Name Hunt: Agent 007 (Boy's Edition)

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I’m stuck on the girl names so I’m putting those aside for awhile. Boys names are much more fun and far easier for Hubby and me to agree on, too.

Here’s our list for firsts:
[name_m]Horatio[/name_m] - this has been on and off my favorites for years, I think I have finally worked up the nerve to go for it. I realized that nn Eto would work as a nn which makes me smile – this was a pet name they called my dad, [name_m]Ethan[/name_m], when he was a kid - prn EE-toe. Also love [name_u]Rory[/name_u] as a possible nn and Hubby likes this one best, so that nn would likely win out against Eto. But we might use the full name, too. We have no consistency in our sibling group – some kids have nns and some go by full names.

[name_u]Rory[/name_u] - Both parents like this one a lot. For some reason, I have a little bit of trouble wrapping my head around it as a standalone name, even though I know it IS a standalone name, and I always like it every time I “see” it on a grown man. So. It’s probably time for me to just get over that mental block. Yes, one of [name_m]Georg[/name_m]!a’s middles is [name_f]Rose[/name_f]; no, we don’t think this is too much [name_m]Doctor[/name_m] Who. We have a TARDIS in our dining room that we built, soooo yeah…

[name_m]Ragnar[/name_m] - Hubby has been campaigning for this one for… four years? Six years? A long time. He super likes it. I like it… but possibly more in theory than in practice. It’s… aggressive.

[name_m]Ethan[/name_m] - family name, obviously. My grandparents were ahead of their times, what can I say? It’s still astonishing to me that this became a top 10 name, because NOBODY could even understand it back in the day when I said my parents’ names.

Eto - I think the nickname itself would be a cool middle, possibly in a two-middle combo. One nephew already has [name_m]Ethan[/name_m] as a middle and another sister declared that she will use it as a first. I don’t mind shared family names. But it might be nice to have a variation, too.

[name_m]Heath[/name_m] - I would consider this in a combo as the [name_m]Ethan[/name_m] honor (he was called “Eth” after he outgrew Eto, long E, sounds like [name_m]Heath[/name_m] without the H).

[name_u]Rigel[/name_u] - A number 7 and celestial name, super cool.

[name_m]Frederic[/name_m] - Anyone who knows us will get this. [name_u]Baby[/name_u] is due in [name_f]February[/name_f] and we’re [name_m]Gilbert[/name_m] & [name_u]Sullivan[/name_u] nerds (Pirates of Penzance).

[name_m]Amadeus[/name_m] - Awesome cool meaning. Never have been able to get Hubby to OK this one as a first, but I might be able to sneak it into a combo.

[name_m]Ozias[/name_m] - Also awesome meaning name that I want to keep on the table for possible combos, won’t ever get approval as a first from DH.

A couple others I just like but don’t think are usable
[name_u]Jean[/name_u], [name_u]Jean[/name_u]-[name_m]Luc[/name_m] - I wish [name_m]French[/name_m] [name_u]Jean[/name_u] wouldn’t be slaughtered in my region. It’s really a pity, because I legitimately like both of these of their own merit, and Hubby would like [name_f]Star[/name_f] Trek and [name_u]Jean[/name_u] Valjean, though they are pretty tied to characters for first name consideration anyway. I did think of using it as a crossover honor for [name_f]MIL[/name_f], middle name [name_u]Jean[/name_u], but she would think that was idiotic and pretentious, so there’s no point.

[name_m]Basil[/name_m] - I super like this one and I would totally use it, if it weren’t for the stupid “Bedazzler” craze when I was a kid. [name_f]Every[/name_f] time I picture a smart and distinguished fellow… I realize he’s wearing a jean jacket plastered with sparkles. [name_m]Just[/name_m]…no.

[name_m]Alastair[/name_m] - So refined, so handsome, so hard to pull off the third-syllable emphasis. Out.

[name_u]Robin[/name_u] - This one would be fun as a second-middle “[name_u]Robin[/name_u] Hood” nod, but he doesn’t beat out the other middle options.

