Help! This boy will never have a name.

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This is our 4th boy. We already have John-Paul, William, and Oliver ("Ollie"). I like names that I think are classic and/or old fashioned. We cannot find a name we both love for this 4th boy. 

I really love Henry and Jack. Dh hates both of those. 

We both sort of like:

Thomas (Tommy)

Charles (Charlie)

Edward, Edwin, or Edgar (Eddie)

but I am not wild about any of those.

We have considered but ruled out Finley (Dh doesn't like it), Sam (just don't love it), August (LOVE it but can't think of any good nicknames for it), Milo (too trendy?), Calvin (I would always think "and Hobbes" in my head), Felix (Dh doesn't like it).


Any ideas for me???


NOTE FROM THE MODS: This post was recently revived, but is actually from 2013. Please be aware that the child in question is now old enough to be in school, so comments on the original question are unlikely to get a response.



January 30, 2013 7:49 PM

i know an August or Augustin, who goes by Auggy. Gus is another possibility. a suggestion i have is Harrison or Pierce or even Martin. i like August or any variant of that, though.

Also, Carl, just occured to me.

January 30, 2013 8:23 PM

What about James?  It's a true classic, fits in well with your other boys, and gives you three nickname options: Jim, Jimmy, and Jamie.

January 30, 2013 8:27 PM

Sounds like August and Milo both have potential for you.  August could be Auggie (meh) or Gus (cute).  I like it just the way it is though - August!  Not overused, very cool.

I really like Milo too!  Who cares if it's trendy - it's nothing like Aiden, Brayden, and everything else that rhymes with those....Milo is awesome.


January 30, 2013 8:44 PM

Given that you already have a John-Paul, you really can't use Jack. That'd be like having both a Henry and a Harry.

As nicknames for August, Gus and Augie come immediately to mind. I especially like Gus.

A quick way to get a list of classic or old-fashioned names is to check the SSA lists for the turn of the last century. The top 25 in 1900, for example, was John, William, James, Charles, George, Frank, Joseph, Thomas, Henry, Robert, Edward, Harry, Walter, Arthur, Fred, Albert, Samuel, David, Louis, Joe, Charlie, Clarence, Richard, Andrew, and Daniel.

What do you think of Joseph, Arthur, Andrew, or Daniel? They each have both "young" and "adult-style" nicknames readily available: Joey, Artie, Andy, and Danny versus Joe, Art, Drew, and Dan.

January 30, 2013 9:03 PM

Sigh... I just don't like Augie or Gus. But I love August. Knowing me though, I would shorten it and I guess I really don't want to. So maybe I should avoid August all together for that reason.

I love the SSA website. I think I've searched 1900-1940. :) 

I like Arthur a lot, but it's my Dad's middle name and I don't want to do that. My John-Paul's middle name is actually Joseph. So I like that one, but it's not an option. 

Thanks for the suggestions!

January 30, 2013 10:18 PM

FWIW, I have encountered Gust as a nn for August/Augustine.  Jem/Jemmy is an old nn for James.  My son's name is Edward Raymond.  Raymond is another oldie but goodie that one doesn't hear much anymore (nn include Raymie and Ray).  Other older names might be Russell (Russ/Rusty), Alfred (Al, Alf, Alfie, Fred, Freddie), Clifford (Cliff, Ford).  I'm thinking about the guys I went to school with who were born 65-70 years ago.  Laurence/Lawrence (Larry/Lawrie), Curtis (Curt), Timothy,  Harold, Warren, Terence, Philip,--there were even three Galens in my class.

January 31, 2013 9:49 AM

I once worked with an Augusta who went by Guster.  Similar to Miriam's Gust, it would also work for Augustus.

January 31, 2013 5:19 PM

There's an August near me who goes by "Gusty", so that might be another option.  August is my brother's middle name, and I've always loved the sound of it. 

My son is Raymond, and I agree -- it's an oldie-but-goodie, and I have never met another Ray under the age of...well, adulthood, honestly!  But it's not so uncommon or odd that people will act like you're nuts for using it. 

January 30, 2013 9:05 PM

Thanks for all the suggesstions and opinions! Keep em' coming! :)

January 30, 2013 9:38 PM

New ideas.... What about Beau?? Or Louis (maybe Louie for short?)??

