Unusual but not made up boys names?

(65 Posts)
Armadale Mon 28-Apr-14 19:07:33

I really don't want to use a top 100 name.

I was one of 5 girls with the same name in my primary school class and one of 6 girls with the same name at secondary and it has really put me off.

However...looking at the lists, it is clear a lot of these names are popular for a reason and a lot of the less popular ones are either completely made up nonsense or just odd.

What I think I'm after is maybe a Victorian or earlier name that used to be classic but has fallen out of favour a bit. ie unusual but still recognisable as an actual name and not totally outlandish

Any suggestions gratefully received, thanks!

BananaHammocks Mon 28-Apr-14 19:41:58

Bertram
Willoughby/Wilbur/Wilfred
Ronan/Roland
Amos
Ephraim
Oswald
Solomon
Tobias
Hector
Silas
Chester
Ernerst
Clarence
Balthazar
Howard
Raymond
Rufus
Norman
Ralph
Lemuel
Bernard
Vernon
Byron
Dudley
Humphrey
Walter
Thaddeus
Conrad
Jasper
Abraham
Otis
Jethro
Barnabas
Ivan/Ivor
Roscoe
Enoch
Ambrose
Augustus
Gideon
Bartholomew
Jeremiah

sonniebonnie Mon 28-Apr-14 20:29:03

We have a Quentin, which isn't too common. Also like the suggestions of Ivan, Tobias and Thaddeus.

RufusTheReindeer Mon 28-Apr-14 20:32:38

I know a Thaddeus, it is very unusual. And Balthazar was going to be one of my sons names (til DH stuck his oar in)

Ooh and I know a Tobias, he is lovely as well

Gideon is lovely but not Enoch

StillNoFuckingEyeDeer Mon 28-Apr-14 20:32:49

Edmund
Clarke
Ezekiel
Barnaby
Julian

MrsTamkin Mon 28-Apr-14 20:52:04

Top 100 does not mean they are likely to be lots in the class- I say this as someone who teaches/works with multiple groups/ age groups etc and think I see a fair cross section.
If it worries you i'd avoid top 20 - maybe even top 50 but remember that there are so so so many abides horn each year that a top 100 name does not mean you a regular antes to come across another.

My ds's name is top 20 - we have come across a few but none in our social circle- and I have been in schools where there are nine in tw whole school etc.
equally I went to school with two Keirs in one class- beer met another before or after until I taught one for the first item this year. So you can never guarantee it anyway.

Pick a name you like for itself - nt simply because you hope he/she will never meet another - sure be aware of popularity but don't make that te main consideration

Just my two cents worth...!

MrsTamkin Mon 28-Apr-14 20:53:14

* babies born nt abides horn
And * none not nine!

MrsTamkin Mon 28-Apr-14 20:54:40

That said - Laura was 200 and odd in the charts in 2012 - so unluckily to be many in our children's age group!

MrsTamkin Mon 28-Apr-14 20:55:14

* unlikely!
Sorry

MrsTamkin Mon 28-Apr-14 21:12:14

....and I realise you asked for a boys name and Laura is clearly a girls name

[ slinks away and promises self will practice typing....]

Armadale Mon 28-Apr-14 21:12:51

Mrs Tamkin, you are right about never being able to guarantee it AND choosing a name we like above all. I also take on board what you say about maybe top 50 being a high enough limit.

I like a lot of the suggestions, thanks.

Particularly I like Quentin, Willoughby (but the cad in Sense & Sensibility connotations put me off) Thadeus (meaning very similar to our favourite girls name), Barnabus, Edmund and Gideon.

Also love a couple of the others but have been used already by us for the name of our late loss and one of our MC'd babies (prefer not to say which)

MrsTamkin Mon 28-Apr-14 21:13:58
PrincessOfChina Mon 28-Apr-14 21:15:29

I think if you actually look at the instances of each of the top names for boys it drops hugely outside of the top ten or so simply because those top names are SO POPULAR!

Armadale Mon 28-Apr-14 21:19:16

Princess, that is a very good point about the drop off.

Mrs Tamkin, there are a lot of names on that link! I'll have a read, thanks

SingSongSlummy Mon 28-Apr-14 21:20:03

Swithun was my Grandfather-in-law's name which I love! I also like Blaise.

MrsTamkin Mon 28-Apr-14 21:23:37

Sort to keep posting links ( I am currently on bed rest and spend far too much time obsessing about names.....)
But based on what you said about 'vistirian or earlier ' in your OP - this might be useful too www.britishbabynames.com/blog/2012/08/top-200-most-popular-names-in-england-and-wales-1900.html

merlehaggard Mon 28-Apr-14 21:24:08

We have a Gabriel and call him Gabe.

ivykaty44 Mon 28-Apr-14 21:28:00

Job

It is said joeb and a bible name

Owllady Mon 28-Apr-14 21:29:10

At mg daughter's school there is a Kevin nd a Nigel

RiverTam Mon 28-Apr-14 21:29:57

I was going to say Edmund too. Or you could go all Cold Comfort Farm (not Victorian I know) and go for Bible names - Seth, Reuben, Amos, that kind of thing.

Not Gideon though - I did use to know a lovely Gideon but since George Osborne got that nickname I've gone right off it!

RiverTam Mon 28-Apr-14 21:30:31

Job? Wasn't he a rather unfortunate person in the Bible??

BikeRunSki Mon 28-Apr-14 21:32:49

Tobin
Ambrose
Amos
Emil
Eliezer
Eben
Chas

NothingMoreScaryThanAHairyMary Mon 28-Apr-14 21:38:08

Amos

BikeRunSki Mon 28-Apr-14 21:40:00

Silas
Otto
Stephen is pretty unusual these days!

ivykaty44 Mon 28-Apr-14 21:41:23

No idea who Job was in the bible but it was a name used in the 1840-1850

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