Baby boy Rhodes

We're expecting and this is my husbands top pick. I'm on the fence. Thoughts?


May 6, 2017 12:41 PM

Look up Cecil Rhodes. He's somewhat controversial. The good: he has many namesakes (Rhodes scholarships, Rhodes College--actually not named for Cecil Rhodes, but a good connotation) The bad: well, look him up.

May 6, 2017 12:46 PM

My first thought is Rhodes in Iron Man (the character is James Rhodes, but he's pretty much always called Rhodes or Rhodey), my second immediate thought is the Greek island of Rhodes. Neither of those are bad associations and I imagine if I actually met/knew a child with the name I'd quickly come to associate it primarily with them, so I think it's a usable name. Place-names-as-names and Surnames-as-names are really not my style but I think Rhodes is better than a lot of names in those categories. My bigger issue with it is how it sounds like the word roads when you say it aloud, written down it's nicer.

If you give us a list of names you like (and why) and why your husband likes this name along with other names he likes people here are very good at making suggestions. :-)

May 6, 2017 6:34 PM

Not really a fan.  Surname names aren't my thing in general & this one in particular sounds too much like roads and roadie to be usable.

If you could give us an idea of other names being considered, the regulars around here are pretty good about making suggestions.  

May 6, 2017 8:08 PM

I encountered a baby boy born recently whose middle name is Rhodes - first name was similar to Andrew. He is called Rhodes. I thought it was a nice way to arrange things so that he has a very accessible alternate call name should he come to dislike Rhodes. 

May 7, 2017 7:59 AM

I always thought it was slightly mad to put the name you intend to call the child in the middle spot (unless there's an extremely compelling reason like one parent having a family tradition regarding first names that they desperately want to uphold but the other not being happy with that), why not have him be Rhodes Andrew? He would still be easily able to switch to Andrew in later life if he wished to.

May 7, 2017 12:35 AM

My first thought was the Colossus of Rhodes (one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World), and all the unfortunate possibilities if the child ends up at any extreme of the size spectrum.

I also echo the advice to look up Cecil Rhodes. Urgently.

May 7, 2017 8:09 AM

The Cecil Rhodes issue makes me wonder what it takes to turn a surname (potentially) unusable. Is it purely his actions or is it because there is still controversy surrounding him today? The number of well known people carrying the name is obviously a factor as well.

Honestly while Cecil Rhodes was clearly not a great person I'm not sure it's bad enough to make the name off limits. If I google just Rhodes the entire first three pages of results are about the Greek island, with only one mention of a musician by the name, even page four only has two mentions of Rhodes scholarships and not the man himself. (Of course this could be down to my location, maybe he comes up sooner in the States?) My point being that I don't know how relevant Cecil Rhodes would be to a child born today and their peers.

May 7, 2017 10:07 AM

Algorithms determine the order of Google results. What comes up where differs from user to user.

May 7, 2017 12:05 PM

So you're saying I've unwittingly exposed the fact that I spend too much of my time daydreaming about holidays and not enough on current events? Oops. ;-)