Boys name options including Byron, Roscoe and Eden...

(35 Posts)
LoobyLou33 Sun 10-Feb-13 22:02:42

DH and I just can't agree on boys' names for DC2 due soon (who may turn out to be a girl, saving us a lotta bother!)

We already have a Zachary/Zach and would like an equally or more unusual name but that doesn't sound totally off the wall or too poncey. I fear a few of the ones we like are actually quite poncey - so let me know what you think! Or suggest some similar options?

DH likes...

MILO - but does it sound like the name you'd give a dog? (sorry any Milo-mums!)
ROSCOE - I like but not keen on Ross if people shortened it
FINN- I prefer Finlay but that's getting pretty popular
EDEN - I really like this but worried it's considered too girly, though personally I think the way it sounds isn't girly at all.

I like...

BYRON - DH says later, kids will tease him about being bisexual ie "Bi-ron"
JUDE - DH just doesn't like it. Arh!

There are one or two names we agree on like Heath or Ethan, but I'm not mega excited about them and want us to find a name we really like.

DessieLou Mon 11-Feb-13 01:09:44

Eden does seem a bit girly to me. How about Aidan? Milo is a bit of a pets name. Finn is nice but sooooo popular. Byron reminds me of one I knew as a kid who was a bit of a bugger. How about Bryson? The bi-Ron thing wouldn't have occurred to me! Jude is ok, could take it or leave it. My vote goes to Roscoe, cool name!

TheWave Mon 11-Feb-13 12:50:42

If you like names ending in N what about Leon, Hayden or a surname type name such as Jackson?

noblegiraffe Mon 11-Feb-13 13:00:43

I know an Eden who has suffered from the misconception that he's a girl from his name.

Also, as a secondary teacher, I know students with all of your suggested names, except Jude, Heath and Ethan. (and they're Law, Ledger and Hawke in my head) So they're not completely off the wall!

poppydaisy Mon 11-Feb-13 13:41:23

This is Milo: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milo_(drink) and yes, Finn is very widely used already. I really like Byron - cool, underused and easy to spell/pronounce.

poppydaisy Mon 11-Feb-13 13:42:17

Or, if you like boys names ending in n, how about
Reuben
Rowan
Quentin
Tristan
Adrian

Merl0t Mon 11-Feb-13 23:21:07

I love Roscoe.
Jude is ok.
Eden is too feminine.
Milo is quite nice. Would prefer Miles though.
Byron is just too nerdish.

PukeCatcher Mon 11-Feb-13 23:43:11

I've only met one Eden and he was male [drifts off to memories of 18 year old self in Ibiza 1998]. I've always regarded it as a masculine name.

Vijac Mon 11-Feb-13 23:45:20

Roscoe, Heath or Ethan. Have you considered Inigo?

DonkeysDontRideBicycles Mon 11-Feb-13 23:47:56

Of the names you mention I liked Milo and Jude, afraid Eden to me is more a girl's name. Shame you don't fancy Heath, I'd suggest Harrison or even Hunter.

weegiemum Mon 11-Feb-13 23:48:13

I know 2 female Edens.

Maybe it's just where I'm from (I live in Glasgow, and not in a posh bit) but imo the other ones you mention sound awfully posh and round here any boy with those names would be teased mercilessly because there would be an assumption they were snobby and stuck-up. Just saying

simplesusan Mon 11-Feb-13 23:51:36

I like Eden best and was considering it for dc3, until she turned out to be a girl.

Vijac Tue 12-Feb-13 00:04:28

I would have though Eden was a girl's name but don't actually know anyone called it.

rockinhippy Tue 12-Feb-13 00:28:48

I know/have met 5 Edens, all bar one are girls, it's a shortened version of my DDs name & weirdly as its not at all common around here, her best friends name too, the boy is American, where its more commonly used for boys, he was getting quite a bit of stick at the party we met him at, so I would avoid it for a boy

BeanstalkandBump Tue 12-Feb-13 08:41:15

Love Roscoe and Jude. Dh vetoed Jude for Ds angry
Would not have thought Roscoe would get nn Ross.

