'Value' or 'moral' names...

(45 Posts)
Featherbag Sun 27-Oct-13 10:19:55

Been thinking about boys names (probably something to do with the imminent arrival of DS2 who is still nameless) and reading through the baby names board I see little girls' names based on values, qualities or morals - things like Faith, Honour, Hope, Constance, that sort of name. I can't think of a single male name that would fit this category, can anyone else?

Lakota Sun 27-Oct-13 10:22:35

Interesting. Justice, maybe? Not very common but think it's been used as a given name.

Graceparkhill Sun 27-Oct-13 10:23:54


Graceparkhill Sun 27-Oct-13 10:24:28


Bluestocking Sun 27-Oct-13 10:25:23

You're right, male names of this type do seem to be more unusual.I can only think of Clement and Justin/Justus, but I'm sure there must be others!

Reprint Sun 27-Oct-13 10:25:50

Frank !! grin grin

FannyMcNally Sun 27-Oct-13 10:27:17


quoteunquote Sun 27-Oct-13 10:31:21






I know several , Brave(s), a Furious.

TeaAndCakeOrDeath Sun 27-Oct-13 10:31:21

Pax? (the Latin word for peace)

CordeliaRose Sun 27-Oct-13 10:59:26

Endeavour - as in Inspector Morse's first name, which he didn't reveal for a long time!

BanjoPlayingTiger Sun 27-Oct-13 11:06:42

I have met a Justice, Honour, Valour, and a Victor


I think a lot of boys names are virtue names but they're not words for virtues that we would use now

FriendlyElephant Sun 27-Oct-13 11:11:22

Not quite the same I don't think, but I've always liked the name Comfort for a boy. Makes me think of fabric softener though sad

Xavielli Sun 27-Oct-13 11:14:07

I quite liked the idea of Chivalry after reading the Robin Hobb books, all the males are named for traits.

TombOfMummyBeerest Sun 27-Oct-13 11:14:23


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MadameJosephine Sun 27-Oct-13 15:42:44

I once met a man called Courage

NewbieMcNewbie Sun 27-Oct-13 16:19:31

There's a lot of expectation though isn't it? Would you be hoping to impart that value to your child? How does that work? I can imagine there are days when being called Joy would really get on my wick.

I know a boy called Marvellous.

lilystem Sun 27-Oct-13 16:23:44

Isn't the president of Nigeria called Goodluck Jonothan. That's my favourite name of all time.

JumpingJackSprat Sun 27-Oct-13 16:26:43

I like Chivalry too.. Another robin hobb fan smile

Jeffrey means peaceful

MadameJosephine Sun 27-Oct-13 16:59:12

I also once met a woman with a daughter called Blessing and a son called Awesome - now that's a name that takes some living up to!

notagiraffe Sun 27-Oct-13 17:05:43


Benedict is nice.

Not all quite as appealing as female value names, but pretty unambiguous, most of them.

Featherbag Sun 27-Oct-13 20:03:38

Some interesting ones there, thanks! Don't think any of them will make it onto the short list (except maybe Benedict) but I'm happy to be proved wrong!

WingDefence Sun 27-Oct-13 20:10:08

I met a friend of SIL last week whose children are called Faith, Trust and Given (yes, given). I met Given, who was a boy, and I think Trust and Faith are both girls...

YonilyDevotedToYou Sun 27-Oct-13 20:15:12

I used to teach a little boy called Praise, and know of another called Success.

thegreylady Mon 28-Oct-13 19:32:27


Spaghettinetti Thu 31-Oct-13 13:08:50

Perhaps you should take a look at a few Roman name websites...there are loads of 'virtue' related names to choose from. These include Max (the biggest (in spirit)), victor (the winner), Felix (the lucky)... There's always Brutus, lol, and Optimus (the best), but then this is a child not a transformer!!! :-)

Anything with Nick in it is related to victory via the Greek....oh and there's always Eugene!

LadyRochford Thu 31-Oct-13 15:17:04

In Zimbabwe I once met a man called Clever. Agree Goodluck is excellent! grin

SparklyFucker Thu 31-Oct-13 21:53:09

I rather like Resolved for a boy. Strong, masculine, meaningful.

MerryMarigold Thu 31-Oct-13 21:59:23

Awesome - wow, there's a name. I once knew a girl called Memory, which I think is pretty but quite irrelevant.

I like:
Benevolence (of course Ben for short)
Truth (ermmm...not really a nn for this)

babyfedleaning Fri 01-Nov-13 19:54:28

Ambrose (immortal)

Love Furious!

puntasticusername Fri 01-Nov-13 22:16:09


Slightly OT but I'm seriously considering Egregious - it's just SUCH a cool word grin

MerryMarigold Sat 02-Nov-13 08:45:44

Yeah, was asking my parents yesterday and then suggested Capability. I love that. What does 'egregious' actually mean?

Homebird8 Sat 02-Nov-13 08:47:00

I know a male Verity.

I was served in a supermarket by a chap named Love.

puntasticusername Sat 02-Nov-13 11:38:26

Egregious: adjective
1. outstandingly bad; shocking.
"egregious abuses of copyright"
2. (archaic) remarkably good.

It covers all eventualities grin

RalphtheTimid Sat 02-Nov-13 11:42:39


MerryMarigold Sat 02-Nov-13 13:07:04

grin at all eventualities

puntasticusername Sat 02-Nov-13 13:45:12


GooFawkes Sat 02-Nov-13 13:54:36

Quoteunquote has got my DS in her list. He is Valentino, Tino for short and he loves his name.

One of the reasons we chose it apart from the fact we love it) it that it is said how it is written, so he won't always have to spell it unlike our stupid foreign surname

DP taught a boy in Zimbabwe called Blessed John smile

Alexandrite Sat 02-Nov-13 16:16:31

I've heard of a man named Innocent

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