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A brother for Lois - help!

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gufflings Wed 14-Nov-12 12:55:10

DP and I are drawing a great big blank trying to agree on a name for our baby boy. He's not due till the end of February, so we have a while to go, but the hunt is starting to drive me a bit nuts. We have zero names on our list! I loved picking a girl's name for DD, but boys' ones just don't grab me in the same way.

DP likes Flynn (Tron fan) but I'm not sold.

I like Bill, but not William (coupled with surname it becomes a wrongly spelled version of a famous American novelist's name) or Billy (silly billy). I also like Eric, but DP has vetoed. And Wilfred (love Wilf) - vetoed. I have a hankering for Marv(in) too, but suspect that's the pregnancy hormones talking (and too many episodes of Charlie and Lola).

We've toyed with Joe and Saul, but neither is 'the one'.

We want something unusual, but not too 'out there', preferably one or two syllables and not ending in -y/-ie. It must suit a baby, teen and man equally well. Plus it needs to go with Lois (and, no, we aren't considering Clark).

Please, bunch of strangers, can you help us out? I really want him to have a name we love as much as our DD's, not a compromise.

Any suggestions gratefully received!

JaxTellerIsMyFriend Wed 14-Nov-12 12:56:32

Its obvious isnt it? Clark. grin

I like Flynn or Fin (Findlay)

YDdraigGoch Wed 14-Nov-12 12:58:19

How do you pronouce Lois? Lewee? Lowis? Luwis? Loyce? Or some other way I haven't thought of?

gufflings Wed 14-Nov-12 13:01:40

Findlay is my gran's maiden name, so that has crossed my mind, but it's a very popular name at the mo, plus my auntie bagged it for a middle name for one of my cousins.

gufflings Wed 14-Nov-12 13:02:02

Lois is pronounced 'Low-iss'

sallyhope2 Wed 14-Nov-12 13:02:11

Hamish (Ham)
Rufus (Ru)
Reese (Ree?!)

gufflings Wed 14-Nov-12 13:14:50

Thanks! Keep 'em coming! Will run them past DP when he gets in this evening... :-)

B1ueberryMuff1n Wed 14-Nov-12 13:22:20

Howard (howie)

google porch sitter names. there was a baby book that had names divided into categories. and lois would be the age group she'd describe as a porch sitter. i love the name lois btw. i think it's a hard one to match with a boy's name. as girls names from that era sound imaginative and cool but names like Gordon and Melvin aren't there yet. there being 'here'. or ready for now. :p

JaxTellerIsMyFriend Wed 14-Nov-12 13:22:21

ah go on, suggest Clark (Kent) to him. grin

B1ueberryMuff1n Wed 14-Nov-12 13:25:01


gufflings Wed 14-Nov-12 13:30:24

B1ueberryMuff1n, you're defo on the right track. We were talking about Victor last night. Yeah, the male alternatives to Lois (sort of 30s/40s era) are all pretty dire... Ronald, Raymond, Gerald, Eugene... I'm not brave/cruel enough.

WildRumpus Wed 14-Nov-12 13:37:37

Lloyd? I knew an elderly and wonderful couple when I was a child called Lois and Lloyd and always associate the two names. Also like Mervyn as a variation on Marvin. Victor has the right feel to it too.

TiggerWearsATriteSmile Wed 14-Nov-12 13:40:49


B1ueberryMuff1n Wed 14-Nov-12 13:42:48

It's funny, I suggested Saul to you and then saw that you had already come up with that but ruled it out! can you get hold of the babyname wizard book. it suggest sibling names/suggestions. I used it for dc2. I didn't pick one of their exact suggestions but a sibling suggestion for a girl name that was in the same style as my dd's. Good book if you can get hold of it. bit american but still basically a very good resource next to the 'drier' books like penguin dictionary of names.

mungojerrie Wed 14-Nov-12 13:43:15


B1ueberryMuff1n Wed 14-Nov-12 13:43:44

ps i love Victor is so gloriously smug! lol

What about Richie. smug too. :p

RobinSparkles Wed 14-Nov-12 13:46:10

Well if you aren't going to consider Clark you could at least consider Superman!


B1ueberryMuff1n Wed 14-Nov-12 13:47:26

What about Bruce

If you had a Bruce first people might think, oh gosh, unusual.

But a Lois and then a Bruce. It's a style. They work together. I like that.

I also like and you wouldn't need to be so brave, Lois and Bobby

B1ueberryMuff1n Wed 14-Nov-12 13:49:09

Really like Donald as well.

Lois and Donald/ Donny

CappuccinoCarrie Wed 14-Nov-12 13:52:10

I know two people with a Lois and a boy. One boy is Joel, one is Toby. So obviously any four letter name with an 'o' as the second letter works!

Gwennan Wed 14-Nov-12 13:56:35

Amos, Asa, Asher, Angus, Aubrey, Basil, Bertram, Bruce, Casper, Caspian, Charles, Clement, Conrad, Crispin, Desmond, Edmund, Edwin, Evander, Ezra, Ewan/Euan/Iwan, Felix, Fergus, Francis (Frank), Fraser, Gene, Gregory, Guy, Hamish, Harold, Hugh, Humphrey, Ivor, Jasper, Jesse, Jolyon, Jonah, Josiah, Julian, Laurence/Lawrence, Martin, Miles, Montgomery, Monty, Otto, Percy, Phineas, Quentin, Raphael, Richard, Robin, Rufus, Rupert, Sidney, Silas, Timothy, Tobias, Trevor, Tristan, Vincent, Walter, Winston

gufflings Wed 14-Nov-12 13:58:00

I do like Lloyd, but just to make things even more complicated, I'd rather avoid the same initial as DD's (don't think my brain cells will cope when it comes to shouting for/at them).

Am on the fence about a first name that alliterates with surname (which begins with B) too, despite liking Bill. So not sure about Bruce... But do like Bobby, despite saying no -y/-ie endings.

See? I am a nightmare!!!

< Googles those baby name books furiously... >

gufflings Wed 14-Nov-12 14:01:28

Donald is FIL's first name - I just can't take it seriously cos of the duck. Do like Joel, but know DP does not... Toby is an ex-boyfriend's name, so would feel weird...

Thanks, guys, you're doing a sterling job!

B1ueberryMuff1n Wed 14-Nov-12 14:02:00

Yeah I was going to suggest Leonard as it's in the same style and kinda cool (thanks to Cohen brothers?) but Lois and Leonard too mcuh.

What did you think of Howard btw?

gufflings Wed 14-Nov-12 14:06:08

Like Howie but not sure about Howard. Plus I call Lois 'Lowie' quite a lot as a NN. I know a baby Leonard. At first I was all, like, really? - but do like Lenny...

(Prepared to bend my rules for the right name!)

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