Help middle name my baby!
February 28, 2012 6:55 AM   Subscribe

"______" is my middle name!" Help us pick a cool middle name for our second son!

Our first son's name is Xander Danger. We're expecting our second son in just under 3 weeks (yikes!). Our friends and family are so enamored (mostly) with Danger as a middle name, that they're expecting something equally awesome.

We've been trying to stick within the following framework:

1. Fits the mold "_____ is my middle name"
and
2. Is 'Name-y'. Danger is good, because it sounds like a name (in fact, people have asked if it's a family/ethnic name).

We liked Hero (moslty if we were having a girl), but it fails rule 1. We considered Adventure, but it fails rule 2. Some ideas we've though of, but not completely loved were Bravery and Valor. I also came across an actress who's son's middle name is Science. I like this (mom's a neuroscientist, I'm an engineer), but I'm not sold on it.

That said, with only 3 weeks, if you've got a cool, off beat suggestion that fails one or both rules, I'd love to hear it!

Finally, no, we haven't picked a first name either.
posted by JonahBlack to Human Relations (162 answers total) 27 users marked this as a favorite
 
Trouble? I'm not sure if that counts as name-y.
posted by It's Never Lurgi at 7:01 AM on February 28, 2012 [10 favorites]


You might come up with some good ideas from the TV Tropes Metaphor Is My Middle Name page.
posted by MsMolly at 7:01 AM on February 28, 2012 [2 favorites]


It's really hard to suggest something without knowing the first name. I assume that's what your son will be called by friends and family, so I'd say find a nice first name since it will be used more and is more important, then search something that sounds good with it as middle name.
posted by MinusCelsius at 7:02 AM on February 28, 2012


"Endeavour"
posted by Segundus at 7:03 AM on February 28, 2012 [2 favorites]


Courage
posted by meepmeow at 7:03 AM on February 28, 2012 [12 favorites]


Action
Courage
Style
Jacob-Jingleheimer
Business
Dubya
Mud
posted by bondcliff at 7:06 AM on February 28, 2012


Adam Merica Lastname.

A. Merica.
posted by Loto at 7:06 AM on February 28, 2012 [2 favorites]


Experience
posted by mattbucher at 7:06 AM on February 28, 2012


Lucky
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 7:07 AM on February 28, 2012 [4 favorites]


I wouldn't worry so much that it sounds name-y, because to be honest Danger does not connote anything for me other than that very saying! Why not go whole-hog and choose Trouble which makes the most sense and could be pretty great on a girl who wears it well?
posted by Pomo at 7:09 AM on February 28, 2012 [4 favorites]


You want to look at a list of virtues. That's the vein you're thinking in. There is, in fact, a history of naming people, particularly girls, after virtues. Hope, Charity, Prudence, Grace etc.

So, take a look at some virtues and use that as a name list.

Confidence doesn't sound terrible. Neither does Eloquence, Honor,
posted by zizzle at 7:09 AM on February 28, 2012 [2 favorites]


Hope
Love
posted by MsMolly at 7:10 AM on February 28, 2012


Just want to be clear, we're having another boy. I only mentioned girl, because hero was something we kicked around before we knew.
posted by JonahBlack at 7:12 AM on February 28, 2012


It should really be Heroism, not Hero (and that helps with gender issues as well).

Science might be a trial if the kid doesn't like Science.

Questing?

Confabulation?

Serendipity?

Research?

Imagination?
posted by GenjiandProust at 7:13 AM on February 28, 2012


Mayhem
posted by milk white peacock at 7:13 AM on February 28, 2012 [34 favorites]


"Danger" and "Trouble" go together like roughhousing and laundry bills!
posted by GenjiandProust at 7:14 AM on February 28, 2012 [14 favorites]


WOLFGANG
 

posted by querty at 7:15 AM on February 28, 2012 [10 favorites]


Of the ones suggested here, I'm liking Action and Mayhem.

My stepson's (yes, SON's) middle name is Joy.
posted by dlugoczaj at 7:15 AM on February 28, 2012


I still think Honor would be an awesome middle name for either a boy or a girl. I was just mentioning there is a history of, in particular, naming girls after virtues. But I'm sure you can find one that works for a boy, and that that is what you're looking for.
posted by zizzle at 7:16 AM on February 28, 2012 [1 favorite]


Tiberius
posted by browse at 7:16 AM on February 28, 2012 [15 favorites]


Menace
Venture
Peril
Mirth
Muster
Gauntlet
Hoopla

Seconding Lucky!