I like Finn but think it is extremely popular and not so in a classic way like James etc.
Think Milo as being a pet sorry
Eden.... I think girl but I do quite like it

DonkeysDontRideBicycles Tue 12-Feb-13 08:56:24

You mentioned Adrian poppydaisy how about Aidan or Aiden (means 'little fire'), OP?

Or maybe you want to avoid an A to Z or in this case, Z(achary) to A(idan).

I guess we all like different things so one person's "wow love it" might be another's "poncey".

LoobyLou33 Tue 12-Feb-13 19:22:38

Thanks, this is great! I know it's all just a matter of opinion but it's good to canvas a range of random views as it will probably roughly reflect what my friends would think (and I don't want to spoil the surprise by telling them our ideas.)

noble yes I totally agree, Law, Ledger and Hawke all spring to mind for me too! But that wouldn't matter to DS's peers...assuming it is a he. We have a scan next week and I'm very tempted to find out.

Looks like Roscoe has the most positive response so far with no out-and-out dislikes. I like Oscar but it's so ubiquitous - apparently Roscoe was popular in 1920s America, so same era and similar sound but much more unusual. We actually found it from a Midlake albumn!

Aiden and Reuben are also nice names, as is Aaron. Hmmm! Choices, choices smile

ProphetOfDoom Tue 12-Feb-13 19:29:30

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vitaminC Tue 12-Feb-13 19:38:35

Yes, to me Roscoe is Roscoe P. Coltrane, too, Matilda grin
In a similar vain to Eden, but much more masculine, how about Oren? It's a biblical, Hebrew name, just like Zachary, and not at all overused... My Hebrew is rusty, but it's a type of tree, just can't remember which one blush

vitaminC Tue 12-Feb-13 19:41:56

Oh, it's a pine tree! I just remembered it's mentioned in the song " Yerushalaim shel zahav" (Jerusalem the golden)! Beautiful version here

MyGlassIsJustHalfWet Tue 12-Feb-13 19:49:32

Roscoe!! Love it.

LoobyLou33 Wed 13-Feb-13 22:12:42

How do you pronounce Oren? Sounds like a nice origin but not sure what I think.
I watched the Dukes as a kid but don't remember anyone except Bo and Luke! That doesn't bother me anyway, all names have some association for people.
Ha ha bet this one will turn out to be a girl after all!

vitaminC Thu 14-Feb-13 12:59:24

Oren sort of rhymes with "foreign" smile

Oh and Roscoe P Coltrane was the deputy sheriff in Dukes of Hazard!

rockinhippy Thu 14-Feb-13 15:50:09

or Arwen, I've only ever met one & he's lovely

lljkk Thu 14-Feb-13 15:59:30

Roscoe = the stupid Hick sherriff in the Dukes of Hazard. I cannot conceive how you can like it.

Byron = intellectual poet who likes to shag his sister.

Zachary = slightly creative strong character with depth.

So really I have no idea what you like. Quenton is ok by me.

Locketjuice Thu 14-Feb-13 16:04:57

Finn... Not that I'm biased or anything FWIW I haven't met another and he's now 13 months, and when I first told people I was going to call him Finnley when I was 18? Weeks I got 'what kind of names that' 'Sounds made up'

Locketjuice Thu 14-Feb-13 16:07:35

And I know a dog called roscoe so that's what I associate it with now.. Sorry blush

ToomuchWaternotWine Thu 14-Feb-13 16:11:19

I know 3 Edens aged under 10, ALL girls so sorry that would be off a boy list for me.

Zachary, Roscoe and Finn/Finlay all sound good.
Jude is a bit meh.
Byron, yes very strong association with the poet, not sure if that is a good or bad thing!
Milo again, bit meh, bit too dog like.

