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The art and science of names
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I’m in the position that I’m sure many name nerds have been in: without any immediate prospect of actual children to name, I’ve spent so much time naming hypothetical future children that I now want hypothetical advice on my hypothetical dilemmas! I thought I’d post here, partly because I don’t want the forum to go too long without a puzzle to solve, and partly because I name a lot of inanimate objects and I don’t want to use up a name I love and then later realize I really shouldn’t have called the toaster Alistair.So my problem is this: I have a great list of carefully selected, beloved girls’ names, each with a special reason for it, and no boys’ names. My dream is to find a husband with a great list of carefully selected boys’ names and no girls’ names. But just in case, I’d really like to know—what *is* my boys’ name style?My girls’ names are Aurelia, Rosemary, and Lucy-Anne. I like the style of all of these, and they each have a personal connection as well (Aurelia is the name I used in my high school Latin class, which gave me a love for the subject I’m now starting a PhD in; Rosemary symbolizes one of my historical heroes; there’s a family tradition of Lu- names, passed down from the side of the family I identify with most.)I’ve looked at family names for boys, but we don’t have any good surnames, and most of the first names, while they fit a “classic” style I like, are unusable for me because they’re shared by kings of England. I know too much about English history, and spend too much time thinking about it, to use names like James, Charles, Stephen, or George. One family name that I did use to like is Everett, but I’m not sure what its popularity curve is going to look like whenever I finally have kids.So what could Aurelia, Rosemary, and Lucy-Anne’s brothers possibly be called??Obviously don’t feel obliged to do work on this, but I thought it might be fun practice for those of you who enjoy solving this kind of puzzle.I also thought this thread would be a fun place for others to share naming dilemmas that don’t really belong in the “advice” forum (e.g. naming the dog/cat/car/appliance, naming book characters).
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