More Future Boys’ Names

Obviously, boys were severely discriminated against in my last blog post (mostly because I can’t think of good first/middle combos).  So I’ve decided to rectify the situation by dedicating an entire blog post to boys’ names.  I’m not going to try to come up with combinations, since it’s just too hard.  So here are the names jockeying for second place*:


A biblical name that means “listener.”  I think this one has a nice vintage feel.  It’s rapidly moving up my favorites list, and may even be my second favorite boys’ name (after Rory).


Means “blessed”, which I like.  Name of the former pope, which (whom?  Having a grammar moment here) I also like.  Also, Benedick is the male lead in my favorite play Much Ado About Nothing (I changed the ending for obvious reasons).  Bennett, the English medieval form of Benedict, might be a possible substitution.


Reminds me of Arlo Guthrie.  Has that “folksinger” kind of image but isn’t over-popular like Dylan is (although Bob Dylan is so awesome I might go ahead and use it anyway if I ever have a boy).


After Johnny Cash of course.  I love both his music and his life story.  I’m not a big fan of word names though, so I might use it as a middle name instead of a first name.


Apparently, this is a German variation of Robert, and means “bright fame.”  I mostly like it because it reminds me of the character Rupert Giles from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.  Because of that, it makes me think of a British librarian.  However, a future son of mine might not share my enthusiasm for that associated image, which is why I’m on the fence about it.


I’m not sure what I think of this one, but I associate it with Gilbert Blythe from Anne of Green Gables, so I thought I’d include it.  Also, apparently the “G.” in G.K. Chesterton stands for Gilbert.


Means “peaceable ruler.”  I like the nickname Fred.


It means “wise-protector”, which I like.I like the nickname Ray, but I don’t think I’d use it as a stand-alone name.  I’m not crazy about Raymond though.  Plus, having a Rory AND a Ray could get confusing.


After Abraham Lincoln, of course!  This might be my third favorite boys’ name (behind Rory and Simon).  The only downside is the nickname “Linc/k” which reminds me of the video game character one of my cousins was obsessed with when he was four.

*Minus Anthony and Daniel, which are names I love but are really popular.  Maybe by the time I have kids they’ll be less so.


Names for Hypothetical Future Children

So, as those of you who are my friends on Facebook know, I recently discovered baby name blogs on the Internet and have become slightly obsessed.  I came up with a bunch of reasons to justify my obsession, but then I thought I’d just skip the justification and embrace my weirdness. Here are a few of my current faves (by gender, otherwise in no particular order), along with reasons why I like them, as well as nicknames.

Agatha Leigh, aka Agatha (not Aggie!)

I like Agatha because it has that vintage 1930s English feel thanks to Agatha Christie, and I like Leigh because it’s Dorothy L. Sayers’ (another favorite mystery writer of mine) middle name.  Also, I think it flows nicely.  Also, “Agatha” means “virtuous woman” which I think is a nice meaning.

Domenica Mireille, aka “Carly”

I love the meaning of “Domenica”- it means “belonging to the Lord.”  Plus, it would allow me to use “Carly” as a nickname (I know, a bit of a stretch, but Carla sounds dated and Carly as a formal name sounds a bit juvenile.  Donna would also be a potential nickname that’d I’d love, thanks to Doctor Who).  Mireille is French and means “admired.”  It’s pronounced Meer-AY, and I just thought it sounded pretty.

Lydia Elizabeth, aka “Liddy”

Lydia just means “from Lydia”, but Lydia is one of my favorite Bible names for women (also a neat Bible character- she was a businesswoman!).  Elizabeth is my middle name, and means “God has sworn an oath.”  I thought the two names flowed nicely together.  Also, I like the nickname Liddy.

Eugenie Cordelia, aka “Jenny”

Eugenie is my newest “name crush” (according to Nameberry, the name blog I registered with, that’s actually a thing).  It’s pronounced YOU-zhen-ay.  I like it because Eugene is my grandfather’s middle name (he goes by Gene) so it would be a nice way to honor him.  Also, it has a nice royal ring to it, thanks to Great Britain’s Princess Eugenie (Ironically, Eugenie means “well-born”.  Wonder if Prince Andrew and Fergie realized that when they picked it out, lol). Plus, it would allow me to use the nickname “Jenny”, which I love, without using either Jennifer or Genevieve (I loathe Jennifer, and am not a huge fan of Genevieve). Cordelia means “jewel of the sea”, and I’ve liked it ever since I read Anne of Green Gables (Cordelia was the name Anne wished she had).  Plus, it was the name of a character on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which adds to its modern cool factor.

Gregory Joseph, aka “Rory”

I just don’t enjoy picking out boy names as much as I do girls’ names.  But Rory is definitely my top pick for a boys’ name, thanks to Doctor Who.  I think Rory by itself sounds a little too informal, so I thought I’d formalize it to Gregory (which happens to be my dad’s name).  I chose Joseph because I like the Biblical story of Joseph, and I figured a potential boy should get a middle name, too.