We were thinking Calvin, but my husband suggested Fenton (of the Hardy Boys) and we both quite like it. 

Yay or nay? Fenton would be brother to Ewan and Pierce.


July 21, 2017 10:46 AM

I don't personally see the attraction of naming a child 'enclosure/town by a fen or swamp', but if it has personal significance or appeals to you, there's nothing objectively wrong with it.

(Of course, Calvin derives from a surname meaning 'baldy', but it has Protestant and other cultural associations that override that for me.)

July 21, 2017 10:52 AM

I love it! It sounds really unique and I love unique names. I really like the sound and look of it and I think it would go great with his brothers names (which I also love). I honestly love this name. Calvin is alright but I personally like Fenton better. 

July 21, 2017 12:14 PM

I strongly associate it with a down-at-heels town, so it's hard for me to picture as the name of an adorable baby. I imagine I could get over that once I knew said adorable baby, though.

July 21, 2017 9:42 PM

sorry dont like Fenton, Calvin is nice,  what about Flynn, Finley, Griffin, Finian

July 22, 2017 4:24 PM

I thought first of a river near where I grew up; I took art classes at a studio on said river so it is a very positive association that totally overrode the Hardy Boys... which I actually loved and which form a really positive cultural association as well. (If only my eldest would give them a try but so far he hates mysteries.) I like it even better than Calvin, but you cannot go wrong either wa.

July 22, 2017 7:04 PM

For my generation, the number one pop culture reference point for the name Fenton is (by an overwhelming margin) the cartoon Danny Phantom. Not a negative association by any means, just be aware that whenever you introduce your son to someone in their twenties their first thought is going to be "Yo Danny Fenton he was just fourteen..." ;)

July 22, 2017 10:16 PM

My first association was Fentanyl, but that could be just the way I pronounce it. 

July 27, 2017 6:49 PM

I feel neutral towards Fenton; there's nothing wrong with it, but i don't have any positive feelings for it, either.  It feels a little rural/old-fashioned.  What do you think of Fintan?  It sounds similar, but gives a different impression--more contemporary, though unusual.  If you guys love Fenton, though, go ahead and use it.  (Also: i love Calvin.)

July 28, 2017 3:53 PM

Fenton holds no appeal to me.  I like Calvin (and Cal!) much better.