Okay, please suggest some boys' names!

Thanks to everyone who weighed in below on our name dilemmas. It's clear we need some additional boys' names on the table, and I'm hoping to collect some suggestions from all of you. For a sense of our taste:

We already have a son named Simon.

My husband's favorite name right now is Linus, but he's also considering George (which was my grandfather's name and which I like a lot) after refusing to for years. It's looking likely that George could be it, if we have another boy, but I'd like us to have a few more options to play around with.

Other names he's suggested and then soured on (or that I've eliminated) are:
Oscar (I started to like this right when he stopped), Calvin (too similar to Alvin), Roger (veto from me) Ellis (he abandoned this one), Lionel, Dashiell (this was out-of-the-blue and I like it, but we agreed that Dash sounds like a porn star with his last name). Can anyone make sense of his taste? For the record, he says he loves Linus so much because it's like Simon: familiar, easy to spell and pronounce, but not frequently encountered. So that's his holy grail.

Names I've suggested/love that he declares he will "hate forever" are:
Alistair, August, Elliott, Jasper, Archer, Ferdinand (this one made him laugh), Sebastian, Roland. He doesn't mind Graham but thinks I pronounce it weirdly and can't go with it for that reason.

We both like Charles, but find it a little too hum-drum. We both love Nicholas, but Nick rhymes with our last name. We both like Theodore, but Simon eliminates it. We both like Gus, but he doesn't like any of the names that could take Gus as a nickname (and I won't do a nickname on a birth certificate).

Middle name options are probably Arthur or Harrison, both family names. He won't consider the former as a first and I won't consider the latter as a first.

So, yeah. We need help!


By hyz
May 10, 2013 12:34 PM

Ok, here's a shot at names to go with Simon and the surname, that meet the criteria and/or style reasonably well:  Ansel, Tristan, Orson (instead of Oscar?), Calder or Callum (building from Calvin), Leander (instead of Lionel?), Evander, Asa, Blaise, Tobias, Xavier.  I think George is fine, but I agree generally that Linus is probably not the best fit with the surname.  I initially included Alastair in my list, before noticing it was in the verboten category--that's a shame--it feels almost perfect to me, with both Simon and the flow/sound with the surname. 

p.s. I didn't get to reply on your other thread, but I really like Josephine for you.  It is the name that you both love, it is a beautiful classic, pairs nicely with Simon, and it works well with the challenging surname.  Josie and Finny are both adorable nns, too! 

May 10, 2013 2:04 PM

Why not Nicholas with the nn Cole? I think Nicholas Arthur would be a smashing name!

May 10, 2013 9:48 PM

Fwiw, I really like George. You can do Geo for the nickname if you want one, and I think it's a nice fit with Simon and meets your requirements.

I would call your husband's style, "Resolutely untrendy." It seems to me he likes classics, but not the rediscovered classics that have a trendy vibe.

I'll offer up: Felix, Rex, Malcolm, Warren, Louis, Vincent, Asa, Sterling, Otis, Clive, Phillip, Marshall, Mitchell,




May 10, 2013 11:07 PM

Here I go; I think there is some overlap.

Felix, Malcolm, Nigel, Colin, Hugh, Clive, Grant, Logan, Julian, Noel, James and Milo

May 10, 2013 11:15 PM

Too bad about Arthur.  I think it'd make a great brother name for Simon.  I'd suggest Harry instead of Harrison, but I think the last name rules that one out.

I'll suggest (or 2nd) Edmund, Myles, Felix, Giles, Frederick, Albert, Casper & Walter.

May 11, 2013 2:10 AM

I like the Myles suggestion.  Is Giles pronounced the same Miles?

May 11, 2013 2:07 AM

You mentioned Gus so what about Guy?  

May 11, 2013 9:50 AM

How about Cole? It's a name in it's own right. 

& if you think Cole is a nn then you could put Colton, Coleman, Coulter, or even Nicholas on the birth certificate.

Cole 3nd!ck

Colton 3nd!ck

Coleman 3nd!ck

Coulter 3nd!ick

Nicholas 3nd!ck

May 12, 2013 12:43 PM

I sympathize with you! My husband is also "resolutely untrendy"! It also sounds like he doesn't like names that are too unfamiliar or could be considered "uppity". I do like the way Linus sounds with Simon, although it doesn't seem to fit with the middle names you guys are looking at. Someone suggested Julian, which I think sounds good with Simon, and also Arthur or Harrison. Are you opposed to having two S names? What about Sawyer? George is cute too and who could resist calling him Georgey Boy! I had some friends that were going to go with Gus, but ended up choosing Harvey which has a similar feel to it.

Other suggestions:Elliot, Daniel, Nolan, Arden

Let us know what you choose!

May 13, 2013 7:02 AM

I meant to reply to this the other day but must have got distracted toddler wrangling! I have been thinking about your dilemma. I love so many of the names on your vetoed list and think they would be perfect with Simon, if you could use them. The chipmunk association also rules out a couple of good ones.  Then there is the tricky surname. It's so tough.

I do like George, Arthur and Charles as options. I don't think any of them are too boring and they all work well.

I also thought of (sorry for any repeats, consider them seconds):

Phillip, Thaddeus, Ambrose, Rupert, Arlo, Rafferty, Griffith, Hamish, Everett, Angus, Lachlan, Connor, Giles, Nathaniel, Louis, Hugo/Hugh

May 13, 2013 3:43 PM

Sounds like a tough one! Linus is definitely unusual, but Linus Arthur LN sounds pretty good to me, though Arthur as a first name would be nice :/ Here are a few ideas that I had which might possibly suit you.

Lawrence, Wesley, Levi, Gideon, Hector, Mercer, Algernon, Thomas, Marshall, Micah, Tobias, Conrad, and Douglas.

Good luck!

May 13, 2013 3:49 PM

I just thought, maybe Ryan?

It has the similar "IY" sound & "n" ending?

Do you like the shared "IY" sound, or find it too similar?

May 18, 2013 7:59 PM

I really think Linus is cute!!

Familiar, easy to sepll and pronounce, not too frequent, somewhat unusual: Wyatt, Stewart (or Stuart), Nolan, Jonas/Jonah (maybe too popular), Owen, Fletcher or Felix (as an alternative to Ferdinand), Spencer, Casper (instead of Jasper), Oliver (maybe too popular)

Thoughts on "Gus": really August is super cute, maybe Magnus (familiar/easy spelling/not popular), Fergus/Argus (I like Magnus the best)

Alternatives to Calvin or Charles: Carson, Clark, Conrad

May 20, 2013 3:13 PM

Darn those chipmunks for all having names in that sweet spot of 'real but not overused or icky.' Your naming style sounds very similar to my husband's, and we have discussed all three chipmunk names several times over.  

I asked my husband what he would name three boys if he didn't have me to argue with and he said Scott and Cecil (and Simon, which obviously doesn't work for you).  I also thought of Edward, Phillip, Patrick and Adam for you, they are all solid names that are not terribly trendy at the moment. Depending on the religiosity in your community, you might consider Peter too. I realize that the whole Simon Peter thing might make it a dealbreaker, but if you don't live among a lot of people that read the Bible heavily it could work.  

By Coll
May 21, 2013 4:50 PM

Thanks everyone! We're reading all the responses and forming our lists. Will update soon.