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A bit more than a month ago I had a fabulous chat will you all about reviewing and improving my name choices now that we're actually expecting. As a result of that thread my husband and I had settled on 2 choices for girls, and 2 for boys:
Now we're looking for a replacement for the Briar combo. My husband really liked Briar, so we decided to overlook a bit of an awkward situation on my side of the family, but it turns out that it bothers me enough to spoil the name. So we're name shopping again. We LOVE the girls names, but boys names are difficult for us. Nothing has struck us as perfect yet.
Robin is still in favor, it is meaningful to us. However, since Robin borders on classic and went through a girl phase not long ago the name is very familiar. I'm glad it is a well known name with a simple spelling, but we feel like this is a safe choice, not adventerous or exciting. It's not a "wow" or "interesting" name, but the fact is that less than 200 boys were named Robin in 2016, so it actually is pretty unusual. Maybe we're just desensitized after looking at tons of names. We're still open to switching the middle name for another boys name on our list.
The current new contender is Percival with the nickname Percy. I think it has great potential, but it is surprisingly rare now (2016: Percival 46, Perseus 63, Percy 46). It makes me wonder if it really is a strange or difficult-to-wear name. Of course there are the Percy Jackson books, but neither one of us likes them very much. They are okay. We like the Authorian legend connection, we are fine with the Harry Potter connection, and the nickname Percy is pretty cute. I'm just not sure if it feels like our kid. One of our new tactics is asking ourselves if my husband looks like he could be named _____. We both agree he could be a Percy, so maybe it could be a good fit. How do you all feel about Percival and Percy?
The best middle name we've found for Percival is Robin. Percival Robin sounds pretty good to me, and feels like a decent match for the girls names. However, we'd use up our back-up boys name with this combination. I know we can always find more names, but boys names just seem so much harder for me to like, so I feel like hoarding them unless it's a really good combination.
If it came down to these two names, I could go either way. Robin is more meaningful but a bit safe. Percival is exotic and exciting with a well-known and easy to spell nickname. We're not committed to either.
Can you give any Advice? Opinions? Alternatives? I'm feeling a bit stuck.
Sun, 06/11/2017 - 8:44am