Ok – thoughts, comments, combos? I don’t think we’re shopping for new ideas. All three of the top considerations have been on and off the list for 4-14 years so it would be hard to overtake any of them. Our other three boys have family middles, or middles chosen for meaning.

Thanks, Berries!

I like [name_m]Ragnar[/name_m] and [name_m]Amadeus[/name_m] together because [name_m]Ragnar[/name_m] is so harsh and [name_m]Amadeus[/name_m] is so smooth and soft. [name_m]Horatio[/name_m] [name_m]Ragnar[/name_m] [name_m]Amadeus[/name_m] might be nice. [name_m]Ragnar[/name_m] [name_m]Ozias[/name_m] also seems to tone down the aggression and feels rather sophisticated.

[name_m]Horatio[/name_m] [name_m]Amadeus[/name_m] [name_m]Ragnar[/name_m] - initials [name_m]HART[/name_m].
As an aside, my son had an Italian friend named [name_m]Amadeo[/name_m] (am-ah-[name_u]DAY[/name_u]-o is how he pronounced it) and we all just loved that name! The whole family agreed it was the funnest name to say, ever. It still makes me swoony. And now I prefer that version because it’s less composer and more fun, to my way of thinking.

As far as JonLuc, JeanLuc,etc… there was a boy in one of my classes last year named Gianluke. I really liked his name, too. All the other kids called him Gianluke, no nn. It was so handsome! I think kids nowadays can handle any kind of name from any kind of place - it’s very cosmopolitan in the schools nowadays as far as names go, in my experience.

I’m happy to see the boy thread :slight_smile:

I like [name_u]Rory[/name_u], [name_m]Amadeus[/name_m], Osais, [name_m]Basil[/name_m].

Let me try:
[name_m]Izar[/name_m] (celestial name)
Alioth (celestial name)
Solaris (celestial name)
[name_m]Stellan[/name_m] (celestial name)
Astorian (celestial name)
Astriel (celestial name)

From the first name list, I can’t decide if I like [name_m]Horatio[/name_m] or [name_u]Rory[/name_u] more. With [name_m]Horatio[/name_m], it’s like a two-for-one since you can call him [name_u]Rory[/name_u] as a nickname anyway, which I always love on principal. On the other hand, the rest of your boys have uncommon names while two of the girls have more mainstream names, so I kinda like the idea of using a more mainstream boy name this time. So…I don’t know. I agree that with you that [name_m]Ragnar[/name_m] is a bit much, though.

With [name_m]Horatio[/name_m], I think my favorite combo is [name_m]Horatio[/name_m] [name_u]Rigel[/name_u], followed by [name_m]Horatio[/name_m] [name_m]Frederic[/name_m]. I also like [name_m]Horatio[/name_m] [name_m]Frederic[/name_m] [name_u]Rigel[/name_u] if you decide to go with double middles. Actually, thinking about it more, that’s probably my favorite option.

With [name_u]Rory[/name_u], I’m liking [name_u]Rory[/name_u] [name_m]Amadeus[/name_m] and [name_u]Rory[/name_u] [name_m]Ozias[/name_m]. For double middles, my favorite is probably [name_u]Rory[/name_u] [name_m]Amadeus[/name_m] [name_m]Heath[/name_m].

Thanks for the replies, ideas and suggestions, everyone!

OK a couple of quick thoughts we’re mulling over.

EE ending of Da!sy, Ev!e, [name_u]Rory[/name_u]. Too similar? And that OR sound of [name_m]Georg[/name_m]!a, [name_u]Rory[/name_u]. Too similar? [name_u]Rory[/name_u] is on the rocks ATM. I’m thinking it just might be a bit too close to a lot of other sounds we’ve already used. It’s surprising how names just mesh together when they are hollered across the house or from downstairs to upstairs. A good argument for [name_u]Rory[/name_u] just as a nn, so [name_m]Horatio[/name_m] could be called instead to avoid confusion, or just ruling out that name entirely, even as a nn.

