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Name Suggestions for baby boy vs. Unique but classy names for boys vs. Any Suggestions?
Need baby name ideas for a boy. We had a name all picked out for my soon to be born baby boy but now the father has walked out on me so I would like to change the name.
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What kind of names do you like?
Nothing too popular or common...kind of trendy is okay...the unisex last name first names are okay too. Names that come to mind I like are Callum, Rhett, Parker, Tyson...
Reid, Rylan/Ryland, Royden (it’s a very old English name - not a trendy or made up one), Carson, Declan (pr: Deck-lan)
Unique, but classy. . .
I’m so sorry your baby’s father walked out on you. I think a name that signifies "a new beginning" would be nice . . .I found the name "Renee", then realized you’re having a boy (Renee means "new beginning" or "rebirth"), so searched further and found Raanan, a boys’ name of Hebrew origin which means, "fresh, green, flourishing". Hope this helps!
Sebastian "Bastian" "Ian" "Seb"
Lachlan/ Lochlainn/ Lochlan
They are awful ’Chav’ names, completely lacking in class and will mark your child out as being tasteless lower class American in origin, made up names that will date.
My name is Addison and I love it
Wow, Arisella, what an open mind you have. Ever hear of "Don’t judge a book by it’s cover"?
I named my sone Sebastian Tiberius (I like the old Roman names and my husband is a Star Trek nerd).
If you mean in the U.S.
I’m sorry, but Arisella is correct, and upper class and upper middle class Americans would be as horrified as she is by most of those names, most people are just usually too polite indifferent to say something. Trust me, her thoughts are really normal. If "class" is what you are going for in a *name*, this is important to understand, and it is not meant derisively. If it’s not something you care about, that’s fine, but people ask what names are upper class and then don’t want to hear it. The upper class chooses names from a very short list for boys, and recycles them every generation. If you have a name that is generally considered downmarket, it does not mean *you* in particular are lower class or not a successful person or anything. ex: Addison started as trendy upper-middle name, but trickled down a bit. Some trickle down so far and become statistically overused by the Wal Mart set as aspirational, which is how names like Brittany and Ashley became "stripper" names after 40 years. This is why upper class people usually stick to perennial classics and take naming seriously and consider many names above "fluff" names, especially with boys. If class and uniqueness is what you sincerely wish to bestow on his name, the best thing you can do is give him a traditional upper class name from the rolls of Western European (especially English) royalty (if you are ethnic it’s fine to use your ethnicity royalty) and let him develop his own uniqueness. Give him a name a man can be stately with when he is 70 years old or a judge of the Supreme Court, ie "The Honorable (name)" You can’t go wrong with classics like Andrew, George, Richard, Charles, William, Edward, Phillip, Henry, James, John, etc. No matter who uses them, these names can’t be tarnished. Some less usual choices would be Ferdinand, Albert, Alexander, Frederick. Make the middle name something fun/cute if you absolutely need to do that ie Charles Wakely Surname.
Old names with more more "style" such as Oliver, Sebastian, Maximilian, Theodore are tasteful educated middle "literary" class names in US more than upper, but they have dignity. Hunter and Blake are trickling down fast. Last name as first name and unisex names used to be upper but are very downmarket since the 90s. *Classic* Old Testament names like Benjamin or David are usually safe. Boy names with a Y in them anywhere, names that are words, creative syllable matching, names ending in -en, place names, "cool" sounding names, in general do not denote cl[removed]ame for Mac- or Mc- names. Celtic names used to be ok but have gone very downmarket, although there are some Celtic classics like Fiona and Ian that can still work as dignified middle class names.
If you really want to stray from all that and be more unique but for him to have a name with class and dignity, choose a solid name that was in the top 100 list in 1880s- 1930s but is currently out of rotation. ie an "Old man" name. Your child will be an old man someday, God willing.
Trust me, I didn’t decide this. I came from a lower class background, was lucky enough to get Grandma’s name (my sister was Misty, ie downmarket 80s) went to an Ivy league college and married into very old money, so I don’t think I’m better than you as I come from a single mom on welfare, and look at the whole class codes thing from the perspective of an economist. It may seem strange, but after a while you just sense which names are which class. I feel you deserve to know, so you can make an informed choice. If you are in a proud working class community and want to name your kid Braxton or Mckenna that’s fine if that’s admired in your community. But if you are genuinely aspirational, take heed. In the halls of power, people raise eyebrows at those resumes and college applications.
Best Wishes on a beautiful healthy baby.
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