January 30, 2013 9:55 PM

Beau is cute and I love that spelling, but I worry that people would only hear (and picture) "Bo." Louie is one of my favorite nicknames!

January 30, 2013 9:54 PM

Wow, there's a lot of overlap between your taste and mine! We have five boys, and considered John-Paul and Oliver for our third boy (ended up going with just John), Augustine/Augustin nn Gus for our fourth (ended up with Xav!er, a family name), and William is one of my husband's favorites but it doesn't go well with our ln.

Charles is on our list for the potential future sons. In case it's helpful, our other boys are Th0mas (funny you have that on your list too!), Gabr!el, and Thadd3us. Middle names include St3phen, D0minic, J0seph, and Ph!lip.

As mentioned, I'd definitely stay away from Jack, since you already have John-Paul. If you wanted to lengthen August to Augustine/Augustin, you could use Austin as a nn (Austin is a "medieval contracted form" of Augustine).

Other suggestions would be Philip, Pierce, Rafe, Francis, Ambrose, Eamon (Irish form of Edmund), Daniel, Benedict, Caleb. I also know another family with five boys, three of whom are August nn Augie, Charles nn Charlie, and Henry -- their others are Eth@n and Ell!ott. I actually quite like Elliott for you.

January 30, 2013 11:46 PM

How funny! You must just have excellent taste in names. ;)

I actually really like Augustin with August as a nn. Just so long as I could keep myself from using Auggie or Gus. That would requrire a lot of self control for me since I always end up putting that "y" sound at the end.

I also sort of like Ambrose, but dh vetoed it. And Elliot, but that makes me think of the deer in the movie Open Season who they call "Smelliot". I know it's silly but I can't not think of it when I hear Elliot even though Elliot is a perfectly nice name.

Thanks for the ideas!

January 30, 2013 10:04 PM

OK - I just looked at your 1st post again and I think Edwin or Edgar are sooo great.  I think I prefer Edwin, but I really like both.  Eddie is a great nickname! 

January 30, 2013 10:31 PM

What about Theodore, nn Theo or Ted/Teddy?

January 30, 2013 11:38 PM

I kind of like Theodore nn Teddy. I'll put in on the "mention to dh list". :)

January 30, 2013 11:04 PM

My boys are Jack and Henry

I would probably name an imaginary 3rd Thomas, partly because Charlie and Samuel don't work with our last name. Have you gone through all the engines in the Thomas the Tank list? lol

These will seem like long balls, but the other one that would be on my list would be Shepard, nn Shep. I also love Dashiell nn Dash, which I am forever trying to get someone on this site to use!

And, I don't know that anyone has mentioned it, but Conrad is the one that popped to mind looking at your list. I think a Patrick, Peter, or Timothy would also be nice.

It must be the John-Paul effect, but for me your boys' names read as a charming pack of Irish lads, rather than the more English vibe I get from your current list. I'm certain that makes no sense and has no linguistic truth to it,  but there you go! Fwiw, a name you both like would almost certainly become one you both love in no time.

January 30, 2013 11:50 PM

I actually seriously considered Percy for a minute. lol

I do like Peter at lot but cannot convince dh of it.

January 31, 2013 12:42 AM

I'm not sure anyone's mentioned George yet, that's one of my favorites.  A nn that I would love to use but haven't encountered yet is Geo - pronounced like the geo in geode.

Milo is a bit trendier, but what if it was a nn for Emil?  That would make it fit better.

Wallace or Walter?  Andrew?  Archie?  Nicholas?  Francis, Frank, or Franklin?  Sorry if these are repeats.

Any of the Ed- names could also have nn Teddy.

January 31, 2013 12:55 AM

I have a William, and we considered Samuel, August, Charles & Edward!  For August a lot of people are using Gus, but I actually prefer Auggie.  

If you are concerned about Milo being too trendy, maybe you'd like Miles better?  It actually ranks higher, but it doesn't have a bunch of sound alikes like Milo (Leo, Theo, Arlo, etc) so it sounds less trendy to me.

I also have a George, so I will 2nd that suggestion.  Some other names that my husband and I considered are Phillip, Elliot, Isaac & Frederick.

January 31, 2013 7:49 AM

I'll second the suggestion of Miles, and add Giles, Geoffrey, Simon and Hugh into the mix (the last two inspired by my cousins, who have a brother named Paul).

January 31, 2013 10:52 AM

I like Milo and don't think it's too trendy! I also want to add that I think Louie is adorable.

