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Baby Name Needed – Boy Name for Brother of Channing and Deacon

A reader named Heath is expecting his third child, a boy, and would like some name suggestions. Here’s what he says:

I’m Heath, wife is Aspen, daughter is Channing and son is Deacon so we’re looking for a name that most kids won’t have but also want something that isn’t feminine, will get him picked on or doesn’t sound like we are trying too hard.

Here are some of the names they’ve been considering:

My favorite is Justice but that has no chance with my wife. She likes Ridge but I quickly vetoed that. Her favorite is Easton but I was looking for something more. Some others that we have thought about is Beckett, Kingston or Tate but again I’m not overly thrilled.

Many of the names above come from surnames, so that’s what I focused on as I brainstormed:

Baron
Bridger
Brogan
Corbin
Dax
Edison
Evander
Ezra
Felix
Finn
Fletcher
Franklin
Fulton
Garrison
Graham
Griffin
Grover
Hawthorn
Jasper
Lachlan
Lawson
Lennon
Marlow
Maxwell
Nash
Nigel
Owen
Paxton
Pierce
Quincy
Ramsey
Roscoe
Royce
Sawyer
Stone
Thaddeus
Thatcher
Tavish
Tobias
Trent
Vaughn
Walker
Winston
Zane

Which of the above do you like best with Channing and Deacon? What other names would you suggest to Heath?


Namestorm #6 – Baby Names for Sports Lovers

I know, I know — sports is a huge topic. So huge that one could come up with dozens of names for just about any sport that’s ever existed.

But I thought taking a general approach would be more fun than focusing on a specific sport, so here are notable names culled from a range of sports:

James

  • Canadian-born sports coach James Naismith invented basketball in Springfield, Massachusetts in late 1891.
  • American athlete James “Jesse” Owens won four gold medals at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin.
  • American athlete James “Jim” Thorpe was named the greatest athlete of the first half of the 20th century by the Associated Press in 1950.
  • American football player James “Jim” Brown was named the greatest professional football player ever by The Sporting News in 2002.

Mildred and Charlotte
American athlete Mildred “Babe” Didrikson and English athlete Charlotte “Lottie” Dod were named the most versatile female athletes of all time by The Guinness Book of Records.

George
American baseball player George “Babe” Ruth is widely regarded as the greatest baseball player of all time.

Gertrude
American swimmer Gertrude Ederle was the first woman to swim across the English Channel, in 1926.

Roger
English athlete Roger Bannister was the first man to run a mile in fewer than four minutes, in 1954.

Althea
American tennis player Althea Gibson was the first African-American woman to win a Grand Slam title, in 1956.

Edison
Brazilian soccer player Edison Arantes do Nascimento, also known as Pelé, is widely regarded as the best soccer player of all time.

Jack

  • American baseball player Jack “Jackie” Robinson was the first African-American to play Major League Baseball, in 1947. He was also the first African American inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame, in 1962.
  • American golfer Jack Nicklaus is regarded by some as the greatest professional golfer of all time.

Sanford
American baseball player Sanford “Sandy” Koufax is the youngest person to have been inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame, in 1972.

Muhammad
American boxer Muhammad Ali (born Cassius Clay) was a three-time World Heavyweight Champion.

Bonnie
American speedskater Bonnie Blair is one of the most decorated athletes in Olympic history.

Wayne
Canadian hockey player Wayne Gretzky is regarded by some as the greatest professional hockey player of all time.

Michael
American basketball player Michael Jordan is widely regarded as the best basketball player of all time.

And now, two questions:

  • What other sports-inspired names can you come up with?
  • What other interests or activities should we namestorm about next?

Sources: Smithsonian Institution, Top North American Athletes of the Century

Unusual Baby Names from Quebec – Awesome, Dung, Jde, Luzer

Over the weekend, I read through the giant database of Quebec baby names for 2008. Most of the names there were familiar English or French names. A few were (very long!) Native American names. Here are some that stood out:

  • Anakin & Anakyn (male) – Five of the former, two of the latter.
  • Archippe (male) – Means “horse-master” in ancient Greek. Not a name I see every day.
  • Awesome (male) – No pressure to live up to your name or anything.
  • Coatl (male) – Means “snake” in Nahuatl.
  • Dakota-Edison (male) – Strikes me as rather American-sounding for a Canadian name.
  • Dune (female) – Named for the seashore or for sci-fi?
  • Dung (male) – One of those names that gets lost in translation.
  • Eileen Osiris (female) – Interesting combination.
  • Ellliot (male) – Another triple-L in Quebec!
  • Elyjah Woody (male) – Elijah Wood fan, perhaps.
  • Enzo Versace (male) – Sounds expensive.
  • Jde (male) – Pronounced…Jade? Jude? Hm.
  • Junior Aroma (male) – Less offensive than Senior Aroma.
  • Kaleb-Wolf (male) – Reminds me of Nakoa-Wolf.
  • Kierkegaard II (male) – This one cracks me up. My favorite, hands down.
  • Lady Victoria (female) – The most regal-sounding entry.
  • Lazuli (female) – From lapis lazuli, no doubt.
  • Loveland-Jacobs (female) – Looks like a surname, sounds like a law firm.
  • Luna Mist (female) – There’s water on the moon, but I don’t know about mist.
  • Luzer (male) – I hope it’s not pronounced the way I think it’s pronounced.
  • Maully (female) – Molly’s dark side?
  • Obama Kerby (male) and Stephan-Obama (male) – The only two Obama-names I noticed.
  • Owen-Walter (male) – I thought this combination was adorable.
  • Ramses-Emmanuel (male) – Should have a play date with Eileen Osiris.
  • Readily-Chang (male) – Sounds peppy, doesn’t it?
  • Ruly (female) – Better than unruly.
  • Schnobxxxxxxxxxxxx (male) – They couldn’t come up with anything better than this? Seriously?
  • Thunder-Jr (male) – Not as noisy as Thunder-Sr.
  • Tia-Maria (female) – Makes a better name than Kahlua.
  • Trevelle Anabelle (female) – Her parents are poets and didn’t even know it.
  • Tyler-Layden (male) – Why yes, the baby name pop charts are indeed Tyler-laden right now.
  • Velvili (female) – Kinda fun to say.
  • Vernadette (female) – I thought this was cute. Vernon + Bernadette, maybe?
  • Wyclef Jean (male) – There are fans…and then there are superfans.

Have an opinion about any of the above?

If you’ve perused the list yourself, do you remember spotting anything interesting?