STUMPED on baby boys name

Please help - any ideas gratefully received!  I am 25 weeks pregnant with a long awaited baby boy and so far can only come up with boys names that I like, but don't love. My daughter is named Mila (pronounced Myla) and I want a name that sounds good with that. Names that I like so far are: Christian, Jack, William, Piers and Theo. Definitely leaning towards something more classic, but not too overused. Thanks in advance!


July 19, 2012 3:13 PM

Can you tell us how your last name sounds?  Also, are there any family members or aspects of your heritage you'd like to honor? Any other considerations that might narrow it down?


July 19, 2012 3:29 PM

Last name sounds like Rudy and I would love to use a family name - William is my dh's middle name, so that is a definite contender! Ethnic heritage is Scottish, Irish and Jamaican - kind of a mixed bag! Ideally, I would like a older, classic name that isn't in use much anymore, but I am really struggling to find one! Anything I like, dh doesn't and vice versa...

July 19, 2012 3:44 PM

Here's a quick trick if you and your husband aren't agreeing:

Imagine your son grown up. What is he doing? It's okay if what he's doing is completely fanciful and impossible (he's a great wizard!), but it gives you an image of what makes him so great. Have your husband do the same thing. Then compare notes.

If, say, he's imagining a star quarterback, and you're imagining a gentle professor, that might be the name problem. You'll be looking for names that suggest intelligence and meekness, and he's looking for leadership and physical power. But then you know that you're looking for a name that works on both accounts.

So, what's your son like?

By Guest (not verified)
July 20, 2012 8:33 AM

Victor? Frederick? Matthew? Simon?

July 19, 2012 8:48 PM

I actually like all the names on your list. The standouts for me are Piers and Theo. Both great names and fit the classic but under-used criteria. Christian, Jack and William all fit the classic criteria but not so much the under-used (although I don't know many Christians under 20).  I think if you want something a little more unusual I'd consider maybe using one those as a middle name.

Theo Jack and Piers William sound great, but other combos work too.

Here are some other suggestions (I'm trying to keep in mind Mila and your surname):




















Do any of these strike your fancy? 

July 19, 2012 9:15 PM

Thanks for the replies! I like the idea of trying to visualize where our son will be in 20 years or so...I think dh would definitely lean towards something athletic and I really can barely believe I am having a boy finally, let alone trying to imagine what he will be doing in 20 years!! I keep telling dh the one who goes through the labour should have the final say in picking the name....

Also, Chimu, thanks for the list! It is interesting, actually, because both Angus and Ambrose are family names that I hadn't considered, and quite like. I guess my main problem is I LOVED my daughters name when I chose it (still do) and want a boys name that I love just as much...

July 20, 2012 9:06 PM

I also LOVE more girls names than boys names. There are plenty of boys names I really really like but I don't have as many that I adore as girls names. So far I've only had a girl, so if the time comes to name a boy I'll see how I go. I think you will probably find that once you find the name for your boy you will love it. I think most people find it harder naming a subsequent child when they got to use a name they adored first time around.

I think it's great that Angus and Ambrose are family names. I think both fit really well with style of Piers and Theo and would be great in combo!

By hyz
July 20, 2012 10:12 AM

FWIW, Christian seems to be a very popular name here for the toddler to pre-k set--my daughter has sometimes had multiple Christians in her class.  This could be an AU vs. US difference, or maybe I'm just in a pocket of them, but if the OP is looking for something underused, I don't think Christian is the best bet.  Piers would be neat and very unusual here, and while Theo(dore) would fit right into my circles, I don't actually know many of them yet.  

July 20, 2012 9:08 PM

That is interesting, and yes probably a difference between Aus and the US. I went to school and Uni with a few Christian's but haven't come across any recently.  I really wish we had better regional stats here. While it's not in the top 100 it would be interesting to know where it does rank in my area.

By Guest (not verified)
July 20, 2012 10:49 AM

Another possible is Oliver and dh's favorite is Dominic, which I am not at all sold on. I also quite like Marlow, but does that sound too unisex?

July 20, 2012 9:11 PM

Oliver is lovely but massively popular in my area (top 5). However, I don't live in the US so check your local stats but I think Oliver is starting to move upwards in many US states. It might not quite meet your criteria of under-used :)

Dominic is really nice. I like that it is classic and familiar, with some international flair. I particularly like the nickname Dom, but Nic is also a solid option if you want a nickname.

Marlow definitely sounds unisex to me. Probably verging on girl. I don't think if fits with the style of other names you like.  I would suggest Milo but it's too close to Mila. How about Arlo? Rowan? Leo?

By Guest (not verified)
July 20, 2012 10:52 AM

Oliver is another option - also dh loves Dominic. Me, not so much...

I also like Marlow, but am thinking maybe it sounds too unisex?

By Guest (not verified)
July 20, 2012 11:35 AM

How about Owen?  I think Mila and Owen sound like a great pair.  I have heard people say that Owen is too popular, but I have still only ever met one, and he is probably in his mid-20's now.

By Guest (not verified)
July 20, 2012 2:09 PM

I know an Owen who's about 7. His little sister's name rhymes with Mila actually!! 

July 20, 2012 1:18 PM

Regarding your description of your boy-to-be as "long awaited": When I was pregnant with my now-2-year-old daughter, we discussed only half-jokingly that if it was a boy, the perfect name meaning-wise would be Desiderius Theodore: 'much-desired gift of God'. Unfortunately, I don't think Desiderius is ready for a revival yet, but Theodore certainly works.

By Guest (not verified)
July 20, 2012 7:06 PM

Did you mean to headline this post, "Stumped on baby boy's name"? 

July 20, 2012 8:45 PM

Here are some other suggestions that might work:














By Guest (not verified)
July 20, 2012 10:20 PM


By Guest (not verified)
July 24, 2012 11:53 PM

My William whom we call Jack was nearly a Dean. 

July 25, 2012 1:00 AM

I agree that Piers is a very nice choice! I know a Piers who is a boxer, so it goes along with that idea of an athlete! Theo is nice too :) How about also considering Grant, Coleman, Silas, Judah, and Grahm.