Baby boy name, nothing too common/not traditional

Heather - posted on 07/22/2014 ( 3 moms have responded )

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Due soon and we are having the hardest time getting a first name... I don't like names that are all too common nor traditional, his middle name is Ayrton (Air-tun), after the F1 racer... The first name is becoming an issue, my mom suggested Sebastian, but the BD doesn't like it cuz it reminds him of Vettel, and my mom always said never to name your kid after someone you don't like lol... But seriously, I'm getting antsy, suggestions???

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Gena - posted on 07/24/2014

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I like Gideon and Ephraim! Maybe try google and find a name you like. Its also nice to know the meanings of the name.

Chet - posted on 07/23/2014

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Well.... I love the name Sebastian and these are some other boy names that we considered at one time or another:

Gideon
Emmett
Felix
Simon
Ewan
Silas
Henry
Oscar
Gavin
Lewis
Thaddeus
Oliver
Douglas
Ephraim
Thomas
Xavier
Elliott
Angus
Jerome
Wyatt
Harvey
Jasper
Julian
Milo
Artemus - but I'd have used Arty for short

In general, I was looking for names that were common enough that most people would be able to pronounce and spell them, but not so common that there would be half a dozen other kids with the same name. I was looking for something uncommon, but not to the point of being weird. I didn't want any of our kids to constantly have to explain their name to people.

I also wanted boy names that were pretty solidly male. People will name a girl anything these days, but with a name like Harvey everyone will at least assume it's a boy. With a name like Riley it could go either way.

If you're looking for uncommon you need to do your research. Oscar is generally uncommon in Canada, but it's in the top 10 baby names in the UK. Rosalie is very popular where we live, but not in the rest of Canada or in the US.

Also, you should check that your "uncommon" name doesn't sound like a bunch other names. Hayden is not an especially common name. However, it sounds common since it's so similar to Aiden, Jayden, Caden, Brayden, etc.

Good luck! Naming is something I've always found very difficult. Only one of our kids got a name right away. The other three were nameless for weeks or months.

Ev - posted on 07/23/2014

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What is wrong with common or traditional names? The newest Prince of England has a common name of George. Why not look for old names that are not as much in use as they used to be.

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