Boys' names for indecisive and fussy parents

(57 Posts)
Magpieblue Mon 17-Mar-14 16:41:25

Due in two days and can't think of a single boy's name I like. The only name DP has suggested is Buddy, but I'm not sure. I don't LOVE any names (I have several girls' names that I love). Want something unusual but not twattish.

The nearest name to something I love is Otto, but that's DP's brother's name, but it gives you an idea of the kind of thing I like maybe. And quite like these (but don't love):

- Jesse
- Caleb
- Spike
- Forrest

Please help! (Surname is James)

JayeAshe Mon 17-Mar-14 16:57:15

Would you like:

Ellis
Piran
Gilbert
Magnus

NightCircus Mon 17-Mar-14 16:59:06

Woody
Samson
Bay
Jared

nevergoogle Mon 17-Mar-14 16:59:34

Sol
Orson
Otis
Woodrow (Woody)

Varya Mon 17-Mar-14 17:00:30

Warwick !

Bowlersarm Mon 17-Mar-14 17:01:28

Sonny
Leo
Arlo

BikeRunSki Mon 17-Mar-14 17:01:31

Idris
Evan
Amos

Graydon or Grayson

baskingseals Mon 17-Mar-14 17:02:10

Jem

Saul

Arlo

Magpieblue Mon 17-Mar-14 17:25:39

Thanks everyone, good suggestions. Liking Woody, Bay and Grayson.

Is Buddy awful? DP is calling the bump Buddy (we don't even know if it's a boy) and I'm coming round to it, but that could be desperation and hormones.

Thewhingingdefective Mon 17-Mar-14 17:25:46

Ambrose, Bevan, Cato, Elijah, Felix, Garon

nevergoogle Mon 17-Mar-14 17:51:08

Buddy will have some people who like it and some people who don't.

Unless you go for a Sam,Ben,Tom etc where one size fits all, you won't get a name that everyone likes.

Just keep a list and see which comes out top nearer the time.

WowserBowser Mon 17-Mar-14 17:56:56

Seth
Kit
Cassius
Elias
Ezra

WowserBowser Mon 17-Mar-14 18:00:30

Rafferty
Gene

LePetitPont Mon 17-Mar-14 20:53:45

Other -o names:

Ludo
Jago
Django
Nico
Milo
Arlo (as pp have suggested!)
Ringo!

Other nature-y names:

Aspen
Sage (I love this but doesn't go with our surname that well)
Flint
Heath

Buddy... Cute for a bump but really not sure I would take an adult buddy that seriously.

Sid

alita7 Mon 17-Mar-14 21:38:17

Odin
Loki
Jase
Isaac
Ivor/ ivo/ Ivan
Storm
Silas
Toby
Quin
Vinnie
Faisal
Luker

WhoAteAllTheCremeEggs Mon 17-Mar-14 21:46:06

My son is called Buddy
If I had another boy I also like Travis, Rocco, Seth.

I had a wobble before he was born because although I loved it ever since I saw a Jamie Oliver interview and he was talking about hes son Buddy, I felt like it was a name I would have to defend and I'm well aware some people think its awful.
But no name could suit my ds better and when hes an adult there will be other adults called Teddy, Dolly, Albie, Kitty...... it blends in.

Anjou Mon 17-Mar-14 21:53:33

I think Buddy is a very sweet name, Magpie. It would be good to have it as a nn for some thing, just to give a bit of choice in the future ... is Buddy a recognised nn for anything?

From your short list, Spike is my favourite. Same as above though.

How about;
Cosmo
Diggory
Inigo
Ivo
Kit
Magnus
Nico
Pax
Quinn
Rex
Ziggy

CleverOl10 Mon 17-Mar-14 23:21:41

Surname James? Maybe not Jesse then....!

JayeAshe Tue 18-Mar-14 10:09:59

How about

Curtis
Connor
Digby
Douglas
Garth
Orville
Ozzie
Hugo
Rollo
Rupert
Royston
?
If you like Buddy, what about Holly grin

Remmy123 Tue 18-Mar-14 10:12:29

Jett is my new favourite name - i like boys names you cannot shorten

Remmy123 Tue 18-Mar-14 10:13:43

PS. I love Buddy as it is a family name of ours, however, i don�t think I would use it and my husband thought it was a little �gypsey� � i do love it though...

Remmy123 Tue 18-Mar-14 10:14:29

Jude

Wishfulmakeupping Tue 18-Mar-14 10:15:15

Not Jesse. I like Buddy if it was a nn for something?
Rocco, Rafferty and Grayson are all nice.
What about Roman, Rafe, Porter (my DP loves this name and he is very cool)

Wishfulmakeupping Tue 18-Mar-14 10:15:46

Jude is nice! Jude James sounds like a film star smile

HoneyandRum Tue 18-Mar-14 10:23:05

My DH is American and so to us Buddy and Sonny are just terms of endearment or nicknames. "Hey Buddy!" is usually used by older men to address little boys without intimidating them. To have these names on your birth cert in the USA would be weird - but then I know many American naming customs are weird to the Brits.

I would therefore just use Buddy and Sonny as nns but have a more standard name on the BC.

What about Bruno?

WomanScorned Tue 18-Mar-14 10:24:23

Bud/Budd is apparently an English name, meaning messenger or herald.

Buddy is commonly used where father and son share the same name. I know a lad called Buddy and that's all he's ever been known as. I only recently realised his 'real' name is the same as his dad's.

So, I would probably give him his father's - or Uncle's name, but call him Buddy from day 1.

