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Dapper Names for your little Dude

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There is something quite entertaining about a little boy with a distinguished sounding name. These 10 dapper boys names have an old world charm and feel sophisticated without being too stuffy.

Clive
It doesn’t get more dapper than Clive, an English name that oozes with finesse. Actor Clive Owen has made this straight-laced name feel very usable. Clive is a rare choice in the US and was only used by 82 baby boys last year.

Felix
Felix has Latin roots and means happy or fortunate, both great meanings to bestow on your bundle of joy.  Once closesly associated with the character Felix the Cat, Felix has both a vintage vibe and a modern X ending. Felix currently ranks and Number 262.

Everett
A personal favorite of mine, at Number 135 Everett is quickly rising in popularity. The crisp T ending partnered with the adorable nicknames Ever or Rhett have given this name a boost. Everett is derived from a German name meaning brave as a boar.

Hugh
My fellow name enthusiast and friend Alena J Ingle has a darling little boy named Hugh Clinton (https://www.instagram.com/hughclinton2014/). There are several notable actors with this name from Hugh Jackman to Hugh Grant to Hugh Laurie.  Hugh comes from a German name meaning intellect.  Hugh currently ranks at Number 849, a lot lower than its brother Hugo at 432.

Miles
Jazz musician Miles Davis is a great association to this elegant name choice. Miles peaked last year at 107 in popularity. An English form of the name Milo, several celebrities including Eddie Murphy, Mayim Bialik, and Susan Sarandon have used Miles for their sons.

Quentin
Originally used for the fifth born child, Quentin is a Latin name that fittingly means fifth. There are very few cool names that begin with the quirky letter Q and can sound polished at the same time. Quentin may remind you of John Green’s character Quentin “Q” Jacobsen or director Quentin Tarantino. Quentin ranks at Number 483.

Rupert
A stylish name that is more utilized across the pond than here in the US where it was only given to 22 boys last year. Rupert is a German form of the name Robert meaning bright fame. Actors Rupert Everett, Rupert Graves, and Rupert Grint are three household namesakes.

Sebastian
At 35 in popularity Sebastian is one of those names that people don’t often realize is as popular as it is.  Latin from a Greek name Sebastian means from Sebastia. Sebastian has a masculine and accomplished ring to it and lends itself to fun nicknames like Bas, Bash, Bastian, Baz, Seb, and Sebs.

Theodore
Theodore is another classic name on the rise, currently ranked at Number 99. A Greek name meaning gift of God, Theodore was most popular in 1901 when Theodore Roosevelt began his term.  Tad, Ted, Teddy, and Theo are just a few of its likable nicknames.

Walter
Polished and noble, Walter is a German name meaning army ruler that ranks at Number 308.  Walt Disney (born Walter “Walt” Elias Disney), Walter “Walt” Whitman, and Walter Cronkite are three bearers of this distiniguished name.

If you like these names, you might also love some of these dashing choices:

20 Great -by Baby Names

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There’s something sweet and approachable about names that end in –by.  Here are 20  and great choices for your little baBY.

Abby
Current Ranking: 437 for girls
A common nickname for Abigail, Abby would also be a great nickname for Abilene or even Tabitha
Cool Connection: Sesame Street character Abby Cadabby

Ashby
Current Ranking: Only used by 23 girls and 17 boys last year
Could Ashby the next Ashley? Ashby has a super sweet Southern sound.
Cool Connection:  TV host Nancy O’Dell has a daughter named Ashby Grace

Barnaby
Current Ranking: Less than 5 boys were used Barnaby last year
A posh beginning with a sweet ending.  Barnaby is derived from the name Barnabas.
Cool Connection: Barnaby Bear is an animated and live action character in several UK TV series

Colby
Current Ranking: 454 for boys
A surname, a place name, and the name of a cheese.
Cool Connection: Survivor runner-up Colby Donaldson

Crosby
Current Ranking: 575 for boys
People really took notice of this name following the success of the show Parenthood
Cool Connection: Folk rock group Crosby, Stills, and Nash

Darby
Current Ranking: Only used by 110 girls and 27 boys last year
Fairly common boys name in Ireland, Darby will forever remind me of the film Darby O’Gill and the Little People.
Cool Connection: Actor Paul Rudd has a daughter named Darby

Gatsby
Current Ranking: Only used by 12 boys and 5 girls last year
Literary parents will recognize this name from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby
Cool Connection: The character Jay Gatsby was actually born James “Jimmy” Gatz

Jacoby
Current Ranking: 655 for boys
A little bit Jacob and a little bit Coby, a fun name with lots of charm!
Cool Connection: Boston Red Sox player Jacoby Ellsury

Kelby
Current Ranking: Only used by 41 boys and 23 girls last year
If Kelly and Shelby had a baby you’d get the surname Kelby!
Cool Connection: Kelby has British, Tutonic, German and possibly Norse roots.

