Noun names for boys?

Specifically a quality, idea, feeling, or characteristic.
An abstract noun, NOT a place or thing (ex: Arrow, Rocket, Banjo, Orlando).

It seems like there are hundreds of girl names that fit this criteria, but very very few boys names.

Examples (found in girls names):

Faith
Hope
Joy
Charity
Harmony
Love
Grace
Liberty
Peace
Passion 

I'm looking for boy names that fit the bill, something like Brave(ry), Happy, or Justice but that work well as first names.

Any ideas guys? 

 

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August 18, 2014 2:48 AM

Judging from the names you list, you are looking for virtue names, not noun names in general.  Some male virtue names: Clement, Increase, Earnest, Constant, Frank, Innocent, Justice/Justus, Liberty, Loyal, Lucky, Valiant, Valor, Merit, Prosper, Chance, Noble, True, Worth, Victor, Concord.

If you are in fact looking for noun names in general, here are some possibilities: Wolf, Fox, Colt, River, Phoenix, King, Blaze, Jet, Heath, Ash, Storm, Ridge, Brick, Slate, Cash, Ace, Flint, Thorn, Cedar, Frost, Forest, Hill, Raine, Blade (saw the last two in today's NYTimes).

I will say that most of these names, especially in the second list, are not to my personal taste (akthough my grandfather was named Wolf).  Many of them seem a little soap-opera-y to me.  But they are out there in use for sure.

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August 18, 2014 6:06 PM

Nope, I am not looking for specifically for virtue names, (don't even like them really,) it just so happens that they are the most common abstract noun names, so they came to mind first when I was writing an example. Sorry for the confusion, it was pretty late when I wrote that! :-)

My idea of an abstract noun is something that you can't interact with physically. Here are some more names that aren't also virtue names.

Rumor
Aura
Karma
Dream(a)
Reverie
Spirit
Kismet

Concrete nouns are things like what you mostly have in your second list. Places and Things and Titles.

Problem is, most masculine sounding abstract nouns sound almost ridiculous as names, to me at least. So I was just wondering if anyone could think of some that weren't too "out there".

I do like Chance and Victor. Those are perfect examples of what I'm looking for.

 

 

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August 18, 2014 7:31 PM

Chase, Journey, Fortune, Freedom, Truth, Omen (I haven't run across this used as a name, but it sounds sort of name-y), Power, Speed, Wit, Treat (as in Treat Williams?)

I am finding a thin line between abstract nouns and virtue names.  On which side of the line do Wisdom, Liberty, and Justice fall?

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September 26, 2014 10:56 PM

I find Miriam's lists to be well-conceived and thorough.

Despite being, perhaps, a little too concrete, I like Burch as a name for boys. It's a moderately common last name, too, which gives you the opportunity to change directions thematically in the future, if you'd like.

 

Congratulations and best of luck!

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August 18, 2014 9:37 PM

There's always Maverick.

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August 18, 2014 10:21 PM
  • Earnest
  • Abel
  • Justice
  • Valor
  • Benedict 
  • Clement

I personally like Valor. And the name on the list that is most recognizable as a name is Earnest.

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August 18, 2014 10:48 PM

Augustus/August 

Constantine

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By ozy
September 16, 2014 10:38 PM

Knowledge

Riddle

Arcade (okay it's not abstract, but would be a fun name)

Quest

Dash 

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September 17, 2014 2:37 AM

You've gotten some good ones listed already. There are also colors out there in use as names for boys (girls too). I personally know a little boy named Gray (brother is Dash) and a young man with a double barreled E- Blue. Other colors that are in use or strike me as name-y;

Silver

Crimson

Carmine

Auburn

Azure

Cyan

Onyx

Jet

Indigo

Golden

Russet

Slate 

Teal 

Viridian

 

And for girls

Lavender 

Rose

Scarlet

Violet

Olive

Jaune

Blue

Chartreuse

Jade

Sienna

Cerise

Ebony

Ivory

Ruby

Saffron

Wisteria

 

Granted some of these are more name like than others, and quite a few are also objects or places, but they are all used as colors independent of the physical thing. I'm curious what it is about this criteria appeals to you? Why nouns but not virtues or things?

 

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October 1, 2014 7:12 PM

Merit

Valour

True (Truett)

Brave

Noble

Earnest

Pax

Will

Prosper

Victor

Valiant

Sterling

Triumph

Hero

Constant