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.
The problem with having ones nickname start with a different letter to the full name is when you start labelling clothes, sportswear and other school items. Often it is Initial.Surname and then do you use W.Surname or B.Surname.
I think Saul, Victor and Wilfred are MUCH nicer than Will/Willy/Billy imo.
Geargrinder, how funny! Unfortunately, the first thing my dad said when I mentioned Flynn was 'phlegm', and my sister and I (children of the totally un-PC 70s) can't help thinking 'flid' (massive apologies, I know that's highly offensive, but it was our stupid knee-jerk playground reaction). Obviously kids these days won't use that word, but it bothers me.
The name tag thing, however, doesn't bother me at all. My name begins with R and the NN I go by begins with B. There are thousands of people out there with official names that begin with a different letter to their NN and they aren't walking around starkers...
It's still very popular in certain parts of Foreign, which is where he is from. Lots of names from that era are - Winston, Victor, Hector, Beatrice, Gladys etc. All of them names for hot young beautiful and exotic people.
I like both tbh but have a soft spot for Victor for the reason above. (He really was absolutely gorgeous) Isn't Hector originally Scottish? The resurgence of all names with Scottish/Irish associations (Liam etc) might be to do with its coming popularity.