Here are some other suggestions: Clark, Grant, Sebastian (Bastian?), Jude, Barnaby (Barney?), Isaac, Elijah (Eli)

January 31, 2013 2:07 PM

I love the suggestion of Sebastian! Bastian is a very cool nn, as is Baz, but my favorite is Sebby/Sebbie -- it's so sweet to my ear, and makes the sophisticated Sebastian seem very doable for a little boy. It also really matches the feel of Ollie to me.

January 31, 2013 3:55 PM

Seb could also work for a nn.

February 1, 2013 8:03 PM

Loving all the input. Thanks everyone, it's very helpful! New idea- What do you think about Fulton???

Dh and I talked again and I think we're just going to plan on keeping a short list of names we kind of like and mostly agree on and wait until we meet the little guy to decide what name suits him. 

So now I guess the list is:

Henry (Dh decided maybe it's ok now)










Ok, maybe it's not so short of a list. LOL!

February 1, 2013 8:37 PM

I have a sister with the middle name Fulton -- it's a surname, but as a first name it reads "boy" to me, despite my sister!  I've always rather liked it. 

February 1, 2013 9:42 PM

I like all these very much, with the exception of Milo.

It's very popular on this site. For some reason, I just find it hard to picture on a grown man. It's just a bit too young for me, or maybe it's because I have known some pets with the name. It's odd because I don't have that issue with Leo or Theo or Arlo etc....

I do quite prefer August to Augustin. The former seems classic and literary but also cool, whereas the latter has a bit of a stuffy vibe for me.

Fulton just strikes me as a bit meh, unless it's a family name, in which case I could be much more enthusiastic.

Great list, really! Plenty for the nurses to vote on if it comes down to that! Good Luck!

February 1, 2013 11:17 PM

I like your updated list.  I actually think Louis, Edward, Henry, George and August are the best fits. Theodore works well too.

Thomas and Beau are OK, but I think the others are a better fit (not that it matters, it's good to branch out sometimes!). I don't think Milo is a good fit for the sibset but I could see Miles nn Milo.

I prefer August to Augustin but both are nice. 

January 4, 2018 4:36 PM

Just a few more ideas for you - Oscar, Palmer, Marcellus, Thatcher

January 4, 2018 7:37 PM

What is the point of suggesting names for a kindergartner?

February 1, 2013 10:31 PM

You could call August Gus for short. 


February 2, 2013 12:40 AM

I should have clarified that I meant there were no nicknames for August that I care for, not really that I can't think of any nicknames at all for it. I just don't like Auggie or Gus. Dh, however, likes Gus. It seems plenty of other people do as well. Personally I just can't think of anything but a very old man when I think of the name Gus. Haha!

February 2, 2013 1:25 AM

Dunno if this helps with your "old man" image of Gus, but I have a friend (my mother's age -- she has two grandbabies) with a teddy bear named August Herbert (to be said with as heavy a French accent as you can manage) who goes by Gus. He's a little guy -- maybe 8" tall?, his fur is sort of shearling-like after his many trips through the washer, and he always has a sweater or shirt appropriate to the time of year. Between him and the annoying Pennsylvania Lottery groundhog, I can't image Gus on anyone full-size, never mind old!

February 2, 2013 3:16 AM

That's funny because I associate the name with the mouse in Disney's Cinderella :) (Well, Gus-Gus, to be precise.)

February 2, 2013 3:46 PM

I think of the Cinderella mouse, but also the character from the TV show Psych. His last name is Guster and he goes by Gus. If you want to see the name on a grown man, you can give the show a try :)

February 2, 2013 12:08 PM

Vince, Peter, Matthew, Ryan, Nathan...

February 5, 2013 2:16 PM

I once knew of an Edwin who went by can you lose with a name like that?

February 5, 2013 2:20 PM

Oh, how I wish I could convert you to August nn Gus.  (Or just plain August.  However, I do not like Auggie.)  It's one of my very favorites.  To me, Gus is a blank slate, ready to be the next fun-loving and charismatic nickname, in the vein of Max, Jack, Sam, and Leo.  I will second the person above who mentioned Psych.  If you want to see Gus worn very well on a young man, check out Psych.  Actually, here, I'll do it for you.  :]


All of my above-mentioned feelings also apply to Frederick nn Fred (Frederick and August nn Fred and Gus are my fantasy twin names).

