Thoughts on these boys names

(35 Posts)
BananaHammocks Tue 30-Apr-13 22:06:39


Do your worst!

cece Tue 30-Apr-13 22:11:15

Jasper - wasps
Beau - sounds too girly
Amos - old man
Marvin - awful
Fraser - quite nice
Rowan - again a bit girly to my ears
Flynn - OK
Miles - OK
Roman - Ok but I know a few
Casper - the ghost
River - dead actor/hippy
Hector - don't like the meaning
Curtis - bit 80s
Byron - nice for a dead poet otherwise no
Otis - my nieghbours dog
Chester - bit American
Orlando - actor

I think Fraser is the only one I would vaguely consider using myself. They all seem a bit 'trendy'

BananaHammocks Tue 30-Apr-13 22:15:08

Glad to hear you like them all Cece! Difficult to find a name that isn't super popular, hipstery or was popular for my generation!

meditrina Tue 30-Apr-13 22:16:43

Jasper - lovely, but I always think 'Oh Sir"
Beau - OK
Amos - OK
Marvin - Hank or Paranoid Android
Fraser - OK
Rowan - like (are you OK with unisex?)
Flynn - like
Miles - OK
Roman - lovely, but goes with Russian ancestry
Casper - like
River - Song, from Doctor Who
Hector - lovely
Curtis - OK
Byron - OK
Otis - lift company
Chester - don't like
Orlando - OK

Laquila Tue 30-Apr-13 22:24:15

Jasper - quite like
Beau - wouldn't advise this
Amos - like it, probably due a revival
Marvin - as for Amos
Fraser - love it
Rowan - love it but agree might be thought of as a girl
Flynn - really like it
Miles - quite like this, used to be v middle-class but becoming more classic
Roman - love it, not sure Russian ancestry is essential
Casper - friendly, also v middle-class
River - no
Hector - unusual enough to be interesting, quite like it on balance
Curtis - Stigers
Byron - no
Otis - not sure (trying to hard?)
Chester - v American
Orlando - quite like but a bit artsy bohemian

Jewcy Tue 30-Apr-13 22:27:25

I love Hector and want it for myself but I am very broad Lancashire and cannot inflict 'ector on the poor sod.

I am very sorry but I don't like the rest of your names.

monsterchild Tue 30-Apr-13 22:32:03

I've met dogs/cats/horses with all those names...

farmersdaughter Tue 30-Apr-13 22:32:29

Fraser or Jasper, not hugely keen on the others.

I went to school with a Rowan (girl) and my BIL is Rohan. Think the 'H' is much better for a boy.

farmersdaughter Tue 30-Apr-13 22:33:24

Ohh and Hector smile

Kelly1992 Tue 30-Apr-13 22:38:50

Jasper - Don't like.
Beau - I love this one as a middle.
Amos - Old man.
Marvin - It's cute but reminds of Marvin from JLS.
Fraser - I like this personally prefer Fraizer.
Rowan - Not a fan of Unisex names.
Flynn - NMS.
Miles - Personally prefer Myles.
Roman - NMS.
Casper - reminds me of Casper the friendly ghost.
River - Dont like.
Hector - I love this one.
Curtis - I like this.
Byron - Cute but NMS.
Otis - Its ok but not my fave.
Chester - Dont like place names as names.
Orlando - See above.

PelvicFloorClenchReminder Tue 30-Apr-13 22:40:31

I really like Amos

Not too keen on the others I'm afraid

aufaniae Tue 30-Apr-13 22:55:58

I like Rowan, Flynn and Otis.

I love Amos, Hector and River.

