Frumpy names that you wish were used

I love frumpy names. The crusty grouches that stick on your tongue and don't always have obvious nicknames, but somehow are loveable curmudgeons. Here are some of my favorites. Post your own and whether or not you'd ever consider using them.

Dwight

Otis

Wilbur (For some reason this names sounds romantic to me. Perhaps because of the Wilbur Wright association?)

Augustus (Gus. 'Nough said.)

Herbert

Dorald (My hubby's middle name. It was his grandfather's name and his father's middle name. I have grown rather fond of it and might use it as a middle name someday)

Ronald

 

Wilhelmina

Dorothy

Marilla

Ernestine

Gertrude (love this, can't sway hubby)

Myrtle (Really love this. Would definitely use it)

Agnes

Replies

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December 7, 2014 8:11 PM

I'm rather fond of Myrtle, Dorothy and Otis as well!

 

My names would be:

Merle

Vernon

 

Beulah

Eartha

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May 6, 2015 1:39 AM

You have great taste in old names!

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December 8, 2014 10:16 PM

I like Dorothy quite a bit, and Augustus too, and I LOVE the nickname Gus.  In fact that was on my list for my second son but darn having to take Hubby's opinion into account...anyway.  

 

Agatha (Aggie?)

Winifred

Imogen

Mary Ann

Emmaline (maybe not so frumpy?  Not sure...)

Geraldine

Virginia

 

Winston

Linus

Horace

Ezekiel (would've seriously considered this one too; again, darn Hubby)

Bruno

 

4
December 14, 2014 1:19 PM

Seriously crushing on Bruno. Would a blond Bruno be weird? 

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By EVie
December 14, 2014 5:03 PM

I don't think so--Bruno is a Germanic name, and plenty of Germans are blond. The name does mean "brown," but it doesn't have to refer to hair color. Might he have brown eyes?

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December 16, 2014 6:57 PM

Well, both sets of grandparents and my husband and myself have light colored eyes, and if I learned anything from biology class I doubt brown eyes are in our cards. :)

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May 10, 2015 1:02 AM

I love Bruno too but for me, the child would have to have at least one of these three, brown hair, brown eyes, or dark skin. A similar name that works for a blonde, pale, blue-eyed child, Björn.

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December 9, 2014 12:26 AM

I love Augustus, Wilhelmina (Mina!), Gertrude (Gertie!), and Dorthey (or Dorthea)

 

Others:

Milo

Amaryllis

Winston

Amos

Georgina/ Georgette/ Georgiana (Georgia is fine, but these I LOVE)

Paulina

Reba

Ned

Edmund

 

I probably have others, but those ones jumped to mind! I still will probably use them, no matter what others think!

(Georgette, Paulina, Edward "Ned", Amos, and Amaryllis "Lis" or "Lissy", are definate contenders (along with Dottie and Gus!))

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December 14, 2014 1:18 PM

Love Milo, Amos and Reba. Why doesn't anyone use those ones??

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December 17, 2014 5:05 PM

No idea why they aren't used.

Reba has been surpased by Rebecca, popularity wise.

Amos maybe because of Famous Amos cookies...

Milo is totally cute! I know a family and their two kids are Milo and Kyrie (as in the Lutheran Hymn).

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December 20, 2014 4:49 PM

I think Amos 'n Andy took Amos out of fashion (cf. with Jemima).

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December 14, 2014 7:10 PM

Albrecht 

I like it, not sure if i'd actually consider it.

 

Hypatia or Ipazia

Not sure if i actually like the sound of it but it's an awesome name. (Zelda is the same way for me)

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December 17, 2014 2:35 AM

Names I like but couldn't/wouldn't use;

Oscar

Leopold

Gilbert

Gertrude

Minerva

Edith

Hermione

Names actually in consideration;

Matilda

Fionnula

Oswyn

Broderick

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December 17, 2014 10:55 AM

Leopold! Oh, so romantic :) Edith, too!

Matilda actually seems very new age to me, considering the musical Matilda and I have met one sweet little girl (age 6) named Matilda who is called Tillie (Millie, Tilda, and Mattie also seem like good nicknames to me!)

