We’ve speculated for years at a potential name for an Affleck boy. Their daughters’ names, Violet Anne and Seraphina Rose Elizabeth, have garnered (pun intended) much acclaim from name nerds and civilians alike. Violet spawned many a namesake, and we suspect Seraphina is not far behind. So what, pray tell, would this celebrity couple of onomastic feats choose to call a boy?
I thought they might go with something terribly classic. Both from traditional families, Jen’s father answers to Bill (William John), Ben’s to Timothy. People are often much more risk-taking with their daughters’ names, at times to their detriment. James just felt right for them. Timothy would have been darling.
To some, it’s a bit of a letdown. To me, it’s pleasant if unremarkable.
Welcome Samuel Garner Affleck.
Sam has a similar vibe as the up-and-coming Max, as the affable Charlie. As a name that works well in many languages and cultures, it’s more evenly spread throughout the population. As such, your school is less likely to cater to four Sams than it is to five Maxes or six Henrys.
I’m a fan. I have a baby cousin named Sam. He’d be in his mid to late twenties by now. I’ve always thought it terribly friendly, and despite its high rank (#24!) on the national Social Security scale, I know very few.
How great is it that they preserved Garner? Did you know that the Ben and his brother Casey were actually born “Affleck-Boldt”, after their mom? I’m kind of glad they resisted the urge to use Boldt as a first name. It’s better on a superhero white puppy.
What do you think? Do you know many Samuels? Did you anticipate a classic name, or something more exciting? If you had daughters called Violet and Seraphina, what would you name your son?