Looking for a non-religious boy's name

We are having trouble coming up with a boy's name option for our first baby. If it's a girl, we're set on Charlotte Olivia, but we're not 100% sold on any boy's name yet. We like the names Levi and Eli, but we aren't religious, and we'd rather not have a Bible name for our child. We like fairly traditional names too. Any ideas? 

We also don't want to use any names already in our family, so besides Bible names, that leaves out Charles, Christopher, Adrian, and Theodore.

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November 8, 2018 11:56 PM

William was my first thought, followed by Edward. Or if you prefer something short and sweet like Eli and Levi, how about Hugo, Leo, Kai, Ari, Owen, Quinn? Elliot could also work.

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November 9, 2018 12:11 AM

You know, a lot of everyday names have Biblical origins: I would consider David, Joseph, Luke, Paul, Adam, and Jonathan to be examples of names that do not have a religious feel to me at all.  Names that scream religious at me are ones like, well, Evangeline or Hallelujah.  I met a man named Hezekiah once, and I admit my first thought was his parents must be waaaaay Biblical.

Levi strikes me as being distinctly but not necessarily Biblical.  I would put Eli in the same bucket as David etc though, especially if it was just Eli (as opposed to Elijah).  As per above poster, you could make it short for Elliot.  Ellis is another name I love, but its similarity to Alice might be hard.

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November 9, 2018 4:52 AM

The only one of those examples that would not feel strongly religious to me at first blush is Jonathan! I agree that many non- and less-religious people do use names in this category, though, so I would not necessarily assume a strong religious leaning required for a family to use Luke... but I know that I have enough of an internal response that I wouldn’t feel comfortable using them myself.

I do think it’s a subjective line. I find variants like Josephine to be non-objectionable and used a similar feminine form of a male Biblical name on my daughter, even as I wouldn’t have found Joseph usable. Moving a step or two away is enough for me, though.

I might suggest Leo, Hugo or Hugh, Eliot, Milo or Miles. 

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November 9, 2018 12:20 AM

Edward, William, George, Alastair, Alexander, Anthony, Elliott, Lewis, Liam , Grant, Todd, Dean, Sean, Evan, Frederick, Henry, Leo, Vincent, Wesley, Martin, Stuart, Malcolm, Nicholas, Dominic, Calvin, Oliver, Owen

lots of people use Biblical names and arent religious,  if you like the name - use it (lots of people wouldnt even know some of the names were Biblical

 

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November 9, 2018 12:04 PM

My first thought for a traditional, non-biblical boy name is Robert. Until 2017, it was the only non-biblical name that had ever been #1 in the US for boys since social security started keeping track in 1880 (Liam hit #1 last year, so now there are two). It also has a bunch of potential nicknames, if you want to change it up (I'm partial to Robin, personally).

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November 9, 2018 12:09 PM

I adore Robin! This was an important stipulation for my brother in naming his two boys. They ended up with Henry Miles and Leo Alexander. 

From my personal boy list: Forrest, Rory, Elliott, Davis, Felix, Harvey, Heath, Julian, Lee, Lane, Chester, Lyle, Marshall

I'm not that biblically literate so it's possible/probable that there are a few biblical references in there that have slipped by me...

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November 9, 2018 3:32 PM

Non-Biblical, goes with Charlotte Olivia, like Levi or Eli, fairly traditional?

Oliver, Valerius (nn Val), Basil, Alfred, Evan, Eugene, Ivar, Ignatius, Liam, Leo?

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November 9, 2018 3:42 PM

Good ideas! I also want to add the trim pocket sized Ivo as a suggestion.

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November 10, 2018 12:45 PM

I don't have any better suggestions than what anyone else has given.  We aren't religious either and have used multiple Biblical names just because we like how they sound.  So I respect your desire to avoid Bible names, but I do think that above all, you should use names you love!

I really like Charlotte Olivia!