Thoughts on some boy's names (you'll probably want to talk me out of them)

[name_m]Hi[/name_m] all

I’m sure I sound like a stuck record, but I struggle with boys names, and nothing seems to stick. I collect them, like them for a bit, then doubt them, pick them apart and wonder if actually, I don’t like them, if there’s too many problems with them, if I like them in theory, but in reality, I’m not sure.

So, here’s a selection of names that I’m thinking on and I’m wondering if you think I should keep any of them? Toss them all?

[name_m]Feel[/name_m] free to pick your favourites and least favourites, make a case for why I should keep one or two, or why I should definitely banish some forever, whatever you want or have time to do!

Disclaimer: I’m not having kids, this is just for my lists, so it doesn’t need to be taken too seriously :person_shrugging:

the list

[name_u]Clarence[/name_u] ‘Clancy’
[name_u]Clancy[/name_u] (as a full name)

my own very rambling thoughts if you want

[name_m]Roger[/name_m] → is this a passing thing? a case of ‘i like the character and want it on the list’? possibly
[name_u]Clarence[/name_u] ‘Clancy’ or [name_u]Clancy[/name_u] (as a full name) → cool or awkward?
[name_u]Merlin[/name_u] → used on a guinea pig and maybe too much? I might prefer just [name_u]Merle[/name_u]?
[name_m]Algernon[/name_m] → too clunky? too victorian guy from a novel?
[name_m]Galahad[/name_m] → love it but it’s a lot and i can’t think of any decent nicknames. does this matter when i’m not having kids? no. am i worrying about it anyway? yep.
[name_m]Horatio[/name_m] → very cool and one that i’ve liked for a long time but lots of people dislike it and that makes me doubt, sounds like something else???
[name_m]Davey[/name_m] → don’t know. also, i don’t like dave. or david. or davis (for me). who knows
[name_m]Winston[/name_m] → used on a guinea pig. love win/wynn? maybe just stick to this, especially with the churchill association (and someone unpleasant has this as their son’s name?)
[name_f]Waverley[/name_f] → literary and i love it. but would everyone hate it for a boy?
[name_m]Fergus[/name_m] → awkward and a bit much or rugged and cool and literary?
[name_m]Balthazar[/name_m] → love it, but is it a bit harsh, a bit like a knife? idk
Hareton → (hair-ton not harry-ton/ha-ruh-ton/ha-ri-ton) wuthering heights, yes, but i’m probably the only one who likes it
[name_u]Wilkie[/name_u] → do i actually like it or am i just in a wilkie collins phase :person_shrugging:
[name_m]Zebedee[/name_m] → so zippy and bouncy but is it too playful? like a name for a kid’s toy??

Thank you to anyone who chooses to answer!

I hope you are all having a good day and if not, that it gets better :heart:


[name_m]Roger[/name_m] – It also took a character for me to consider liking this. I’m not much help, I go back and forth between thinking it’s geek chic vs. old man.
[name_u]Clarence[/name_u] ‘Clancy’ / [name_u]Clancy[/name_u] – [name_u]Clancy[/name_u] works as a nickname, but it’s the same number of syllables as [name_u]Clarence[/name_u] and I’ve always found that slightly strange. I think I prefer just [name_u]Clancy[/name_u] for you – definitely not awkward!
[name_u]Merlin[/name_u] – It’s too much on a real person for me, personally. I like it in theory, though!
[name_m]Algernon[/name_m] – Very Flowers for [name_m]Algernon[/name_m]. It is pretty clunky, but in kind of a cute way?
[name_m]Galahad[/name_m] – yeah, this is a lot for me as well. Doable with a nn (like [name_m]Hal[/name_m], maybe?) If you aren’t planning on using it on a real child anyway, I would add it to your list since you love it!
[name_m]Horatio[/name_m] – feel like a hypocrite for saying [name_m]Galahad[/name_m] was too much because I love this one and it’s probably equally ‘extra’. I occasionally worry about the first syllable, but I don’t think it’s a dealbreaker
[name_m]Davey[/name_m] – Cute! There’s a mischievous little boy charm about this for sure.
[name_m]Winston[/name_m] – I prefer Win/Wynn to [name_m]Winston[/name_m]. Though [name_m]Winston[/name_m] is an excellent name for a guinea pig imo!
[name_f]Waverley[/name_f] – huh, I’ve never thought about this for a boy but I like it! I feel like this spelling particularly makes it more surname-y (almost like Kimberley)
[name_m]Fergus[/name_m] – I watched a TV show several years ago that totally sold me on this. Rugged, cool, and literary to me!
[name_m]Balthazar[/name_m] – love, love, love. It’s on my list. Maybe a bit harsh, but my favorite nn is [name_m]Baz[/name_m] which I think makes it more approachable (though not really softer)?
Hareton – haha, yes, very Wuthering Heights. I think it could grow on me, I think the rabbit (hare) connection is rather cute!
[name_u]Wilkie[/name_u] – I go back and forth on this, too. [name_f]Kinda[/name_f] reminds me of milk, but it also sounds sweet, sometimes? Meh, no help for this one either, I’m afraid.
[name_m]Zebedee[/name_m] – also love, love! I think the long history of use grounds it well for such a fun sound.

