I like names that don't have nicknames attached. Better to be traditional than trendy, for me. But I like somewhat unique..... Help?
Here are some names that might work within your parameters—I've highlighted a few of my favorites.
Henry does have Hank as a nickname, but most of the Henrys I know don't go by it. This is a royal name with a long history—it actually means "ruler." And it never goes out of style.
Jude has been on a bit of a popularity climb since the turn of the 21st century, but it appears to have leveled off for the past few years in the top 200, making it popular but not overused. It's most well known for the Beatles song, and the patron saint of those in trouble. It's one of my favorite picks for boys.
Ian is the Scottish take on "John," and it's been a steady top 100 favorite since the 1980s. I like that your kids would have the same initials, without being too closely related.
Okay, readers, it's your turn: What other names do you think suit our reader's parameters? Share them in the comments.