Baby boy last name Booth

Hey everyone my partner and I just had our first baby boy! Super stoked but the name I had picked out definitely wasn't what our lad looked like. So my partner and I are trying to decide between 4 names. Could you guys help and maybe let me know which middle name you think fits also. I'll post 3 middle names that all mean something in our family's.

Family name - Booth

 

First names 

William

Arthur

Oliver

Alexander

 

Middle names 

Jesse (me, the father)

Gwyn  (my father)

Charles (his father, my grandfather)

Grant (my partner Shannon's father)

Vincent (my grandpa)

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October 18, 2017 5:30 PM

Alexander Grant by far

 

then

 

Alexander Charles

Alexander Jesse

Alexander Vincent

William Grant

William Jesse

William Charles

William Vincent

Oliver Grant

Oliver Jesse

Oliver Charles

Oliver Vincent

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October 18, 2017 6:16 PM

Congratulations on your new baby boy! You have some great name options, I love the timeless classic feel.

My favourite of your first names is easily Arthur, I love that name. With Arthur I actually really love Gwyn for a middle; the overwhelming Welsh vibe of it plays up the King Arthur association in my head. However if that's not your thing I think Arthur Charles and Arthur Vincent could also work well.

My second choice of the first names would be William or Alexander (I feel like I should say at this point that I have nothing against Oliver, it's a very sweet, friendly name; I just feel like it doesn't have as much versatility or nickname potential as the others). Alexander I think would pair well with Jesse, and I really like the cross-gender namesake so that gets big bonus points for me, none of the middles are bad with it though. William could also work with Jesse, but goes best with Vincent or Grant imo. I wouldn't do William Charles because of the British royal family, but then I am in Engand so it's probably less of a concern if you're somewhere else in the world.

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October 18, 2017 7:12 PM

Hey everyone thanks so much for the input.

I am the dad (Jesse) 

Charles is my father (Gwyn)'s dad

Shannon is the mother's name <3 any more input would be welcome. Thanks so much for your feedback so far.

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October 18, 2017 7:58 PM

I updated your post to include the clarifying details :)

Unfortunately, I kinda like all your choices and the majority of the mix-and-match options, so I'm of little help with the decision.

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October 19, 2017 2:43 AM

Alexander Jesse would be nice, to share your name with him  or Alexander Shannon,  when I think William Booth I think Salvation Army, but that's not a dealbreaker

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October 18, 2017 8:11 PM

Congrats on your baby boy! I like most of these names you have here, which makes it difficult to choose! I really like that Charles is a name that is in both of your families. That one definitely gets my vote for that reason as the middle name. All of your first names work well with Charles, so just basing it off of flow... I think William Charles Booth or Alexander Charles Booth sound the best. Arthur Charles Booth and Oliver Charles Booth dont have the same snappiness as the others to me, but that's just IMO. Again, I really don't think you can go wrong here!

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October 18, 2017 8:34 PM

Congratulations! I am happy to share my favorites, but remember it will always seem a little mismatched to call a tiny baby by a grown-up name at first, so don't stress about that fit.  Pick the name that makes your hearts smile.

I like to consider the syllables of both the full name and the first/last combo. I love the name Arthur, but I slightly prefer the 3 syllables of Oliver with the 1 syllable last name. My favorite middle is Vincent, but honor names are usually about who you want to honor most so don't worry too much about how they go together.

Oliver Vincent Booth (love the two Vs)

Oliver Grant Booth

Arthur Jesse Booth

Alexander Gwyn Booth

William Vincent Booth

William Charles Booth (my tongue has a slight preference to avoid the repeated "r" in Charles when it is matched with the other options) 

William and Alexander are both very popular especially when you consider the nicknames from these names that are used as given names. That might or might not concern you, just a heads up.  Oliver is climbing in popularity, but it isn't affected by alternate spellings/nicknames.  Ollie and Art are both adorable if you like nicknames, but they aren't instant or used as full names like Alex or Will/Liam are today.

