So I'm 39 weeks with a boy and we don't have a name. We don't even have a shortlist. One name that came up last night was Calder. We both like the sound of it. My husband likes how unusual it is. I like that it's very similar to a family name (Cadwallader) that's too long to use for a first name. But my #1 rule for names has always been DON'T PICK SOMETHING EVERYONE WILL GET WRONG. Calder just isn't used as a first name, as far as I can tell, although it was in both baby name books I have. BTN has it as a user submitted name, but other sites have it as a real name.
So what would you think if you heard the name Calder? Does it sound too trendy? What other names might it get mistaken for? Any references I'm unaware of? I do know of the artist Alexander Calder and I actually love his work, so that's not a bad thing for me, unless he was secretly awful which is always a risk these days.
The only other name that's sort of a frontrunner is Arthur. I don't love it, but I could probably live with it if I had to.
Sorry, a last name isn't a good first name. Not a fan, at all.
@harpseal135 To be fair, there are Calder sculptures all over the world. I've never been to Grand Rapids so I'm not familiar with that one. But I hear you. I don't like last names as first names either. I'm just getting desperate. 😭
Arthur is great. But don’t use a name you don’t love.
I wonder if you googled ‘occupational boys names’ if some might be your style.
Calder would be a no for me.