:03:59

Jobie - noooooo. He will get the poo connection and it won't be nice.

I like Felix, Rory, Kit, Zack, Seth, Milo, Barnaby. All cool and not too popular.

Assajjventress Tue 15-Jan-13 21:14:21

What we think is cool will not be amongst kids. Name mentioned before Cornelius mmmm doesn't seem like a cool name the kid would have to be uber cool to carry that one off.

orangepudding Tue 15-Jan-13 21:20:35

Wasn't a park in London.

TameGaloot Tue 15-Jan-13 21:21:09

I think cool people make their names seem cool
Probably one of the reasons why we form opinions on names

BeaLola Tue 15-Jan-13 21:40:47

OP I love all your choices & really dislike your DH choices.

I agree its the child that is cool not the name & with a poster who said they can be in & out of coolness.

From names mentioned above I love Seth - went to college with a hippy Seth & many years later met a seriously gorgeous man at a wedding called Seth , that said cannot imagine cuddling my lovely son & calling him Seth.

Love Ted & Barnaby & Rory & Gray & Dexter for coolnesss......... however the boy, the child, the man will make it cool or not regardless of his name - I think Bryan Ferry is pretty chilled & cool for an oldie & he is called Bryan ! Equally met a very lovely looking boy at a friends childs party recently called Rocco & he was a whingey & challenging 5 year old.

Assajjventress Tue 15-Jan-13 21:44:39

Can you be a cool 5 year old?

Bearcrumble Tue 15-Jan-13 22:01:31

Have you thought of Barry?

Bearcrumble Tue 15-Jan-13 22:02:01

Or Lembit?

thegreylady Tue 15-Jan-13 22:03:32

Finn[not Finlay/ley]

GotAnyGrapes Tue 15-Jan-13 22:25:53

The little boys I know whose names seem cool are Stan and johnny!
I have also meg a Ziggy! Not in London though; at a childrens birthday party in Wilmslow, Cheshire.

pigletpower Tue 15-Jan-13 23:02:48

Dexter.Ours is 7 and very cool.

Anni37 Tue 15-Jan-13 23:13:17

How about Rhys? Sooo cool. But I think that's because I liked the guy out of terminator 1

I agree that it's the child that makes the name cool, not the other way round. DS1 (reception age) is called Alfie and the boys, girls and teachers love him. He already has his own style and loves rock music. That's all down to him, rather than us though IFYSWIM. We know another Alfie, complete opposite. We also know a very whiny Max and a Finn (who is nasty and mean, not cool, down to his parents though). Def down to the child, or parents, rather than the name.

atthewelles Wed 16-Jan-13 10:40:13

How do you know your little boy is going to be 'cool'?

Lafaminute Wed 16-Jan-13 10:43:31

Rex??? Milo is quite common where I live. Jonah? Theo? Love Kit too.

Lebkuchenlover Wed 16-Jan-13 11:37:05

"A cool kid makes their name cool, unless they have a really normal boring name like Matthew or James, in which case they can still bew cool but their name won't stand out as part of their coolness."

I completely agree with this. As we don't tend to have so many associations with underused names, any new person has his/her chance to make a new impression on us. I know some cool teenagers called Orlando, Xander and Quentin. The cool boys called Alex, Matt or James are still cool but their names are too ubiquitious to add to their coolness imo.

Lebkuchenlover Wed 16-Jan-13 11:38:28

And yes, of course it is a person and their personality that determines coolness, not their name. But a cool person can therefore make an underused name cool. Hope that makes sense.

GotAnyGrapes Wed 16-Jan-13 12:25:26

I really liked Kit for 16mth old DS but DH would not have it as he's from Glasgow and he says in Gladgow it's a girls name, short for Catherine. But I have always loved it since reading Kit Marlowe.

absentmindeddooooodles Wed 16-Jan-13 12:29:28

i have a jude.............and i reckon hes pretty cool :p

persephoneplum Wed 16-Jan-13 12:38:22


Gwennan Wed 16-Jan-13 12:39:46

Trying to think of some traditional but quirky names you two might both like...

Abraham, Asa, Aubrey, Barnabas, Benedict, Bertram, Breccan (apparently the name of a saint from Aran), Caspian, Cassius, Clement, Cosmo, Crispin, Cyrus, Edwin, Ernest, Euan, Eugene, Ezra, Fergus, Franklin, Gideon, Godfrey, Gregory, Griffith, Hadrian, Hamish, Inigo, Ioan, Isaiah, Ivan, Ivo, Ivor, Jasper, Jeremy, Jonty (Jonathan?), Josiah, Julian, Laurence/Lawrence, Lincoln, Lucian, Macsen, Magnus, Martin, Niall, Percy, Philip, Phineas, Raphael, Reuben, Robin, Rufus, Rupert, Sidney, Silas, Simeon, Spencer, Stellan, Victor, Vincent, Wilbour, Willoughby, Winston, Xavier

amck5700 Wed 16-Jan-13 22:46:26

Alexander, you can call him Alex or Sandy and OH can call him Zander.