I feel like I just rambled, so hopefully this is (slightly?) helpful.

In summary: For you, my favorites are [name_u]Clancy[/name_u], [name_m]Galahad[/name_m], [name_m]Horatio[/name_m], [name_f]Waverley[/name_f], [name_m]Balthazar[/name_m], Hareton, & [name_m]Zebedee[/name_m]. I’d drop [name_m]Winston[/name_m], [name_u]Clarence[/name_u], and maybe [name_m]Davey[/name_m] & [name_u]Wilkie[/name_u]? But they’re all perfectly good names!

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Here are my thoughts! :herb:
[name_m]Roger[/name_m] - [name_f]Cosy[/name_f] cuddly grandpa name. It’s giving me cardigans and iced fruit cake.
[name_u]Clarence[/name_u] / [name_u]Clancy[/name_u] - Old school cool, suave and sophisticated. Would love to meet a young [name_u]Clarence[/name_u].
[name_u]Merlin[/name_u] - I don’t think it’s too much for a real person, actually I think it’s awesome. I wish I had a name this cool.
[name_m]Algernon[/name_m] - Clunky yes but also fun, and I could see this working on a young man today. [name_f]My[/name_f] only hold up is algae, but I’m not too bothered by it.
[name_m]Galahad[/name_m] - Hmmm, nicknames are tricky with this one. [name_u]Harry[/name_u]? [name_u]Hadley[/name_u]? Maybe.
[name_m]Horatio[/name_m] - It is a lot of name but it can work.
[name_m]Davey[/name_m] - This one is all [name_m]Davey[/name_m] [name_m]Jones[/name_m] to me. [name_m]Dave[/name_m] might be inevitable.
[name_m]Winston[/name_m] - It’s cute, I like [name_f]Winnie[/name_f] as a nickname, but it’s a bit underwhelming on this list.
[name_f]Waverley[/name_f] - Ooh fun! I don’t think I’d use this for a boy irl but for the list why not? It could work. I also like just [name_u]Wave[/name_u].
[name_m]Fergus[/name_m] - [name_u]Love[/name_u] it. Keep it. No notes.
[name_m]Balthazar[/name_m] - I think I know what you mean with the sounds in this one, it’s a bit spiky. It’s very bold and would command a strong personality to back it up.
Hareton - I don’t love the sound of this one and I don’t know Wuthering Heights.
[name_u]Wilkie[/name_u] - I like it, it’s fun and friendly. The cheeriness of [name_u]Willie[/name_u] without the unfortunate associations.
[name_m]Zebedee[/name_m] - Yes! I implore anyone not to love a name with this much zest. You can’t say it without smiling.

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I went out of order but here are my thoughts!

[name_m]Roger[/name_m] – I’m so ready to see a [name_m]Roger[/name_m] comeback!! It feels so gentle and sweet and warm.

[name_m]Davey[/name_m] – [name_u]Love[/name_u] this. Familiar yet unexpected, it’s sweet and cool and I think it fits any personality and age.

[name_m]Zebedee[/name_m] – [name_u]Strong[/name_u], cool, and ancient-feeling. I love the Z initial, the zippy yet grounded sound, and the possibility for the nickname [name_m]Zeb[/name_m].

[name_u]Clarence[/name_u] ‘Clancy’ – I like [name_u]Clarence[/name_u] and think [name_u]Clancy[/name_u] is a fun nickname. Sweet and bright and vintage.

[name_u]Clancy[/name_u] – For some reason [name_u]Clancy[/name_u] on its own sounds a little pretentious? I actually like the name, and don’t like calling names pretentious, but something about the sound makes me feel like a TV show writer would use it for a stereotypical old money character :broken_heart:

[name_u]Merlin[/name_u] – I think it would be a cool middle name but as a first it’s a very “one person name” to me, I can’t really imagine addressing someone as [name_u]Merlin[/name_u]. But I like the sound and the vibe of the name.

