I have my boys names narrowed down to four: [name]Joseph[/name] ([name]Joe[/name]), [name]George[/name], [name]Frank[/name], and [name]Edward[/name] ([name]Ed[/name] or [name]Ted[/name]). All of those names fit my criteria (listed below), but I really want to know which of those names fits the best and I’m looking for opinions.
“[name]Man[/name] of the People.” Nothing fancy, pretentious, new, or creative. I’m looking for a name that would fit an average, likable, community-minded guy; think [name]Jimmy[/name] [name]Stewart[/name]'s [name]George[/name] [name]Bailey[/name].
Vintage feel. I’m an American history buff, and I always test out the names in the context of a handful of old archetypes. I want a name that could have been signed on the Declaration of Independence, could fit a radical farmer in the late 19th century, a disheveled early 20th century newspaperman or a U.S Senator in LBJ’s mid-century cloak room.
The “diner/bar” test. Would the name naturally fit as the name of one of these establishments? For instance, “[name]Charlie[/name]'s” works, but “[name]Alex[/name]'s” not so much.
“All-American.” I’m not much of an Anglophile, and prefer a name that would fit an American farmer rather than an English sophisticate (yes, I’m playing with a lot of stereotypes here).
*One more consideration: the middle names for each.
[name]Joseph[/name] [name]Jennings[/name] ("[name]Jennings[/name]" for [name]William[/name] [name]Jennings[/name] [name]Bryan[/name])
[name]Edward[/name] [name]Jennings[/name] ([name]Jennings[/name] would be the mn for either choice)
[name]George[/name] Renfro (Renfro is a family name)
**Last name begins with K.
Any thoughts on how the 4 names match up with the criteria or any other general opinions on the names would be appreciated. Thanks.