MyFriendGoo Wed 16-Jan-13 22:48:58

atthewellesbecause cool is in the eye of the beholder smile
Some truly lovely suggestions, thanks everyone so much! Hoping we'll find our middle ground in here.

maxmillie Wed 16-Jan-13 22:57:02

Dylan is cool name round here (though I agree, getting popular).

Just don't use the ubiquitous Thomas, James, Charlie, Harry, Joseph - all nice names but so, so many of them I really fear this lot will struggle to stand out from the crow as teenagers.

Interesting to hear the KS2 teachers views, at my dc school I definitely observe stuff that backs that viewpoint up. Slightly cool or unusual name is helpful. That and cute/good-looking and they can do no wrong. Slightly odd looking and dull name is kiss of death. Very harsh but, I guess, human nature (don't think the kids care or notie, this is the adults).

This is why I say err on the side of slightly different to way out there names, at least then they stand out if not cute (at any particular stage of course, changes at different stages i imagine)

doyouwantfrieswiththat Wed 16-Jan-13 22:59:20

Fonzie grin

btw When I hear the name Dylan I think of Dylan Thomas rather than Bob Dylan.

ClaraBean Wed 16-Jan-13 23:12:36

My 5 year old is Amos and he is super cool grin
How about
Victor, Hector, Otto, Bruno, Otis, Cosmo, Dougal, Struan, BAsil, Jeremiah, Lionel, Peter, Gregor, Gregory, Franklin, Bram, Zacariah, Kirk, Dylan, Monty, Walter, Quentin, James (Jimi - very cool!).

survivingwinter Thu 17-Jan-13 10:11:07

I like most of gwennan`s list! I have a ds called Laurie and get lots of positive comments about his name and he's the only one at school so never need to use his surname which is handy for labels grin

I also like -
Stanley (although getting very popular)

Amos is a cool name!

Kilkers Thu 17-Jan-13 10:28:14

I work in a college and I've just seen an enrolment form for a boy called Zacchaeus, never heard it before!


hellokitty123 Thu 17-Jan-13 14:52:28

Some great names on here. I think these are all quite 'cool' boys names


Zacchaeus! Amazing! 'Zacchaeus was a very little man, and a very little man was he...' smile

MyNewVenture Thu 17-Jan-13 16:18:48

What if your son is not cool though? If you give him a 'cool' name and he is really not cool, that will make him stand out even more. He may even be 'snotty and wet' as one poster so delightfully described the children she knows shock

ClaraBean Thu 17-Jan-13 18:18:48

There are different kinds of cool though. My ds is cool in a bespectacled, geeky kind of way, others are cool in other ways!

ILikeSquirrels Thu 17-Jan-13 18:38:57

Jet, short for Jethro?

ILikeSquirrels Thu 17-Jan-13 18:39:30

I heard a Zeb, short for Zebedee, the other week..

higgle Thu 17-Jan-13 18:45:23

Benedict, Hector, Wilf, Stan, Ambrose, Sterling.

MyFriendGoo Thu 17-Jan-13 19:57:53

Agree with Clarabean, cool is different things to different people! We probably all think of cool as being slightly different things. Personally I don't care if the rest of the planet thinks my little boy is a drippy snotrag, I'll still think he's cool. Mother's prerogative! grin

I LOVE Laurence/Laurie.

MyFriendGoo Thu 17-Jan-13 20:01:04

(I actually think the fact that we all see "cool" as so different is what makes this thread so interesting - have loved reading everyone's opinions and ideas)

AntsMarching Thu 17-Jan-13 20:05:27


Purplelooby Thu 17-Jan-13 22:15:42

I just want to persuade you that Amos is a cool name, cos DS is called Amos and it is mega-cool grin

Purplelooby Thu 17-Jan-13 22:16:48

Amos is cool!

Purplelooby Thu 17-Jan-13 22:17:15

(OK I'm done)

doyouwantfrieswiththat Thu 17-Jan-13 22:29:51
persephoneplum Fri 18-Jan-13 10:47:57

Love this thread. I don't see any harm in wanting a cool name - I want one too, for my last child.

