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Asking a serious question

Is probably fruitless on SW, but here goes:

What male given name(s) evoke in your mind (either conscious or unconsciously), a sense that this man is manly/strong or someone to be admired?

Asking for a story I'm trying to outline.
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SatyrService · M Best Comment
This is a very interesting question. From a Literary Standpoint one could go for some trope of a name. But then you look at real life, one of the most astonishing men in American history one of the most decorated members of the United States Marine Corps. A man who worked his way from being enlisted to being a general. And also one who when approached by the wealthy man of the 20s, to lead a clue that they were planning against the government instead turned them over
His name ..wait for it
Smedly Butler
And M can really kill a characters impact or lift it up,
I like names from history, for instance Roland, but that name does not hit in our time with any meaningful impact
Single syllable names often work very well when that combines both historical impact and a single syllable would be Drake
And do we want this person’s character to be “manly” or is it more of a thoughtful sort of person? I’m really enjoying thinking about this question
Ontheroad · M
@SatyrService More or less the same thought process I've had with this. Especially the part "And do we want this person’s character to be “manly” or is it more of a thoughtful sort of person?" I've decided to go with the manly name and have his character show through (develop) as the story progresses.

Quetzalcoatlus · 46-50, M
Optimus Prime, Megatron, Darth Vader, Skeletor, Terminator…
Robin, possibly because I knew someone so named who embodied those qualities yet was kind and compassionate.
@samueltyler2 And everything I’ve heard about him indicates he was a very kind and compassionate person.
Jacko1971 · 51-55, M
@samueltyler2 or Christopher Robin.
Dshhh · M
@samueltyler2 Broke my heart when he died. And it was a long slow difficult decline for one of the most talented comedians and actors we’ve ever had
helenS · 36-40, F
Gabriel and Angus perhaps?
Convivial · 26-30, F
@helenS yup... And also quite brilliant to dance to🤣
helenS · 36-40, F
@Convivial ... and so un-Floydish! 😏
Convivial · 26-30, F
@helenS I think it was a bit of fun someone was having and developed it...I like it's freshness and spontaneousness
Herpet · 46-50, M
Not sure about a name invoking someone to be admired, but a strong, subconscious name a "BR..." name

Bruce, Brent or the like.
Jacko1971 · 51-55, M
@Herpet Bradley. Brett. Brian. Brick.
Picklebobble2 · 56-60, M
Gotta go with the classics.

@Picklebobble2 Those are some pretty good suggestions
helenS · 36-40, F
The people have spoken. Call your fictional character "Angus".
Ontheroad · M
@helenS I've been running a spreadsheet to keep track of the votes. I'm going to leave this up for 24 hours, then close it, choose, then announce.
helenS · 36-40, F
@Ontheroad Looking forward! 🌷
There was this guy called Sue who turned out tough and strong.

Jacko1971 · 51-55, M
@Dharmabump Marion Cobretti.
Shirley Crabtree aka Big Daddy
Marion Morrison aka John Wayne.
Dshhh · M
@Dharmabump Love that song
SumKindaMunster · 51-55, M
Jacko1971 · 51-55, M
PanteraTheCat · 18-21, F
Ontheroad · M
@Lilymoon Stop it! Behave or go to your room. 😁
Scribbles · 31-35, F
What kind of language or cultural roots do you want the character's name to come from? Because I always think that makes a difference in naming a character: Greek, Hebrew, Germanic, Spanish, etc...
JustNik · 51-55, F
That’s John for me. I’ve known some who were less than admirable, but I always skew positive when I hear the name no matter how many rotten Johns I meet. 😂
Jacko1971 · 51-55, M
@JustNik Most Hollywood Action Heroes are called John.
John Spartan - Demolition Man
John Matrix - commando
John McLean - Die Hard.
John Rambo - First Blood
Jacko1971 · 51-55, M
Jacko1971 · 51-55, M
@helenS that's just weird.
helenS · 36-40, F
@Jacko1971 It's a love song. It's about what true love is, or should be. He'd give her anything, even his bike if he could but he can't because he borrowed it. 🥰
Jacko1971 · 51-55, M
@helenS I would happily offer something that wasn't mine too. It's the gesture that counts.
Ontheroad · M
FYI, I'm running a spreadsheet to keep track of votes by name. I'm going to run the post for 24 hours, close it, and then publish the winners and who picked/voted for the winner.

I like the whole process and the thought being put into it. Not that I'll ever publish the book I'm writing, but I'll for sure give credit to the person(s) who offered up/voted for the name with the most votes.
Jacko1971 · 51-55, M
@Ontheroad Can I vote for my own suggestions multiple times?
Ontheroad · M
@Jacko1971 You can, but I'll just ignore it 😁
DrWatson · 70-79, M
I know a couple who named their boy Samson.
Jacko1971 · 51-55, M
@DrWatson was he born with long hair ?
DrWatson · 70-79, M
@Jacko1971 I don't think so!
Jacko1971 · 51-55, M
@DrWatson I had hair when I was born. A lot more than I have now.
Jacko1971 · 51-55, M
SunshineGirl · 36-40, F
Marcus, Magnus, Johannes, Matthew, Thomas
Jacko1971 · 51-55, M
@SunshineGirl that's sounds like an Adam and the Ants song.

Marco, Merrick, Terry Lee. Gary Tibbs and yours truly.
From the naughty north unto the sexy south.
We're all singing "I have the mouth".

It wasn't one of their better songs.
DiegoWolfe · 36-40
Sean, maximilion,Winston, James
Jacko1971 · 51-55, M
@DiegoWolfe Sean, Max & James are all good masculine names.
DiegoWolfe · 36-40
@Jacko1971 I mostly looked to Real men who people looked up to
In many novels it's usually a name that sounds like a surname, like Butler, Harrison, Jacks, Carter, Griffin, Logan etc...
I don't know why they do that, but it seems a common theme from my experience. 🤷

Ooooh, you could even double them up and go super manly 😂
Butler Ford, or Jacks Carter, they sound like they wear boots for sure 😏
@Convivial ooh , thars good !
Convivial · 26-30, F
@OogieBoogie could get carried away here🤣
@Convivial wow, that's actually really good idea.
Dakota Basilan (phillipine state) .

Shit that sounds good 🤣
AlienFox · F
Arthur, Evan, Leif, Reed, Henry
Jacko1971 · 51-55, M
TinFoilHat · F
Convivial · 26-30, F
Dominique.... It's understated.... He's a guy that grew up battling kids making fun of his name.. He talks softly but carries a large amount of confidence in his abilities, which he has no need to prove
Jacko1971 · 51-55, M
Legion. For we are many.
deadteddy · 26-30, F
Jared , Jacob , Paul
Kinopio · 26-30
Batman bin Superman!
Jacko1971 · 51-55, M
Jacko1971 · 51-55, M
Royrogers · 61-69, M
Jacko1971 · 51-55, M
Jacko1971 · 51-55, M
say that out loud, it sounds manly....

Jacob, it's perfection as a manly name
Ontheroad · M
@AthenaArena Jacob is too biblical, but Jake is one I've been thinking of.
Jacko1971 · 51-55, M
Jacko1971 · 51-55, M
@Ontheroad Biblical names are all the rage these days.
tenente · 100+, M
if only i could radiate confidence and charm of a Brad
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