Some Manly Oddballs

Just in case you thought all my weirdos were female, surprise!  Submitted for your perusal, the men:

Peregrin/e– Yes, I am a shameless LOTR fan. The man was a linguistic genius and I bow to his superior skill. Pippin is easily my favorite of the Hobbits and hence the inclusion of Peregrine (I also like Peregrin) on my rolls.

Porfirio– Despite his playboy image (Porfirio Rubirosa), I’ve love the flowing, happy sound of Porfirio since I was two. He’s so fun to say and anything that makes me smile is worth hanging onto.

Ignatius – Yes, I like Iggy, he sounds zippy and wildly creative to my ears. He’s a family name for me, the first of the maternal line to hit America. I’d love to honor the guy who made it possible for this at least partially Russian chick to have a Scottish surname!

Clarence– Yeah, he’s a much too optimistic Angel in my least favorite Christmas flick but there’s still something mightily appealing about Clarence.  He feels simple, attractive and creative to me. I can’t make him leave my boys list.

Valentin– One of the Maternal Great Uncles, I adore Valentin because not only was he family, he reminds me of my Dad, born on Valentine’s day and cursed with a trendy name that he intensely disliked. Valentin makes me think of Pop without being him. And yes, I think Val is mightily sexy on a grown guy. But Tino’s a cool possibility too.

Tiberius– Yes, Trekgeek extreme here (Don’t even start me on the remake movie due late next spring!). If he didn’t say “already done” to James Tiberius; it’s one bit of fan geekdom I could happily live with forever. *sigh*

Solomon – One of the few overtly Biblical names I adore. I love his sound, his image and his strength. I think Solly would be really adorable on a toddler,  pretty cool on a teen/twenty something and not too shabby on a 70 year old either!  That’s an awesome run for a nickname.

Aloysius– Yes, he’s a bit stiff and stuffy but say him aloud, he’s so swooshy and fun to say. No, I don’t have a problem with Al potentially but I love saying this in full most often so he’s mainly middle material for me.

Apollo – My favorite of the Greco/Roman Gods. Light, the sun, music, poetry, you name it, he’s been ascribed to rule over it through time. How Renaissance-y of Apollo!  Never fear, he’s also slated for middle use only. Willem Apollo, in particular is a favorite combo.

Tilden/Tillo/Tielo – All three are on my lists, strictly for the Till part. Tilley is the family surname for the other half and I keep looking for ways to use that sound somewhere. Tillo charms me the most.

Bede – Fascinating because of  (The) Venerable Bede. Get yourself a copy of “Ecclesiastical History of the English People” and enjoy the reading. It’s simply a wonderful piece of writing, significant for it’s history more than it’s religion. A real Renaissance sort of guy, long before the Renaissance!

Imre– Fun to say (eem-ree). A variation of Emeric/Emmerick  that appeals greatly to me because of his pronunciation. Middle material for me, there’s no familial link.

So there you have my Manly Oddballs! See, I’m not feminine biased, entirely! 😀

6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Cat
    Nov 18, 2008 @ 19:24:55

    I love Peregrine, for the same reasons. Pip is just so great. I could probably talk my LOTR nerd boyfriend into it, too. I’ve thought about Philip or Philippa, for Pip, but Peregrine is just so cool. I don’t think Clarence is too odd; he’s on my own lists. Unusual, yes, but totally doable. I let Aloysius slide since it’s Elvis Costello’s second middle, and therefore makes me laugh. Apollo is cool, even if I forgot him on my god list, and Bede is fun. Nice post!


  2. Lola
    Nov 18, 2008 @ 21:30:19

    No Clarence really isn’t odd, he’s just a bit out of fashion, sound wise and even then, not too badly. As for Aloysius, a laugh is why he’s going in the middle if I can find a place for him. He can make me smile while keeping others from laughing there. Thanks for stopping by, Cat, hope you’re feeling better!


  3. Emmy Jo
    Nov 22, 2008 @ 14:08:30

    Hi, Lola! This is my first visit to your blog. Very interesting! I thought I’d comment on Bede. I read “The Ecclesiastical History of the English People” in college. It’s where I first saw the name Aidan (and I’m pretty annoyed that it’s gotten so popular). I’ve also considered Caedmon, Caelin, and Alban for sons — I think they could work! Bede would be an interesting choice as well, especially for someone looking for an underused one-syllable middle name. I’d probably not put it in the first name slot, simply because it’s an English work (bead). What do you think of something like Julius Bede? Is that way too ancient? 🙂 Maybe Julian Bede?


  4. Lola
    Nov 22, 2008 @ 14:30:32

    Julius Bede is better in my head than Julian Bede. Julian’s gt a drop at the end that makes it meh. with a middle beginning with a consonant.
    Caedmon’s been a favorite for at least 10 years and Alban has appealed since I was a kid.

    I would LOVE to meet kids named Julius, Alban, ot even Caedmon (although I think that should probably be in the middle too)

    Thanks for stopping by Emmy Jo!


  5. Bede-Julian
    Jan 02, 2009 @ 23:44:21

    Julian Bede – interesting. Reversing my first name sounds odd.


    • Lola
      Jan 03, 2009 @ 11:16:01

      Probably because you’re used to hearing it your way! 😀 I’m used to mulitple syllable- one syllable, hence my preference. Very cool name you have, either way, Dude. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂


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