For first names, I've always loved Anton, Elden, Killian (you can call him Killy!), Charlie, Jack, and Theodore (Teddy).
posted by stompadour at 7:17 AM on February 28, 2012


Action. (Which I see was mentioned above.)

Try the following google search for other ideas (include the quotes):

"* is my middle name" -danger
posted by inigo2 at 7:17 AM on February 28, 2012 [2 favorites]


Legion.

My name is Legion.

If you go with this, please don't let him know it's my fault.
posted by b33j at 7:19 AM on February 28, 2012 [8 favorites]


Adventure sounds at least as name-y to me as Danger does. It's not too far away from Bonaventure. You could go with Venture as well.

Other options:

Peril
Hazard
Chance
posted by Pater Aletheias at 7:20 AM on February 28, 2012


Or Bond.
posted by b33j at 7:20 AM on February 28, 2012 [1 favorite]


[Previously].

I suggest "Beanplate" if you're going to get Mefi to name your child both first and middle :)

posted by jozxyqk at 7:20 AM on February 28, 2012 [3 favorites]


I have remarked many times that I would like to name a future child Pirate and I have a cousin who has a child named Lennon Rebel. Best wishes!
posted by kat518 at 7:21 AM on February 28, 2012


You know what name would be awesome?

Awesome.
posted by GooseOnTheLoose at 7:22 AM on February 28, 2012 [15 favorites]


In a thread on the blue, somebody jokingly suggested that "Solidarity Motherfucker" as a name for a science fiction character.

"Solidarity" has a nice, old-timey virtue-name ring to it, with a surprising left-wing flavor that -- well, I don't know your politics, but I really enjoy.

"Solidarity Jones"
posted by gauche at 7:22 AM on February 28, 2012 [7 favorites]


Outlaw would be a good one.
posted by Slinga at 7:23 AM on February 28, 2012


Hello, my name is,
posted by b33j at 7:24 AM on February 28, 2012


Bookcase, or Sandstorm, or maybe Hat
posted by chrismc at 7:24 AM on February 28, 2012 [8 favorites]


Inigo Montoya?
posted by b33j at 7:25 AM on February 28, 2012 [2 favorites]


pterodactyl
posted by b33j at 7:26 AM on February 28, 2012 [2 favorites]


Humor
Comedy
Laughter
posted by bondcliff at 7:27 AM on February 28, 2012 [2 favorites]


sorry, hit post too soon. pterodactyl, terror for short?
posted by b33j at 7:27 AM on February 28, 2012


Hardy
Earnest
Chance
Noble
Victor
Win(ner)
Mercy
Truth
Able
**I do like the early suggestions of Lucky.
posted by JacksonandFinch at 7:27 AM on February 28, 2012


Sojourner?
Journeyman?
Hunter?
Commander? Captain? Chief? (Could get confusing if your child enters the military.)
Lion? Tiger? Bear? (oh my!)
Silver? Gold? Iron? Oak?
Proton? Neutron? Electron?

There was a girl in my high school whose middle name was 'Bishopric'. I have no idea how her parents chose it.
posted by Multicellular Exothermic at 7:28 AM on February 28, 2012


Frankenstein
posted by 0bvious at 7:31 AM on February 28, 2012


Tiberius.
posted by Devils Rancher at 7:32 AM on February 28, 2012 [5 favorites]


Has no one said this yet? LUCKY
posted by Eicats at 7:34 AM on February 28, 2012 [1 favorite]


Justice
Freedom

(I also like Adventure, Courage, and Truth above.)
posted by DestinationUnknown at 7:34 AM on February 28, 2012 [3 favorites]


Oh, I am so digging on Awesome right now.
posted by dlugoczaj at 7:36 AM on February 28, 2012 [3 favorites]


Spartacus. The gift of allowing your child to roar in all honesty "I'm Spartacus!" is forever.
posted by merocet at 7:39 AM on February 28, 2012 [7 favorites]


Excitement
posted by easily confused at 7:40 AM on February 28, 2012


Hallowed? Hallowed be my middle name?
posted by b33j at 7:43 AM on February 28, 2012 [9 favorites]


If you are giving him an unusual first name, maybe a more conventional middle name would be a favor to him, in case he loathes the first name.

