Gosh I find boy's names dull, nevertheless I have a short list

(86 Posts)
Artichook Tue 26-Mar-13 20:30:31

I loved naming my girls, there are so many choices for girls and you can get away with slightly unusual without sounding odd. Now I'm having a boy and it seems you have a choice of about 10 classic names that are hugely overused but lovely and after that your choices are really posh, really not, or 10 or so very "of the minute" trendy names. I'm not inspired at all.

Despite these feeling here is my list. What do people think?

Thomas - lovely, classic, way overused

Joshua - lovely, classic, but teacher SiL says the Joshua's in her class are always naughty.

Isaac - I thought this was pretty safe but a friend reacted with shock and said "you can't do that to a child"

Reuben - quite unusual, DD1 says its "weird", does this view of a 6 year old mean he will be bullied?

Frederick - Freddie, a family name, but I'm not sure.

farmersdaughter Tue 26-Mar-13 20:34:17

Freddie or Thomas, not so keen on the others.

What about Jamie?

Judyandherdreamofhorses Tue 26-Mar-13 20:38:11

I felt the same and went kind of retro with Simon. I love it.
Also considered:

I've never taught any of these!


Judyandherdreamofhorses Tue 26-Mar-13 20:38:46

Robert and Richard too.

And Vincent as an 'out there' choice.

Coconutty Tue 26-Mar-13 20:40:22

None of the above would really appeal to me, Thomas okay but so overused it's boring. Joshua's can be naughty but they are not the worst.

Artichook Tue 26-Mar-13 20:42:20

Judy, are you a teacher? If so, do you agree that Joshuas are always naughty?

Farmer - I like Jamie but its taken by a relative as is Joseph which I also like.

smable Tue 26-Mar-13 20:43:23

I know 2 lovely Joshuas,Isaac and Reuben are both completely normal where i live so wouldn't necessarily mean bulling.

Judyandherdreamofhorses Tue 26-Mar-13 20:44:07

Joshuas are definitely not always naughty!

Artichook Tue 26-Mar-13 20:44:09

Coco - I agree Thomas is so overused that it seems boring but that seems to be the case with most decent boys names. I am seriously stuck.

Ragwort Tue 26-Mar-13 20:45:34

I like Judy's list, none of those are over used these days but they are lovely, classic names.

What about David? You don't often hear that apart from Beckham?

I know three Joshuas - they are all completely different grin.

Sunshinewithshowers Tue 26-Mar-13 20:46:37

Whats wrong with Isaac?

Coconutty Tue 26-Mar-13 20:46:56

Hmm, Jacob/Oliver/Joshua/William are all way too overused as well.

What other kind of names do you like? What are your DDs called (or similar if you don't want to name them!)

smable Tue 26-Mar-13 20:47:32

Artichook what is your no1 priority in naming your son i.e. popularity or not, matching to your other children, being trendy or not

AnisotropicWeetabixFTW Tue 26-Mar-13 20:47:34

We have v different taste. I like more unusual names. But your list is inoffensive and full of fairly classic names.

Reuben's really popular round here atm. I know 5 under 3! Def not unusual at all.

WinkyWinkola Tue 26-Mar-13 20:47:39

Joshua and Thomas are great but everywhere.

Frederick is brilliant but I'd go for Fred not Freddie as a nn. Much cooler.

Or how about


Artichook Tue 26-Mar-13 20:47:58

I see the attraction of Judy's list but I'm not sure I'm ready for a 70s revival. All those names have associations with boys i was at school with Nicholas is lovely but I'm not keen on Nick.

KLou111 Tue 26-Mar-13 20:48:12

There are a lot of Joshua's and Thomas's.
I found boys names to be the easiest! We knew our ds was TNT to be a Euan before he was conceived.
Freddie I like the best smile

KLou111 Tue 26-Mar-13 20:48:45

*Going to be - where did TNT come from??

smable Tue 26-Mar-13 20:49:55

Now about Nico as a shortening of Nicholas?

Judyandherdreamofhorses Tue 26-Mar-13 20:50:27

Ha, I want 10 more boys so I can populate a whole 70's football team (not really! Two DC are plenty for me).

I like David too, as mentioned above. And Gregory.

JollyYellowGiant Tue 26-Mar-13 20:50:46

I like all your names except Frederick smile DH and I have found boys names easy but girls names nearly impossible. We have one. And I'm not 100% happy with it but I can't think of anything better

MortifiedAdams Tue 26-Mar-13 20:51:21

Thomas. Id use it only ots DHs name. I also really like Edward and Christpher nn Kit.q

Artichook Tue 26-Mar-13 20:52:41

I don't want to name my DDs but one has a classic name that transcends any era and is in the top 50. The other is more unusual and hovers around 250 in baby name lists. Both are short and stong sounding names. Neither have spiked in popularity recently (that is important to me, I don't want a name that immediatly suggests the year the baby was born).

