Oliver Benedict Stone. Opinions?

I'm expecting a boy in March (so excited!).  I've been enjoying looking at baby names, but I feel like deciding on one name -- a name that will be an actual human being -- is a ton of pressure!  I think we may have finally chosen something, but I'd like a few more opinions!

Oliver Benedict Stone.  What do you think?


October 25, 2013 8:07 AM

It's a nice name but be sure you can respond to queries about film director Oliver Stone.

October 25, 2013 8:12 AM

I had never heard of that guy!  I Googled him, and I guess I'm just out of the loop because he is apparently really famous XD  Do you think he'll still be famous by the time my kiddo is old enough to care?

October 25, 2013 11:52 AM

I have no clue. But I agree with Miriam that your children's peers aren't the ones who will remark on it. Many of Oliver Stone's films took a very particular (and controversial) political point of view, so you're likely to get drawn into conversations about his films (and viewpoints) if you go with Oliver. If you love the name more than any other, use it, but just do it with some knowledge of the conversations you're likely to get into.

October 25, 2013 11:32 AM

Between Oliver Stone and Benedict (Arnold), hearing the name some people might think you are making a political statement of some sort.  This would not occur to children in kindergarten, but it would occur to some adults.  It instantly struck me.  So you would have to decide if you are OK with that.  After all, it's not just that Oliver Stone is a famous film director, it's mainly the kind of controversy his films provoke.  If it weren't for these associations, the name itself is fine.


October 25, 2013 12:37 PM

I was actually thinking of St. Benedict!  Benedict Arnold didn't even occur to me, haha.  You make an awesome point by pointing that out -- that's probably what most people will think of when they hear the middle name.  

I still like the name, but I definitely have something thinking to do as far as the meaning it might portray.  Thank you so much for pointing these out to me!  You guys are awesome, and I really appreciate it! <3

October 25, 2013 1:40 PM

Benedict Arnold was so notorious in American history that "benedict" became a generic word for traitor (like quisling for the Norwegian traitor Vidkun Quisling).  I think Pope Benedict took a bit of the onus off of Benedict here in the US, and the marvelously named actor Benedict Cumberbatch has also helped to rehabilitate the name to some extent.  But combined with Oliver Stone, the name might raise some eyebrows, at least for older people.  AFAIK St. Benedict of Nursia is a positive association.  But if you are looking for a positive role model saint, you might follow the example of the current pope and go for St. Francis of Assisi.  Even non-Catholics have positive feelings toward St. Francis.

By mk
October 25, 2013 1:47 PM

What about Benedict Oliver Stone? I don't immediately think of Benedict Arnold when I hear the name Benedict. Really, I haven't thought of him much at all once out of grade school.  But I would definitely notice Oliver Stone. Not ideal, but at least in the middle spot it won't be as obvious, since many people don't use their middle names every day.


By Coll
October 25, 2013 7:11 PM

I think this is a good suggestion. I'd at least watch a few of Oliver Stone's movies (maybe Wall Street and JFK and the one he did about Bush not so long ago) before deciding to give your son the same name. If you really hate his political point of view, you're not going to want to have to answer questions about it every time an adult hears your son's name. But maybe you'll love the movies and his politics and want to go with it anyway! Or maybe you'll think he's a good director but still not want to associate your child so closely with such a well-known and controversial figure.

December 7, 2013 6:27 PM

I agree, switching the order might work. And if you're really worried about Benedict Arnold connotations (I personally love the name Benedict and am more likely to think of popes than Mr. Arnold) what about Benjamin Oliver? Or Bennett Oliver? If you're not too bothered by the Oliver Stone thing, Oliver Benjamin and Oliver Bennett sound very handsome too. 

Good luck and congratulations with whatever you choose!

October 25, 2013 7:41 PM

Yes, Oliver Stone is a very famous director.  I'm actually somewhat shocked you haven't heard of him.  (Maybe you're not in the U.S.?)  Then again, a friend named her son Jonah.  At the hospital, a family member said, "Like in the whale story?"  She said "What whale?"

Regarding Benedict, I used to think of Benedict Arnold, but now I think of (former) Pope Benedict.  So I don't have a problem with that.

December 9, 2013 6:50 PM

I received the same type of comments when I was asking for opinions on naming my son Stone Oliver. Although I am very familiar with the director, it hadn't even occurrect to me! As it happens, I'm pretty far left myself and agree with some (not all) of his POV. Oliver Stone as a full name would certainly call those politics to attention, though! Although not religious, I immediately though of St. Benedict myself. It's a very handsome name, by the way... just comes with a lot of baggage, for lack of a better term!


Good luck, and happy naming!