We gave our daughter an unusual first name, and then chose Louise for the middle name, in case she hated her first name. Fortunately she doesn't, but she also likes Louise.
posted by Danf at 7:43 AM on February 28, 2012 [1 favorite]


I throw in a vote for Trouble or Lucky.
posted by AmandaA at 7:44 AM on February 28, 2012 [1 favorite]


Awesome or Mayhem are my favorites from above, and Mayhem even sounds kinda name-y. Pterodactyl is also pretty great. And I know of a child named Nefarious Freedom, either one of which would work.
posted by catatethebird at 7:44 AM on February 28, 2012


If this is a poll, I'm voting for Lucky.
posted by empath at 7:47 AM on February 28, 2012 [1 favorite]


"Hazard" is nice, and it has the virtue of being an actual New England name. (Lovecraft was a Hazard on his mother's side, I think, and that's where Abdul al-Hazred comes from.)
posted by GenjiandProust at 7:47 AM on February 28, 2012 [2 favorites]


Darwin.

Full disclosure: I have a friend with this middle name.
posted by kpmcguire at 7:48 AM on February 28, 2012


Many of these are excellent. Those that aren't, are hilarious! Thanks, and keep 'em coming!

Danger proved to be somewhat prophetic, so I'm leery of Trouble or Mayhem.


Awesome and courage are among my favorites.

@Danf, He'll have a 'normal' first name. Moreso than Xander. We've narrowed it down to an undisclosed few.
posted by JonahBlack at 7:50 AM on February 28, 2012


My middle name is Secret.
posted by b33j at 7:50 AM on February 28, 2012 [8 favorites]


Oooh. Secret is cool...

Also, yes Jozxyqk, we asked for help on the first name, too :-)

Fun fact, all the first names remaining on our list are somewhere in the previous thread.
posted by JonahBlack at 7:53 AM on February 28, 2012


I'm throwing my hat in with Hero. If I was having another that's what I'd go with!

It doesn't fit with virtue theme, but I think Cain is an AWESOME name.
posted by Sweetmag at 7:54 AM on February 28, 2012 [1 favorite]


Is your last name really Black? If so, that changes the dynamic, and something like bondcliff suggested would be great, since it would play off the idea of dark comedy.
posted by I am the Walrus at 7:54 AM on February 28, 2012


Risk
Chance
Storm(y)
Brave
True
Helper
Stern
Bold
Manly
Wander
Roam
Class
Steady
Sturdy
Fire
posted by southeastyetagain at 7:56 AM on February 28, 2012


I knew someone in high school with the middle name Kronos. He was a very smart interesting guy, I think he really embraced it too.
posted by effigy at 7:56 AM on February 28, 2012 [2 favorites]


"hateshislastnamebuthereitisanyways, "
posted by pwally at 8:01 AM on February 28, 2012 [1 favorite]


Bending.

It works best if the child's first name is Bender and last name is Rodriguez.
posted by RonButNotStupid at 8:02 AM on February 28, 2012 [4 favorites]


I know a kid whose middle name is Rocket. He was born 30 minutes after they got to the hospital. Greatest middle name I've ever heard of.
posted by bondcliff at 8:07 AM on February 28, 2012 [11 favorites]


Ranger
posted by chrismc at 8:07 AM on February 28, 2012 [2 favorites]


It works best if the child's first name is Bender and last name is Rodriguez.

Or Rogers. We refer to either of our sons as Bender Bending Rogers if we're feeling goofy.

But my vote is Awesome. I mean, you can't beat that. Horatio Awesome. James Awesome. Cayden Brayden Jayden Awesome. It fits with EVERYTHING!
posted by kpht at 8:08 AM on February 28, 2012


"Danger" isn't at all "name-y"; people are probably just asking if it's a family/ethnic name to be polite. I'd go ahead and throw that requirement out the window and just pick what you want.

A couple others:
Style - sounds particularly good with your last name, too
Game
Art - actually is "name-y", if that does end up mattering
Metal
Seven - because why not?
Busy

FYI - "Action is My Middle Name" is the title of a Morrissey song, if that matters. Sorry if someone's already pointed that out and I missed it!
posted by pecanpies at 8:12 AM on February 28, 2012


Furious
posted by Ad hominem at 8:12 AM on February 28, 2012


If I was a kid, I'd be much more embarrased about Awesome than I would about Danger. Danger is fun and cool, Awesome sounds like you're bigging yourself up, despite the fact it was chosen by your parents. Also, people might always wonder whether you chose it yourself, later in life. However, if I'd chosen Danger myself, I don't think people would judge me too bad on that. I'd get the joke.

