Give us more boy name ideas!
Please lend me some inspirations, name enthusiasts! We need a lot more potential names for our son due in 8 weeks or so (!!!).
Instead of thinking of these as requirements, we're thinking of ideals or goals. We'd like a potential name to accord to some or a few or at least one of them. Some are mutually exclusive or at least close to, so according with all of them is likely not possible. They're listed in order from most to least important
1) We like names that are as international as possible. Ideally recognizable in Europe, Middle East AND South Asia. We particularly like northern European names that can travel well.
2) We like boys' names that are slightly feminine in some way. Polysyllabic, melodic, botanical, end in an A sound, or at least not aggressively male.
3) I don't like names that strike me as very British.
4) Celtic names are nice for others but really aren't us.
5) Husband would rather not have an Old Testament or at least not very strongly associated with exclusively Jewish naming culture. This is because he, I, and daughter all have Old Testament names, so we might really sound religious, which we're not, with a fourth OT name.
6) That said, I don't love New Testament names or at least those that would sound odd on a kid with Askenazi heritage
7) Not too popular and ideally not abiding by the -en name trend.
8) Intelligent/intellectual sounding would be great.
9) Doesn't inadvertently allude to or honor a man who is a jerk (subjective, but we mean no dictators, famous sexual harassers, right-wingers, etc. We're lefties, feminists, pacifists and travel/live abroad a lot, so we worry about names of powerful, oppressive men in other countries too).
Names we like but can't use:
Elliot (Kinda perfect but taken by close friend)
Asher (I like in theory, but don't like trendiness and pronunciation difference between well-known Hebrew word and American name [i.e. ah-SHAIR vs. ASH-er. Just a pet peeve]).
Lawrence (sounds dignified and intelligent but maybe a bit British and too staid??).
Adrian (nicely international, polysyllabic and close to a girl's name, but a little... normal, especially in the context of the -en trend. Also taken by close friends).
Also, how would you react to a blonde white kid named Omar? It's one that's potentially quite international but may strike some as smacking of cultural appropriation or at least a bad fit.
Please give us names! Even if they only fit some of our goals. Even if you think we won't like them, please, please we need LOTS more ideas.
Fri, 01/12/2018 - 3:05pm