Struggling with boys names, something unique/historic...

I’m due in [name_u]November[/name_u] and we have a short list of about 6 girls names we love:

[name_f]Augusta[/name_f] ([name_u]Gus[/name_u])
[name_f]Mirabel[/name_f] ([name_f]Mimi[/name_f])
[name_f]Penelope[/name_f] ([name_f]Nell[/name_f])
[name_f]Anabel[/name_f] ([name_f]Annie[/name_f])
[name_f]Camilla[/name_f] ([name_f]Milly[/name_f])

I love all these names because they have some gravitas but then a fun nickname that goes with them. I’m struggling terribly to find their equivalent in boys names. So far, the only name my husband and I can agree on is [name_m]Jack[/name_m], which I do love, but feels a bit ordinary.

Couple others I liked but he vetoed:
[name_m]Jasper[/name_m]
[name_m]Ezra[/name_m]
[name_u]Jude[/name_u]
[name_u]Theo[/name_u]

Any suggestions?! Thanks!!

[name_m]Walter[/name_m]
[name_m]Levi[/name_m]
[name_m]Frederick[/name_m]
[name_m]Zeke[/name_m]
[name_u]James[/name_u]
[name_m]Albert[/name_m]

[name_m]Benedict[/name_m] ([name_m]Ben[/name_m])
[name_m]Raymond[/name_m] ([name_u]Ray[/name_u])
[name_m]Arthur[/name_m] ([name_m]Artie[/name_m])
[name_m]Clayton[/name_m] ([name_m]Clay[/name_m])
[name_m]Wilbur[/name_m] ([name_m]Will[/name_m])
[name_u]Leland[/name_u] ([name_u]Lee[/name_u])
[name_m]Tobias[/name_m] ([name_u]Toby[/name_u])
[name_m]Calvin[/name_m] ([name_u]Cal[/name_u])
[name_m]Evander[/name_m] ([name_u]Van[/name_u])
[name_m]Dashiell[/name_m] ([name_u]Dash[/name_u])
[name_m]Gilbert[/name_m] ([name_m]Gil[/name_m])
[name_m]Maxwell[/name_m] ([name_u]Max[/name_u])
[name_m]Augustus[/name_m]/[name_m]Augustine[/name_m] ([name_u]Gus[/name_u])
[name_u]Spencer[/name_u] ([name_u]Spence[/name_u])
[name_m]Oliver[/name_m] ([name_u]Ollie[/name_u])
[name_u]Wallace[/name_u] ([name_u]Wally[/name_u])
[name_m]Warren[/name_m] ([name_u]Ren[/name_u])
[name_m]Walter[/name_m] ([name_m]Walt[/name_m])
[name_m]Clifford[/name_m] ([name_m]Cliff[/name_m])
[name_u]Quincy[/name_u] ([name_u]Quinn[/name_u])
[name_m]Thaddeus[/name_m] ([name_m]Tad[/name_m])
[name_m]Leonard[/name_m] ([name_m]Leo[/name_m])
[name_m]Nicholas[/name_m] ([name_u]Nico[/name_u])
[name_u]Stanley[/name_u] ([name_m]Stan[/name_m])
[name_m]Bennett[/name_m] ([name_m]Benji[/name_m])
[name_m]Broderick[/name_m] ([name_m]Brody[/name_m])
[name_m]Julian[/name_m] ([name_u]Jules[/name_u])
[name_m]Winston[/name_m] (?)

Warmest congratulations @tizzylish,

Some exceptional names on your girls’ list!

My opinion of male equivalents:

[name_f]Augusta[/name_f] {and} [name_m]Maximus[/name_m]

[name_f]Mirabel[/name_f] {and} [name_m]Percival[/name_m] … [name_m]French[/name_m]

[name_f]Penelope[/name_f] {and} [name_m]Theodore[/name_m] … Greek

[name_f]Anabel[/name_f] {and} [name_m]Eduardo[/name_m] … Spanish

[name_f]Camilla[/name_f] {and} [name_m]Julian[/name_m] … [name_m]Roman[/name_m]

Thanks for the suggestions and keep them coming, so helpful!

I love [name_m]Julian[/name_m] ([name_u]Jules[/name_u]) for a boy, but I’m [name_f]Julia[/name_f] and it’s just a little too similar. I do love [name_u]Jude[/name_u] but can’t seem to get my husband on board.

