Rhody for a boy? Royal too "out there"? Please help me!

[name_m]Hi[/name_m] nameberries,

If anyone is familiar with my posts, you will now that I have been looking for a name for a boy with the “Roh” sound to honor my father, [name_u]Roy[/name_u]. (Yes, I know [name_u]Roy[/name_u] does not sound like ROH-EE, but the name [name_m]Rowe[/name_m] has some significance to my dad). Anyway, I just love [name_f]Rhody[/name_f]/[name_m]Rody[/name_m], but I am concerned that this is an only female name. I have since scratched [name_f]Rhody[/name_f] from my list, but this weekend, I kept running across the name [name_m]Rhodri[/name_m]. I really am starting to like this name, and I’m wondering #1) Is [name_m]Rhodri[/name_m] too unusable to be usable? 2) If usable, can [name_u]Roy[/name_u] or [name_f]Rhody[/name_f]/[name_m]Rody[/name_m] be acceptable nicknames for [name_m]Rhodri[/name_m]? 3) Is [name_f]Rhody[/name_f] (at least in this spelling) too feminine? (If so, is [name_m]Rody[/name_m] an ok spelling, or can you share more acceptable spellings)?

Another question I have (not related to [name_f]Rhody[/name_f]/[name_m]Rhodri[/name_m]) is this: [name_f]Do[/name_f] you think the name [name_m]Royal[/name_m] works with our surname ([name_f]Deal[/name_f])? Is [name_m]Royal[/name_m] “[name_f]Deal[/name_f]” too much? [name_m]Royal[/name_m] (again to honor [name_u]Roy[/name_u]) might just well make it’s way into my middle name spot regardless of what I decide for the first name, but if I DID want to use it as a first, is it too jarring to you? I hate that our surname (although a different spelling) is a word name, and of course, [name_m]Royal[/name_m] is descriptive.

I certainly appreciate any feedback. We’ve been settled on a girls name for a while, and I just want to love a boy’s name just as much.

Possible, but not confirmed, family names as middles for [name_m]Rhodri[/name_m] would be:

Thanks so much!

Oh, [name_m]ROYAL[/name_m]!

I just love this name. My grandfather-in law was named [name_m]Royal[/name_m], and ever since I found that out I have absolutely loved it. I would even use i if it didn’t completely clash with our last name. A little bit of a grandpa name, but so awesome! I don’t think [name_m]Royal[/name_m] [name_f]Deal[/name_f] sounds weird, personally.

I like [name_m]Rhodri[/name_m], too.

I think [name_m]Royal[/name_m] [name_f]Deal[/name_f] sounds a bit much. Like something to do with gambling… I wouldn’t name the baby [name_m]Royal[/name_m] [name_f]Deal[/name_f]. And the name [name_m]Royal[/name_m] is a no go for me by itself anyway.
I like [name_m]Rhodri[/name_m]! [name_m]Rhodri[/name_m] works with any of those middles.
[name_m]Rhodri[/name_m] [name_m]Theodore[/name_m] is adorable! And [name_m]Rody[/name_m] is a very cute nn for [name_m]Rhodri[/name_m] imo :slight_smile:

Some other names (even though you didn’t ask but I haven’t seen your other posts):

I was just going to suggest [name_u]Roan[/name_u]/[name_u]Rowan[/name_u], [name_m]Ronan[/name_m], and [name_u]Rohan[/name_u], and got beat to it, I second these.

I would steer clear of [name_m]Royal[/name_m] for a first name if my surname was [name_f]Deal[/name_f], but that is my personal opinion. You could use it as a middle name, that would avoid Mr. [name_m]Royal[/name_m] [name_f]Deal[/name_f]. [name_m]Royal[/name_m] would also make a special nickname for your little guy.

I don’t love [name_m]Royal[/name_m] [name_f]Deal[/name_f] (although [name_m]Royal[/name_m] is a cool name). Maybe [name_u]Royce[/name_u]? [name_m]Roderick[/name_m] nn [name_m]Rody[/name_m]?

I don’t dislike [name_f]Rhody[/name_f]/[name_m]Rhodri[/name_m], but they do slightly remind me of the term “Roady” (one who follows a band around, helps them set up, etc). It’s not a negative association, just an association.

I also read your first post and immediately came to suggest [name_u]Rowan[/name_u], [name_m]Roman[/name_m], or [name_m]Rolan[/name_m]. Is [name_m]Rowe[/name_m] by itself an option?

I agree that [name_m]Royal[/name_m] [name_f]Deal[/name_f] and [name_f]Rhody[/name_f] [name_f]Deal[/name_f] are a bit cartoonish.

What about something like [name_m]Conroy[/name_m] or [name_m]Elroy[/name_m] or Gilroy or even simply [name_m]Troy[/name_m]?

I love [name_m]Rhodri[/name_m] <3 It is sooo handsome. If you prefer Rhody, I’d spell it Rhodi. But I’d go with Rhodri.

Royal Deal seems a little corny, sorry :frowning: I’d assume the parents were overly obsessed with poker or casinos.

I agree with pp that [name_m]Royal[/name_m] [name_f]Deal[/name_f] and [name_f]Rhody[/name_f] [name_f]Deal[/name_f] don’t really work.
The only [name_m]Rhodri[/name_m] I’ve met was very much Welsh and because of the association my first thought was it’s a name that only really makes sense on a Welsh person, but its actually really growing on me. Plus, I think [name_m]Rody[/name_m] and [name_f]Rhody[/name_f] are pretty adorable nn’s :slight_smile: I particularly like it with mn’s [name_u]Owen[/name_u] or [name_u]Michael[/name_u]. If you like it, I’d say go for it!

