Hi! My second son is due June 8- or any minute now! I know this a little late in the game to be seeking advice, but we are a little stuck!
We have a 2-year-old named Arthur Juno. Juno is a Korean name and it is what we call him when we go to Korea to visit family. Here we call him Arthur. I am not big on nicknames and will use the full name until my son tells me otherwise!
Anyway, for our second son we would like another classic name- something that fits the genre of Arthur. Some names we have thrown around are:
August - We like it, but are not too sure about having 2 "A" names.
Louis - (Lewis, not Looey) Not sure if this one fits with Arthur. Also may become very popular now that Sandra Bullock has a Louis.
Stuart - I like the idea of Stuart, but it sounds a little too harsh or percussive. I like how gentle and flowing Arthur is. Is it too harsh?
Walter - My husband's current favorite. I like it, too, but while Arthur seems kind of cool, Walter still seems kind of "fuddy duddy" to me. Is it?
Oliver - My only concern is its popularity. My name isn't very popular with my age group (I always was the only one not only in my class, but in my school) and I loved it.
Henry - Again a popularity concern. My husband doesn't think it is a problem, but I don't want my son to have to be referred to as "Henry L.", as opposed to the "Henry S.", "Henry P." and "Henry M." also in his class.
Robin - I don't love it, but my husband seems to.
Edward - I've never read the Twilight books, but apparently there is an Edward character. Will this be a popularity concern? Also, after Arthur, is it too common?
Other names we sort-of like: Jasper, Calvin, Julian.
Names I liked, but were vetoed by my husband: Theodore, Thaddeus, Homer, George, Martin.
Our new son's middle name will be Korean. It will be a two-syllable name. We are still working on it, but some of our middle name ideas start with the letters M, J, P, Y, or H. My favorites start with M.
My son(s) and I have a hyphenated last name with my maiden name being a three syllable Polish surname and my husband's being a one syllable Korean surname. Both surnames begin with the letter L, and since we sometimes drop the Polish part to make it easier for others to record, I will just give you my husband's surname: Lee. I suppose all this means is that we will have to be careful with names starting with L and with one syllable names.
I am open to any and all ideas. We need some fresh minds with fresh ideas helping us out! Thank you, thank you, thank you!
My favorites from your list are Louis, Walter, and Calvin.
I agree with you about Henry and Oliver: those are both currently in style, and have a very different sound than Arthur.
Like you, I'm curious if/how Edward the Twilight vampire hottie will affect the name's popularity. Perhaps it will be a bigger problem ten years from now, when all the girls who are currently teenagers will be having their children? Jasper, too, is a Twilight character. The name Edmund would be a possibility, similar to Edward but with a lower vampire element (searching "Edmund vampire": one of the many search terms I wasn't expecting to use for a baby name blog).
I suggest Warren. I think it has the same gentle/strong sound as Arthur. Arthur and Warren.
I love the book Life With Father, and it always makes me wish the name Clarence would come back into style. Arthur and Clarence. (The author of the book I like is Clarence Day, and am I remembering right that Dae is a Korean name? If you like the book too, it would be a pleasing reference. Though if Dae is pronounced "day," I suppose it gives you "daily" with your surname Lee---not that that's a deal-breaker, especially with a hyphenated surname to break things up.)
After watching a few seasons of Sabrina the Teenage Witch (WHAT?), I had the name Harvey on my list. It still sounds like a great name to me, though I wonder if Harvey Lee would bring Lee Harvey Oswald to mind? Probably not, especially since the surname is hyphenated, but it's the kind of thing I like to take into account during the naming process, as opposed to realizing it afterward. Arthur and Harvey.
I've several times pitched the name Karl/Carl without success, but I will try again! Arthur and Karl, or Arthur and Carl.
I knew such a great guy named Franklin back in school. Arthur and Franklin. (Oh---but as I'm proof-reading, I remember that there is both a children's TV show called Arthur AND a children's TV show called Franklin.)
Beverly Cleary's book Fifteen cemented the name Stanley in my mind as the ideal gentle/strong boy name. *swoon*
Arthur makes me think of the Knights of the Round Table. I'd been remembering that there was a knight named Roland, but apparently I'm thinking of something else. Still, Roland would be an excellent option. Arthur and Roland.
The nicest boy in my elementary school was Terrence, or perhaps it was spelled Terrance (it was the nickname-favoring 1970s, so he mostly went by Terry). I always wanted to be his square-dancing partner in gym class, because he was the only one who never tried to step on his partner's toes. (You know who the worst toe-steppers were? Gary and Troy.)