So my two pennorth is to choose one that is funny but not braggish. So not Awesome, or Hero. More Lucky, or Trouble.
posted by greenish at 8:14 AM on February 28, 2012 [8 favorites]


Lucky

Side note from the world of veterinary medicine: If you have a patient named Lucky roll up to the veterinary emergency room, standard assumption is that they are going to be a medical trainwreck -- hard to diagnose, no treatments will go right, there will be multiple complications, etc. In short, the name is a jinx. Not sure if that stereotype holds true for humans, but something to think about if you are hoping to avoid prophecy.
posted by Rock Steady at 8:16 AM on February 28, 2012 [5 favorites]


Gotta say I am loving Action.

but may I also humbly suggest Peril.
posted by Mchelly at 8:16 AM on February 28, 2012


Seconding Adventure! Though Awesome is pretty awesome too.
posted by rabbitrabbit at 8:22 AM on February 28, 2012


Zeal!
posted by argonauta at 8:28 AM on February 28, 2012 [3 favorites]


Seconding Rock Steady-- please not Lucky. That poor kid will be an irony magnet, enduring waves of shit and resenting you for it.
posted by pickypicky at 8:29 AM on February 28, 2012 [1 favorite]


Earnest
Maverick
Chance
Honor
posted by beagle at 8:29 AM on February 28, 2012 [1 favorite]


In reply to Rock Steadys comment we named our dog Jinx. Mostly so when we saw him we could go "Hi Jinx" because he gets up to all sorts of Highjinx (though apparently spell check and dictionaries can't decide how to spell it).

To head back to the subject I do like Action as a middle name also Adventure.
posted by wwax at 8:31 AM on February 28, 2012


I see absolutely no reason not to give the second child the middle name Danger as well.
posted by Faint of Butt at 8:31 AM on February 28, 2012


Ooh, or Gusto
posted by argonauta at 8:32 AM on February 28, 2012 [4 favorites]


You could use Danger as a middle name again. The awesomeness that is Danger would override the cheesiness of matching names.

Kiddo 1: Danger is my middle name!
Kiddo 2: No, danger is my middle name!
etc., etc.,
posted by TheCavorter at 8:34 AM on February 28, 2012 [3 favorites]


I have a friend whose middle name is Quicksilver. That's how he's listed in my phone. I think it's fabulous and wish I'd've thought of it for my son.
posted by saffronwoman at 8:41 AM on February 28, 2012 [1 favorite]


We also have a friend who named her son Lightening.
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 8:47 AM on February 28, 2012 [1 favorite]


Sparkles.
posted by spinifex23 at 8:49 AM on February 28, 2012


Able.
posted by anoirmarie at 8:55 AM on February 28, 2012 [1 favorite]


Rigor.
posted by Anything at 8:59 AM on February 28, 2012


"Power" is a relatively common last name, so wouldn't be too out of place as a middle name.
posted by saladin at 9:00 AM on February 28, 2012 [1 favorite]


Havoc
posted by meepmeow at 9:07 AM on February 28, 2012


AskMeFi?
posted by Multicellular Exothermic at 9:08 AM on February 28, 2012


Fun. People may assume it's Chinese. I'm not sure if that's good or bad, but it's there.
posted by It's Never Lurgi at 9:08 AM on February 28, 2012


For a brief (but shining) moment, we contemplated ""Megaweapon" for our son's middle name.
posted by Lucinda at 9:10 AM on February 28, 2012 [2 favorites]


Wit.
posted by Anything at 9:10 AM on February 28, 2012 [1 favorite]


Justice!
posted by *s at 9:24 AM on February 28, 2012 [5 favorites]


Epic
posted by pearlybob at 9:25 AM on February 28, 2012 [3 favorites]


Winner.
posted by Anything at 9:30 AM on February 28, 2012


Of the suggestions already made, I really love valor, true, and able. My choice (if it works, syllable and rhythm wise) would be Bold.
posted by lemniskate at 9:35 AM on February 28, 2012 [1 favorite]


Astrolabe (Abelard and Heloise's son's name)
Motherfucker (I know this won't win, but it's awesome! And, obviously, not meant to be literal.)
Rascal
Titanium
Pepsi

And my one serious suggestion: Justice
posted by bluejayway at 9:36 AM on February 28, 2012 [1 favorite]


Bwah, I dated someone with the middle name Justice.