My fav slightly mad boys name was Malachi (ma-la-ki to rhyme with sky) but Ds didn't look at all like that when he appeared! (And DH was wobbly about it).

rockinhippy Thu 14-Feb-13 17:33:26

blush That should have read ARLEN -

damned ipad fail again hmm Arwen is a girls name

Zachary, Zach, Zach, Finn/Fynn, Jude & Milo are all very common boys names around here, so I suspect it's a lot to do with where you live too

rockinhippy Thu 14-Feb-13 17:35:13

I love Malachi, but for me it will always be demon child from children of the corn - my favourite boys name, which I've not heard used in recent years is Amos

LoobyLou33 Sat 16-Feb-13 19:44:25

I like Amos too, a friend's one year old is called that. But I don't think we especially want two children named after Old testament prophets, even though we are Christians! So that rules out Malachai too, which is also a very cool name.

It's true, it does change a lot depending on where you live. We don't know any Zacharys around here but I keep hearing of friends who live near to one. I've got on really well with it as a name - we use Zach and Zachary pretty interchangeably and love both (well we love the boy who owns it I guess!)

Whoops I didn't realise Lord Byron was cosy with his sister - I mean it's not like we'd be naming DC AFTER him, we thought of it after meeting a Byron from Australia - but admittedly over here everyone will think of the poet, if they think of anything.

Dukes of Hazard, whatever...no one of DC's generation will watch it and I hardly did either so I wouldn't let a minor TV character put me off a name I like smile

cece Sat 16-Feb-13 19:56:35

Milo - no, it's a milk malted drink to me
Roscoe - not keen but I like Ross
Finn - Finley or variations of is very very popular around here - loads of them
Eden - GIRLS name and yes I know a boy with this name and still think of it as a GIRLS name
Byron - too much like Brian for me
Jude - GIRLS name and yes even though I know some boys with this name it is still a GIRLS name to me

Sorry I'm not keen on any of them, but in the same vein how about -

Kim
Hilary
Rory
Judd
Leon
Spencer
Harvey
Monty

Littlecherublegs Sun 17-Feb-13 17:06:58

Like Finn best from your list.
Jude & Eden are girly to me; dont like Byron or Roscoe; Milo is ok.

Zac was on our shortlist along with:
Nathan
Leon
Christian
Anthony
Joseph
Aidan / Haydn
Marcus

Also like:
Harris / Harrison
Silas
Drew
Ellis
Caleb
Linus
Gabriel
Cornelius

Or how about:
Elijah
Lincoln
Mason
Fletcher
Cole
Felix
Parker
Leif
Evan
Seth
Logan
Blake
Dylan
Trent
Wyatt
Austin
Cooper
Grayson
Blaine

mrstowers Sun 17-Feb-13 21:34:18

I know a girl called Eden. I definitely wouldn't say it was a boys name.

mathanxiety Sun 17-Feb-13 22:40:46

Roscoe is Roscoe Tanner to me -- American tennis player from the 70s I think; it just makes me thing of the golden age of polyester.

Byron -- an American middle aged banker I knew. His family origins were Scottish. Again the polyester theme with Byron.

Milo -- I prefer Myles
Finn -- very popular, so much so that people in my neck of the woods are calling babies Finnegan and other Finn-like names, branching out from the original Finn.
Eden -- the only Edens I know are girls and I know several.

How about:
(all names with N ending)
Linden/Lyndon
Fintan
Brendan or Brandon
Damien
Dylan
Corbin
Euan
Kieran
Evan
Vaughan
Lorcan
Declan
Holden
Owen
Lachlan
Benjamin (Yes an OT prophet but goes really well with Zachary imo; 'Zach and Ben' very nice too)
Samson (OT like Benjamin but nice)

Lev
Bryce
Cole
Raphael
Michael
Jonah (OT name but goes well with Zach and Zachary imo)
Samuel (Sam) -- OT name but nice
Angus
Magnus
Hamish
Max (short for Maxwell or Maximilian)
Fergus

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