NeoMaxiZoomDweebie Tue 26-Mar-13 20:52:47


Judyandherdreamofhorses Tue 26-Mar-13 20:55:09


smable Tue 26-Mar-13 20:55:27

Peter is due a revival i think

Artichook Tue 26-Mar-13 20:56:23

Gregory is a good one but DH just pulled a face.

Edward is a possibility but I'm worried about any name that Wills and Kate may go for making it the name of the year.

A good friend has a Kit, I like it but can't copy.

Jude I like but I'm not brave enough to use it.

Coconutty Tue 26-Mar-13 20:56:53

Michael? Sean? Theo? Max?

abbyfromoz Tue 26-Mar-13 20:57:03

Rueben Rueben. Rueben!! Live this name but DH won't allow it. I want a boy to cLl my little Roo.

abbyfromoz Tue 26-Mar-13 20:57:17

Obv mean love...not live

Artichook Tue 26-Mar-13 20:58:16

Now Patrick I really like. Even DH is sort of nodding.

I love Peter but hate Pete.

DH hates Tristan.

Timetoask Tue 26-Mar-13 20:58:37

Love Reuben and Frederick. Great names!

MrsOgg Tue 26-Mar-13 20:59:05


smable Tue 26-Mar-13 20:59:34


Artichook Tue 26-Mar-13 21:01:05

I like Theo but it is a name I feel is so "of the moment" that it will become associated with this small moment in time.

I quite like Max (or Maxim) but DH says its a dogs name. Same with Felix.

Artichook Tue 26-Mar-13 21:02:51

I do like Laurie too.

MrsOgg Tue 26-Mar-13 21:02:53


Any good?

I have a Benjamin, known as Ben, and an Alexander, called Alex.

I considered Samuel, Daniel, Edward, James, Patrick, Rory and Martin.

Some if my DSs friends are Finn ( Finntain I think), Sean, Andrew, Timothy, Malcolm, Josiah (Joss), William (Bill, which I thought I hatred but rather like now), , and Robert. There area a lot of Bob and Bobby and Rob little boys in this town, I think it's trendy in the USA at the moment.
I know a few Connors and ciarans, lots of Joes and Tonys too. Lots of Irish and Italian families. grin

Oh, and I love Peter too! grin

I think Hugo and Richard are also due a comebackn]

Snog Tue 26-Mar-13 21:08:55

Kevin or R

Coconutty Tue 26-Mar-13 21:09:16

Not Richard (dick).

Patrick is nice though, and Henry.

Startail Tue 26-Mar-13 21:09:25

The Josh and Isaac I know are lovely boys.
Elliot, Finley, Gabriel, Oscar, Caleb, Aaron, Callum slightly different without being daft.

Snog Tue 26-Mar-13 21:10:05

Kevin or Robin or Gavin

Snog Tue 26-Mar-13 21:10:34

Or Merlin or Marvyn

Artichook Tue 26-Mar-13 21:14:12

Miles is nice I think. As is Hugo. But DH says both are too posh.

I also like Billy (fn Wlliam).

Finn is lovely but another one I see as too "of the moment".

KLou111 Tue 26-Mar-13 21:14:42


I totally agree op. We have found girls names easy both times but struggling with boys names again. Fwiw here is my desultory offering:

From your list


And that's about it..

LadyMetroland Tue 26-Mar-13 21:18:03

Hi op
I am in similar boat to you and could not agree with you more about boys' names. We part company when it comes to your short list though ... Reuben is definitely one of those of-the-moment names that will date your son to this era - a bit like Noah imo.

Tom is a great name that will never go out of date. I don't actually know many either.

What about...

Joseph (Joe)
Ben (Benjamin or Benedict)

beeroclock Tue 26-Mar-13 21:18:36

peter is great.

Artichook Tue 26-Mar-13 21:23:20

I can't use Joseph sadly.

I love Alexander if shortened to Sacha (traditional diminuitive). I'm less keen on Alex which is fine but dull. The thing is I'm worried that forcing Sacha as the nn will seem contrived and may not actually work.

Is Reuben really very popular at the mo? We don't know any despite knowing lots of children through the DDs. It is a family name on DH's side.

LemonBreeland Tue 26-Mar-13 21:23:52

There are lots of interesting boys names. The ones you have chosen are not though. They are all pretty boring apart from Reuben, bu that isn't exactly out there.

