9-year-old Boys' Name Ideas

My son brought home a list of possible names for the baby for me today, composed with his friends:

  • Snatch
  • Zach
  • Lime
  • Cyan
  • Benjamin
  • Franklin
  • Dylan
  • Bob
  • Felix
  • Silver
  • Alabama
  • Phoenix
  • Arizona
  • Sacramento
  • Phinley
  • California
  • Brian
  • Zachery

Quicksilver/Mercury (this addendum came from big brother)

If you notice a bit of a theme to some of these, it's because they've been memorizing state capitals :).


January 28, 2016 6:22 PM

I think that is very cute that your son did this for you. Are you going to consider the names?

January 29, 2016 3:40 PM

We've had a policy of putting every name suggested by a family member on the master list--which currently includes such classics as Cashew, Rob Anybody, and Zork. So the names on the list that were up-voted at home are now on that list: Lime (my 9-year-old's favorite color), Quicksilver, Silver, and Phoenix. None of them are actually speaking to me, so they probably won't make the final cut, but they're technically "under consideration" for now.

January 29, 2016 4:21 PM

Call me crazy, but I can see someone actually using Cashew (trendy nickname Cash!). I love your method of getting the whole family involved. It's really sweet.

January 30, 2016 2:44 PM

Me, too! Sort of Rapunzel-esque in potentially alluding to pregnancy cravings, super on-trend nickname, plus it could potentially be honoring a Matthew, too, with the distinctive ending.

I am greatly enjoying this thread. Thank you so much for sharing, nedibes!

January 28, 2016 7:25 PM

Snatch?? Oh, heck, no!!!  Benjamin Franklin and Phoenix Arizona, at least they are paying attention in class.

January 28, 2016 7:28 PM

At the risk of allowing this charming thread to devolve, Snatch reminded me of Dr. Seuss's Too Many Daves and how one of the Daves should have been called Soggy Muff.

Too Many Daves
by Dr. Seuss (Theodore Geisel)

Did I ever tell you that Mrs. McCave
Had twenty-three sons and she named them all Dave?
Well, she did. And that wasn’t a smart thing to do.
You see, when she wants one and calls out, “Yoo-Hoo!
Come into the house, Dave!” she doesn’t get one.
All twenty-three Daves of hers come on the run!
This makes things quite difficult at the McCaves’
As you can imagine, with so many Daves.
And often she wishes that, when they were born,
She had named one of them Bodkin Van Horn
And one of them Hoos-Foos. And one of them Snimm.
And one of them Hot-Shot. And one Sunny Jim.
And one of them Shadrack. And one of them Blinkey.
And one of them Stuffy. And one of them Stinkey.
Another one Putt-Putt. Another one Moon Face.
Another one Marvin O’Gravel Balloon Face.
And one of them Ziggy. And one Soggy Muff.
One Buffalo Bill. And one Biffalo Buff.
And one of them Sneepy. And one Weepy Weed.
And one Paris Garters. And one Harris Tweed.
And one of them Sir Michael Carmichael Zutt
And one of them Oliver Boliver Butt
And one of them Zanzibar Buck-Buck McFate …
But she didn’t do it. And now it’s too late.

January 28, 2016 7:48 PM

Karyn, you are as naughty as I am....

January 28, 2016 11:47 PM

Yeah, I was thinking that these boys are not quite old enough to understand what they were recommending, especially for a baby brother! But I rather like some of the other choices.

January 28, 2016 11:57 PM

If they did understand, it wouldn't be nearly as funny :)

January 29, 2016 1:28 AM

Hah, yes, I had to work hard to keep a straight face at that name--especially since it was first on the list. I haven't explained why it's not getting a better review, other than that it "doesn't sound like a name to me". Fortunately, it wasn't one of my son's favorites.

February 3, 2016 11:46 AM

I guess my husband hadn't seen the full list until yesterday--his response to name #1 on the list (Snatch)? "That's a girl's name." (◔_◔)