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Unusual but too out there boys name?

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Whiteroom82 Tue 23-Jul-13 21:29:19

My husband is a huge Inspector Morse fan and I love names that are creative, unique but have a classic feel to them, so nothing too boho or of the moment. We've come up with Endeavour Valentine... Slightly worried it'll be Dev for short which makes me think of that awful bloke in Corrie!

What do you think? Too bonkers for boy?!

MrsJamin Tue 23-Jul-13 21:35:08

That's dreadful sorry. Boys names are tricky, you have my sympathies. What others are you thinking about?

Whiteroom82 Tue 23-Jul-13 21:39:55

Ha, it's all very early stages but it was Endeavour or Morse! I'd like something quirky but not too 'celeb' either...! This is not going to be easy!!

MadameJosephine Tue 23-Jul-13 21:45:17

Not sure about Endeavour sorry. How about Earnest? ( I know the name generally doesn't have the a in it but I prefer this spelling)

Whiteroom82 Tue 23-Jul-13 21:46:28

I knew it would be a bit out there... Maybe it's one we have to revisit! X

Treats Tue 23-Jul-13 21:51:43

What about Dexter after Colin Dexter who wrote the original books? Bit more mainstream.....

tittytittyhanghang Tue 23-Jul-13 21:52:15

Endeavour not something i would pick but loving Valentine.

Bluestocking Tue 23-Jul-13 21:54:04

Endeavour Valentine is awful. Sounds like a pedigree dog or possibly a boat.
Dexter is a good Morse-related name.

Whiteroom82 Tue 23-Jul-13 21:54:28

Thanks treats, that's pretty cool! We always knew Endeavour would be a bit of a questionable choice! X

BeQuicksieorBeDead Tue 23-Jul-13 21:55:38

I think Endeavor is cool! It is a brave choice - maybe if you are not sure, use it as a middle name and let your boy choose later. I have a friend who was John then very unusual middle name... As soon a he was old enough, he swapped them permanently!

formicadinosaur Tue 23-Jul-13 21:55:49

Valentine is fab.

Whiteroom82 Tue 23-Jul-13 21:56:19

Haha, thank you blue, I hope more boat than dog lol! What is we did Endeavour James or Endeavour George, bit more classic and quirk rather than 2 more individual names? Still dog? X

chattychattyboomba Tue 23-Jul-13 22:08:06

It is very out there. I think it's too out there. Endeavour is the name Of the ship James Cook sailed when he 'discovered' Australia. I think he would be given a bit of a hard time for it tbh...'Endeavour, will you Endeavour to do your homework on time?' No... It sounds silly.
Valentine on the other hand is the coolest name ever (as a middle name) Also Like Dexter.

Whiteroom82 Tue 23-Jul-13 22:11:59

I love Valentine but hubby thought it was a bit too feminine? It could be our girls name (I'll keep the middle one back so you don't think I'm truly bonkers!) but maybe we can do valentine endeavour for boy? X

floatyflo Tue 23-Jul-13 22:12:19

Me finks Dexter is the way to go here op! smile

Bluestocking Tue 23-Jul-13 22:15:19

Well, your baby, your choice. But I assume you're asking strangers on the Internet to find out what people will really think. Endeavour as a first name will, I guarantee, result in a lot of eye-rolling behind your back. It would be OK as a second name, but your son might have to explain the Morse connection more often than he might want to.
I do wonder if it might be just a little bit naff to be named after Inspector Morse, but that might just be my very strong feeling that there's nothing naffer than detective novels. I suppose it could be worse - you could be planning to call the poor little blighter Hercule or Jacques.

FingersCrossedLegsNot Tue 23-Jul-13 22:17:14

It is quite a cool combo but without a doubt it will be shortened to something!

Whiteroom82 Tue 23-Jul-13 22:18:06

Hercule and Jacques are not on the list! Neither are Oliver, Harry, Arlo or Jack! X

SanityClause Tue 23-Jul-13 22:20:56

The Endeavour was Captain James Cook's ship when he sailed to Australia.

chattychattyboomba Tue 23-Jul-13 22:21:39

Valentino? Masculine version?

dementedma Tue 23-Jul-13 22:25:51

Awful. Poor kid

Whiteroom82 Tue 23-Jul-13 22:27:12

It's not set! It was just opinion on the name.
I knew we would get eye rolling and perhaps it different but I appreciate all of your thoughts and opinions x

WafflyVersatile Tue 23-Jul-13 22:27:29


IWipeArses Tue 23-Jul-13 22:31:12

I love both names, but don't think they flow like that, Valentine Endeavour scans better to me.
Valentine is an unusual but very classic boys name and although virtue names aren't quite as popular as they once were, blandness is not our main aim as parents surely?
Dexter is yach. It's the name of the scruffy diner running alien in Star Wars ep2.

WafflyVersatile Tue 23-Jul-13 22:31:59



These are the books

Last Bus to Woodstock (1975)
Last Seen Wearing (1976)
The Silent World of Nicholas Quinn (1977)
Service of All the Dead (1979)
The Dead of Jericho (1981)
The Riddle of the Third Mile (1983)
The Secret of Annexe 3 (1986)
The Wench is Dead (1989)
The Jewel That Was Ours (1991)
The Way Through the Woods (1992)
The Daughters of Cain (1994)
Death is Now My Neighbour (1996)
The Remorseful Day (1999)

How about Jericho or Cain? Or Quinn?

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