What's my Style?

And here for the boys:

[name]Rufus[/name] [name]Wilder[/name]
[name]Cosmo[/name] [name]Willem[/name]
[name]Remy[/name] [name]Edward[/name]
[name]Bruno[/name] [name]Edward[/name]
[name]Barnaby[/name] [name]Edward[/name]
[name]August[/name] [name]Edward[/name]
[name]Arthur[/name] [name]Henry[/name]
[name]Alasdair[/name] [name]Barnaby[/name]
[name]Linus[/name] [name]Willem[/name]

What would you call my style?

hmmm…i love them all. they seem to have a sort of rogue, masculine flair. not meat-head, beer-drinking masculine :wink: but clearly masculine. refined though. this is going to sound random, but they make me think of a cozy little restaurant that serves impeccable food but isn’t the least bit pretentious. not sure if there’s an adjective for that!

[name]Rufus[/name] [name]Wilder[/name]-of course I still love this
[name]Cosmo[/name] [name]Willem[/name]-love [name]Cosmo[/name], could love [name]Willem[/name], need to think about it
[name]Remy[/name] [name]Edward[/name]-so gorgeous
[name]Bruno[/name] [name]Edward[/name]-ditto!
[name]Barnaby[/name] [name]Edward[/name]-love, but don’t love [name]Barney[/name]
[name]August[/name] [name]Edward[/name]-so handsome, but I think I love gorgeous more than handsome (see above)
[name]Arthur[/name] [name]Henry[/name]-this is my favorite, favorite! I’m sorry but if I had a baby to name right now who was a little boy, I would have to name him [name]Arthur[/name]. [name]Arthur[/name] [name]Andrew[/name] sounds kind of odd, though, but I think I would choose that. My father was [name]Kenneth[/name] [name]Arthur[/name]. Also I love [name]King[/name] [name]Arthur[/name]!
[name]Alasdair[/name] [name]Barnaby[/name]-lots of fun
[name]Linus[/name] [name]Willem[/name]-My good friend named her son [name]Linus[/name], and he is so cute with blonde curly hair and has worn interesting little colorful glasses from the time he was three years old.

What would you call my style?
I would call your boy name style playful mixed with International and with a lot of layers. Kind of like an old woodsy room with Gothic windows on two walls and lots of built-in bookshelves with crumbling books. But then the room has bright Batik embroidered pillows with round mirrors sewn onto them. The pillows are tossed upon some of the antique overstuffed ever-so slightly-shabby leather and velvet couches and overstuffed chairs, and there are lots of tangerine, avocado, maise, and raspberry-colored candles burning. Of course it is autumn and there is a fire in the fireplace.

Coffee-house chic. These guys wear gray cashmere turtlenecks, read Kant and [name]Pascal[/name] for fun, and will deliver a total beat-down on the soccer and/or rugby field. International males, macho but with Continental panache.

[name]Rufus[/name] [name]Wilder[/name] – pairing these two is genius; [name]Wilder[/name] takes [name]Rufus[/name] and makes him drop-dead gorgeous

[name]Cosmo[/name] [name]Willem[/name]-- I’ve been converted to [name]Cosmo[/name], but [name]Willem[/name] doesn’t do much for me

[name]Remy[/name] [name]Edward[/name]-- love, love, [name]LOVE[/name]. [name]Both[/name] handsome names, doubly so together

[name]Bruno[/name] [name]Edward[/name]-- it’s funny how most people envision [name]Bruno[/name] as a big (brawny?) guy; all the [name]Bruno[/name]'s I know are kind of short and delicate. :slight_smile:

[name]Barnaby[/name] [name]Edward[/name]-- I’m coming to love [name]Barney[/name] entirely because of the character on “[name]How[/name] I Met Your Mother”

[name]August[/name] [name]Edward[/name] – objectively I love the name, I think it’s absolutely beautiful, but for some reason I can’t picture a man named [name]August[/name]. [name]Auguste[/name] I’m familiar with, but I’m still working on [name]August[/name].

