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Can anybody help me find a boys name to fit my ridiculously specific criteria?

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CuppaTeaJanice Tue 21-Sep-10 11:00:40

I'm really struggling to find any boys names that I like. I know what type of name I'd like but so far it's remained elusive so I'm hoping you mumsnetters can help me identify a really great name that I'll be happy to give to a son (or a future male cat if this baby is a girl)!

So my criteria for good names are...

1. Not so long as to necessitate use of a nickname in everyday use, but long enough to have a bit of interest to it - so 4, 5 or 6 letters would be ideal.

2. A good mixture of letter types so it looks interesting written down. Dots are good (i, j), tails (q, y, p, g) (also f and z as I write them with tails), although I'd prefer to avoid umlauts etc as I should imagine they'd be a pain!

3. A name that doesn't shout a particular class - so Eton or asbos wouldn't spring to mind when he told you his name.

4. Unusual but not wacky - something you've heard maybe once or twice in this country, although I don't mind if a name is more common abroad. I don't mind a foreign name - some scandinavian names in particular would possibly fit my criteria quite well, but not a name from a continent I have no link with, so not obviously asian (eg Sanjay), African or American. A non British, European name would be fine.

5. Not a noun, especially obvious 'nature' names - so no River, Bracken, Dandelion, that sort of thing. Also not a 'Kre8iv' spelling of a more common name.

6. Can't start with a B, as we have a double surname and the initials wouldn't be good!

I have some possibilities to start you off, but none of them are quite what I'm looking for...
Benji - Like the letter combination, but starts with a B and possibly a bit 'doggy'?
Nijah - Again, like the letters, but it's a girls name, and a bit too similar to Nigel!
Kajri - Possibly a bit feminine?
Alvir - Not sure
Majni - Too much like Armani

Is anybody up to the challenge?!!!!! grin

Tortington Tue 21-Sep-10 11:02:00

joe

CuppaTeaJanice Tue 21-Sep-10 11:03:47

grin

Rhubarbgarden Tue 21-Sep-10 11:05:28

Edgar
Gustav
Magnus

CuppaTeaJanice Tue 21-Sep-10 11:12:09

Thanks, Rhubarb, you're on the right lines, although Gustav reminds me of a World War 2 officer standing smartly in oversized jodphurs, and Magnus = Sportacus. Edgar I like, I'll put that on the list.

Any more suggestions? smile

MackerelOfFact Tue 21-Sep-10 11:16:24

Elijah
Isaiah
Josiah
Wilbur

Not really to my taste but just thought I'd throw them out there!

PacificDogwood Tue 21-Sep-10 11:17:18

George
Linus
Finbar
Ioan
Jannis

Sorry, no 'js'

Joe is fab <<looks at DS4 in her arms>> grin

silverfrog Tue 21-Sep-10 11:19:08

Hector
Edmund
Bertram
Thurstan

GetOrfMoiLand Tue 21-Sep-10 11:21:20

Inigo
Inaki
Iago
Jago
Ferran
Nihal
Clarence
Clement
Dominic
Lysander

NormanNorris Tue 21-Sep-10 11:22:10

Fabian
Felix
Fingal

seeker Tue 21-Sep-10 11:24:42

Patrick.

Faaamily Tue 21-Sep-10 11:25:46

Wow,=. You have really analysed this in crazyladyesque detail, haven't you? grin

Are you sure this isn't just preggo hormones?

If not, then how about:

Elijah or just Ijah (quite common in the West Indies)

Cian (Irish name)
Ailil (also Irish)
Oisin (ditto)

Um, Basque and Gallician names are quite feminine-sounding, short and tend to have i's.

Basque: Luix, Goiz, Ganix, Petri, Artizar, Ixidor

Gallician: Uxio, Xeio

Also Portugese names like Caio, Adrio, Diaz

asdx2 Tue 21-Sep-10 11:26:47

An accquaintance has a son they call Joben or more formally Munjoben I think it's really nice but have my own Ben who I call Benjy.

minipie Tue 21-Sep-10 11:30:46

Angus

Jareth

Joachim

Rhydian (in fact Welsh names in general might work well for you)

Elias

Ivan

Lucian

Xavier

GetOrfMoiLand Tue 21-Sep-10 11:33:49

Schuyler (is dutch, pronounced Sky-la)

But let's be honest, this is crazy pregnant lady hormones going into overdrive. The baby will be born, she will see the error of her ways and the baby will be called Edward grin

GetOrfMoiLand Tue 21-Sep-10 11:35:14

Iolo (welsh, pron. yollo)

Vladimir

Zeus

Pythagoras (ok, being silly now)

CuppaTeaJanice Tue 21-Sep-10 11:36:55

grin Thanks everybody!

Deffo not crazylady hormones as I've been thinking about names for ages but didn't want to post until I was 'up the duff'! I'm just a bit obsessive interested in names. I hang around the names threads a lot! blush Are you a names expert Faaamily? You seem to know a lot about name origins.

Some great ideas coming here - loving Inaki, Ijah, Xeio, Nihal and others.

Bertram was my grandpa. Would like the family connection, but he hated his name and I can't say I'm that keen on it either!

RunnerHasbeen Tue 21-Sep-10 11:36:56

Micah
Grayson
Digby
Javier
Rudy
Carwyn
Yanis
Sydney

Fimbo Tue 21-Sep-10 11:37:54

Odin

telsa Tue 21-Sep-10 11:38:28

Arlo
Stefan
Ingo
Johan
Juha
Ingar
Leif
Jarvis
Jervis
Jannik
Zelig

CaptainNancy Tue 21-Sep-10 12:01:19

Heheh... I started an almost identical thread 2 years ago when pg with DS ... there were loads of good suggestions on it, and we did actually use a name suggested on there (though only by chance, as DH chose the name eventually)


Kester
Linus
Milo
Pierre
Duncan
Thorsten
Cosmo
Digory
Rufus
Carsten
Oscar
Gilbert
Etienne

domesticsluttery Tue 21-Sep-10 12:05:11

Siôn (which can be spelt without the ^)

ChristianaTheSeventh Tue 21-Sep-10 12:07:37

Dashel

GetOrfMoiLand Tue 21-Sep-10 12:09:16

OOh I am glad you like some on my list - Inaki iirc is the basque/Catalunyan version of Inigo.

Nihal is the name of teh Radio 1 DJ grin. I think he is Sri Lankan in origin (I may be making that up).

Jago
Milan

Like many of those mentioned already.

I think your shortlist is tending more towards the wacky than the unusual at the moment (nothing wrong with wacky, if you like wacky, but from what you said you might want to reel back in another notch towards the mainstream).

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