Artichook Tue 26-Mar-13 21:29:00

But the interesting names are very unusual Lemon. With girls there is a middle ground but with boys it seems to go from way overused to totally eyebrow raising. I just have to watch my 6 year old's reaction to some if the more unusual names to know it would not be easy for a son to carry off at school.

I like lots of very unusual boys names but I feel that to use any of them would be more about my needs than the child's needs.

Judyandherdreamofhorses Tue 26-Mar-13 21:31:16

Give OP some ideas of 'interesting' names then, lemon.

Coconutty Tue 26-Mar-13 21:33:43

Atticus, Horatio, Monty, Bear. All out there imo.

I think Patrick is the best of the names so far. Sacha is a name on it's own too.

LemonBreeland Tue 26-Mar-13 21:34:37

I think it maybe depends on where you live and if all boys have top ten names then it will seem 'out there' to anem your ds something else.

I could come up with a massive list of more interesting names but they wouldn't necessarily be the OPs style.

MidnightMasquerader Tue 26-Mar-13 21:37:24

We went retro for DS - his name is very quite dated and most people would run a mile from it, but he's known by a diminutive version of it which sounds much more current. In fact, his actual name doesn't feel like his at all as it's never used. But at least he has options later in life.

I very much agree with avoiding popular, current, of-the-moment names - I am really put off these names.

Funnily enough, I have one such name - though, course, it was incredibly old-lady and dated when I was given it in the 70s. This is why going with a name that's dated now makes sense. wink

Artichook Tue 26-Mar-13 21:39:23

I love Atticus but again I'm not brave enough and again DD1 just laughs and laughs at the mere idea.

Mrsfluff Tue 26-Mar-13 21:42:02

I've always loved Jared - it's a strong name and not commonly used.

bigbluebump Tue 26-Mar-13 22:29:24

"I just have to watch my 6 year old's reaction to some if the more unusual names to know it would not be easy for a son to carry off at school."

Really? We have so many different names at our school, from all over the world and the kids just accept these as the names of their mates. Are you sure it is the kids and not the parents that are a little less open-minded?

I like Freddie very, very much. I know a brother due of Fergus and Freddie. I know nice adult Freds, too - I think it's a name which ages well. Most boy's names do age well, now I come to think of it, wheras there are some girl's names (Maisie, Daisy, Mollie et al) where I think: could that woman be a high court judge without sounding absurd? and I struggle to answer 'yes!'

Patrick definitely = awesome. Sacha is nice too. I know a Jared and have recently taught one, (19yrold) - very good solid name. Is Jacob/Jake terribly popular in the UK at the moment? I've always liked it.

KLou111 Wed 27-Mar-13 08:10:54

I like Jared, I went to school with one smile
Jake is very popular where we are. I love it (Jake Humphreys former F1) but too popular.

wiltingfast Wed 27-Mar-13 08:39:54

Why don't you give us your dream list instead of your "worried" list? Then we can see if anyone can hit on some names that you really like and saren't too "ahem" out there?

Fwiw I love family names and I think fred/freddie would be great.

And I wouldn't personally worry about names being of the moment as who ever met anyone and though "ooh that name is so 1994??! hmm

Other suggestions

Fiontan (since you like finn)

Random thoughts-

John (love this and you never meet one these days)
Leo (another favourite of mine!)

Gwennan Wed 27-Mar-13 09:42:01

I like your list - particularly Thomas, Isaac and Reuben. I think Reuben, Isaac and Frederick/Freddie are a little 'of the moment'; they are all classic but cyclical names if you ask me. I'm not sure why but Joshua doesn't much appeal to me although I do like Josiah which is quite similar; it's probably to do with the nickname Josh. That's what puts me off Thomas too - it's a lovely name in full but Toms are ten a penny.

I don't know whether you're keen on additional suggestions but, if you are, I'd throw in the following:

Philip (Pip is a nice nickname if the thought of a baby called Phil makes you cringe)

Use http://names.darkgreener.com/ and http://www.britishbabynames.com to get an idea of trends and popularity. The former shows you the change in popularity of a name from 1996 to 2010; the latter has collated names of babies announced in The Times and Telegraph and has grouped the top 200 or so baby names together, taking into account alternative ways of spelling the same name. I recommend looking at both.

rezzle Wed 27-Mar-13 10:34:12

What about traditional names but with less common nick names?

