Is Boyd too weird? Family name


My wife who cares about nothing is adamant that we name our first born son [name_m]Boyd[/name_m]. It’s her grandmothers last name and also her brothers middle name which he goes by. I don’t hate it but I’m not crazy about it and I feel like it may be too out there. When I think about people asking what we are naming him I feel as if I’d be embarrassed to say “[name_m]Boyd[/name_m]”. I know I shouldn’t care. I do however love the idea of using a meaningful family name and suggested it be a middle name and even his nickname but that didn’t fly. My compromise is to call him by his middle name [name_m]Thomas[/name_m] which she is okay with.

So what’s your opinion here? You don’t have to like the name but is it too weird? Thanks!!

I don’t think it’s super weird, but if you’re not on board with calling him that, that’s what’s important. You should both like the name. I think making the middle [name_m]Thomas[/name_m] and calling him that is a good compromise. What about making [name_m]Boyd[/name_m] the middle and [name_m]Thomas[/name_m] the first? [name_m]Thomas[/name_m] [name_m]Boyd[/name_m] sounds good and will be simpler because he’d be going by his first name.

I dont like [name_m]Boyd[/name_m]
“Hey, what’s your baby boy’s name?”
“[name_m]Just[/name_m] boy? So he doesnt have a name yet?” is what I thought of
[name_m]Thomas[/name_m] [name_m]Boyd[/name_m] would be a better and safer choice

I’m not overly fond of the name, but its not weird or strange. if you want to see/hear it on a kid, [name_m]Boyd[/name_m] is the grandson in the show Last [name_m]Man[/name_m] Standing.

I really like [name_m]Boyd[/name_m] - it reminds me of the character on Justified and the actor [name_m]Boyd[/name_m] Holbrook. However if you’re not in love with it, I wouldn’t use it.

I like it.

I really like [name_m]Boyd[/name_m]! I’m a sucker for legitimate family names

[name_m]Boyd[/name_m] has been a first name in a couple of TV shows recently (as others mentioned), and I don’t think it comes off as too surname-y compared to other popular choices. I do think you’d end up with people occasionally mishearing it as “boy,” but I would bet that doesn’t come up too much. Of course, if you don’t like it, that’s a different and more important issue.

I completely agree with @emmievis & @lwj1986’s comment - all I hear is “boy”. I also associate it with the little boy on Last [name_m]Man[/name_m] Standing, and I’ve never thought the name suited him. [name_m]Thomas[/name_m] [name_m]Boyd[/name_m] is a good compromise :slight_smile:

I’m all for passing on the wife’s family name(s) in some way, especially if the child is getting the father’s last name.

I don’t think [name_m]Boyd[/name_m] is odd at all (it fits in nicely with other surnames-as-firstnames that are in right now–[name_m]Brooks[/name_m], [name_m]Brody[/name_m], [name_m]Banks[/name_m], etc.), and if he’s going by [name_m]Thomas[/name_m] anyway, I think there’s no harm in it.