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Place names that make good boys names

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candr Sun 06-Jan-13 21:33:41

I am not thinking of Paris, Brookyln etc but or DS is named after a small village in the north with a slight spelling change. Any interesting place names you think would work for a boy, don't have to be from this country but not one you need to pronounce with an accent. Awaiting with interest smile

candr Sun 13-Jan-13 20:16:49

Drastic, wouldn't go for Indiana either if surname was Jones.
Thanks for all the great ideas folks. Like Orlando but prob because I fancy Mr Bloom (not from the allotment!) Will try some of these on DH and see how he feels smile

drasticpark Tue 08-Jan-13 11:23:24

Scilly grin

My neighbour is called Devon. DD went to school with an Orlando but his father was South American.

All depends on your surname though. If you're a Jones then you might get away with Ripley but not Colombo....

Pasiphae Tue 08-Jan-13 10:19:48

Audierne, Lannilis, Scaer, Lorient, Erquy, Lannion, Morlaix, Iroise?

Nazaire, Ferrand, Clermont, Lyon, Toulouse, Reims, Troyes?

BikeRunSki Mon 07-Jan-13 23:48:40

I used to work with a Paris.

DD and I both have (different) middle names of places of significance to us. DD's also has the benefit of being a fairly common girl's name (Hope).

mrlazysfishwife Mon 07-Jan-13 21:28:25

I know someone with a Sawrey, after a place in the Lakes. Not my cup of tea I'm afraid!

mackerella Mon 07-Jan-13 21:23:51

I also know an Arran, VBisme, wonder if it's the same one?? He was definitely named after the Scottish island so it's not that his parents couldn't spell Aaron (which I would pronounce with a long A, anyway).

DH says that if he ever got cats, he would name them Scratchwood and Tibshelf (after service areas on the M1) <irrelevant>

candr Mon 07-Jan-13 20:16:13

There are some really good choices there. Really like Brodie, Meryn, Indiana and Denver but not sure DH will agree. 3 of you actually listed DS's name which was a real surprise to me. We just thought it might be nice to follow suit with names.
Have worked with kids all my life so choosing names that don't remind me of (most of)them is tricky.

MotherOfNations Mon 07-Jan-13 17:59:22

I used to go to mother and toddlers with a woman who named her son Glasgow Mckenzie. It even made the local news.

PrunellaDeVille Mon 07-Jan-13 17:51:24

dunstan or leonard stanley - both real places and great boys names

OkayHazel Mon 07-Jan-13 17:37:45

Seeker - He changed it by deed poll from Dharam to Durham when he moved to England as he preferred the Anglicised version. So yes, I do know a Durham.

StuckOnARollercoaster Mon 07-Jan-13 16:06:28

We started TTC in Canada and gave our 'imaginary' children a local place name. For the boy it was Revelstoke - nickname Revy! (Girl was Louise after Lake Louise)
Am now pregnant and the family are thinking that we might be serious as we still refer to Revy or Louise!

bubbles1231 Mon 07-Jan-13 16:01:22


rezzle Mon 07-Jan-13 16:00:21

Robin (Hood's Bay)

They are just an odd selection of North Yorkshire villages so there may be something to take your fancy. To be honest, I would suggest just having a good look at a map to see if anything jumps out.

Varya Mon 07-Jan-13 16:00:21

I think Warwick is a great name for a boy. Knew someone with the name once and thought it was very appropriate.

WineOhWhy Mon 07-Jan-13 15:57:39

James Cracknell has a son called Croyde

amck5700 Mon 07-Jan-13 15:50:26

Thought of another - I've heard of a Merrick (name of a hill in Southern Scotland) It's a nice name but you may get the association with John Merrick.

seeker Mon 07-Jan-13 12:39:05

So presumably you don't actually know a boy called Durham. You know a boy whose name, in one of the languages of the Indian sub- continent, sounds, to English speaking ears, a bit like Durham. Not quite the same thing!

OkayHazel Mon 07-Jan-13 01:44:23

I know a Durham. Though spelled differently due to indian descent.

toastedteacake Mon 07-Jan-13 00:13:36


Startail Mon 07-Jan-13 00:11:39

If we are allowed Geographical features
Seven (like Harper)
Bryn (hill in welsh)

5madthings Mon 07-Jan-13 00:06:30

Yes it us lovely, we visited the village merryn when we were on holiday this year, well we drove through it!

Thame makes me think of thane which is also a name but don't know if its a place?

MaggieMaggieMaggieMcGill Mon 07-Jan-13 00:00:23

Merryn is lovely, I think my fave in the ones I posted is Thame.

5madthings Sun 06-Jan-13 23:58:27

Not merry merryn bloody auto correct.

5madthings Sun 06-Jan-13 23:58:02

My dad is merry which is Cornish, it can be used as a boys name and is spelt Merin or merrin for a boy smile

MaggieMaggieMaggieMcGill Sun 06-Jan-13 23:57:54

But where does it come from Screaming?
I will be amazed if you know!

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