 If you are having trouble deciding, I suggest reading some Swistle blog posts as she has great tips and well-reasoned advice about choosing a name. Her blog is swistle.com/babynames/ 

Enjoy your sweet baby! Whatever name you choose will be perfect because the two people who love him the most chose it for him. 

 

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October 18, 2017 10:38 PM

Thanks for the great suggestions everyone. Keep them coming!!

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October 19, 2017 10:13 AM

Two of my four kids we took a couple days to fill out the birth certificate, one of those we scrapped the whole name we went to the hospital with instead of just needing a new middle name. If you've got a kid who has a look enough his own that you're scrapping your preconceived notions I'd suggest just sitting down with him for a couple of hours with your name list (or the top 100 name list for wherever you're from) and try them on him.  You're not just looking for a melodious name at this point,  you've got a kid who decidedly *doesn't* fit  a name to you and therefore likely *does* fit a different name,  you just need to find it. I would expect Arthur and Alexander on different kind of kids around here...is yours more of one or more of the other? Only you can tell. 

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October 19, 2017 10:19 AM

I think this is great advice. I like all the names on your list, so I don't know that you can go wrong.

One very tiny caution: In general, Arthur is one of my favorites on your list, and I kind of like the retro nickname Art. You probably want to decide ahead of time, though, how you feel about the nouniness of "Art Booth". It might just be sticking out to me because there's an arts festival that sets up a block from my house every year, and it's very far from a deal-breaker or a terrible association. It's just one of those things you don't want to be surprised by after he's named.

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October 19, 2017 3:56 PM

I'd also agree with this advice. Have you tried calling him by each of your four names and seeing if one feels more 'right' than the others? 

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October 19, 2017 11:45 AM

I'll address middle names first, because in some ways, I think that's easier.  I would probably first consider the baby's surname.  If he will have your surname, I'd be more tempted to go with a middle name from your partner's family.  If the baby will have your partner's surname, then I'd be more inclined to use a middle from your side.  Things seem more balanced to me that way.  

I would also consider strength of the relationship with the person being honored.  For example, were you closer to your grandfather Charles or to grandpa Vincent?  You may also want to consider names for future children, and naming traditions you might want to start. For example, if you use Jesse this time, perhaps you'd want to commit to Shannon as a middle for the next baby (I think it's helpful that Jesse & Shannon can both be used for either gender).  If you use a family name from Shannon's family this time, maybe you'd want to commit to a family name from your side next time.  

I think issues such as those are much more important for a middle name than matters of flow.

All of your first name choices are lovely.  I have a William, so am perhaps a bit biased towards it.  I also quite like Archer & Arthur because they are not super common where I live.  If you plan on nicknames, I'd probably rank Archer a wee bit higher because I really like Archie (Art/Artie not so much).  If you don't plan on a nickname, I prefer Arthur over Archer.

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October 19, 2017 9:16 PM

I want to second the advice to take both parents into account with the name. If Booth is your last name then choosing from your partner's side of the family for the middle, or even first, is inclusive. 

 

Arthur is a great name, though the only one I know in real life goes by Art. Oliver is adorable on little boys and grows well, I think. 

Oliver Shannon Booth?

 

 

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October 20, 2017 3:32 AM

You've had great advice on choosing names (I particularly second the using a middle name from the side of the family not represented in the surname).

I just want to point out that babies don't tend to look anything like how the final child will look. They are usually red, wrinkly, have indented heads and scrunchy, old-man faces. A lot of the babies I have known that were born with thick black hair are currently blonde at 2 or 3. My own daughter seemed to have no chin when born -- she looked nothing like the name I had picked out for her and nothing like ANY name, to be honest, unless you count "Little Frog," but she looks completely different now, with hair, teeth and a personality.

I know these things are often about feelings and, as such, hard to quantify, but it's possible that the name you chose from the outset will feel perfectly like your son within a few months, if you still like it best.