The names Conrad, Montague, Montrose, Maximillian, and Tiberius all have a certain sense of gravitas about them ('Woody Words' as Monty Python would say).
I just got off the phone with my chum, Adam Taylor, who is a great engineer and a guest blogger here on EETimes.com and Embedded.com.
Adam has great news. He's just discovered that he and his wife are expecting their first baby, whose arrival is expected sometime between the Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) in India and ESC Minneapolis (hey, we all have our own ways of keeping time). As part of our conversation, Adam mentioned that he's currently mulling over potential names for his first-born.
For reasons unknown, Adam is convinced that his child is destined to be an engineer. One of the names he's considering is Isambard (as in the famous 19th century engineer, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, who is considered to be "one of the most ingenious and prolific figures in engineering history"). I must admit that I quite like the Isambard moniker; it certainly has a sense of gravitas about it. I wouldn’t have minded being called this myself -- Isambard Maxfield has something of a ring to it, but we digress...
I did ask Adam if he is considering girls names also, but there was no response. I don't think he was listening and I fear that this possibility has not yet crossed his mind. My impression is that my friend firmly foresees a son in his future -- someone boasting his father's keen intellect and natural engineering knowhow.
Now I come to think about it, I've only occasionally seen Adam wearing casual clothes -- he is a man born to wear a suit -- so I have no doubt that his inimitable sense of style will rub off on his son (if son it be).
A few other names that we bandied around were Conrad, Montague, Montrose, and Maximillian. These are all strong-sounding names ("Woody Words" as Monty Python would have it).
It was only after I'd hung up the phone that the name Tiberius popped into my mind. I'm quite taken with this. Tiberius Taylor has an agreeably alliterative way of rolling off one's tongue. Of course, Tiberius Isambard Taylor also covers a lot of bases.
One point to ponder is how one’s given name can transmogrify itself into a nickname. One of the lads in my junior school was named Peter O’Donovan, so he ended up being called “Pod.” On this basis, a young man named Isambard Taylor could well find himself known as “It” (or "Cousin It"), while the unfortunate recipient of Tiberius Isambard Taylor... moving on...
I suggested to Adam that this problem was bigger than the two of us, and he agreed to let me pen this column opening the discussion to other members of the EETimes community.
Do you have any suggestions for good engineering names that have "presence" for a bouncing baby boy? And, just in case Lady Luck decides that Adam and his wife should be blessed with a bonny lass, let's extend our search to names that cover this eventuality also.
@max: BTW this is one of my alter egos. Mark Rackin here. I am out of house for a couple of days waiting for my refinished floors to be,ready to be trod upon, and have furniture moved back in place. Only PW I remembered was for this account!
My wife and I (who is also an engineer) had a daughter 3 weeks ago. We named her Ada!
And there is an Isambard connection there too. There's a great steampunk web comic and graphic novel: Lovelace & Babbage. Isambard Kingdom Brunel shows up in part 3 of this one: http://sydneypadua.com/2dgoggles/lovelace-and-babbage-vs-the-economy/ and in a few of the others in the book.
I also saw a mention of the initials JET in the comments above. I have a friend (who was a pilot) that actually named his son Jet.