[name_m]Algernon[/name_m] – It really reminds me of Flowers for [name_m]Algernon[/name_m] (which I admittedly have not read, just know the title of and the fact that [name_m]Algernon[/name_m] is a mouse I believe?). I think the sound is really cool, it feels strong and knightly. I don’t love that [name_m]Algie[/name_m] is the most obvious nickname, though.

[name_m]Galahad[/name_m] – [name_u]Super[/name_u] cool but I have trouble picturing it on a real person (though I know this is just for your list, not a real child). I love how strong, ancient, and unexpected this is, though, and the sound is so lilting yet strong.

[name_m]Horatio[/name_m] – Very cool and strong, and classic yet unexpected which I like.

[name_m]Winston[/name_m] – I like this a lot. I think it’s soft yet strong and [name_u]Win[/name_u] is so sweet as a nickname option.

[name_f]Waverley[/name_f] – I have trouble seeing this one on a boy but I do like it for a girl.

[name_m]Fergus[/name_m] – Not for me personally. I’m not really into the [name_u]Gus[/name_u] sound (I might be the only [name_u]Berry[/name_u] who dislikes [name_u]August[/name_u], lol) so this one doesn’t appeal to me.

[name_m]Balthazar[/name_m] – [name_u]Strong[/name_u] and bold and unexpected. It feels a little too grand for a real child but since it’s just for your list I don’t see why not!

Hareton – This sounds more like a place than a person’s name to me unfortunately.

[name_u]Wilkie[/name_u] – So fun and lively. A [name_u]Wilkie[/name_u] sounds like a sweet, curious, and slightly impish little boy in the best way possible. I really like it.

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Here are some thoughts…

[name_m]Roger[/name_m] - def not my style but it’s kinda clunky cool actually. I support it going on the list.
[name_u]Clarence[/name_u] “Clancy” - I prefer [name_u]Clancy[/name_u] as a nickname rather than a full name. I don’t have strong feelings on [name_u]Clarence[/name_u], though.
[name_u]Merlin[/name_u] - I’m personally not sure if I’d add a name to my list after having it for a pet, but I don’t necessarily think that’s a dealbreaker if you love the name enough. [name_u]Merle[/name_u] is cool, too.
[name_m]Algernon[/name_m] - only time I’ve ever heard it is in Flowers For Algernon, and it just generally sounds to me like old-fashioned without being “in”, sort of like [name_f]Bertha[/name_f] or [name_f]Gertrude[/name_f]. Not one of my favorites.
[name_m]Galahad[/name_m] - just seems like a lot of name to carry. But could make a cool middle for the right person. I feel you on overthinking names when you’re not actually having kids.
[name_m]Horatio[/name_m] - I honestly think it’s fine and usable; its sound just grates me somehow lol. I think it’s definitely fine if you love it though!
[name_m]Davey[/name_m] - much prefer it as a nickname. Due to completely personal associations I can never personally support this name lmao but it’s fine. I just don’t think [name_m]Davey[/name_m] is substantial enough as a first name. Could be a cool surnamey middle though?
[name_m]Winston[/name_m] - see above for thoughts about pet names… I don’t mind this name at all actually, although I think it sounds more like a name for a [name_u]Boston[/name_u] Terrier or a royal child LOL.
[name_f]Waverley[/name_f] - it is picking bit of steam on the girls’ side. I’ve never considered it for a boy but… I actually kinda like it :eyes: I think if Waverl(e)y doesn’t take off too much more then it’s still good for boys!
[name_m]Fergus[/name_m] - LOVE FERGUS! KEEP HIM PLEASE
[name_m]Balthazar[/name_m] - hmm, I dunno. It’s kinda like [name_m]Galahad[/name_m] for me. It’s like this mythical kinda name that I have real trouble imagining an actual human pulling off. Ignoring the fact we’re not naming actual humans of course. It does have a cool sound, though, but also kinda feels like… video game villain-esque.
Hareton - not familiar with Wuthering Heights, not my style but I don’t mind this, and I instinctively pronounced it correctly.
[name_u]Wilkie[/name_u] - It sounds like a fun nickname. I’d have to mull it over as a full name, though.
[name_m]Zebedee[/name_m] - I love how this name dances in your mouth. I was initially surprised to see it was a masculine name because I always thought it had a really feminine sound. I’m fine with it on boys now though. I think it’s usable and sounds like a human name, not a kid’s toy.

