The Baby Name Buff: Veteran’s Day Edition

When I started this baby-name blog back in January, I had some grand plans for my first Veteran’s Day post. I wanted to ask my veteran friends to share their names, nicknames, and names of their compatriots, along with stories honoring said veterans. Unfortunately, I didn’t get my act together in enough time to make it happen this year, but I still hope to do this blog next year, with the help of my friends Cortney and Jim, among others.

Instead, I’m going in a different and perhaps surprising direction for Veteran’s Day. A day or two ago, someone in one of the Facebook baby-name groups I frequent was looking for baby names that are also….weapons! While all veterans join the services for different reasons and often have wildly disparate experiences of being in the military, one thing all veterans have in common is that, at some point, they wield a weapon. So, I thought this focus could work well for a Veteran’s Day post.

However, there’s an additional twist that made this week’s post a bit of a (fun) challenge. The person from the FB baby-name group who was requesting weapon names that could make good baby names also (ideally) wanted the full (weapon) name to be able to be shortened to a cute animal name, since her existing son’s name is Barrett nn Bear.

So, please enjoy this list of weapon names with potential animal nicknames!

Boys’ Names
Arrow nn Roo
Buckler nn Buck
Colton nn Colt
Flintlock nn Fly or Lox
Lance nn Ant
Paladin nn Dino
Rocket nn Kit
Sabre nn Bear
Shooter nn Hoot
Tomahawk nn Hawk
Wesson nn Sunny
Winchester nn Cheetah

Girls’ Names
Benelli nn Bee
Katana nn Kat
Remington nn Wren or Mink


Photo credit: Andreas Overland











Author: thebabynamebuff

Hi, I'm Vickie. I'm a baby name enthusiast, and I'm excited to share and discuss with others the unique baby names I find. Besides talking and writing about baby names all day long, I also enjoy spending time with family, hiking, astronomy, reading (mostly science fiction and dystopias), and all things Star Trek. (Are you noticing a theme?) I currently live in Champaign, IL with my husband, Kyle, and my son, Felix.

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