Another moral value: Tolerance (from the Sarah Tolerance novels).
posted by jenfullmoon at 9:38 AM on February 28, 2012


Sirius.
-Already a name (Harry Potter's godfather was Sirius Black).
-Fits your formula, according to MsMolly's link:
American Dragon Jake Long: In "Shapeshifter", Jake's grandfather insists that he take the mission seriously, and he says that "serious" is his middle name.
posted by feral_goldfish at 9:39 AM on February 28, 2012 [2 favorites]


Sounds like you need the the Achewood 19th Century Name Generator.

I personally would pick something from Homer: Nestor, Ajax, Odysseus, Hector, Menelaus, Idomeneus, Sarpedon, Telemachus. Not all of come out well in the end, but they are great middle names.

You could also go with a lesser known Anglo-Saxon king, like Cynric or Ceolwulf.
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 9:41 AM on February 28, 2012 [4 favorites]


Tycho Bright
posted by From Bklyn at 9:44 AM on February 28, 2012 [1 favorite]


Or Saturn. Saturn would be an excellent middle name.
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 9:45 AM on February 28, 2012 [1 favorite]


Data. It'll be great if he grows up to be a scientist. Or a starship officer.
posted by MsMolly at 9:46 AM on February 28, 2012


Rescue.
posted by Anything at 9:51 AM on February 28, 2012


Verity.
posted by anonnymoose at 9:58 AM on February 28, 2012


, Lord
posted by The World Famous at 10:07 AM on February 28, 2012 [1 favorite]


Bending.

Aw dammit you beat me to it. I was gonna say Bending!
posted by GastrocNemesis at 10:19 AM on February 28, 2012


I think you should name your child "Evan Withacae" (pronounced with-a-k)

"Hi, my name is Evan Withacae"
"Kevin?"
"No, Evan Withacae"

Hilarity.
posted by Jacob G at 10:21 AM on February 28, 2012 [4 favorites]


Kingly. I also really like the suggestion of Ranger.
posted by topophilia at 10:34 AM on February 28, 2012


If your surname isn't yet taken as a domain, go for ultimate geekdom with:

@
posted by Static Vagabond at 10:35 AM on February 28, 2012 [3 favorites]


Fearless, Independent, Dare/ Daring, Slapstick, Chivalry, Valiant? I think Valor is a cool suggestion too. Or maybe Hilarity! Riot? Jocose? (too obscure?)

I think Awesome seems too obvious. It's not terrible but you could definitely do better.
posted by GastrocNemesis at 10:36 AM on February 28, 2012 [1 favorite]


Or Verily. "Do you have a middle name?" "Yea, Verily!" haha.
posted by GastrocNemesis at 10:38 AM on February 28, 2012 [2 favorites]


Justice as a middle name reminds me far too much of the baby a few years ago infamously named "Aryan Justice." (Though that was a girl.)

I like Awesome. Strong also seems like it would be a good middle name, kind of name-y. Also, in the world of being "prophetic" is a little easier on the parents than Trouble.
posted by sonika at 10:57 AM on February 28, 2012


Gambit!
posted by Static Vagabond at 11:01 AM on February 28, 2012


Charming
posted by lizbunny at 11:02 AM on February 28, 2012


Punctuality.
posted by daisystomper at 11:15 AM on February 28, 2012 [2 favorites]


Hyphen
posted by The World Famous at 11:18 AM on February 28, 2012


@Danf, He'll have a 'normal' first name. Moreso than Xander. We've narrowed it down to an undisclosed few.
@JonahBlack, "Normal" fulfills both of your requirements. It's a real name.
posted by TREE at 11:20 AM on February 28, 2012


Action and Valour are both great, and they fit in well with Danger without being prophetic themselves. Valiant could be cool, especially because of Prince Valiant.
posted by snorkmaiden at 11:30 AM on February 28, 2012


Flash, as in Flash Gordon.
posted by annsunny at 11:45 AM on February 28, 2012 [2 favorites]


Steel
Magnum
Seven
posted by Sal and Richard at 12:05 PM on February 28, 2012


Excelsior!
posted by hot soup girl at 12:47 PM on February 28, 2012


I'm leaning (in the spirit of "Sirius") toward the astronomical: Rigel, Deneb, Altair, Pollux.