We're still down to Jarvis and Kit and they are really cool to me. I want a name that is a little unique, yet familiar and these days, most kids seem to like that about a name.

notso Fri 18-Jan-13 11:16:43

My three boys names are listed here but two of them also always get listed on "chav" or "names you hate" threads, one parents cool is another ones naff.

I recently met an Atticus and I instantly thought cool name.

Littlecherublegs Fri 18-Jan-13 12:51:48

Love Amos!


NaturalBaby Fri 18-Jan-13 13:27:45

My 2yr old has a friend called Atticus. DH looked hmm when I told him but met the family and totally gets it now!

I had 3 boys and think they all have pretty cool names, one could be called a chav name though, but each time had to start over because I didn't want to use a name from a previous shortlist. I'll have to use up the names I really wanted on future pets.

notso Fri 18-Jan-13 13:37:20

I wanted Linus for DS3 Littlecherublegs uncoolDH disagreed!

mrsmindcontrol Fri 18-Jan-13 13:44:42

All 3 of my boys names are on here including my super cool DS1 Felix. And our dog is called Dexter. AND Milo is our standby name should there ever be a DS4 (unlikely).
I must be the coolest mum ever wink

LJBrownie Fri 18-Jan-13 13:53:36

I like Dexter and Woody and have a baby Quinn (yes a boy - damn glee wink).

lockets Fri 18-Jan-13 14:01:55

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BinarySolo Fri 18-Jan-13 14:30:23

My dh, ds and dad's names are all listed here, as is half of our surname! Currently trying to think of a name in case I have a boy in September. Wished I kept back the name Morton, rather than using it for ds's middle name.

bigbluebump Fri 18-Jan-13 14:55:29

Lots of great names on here!

I think most names become 'cool' if the the child/person is cool/nice and this will be easier if the name isn't already used a lot (as people don't have many associations).

We have a Quentin who is super cool grin.


BinarySolo Fri 18-Jan-13 17:29:39

Griff is on my list! Love it. Definitely agree that it's the person that makes a name cool. When naming my son, we did however say how can he fail to be cool if he's called xxxx! (He's not called xxxx btw. That would be weird and trick to pronounce)

I know a couple that adopted a boy called Nigel. I kinda think he'll still turn out to be a little dude.

Purplelooby Fri 18-Jan-13 22:40:17

I'm in love with the name Rex! DH says no sad

LMAO doyouwantfrieswiththat

Selks Fri 18-Jan-13 22:53:46

Louie / Louis

FayeKorgasm Fri 18-Jan-13 23:00:17

Hector is so cool

FayeKorgasm Fri 18-Jan-13 23:03:13

So is Magnus.

BoyMeetsWorld Sat 19-Jan-13 16:29:35

Sylvester (Sly)

serin Sun 20-Jan-13 18:55:36

Oh come on!

Florian, Mungo and Sebastian?


Dh works in a posh private school and kids would have to be pretty strong characters to carry these names off even there.

lockets Sun 20-Jan-13 19:03:09

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

I always liked Jolyon after watching the Forsyte Saga. DD2 would have been Jonah if she'd been a boy which I think is very cool.

I work in a nursery and 'classic' names are really popular, we have several girls named Ava for example. When I was pregnant I downloaded the Scottish registrars list to see what names were registered last year. Good way to find new names too smile

LittleDonkin Sun 20-Jan-13 19:47:19

After reading through this thread my favourite name in the world has been mentioned umpteen times! I have loved the name Xander since I was a teenager (I watched far too much Buffy!). Do you think it "goes" with my surname which is the 2nd half of my username, I dont know if it does with the der and don sounds. What do you think? (Sorry to hijack thread!)

carameldecaflatte Sun 20-Jan-13 19:58:32

Felix. I must admit to being rather biased. It means fortunate/happy.
DH vetoed Milo, Arlo, Max and Ted.

evamummy Sun 20-Jan-13 22:01:35

serin, I don't think kids would find Sebastian, Mungo or Florian that odd. I also don't think you need to be a 'strong character' to have an unusual name.

There are so many names used these days, from different cultures (e.g. Florian is a top 10 German name) that most kids are more open minded than some of us smile.

amck5700 Sun 20-Jan-13 22:42:56

Whilst I agree that a lot of the names people have said that are cool don't sound cool to me, I also agree that kids don't really bother about names too much. My son had a girl called Santa in his class for a while and he didn't even think that was odd, it was just her name.....and he was age 10/11 at the time.

evamummy Mon 21-Jan-13 07:30:22

Absolutely. Unless the name is Poopoohead or Willy, most kids just accept a name for what it is, what their mates are called. We've got so many different names at our school, from all cultures that the kids seem pretty open minded about different names.

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