February 5, 2013 2:42 PM

If you likor the sound of augustin, then have you considered Justin? I also really like George, Andrew, and Fred. Alas, I have three girls so I guess I won't need a boys name!

February 5, 2013 3:10 PM

I like August, I really like the nn Gus.  

Other name considerations:

Monroe, Alistair or Elias

February 5, 2013 4:58 PM

we have Gabriel Robert (Gabe)

Lincoln Reid ( Link)

Sammuel William Richard ( Sami)

and our next if its a boy will be Emerson (Emrys or Em) still no middle name picked.

February 5, 2013 5:07 PM

There's always Simon, Nicholas, Anthony or Samson.  I really like the name my youngest brother gave his son, Wesley Reed.  My brother's name is Andrew Wesley and he didn't want a junior, so he gave his son his middle name as his first name.  They call him Wes and I just love it!

February 5, 2013 5:11 PM

I really like the name Tobias, which spawns nicknames of Toby and...Toby, really. I'm going to assume you don't want  a name that sounds like one of your other sons', so here's some that fit in with your criteria:

Alexander (nn: Alex, Xander, Lex, Al)
Arnold (nn: Arnie, possibly)
Atticus (nn: Att/Atty)
Benjamin (nn: Ben, Benji, Benny)
Bradley (nn: Brad) also Brady, with same possible nn
Christian (nn: Chris)
Clifton (nn: Cliff)
Craig (nn: none)
Damien/Damian (nn: Dame)
Darren (nn: none, unless kids come up with a rhyming word; my uncle's name is Darren and had no name shortenings)
Eugene (nn: Gene, Genie)
Ezekiel (nn: Zeke)
Ezra (nn: none)
Fabian (nn: Fab)
Gavin (nn: Gav)
Ian (nn: none) also Ivan
Joel (nn: none)
Joshua (nn: Josh, Joshie) similarly, Josiah (nn: Jose [not the Mexican name])
Julian (nn: Jule, Jules)
Kyle (nn: none)
Leonard (Len, Leo)
Levi (nn: none)
Mason (nn: Mase)
Maxwell (nn: Max)
Nathaniel (nn: Nate, Nathan)
Solomon (nn: Sol)
Titus (nn: none)
Todd (nn: none)
Troy (nn: none)
Victor (nn: Vic)
Vincent (nn: Vince)
Wesley (nn: Wes)

February 5, 2013 5:39 PM


love "guster"

we were going to name a boy "edgar". W nickname "Edge"







February 5, 2013 5:54 PM

On Fulton, I know a boy (about 11) with this name and he wears it well.  Of course it doesn't really have a nickname if that's important to you.  Personally I adore the name Thomas and Tommy so I would recommend that one. 

February 5, 2013 6:29 PM

auggy or auggie would be a cute nickname. maybe even gus. i also like milo and calvin from your list. some others off the top of my head would be... edward elliot elijah emmett jasper alexander finley finnick and flynn. thats all i can think of haha. im so sorry for the terrible grammar my phone is a little messed up and wont let me use anything other than lowercase or a period. good luck... cant put a smiley but its there lol.

February 5, 2013 11:07 PM

My favorite of the "Ed-" names is Edmund, probably because I had a beloved neighbor with that last name. I like the nickname Ned/Neddy for that. Along those lines, the main character in one of my favorite books, To Say Nothing of the Dog, is Ned Henry (fn/ln), which my mom considers the best baby name ever and sounds like it would go well with John-Paul.

I will also second kc45324's recommendation of Nathaniel, nn Nate..

February 6, 2013 3:24 AM

Posters have mentioned your slightly English vibe.. I don't know if this appeals but I know a couple of Benedict's here in the UK who go by the nickname 'Ned' which of course could go further to a little 'Neddy' it also gives the option of 'Ben' if he prefers it.  I suggest it as you like Edgar and Edwin with the nick-names Ed and Eddie...

As a person living in the UK I atuomatically think umbrella when I hear 'Fulton' as it's a very famous brand of umbrella (they make all the Queen's umbrellas).. but I imagine in the US the association would not be there.

Good Luck with your name search!

February 6, 2013 12:27 PM

how about:







Finneus (instead of Finley)

August could go bu Gus











February 6, 2013 8:55 PM

What about:

Spencer or Bryce?