Alternatively, Budd is a bit more 'all ages' and you could still call him Buddy. The only long form I can think of is Budweiser, which is rubbish!

sebsmummy1 Tue 18-Mar-14 10:34:03

Just wanted to thank you girls for giving me the name for my second (unconceived!) child if it's a boy. Me and my OH couldn't agree on a name when we were talking about it pre-mc and he and I now love one of the suggestions made on here grin

SimplySara Tue 18-Mar-14 10:55:52

I actually love the name Jesse but only if the last names is James! Looking at your lije but not love list what about:

Calvin
Viggo (im loving this name at the moment, its where the word viking comes from)
Ozias/Osias
Oren/Oran

Had a dog named Buddy (last name Howlly) but still love the name. As an American, some do use it as a term for any man. The best example of this being the lift operator in the filmThe Hudsucker Proxy.

I also have a current name crush on Thurston at the moment. Had to put it out there!

eggybrokenoff Tue 18-Mar-14 15:22:26

shamelessly just watching this thread as like lots of the suggestions.

I have nothing useful to add as we are totally stumped for ds3. in fact may as well add stumpy to my list

ToffeeJungle Tue 18-Mar-14 18:03:46

Not keen on Buddy at all. Too Jamie Oliver, too cutesy, I can't see a 'Judge Buddy' or 'Dr Buddy' (without it sounding like a cartoon character anyway!)

Sorry for any repeats:
Silas
Micah
Heath
Wilson
Ellis
Roman
Hector
Amos
Xander
Jared
Milo
Linus
Cornelius
Fletcher
Drake
Blaine
Dexter
Mitchell
Tobias
Jackson
Bronson
Travis
Cormac
Felix
Cole
Drew
Cohen

MoonHare Tue 18-Mar-14 20:01:45

I see from your OP that you want to avoid "twattish", for me Buddy falls into that category.

There have been loads of great suggestions.

More ideas;
Wyatt - in the same wild west vein as Jesse.
Osian
Rufus
Petroc

007licencetospill Tue 18-Mar-14 21:39:00

Jago

It's Cornish for James

007licencetospill Tue 18-Mar-14 21:39:24

Pronounced Jay-go

007licencetospill Tue 18-Mar-14 21:39:35

Beau

Anjou Tue 18-Mar-14 22:06:11

I'm not wanting to hijack the thread, but which name was it, Sebsmummy?!

Nousernameforme Tue 18-Mar-14 22:32:36

Edgar James fits well I think.
we were thinking of it but went with Eridian in the end

smogwod Tue 18-Mar-14 22:56:39

how about Kingsley? not like buddy or Otto but sounds lovely with your surname

HippoCritic Wed 19-Mar-14 03:59:48

Evan
Jacoby
Finn
Jed
Jett
Zeph

Magpieblue Wed 19-Mar-14 11:09:43

Thanks all, some good suggestions and ones I haven't seen on any other threads. I've added a handful to our list. Except none (even my own list) still feel like The One - I did say we were fussy. I have a girl's name that I love, and feels right, but nothing close to a boy's name. Maybe the actual question is - do you have to absolutely LOVE a name to choose it?

Is Jesse James totally ridiculous? (We are not American, so I'm hoping it's less of an issue but maybe)

And I want to know which name you like too Sebsmummy!

eggybrokenoff Wed 19-Mar-14 12:09:09

I have 2 ds already and I have to say I never hit on a boys name that I utterly and totally 100% adored and was convinced was right. both times I felt sure of our girls name but never the same click with boys. it was a thougt out and logical choice rather than a total heart choice iyswim. but now I love their names, they are a little more 'sensible' than I would have chosen alone but they suit them and I have grown to love them more and more.

hope that helps.

sebsmummy1 Wed 19-Mar-14 12:28:25

Ha ha grin

Well we love Douglas and will use Dougie for short aka Dougie Poynter (McFly) who is now dating Ellie Goulding. We love it and amazingly we both agree (extremely rare).

WomanScorned Wed 19-Mar-14 16:12:42

If my surname was James, I would absolutely go with Jesse. But then, I like Waylon, Merle, Cash, Rhett and have a baby Johnny. Maybe check out some of the characters/actors from the Dukes of Hazard series - there are some great names there - well, imo!

bouncingbelle Wed 19-Mar-14 22:04:36

Soren
Xander
Corey?

Ludways Wed 19-Mar-14 22:07:22

Buddy - Elf!

I love Seth.

Commander Wed 19-Mar-14 23:08:02

Jude James. Perfect. Look no more. grin

bassingtonffrench Thu 20-Mar-14 18:10:34

you really can't use Jesse James. It would be like calling you child Butch Cassidy or something.

Jesse is a good name for a boy though, for a family with a different surname

SimplySara Fri 21-Mar-14 22:36:01

A name popped into my head today that reminded me alot of the names you like (buddy and spike). What about Rusty?

serin Sat 22-Mar-14 18:52:27

Ned?

Magpieblue Sun 23-Mar-14 16:45:29

Thanks eggybrokenoff - and thanks others. Quite like Rusty. DP has vetoed Jude though.

CPtart Sun 23-Mar-14 16:57:40

I know a Rusty, aged 2.

procrastinatingagain Sun 23-Mar-14 17:00:59

Has anyone said Inigo? And I love Jago out of the previously suggested names!

ZenNudist Sun 23-Mar-14 17:03:46

Dexter
Xavier
Rocco

Ciwti Sun 23-Mar-14 18:22:01

I do like Arlo, but that's been suggested. Hmmm, what about Hayden or Lennon? Or Llyr?

HenriettaTurkey Sun 23-Mar-14 18:42:27

Jim James wink

MrsTamkin Mon 14-Apr-14 23:26:15

Buddy Holly's real name was Charles
Also- I know a buddy wo is nn Buddy as he has same first name as his dad.

I quite like it

Join the discussion

Join the discussion

Registering is free, easy, and means you can join in the discussion, get discounts, win prizes and lots more.

Register now