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Inspiring people from history for DS's name?

(31 Posts)
Bubbinsmakesthree Mon 10-Apr-17 09:47:11

It's a sort of family tradition to have a middle name chosen after an inspiring person from history (recent or ancient). Baby DS has had a bit of a rocky start so we want to give him a middle name that conjures up triumph over adversity.

The family precedent is to have names of adventurers and explorers but I'm open to other suggestions.

All inspiration gratefully received!

Greenandcabbagelooking Mon 10-Apr-17 09:53:47

Ernest (Shackleton)
William (Bligh)
Neil (Armstrong)

user1476185294 Mon 10-Apr-17 10:24:38

My favourites are Charles (Darwin) and Isaac (Newton), DP quite likes Nikola (Tesla).
Google is pretty good though for finding lists, and it depends if you want a name that is obvious (Winston), one that some might link depending on where you live (Nelson or Martin) or less obvious ones (1 of the many Williams).
Or of course James (Cook) or Alexander (Mackenzie) if you want to stay with the explorers... loads of them too, including some less common names (IMO), like Ranulph (Sir, Fiennes).

SuperBeagle Mon 10-Apr-17 10:41:12


seasontotaste Mon 10-Apr-17 10:45:55

Darius (the Great, Persian King)
Alfred ( the Great, King of Wessex)
Olaudah (Equiano 1749-1797, freed slave and author)
Jefferson (as in Thomas of that ilk, American politician and abolitionist)
Jesse (Owens, gold medalist 1936 at Berlin Olympics)
Leif (Eriksson, norseman who reached America in C10th)
Edmund( Hillary, of Mt. Everest fame)


senua Mon 10-Apr-17 10:48:52

Can you narrow it down by looking at people with the same birthday as DS.

user1491148352 Mon 10-Apr-17 10:59:06

Nelson - either Admiral Lord, or Mandela.

Mrsknackered Mon 10-Apr-17 11:13:01

Ernest is a good one!
Would you use a surname? I think Attenborough/Armstrong/Drake could be kind of cool.
Congratulations flowers

Bubbinsmakesthree Mon 10-Apr-17 11:30:34

Thanks for the suggestions - i think all the names we have used in the family so far have been mentioned!

I was thinking of Ranulph as I have heard him speak and his stories of battling through arduous conditions are quite fitting.

IHeartDodo Mon 10-Apr-17 11:35:55

personally I'd go for a scientist because I'm a nerd... so Isaac (Newton), Johann (Kepler)...? etc

TheBookIsOnTheTable Mon 10-Apr-17 11:52:16

Robert, Falcon, or Scott.

Sophronia Mon 10-Apr-17 13:05:25

Ferdinand (Magellan)
Kit (Carson)
Francis (Drake)
Henry (Hudson)
Meriwether (Lewis)
Roald (Amundsen)
Edmund (Hillary)
(Walter) Raleigh
(RIchard) Burton
(George) Everest

Sugarpiehoneyeye Mon 10-Apr-17 13:20:16

Isambard Kingdom Brunel (English Civil Engineer).

FurryDogMother Mon 10-Apr-17 13:26:04

Robert, for Bob Champion

Bubbinsmakesthree Mon 10-Apr-17 16:18:11

Thanks for all the wonderful ideas (I am going to have to google some of them blush ).

whosafraidofabigduckfart Mon 10-Apr-17 16:29:40

Tom (Crean) a vital member of both Shackleton and Scott expeditions. He seemed to be immune to scurvy 😄 He's from Kerry in Ireland.

228agreenend Mon 10-Apr-17 16:37:55

Love the name Ranulph.

Other names:
David (Attenborough)
Marco (Polo)
Christopher (Columbus)
Douglas (Bader, pilot who,lost his legs during war, but then went on to fly again, great film 'Reach for the Sky')
Roger (Bannister, first four minute mile)

Anasnake Mon 10-Apr-17 16:41:26

Spartacus !!! grin

LokisSister Mon 10-Apr-17 17:20:09


NetballHoop Mon 10-Apr-17 17:34:19

That's a nice tradition. How about Nebuchadnezzar? I've always liked the name.

Jessbow Mon 10-Apr-17 18:20:45

Bader, (Douglas Bader)

Baird ( John Login)

Chaplin ( Charlie)

Orwell ( George)

Lennon (John)

Hawkin (Stephen)

thebakerwithboobs Mon 10-Apr-17 18:21:24

Stephen (Hawking).

Sugarpiehoneyeye Mon 10-Apr-17 19:10:50

Greenend, I love Ranulph, fabby name. 😄

CaipirinhasAllRound Mon 10-Apr-17 21:51:46

Edmund (Hillary)
Or Tenzing!

MollyCule Mon 10-Apr-17 21:54:17

Was going to say Stephen (Hawking) as well. Truly amazing person.

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