Little brother for Miles and Hugo- ideas?

We are expecting our 3rd son, and my husband and I have no idea what to name him. Our other sons are Miles Peter and Hugo William, and we're having a very hard time finding something that fits with their names. So far, our list consists of:







I like all of these names, but I don't really love them. Suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Preferably something that isn't too popular or and nothing that will become date-stamped in a few years. I'll answer any and all questions you have, so feel free to ask- thank you all in advance! 


January 6, 2014 5:14 PM



January 6, 2014 5:41 PM

Names that feel similar to me maybe one will help you look down a road to new possibilities. Congrats!

January 6, 2014 5:43 PM

Great names on your list so far! My favorites from your list to go with Miles and Hugo are Oscar and Theodore.

Suggestions: Felix, Everett, Jasper, Walter, Simon, Luca

January 6, 2014 8:31 PM

I love Walter! 

January 17, 2014 11:36 AM

I know a pair of brothers named Miles and Felix, and their names go well together.

January 6, 2014 7:52 PM

How do you say Graham? GRAY-um or GRAM? I quite like Miles, Hugo and Graham with either pronounciation, but it may make a difference to you. And, it's important to know that people may say it differently than you do. (I usually say GRAM.)

I also really like Julian and Theodore, although Theodore is pretty long when said next to Miles and Hugo. I like Vincent, but just not as much as the other three. And I just, personally, am not a huge fan of Oscar or Emil.

Other options: Felix, Linus, Ian, Ivan, Owen, Piers, James, John, Colin, Wesley, Edward, Gage, Elliot/Elliott, Simon, Reid/Reed, Grady, August, Rhys  

January 6, 2014 8:33 PM

We say it GRAM. I like both pronunciations as well :) 

I agree that Theodore is quite long- we aren't big fans of Theo but we really like Teddy. However, I feel like Teddy is too childish for a grown man but Theodore is too...elderly? I have a hard time imagining someone my age named Theodore- but then again, there were tons of them a century ago, so it can definitely be pulled off! 

I love Julian, but I am a bit concerned about its popularity. We know one little Julian who is 4, but I know it's in the top 100.  Is it considered a 'new classic', traditional, or trendy? 

I really like Felix and Linus, but I feel like they might sound a bit strange on an adult. Then again, I thought the same thing about Hugo and now I can picture him growing up with the name without a problem :) 

I also love John, James and Edward, but I dont know if they 'fit' with Miles and Hugo... They'll definitely be on our list for middle names. Do you pronounce Colin like Collin or Cullen? I like both pronunciations but I'd like to know what peoples' first inclinations are. I also love Elliott, Reid/Reed, and August. Thanks for the great suggestions! 

January 7, 2014 4:50 PM

I don't think Theodore sounds elderly, but I also wanted to say that while I'm not a huge fan of Teddy, I have no problem seeing it on an adult. Pretty sure you have President Roosevelt to thank for that. 

I think of Julian as a new classic at least here in the States, but I think that Miles and Hugo fit in that category as well. =)

I say KAHL-in instead of KUL-in. I definitely only pronounce Cullen as KUL-in. I've never heard Colin or Collin pronounced as Cullen. I prefer the one L spelling, as that's the way I've seen it most often (also, the way that Colin Firth spells his name).  

January 19, 2014 2:22 PM

I think most Teddys age into Teds.

January 6, 2014 8:50 PM

I say Graham as GRAY-um and really love it with Miles and Hugo. (That's a really well coordinated pair you have!) I also love Felix with them. In fact, I think that Felix might be my favourite name suggested so far. It's got a snappiness that really complements the other two. Oscar works, but feels a tad heavy in a way that I have trouble articulating.

I, personally, really like Theodore, and I do like it with your pair, but not as much as some of the others.

Julian sounds really great with them, too, becasuse of its fluidity. I'd call it a classic and definitely not trendy. Yes, its usage has increased dramatically during the last 30 years, but it's never been out of regular use since the data began being collected, as you can see here.

I think that John, James, and Edward are alright with your two, but agree that they're not the best match. You need something a tad less... classic. Edmund would be better than Edward, I believe.

I'd never think to pronounce Colin as anything other than COLL-in.

January 6, 2014 9:06 PM

We will definitely add Graham, Felix, and Edmund to our list! With COLL-in, does Coll sound like coal, or call? 

January 6, 2014 9:12 PM

Call. (Unless you're talking about Colin Powell.)

January 6, 2014 9:29 PM

Ah, got it! Yes, Mr. Powell is the only reason why I thought people might pronounce it like Cullen. 

January 6, 2014 10:03 PM

Yeah, not sure, why, but he says his name like colon. In English, I think that you'd get a rather consistent COLL-in. However, I think that other names coordinate better with your other boys' names :)

January 6, 2014 10:42 PM

I agree- what are your thoughts on Rudy? My husband just suggested it, and I think its adorable. My only issue is it sounds kind of informal, but theres no way we're naming our son Rudolph. Can Rudy be a nickname for anything else, or is it fine on its own? 

