English Male Names I-R

Attention: This is not a “name the baby” list! While most of the names are nice and normal by modern American standards, many of them are best left to fiction.

Ignatius

Ingram

Ira +

  • The name is from Hebrew, but the word ira means anger in Latin and some Latin-based languages; beware of puns and irony! I’d also avoid giving this name to someone who works in finance.

Isaac

Isaiah

Ishmael

Israel

  • Avoid giving him Hansford as a surname.

Jabez

Jacob

James

Jared

Jason

Jasper

Jeffrey

Jeremiah

Jeremy

Jerome

Job

Joel

John

  • A fairly safe name due to its extreme commonness, but be careful with the surname! Especially bad choices are surnames based on Thomas or Tom. Don’t pair him anyone whose first name is based on Thomas or Tom either.

Jonah

  • May be too pun-like for whalers. Also, see John for surname advice.

Jonas

  • See Jonah.

Jonathan

  • See John for surname advice.

Joseph

Joshua

  • Avoid surnames with tree in them.

Josiah

Josias

Judah

  • See Jude.

Jude

  • Avoid giving this name to lawmen. Also avoid surnames like Hayden.

Julian

Julius

Justin

Justinian

Kenelm

Lawrence

Lazarus

  • Avoid surnames with long in them.

Lemuel

Leonard

Lewis

Lucas

Malachy

Marcus

Mark

Martin

Maurice

Mervin

Michael

Miles

Milo

Minton

  • Too pun-like for coiners, counterfeiters, and confectioners.

Mordecai

Morris

Moses

Nahum

Nathan

Nathaniel

Nehemiah

Nevell

Nicholas

Noah

Obadiah

  • Don’t call him Obie for two reasons. One is Obi-Wan Kenobi; the other is a “feminine product” with the brand name O.B.

Octavian

Oliver

Ormond

Osias

Oswell

Owen

Patrick

Paul

Peter

  • Don’t pair with Moss.

Philemon

Philip

Phineas

Pierce

Prosper

Quince

  • Be wary of surnames that have to do with cooking. Jellison is an especially poor choice.

Randall

Randolph

  • See Randall.

Raphael

Raymond

Reginald

Renatus

Reuben

Reynard

Reynold

Richard

  • Definitely avoid surnames with head or similar sounds in them, or have anything to do with heads.

Robert

Roderick

  • A poor choice for Ushers, either the surname or the occupation.

Roger

Ro(w)land

Rupert

Russell

Letters in parentheses are optional.

+ I couldn’t find this name in the Golden Age of Piracy, but it was an 18th Century Biblical name, and could be justified if the character’s parents were Puritans or similarly minded.

Last edited December 21, 2009.

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