Post # 1
DH and I are still trying to pick a boy name for our LO, and I stumbled across a few virtue names for boys. I know it’s usually a more popular trend for girls (Grace, Faith, Chastity, etc) but I’ve never heard a virtue name on a boy before. The ones I found were
Do you think it would be weird to name a boy one of these? (Please be honest!) Have you heard of other virtue names for boys that you liked? I started googling after hearing those two names, but some of the other ones I found seemed silly.
Post # 3
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@bunnymama: I don’t like either name you have for a boy. Virtue names for girls are sweet so I totally get it. However, while girls are raised to be virtuous and caregiving, boys are raised to be strong and powerful protectors. I would be looking for unique names that mean power or strength.
For a long time I really like Lucian Alexander. Lucian means “bringer of light” and Alexander means “defender of man”.
But if you really like virtue names, here’s a link to some I found: http://babynamesworld.parentsconnect.com/search.php?p=category&e=cat&i_category=virtue&s_gender5=3
Other virtue names: Justice, Frank, and Earnest.
Post # 4
Honestly, I don’t like the names you listed. Merit to me sounds like Kermit and Candor makes me think of Divergent.
But I like the idea of using a name with a virtuous meaning.
Post # 5
lol at Kermit. I was thinking it sounded like Garrett, which is a real name. Kermit totally hadn’t crossed my mind.
Post # 6
Personally I don’t care for them. I think it sounds like the parents were trying too hard to be different (which I think is common these days).
Post # 7
I hate virtue names all around. It’s just asking the universe for your child to turn out the oppposite! The names you listed are also not particularly masculine or strong. Imagine all the jokes at little Merit’s expense when he goes through his lazy phase… And what if he stays there?
Post # 9
Honestly, the majority of virtue names (aside from the most common ones for girls – namely Grace and Faith) either make me think of Puritans or people from certain parts of West Africa. While these connotations aren’t bad ones, they are pretty strong, since I just don’t hear of many living people with “heavier” virtue names like Comfort or Prosper who haven’t lived in, say, Ghana or Nigeria. Even in the West, most girls with Grace or Faith as a given name have it as a middle name.
Overall, while I like their intentions (except for the obviously religious ones), pretty much all virtue names aren’t my style for either gender. The only one I like is Verity, but that’s because it’s on the uncommon side, and because I value honesty.
Post # 10
While in law school I remember reading opinions by judges named Learned Hand and Noble Hand. Not gonna lie, I thought that was awesome.
Post # 11
lol. Learned and Noble are a little out there for my taste, but that’s pretty cool. Was it a family thing? I’m just assuming they must be related if they’re both Hand and they’re such unusual first names.
I think I like Candor for the same reason that you like Verity. And now that you’ve mentioned name placement I guess you’re right that things like Grace and Faith get used mostly as middle names. Maybe that’s a better way for me to go about this.
Post # 12
lol, I think they were brothers. I just think it’s so cool that they have those names and ended up judges. A bank teller names Learned might be a bit WTF but for a judge it just works!
Post # 13
@bunnymama: Yep I think it would be very weird. Merit and Candor are odd names and those two particular virtues themselves don’t really seem important enough to be naming a child after. In other words, there are more noble and worthy virtues to name a child after…not sure any would be suitable for a boy, though.
Post # 14
Truly I think you would be setting them up for a lifetime of difficulty and potential embarassment with either Merit or Candour. If you want a name with virtuousity in it then consider names that have a particularly virtuous meaning rather calling them after a particular quality.
Even with girls’ names one can accidentally end up with a child who simply doesn’t fit the virtue and I particularly remember a friend of my eldest son who was named Grace. The poor child had all the grace of an elephant.
Post # 15
Sorry OP, these are really weird names. Also, idk about anyone else, but candor to me has a slightly negative connotation, more like bluntless or outspokeness about something that could have been put more delicately.
Post # 16
I don’t know about these.
Merit is just strange, kind of like if someone did a mashup of Mary and Kermit.
I’m not sure I don’t like Candor less, though. Candor isn’t always a good thing (example that springs to mind are the Dave Chapelle skits “When Keeping It Real Goes Wrong) and in fact can sometimes do more harm than good.
I agree with PP that a lot of times the child rebels against the name and winds up not living up to it in the least. There were two Chastitys in my school, and neither had a reputation for saying no very often.