I know a boy named [name_m]Royal[/name_m], sister of [name_u]Penny[/name_u]. It’s alright but I don’t really like names like [name_m]Royal[/name_m], [name_m]King[/name_m] etc. [name_m]Royal[/name_m] [name_f]Deal[/name_f] sounds like “And the king made the royal deal today…” or something. It’s a no for me. In the middle, it’s fine.

[name_f]Rhody[/name_f], I would have thought that was a boy. Sounds like [name_m]Brody[/name_m] to me. [name_m]Rody[/name_m] is a fine spelly. [name_m]Rody[/name_m] [name_f]Deal[/name_f] is fine too. Personally, I would prefer [name_m]Rody[/name_m] as a nickname. [name_m]Rhodri[/name_m] has sort of a weird sound. Maybe you’d like Rhoder? It’s a name I made-up (as far as I know) for a book I’ve been working on. Sounds like roh-der. Rhoder nn [name_f]Rhody[/name_f]?

With a “word” surname, I would avoid another word like [name_m]Royal[/name_m]. [name_m]Royal[/name_m] [name_f]Deal[/name_f] sounds like the [name_f]Queen[/name_f] got a bargain at Harrod’s (ok, that’s impossible because I’ve been there and it’s much too expensive but you get the picture! :)). [name_f]Rhody[/name_f] [name_f]Deal[/name_f] has too much “d” sound. [name_m]Rhodri[/name_m] [name_f]Deal[/name_f] is a little better. There is also [name_m]Roderick[/name_m], [name_m]Royston[/name_m], [name_m]Royden[/name_m] (there’s that “d” again), [name_m]Leroy[/name_m], [name_m]Conroy[/name_m], Gilroy, Kilroy (not so good), [name_m]Elroy[/name_m] and [name_m]Troy[/name_m] which has [name_u]Roy[/name_u] in it.

Thanks for the feedback. I think most of you are confirming my fears of using [name_m]Royal[/name_m]. I think if I do, I will place it in the middle, but it has been a hard sell for the hubby. Our surname is spelled slightly different than [name_f]Deal[/name_f], but I think the sound is enough to deter me.

As far as [name_m]Rhodri[/name_m] goes, I can’t seem to get hubby to consider that one either. He almost likes [name_m]Ronan[/name_m], but he keeps referring to an old gangster movie and says the association is just too much for him. [name_u]Rowan[/name_u] seems like a better option (especially since [name_u]Owen[/name_u] is a family name), but I worry the girls are taking this one over. I don’t want to use anything that might lean feminine. Otherwise, I would use my all time favorite: [name_u]Ellis[/name_u].

I’m really considering scratching our whole list and starting over. I’m just having a hard time trying to work around [name_u]Roy[/name_u] AND my husband’s taste, all the while trying to avoid names that are too high up on the popularity list.

Again, thanks for sharing your opinions with me. It certainly helps.

You could go with the spelling [name_u]Roan[/name_u], that is what I prefer for a boy. [name_u]Roan[/name_u] is one of my top choices. Personally I am not concerned with girls being named [name_u]Rowan[/name_u]. I have gone to school with boys and girls named [name_u]Ashley[/name_u], [name_u]Kelly[/name_u], and [name_u]Shannon[/name_u]. No one ever poked fun and harassed them.

Thanks, lovemysweeties. My husband had a friend in school named [name_u]Kelly[/name_u] that he says was “tortured” for his unisex name. So, he’s being stubborn on the unisex names!

I personally dislike the entire [name_m]Royal[/name_m], [name_m]Duke[/name_m], [name_f]Princess[/name_f] contingency. (And by dislike I mean RNMS). But I’ve never wanted to be a [name_f]Princess[/name_f] - as a kid I always played the poor bastard child in my make believe worlds. (Only half as weird when you realize that I am the secret love child of my parents - long complicated story, not super exciting beyond that).

[name_f]Rhody[/name_f] bothers me too a little. This is why: people who travel with bands and help them with loading equipment and stage etc - instead of being called crews, they are called roadies. I realize it’s spelled completely differently, but it’s all I hear. At least to me they sound exactly alike. I do like [name_m]Rhoderick[/name_m] if you really love the Rhod spelling.

I love [name_m]Royal[/name_m] in theory as a middle name, but I can’t get behind “[name_m]Royal[/name_m] [name_f]Deal[/name_f]” sorry! Have you thought of [name_u]Royce[/name_u]? I think [name_u]Royce[/name_u] [name_f]Deal[/name_f] would be fine. I love [name_f]Rhody[/name_f]–why would it be feminine? I just think of [name_u]Tony[/name_u] Stark’s best friend. :slight_smile: Maybe [name_m]Roderick[/name_m] nn [name_m]Rody[/name_m]/[name_f]Rhody[/name_f]?

What about [name_m]Rhodes[/name_m], nn [name_f]Rhody[/name_f]/Rhodi?

I really don’t like [name_m]Royal[/name_m], particularly with your last name, but I think the nn [name_f]Rhody[/name_f] is neat – I don’t hear it as feminine, at all.

Thanks for all the new suggestions. My list of names is getting longer! :smiley:

Oh, and my concerns for [name_f]Rhody[/name_f] being feminine comes from the nn [name_f]Rhody[/name_f] from [name_f]Rhoda[/name_f] and the old song “Go Tell Aunt [name_f]Rhody[/name_f].”