Classic but underused boy names?

Hello all! I'm in the begining states of brainstorming names - don't know boy or girl so playing around with both. My husband and I like names that are older, have history, 'classics,' but do not currently top the charts. Our current children are:

Henry Cortland

Naomi Violet

Ephrem Robert

Mabel Parker

Parker, Cortland, and Robert are all family names. I have a LONG list of girls' names I like. Some of my favorites are:






My list of girls' names is seriously a mile longer than this, but it's the boys' names that completely stump me. I am grieving the inbility to use Cortland (we thought we were done after 4 so DH got Henry as the first and I used my beloved 'Cortland' as the middle.) I think I must be drawn to ending o's, because there's a few of those on the list:





Samuel (my DH's front runner but too common for my taste - Henry is too, but I let DH have that one)

Edwin (family name, don't love nn 'Ed' or 'Eddie')

Walter (family name, does it work on a babe?)


So.... bring it!!! Please!! Any and all ideas welcome!!  :)


February 21, 2014 1:47 AM

Well, first of all, all men named Walter were once babies, so, yes, it works on babies.  Babies can always have cute nicknames, whether directly related to their formal names or not, and then grow into their formal names.  That was the case with my sister and to some extent for me.

Nicknames for Edwin: Ned, Ted, and perhaps most interesting, Win/Wynn.

February 21, 2014 2:20 AM

Congrats! More classic but underused:



Percy (though I would totally go for Percival)






Other names you may like:





February 21, 2014 12:00 PM

I have a 7-yr-old nephew named Walter, so -- yeah, I'd say it works on a child! 

February 21, 2014 1:30 PM

From your girls list: Eloise is great with the sibset - but it bothers me that Eloise & Ephrem both begin with the 'eh' sound. And so far no one shares initials so that would be nice to continue. Vivian is getting really trendy, so I would nix it. Daphne too dippy...esp with Naomi and Mabel. Lydia is ok, but not great for me in this sibset. Iris is my absolute favorite.

For boys: Arlo doesn't fit well for me. Theo definitely too trendy. Leo also slightly too trendy. Hugo is ok. Samuel - I agree is too common. Edwin I don't care for - brothers Ephrem and Edwin is a little too much for me. Love Walter. On its own and with the sibset.

Iris or Walter!

February 21, 2014 1:35 PM

Am I pronouncing it wrong? I though Ephrem was EE-phrem?

February 21, 2014 2:48 PM

I've heard it pronounced Eh-frem (phonetics), and Ee-phrem. Personally, I pronounce it the same as you. :)

February 21, 2014 4:14 PM

oh! hm, I've actually never heard it with the long E sound. I've always said it Eh-phrem. So maybe they are not that similar to the OP after all. Thanks for pointing that out!

February 21, 2014 5:45 PM

Glad to be of assistance. ;)

By alr
February 21, 2014 6:20 PM

It is with the short 'e' sound. I don't know if it bothers me to have two kids with "eh" names, but I am leaning heavily toward Iris in any case. :) 

By mk
February 21, 2014 5:03 PM

Walter is a great choice and is fine for a baby since as Miriam said, all Walters were once babies. I prefer Theodore over Theo. Other names: Richard, Edmund, Lewis

I love Lydia and Daphne.