MorphandChas Tue 30-Apr-13 22:59:25

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CautionaryWhale Tue 30-Apr-13 23:00:41

Jasper - carrott conran don't like it
Beau - bridges, brummel, one of ulrike's kids, it's ok
Amos - hate it
Marvin - gaye, not keen
Fraser - hines, also not keen
Rowan - atkinson, it's ok
Flynn - miranda kerr's son, errol, quite like it
Miles - bit posh - prefer myles too -this life
Roman - nope
Casper - ghost
River - phoenix
Hector - house, dislike
Curtis - prefer Kurt
Byron - just no
Otis - redding, it's ok
Chester - just no
Orlando - and Bloom (Miranda hart episode) grin

So my top 5-6 from your list

1. Flynn 2. Rowan 3. Beau 4. Myles/Kurt 5. Otis

Bottom 5-6 I would delete from your list

1. Byron 2. Chester 3. Amos 4. Casper 5. Jasper/Hector

sweetestcup Tue 30-Apr-13 23:00:54

Most of them are awful, as if people would be trying too hard to be different, its a child not a dog. Curtis and Fraser only 2 I would consider. River? Seriously?

thermalsinapril Wed 01-May-13 01:04:29

My favourites from your list:


emmyloo2 Wed 01-May-13 05:00:14

Jasper - love this
Beau - really don't like this
Amos - too hipster, trendy for me
Marvin - don't like this
Fraser - love this
Rowan - ok
Flynn - overused along with Finn
Miles - ok but little dull
Roman - like this
Casper - love this
River - nope
Hector - adore this - my favourite of them all
Curtis - nope
Byron - nope
Otis - love this
Chester - actually really like this
Orlando - not unless you are Italian

I only like fraser, sorry

BananaHammocks Wed 01-May-13 06:01:53

MorphandChas yes also like Seth and Angus!

sweetestcup River is a guilty pleasure, very unlikely I'd ever actually use it! I also think they sound a bit trendy but all other names seem too popular, too boring or way too out there! Aaargh!

Not much of a consensus there! I agree that Beau and Rowan are too feminine and River is a bit too silly and Casper will invite too many 'friendly ghost' comments but nobody has pointed out anything too horrific about the others.

Most of them are names I already wouldn't use either for reasons that you have stated or because they don't work with surname.

Those of you who think they are too doggy/try-hard, whats woud you suggest? Are you tastes more mainstream/popular?

mummybare Wed 01-May-13 06:21:20

My favourites are Flynn, Hector, Casper and Byron.

thekitchenfairy Wed 01-May-13 06:25:09

Total bias... I have aRowan and we thought we would get stick for it but it is considered to be a 'strong' name round here... He suits his name and I am glad we had courage to go a little off the beaten track. Go with your instinct... He will grow into his name smile)

Bearandcub Wed 01-May-13 07:02:02

What about classic but under used names ie
Blair or Blaine

Ok Gary was a joke. From your list I like Fraser and Rowan best. Jasper, beau, Hector are really too dependent on your area and accent to be first names but work well as middle names. Flynn is too popular. I prefer Kester to Chester. The rest are not for me.

rachel234 Wed 01-May-13 07:02:17

I like Roman and Amos. Or how about Quentin or Tristan?

MortifiedAdams Wed 01-May-13 07:03:16

The only one I like on there is Roman, but couldnt have it as my surname is (almost) Candle.

BananaHammocks Wed 01-May-13 07:33:18

Bearandcub I don'y like names that are better known as surnames so that's Vaughan, Bennett, Blair and Blaine out. Peter, Alistair and Donald are too familiar and therefore boring to me due to being more popular for mine and my parents generations. Rory is a bit cutesy for me. Ivor and Adair are good suggestions unfortunately neither of them grab me!

Thewhingingdefective Wed 01-May-13 09:13:03

Seth and Angus are both cool. I like Fraser and Otis too.

Have you considered:


Snazzynewyear Wed 01-May-13 09:22:56

From your list, I like Miles and Fraser and LOVE Byron.

notso Wed 01-May-13 09:51:10

Jasper - it's more of a pets name IMO
Beau - it's a like but wouldn't use
Amos - really like it, was on my list
Marvin- not keen
Fraser- not keen too surnamey
Rowan- I know it's unisex but I know loads of female Rowans so feels girly
Flynn- quite like, bit Disney though
Miles- love it, best on your list IMO
Roman- I do quite like Roman but probably wouldn't use
Casper- not keen
River- I wanted sons called River and Levi when I was 14, nuff said!
Hector- see Jasper
Curtis- quite like.
Byron- surnamey
Otis- really like it, was on my list
Chester- was my first pets name so no.
Orlando- no unless this baby is Bloom Jnr in which case lucky you!