January 6, 2014 11:06 PM

Rudy feels a tad cute with Miles and Hugo, I think. I'm also not personally a fan of traditional nicknames, so I may not be the one to comment.

The only other two names I can think of are Rudiger and Rudyard, and I think that you have much stronger options than either of those :)

January 7, 2014 12:22 PM

I agree about Rudy, just a tad to nicknamey/cute I think.

From your list, Graham & Oscar are my favorites.  I also like the previous suggestions of Edmund & Rhys.

What do you think of Percy (could be short for Percival), George, Arthur & Frederick?

January 7, 2014 5:31 PM

Caution if you use Arthur: there are brother named Miles, Hugh, and Arthur in the Prince and the Pauper. Not necessarily a reason to avoid it, just something you should be aware of. Percy is awesome, as are Felix andEdmund. I agree about Rudy, but mainly because it's forever the name of the youngest Huxtable child to me, lol. (The Cosby Show) I'm not really a fan of Graham. For some readon I don't feel like it matches. Dang, why did you have to do such a good job of matching your first two kids' names???!  Julian is a name that I absolutely love, and I don't think it's too popular. I've amenever even heard of anyone with that name. Overall though, I think I like Percy and Felix best to match Miles and Hugo.

January 7, 2014 7:26 PM

Thanks for the notice- I really love Arthur, but I think its a little more classic than my other boys' names, which I consider to lean more towards the quirky vein. I also adore Edmund and while it's a very serious name, I really like it with Hugo and Miles. I kind of like the seriousness it would bring to our set :)

To be honest, Graham was more my husband's pick than mine. It seems very contemporary to me, which I have nothing against, but it's not what I was looking for. Lol- they do match pretty well, don't they? I was secretly hoping for a girl, because I honestly didn't think I'd be able to find anything that went together as well as Hugo and Miles. 

We seem to be getting a lot of votes for Felix- I really like it, I think it hits that sweet spot between quirky and professional. I can see a Felix as a baseball player, a lawyer, or a performer. And it's not too common either, which is a plus! 

January 8, 2014 6:24 PM

I really like Graham, reminds me of the author Graham Greene, and so doesn't feel contemporary at all to me.

I must really like those sounds, because I also really like "Grant" and "Gareth."

A couple of others I think could work with "Miles" and "Hugo": Duncan, Mason, Joel, Reid

I can't help but think of Felix Unger, of the "Odd Couple" when I hear Felix. Others might have the same association.

January 17, 2014 2:46 AM

The Odd Couple film came out in 1968, and I think that assoication is fading. Some folks will still remember it for sure, but it's not going to mean much to today's kids and there are many little Felix's running around. 

I think it sounds great with Miles and Hugo. 

January 17, 2014 2:09 PM

I don't think you have a bad name in there--either alone or with your sibset.

My personal preferences would be (in order):

Emil (this is last because it just takes the letters of Miles, subtracts one, and rearranges it)

Other suggestions:


January 17, 2014 2:41 PM

I can't believe I didn't realize that about Emil! I admit it would be kind of cute if he were our second and we only had Miles, but now I feel like it would kind of leave Hugo out. 

We seem to be getting a lot of comments suggesting Felix- it's definitely a top contender. I like the sound of it, it's not too popular, and it sounds good with Miles and Hugo... However, I can't help but feel like its not serious enough, or maybe a bit too quirky. Does anyone know any Felixes in real life? I'd love to hear how it's fared for them. 

I also like Calvin, Elliott, and Samuel! Thanks for the suggestions!

January 17, 2014 6:10 PM

My neighbors' son is Felix. He's 12 and doesn't seem to have any issues with his name. His mom is French and his dad is American. I don't recall anyone ever teasing him or remarking on his name in any way. I think it's a winner!

By EVie
January 17, 2014 11:15 PM

My great uncle was named Felix. He's remembered in our family as an uptight, cranky old Swiss gentleman—probably not what you're looking for, but neither unserious nor quirky, so it's possible!

January 19, 2014 2:44 PM

The only Felix I know is a cat. I'm not trying to be snarky; the name Felix is cute and offbeat, but Hugo and Miles seem to have a bit more gravitas than Felix. I like Julian or Graham best, then Edmund or Theodore, as a sibling for Hugo and Miles. With Edmund, you could still use Teddy as a nn.

January 24, 2014 12:32 AM

Of the names suggested, easily my favorite with your set is Edmund. It doesn't lose the quirkiness that the other two have, but like you mentioned, it adds a more serious, grown-up note to the set. Your first two keep Edmund from feeling stodgy. 

My second choice is Felix (I have an almost 3-yr-old by this name, and everyone seems to like it). It is almost too perfect a match for your others. This is not a bad thing, it just doesn't give the set quite as much dimension as Edmund.

I like Theodore a lot, except for the fact that it could become Theo, which doesn't work w/ Hugo...unless Miles becomes Milo ;)

Others that work nicely in the set:







Raphael (this goes in a different direction, but makes an interesting set)



March 7, 2015 12:31 AM

Hi Eva

what did you end up calling your new baby ?  We have a Hugo also and am due for another son in 6 weeks. I love Felix but am having a hard time convincing my hubby.