Baby Boy #3

Trying to name baby boy#3, with a husband who doesn't really enjoy discussing names. We have two boys Jack & Nolan...and I'm stuck between two options right now for our third... Will, and Reid. The traditional and strong William reminds me of why we chose Jack...and Reid reminds me of how I felt when I fell in love with the name Nolan, little off the traditional track but not too crazy.

My husband has yet to give me much inclination as to his thoughts on names, he is the type that prefers the final decision in the hospital room:) So I would love any thoughts or other name recommendations to ponder before I'm making this decision in tears in the hospital room because I can't make up my mind:)


September 12, 2013 1:11 AM

I like Wlliam and Reid, and I don't think you can go wrong with either. I prefer Reid because I think it fits better with Jack and Nolan.  I think Will fits with the names too, but William seems much more formal to me.  

September 12, 2013 11:10 AM

On a continuum, Jack is very traditional & Nolan is a little further out (though not too crazy as you said).  I think I'd place Reid somewhere in the middle, and William would be much closer to Jack.  This makes me prefer Reid for you, it fits better with both names.  

Rather than William, I might consider just Liam.  It's much more popular than Reid, but it feels a little more "in the middle" than the full William.

By hyz
September 12, 2013 12:35 PM

I think both work really well with your other two. I don't find Nolan too offbeat at all, so even though his would be the least traditional name with brothers Jack and William, I think they all fit together really cohesively. Nolan feels very solid, masculine, and sporty to me, which goes particularly well with Jack. William and Reid are both softer to me than your current two boys. I actually find Reid to be a bit more unusual than Nolan, but still plenty traditional, so I think it would fit in well, too. So, I don't think you can go wrong there. I truly love Reid and William, but personally I would be more inclined to use Reid, since it is less popular/common than William. The one thing I would not do is use "just" Liam, since it seems to be the very most popular name among toddler-preschool boys I know these days, and has begun to feel a bit tired and overly trendy to me as a result (multiple little Liams in my neighborhood, kids' classes, and seemingly every little brother of my daughter's friends). I used to love Liam, but now I much prefer Will as a nn for William--it feels more timeless.

September 12, 2013 1:53 PM

That's my one concern with it too "soft", will it be strong enough as he gets older? I tend to like short yet strong boy names, many of which including ones like Luke or Owen we aren't using for other reasons. Any other suggestions for strong short semi-traditional boy names?

By mk
September 12, 2013 2:43 PM

Reid is a strong name to me.

September 12, 2013 3:48 PM

I like Reid with your other boys, and I don't think it's too soft. Other suggestions: Grant, Jude, Dean, Clay, Levi, Evan, Wyatt, Drew

September 12, 2013 4:52 PM

I don't find Reid soft at all.  I think it is strong; soft wouldn't even enter my mind.   You've actually found a perfect name to go with Jack and Nolan.  And, it isn't trendy and popular or unusual and hard to spell or pronounce.   


By hyz
September 13, 2013 12:28 PM

Maybe I should rephrase a bit.  I don't think of Reid as soft, really--it just sounds more, I don't know, maybe preppy or intellectual than Nolan, which comes off as very "man's man" to me.  I might expect a baby Reid to be wearing a tiny cable knit sweater or polo shirt, and a baby Nolan to be wearing a "Daddy's Little Slugger" t-shirt.  Jack seems like he could fit easily in either of those two roles, which is why I thing Reid would be a good brother for the two of them.  I do think Reid could be quite strong and sporty, and I personally find it to be a very handsome name--I just picture him more on the soccer/rugby/swimming/track team than the football/baseball field.  Reid is one of my favorite names (although I generally prefer the spelling Reed)--if we didn't have such a short, 1 syllable surname, it might be near the top of my list.   

September 13, 2013 8:47 PM

That's so interesting! I love your descriptions but would reverse them. Nolan is a much "softer" name to me than Reid, which does sound preppy, but by no means soft.

September 13, 2013 9:50 PM

I wonder if you've heard of the baseball player Nolan Ryan, which may be where the 'slugger' association comes from.  I can see Reid as preppy but I still think it is strong.  I'm thinking like a Brett or Barry.  But I understand everyone has different associations with names.  You mentioned Owen as an example of a strong name, but I see that name as a little soft.  So, I guess people's associations can vary!  I think William is nice too.  I just think it is more formal and that is why I think Reid works but both names would be great!

By hyz
September 16, 2013 12:36 PM

Yes, Nolan Ryan definitely informs my view of the name--as I think it probably did for the parents I've known who have chosen the name, all of whom are big sports fans and do indeed choose the "li'l slugger" type apparel for their young Nolans.  Nolan does have a soft sound to it, but in this case that doesn't much alter the sporty feel for me.  I didn't mention Owen as an example of a strong name (someone else may have), but I do really like it, and I think it would make a fine brother for Jack and Nolan, as well. 

September 16, 2013 10:21 PM

Oops, someone mentioned Owen as stirring name.  I love Owen but think it is soft- in a nice way.  Compared to Reid it seems soft.  

I also have the Nolan Ryan association. :)

September 12, 2013 5:55 PM

Reid goes really well with Jack and Nolan.

September 12, 2013 9:51 PM

Thank you all for the comments and was very reassuring to get positive feedback on the name I've been leaning towards but hesitant to want to mentally commit to. Now onto convincing the hubby:)

September 13, 2013 5:31 AM

I'm just echoing many of the comments above but I think both work but Reid fits slightly better.  I don't find it too soft at all and is a nice tie between Jack and Nolan.  Of course William is a great name so you can't go wrong with either.