I had Amos, Miles, Otis, Seth, Angus, Jonah, Robin, Noah, and Gryffydd on my list for DC4.
The name I used got loads of negative trying too hard comments on here (WTF does that mean anyway I was trying hard by DC4!) and a few in RL but now it always seems to be suggested, I love it!

evamummy Wed 01-May-13 11:47:57

I like Rowan, Roman and Orlando from your list the best.

TenthMuse Wed 01-May-13 12:07:36

Lots of these are lovely, but they're mostly quite 'hipster' and 'now', so something to bear in mind if you want something that won't date. Agree that boys' names are tough - they tend to veer from the incredibly common and boring to the outlandish without much in between. I tend to get the 'dog name' comments too with many of my favourites!

Jasper - love this - would be on my list but sounds dreadful with surname.
Beau - no - a bit girly
Amos - too severe for my taste
Marvin - dislike, sounds wimpy and old-mannish
Fraser - lovely but sounds very Scottish to me - possibly best if there's some kind of connection?
Rowan - like, but love it for a girl so wouldn't use. Rohan more masculine imo.
Flynn - sounds very dashing and heroic but a bit 'sleb trendy'
Miles - dislike due to bad associations with the name.
Roman - still sounds like 'a citizen of Rome' rather than a first name to my ears. Think on of Cate Blanchett's sons is called this?
Casper - quite like this, but not as much as Jasper (plus everyone saying 'friendly ghost' might get a bit tiresome!)
River - is also a guilty pleasure of mine! Would definitely consider using if I were a hippy in California, but sadly that's not the case!
Hector - no, too buttoned up and stereotypically middle-class
Curtis - no
Byron - no - love the poet, but the name sounds a bit wet to me
Otis - too trendy and 'of the moment'.
Chester - fusty and teddy bearish, and people will tend to associate it with the place
Orlando - too frilly/OTT and self-consciously posh

Would go with Jasper, Rohan (spelt this way) or Fraser from this list.

MummyBurrows Wed 01-May-13 12:12:32

Jasper-i love this name,my personal fave off your list!
Beau-i think its a very girly looking name for a boy
Amos-i think of Stephen K Amos so its a surname to me
Marvin-nice name...JLS member
Fraser-good,I know a few
Rowan-like this one
Flynn-nice but might get confusing if in a class with Finns?
Miles-not keen personally
Roman-Thats an era not a name IMO
Casper-Like this one
River-hippy name but I quite like it
Hector-awful (sorry)
Curtis-I knew one,he was a bully,so don't like the name
Byron-not heard that one before but i keep wanting to read it as Brian confused
Otis-dogs name
Chester-thats a place not a name imo...
Orlando-same as above

Probably not much help but there you go lol

TenthMuse Wed 01-May-13 12:17:03

By the other way, as others have said, don't be too disheartened by people's comments on here. In my experience, when it comes to boys' names in particular many people consider anything beyond the usual Jack/James/Thomas/Joshua suspects to be too try-hard, obscure or ridiculous, but as a teacher I've found that children get on fine with pretty much any name as long as it's not full-on offensive or impossible to spell. This is especially the case if you live in a more multi-cultural area, where children are used to hearing names that are out of the ordinary (I'm in London, and the children and staff I work with wouldn't bat an eyelid on hearing even the most unusual of names). All of my friends' boys have names that are in the top 20, and they complain about having to distinguish themselves from the 2 or 3 in their year group with the same name, so it's swings and roundabouts really!

smithwillsam Wed 01-May-13 12:58:01

I like names too. My favorite names are River, Flynn, and River. If you would like to find out of the meaning or origin any of the names, you can simply search the internet.

MorphandChas Wed 01-May-13 20:39:29

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