Opinions on baby boy name ???

me and my boyfriend have decided on a baby boys name but I'm not 100% convince so I need honest opinions!! 

Henry James Ajax Claridge 

*Claridge is our surname* 

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February 13, 2018 9:28 PM

It sounds good! Just so you know: Henry James is the name of a famous author. In my estimation, that's a positive thing, but you should be aware of it.

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February 13, 2018 10:04 PM

I didn't know that but I did assume that Henry James would be popular as they are both individuall popular names but thank you!

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February 14, 2018 12:32 AM

I love it! It's a very nice balance between traditional and edgy so it should fit him well whatever his personality may be. I wouldn't worry too much about the author since the names are so common and have such strong histories individually. I assume he will go by Henry? If so, it flows very well with your surname too. 

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February 14, 2018 12:01 PM

What is the significance of Ajax? Is it a family name? As you can see from my username, I'm a firm believer in four names, mostly because I think it's a great way to include mom's surname or other family names. Ajax definitely feels very different in tone from Henry and James. If it's simpy a third choice, I'd consider swapping it out for something more aligned with the first two. 

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February 14, 2018 1:15 PM

I actually really like the contrast of Ajax with more conservative choices Henry and James. It gives the name a distinctive zip, which he can completely ignore if he doesn't want to deal with his second middle all the time or can play up if he decides he wants to stand out a bit more. (I'm generally of two minds about Ajax as a first name; I like the look and sound and the obvious connotations of strength and stalwartness, but on the other hand the outcome of the story is so sad. But I think in the middle slot the downsides are far outweighed by the up.)

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February 14, 2018 6:17 PM

I also like the inclusion of Ajax in there. 

I like it as a name. The sad story is less of a problem than the scouring cleaner which was very present in my life growing up, but I think the middle name this is a total nonissue. 

I would actually be tempted to put the Ajax in between the Henry and the James to break up the author's name.

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February 14, 2018 3:37 PM

My partner has suddenly decided he doesn't like the sound of Ajax anymore, does anyone have any suggestions on what could replace Ajax? 

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February 14, 2018 9:04 PM

what about Ajay or Jaxon or Jackson, Max, Phoenix, Xander, Xavier, Axel, Max, Maxwell, Alex, Felix, Arlo, Ari, Aidan, Argus, Angus, Ansel, Anton, Andre

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February 15, 2018 2:32 PM

I do like Henry James Ajax alot....

We are considering Axel as our runner up to Max. Either of those would be similar. Edit: Adding Atlas  (something about the 'L" along with your last name sounds really nice).

Any significant hobbies/loved books/shared interests you and hubbie share that you would choose a second middle name from? 

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February 14, 2018 4:56 PM

I am a little surprised no one brought up the association with the brand Ajax of all-purpose cleaners, it was the first thing I thought of when I saw that in the name.

The contrast of classic inital pair with the bold unexpected name in the 3rd slot was kinda fun though.

Names that have a similar feel to me as Ajax would include Axel, Diesel, Ace, Colt, Tiberius, Gauge, Magnum, Wesson, Harley, Huck, Viggo.

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February 14, 2018 6:23 PM

Also other grand gladiator/mythical style names: Leonidas, Magnus, Maximus, Hector, Orion, Atlas, Apollo, Odin, Thor, Evander, Leander, Lysander, Emrys. More courtly choices like Gawain or Roland, maybe, too. Tristan still works for me in that vein, in spite of the great popularity it's enjoyed.

Oh! Prometheus nicknamed Theo is a really fun choice that might be your style! Beowulf nicknamed Bay or Wolf?

And I should plump for Castor or, uh, Casterdell, because that name mystery is still gripping me!

I love the name Henry and it spent a lot of time on our lists... but it may be  worth noting that I know a rather huge number of little boys named Henry and Hank, so I'd be tempted to go a little more unusual in the middle name spot for disambiguation purposes.

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February 15, 2018 10:42 AM

If it is the sound of Ajax you like, what about Axel or Abel?