[name_m]Rainier[/name_m] is a distant possibility as a less-aggressive answer to [name_m]Ragnar[/name_m], but I’m afraid it’s just too… too… geographical. Especially in a sibling set that also includes Caspi@n and [name_m]Georg[/name_m]!a, which you don’t necessarily think of as place names until… it’s all place names. Any thoughts on that?

I didn’t include this before because I forgot, but I have a crush on [name_m]Orson[/name_m]. I seriously don’t need any more ends-in-N boys names, and it doesn’t have any particular significance to us. I just like it. I’m kind of loving this combo: [name_m]Horatio[/name_m] [name_m]Ethan[/name_m] [name_m]Orson[/name_m]. EEEP. i like repeating sounds in a full combo. Like, Victorian 1902 style, [name_u]London[/name_u] Telegraph. Is this too much of a tongue-twister though, or is it cool? Does Orson lose his coolness out there at the end?

I also came up with [name_m]Orson[/name_m] [name_m]Ozias[/name_m] [name_m]Rainier[/name_m]. Which of course doesn’t use any of the honor names that I really want, any of the favorite names we really want, AND gives me YET ANOTHER ends-in-N name, which we absolutely do not need in our family. Nontheless. I like it so much, it’s going up as an “alternate option” to pull out for just in case the kid showed up and… absolutely wasn’t [name_m]Horatio[/name_m].

OK that’s all I have time to sneak in right now. Thanks!

What about…


Tho if your other boys have names ending in “n”, maybe you should stay with that…


You really have a Tardis in your living room? I want to see it! Can you load a picture?

One of my son’s middle names is [name_m]Rainier[/name_m] and while he is 21 now I could just kick myself for not having the nerve to use that as his first name like I wanted to do all those years ago. So I’m kind of swoony over that name. And I really like it in your set, place name withstanding (also it’s a mountain so less of a place name than most). Plus the nn [name_u]Rain[/name_u] is cool and I think it has that sort of fairytale vibe that your other names have. (More so than [name_m]Horatio[/name_m], I think). So I’m going to lob [name_m]Rainier[/name_m] [name_m]Horatio[/name_m] [name_m]Heath[/name_m] out there.
Also, for [name_m]Orson[/name_m], I believe it means bear, which might be a cute nn in itself. I quite like all the boys’ names ending in N and a little bear at the end…well, how cute is that!!!

Here’s a picture from Thanksgiving, the tables kind of block it though. We’re doing a bunch of yard work today so I’m just picking up the ideas on breaks and “simmering” on them the rest of the time. Thanks for the feedback! :slight_smile:

Oo, [name_m]Rainier[/name_m] is a nice alternative to [name_m]Ragnar[/name_m]! In a sibset as large as yours, I don’t think having three out of seven names that could be seen as geographical is a lot, especially when they’re such varied types of places. Casp1an and [name_m]Rainier[/name_m] don’t even really register as place names for me since my main and first associations with them are as prince names (one fictional, one real-life).

In the same vein, I also don’t think that having three out of seven names ending with a long -e sound is a big deal, especially when two (possibly all three, depending on which way you choose to use [name_u]Rory[/name_u]) are only nicknames and the first vowel sounds in each name are so different.

[name_m]Orson[/name_m] shares the -or sound similarity that bothers you about [name_u]Rory[/name_u], in addition to the ending -n. Obviously, you love that sound! But that’s definitely something to consider since you’re potentially axing [name_u]Rory[/name_u] for the same thing.

Ok I think I have some time to go through all the messages now.

@electric_sheep - Thanks for the ideas, [name_m]Ragnar[/name_m] [name_m]Amadeus[/name_m] would be quite daring for us. We usually make at least one of the middles a “normal name.”

@mousehouse7 - [name_m]HART[/name_m], that’s cute. You did make me realize that I COULD get initials [name_m]RHET[/name_m] and then use [name_m]Rhett[/name_m] as a nn. I really like [name_m]Rhett[/name_m] but I never use it because of the T surname thing. It was fun to make combos on that thought. Not too likely to actually win out, but I’m keeping the idea around. I only use nns that I love as much as the name, in this case [name_m]Rhett[/name_m] could probably qualify. :smiley: I’m not familiar with Gianluke and I can’t seem to find a spelling that “registers” as a “real name,” interesting though!