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December 17, 2014 2:26 PM

I'm not familiar with Matilda the musical. I would totally use Tillie for a nn though. It's interesting that you call it new age, I'm pretty sure it's medieval.

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December 17, 2014 5:02 PM

Well, it just seems so new and fashionable to me! Matilda is an old German name that became common in the 10th century (according to "Behind the name") Matilda the musical is based of Roald Dahl's book Matilda and the musical is currently running on Boradway. I'm a huge theatre nerd and the musical began in London about 3 years ago, so that's probably a reason I am so familier with the name!

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December 25, 2014 5:24 PM

I adore:

Myrtle, Bernadette, Vernon, Harriette, and Frederick 

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January 11, 2015 7:30 PM

So it's interesting that for a long time I was a straight up Antique Charm then plus Ladies and Gentlemen now I've been really moving into loving Solid Citizens and Porch Sitters. Something about their down to earth, chicken soup for the soul sound appeals to me. Is it because I'm getting older? Is it a desire to return to the warm and friendly after the recession? Who knows.

Mavis. It's a beautiful name, I really don't understand why people don't like it. It's like a mash-up between Maeve and Alice, both of which everyone seems to love on the name sites.

Wilma. Lately for some reason I've been crushing on this name.

Harold. Still might use, but pretty hesitant.

Beverly and Gloria. Gloria is still a name I might use. I'm very hesitant about Beverly though.

I love Dorothy also.

Judith I love this name so much. Judge Judy is the main reason I hesitate.

Edith I'm not afraid to use though, it's on it's way up now.

Ruth. Notice a trend? Yeah, I'm big into the -th ending lately along witht he -ma ending. Also the o and u vowels.

Also: Marvin, Otis, Roscoe, Rufus, Rupert, Irene (might actually use this one), Norma, Leopold, Roland, Vernon, Raymond, Donald, Winifred

I've seriously considered Wilhelmina, my only hesitation really is that it's so long. Willemina would be perfect but I prefer familiar versions of names.

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March 18, 2015 12:34 PM

Virgil, Lucius, Gus, Gunther, Gideon, George, Fenton, Ephraim, Elias, Edmund, Bartholomew, Barnaby, Atticus, Abel

Anya, Agnes, Beatrice, Clementine, Daphne, Effie, Enid, Evelyn, Franchesca, Georgianna, Gretel, Leonore, Liesel, Moira, Moriah, Norah, Prudence, Winifred

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April 6, 2015 12:19 AM

I love

Georgia

Constance

Thelma!

 

Miles

Arthur

Edmond

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May 5, 2015 10:08 PM

Murphey

Morrie

 

Helen

Gertrude

Beulah

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By ozy
May 9, 2015 12:40 AM

Ready for a revival!

Murphy   How adorable is this name 

Ernie     Also totally huggable and kind of fun that Earnest is a virtue name.

Leland    The hipsters may bring this back

Harvey    

Bernadette    Ok this one may be a tough sell but there is something very cool about it

Esther   Gentle charm

Eunice   Like Alice with the elusive U sound

Dolores    

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May 9, 2015 4:43 PM

Names I would use:

Agnes (When I hear this, I think of that girl from Despicable Me)

Bertha (Never sounded frumpy to me)

Meredith (Merry?)

Clyde

Names I like but wouldn't use

Wilhelmina (I like the sound, but on paper it just looks clunky. Maybe I could just go with Minnie?)

Florence

Harold

Ronald (Ron Weasley is my only fictional character crush, but I like Ron better than Ronald)

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May 10, 2015 1:17 AM

I personally like these kinds of names on a girl if she is really beautiful. It's like a beauty mark or a gap between her front teeth. If she's very pretty, a name like Gertrude, Buella, Uma, etc. sort of exaggerate her beauty. If not, to be brutally honest, she'll just be living up to the stereotype these names have; much like "beauty" marks and gaps between teeth which are suddenly considered moles and orthadontic abnormalities.

Girl:

I really like Gertrude. 

Earline

Magdalena (Magda)

Helga

Hilde

Eunice

Esther

 

Boy:

Abner

Igor

Seamus