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Some thoughts so far:
[name_m]Zebedee[/name_m]! :heart_eyes::heart_eyes::heart_eyes: I’m just waiting to have another boy so I can name him [name_m]Zebedee[/name_m]. Seriously, it’ll probably be his name. It’s rare but has history, and it’s a ton of fun to say while having [name_m]Zeb[/name_m] as a chill, “normal” nickname.

[name_m]Horatio[/name_m]: when I was making “perfect” combos, [name_m]Ransom[/name_m] [name_m]Horatio[/name_m] was one of my favorites. I’m very lucky to have gotten to use [name_m]Ransom[/name_m], but my husband nixed [name_m]Horatio[/name_m] :confused: It’s also my bff’s “name that got away”-- she’d use it with nn [name_u]Rory[/name_u].

Fergus–so my husband and I went downhill skiing a few weeks ago, and there were these two brothers ahead of me on one of the little hills. One had “Hamish” written on his helmet, and there I was (silently) begging the younger brother to turn around so I could see the name on his helmet :smile: He did, and it was [name_m]Fergus[/name_m]. YESSSS!

[name_m]Balthazar[/name_m], [name_m]Galahad[/name_m], Waverley–maybe a little OTT for real-life first names? [name_u]Awesome[/name_u] middles, all. I know a kid with the middle name [name_m]Lancelot[/name_m], and [name_m]Galahad[/name_m] is better.

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I’m gonna write out my thoughts before looking at yours and then compare notes :wink:

[name_m]Roger[/name_m] - my main association is the chap from 101 Dalmatians who is actually a sweetie and makes me really like it!

[name_u]Clarence[/name_u] ‘Clancy’ - big fan of [name_u]Clarence[/name_u] myself, it has such elegant Victorian vibes. Really love that it feels classic but not typically masculine, you know? I like [name_u]Clarry[/name_u] but [name_u]Clancy[/name_u] is also great!

[name_u]Merlin[/name_u] - yes love it. I knew someone with this name, he was rather mercurial and offbeat so it suited him. Genuinely just think [name_u]Merlin[/name_u] should make a big comeback, it’s such a great name all that mythological resonance. [name_f]Edit[/name_f]: I also really, really like [name_u]Merle[/name_u] but with [name_u]Merlin[/name_u] you get the best of both worlds…

[name_m]Algernon[/name_m] - one of the first boy names I loved when I was younger but everyone laughed at me!! So it’s a yes from me! [name_m]Algie[/name_m] is cute imho. [name_f]Edit[/name_f]: it is definitely Victorian guy from a novel but that is a whole mood imho

[name_m]Galahad[/name_m] - fabulous, no notes. [name_f]Edit[/name_f]: maybe ‘Gad’ for a nickname?

[name_m]Horatio[/name_m] - one of the few sane [name_m]Shakespeare[/name_m] characters so yes definitely on board with this one. [name_u]Love[/name_u] an -o ending. [name_f]My[/name_f] friend’s husband vetoed it for their second son and I’m still mad about it.

[name_m]Davey[/name_m] - I immediately think ‘Davey Jones’, it sounds friendly and kind of 80s, not sure why…

[name_m]Winston[/name_m] - I love everything about this name except the obvious [name_m]Churchill[/name_m] connection, which majorly puts me off.

[name_f]Waverley[/name_f] - ooh. I might actually prefer this on a boy? :thinking: I don’t love it for girls because it feels too ‘made up’ like a smoosh of something with [name_f]Beverley[/name_f], but on a boy it’s giving me ‘named after an old family surname/estate’ vibes, kind of like Pemberley…interesting! And it makes me think of Edinburgh (obviously) which is a positive association!

[name_m]Fergus[/name_m] - gives me cheeky, outdoorsy vibes. It’s a yes.

[name_m]Balthazar[/name_m] - love it, that zippy z! Maximalist and yet not ott.

Hareton - ooh!! See [name_f]Waverley[/name_f]. Old school surname aura. [name_f]Edit[/name_f]: had forgotten the Wuthering Heights character, he’s kind of a symbol of hope at the end right? So that’s a really nice meaning.

[name_u]Wilkie[/name_u] - this feels like such a ‘you’ name somehow! I like [name_u]Wilkie[/name_u] [name_u]Collins[/name_u] a lot so yep, love it. [name_f]Edit[/name_f]: HAHA maybe it is just a phase but idk, I can see him playing nicely with some of your girl names?

[name_m]Zebedee[/name_m] - see [name_m]Balthazar[/name_m]! Although it very much gives me [name_u]Magic[/name_u] Roundabout.