@mccharlie - Thanks for the list of ideas. There are some I do like - [name_u]Zephyr[/name_u], [name_m]Evander[/name_m], [name_m]Hawthorn[/name_m], [name_m]Othello[/name_m], [name_u]Orion[/name_u], [name_u]Rowan[/name_u], [name_m]Ebenezer[/name_m], [name_m]Heath[/name_m], [name_u]Phoenix[/name_u], Magellan, [name_m]Nigel[/name_m], [name_m]Gulliver[/name_m], [name_m]Atlas[/name_m] - though probably not enough to beat out anything we have now (or else it’s too close to names I’ve already used). One of the sources I looked at for meaning seemed to think that [name_m]Atlas[/name_m] and [name_m]Ethan[/name_m] had similar meanings, which I thought was interesting, and might bring [name_m]Atlas[/name_m] up for consideration as a middle, though I still favor the names that resemble the original more.

@mega_muffin - I think we’re leaning toward [name_u]Rory[/name_u] as a nn if we use it at all - two of the girls have ends-in-EE-sound nns and the other girl has an “OR” sound in her name. If it’s [name_u]Rory[/name_u], just [name_u]Rory[/name_u], then there isn’t anything else to use to differentiate names that sound alike (unless I start in on middles, ha, which I suppose is possible). [name_m]Horatio[/name_m] [name_m]Frederic[/name_m] [name_u]Rigel[/name_u] is very nice, I added it to my list of possibilities.

@tfzolghadr - I had written down [name_m]Horatio[/name_m] [name_m]Frederic[/name_m] Eto before, and then I couldn’t decide if the repeated O endings were too strange, since [name_m]Horatio[/name_m] is pretty obscure and Eto is, well, made up. [name_m]Horatio[/name_m] [name_u]Rigel[/name_u] [name_m]Heath[/name_m], that’s nice, too!

@summs - I do like [name_m]Ansel[/name_m] and [name_m]Atlas[/name_m], as I said above, one of the sources I looked at claimed that [name_m]Ethan[/name_m] and [name_m]Atlas[/name_m] had similar meanings, which is pretty interesting. I have a nephew named [name_m]Zebulon[/name_m]!

@summs (again) - Actually it’s in our dining room — and I snagged one of my Facebook pictures and posted it somewhere along the way here, while I was on a break!

@adelina_sophia - [name_u]Rory[/name_u] [name_m]Alastair[/name_m] is ever so handsome!

@mousehouse7 (again) - [name_m]Rainier[/name_m] [name_m]Horatio[/name_m] [name_m]Heath[/name_m] is quite a handsome combo. [name_m]Orson[/name_m] does mean bear, but I’m not into [name_m]Bear[/name_m] as a nn. It really does get confusing with all the ends-in-N names, they don’t know who I’m calling sometimes. I tried ever so hard to find a different ending for the 3rd boy but the ends-in-N won out in the end!

@tfzolghadr (again) - Yeah, hardly anyone likes [name_m]Ragnar[/name_m], which is a pity, but it does have a pretty sharp sound. I get it, it must have been two or three years before my husband had campaigned for it enough that I even worked myself around to it. Still, we have an awful lot of Norse heritage in the family. [name_m]Bear[/name_m] and [name_u]Teddy[/name_u] are cute, if you’re into that kind of thing. I never use nns unless I like them as much as the name itself, because otherwise it’s just “wasting” a beautiful first name. I don’t happen to care for [name_m]Bear[/name_m] or [name_u]Teddy[/name_u], but it’s a clever idea. [name_m]Rainier[/name_m] [name_m]Ozias[/name_m] Eto is a cool combo, I like that.