Another tricky thing is that I’m Jewish, not very religious but certain names (ie [name_m]Nicholas[/name_m]/[name_u]Nico[/name_u]) just lean a bit too far away from that.

Of the one’s listed above the following have stuck for us for now:

  • [name_m]Calvin[/name_m] ([name_u]Cal[/name_u])
  • [name_m]Theodore[/name_m] ([name_u]Theo[/name_u])
  • [name_u]Gus[/name_u] (and while we love [name_f]Augusta[/name_f] for a girl, I don’t love [name_m]Augustus[/name_m] for a boy), maybe [name_u]Gus[/name_u] as the given name not NN?

I love [name_m]Calvin[/name_m] and [name_m]Theodore[/name_m]! [name_m]Theodore[/name_m] ([name_u]Theo[/name_u]) is one of my favorites. A friend of mine who has exquisite taste just named her son [name_u]Gus[/name_u] with no other longer name. I think it works, but is a matter of preference if you feel it needs a more formal name.

I love [name_u]Gus[/name_u] but my preference would be to either find a formal first name or I would make it the middle name and call him [name_u]Gus[/name_u]. I also don’t think full names need to contain the nn or even directly or obviously link to it! Some names I would consider using for [name_u]Gus[/name_u]: [name_m]Graham[/name_m], [name_m]Gilbert[/name_m], [name_m]Griffin[/name_m], [name_m]George[/name_m], [name_m]Gulliver[/name_m]. Personally, I love [name_m]Graham[/name_m] called [name_u]Gus[/name_u]!

My sister has an [name_f]Anna[/name_f] [name_u]Quinn[/name_u] who goes by [name_u]Quinn[/name_u] and one even knows her first name practically! So putting [name_u]Gus[/name_u] in the middle works in my opinion too.

[name_m]Silas[/name_m]
[name_u]Everett[/name_u]
[name_m]Oliver[/name_m] ([name_u]Ollie[/name_u])
[name_m]Adrian[/name_m]
[name_m]Sebastian[/name_m] ([name_m]Bas[/name_m], [name_m]Bastian[/name_m])
[name_u]Elias[/name_u] ([name_m]Eli[/name_m])
[name_m]Gideon[/name_m]
[name_m]Caleb[/name_m]
[name_u]Micah[/name_u]
[name_m]Jonah[/name_m]
[name_u]August[/name_u]
[name_m]Lucian[/name_m]
[name_m]Heath[/name_m]
[name_u]Elliott[/name_u]

[name_m]Cyrus[/name_m] ([name_m]Cy[/name_m])
[name_m]Leopold[/name_m] ([name_m]Leo[/name_m])
[name_m]Conrad[/name_m] ([name_m]Rad[/name_m])
[name_m]Edmund[/name_m] ([name_m]Eddie[/name_m]/[name_m]Ned[/name_m]/Ted/[name_u]Teddy[/name_u])
[name_m]Magnus[/name_m] ([name_u]Gus[/name_u])
[name_m]Anderson[/name_m] ([name_m]Anders[/name_m]/[name_u]Andy[/name_u])
[name_m]Abraham[/name_m] ([name_m]Abe[/name_m]/[name_m]Bram[/name_m]/[name_m]Bram[/name_m])
[name_m]Oscar[/name_m] ([name_m]Oz[/name_m]/[name_m]Ozzie[/name_m])
[name_m]Theodore[/name_m] ([name_u]Teddy[/name_u]/[name_u]Theo[/name_u]/[name_m]Thor[/name_m])
[name_m]Alexander[/name_m] ([name_m]Alec[/name_m]/[name_u]Sasha[/name_u]/[name_m]Anders[/name_m]/[name_u]Lex[/name_u])

[name_u]August[/name_u] is great way to the nn [name_u]Gus[/name_u].

Funny, as much as I love [name_f]Augusta[/name_f] for a girl I’m not crazy about [name_m]Augustus[/name_m] for a boy (for me it is forever [name_m]Augustus[/name_m] Gloop from [name_m]Willy[/name_m] Wonka).

Any thoughts on [name_u]Cato[/name_u] or [name_m]Clyde[/name_m]?