Boy names ideas

Looking for boys name ideas. I usually prefer mythological/literature/history obscure names, mostly French/British/Norse/Roman/Old Greek names...


Any suggestions?

My list is following:

Ansel Peredur
Arthur Endymion
Cornelius Hart
Dylan Frederick
Edmund Ludwig
Edward Amaury
Emil Orpheus
Erik Amadeus
Gareth Florian
Lewis Dorian
Magnus Roland
Maximilian Remy
Percy Beowulf
Robin Lysander
Thorin Rafferty
Tristan Harle


Alongside of Dimitri, Sylvan, Rufus, Lucius, Tyr, Storm, Roland, Leon, Nestor, Oberon, Samson, Gustav... which I haven't found perfect middle/first.


February 5, 2018 5:50 PM

Devereux, Albion, Xerxes, Peregrine, Oscar, Julius

February 6, 2018 7:21 AM

Like Peregrine, and can't use Albion, although I like it a lot.

February 5, 2018 7:00 PM


Aldous, Amadeus, Anatole, Atlas, Atticus, Evandor, Gulliver, Langdon, Leander, Linus, Romare, Roark, Sinclair, Soren, Winslow

The Baby Name Wizard book has a lot of great content on literary/mythological names. A lot of these came from there.

February 6, 2018 7:21 AM

Love Linus, but it's too similar to Linux to my taste.

February 6, 2018 12:27 PM

Are these names for a real child or a character?  

I ask because you seem to be focusing on style over personal connotation or meaning. Am I right?

You've definitely crafted a coherent style with these names. It's quite impressive. Many of these feel akin to Harry Potter names, which seem to draw from mixtures of diverse mythological and historical sources as you've done here. 

It feels to me like when naming an actual baby, the qualifications are likely to have less to do with style than with family significance and emotional resonance for you.

I'm always especially hesitant when people spend a lot of energy on naming websites focusing on the stylistic coherence and flow of first and middle names together, since on an actual child, the middle name is rarely used outside of official documents, and the flow is greatly shaped by the last name.


By EVie
February 6, 2018 1:10 PM

I generally agree, though I feel usage of middle names varies between families. But I do find it counterproductive, in real-life situations, to come up with a long list of unique first-middle combinations as though you're naming twelve children at the same time. It makes the decision much easier to choose a first and then a middle that works with the first you've chosen. And even if you have a handful of finalists to take to the hospital, there's no reason each first needs a unique middle -- chances are, your favorite middle name will work with multiple firsts, or you may want to use your second favorite first as a middle for your first favorite, etc. 

Of course, this isn't at all relevant to naming characters, in which you really *do* need to name them all at once. On the other hand, how often do you need middle names for story characters at all? I've written a 300K word novel (which I've now trimmed down to almost 200K and I'm frantically trying to cut more so my agent doesn't strangle me), and I can only tell you the middle name of one of my major characters, and him only because I needed to distinguish him from his ancesters who have the same first + last names. I don't know the middle name of my protagonist, or my romantic hero, or anyone else. It's fine if you want to have the middle names of your main characters in the back of your mind so you feel you know them better, but my advice to any aspiring writer is, don't waste time picking middle names for minor characters that you could be spending actually writing the story. There's such a thing as too much detail (she says as she searches desperately for words to cut). 

February 7, 2018 6:30 AM

I tend to agree with this. I do find a lot of name enthusiasts use their fiction writing as name dumps for their favourite names that they are unable to use, but it doesn't necessarily work. Fictional names often need to represent the characters a little (in ways that the names of real people might not) while still being plausible in the time and place the novel is set (less of an issue if this is a fantasy work).

I don't think any of my own fictional characters have middle names. And the only fictional character I can think of whose middle name I actually remember is Ásta Sóllilja from Independent People (and I'm not very up on Icelandic naming, so maybe it's actually a double first).

EVie -- I'm kind of jealous. Cutting is a nightmare, but I often find I can't write enough. At work I frame it as extreme concision to make it seem like a virtue, but I frequently wish I could get more words on a page.

By EVie
February 7, 2018 11:49 AM

Don't be jealous! I have an overwriting problem. I wish someone had told me this when I was starting out, but editors simply won't buy doorstopper novels from debut authors. The right number for a first novel is around 80-100K words. Fantasy and SF are more tolerant of bigger stories and can go up to 150K, but no more.

By Coll
February 7, 2018 11:03 AM

Wow, I just realized I only know the middle name of one of my characters in my current work in progress, and that's only because his nickname derives from it and it's related to his backstory. Everyone else, nope. Wasn't relevant.

February 7, 2018 11:34 AM

IIRC, these are names for hypothetical future children more than for fictional people. If that's correct, I think matching up names in the abstract can be really fun. Of course, once the children are less hypothetical there may be many more considerations that come into play--a partner's naming tradition, family members who you want to honor (or especially don't want to be reminded of), maybe a different family name that you need to harmonize with, etc.

One fun thing to do as an extreme name enthusiast is to make a spreadsheet with your favorite names, and start categorizing them by various characteristics. You could have columns for things like number of syllables (and even stress patterns, if rhythm and flow are especially important to you), name origin, name meaning/type (e.g. mythological, botanical, placename), style, etc. Then if you identify certain characteristics that really appeal to you, you can look for more names that meet some combination of criteria, like your current request.

So, for an obscure mythological/historical name from the Norse tradition, maybe Rollo? I've brought him up here before; I'd love to see someone use this name sometime. Rollo was a Viking conqueror who became the first Duke of Normandy.

February 7, 2018 4:46 PM

I've actually met a Rollo. He was of the feline persuasion, but still.

February 7, 2018 5:48 PM

Ah, was he regal and territorial? I feel like those characteristics (what I imagine the Viking Rollo would have been like) could translate into "cat" pretty naturally.

February 7, 2018 10:53 PM

He was one of something like 5 or 6 cats, so any territoriality was of a limited nature. I'm also having trouble remembering whether Rollo was the orange tabby, or whether that was Drogo, so I can't really say whether he was regal or not. (I'm sure my sister can correct me on all the parts I got wrong.)

February 7, 2018 11:54 PM

Rollo sounds... chubby to me.  Like a very fat cat's call name, whereas his full name is Sir Roly-Poly.  I do like Roland enormously though.

Ha ha ha re: cat named Drogo.  Totally my favorite saint: he is the patron of coffee.  His superpower was that he could go to mass and still do other stuff at the same time.  This is someone from another ethereal plane who I want to stay on very good terms with.