@mega_muffin (again) - Yeah, I didn’t realize [name_m]Rainier[/name_m] was even a mountain at first, but my husband had never even heard of the [name_m]Prince[/name_m] of Monaco so… yeah, [name_m]Georg[/name_m]!a and [name_m]Rainier[/name_m] being right together like that could be really obvious for some people. It’s not as much the three-of-seven being too many, as much as the question of at what point similar-but-distinct is just TOO similar and it’s annoying in our everyday life. [name_m]Horatio[/name_m] comes out a frontrunner just for being so different (though it didn’t escape me that it also contains and OR), [name_m]Ragnar[/name_m] and [name_m]Rainier[/name_m] get points for being different, too. Very good point about [name_m]Orson[/name_m], that shares sounds on two counts as well, but my pretty combo was likely to stay just that, because it IS a fairly high priority to use my dad’s name this time, same birth month and all of that, and seriously THIS TIME we won’t use an ends-in-N name that makes [name_m]Ethan[/name_m] sound stupid in combo, right? Right?? :smiley:

Thanks all for the comments, combos, and ideas, everyone. I’m going to simmer my combos list some more. I mentioned to my husband this morning that I had a boy list going because the girls were driving me nuts, and that I was almost ready to put full combos up on the mirror for boy names. He was surprised that I’d made so much progress, but I pointed out that girl names are harder for me anyway, and I threw away all my lists after [name_m]Georg[/name_m]!a because I’m just sick of all of the girl names. On the boys side, I had a few favorites hanging on and the middle names are sort of no-brainers in between my dad’s name and the [name_m]Frederick[/name_m] nod, and assorted other favorites that he’ll never approve as first names. But I assured him that having options for boy names surely, definitely, guarantees we’re having a girl. He was amused, and agreed. Of course. Naturally, that’s what we can expect. :stuck_out_tongue:

I’ve had [name_m]Rainier[/name_m] on my list for YEARS! I’d so love to use it but since I’m from [name_m]Washington[/name_m] State originally and will likely return there one day with my family, we can’t really use it without it being a bit weird. My favorite combos from your names:
[name_m]Horatio[/name_m] [name_m]Ethan[/name_m] [name_m]Amadeus[/name_m]
[name_m]Horatio[/name_m] [name_m]Orson[/name_m] Eto
[name_m]Ragnar[/name_m] [name_u]Rigel[/name_u] [name_m]Ethan[/name_m]
[name_m]Ragnar[/name_m] [name_u]Robin[/name_u] [name_m]Heath[/name_m]
[name_m]Rainier[/name_m] [name_m]Ethan[/name_m] [name_m]Ozias[/name_m]

@overseas - Yeah, that’s my big hangup with [name_m]Rainier[/name_m], for sure. I already have “But that’s a state” with [name_m]Georg[/name_m]!a and I do have some family from out [name_u]West[/name_u]. traces [name_m]Rainier[/name_m] as the [name_m]Norman[/name_m] variation of [name_m]Ragnar[/name_m], which is super cool; we have a relative who was granted lands for services rendered by [name_m]William[/name_m] the Conqueror (one of the family surnames is a variation of the estate name). Not that anyone cares about history lessons on first impression, though, they’re still going to say, “You mean like the mountain?” if that’s what they’re familiar with.

[name_m]Horatio[/name_m] [name_m]Ethan[/name_m] [name_m]Amadeus[/name_m] is on my list too, I’ve had combo [name_m]Ethan[/name_m] [name_m]Amadeus[/name_m] on my middles wish list for years, but we kept picking ends-in-N first names and my husband never would come around to [name_m]Amadeus[/name_m]. I think I’ve sufficiently worn him down that I can sneak it into a combo now. :smiley:

[name_m]Ragnar[/name_m] - crazy, my husband loves this too! I do love the name [name_m]Ragnar[/name_m], but for me it’s just a bit too unfamiliar for my tastes. I prefer this to [name_m]Rainier[/name_m] actually, because I struggle over the pronunciation of [name_m]Rainier[/name_m]… [name_m]Magnus[/name_m] is similar to [name_m]Ragnar[/name_m] if you like that ‘agn’ Scandinavian sound, although they are also quite different names too, so that may not suit you. [name_m]Ragnar[/name_m] is also one name that weirdly sounds good paired with other R names (at least, to me it does).

