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.
You've covered a good point here Max.... initials that spell something will invariably lead to them being used as a nickname. And names will inevitably be shortened, or even lengthened, so take that into account as well.
You could go the Johnny Cash route and (if it's a boy) name it Sue....
@perl_geek: ...how about something androgynous?...
Hmm, I don't know, on the one hand, "Something Androgynous Taylor" would certainly stand out in the crowd -- and it has to be admitted that it would work equally well (or not) for a boy or a girl, but the initials spell "Sat," which would be a silly nickname ... I fear we will have to carry on looking...
To simplify the decision process, how about something androgynous? Taylor would work; that way the order of names doesn't matter either. TT's not too bad for initials, just don't add a middle name beginning with a vowel.
Depending on the ETA, Summer would be another possibility, (even if nominative determinism might point to a more mathematical career).
@Antedeluvian: Given the current state of the world- Nero (who fiddled while Rome burned)
We don't want anything with negative connotations. Also it has to be something that works with Adam's surname -- Nero Taylor doesn't have the necessary "Oomph".
These days I think it's good to "stand proud in the crowd" a bit, and having a good name is a good start. How about the first names shown in bold below (combine them with Taylor and let them roll off your tongue):
Gustave (Eiffel), Alexander (Graham Bell), Leonardo (da Vinci), Elija (McCoy), Rudolf (Diesel), Godfrey (Hounsfield), Aurel (Stodola), Franklin (Chang Diaz).
Tht right names are out there somewhere ... we just have to find them.