Kirby
Current Ranking: Only used by 53 boys and 27 girls last year
A sporty sounding unisex surname
Cool Connection: John Wayne played 5 characters named Kirby in his acting career with

Libby
Current Ranking: 995 for girls
Originally a nickname for Elizabeth, Libby would also be a darling nickname for Liberty
Cool Connection: Carly Simon has a song called Libby

Moby
Current Ranking: Less than 5 babies were named Moby last year
This could make for a fun nickname. Most folks are sure to associate it with Herman Melville’s Moby Dick.
Cool Connection: Musician Moby was born Richard Melville Hall and got his stage name/nickname due to his ancestor, Herman Melville.

Quimby
Current Ranking: Less than 5 babies were named Quimby last year
A quirky cute Q name
Cool Connection: Beverly Cleary character Ramona Quimby

Rigby
Current Ranking: Only used by 31 boys last year
Beatles fans are sure to recognize this name from the song Eleanor Rigby
Cool Connection: USA Gymnastic Gold medalist Cathy Rigby

Ruby
Current Ranking: 83 for girls
A beautiful red gemstone name on the rise
Cool Connection: Ruby Bridges, Activist and first African American child to desegregate a Louisiana school in 1960

Selby
Current Ranking: Only used by 9 girls last year
In the Shelby and Sylvie family, Selby has a posh and fresh sound
Cool Connection: Edgy photographer Todd Selby

Shelby
Current Ranking: 299 for girls
Shelby screams super sweet southern belle
Cool Connection: Julia Robert’s character in the tear-jerking comedy Steel Magnolias

Tibby
Current Ranking: Less than 5 babies were named Tibby last year
Tibby originated as a nickname for Elizabeth, though it also works well as a nickname for Tabitha
Cool Connection: Tabitha “Tibby” is a character in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series

Toby
Current Ranking: 689 for boys
First used as a nickname for Tobias, Toby now stands alone as a full name
Cool Connection: Actor Tobey Maguire

Willoughby
Current Ranking: Only used by 6 boys last year
A great way to get to Will or honor a Will
Cool Connection: Jane Austen character John Willoughby

What are your favorite -by Baby names?

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He’s a Gem!

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Outside of the baby name world I enjoy jewelry design.  I love gemstones in jewelry and as names.  Ruby, Pearl, Emerald… there are so many lovely gemstone names for girls, gemstone names for boys are often overlooked. Today let’s check out some gemstone names for the fellas!

Jasper – Jasper is one of the most recognizable and used gemstone names for boys. A variety of quartz, Jasper is a spotted stone that comes in a wide array of colors.  A Persian name, meaning “treasurer”, Jasper is a name on the rise. The Twilight trilogy reintroduced this name.  Jasper is currently #248 in the U.S., Jasper hasn’t been this popular since 1914.

Malachite – Malachite feels like it could be the name of a warrior.  The name of this mineral has Greek origins meaning, “mallow-green stone”. The green pigment of this stone was used centuries ago for green paint.  Although not familiar as a given name, Malachite does have a similar sound to more familiar names such as Malcolm.

Obsidian – Obsidian also has a very strong, powerful sound.  Obsidian is comes in many colors but is usually a deep black color that sometimes has a a blackish green hue.  Formed from volcanic lava that is cooled so quick no time to crystallize. Derived from the Latin word obsidianus, meaning “of Obsidius”.  Obsidian is the name of a transformer and the alias of comic book superhero Todd James Rice. 

Jet – Aside from Jasper, Jet is probably the most used and familiar given name on this list.  Jet is a dark mineraloid formed from fossilized wood. The term “jet black” comes from this stone that is commonly dark brown or black in color. Jet sounds like a spunky, modern nickname. Not as common as Jett, Jet is the stage name of Chinese actor Jet Li.

Carnelian – Carnelian, sometimes spelled Cornelian, is a reddish brown mineral that sometimes has hints of orange and pink. One of the Virgo birthstones, Carnelian could be considered a unisex name. Derived from the Latin word carnis, meaning “flesh”.  I think that Carnelian could make a cool Cornelius alternative.

Flint – Flint has a bit of a strong, crisp, edge to it.  A neat alternative to Flynn or Finn, Flint is a hard form of mineral quartz.  An English name, meaning “born near outcrop of flint”, or “hard rock”. Fans of the show The Flintstones may enjoy this name.

Garnet – Garnet is a unisex  name that means “pomegranate”.  Like the fruit of the pomegranate, Garnet is often seen in reddish orange colors, although it can be virtually any color.  Garnet is the birthstone for the month of January. Garnet was last in the U.S. top 1,000 for boys in 1924.

Kyanite – Kyanite is a mineral that is most commonly seen in a brilliant blue color.  Derived from the Greek word kuanos , which fittingly means “deep blue”.  Easily shortened to the nickname “Kyan”, Kyanite sounds superhero-worthy to me.

Quartz – Quartz is one of the most common minerals on earth.  Not many names begin in the letter “Q” or end in “Z”, the combination of the two give this name a bit of a whimsical feel to me.  Quartz comes from an Old German word meaning “hard”.

Stone – Why not add the name Stone too this list? Stone would fit right in to a gemstone themed sibling set of names like Jade, Ruby, and Jett. Stone is a non-nonsense, stoic sounding word name.  TV news anchor Stone Phillips wears this name well.

What are your favorite gemstone names for boys?

Rock on,
Meagan