[name_m]Ethan[/name_m]/Eto - I [name_u]LOVE[/name_u] Eto! That’s such a fresh take on the popular name [name_m]Ethan[/name_m], and I love minimalistic names that end in -o.

I don’t have enough time to write a proper reply but I’d like to point out that in my opinion, [name_u]Rory[/name_u] doesn’t seem to work well with your surname. I really like [name_m]Horatio[/name_m] for you.

@ccmrath - Interesting, I wonder if [name_m]Ragnar[/name_m] is one of these names that particularly appeals to men more? I think the “agn” part is what I’m getting hung up on, so [name_m]Magnus[/name_m] isn’t much improvement, though in general [name_m]Magnus[/name_m] does seem to get better reviews, I wonder why that is? The “nus” part is softer than that “gnarly” ending of [name_m]Ragnar[/name_m], that could be part of it. Hm, I’ve seen some different variations on prn for [name_m]Rainier[/name_m], that IS something I’ve been wondering whether it would be a problem. Thanks about Eto - I can’t believe it took me all these years of not being able to work in [name_m]Ethan[/name_m] for me to realize that I could just go with his kid nickname. It’s a lot more fun to put into combos!

@handsallover - That’s an interesting observation, thanks. [name_u]Rory[/name_u] is hanging by a thread at the moment, it shares a lot of sounds with three other kids’ names.

9/19 Update - I’ve put the boy names up on the bathroom mirror! Now they can stare as us when we brush our teeth, ha! I made post-it notes for [name_m]Ragnar[/name_m], [name_m]Rainier[/name_m], [name_m]Horatio[/name_m], [name_u]Rory[/name_u], and [name_m]Orson[/name_m], but I took [name_m]Orson[/name_m] down before the end of the first day. [name_m]Horatio[/name_m] and [name_m]Rainier[/name_m] are currently on “tier one” with [name_m]Ragnar[/name_m] and [name_u]Rory[/name_u] “tier two.” They may fall off, but I’m giving them time. Somewhere around the boards I saw [name_m]Frederic[/name_m] nn [name_m]Fox[/name_m] and AHH! It’s so cute. I’ve been pondering that for a couple of days… just a passing fancy, or worth putting on the board? I’m trying to picture actually calling a kid [name_m]Fox[/name_m], and if it sounds… well… too close to an inappropriate word.

I’m working on tweaking the [name_m]Horatio[/name_m] combos in particular. I’m having an issue with [name_m]Horatio[/name_m] and [name_m]Ethan[/name_m] together. I know both of these names were on my sister E’s list at some point. I don’t know if they still are on her list, and I don’t know if she is even planning on having kids anymore (she got married 5 years ago). However, I do know she wouldn’t hesitate to use the same combo if she happened to like it. Which, she should. It’s not like anyone “owns” a name or combo. I just have to decide if I like it enough that possibly maybe someday it might get duplicated. That seems kind of silly, but the thought annoys me a little, so it’s worth working out. Might give priority to Eto, or settle Ethan in the second-middle spot, not sure.

Thanks all for the comments & ideas along the way!

[name_f]May[/name_f] I suggest [name_m]Horatio[/name_m] [name_m]Frederic[/name_m] [name_m]Amadeus[/name_m]? All these three names are beyond wonderful, and I can’t decide which one I like better. I really like the idea of [name_m]Horatio[/name_m] nn [name_u]Rory[/name_u].

@undertherainbow - They ARE all great names, aren’t they? I kind of can’t believe I still have such fine options left here. I think I really do want to work in [name_m]Ethan[/name_m]/Eto/[name_m]Heath[/name_m]/some related honor name this time though. I never have managed to fit it in before (and we’ve already used all the other grandfather and great-grandfather names as middles), and this baby is due the same month as my dad’s birthday. Seems like it must be time!