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Another boy name list! Help, can't decide, getting longer every week!

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WombOfOnesOwn Wed 18-Oct-17 18:38:18

Hello, MNers! My husband and I have found out we're having a boy.
Last time, we knew just what our child will be named (Alfred, after a relative) the moment we heard during the u/s that he was a boy.

This time, we're stuck with lots of options and nothing that's quiiiiiite pulling us in a single direction.

Here is our list -- firsts and middles. My husband's family is Jewish, so some of the names are a bit Old Testament. We'd prefer for only first OR middle to be Old Testament -- i.e. no Solomon Moses, that's a bit much!

Also very open to suggestions. MNers are often brilliant at finding similar names that posters hadn't yet considered. We're also potentially open to using one of the listed middles as a first.

We prefer names that are not in the top 500 baby names (we live in the US), but could make an exception for the right name as long as it's not top 100.

Clarence (Clark? Chance?)


Chaffinch4 Wed 18-Oct-17 19:33:58

Lovely names. Gilbert was our boys name for dc3 (who was a girl). I love the nickname Gil. I also like Abraham a lot, again Abe is a lovely nickname.

Gilbert Moses
Abraham Claude

Astheflamesrosetoherromannose Wed 18-Oct-17 19:35:40

I vote for Orson because I have one! Lovely names.

MikeUniformMike Wed 18-Oct-17 19:43:14

I like Solomon.

pilates Wed 18-Oct-17 20:32:14


Dustbunny1900 Wed 18-Oct-17 20:34:37

Gilbert sullivan ! grin

But no, I love Sullivan ..with a more unusual bible middle name. Like Asher, esseker, phineas (maybe not those, but you get the gist)

bruffin Wed 18-Oct-17 20:38:41

Solomon, although have been reading Anne of Greengables and Gilbert (Gil) has been growing on me

WombOfOnesOwn Wed 18-Oct-17 20:47:14

Laughing at Gilbert Sullivan. Hopefully he'd be musical...

BikeRunSki Wed 18-Oct-17 20:50:12

Solomon Penn

Dobinette Wed 18-Oct-17 20:54:42

Clarence Wallace

SleepFreeZone Wed 18-Oct-17 20:57:07

I think Orson sounds like it might be shortened to Arse 😳

ohnowhatcanido Wed 18-Oct-17 21:05:21

What about Gabriel?

buckyou Wed 18-Oct-17 21:10:34

I also immediately thought Solomon Penn from your list.

WombOfOnesOwn Wed 18-Oct-17 21:18:16

SleepFreeZone, that's one advantage of living in the US, we say "ass" here instead!

Liadain Wed 18-Oct-17 21:27:45

Orson - Really like this
Edwin - love this
Gilbert - awful, sorry
Claude - meh. Ok but not amazing
Harold - oh, awful
Sullivan - not a fan of surnames as first names but it isn't bad
Clarence (Clark? Chance?) - I like Chance (Clark is a bit Clark Kent for me), but not loving Clarence
Solomon - very old school Biblical but I like it
Archibald - noooo

I really like Abraham - he could be Bram day to day (or Ham, I suppose...). Bernard isn't bad either, but I just can't picture it on anyone who isnt middle aged.

I think Orson Moses, Edwin Abraham, Chance Bernard, Clark Abraham, Solomon Wallace, Solomon Penn or Edwin Moses are nice.

AutumnalLeaves38 Wed 18-Oct-17 22:45:46

Orson (1st name) Penn (middle name)

(The Welsh meaning of Penn is, I've just read, "from the peak" I picture beautiful mountain scenery).

Plus bonus points for Orson, as there's a strong potential for his childhood NN to be "Awesome" grin And who wouldn't want that?

Buntysoven Wed 18-Oct-17 22:49:09

Edwin!!! Our favourite boys name. One dd and another on the way. Will I ever get my Edwin nn Ned? Love Solomon as a middle

AutumnalLeaves38 Wed 18-Oct-17 22:52:17

^ Though I'd forgotten you're stateside, so "awesome" isn't pronounced as the British "OR-sum" there, is it? More like "AH-sum".

Well, anyway, I'm sure your DS will be awesome whatever he's called in the end smile

Sugarpiehoneyeye Thu 19-Oct-17 10:37:15

❤️ Sullivan Penn, what a great name !

MikeUniformMike Thu 19-Oct-17 21:37:45

Autumn, Penn is an English name, not Welsh.

AutumnalLeaves38 Mon 23-Oct-17 15:15:54


Oh! blush
A Welsh friend told me it was originally from the Mabinogion, prior to it then being adopted by the English.
He obviously bent the truth somewhat. I'll be having words with him!

SleepFreeZone Mon 23-Oct-17 15:17:50

Oooh I like Sullivan!

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