[name]Arthur[/name] [name]Henry[/name]-- nice, but a wee bit prep school fabulous

[name]Alasdair[/name] [name]Barnaby[/name]-- [name]Alasdair[/name] is such a fun name; he just sounds like someone I’d love to be around

[name]Linus[/name] [name]Willem[/name]-- [name]Linus[/name] is adorable; [name]Willem[/name] still isn’t turning my head

So whatever your style is, [name]Lola[/name], I am in awe of your knack for digging up treasure and assembling poetic combinations seemingly out of thin air. You’ve just got a gift for it!

Aww, thanks gang! I’ve never really tried to figure out my style. I just sort of stick things together until they feel right, if that makes any sense. Nice to see them getting a warm reception, boys names seem to get no love. [name]Ever[/name] notice how boys names forums are slow? It’s like people pour their energy into girls names when boys are just as much fun to name, and with them, you get to see it forever, girls change their names but the glorious full thing stays on the boys. Why wouldn’t you want to spend a bit more enegry on that? Does anyone else think boys get shortchanged or is it just me?

But thanks, I feel all warm & fuzzy now! :smiley:

Oh, and [name]Melissa[/name]? I’m liking [name]Barney[/name] myself for the same reason. He’s feeling all warm & comfortable to me these days, like a sweater on a lovely fall day, crisp, clear & above all, warm. :slight_smile:

[name]Susan[/name], I think [name]August[/name] [name]Edward[/name] is headed off the list, he’s lovely, but I have [name]August[/name] several other places and they equally honor Mom.

If I were choosing one of these names for myself, I would pick [name]Arthur[/name] [name]Henry[/name]. But considering the names of your other children, for you I would choose either [name]Rufus[/name] [name]Wilder[/name] or [name]Remy[/name] [name]Edward[/name]. It’s hard to decide because they’re both so cute!

[name]Rufus[/name] [name]Wilder[/name]. No question.

Yes, I think you are right. It seems most people use family names and/or naming traditions for boys so there is less creativity overall. Also, I hear a lot of concern about boys’ names that might induce teasing. Over the years there is a lot less and slower change in the boys names lists than the girls. Girls names are more subject to trendiness too.

I used to think boys names were pretty boring but my husband’s influence has changed my thought process: there are amazing musicians, writers, and family members that I would love to name our future son after and the names will have special meaning for us both. I guess I use the same basic inspirations for girls but am even more choosy…

You are totally right about boys names getting shorthanded espescially since a lot of girls names were boys names first like [name]Reese[/name],[name]Taylor[/name], [name]Whitney[/name], [name]Paris[/name], [name]Morgan[/name] and [name]Delaney[/name]. It just bothers me when I see little girls with such strong masculine names because usually when a male name is used on girls it almost never gooes back…

But anyways you style is rather international taking a dash from everything to form a whole form that stands confidently in the middle. [name]Love[/name] [name]Bruno[/name] and [name]Linus[/name].

p.s. I once had a friend who thought [name]Cosmo[/name] was a girls name!

Wow, a two year old thread ressurected! I thought I remembered olive’s great comment about the restaurant! I agree with all the comments on your style, [name]Lola[/name]. I think it’s very European, and in the US these are names I can imagine seeing in San [name]Francisco[/name], which happens to be my favorite city, so that’s a compliment!

As for boys, I’m so with you. Some huge percentage of my postings here are in the girl name forum, but I’ve only ever named a boy!! I guess it’s because I’ve made more concrete decisions on boys names, but still. My boys list doesn’t change too much, and middle names are pretty much set. For me, part of that is because boys names have been reused more in my family so one name honors more people than with girls names. I don’t have this obsessive urge to cram 10,000 beautiful boy names into my combos like I do with girls. My boys first name list has always been considerably shorter, and it’s mostly the same now as it was two years ago. It’s gotten shorter, but nothing really ever gets added. I actually do worry more about flow (at least with the first and last name) with boys than with girls. It’s never going to change! I want my girls names to sound good too, but there is less concern for the first-last to be impeccable. I remember there was a conversation about this before and people thought that was sexist. It’s not that I would use a combo for a girl that sounded bad, but I would be more likely to use a first name that I loved more that didn’t sound as fabulous with my last name. Whereas with a boy I won’t use something that isn’t perfect with the last name, he will be an old man and still introducing himself with it!