Cool Name of the Week: Rust

Anyone else watching HBO’s newest series, True Detective? It’s not for the faint of heart—it’s a dark story about two cops chasing a pretty wicked serial killer. But the acting, by stars Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey, is pretty darned incredible. And I’m kind of intrigued by Matthew’s character, a cop with a dark past, named Rust Cohle. Rust is dealing with a failed marriage, the death of his daughter—and clearly, as the story is told in flashbacks, something about this case really damaged him for life. He plays both flashback and current-time Rust amazingly well.

Rust feels like a name that should intrigue people looking for something offbeat, but not too out there—along the lines of names like Jet, Ace and the like. It’s actually considered a variant or nickname of the classic name Russell, and it means red-haired. It could be a cool first name—or I like it even better in the middle. It’d be great with Harrison, Elijah, or Benedict—you can place it whichever way suits you. Or you can choose Russell, and use this as a more avant garde nickname for it.

What do you think of the name Rust? Is it worthy of your consideration, or a little too out there?

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    On January 30, 2014 at 9:27 pm

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