Full disclosure: We named our daughter Hero.
posted by Emperor SnooKloze at 12:48 PM on February 28, 2012 [1 favorite]


The best real-world example I know of in this format is claimed by Charles Hard Townes. It's not particularly name-like, but at least there's precedent.

If it's gotta sound like a name, how about Justice, Dignity, or Chance?

Though, Solidarity, mentioned above, is fantastic. It also easily shortens to Sol, which is schoolyard-compatible.

If it were me, there's no way I'd waste the opportunity to expand the definition of what counts as a name. Either that, or I'd tell the kid he gets to choose his own middle name as a coming-of-age ritual. It always seemed unfair to me that people get saddled with names long before they can even speak. (But, as someone who is never going to have kids, I have the luxury of not having to explain to an eight year old why bullies make fun of his name, so those are easy comments to make.)
posted by eotvos at 12:52 PM on February 28, 2012


I really like Justice.

Dynamite, Jeopardy, Venture*, Fate?

disclosure: I had a horse I named Venture On
posted by BlueHorse at 1:01 PM on February 28, 2012


Rigor.

As in "mortis"?

(Sorry--it was the first thing that leaped to mind.)
posted by dlugoczaj at 1:08 PM on February 28, 2012


Daring
Zip
Vim
Noble
Vader
posted by argonauta at 1:14 PM on February 28, 2012


Mystery!
posted by stockpuppet at 1:15 PM on February 28, 2012 [4 favorites]


Panache.
posted by Chutzler at 1:16 PM on February 28, 2012 [1 favorite]


smooth
posted by 5_13_23_42_69_666 at 1:34 PM on February 28, 2012


What

"Who's on First"-style hilarity ensues.

On a more feasible note, Daring is a terrific suggestion. Danger and Daring go together like peas in a pod!
posted by platinum at 1:52 PM on February 28, 2012 [2 favorites]


chaos!
posted by koroshiya at 1:55 PM on February 28, 2012 [2 favorites]


it's kind of namey, anyway. and, well, chaos and danger.
posted by koroshiya at 1:56 PM on February 28, 2012


My 6yo cousin recently offered up the name she would give a boy, and that name was Solid.

I see that Solidarity has been mentioned, but to me Solid just seems more... SOLID.
posted by waitangi at 1:59 PM on February 28, 2012


Nick

jeez...not enough fireheads here....
posted by Confess, Fletch at 2:01 PM on February 28, 2012


jeez...not enough fireheads here....

Goons, surely?
posted by The corpse in the library at 2:15 PM on February 28, 2012


Dangerously

Johnny Dangerously is a silly movie, but it's a funny name. Also, I don't know if anyone noticed that Rock Steady would actually be an awesome name.
posted by vash at 2:16 PM on February 28, 2012 [1 favorite]


ADVENTURE
posted by Sal and Richard at 2:24 PM on February 28, 2012


Class. Eager. Trust.
posted by peakcomm at 2:29 PM on February 28, 2012


Atom
Element
Chromosome
Night
Stranger
Compass
Middle
posted by sciencegeek at 2:41 PM on February 28, 2012


Jester (they speak truth to power)
Winsome
Moxie
Worthy
Brio
Spark
Flash
Charisma
Dash
Pluck
Tenacity
Ingenuity
MacGyver
posted by carmicha at 3:11 PM on February 28, 2012


Ninja?
posted by simplethings at 3:14 PM on February 28, 2012


I can't stay away from this thread...

Finesse
Inspiration
(Anti)Disestablishmentarianism - depending on your beliefs
Orthodoxy
Iconoclast
posted by bluejayway at 4:00 PM on February 28, 2012 [1 favorite]


I can't stay away either, probably because I gave my kids reused boring traditional names.

Hart.
Because it's a deer (dear), it's a stag (you stud) and it's ambiguously romantic.
posted by b33j at 6:03 PM on February 28, 2012


Falcon. As in Robert Falcon Scott.
posted by raccoon409 at 6:37 PM on February 28, 2012


Mr. Falcon
posted by The World Famous at 6:44 PM on February 28, 2012


Middle. As in "Middle is my middle name."
posted by jrchaplin at 6:54 PM on February 28, 2012


My favorites that have been mentioned are Trouble, Courage, and Mystery.

