Names for British and mostly Swiss baby, slightly quirky names that won't date

We are expecting our first child.
I’m really interested in your opinions on these (are they slightly quirky/uncommon/do you think they’ll date? [name_f]Do[/name_f] you like them?) and especially similar suggestions, seeing as these are the only ones we could scrunch up. Thanks in advance :)!


Middle names we’re considering are [name_m]Benedict[/name_m] (I myself don’t like it, but as a middle name…) [name_m]Julius[/name_m], [name_u]Blaise[/name_u] and [name_u]Florian[/name_u].

I like:


Thank you both for your answers :slight_smile:

Seems like you both like [name_m]Dimitri[/name_m]. Which happens to be my personal favourite :)! Would you also pronounce it De-me-tre? (With “ee” and not “I” sounds)?

“From a British perspective, [name_m]William[/name_m] and [name_m]Anthony[/name_m] are classics so they’re not going to sound dated. I don’t think any of the other names are popular enough to date here. (I don’t know anything about Swiss names so it may be different over there.)”

Oh, thanks :slight_smile: I know enough people from back home with little children to have a “feel” for Swiss names. But my spouse and I don’t know that many British babies/toddlers (yet, Inimagine that will change soon).

[name_m]Nathaniel[/name_m] unfortunately isn’t pronounced like [name_m]Nathanael[/name_m] in Switzerland. Whereas [name_m]Nathanael[/name_m] (we thought) still sounds nice in English…?

[name_m]Hi[/name_m] @leonina, in an English accent it’s usually pronounced like dih-MEE-tree (ih represents the short I sound in words like “it”).

posted the same thing twice. But I don’t see a delete option? Eeeep. Sorry

[name_m]Just[/name_m] saw that :slight_smile: thanks, that pronunciation is more than fine imo. Very similar to [name_m]German[/name_m] (so it’s not like they’d sound like two different names…) [name_m]Dimitri[/name_m] is currently the only one left on our list. It’s so difficult finding classic boy names that haven’t drastically risen in popularity the last few years in the U.K. (like [name_m]Magnus[/name_m], for example!)

But boy’s names are so difficult!

Great selection. I’m really bad with boy names and I’m also not too familiar with English names but I do love [name_u]Florian[/name_u]!
[name_m]How[/name_m] about, [name_m]Henry[/name_m], [name_m]Harrison[/name_m], [name_m]George[/name_m], [name_u]Dorian[/name_u], [name_m]Damien[/name_m], [name_m]Thomas[/name_m], [name_m]Julian[/name_m].

Thank you for comment. seems like you are very good with boy names to me personally. I like most of your suggestions (But we unfortunately can’t use them)

[name_m]Thomas[/name_m]: I [name_u]LOVE[/name_u] [name_m]Thomas[/name_m]. but that names is already taken.
[name_m]Julian[/name_m]: I adore the name. But it’s the name of my first “real” boyfriend (who caused me a lot of heartache)
[name_m]Henry[/name_m], [name_m]George[/name_m], [name_m]Charles[/name_m] etc…: [name_f]Lovely[/name_f] names. But they don’t really work in [name_m]German[/name_m], unfortunately.
[name_u]Florian[/name_u]: [name_u]LOVE[/name_u] it. But I wonder if it’s too girly to English ears? Sound like Florianne/Florienne?

Finding a timeless, not overused and still slightly quirky boy’s name is really… difficult.

I love Dimitry but it’s definitely not something I’d expect to see on a Swiss/British baby. I’d probably assume his parents were Greek (or Russian if it’s Dmitry).
Nathaniel and William, on the other hand, are timeless and international. They are my favorites for you. :slight_smile:
Some suggestions:

I believe most of these work in German and French.

I know what you mean. But it’s actually been used in my Family before (luckily only as a middle Name in my Generation and not yet at all in the knew one). Both of my gradmother’s were immigrants so we have a lot really non-Swiss/unexpteced for Switzerland names in my part of the Family Family :wink:

And many Greek names seem to be quite commonly used in the UK (although not Dimitri, I agree!)

I like William but it is a bit too popular…
As for Nathaniel. Nathaniel sounds really weird in German. So it would be Nathanael. Which would - unfortunately - probably be constantly misspelled in the UK, right?

Thank you for the list!

Leo : too similar to my name
Felix: Was insanely popular the last few years
Stephan: I don’t like it
Alexander: OH doesn’t like it

Benjamin: Not sure… Was the son of my mother’s ex-husband… But I LOVE that name. And as far as I remember he was a nice enough teenager. So maybe I shouldn’t let that ruin the name for me. But I do wonder how my mother would feel about it. And for some reason it isn’t “too biblical” imo? (probably because I have other, more prominent, associations)

Theodore: Too godly
Fred/Frederick: Lovely but harsh
Hugo: That was also insanely popular
Robert/Rupert: Has risen quite dramatically in the last 10 years…

As you can see, we (no, actually I) am incredibly picky -.-

But we have added David to our list. I also like Benedict. But it does sound a bit like “dick”, doesn’t it? Which would have penis associations in English and fat associations in German. So maybe not…

I like [name_m]Demetri[/name_m]! I will also suggest [name_m]Dominic[/name_m], [name_m]Thaddeus[/name_m], [name_u]Everett[/name_u] (nn [name_m]Rhett[/name_m] is cute), [name_m]Evander[/name_m], [name_m]Broderick[/name_m], [name_m]Solomon[/name_m], [name_m]Sebastian[/name_m], [name_m]Christopher[/name_m] (nn [name_u]Kit[/name_u] is very stylish now), [name_m]Forrester[/name_m], [name_m]Gideon[/name_m], Zekiel, [name_m]Valentin[/name_m], [name_m]Nicolai[/name_m]. Good luck!

[name_m]Magnus[/name_m]! [name_u]Love[/name_u] it

If you love [name_m]Dimitri[/name_m], what about [name_u]Sasha[/name_u]? It’s not super popular, it’s easy for various accents to pronounce.