My husband's (deceased) father was named James Cornelius and my husband is James Christopher, so it important to him to name our son James C______. Our last name is two syllables that starts with an F and ends with an S, so an additional middle same that ends with an S is just too ssssssssss. I have combed through baby books trying to find the perfect C name and come up empty every time. We are partial to traditional names (even names that may feel stodgy to some people). For example, I love the name Augustus.Our daughter's name is Abigail Elizabeth. I was not aware of the popularity of the name Abigail in 2000 when she was born and would like to avoid a repeat of having 3 - 4 children with the same name in his class. I like names that lend themselves to nicknames, but I don't like nicknames as the legal name.
If you've already been through the baby name books, we might be of scant help---but we can at least get a C-name vote going, and perhaps it will tip you toward a candidate.
Let's start by considering both Christopher and Cornelius. Perhaps you want to avoid making a Jr., in which case Christopher is out. But Cornelius is an unusual choice, and distinguished. It reminds me of Augustus. And it's a nice way to honor your husband's father. It does end in S, but I don't think it's overly hisssssy.
Some other contenders:
I think ANY of those would be nice. I avoided more contemporary C names like Caden and Carson and Carter and Coleman and Connor only because you said your tastes ran more towards unusual/traditional---but Caden etc. would be good, too.
Edit: I didn't realize it when I wrote the post, but the baby will be called by his middle name.
Cabot: 23 votes, roughly 11%
Callahan: 20 votes, roughly 9%
Calvin: 32 votes, roughly 15%
Campbell: 22 votes, roughly 10%
Cedric: 6 votes, roughly 3%
Chapman: 7 votes, roughly 3%
Charleston: 5 votes, roughly 2%
Christian: 34 votes, roughly 16%
Clayton: 22 votes, roughly 10%
Clifton: 6 votes, roughly 3%
Conrad: 22 votes, roughly 10%
Cornelius: 12 votes, roughly 6%
Currier: 5 votes, roughly 2%]