I'm a huge fan of unusual names, and I really love a lot of these! If I have time, I'll be sure to answer the girls' version of this question :)
• Alaric ~ I've never been a huge fan of Atticus - it's always reminded me of an abacus, haha. Alaric is interesting, and definitely fits in with my "new" style (it has changed a bit in the last few months - I like much more unusual, historical names now than I ever did before). I also like that it means "ruler of all". I'm quite sure a little boy would like having a name with that meaning, lol.
• Keaton ~ Easton has always sounded like a "spin-off" of Weston to me, and I just personally don't care for the sound of it. Keaton really isn't that much better, but I can tolerate it a lot more than Easton. And it sort of reminds me of the poet John Keats, which helps with my "historical" criteria.
• Ivan ~ Johann isn't all that bad, but I know some wise guy would pronounce it like Joanne, a name I really dislike. Ivan still reminds me of Ivan the Terrible, and I can't for the life of me picture it on a baby or a little boy, but it's the lesser of two evils.
• Azriel ~ I actually sort of like this. It reminds me of Lord Asriel from the "His Dark Materials" trilogy, which isn't all that bad of an association. I think it's better suited for a fictional character than an actual person, but it's still okay :)
• Magnus ~ I love this! I've only really considered it over the last few days, but it's rapidly becoming a favourite. I'm still trying to decide whether I want to replace Maximilian on my list with Magnus, or just use it as a middle name. At the rate I'm going, it'll probably end up on my list, I find it extremely charming and definitely out-of-the-box. I also love that it can have the super-cute nickname Max.
• August ~ Tough choice because I like them both. August is just a teensy bit more masculine to me, and I still have to really try hard not to think of an "Orange Julius" when I hear Julius. But since it's Emmy Jo's little boy's name I can't help but kind of like it, haha :) One of the best characters I've ever come up with was named August so I kind of have a soft spot for it anyway :)
• Jerome ~ I don't really care for either, honestly, but I can tolerate Jerome the most out of the two. Ambrose always sounds like the man would be slow-witted and have a deep, monotonous voice to me.
• Gideon ~ I always think of a "giddy" little boy when I hear this name - someone who's perpetually happy and smiling. Javan sounds like a caveman or a kind of coffee to me, haha.
• Nikolai ~ I love just about every variant of Nicholas, this included. It sounds like a Russian prince or something to me. Serafim reminds me too much of Seraphina for me to take it seriously as a male name.
• Louis ~ Only if it's pronounced "LOO ee"; I despise the pronunciation "LOO iss". If you're saying it the latter way, then I choose Florent. Louis pronounced the first way sounds very quirky and dashingly French to me, I really like it, especially as a middle name.
• Cassio ~ Cornelius reminds me of a stuffy, 18th century lawyer in a powdered wig. It's very "hoity-toity" and the boy would forever be nicknamed Corny. At least Cassio could go by Cash.
• Axel ~ This name is actually growing on me. I still think of car parts and figure skating techniques when I hear it, but I'm also starting to think of an actual person, too, haha.
My favourites would have to be:
Great question! :)
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