Help! Due in 3 weeks and need a name

I am pregnant with my second son and my husband and I are finding it difficult to pick a name. With only 3 weeks to go the pressure is on. My first is Charles Anthony, goes by Charlie, last name is very Italian, sounding like calzone. I love classic older names, we are considering Arthur, after great grandfather (but worried it maybe too mean with a future of Artie faritie jokes, or Charlie & Artie jokes, my intent would be to call him Art) or Owen (not too sure if Owen is too trendy) middle name will more then likely be Eric.  Thoughts on Arthur or Owen? Any new suggestions are appeticated! 


March 30, 2016 9:27 PM

I like Arthur and honestly, Artie Fartie isn't that bad as far as jokes go.  He might even like since all young boys tend to think farts are the height of humor.  If it does start to be a problem, he'd have the full Arthur to fall back on.  I have no idea what a Charlie & Artie joke would be, is there a pop-culture reference I'm missing?

I also like Owen & don't find it too trendy.  I like it, but I think Arthur would be the more suprising (in a good way) choice.

March 30, 2016 10:17 PM

I know one baby Arthur. He is called by his full name, though I'd love to call him Archie! 

Arch or even Archer might be other thoughts if you wanted to avoid Artie. I suppose someone will call him Fartie at some point, but truly, no name is tease proof. I've said this many times, but I'll say it again....some kids will get teased no matter what their name is, and some kids won't. It has much more to do with the kid and much less to do with the name. Also, teasing in general is much less acceptable than it used to be. Despite what you see in the news, I have found teenagers these days to be generally kinder and more tolerant than they were in my day. I do warn against some names, but I don't think Arthur is an issue. I taught junior high school for 14 years, mostly what some might remember as the, "Sweat Hog," classes, so I do have some credibility here.

Moving on....

I do also love Owen. It's my younger son's middle name, and it was very nearly his fn. I honestly don't know of any young ones. 

I think Owen and Charlie share a certain charming, storybook quality. I can't imagine either an Owen or Charlie being anything other than a friend to all. 

Having said that, I think Arthur is definitely the more classic-slighly risky depending on where you live, but very much in keeping with your tastes. 

Owen is the less risky and more conventional choice. 

If it was just me choosing, I'd go with Owen, but given that you like both, and Arthur is a family name, I'd vote for Arthur for you. 



March 31, 2016 4:42 AM

Both are fine names that I don't see how you could go wrong with, though I have to say I prefer Arthur to Owen--I get classic English vibes with royal usage from Charles, which I think Arthur matches more than Owen. That said, it's not somthing I'd discount Owen for, along with Owen being trendy (if you like a name, popularity shouldn't deter you).

Re Artie Fartie: I don't live in the US (which is what I assume with most users here), so Artie Fartie strikes me as a creative invention by school bullies rather than an obvious way to make fun of Arthur. I'm likely missing something here, so I defer to the Americans on this board.

March 31, 2016 8:30 AM

I like Arthur, and think it goes better with Charlie. I think Owen is quite popular now, I know 3 babies/toddlers named Owen. I dn't know Charlie & Artie as a reference, I don't think anyone would make fun of that.

April 3, 2016 9:51 AM

Arthur is our current front runner for a boy so it has my vote.  I also like Owen -- it's a solid, familiar name and not terribly popular in my area (suburb of a large east coast metro area).  The only Owen I know is a teenager though I've heard it once or twice at the playground or at soccer.  My eldest is Rowan so I tend to notice anyone calling out Owen. 


Since you said suggestion welcome, have you thought about Thomas, James, Edward, Edgar, Calvin, Walter, or Oliver?  They're more along the lines of Arthur and Charles rather than Owen.  More along the lines of Owen, I think if names like Declan, Craig, Gavin...


April 3, 2016 4:06 PM

I have no clue what Charlie & Artie is. 

There was a super atractive guy in my high school named Arthur, went by Art.  In fact when we saw him we'd tap our hearts and say, "Art attack." 

Owen is great also and not to trendy.  I only know of a couple of Owens of any age.

April 4, 2016 10:31 PM

I think Owen might be one of those names that has pockets of extreme popularity and pockets of relative obscurity based on where you live. At my kids' school there's a running joke that if you can't remember the name of a particular boy, just call him Owen or Max and you'll likely be correct.

That said, it's a nice name and it goes well with Charlie. My personal preference would be for Arthur, but again I'm probably influenced by my micro naming climate.