Which name is better for a boy?

James Bell vs. James Rose

"Bell" and "Rose" are supposed to be LAST names, NOT middle names.

It's a very very long and personal story why I'm considering different last names, so please forgive me. 


Which name do you think is better: James Rose or James Bell?


July 19, 2015 11:34 PM

I think Bell works better. I've seen it used as a surname before, unlike Rose. I also think a boy with Rose in his name could potentially be teased for it. Then again, kids will find any excuse to tease someone if they want to.

July 19, 2015 11:46 PM

I thought the same thing too, then I remembered Pete Rose. Not a girly man at all, so I think it's ok.

July 19, 2015 11:43 PM

I think they are both equally good names. Sound-wise you can't go wrong, so don't stress about that.

I would give baby James the most practical name. For example, if the father is not really in the picture, your life will be much easier if your son has the same last name as you. 

Alternatively, would you consider a hyphenated name? James Bell-Rose or James Rose-Bell are fine because they're both so short.

July 20, 2015 1:02 AM

I second what Carencarrillo says about surname choices here.

The only thing I have to add that if a hyphenated name is being considered I'd opt for Bell-Rose on sound, because Rose-Bell sounds a bit more more like a Rose- and -bella mashup feminine firstname, whereas Bell-Rose makes me think more of compass rose or wind rose, and if I saw it in isolation I'd would more obviously seem like a surname. (Rhyming with Melrose probably helps, there, too.)

July 20, 2015 1:09 AM

I prefer James Bell. I think James Rose is a bit too rhymey

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July 20, 2015 10:43 AM

I've seen the surname Rose in real life more often than I've seen the surname Bell, though Bell is a much more common surname globally (English-speaking at least), I would think. So they're both quite names should and I've never seen anyone teased for it. Roses are about as interesting as Bells, as far as teasing is concerned... If someone wants to tease you they're pretty even.

Bell sounds more English (like from England), Rose is more international feeling, to me. But either way it works well enough for any culture I would think.

Initials JB remind me of a certain brand of alcohol, while JR is short for junior. Not a deal breaker either way.

I would just pick the one that has more meaning for you.

July 20, 2015 1:07 PM

I think they are about equal based on flow.  Do you have a middle name picked out already?  Perhaps that could help us determine if there are any issues with initials or flow of the full name.

Not trying to pry, but without anything else to go on, it's really hard for me to decide which I think is better.  I'm assuming one surname is yours & the other belongs to the other parent.  This makes me wonder if you & the other parent are still together?  If you are married, is the issue that you both want to use your own surname?  I understand if you don't want to share too much with strangers on the internet.  But knowing even a little more context would help us make more informed decisions about which name we think is better.

July 20, 2015 4:14 PM

I like both. Since both are common nouns with lovely imagery, I might make the decision based on which image I preferred--thinking of birth announcements, future personalization options, etc.

Depending on origin of each as well as your personal circumstances, I could also see combining the two. Bellrose looks and sounds quite name-like, and reminds me of the Italian surname Bellarosa (which I assume means "beautiful rose" but maybe someone with better sources/Italian/Latin could verify that it doesn't actually mean something like "bloody war").