Baby Boy Walden

Before we knew the sex of our baby, I suggested the name Walden to my husband and he fell in love with it. We both like the book and wanted to go with a nature-y name that wasn't too hippy-like. As a librarian, I also like that it's a literary name.

But now that we know it's a boy, I'm having second thoughts. It's quite the serious name to put on a little kid and I can't think of any nicknames that I like (Wally and Waldo..blech). Perhaps we could call him Aldo or Waldie? I don't know.

Walden Graham would be his full name. Any suggestions on nicknames OR alternative names that fit our nature-y, literary style but don't make him sound so professor-ly?

Other names we've liked:
Oliver (but seems quite popular)



May 12, 2013 11:18 PM

It is a serious name for a little man; however, old fashioned names are so on trend right now. Also, with the rise of Harper and Atticus, surely Walden will fit right in, yet remain original.

I LOVE the nickname Wally, I don't know any kids with it yet, but it NEEDS to come back. I can't think of a cuter but totally boy nickname. Please DON'T do WALDIE--that's far more ucky. Think of all the Lucy's running around now...Wally is adorable. (I guess there is that Wall-E movie, but there's a totally different emphasis on syllables in that name).


Moreover, if you do choose one of your other names, I hope you continue to keep Graham---Jude Graham is the other combo that's prett charming to me.


Good luck and as a teacher, one of my pieces advices to students taking tests is that if you're stuck between two choices, go with your first instinct--second guessing leads to errors!

May 13, 2013 8:40 PM

"(I guess there is that Wall-E movie, but there's a totally different emphasis on syllables in that name)."

Is there? To me, "Wall-E" is just a quirky way to write "Wally". They sound exactly the same. Well, unless you specifically say "Wall-E" as two words to emphasize that it's *not* just the name "Wally". Maybe that's what you meant?

May 13, 2013 12:25 AM

I think Walden is a fine name.  My only hesitation is that you don't like any of the nicknames.  Maybe use it in the middle? Graham is a great name.

May 13, 2013 6:36 AM

I can't say I love Walden but I suspect it will have it's fans on here. I do think that if you dislike any potential nickname options it might be better as a middle name as you may not ultimately have control over what nickname your son decides to use down the track.

Oliver is definitely very popular where I am (top 10) so stay away from it if popularity bothers you.  

I do really like Arlo and know a cute baby Arlo.  Jude and Graham are other names I think work well and you have lots of good combos with the names you have listed.    

May 13, 2013 10:57 AM

I'm usually not a fan of the surnamey style names, but I rather like Walden.  Instead of playing off the first part of the name for nicknames like Wally & Waldie, what about playing off the end?  I knew a Dennis growing up who was only ever called Denny, maybe you'd like that?  You could also do something silly like Wallaby when he's really little.

I lreally ike the combo of Walden Graham.  Oliver, Jude & Arlo are also very nice.  If you just can't warm up to Walden in the 1st position, I think it would work well in the middle.  Graham Walden & Arlo Walden would be my favorites.


May 13, 2013 11:48 AM

I think that Walden Graham is very nice! The nickname Denny also came to my mind and I think is it a very nice possibility :) Graham Walden is also a nice reversal if you still can't get behind any of those nicknames. A few other name ideas you may be interested in:

Conrad (Konrad Lorenz - animal behaviorist and author)

Tycho (Tycho Brahe - astronomer)

Lawrence (lots of possible namesakes - D.H. Lawrence, T.E. Lawrence, and of course Laurie from Little Women)

Mercer (Mercer Mayer - children's book author and illustrator)

Digory (Digory Kirke - Character from The Magicians Nephew by C.S. Lewis)


Definitely go with your gut and don't worry about not sticking with Walden if you aren't in love with it anymore :)

May 19, 2013 9:58 AM

Maybe something like "Walter" with "Walt" as a nickname? Similar but it is old sounding. Also, you could just use "Walt" for Walden, even if there's no "t"!

May 22, 2013 3:45 PM

I like Walden, but I'd be wary of the "Where is Waldo?" book series.  I would get tired of that line very fast!

May 23, 2013 3:57 PM

It would be especially bad if little Walden liked running off! ;)