Well, I conducted a little experiment for you. To get an impartial male observer's perspective, I just asked my boyfriend what he thought about a boy named Fox.
Here's a summary of his reaction: "Hmm, that's interesting. Kind of unusual. I guess it's ok if you think your kid will be like that... you know, like sly and sneaky like a fox. "Wait, actually, isn't Fox kind of more of a last name than a first name? Although, I guess it's ok because lots of guys call each other by their last name anyway. I don't know, it's not bad. Kind of peculiar. It wouldn't really faze me if I met someone named Fox, but I guess I don't notice people's names too much. "Also, I guess there are worse animal names than Fox ... like Pig, or Chicken. And there's a news anchor named Wolf, so I guess there are other people with animal names. Plus that guy has a big beard, so he kind of fulfills the characteristics of a wolf. So I guess if you want your kid to fulfill the characteristics of a fox, like sneaking around and stealing people's chickens and stuff, then you can go ahead and name your kid that."
LOL!Well, I guess what we can take from his answer is that: 1) it's very unusual and gutsy (to the point of being "peculiar" to some people, 2) it's more commonly known as a surname, so it is familiar, but unexpected as a first name, 3) it's very literal (the name of a common animal) and therefore makes people think immediately of that association,and 4) the associations with the animal are not all positive.
Personally, I have to say that although the name is kind of cool, it's not my style. I can't really get into word names unless they have a long history of also being first names. So Violet and Jasper are cool with me, but I wouldn't go for Apple, Sequoia, Poet, Ocean, Bear, etc.
I say "to each his own," but if you decide to go with a name that is so unusual and unexpected, just be aware that people may have strong opinions.
Hope that helps!valerie
In my world? Nothing at all. I wouldn't think a fox would be a bad choice of animal to be named after--and, for Pete's sake, you see girls named after department stores, boys named after animal body parts, and kids of each gender named after random places their parents can't seem to spell correctly. If kids can survive all of that, I really don't think "Fox" is going to drive a nail into your child's emotional coffin.
(But I might be biased...I've thought of using it in honor of my FIL's Cornish background. And, well..David Duchovny used to be REALLY cute.)
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Hmm... i don't like it.
Yeah, that would be my thought. I mean, we went with an unusual name (Penn,) but when I flip through my college alumni mags, it doesn't really say "hey, pick on ME!" when put up against Chauncey, Conrad, Berendt, Asa, Judah, Ransom...
I'm not one to set kids up for teasing, but I think people might run the "playing it safer on boys" thing a bit too far. Seriously, does every little boy really need to be Nicolas/Michael/some variant of Aidan? And why is "Chase" okay, but "Fox" is not? Why is it okay for a grown man to be called "Joey" but not "Hallam?" Silly, really.
I personally think Fox is an excellent choice. I applaud you for thinking outside the box and not going with what everyone else sees as "right" for your baby boy. I don't think of the animal when I hear Fox as a name. And I like obvious nicknames (like "Ben" for Benjamin, or "Ellie" for Eleanor...) so I wouldn't give him a longer "F" name if you ultimately want him to be called Fox, since I can't think of any longer names that you would automatically shorten to Fox.
On a slightly different note, depending on who you ask, you will get many different reactions when you reveal your name choices. When we told my MIL we were naming our first son Zavier, she outright laughed at us! She still can't even say it right (I think she refuses to try.) She calls him zay-VEE-er instead of zav-yer. Erg. However, when I told my sisters our name choice, they LOVED it! Either way, WE loved it and that was what mattered. So stick to your guns!! Fox is great! *****