Here’s the idea – now and again I spot a name that I find intriguing. Often I like them even though I don’t want to like them. Since they don’t fit anywhere else, I’m going to post them as quickie polls. Please vote yea or nay!
While watching a re-run of WifeSwap (yes, really), I noticed the three sons of the bodybuilder couple were called Kane, Kohl and Kolin.
Soooo not my style and yet – I kinda love Kohl. If you can overlook the reasonably-priced retailer, it conjures up the smoky black of Cleopatra’s eyeliner. Does that make Kohl that rarity – a masculine color name? Or is he just a particularly kreeatif spelling of a quite current Nicholas nickname?
Kohl is totally legit as a given name IMO. It’s been a Germanic surname for quite some time.
Emmy Jo says
For a boys’ name, I don’t think I’m a fan. It either feels like a silly respelling of the already trendy Cole (which I don’t like) or a very cool name with ties to eyeliner (which I do like) … but I’m not sure makeup is the best inspiration for a boys’ name.
I might be able to go for it as a GIRLS’ middle name. Elizabeth Kohl, perhaps? Cecilia Kohl? Rosalyn Kohl?
It makes me think of this product by my favorite UK make-up company:
I think I’m going to enjoy your polls!
Nifty link, very cool packaging on the cosmetics!
Interesting … after all nays and a sprinkling of maybes, Kohl picked up a few yeas today …
I actually have a sweet spot for Kohl. It’s cute, but I love Cole. Too bad it sounds horrible with our last name!
I’m not a fan of “let’s give all the kids names that begin with the same letter,” and it’s completely off-putting when they corrupt the spelling (ie, Khloe, Jinjer) just to make them fit into that pattern. Kohl as a stand alone name? Maybe. As one of three kree8tivly spelled K’s? Gak.
I just think of a lump of coal, something parents threaten children that santa will bring them if they’ve been naughty.
I’m with Bek. Cole is okay, but Kohl seems silly to me. Eyeliner is a great accessory and all, but not a naming inspiration to me. And I live a couple miles from a Kohl’s, so to me, it’s like using Macy or Nordstrom.
I had to laugh despite myself when I read your response: I have a Macy and a Spencer [Gifts], so a third named Kohl would be the equivalent of the retail baby-naming hat trick. Good thing I’m through, ’cause by #6 or 7 little Bonwit Teller would have a tough row to hoe.
You know, I really like Spencer. Macy isn’t my style, but it’s way nicer as a name than Kohl! LOL at Bonwit!
It definitely seems like a Kardashian kind of choice. No thanks!
If it weren’t for kohlrabi…
Considering their other children’s names are just tryndee spellings, I wouldn’t think they chose Kohl for it being a color name. I’m about 99.9% sure they chose that phonetic spelling of Cole to be yoo-neek.
If its pronounced how i think I prefer Cole that Kohl.
Its definatly got something about it though, I’m 60-40 on liking it currently
I like Cole, but Kohl just seems like it should belong in the Kardashian clan…