Most favourites:
[name_u]Wilkie[/name_u], Hareton, [name_u]Merlin[/name_u], [name_m]Galahad[/name_m], [name_m]Horatio[/name_m]

Least favourites:
[name_m]Winston[/name_m], [name_m]Zebedee[/name_m]



my thoughts too :grin:
(I’m intrigued by which character though, because I’m nosy)

Thank you for all your thoughts - very helpful! Baz for Balthazar is very cool.



Me too!

I’ve met a Merlin! He had sibs and Arl0 (but Arl0 was considerably older than the popularity of it)

Galahad nn Hadley is cool!!



Thank you :slight_smile:

I love Zeb!!

I enjoy it on both, so that’s fair!!



Thank you!!

I feel like now I’ve thought on it, I almost prefer just Merle

yeah, I get that. plus, the meaning is a bit off putting

Right :grin: so many worries for a non-issue

That’s a good way of describing it!!!



thank you!!

Oooh, that’s so exciting!!! I am fully supporting you to have a boy called Zebedee - honestly, would be so excited

:heart_eyes: ah, that’s a lovely combo! and Horatio ‘Rory’ is sparky!

Now that is a wonderful sibset!!



thank you for your honest thoughts!

yeah, that’s my doubt too

this made me laugh :grin:



thank you!!!

I think that’s what I like about it too :slight_smile: Clarry is cool too

that’s my feeling - I like that about it, but can see why it might be off putting too :person_shrugging:

I do enjoy this! but does ‘gad about’ ruin it?

Yeah! tbh, this is taken from the novel Waverley so it does have those Scottish links :slight_smile:

Yeah :frowning: it does really put me off, especially knowing Laurence Fo.x used it on his son probs for that reason…

yeah - symbol of a new start, a sign that you can move on from the past and become a better person??


For me, this might actually make it better haha but I can understand not loving it. Gad is a (biblical) name in its own right so it kinda makes sense to me.

I really need to read some Scott!

Ewwww did he really? That’s so off putting :woozy_face:

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Roger Hamley from Elizabeth Gaskell’s Wives and Daughters!



This is another thing I go back and forth on - because I do think it’s very cool and fun

indeed :grimacing:



Ohhh! I’d forgotten about him - he was cool!

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I literally cannot believe my mind didn’t go here too, it’s one of my favourite books!! Protect Roger Hamley at all costs!


I actually am really liking [name_m]Zebedee[/name_m] with nickname [name_m]Zeb[/name_m]. It’s obviously a bible name but it feels modern at the same time you know what I mean. I also like [name_u]Wilkie[/name_u] but when I first glanced at it, I thought of Walkie Talkies but this is totally random and I am probably the only person on the planet that would think that. [name_m]Davey[/name_m] is cute although I still prefer [name_u]David[/name_u] but it’s wearable.
I’m not liking [name_m]Fergus[/name_m] because it reminds me of fungus, so not a good association. [name_m]Balthazar[/name_m] and [name_m]Algernon[/name_m] are tongue twisters for me. Hareton and [name_u]Clancy[/name_u] I’m just not a fan of, sorry. And [name_m]Winston[/name_m] will always remind me of [name_m]Winston[/name_m] [name_m]Churchill[/name_m], which is neither here nor there but I think a lot of people will have that first association with the name.

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I’m going to champion [name_u]Merlin[/name_u] (yes, the wizard, but also the falcon, and it feels all together wearable) and [name_f]Waverley[/name_f] (makes me think of Edinburgh and [name_u]Walter[/name_u] Scott’s novels, and it’s such a good blend of playful, historical, and literary - basically sounds like a surname as a first name so can totally see it as gender neutral).

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[name_u]Clancy[/name_u] as a full name-I love this. Familiar favorite, very nice and room to grow into.

Galahad-very brave, endearing. Cute nickname of [name_u]Gal[/name_u]. I like this a lot.

I’d probably banish [name_m]Balthazar[/name_m] & [name_u]Merlin[/name_u] forever. [name_m]Just[/name_m] because of usability. I think perhaps for humans it wouldn’t be. But for little pets I think it would definitely be cool. I’d love to meet a black cat named [name_m]Balthazar[/name_m] for instance.

Thank you for this - Zebedee is really leaning towards staying/sticking on the list!
Hadn’t thought of Walkie Talkies, but why do I kind of think it’s fun :grin:

Ah the falcon association is cool too!! I loved the BBC show Merlin, so maybe that’s one of the reasons I cling to this one too.

Yay for Waverley love :slight_smile: I did take this from the Walter Scott novel so I like how that came through


Me too :smile: and I loved reading/writing Arthur/Merlin fanfic too haha



[name_m]Ah[/name_m], me too - Merthur will always hold a special place in my heart

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