Time for another "Name I Feel Like I Made Up, But Likely Didn't: Abelson. It's not even in my book of 50,001 baby names, which stretches ("Must! reach! 50,000! mark!") to include such names as Eleven and Eccentricity and Ecru.
The name Abel is so great: strong but gentle, and a pleasing word association with "able". Plus, he was the nice brother of the Cain and Abel scandal. Unfortunately, the Cain-'n'-Abel thing is kind of hard to beat, nice brother or not---especially for someone who has a brother. The "Am I my brother's keeper?" joke is likely to get old.
How about THIS, though: Abelson. It's got the Abel part, plus it's a surname name. It has the sound of a name of old standing (even though I'm pretty sure it isn't), rather than of a modern invented name. It's strongly boyish, but without sounding overly tough-guy.
Gift ideas for an 8-year-old, part 2 of 2 - Last week I talked about the gifts we were getting/considering for Edward, who is turning 8 next month. This week it’s Elizabeth’s turn: not “girl gifts,” ...