Thoughts on Kessler for a boy?

My husbands name is kelcey & we are having a baby boy & he loves the names Kessler. Our daughters name is Harper. I personally regret her name because of the recent trends with Harper so I really want to pick a boy name that is unusual, unique but not ugly or weird... I'm not crazy about Kessler but do like it. My husband really wants a K name but all of them sound so common & ugly in my opinion. I like the names Alem & Arlen but also am not crazy about them... Ugh! Any suggestions?!? Also how does Kessler sounds hearing it for the first time?? Any opinions are appreciated! Thx! 


By mk
March 4, 2014 12:55 PM

I think Kessler sounds fine. It sounds to me like a surname chosen for a first name. Other K names: Kyler, Kellen, Keenan.

March 4, 2014 2:00 PM

Kessler sounds like a surname to me, so I think it will fit in well with current trends.  It reminds me a bit of Kelso, Ashton Kutcher's character from that 70s show.

My problem with Kessler is that is seems so close to your husband's name.  Together, they don't pass the holler test for me.  I can see myself getting tongue tied between the 2 names.

Kyler has a similar cadence, but has enough distinct sounds that I don't think it would be as problematic with Kelcey. Other thoughts are Keiran, Kai & Keane. 

Bottom line, if you aren't sold on Kessler and can't find any other K names you like, your husband will need to give up on his idea of using a K name.  Perhaps you could compromise by doing a K name (maybe even Kelcey) as your son's middle name, with a name you can both agree on as the first.

March 4, 2014 4:26 PM

Thank you so much for your help! That was really helpful! one of the problems I had with the name was that it was so similar to Kelcey. I like cadience (spelled with a k?) and a few other suggestions! 

March 5, 2014 12:11 PM

I personally think Kessler is a great name. It sounds strong, and certainly unique. It might sound a bit like a last name, but I kinda like that "trend."

Good luck!

March 6, 2014 10:33 PM

I also like Kessler a lot, but agree that it is very similiar to your husband's name. I think Karsten could be a good option if you still want the K name and haven't found one yet.

March 7, 2014 10:15 PM

Karsten is cute but seems pretty trendy & not old English. I love last names or surnames as first names... Kessler is growing on me more & more but is it weird if it's too similar to my husbands Name? 

March 7, 2014 10:25 PM

Over the centuries, there have been millions (maybe even billions) of boys who grew up with the exact same name as their fathers, so no, it's not weird to give your son a name that's similar to his dad's.

By mk
March 9, 2014 2:00 AM

No it's not weird at all. I actually don't even think they are really that similar.

By EVie
March 8, 2014 12:33 AM

Just so you know, Kessler is not Old English either. It's not English at all—it's a German and Dutch surname that means "maker of copper cooking vessels," from a Middle High German word kezzel that means "kettle" or "cauldron." Karsten is also German, a variant of the name Christian.

I think it's a little close to your husband's name, but I'm also someone who wouldn't want a Jr. because it causes too much confusion. If you think it won't drive you crazy getting them mixed up all the time, or having other people confuse them, then it's a fine name. It really depends on your personal tolerance for that sort of thing.

March 9, 2014 12:10 AM

Yeah good points... What are your thoughts on Klarance? Or Lindell? Is that name too feminine? Especially since Harper (our daughter) is more gender neutral. I'm making myself crazy lol! Thanks for the tips everyone 

By EVie
March 9, 2014 1:19 AM

I'm afraid I don't care for the spelling of Klarance, though Clarence is a fine name—I know you're looking for the K start, though. Lindell does read a bit feminine to me, especially in a Harper & Lindell pair. I'm tempted to recommend Linden, except that reads somewhat feminine to me as well in that spelling. Lyndon, like the president, is all boy though. Lincoln? Kieran or Kiernan? Kirkland? (You could get a ton of stuff with his name on it if you shop at Costco!) Kemper? Kendrick? Kristof? Kelton? Honestly, if you like the surname style and you have a particular starting letter in mind, what I recommend doing is getting your hands on A Dictionary of English Surnames and just reading through the K section and seeing what strikes your fancy. Kelham? Keatley? Kellett? Keston? There are a lot. 

March 10, 2014 11:24 PM

Have you thought about Kent? It's a transferred surname and a place in England, and an underused classic, these days. Plus, it reminds me of Clark Kent.

Or Kendrick, seems like your style.

I also like Kenneth/Ken...

Keenan? Keegan? Kaspar? Kevin? Kelvin? Kristoff? I don't love those but they seem perfectly usuable.

But really I would pick Kent or Kendrick, with Harper.

March 11, 2014 12:55 PM

We were looking for boys' K names too - it wasn't an easy feat for us! We named our little guy Konrad and it suits him really well. Maybe that would be an option for you. It's definitely German, not English, however. But it is definitely a boy's name and I think it will stay that way. It also can be a surname, a la Lauren Conrad of The Hills fame :)