Baby Boy Name Needed – Original, But Not Weird

Becca of the blog The Life of a Young Expat wrote to me a few weeks ago. She’d like some help brainstorming for a boy name. She says:

We are a mixed family (North American/Ecuadorian). We live in Ecuador and have a 2.5yo daughter named Kesha Lee who has a traditional Ecuadorian combined last name (Garate Adams, the first part of our last name is pronounced Gah-ra-teh).

I am currently 25 weeks pregnant with a boy and we can’t come up with names that both my husband and I agree upon. We both have very typical names (I am Rebecca Lee, he is Christian Arturo but goes by Arturo), but we would like something original, yet not totally weird for our son. Something like Kesha. You can pronounce it in both English and Spanish. It’s not too long, and it’s not one of those names that teachers will have a pre-existing bias about her when she steps foot in the classroom! (Basically, she can create her own personality!)

The only name my husband and I can agree on is London, but I’m not convinced and don’t think that naming a boy London, considering the current feminine trend for this name, is a good choice.

We own an international immersion program company here in Ecuador (www.elnomad.com) and are avid travelers. So something related to that would ring true with our family. We don’t have family names that we like (I like my dad’s middle name for a middle name, Holmes, but my husband says it sounds like a real estate agency haha).

Lots to consider here! This will be fun.

I’d like to start with the topic of travel first. I think it would be extremely cool to work that into the baby’s name somehow. Here are a few ideas:

  • Damon, which originally comes from Greek myth and means “to tame, subdue.” It also happens to be nomad spelled backwards.
  • Miles, of uncertain derivation, but because it’s a homonym of the English word miles there are strong associations with distance/movement.
  • Nando, inspired by Fernando/Hernando. The entire name-family is connected to travel in two ways: famous explorers (Ferdinand Magellan, Hernando de Soto, Hernan Cortes) and etymology (the first element is said to come from the Germanic word farð, meaning “journey”).
  • Doran, from the Irish surname Doran, anglicized from Ó Deoradháin, “descendent of Deoradhán.” Deoradhán is a diminutive of deòradh, one of the meanings of which is “pilgrim.” Other meanings are “stranger” and “outlaw.”
  • Hudson, from the English surname meaning “son of Hudde.” It was the surname of English explorer Henry Hudson. It’s also fairly similar to London.
  • Palmer, from the English surname that originally signified a pilgrim, i.e., someone coming back from the Holy Land with a palm frond.

I did find some other travel-related names (e.g., Peregrine/Perry, Nestor) but they seemed too old-fashioned to pair with Kesha.

And here are some random ideas based on style alone:

Cato
Colby
Corbin
Crispin
Deacon
Ellis
Finn
Levi
Liam
Lyndon
Milo
Otto
Parker
Rocco
Tevin
Theo/Teo
Tobin/Toby
Tycho

I’m not entirely sure how well all of the above names would work in Ecuador, so I apologize in advance if I’ve included any not-so-great suggestions.

What baby boy names would you suggest to Becca?

6 thoughts on “Baby Boy Name Needed – Original, But Not Weird

  1. Feel free to use either of my boy’s names :) (they are welsh)

    Tathan (Tath-an) Tath pronounced soft like Math but with a T
    Iestyn (Yes-tin)
    while my eldest daughter is adamant that when she is MUCH older she will have a son named Ianto (Yan-toh) the toh is soft like in tock without the ck, rather than hard like…toe

    hope you find the right name :)

  2. Hi everyone! Thank you for the suggestions! We are pleased to announce that our new bundle of joy made HER appearance two weeks ago. Yes, you read that right, we had a GIRL, not a boy! The ultrasound techs got it wrong. So, as much as we appreciated all of the name suggestions, we did not name our girl with a boy’s name. Her name is Kalah May Garate Adams. So our girls are Kesha Lee and Kalah May!

    If you want to read Kalah’s birth story or see pictures of her please feel free to visit my blog http://youngexpatlife.blogspot.com/2013/05/introducing-miss-kalah-may-birth-story.html

    Thank you again for your help!

  3. Becca, congratulations! What a beautiful baby girl. (I love that last pic of both of your daughters together.) And that’s a great name! Goes perfectly with Kesha. :)

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