But here's some other thoughts that might (loosely) fit with your theme....

Triumph
Hilarity
Clever (might be too much pressure)
Tricky
Sly
Wily
Brevity
Whimsy (possibly too cutesy for a boy)
Quirky (I consider "weird" to be a positive thing, but I understand this can be a negative for some)

And one suggestion just for fun that doesn't fit with the theme: The
posted by Squee at 6:59 PM on February 28, 2012 [2 favorites]


Marvel
posted by argonauta at 6:59 PM on February 28, 2012 [1 favorite]


The more I think about it, the more I like "Brevity." I think I'll have to tuck that one away as a possible first name for my own child someday. I just love the idea of a little literary nerd running around the playground yelling "I AM the soul of wit!"

It would probably jinx him to be the most non-literary person ever though, drat.
posted by Squee at 7:02 PM on February 28, 2012 [1 favorite]


Keep coming back to see what else has been favorited.

Here are some more suggestions:

Shock
Bolt
Praise
Adrenaline
Bold
Ambition
Volt
Atomic
Nuclear
Reaction
posted by Sal and Richard at 7:09 PM on February 28, 2012 [1 favorite]


Wit
posted by argonauta at 7:35 PM on February 28, 2012


Bomber
posted by Sal and Richard at 7:45 PM on February 28, 2012


At the end of the gestation, this child's name MUST be posted here!!
posted by BlueHorse at 7:47 PM on February 28, 2012 [1 favorite]


BLOODLUST
posted by oceanjesse at 8:00 PM on February 28, 2012


Freewill
posted by argonauta at 8:07 PM on February 28, 2012


NMN
No Middle Name
posted by Confess, Fletch at 9:30 PM on February 28, 2012


_Danger_ is my middle name works for kid#1. I'd give kid#2 a new theme, and go with Pirate or Ninja.

Atticus Ninja Black is my recommendation.


If you *must* stick with the theme, Action and Blues.
posted by theora55 at 10:34 PM on February 28, 2012


(mom here) You guys are fantastic, we now have way too many good names to choose from, and some are just hilarious even if they will never happen (Mayhem and Trouble are just asking for it a little too much, and the first has proven enough of a handful with the Danger moniker). We'll have to put something thought into this and pair them with our first name ideas and see what comes out. We'll do our best to post our choice once we make it.
posted by katers890 at 7:55 AM on February 29, 2012 [1 favorite]


Spike of Templar Az has a running list of future awesome kid names, I like Bash, Ransom, Quantom, and Atomic.

I like insanely old fashioned or Romanesque names - Augustus, Scipio, and the like.
posted by The Whelk at 8:33 AM on February 29, 2012


Oh, and Liberation, cause its an actual first name in south america.
posted by The Whelk at 8:35 AM on February 29, 2012


> I have a friend whose middle name is Quicksilver. That's how he's listed in my phone. I think it's fabulous and wish I'd've thought of it for my son

And I know someone whose son's middle name is Fabulous.
posted by The corpse in the library at 10:29 AM on February 29, 2012 [1 favorite]


The more I think about it, the more I like "Brevity." I think I'll have to tuck that one away as a possible first name for my own child someday. I just love the idea of a little literary nerd running around the playground yelling "I AM the soul of wit!"

. . . or El Duderino, if you're not into the whole Brevity thing.
posted by GastrocNemesis at 1:31 PM on February 29, 2012 [3 favorites]


Also, courtesy of last night's new episode of Key & Peele- Phantom!
posted by GastrocNemesis at 1:34 PM on February 29, 2012


Update please?
posted by b33j at 5:01 PM on March 21, 2012


(mom again)

So apparently the little man did not want to come out, which delayed the name posting, but he finally made his appearance the other day (Sat). In the end, we narrowed the list down to the top possibilities (including Mystery and The as some of the top runners), then asked his big brother for his opinion, and thus, we ended up with.....

Connor Hero.

So we ended up back to one we started with, but all of you guys' help was fantastic, his brother just wanted a hero little brother apparently.

Thanks again!
posted by katers890 at 7:14 PM on March 26, 2012 [4 favorites]


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