You've already mentioned Sacha, so how about -

Harry nn Hal
Christian nn Kit
Edward nn Ned
Dominic nn Nic
James nn Jim/Jimmy
William nn Bill
Alfred nn Fred
Hector nn Tor
Jacob nn Coby
Philip nn Pip
Nathaniel nn Nate

MERLYPUSS Wed 27-Mar-13 10:34:44

I have a Thomas and an Isaac so I must be a right boring bastard. Never had the cruel face when I said Isaac. Someone said it was unusual. Obviously illiterate and not aquainted with the Bible then. (we are not religious but loved the names and shortened versions. Also I have been a cub leader (always boys)and have had no bad experiences of likewise named children. As opposed to Jack, my beloved uncle's name, who was a sneaky horror. Otherwise I would've poss had a Jack regardless of how popular - none in our year)

rezzle Wed 27-Mar-13 10:36:02

I see quite a lot have been mentioned before, sorry!

Also, at the moment I love Sid or Stan.

retrorita Wed 27-Mar-13 10:46:46

I love winston.

And would adore a little albie (Albert) running around.

dublindee Wed 27-Mar-13 10:51:38

At the risk of outing myself I have a Matthew, a Christopher and a Martin.

We had two names to choose from depending on when the baby was born what he would best suit.

Here are the names we left and done I wanted that hubby refused point blank!!!:

Eoghan (Irish version of Owen)

dinkystinky Wed 27-Mar-13 11:00:29

I have a Joshua - he's not naughty at all. I always get comments from the teacher about what a delight he is to have in class. So it doesn't follow that a name will mean their personality is a particular type always.

Reuben is a lovely and fairly unusual name. I love Isaac too - its pretty unusual.

I'm sending a bit of a biblical theme to the names - others that may be worth considering with a similar feel are Daniel, Nathaniel/Nate, Zachary and Gabriel.

iclaudius Wed 27-Mar-13 11:10:10

I'm marking my place as on phone and sooo want to PM you later !!

Reuben is delightful and not too out there - liking your style !! Will message the rest later for fear of outing myself !

iclaudius Wed 27-Mar-13 11:11:53

John known as Johnny is fab

Equally Jonty

DaveMccave Wed 27-Mar-13 12:14:25

Reuben is definitely not unusual anymore. I know about ten three and under.

I'm having the opposite problem, finding boys names really really easy and there are loads of unusual but not chavvy names to chose from, but all the girls names are over used and too girly.

enormouse Wed 27-Mar-13 12:25:16

Ewan? We shortlisted Aidan, Felix. (DP vetoed Felix on the grounds of the cat food but I love it) and Sean.

PostmanPatsBlackandWhiteCat Wed 27-Mar-13 12:32:25

Hayden is nice

KittiesInsane Wed 27-Mar-13 12:43:33

If you like Atticus, would Marcus be a 'safer' option?

Mind you, we have two of the 'boring' options already mentioned. I like boring. Especially as we have an away-with-the-fairies sort of surname.

KittiesInsane Wed 27-Mar-13 12:45:04

Why did your friends react so strongly to Isaac, which is pretty mainstream and has been for centuries? I can only imagine you have a comedy surname combination such as Hunt or Cox...

LeonieDeSainteVire Wed 27-Mar-13 19:03:57

Like a couple of previous posters we went 'retro' for our boys with names that were popular in the 60s and 70s, that way you can have classic names that aren't two a penny (although often not as rare as you might think!). It does have thd slightly funny effect that when you call your child, say in a park, several dads and grandads always look up smile

From your list I think Freddie, Isaac and Reuben, whilst nice names, are of the moment whereas Thomas is simply a classic, a name that has always and will always be popular, a bit like James. These names endure for good reasons IMO.

fussychica Wed 27-Mar-13 19:20:39

Thomas, James, Luke, Adam.......can you see where I'm going with this?
Timeless, no bullying, sound right at 8 month, 8 or 80.

thegreylady Wed 27-Mar-13 19:25:42

They are all lovely my favourites in order are:

I also really like Frank, Edward and Patrick

I'm the opposite - I think there are loads of lovely boys names but I find girls' names a bit meh.

My favourites include:


From your list I like Isaac the most - classic and underused IMO.

gindrinker Wed 27-Mar-13 20:25:39

I like Richard. Rich/ie as nn?

Ikeameatballs Wed 27-Mar-13 20:36:18


I really didn't want a super trendy of this moment type name for my dc. For dd we went a bit retro and for ds went classic.

whyno Wed 27-Mar-13 20:53:00

I like them all. Reuben and Freddie are very of the minute where I am though. All Thomas's love being called Thomas in my experience if that helps!

ThreeMenFromCarntyne Wed 27-Mar-13 21:36:32

Simon or Isaac for me.

ThreeMenFromCarntyne Wed 27-Mar-13 21:38:06

Patrick is also fabulous

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