Down to two (or maybe three) boy names...
Ok, I think we are down to just two boy names: Isaac or Thomas, with William in as a possible third.
As a reminder, our other kids' names are: Anne Juliet, John Stewart, Charles Wallace, James Michael, Patrick Eugene, and Joshua Edmund. We do want the name to sort of flow with the others but it isn't our highest priority.
I like Isaac. We'd considered it before, but decided that Old Testament names were overplayed among our group of friends (even though, actually, I don't know that anyone actually has used Isaac in our circle). Our little Joshua is named for dh. We also worried that it was too trendy. I looked at the name voyager graph, and while, yes, it is trendy, the name has always been in use. It also has some international use, which surprised me, though I'm not sure why. I like Isaac because it sounds light and bright to me, and although yes, it is an Old Testament name, it doesn't sound fusty to my ear. Also, when the ultrasound tech revealed that we were having our sixth boy in a row, I laughed.
Dh likes Thomas, and I do too, though less than Isaac. Thomas obviously fits our family. It's an under-used classic (especially compared to the other contender, William). I like the story of Doubting Thomas, and the boys love Thomas the Tank Engine, although I find it a bit grating. We'd probably call him Tommy as a baby, which has sort of a nostalgic charm... but the downside for me is that it sort of reminds me of all the bratty Tommys, Jimmys, Billys, and Timmys from fifties-era TV shows on Nick at Night. It also strongly reminds me of Tom Sawyer, which I am ambivilent about. It also seems a little dull, especially considering our common last name.
Last of all, William is still in the running. I'm put off a little by its extreme popularity, but have always liked the nickname Will. We've briefly considered Jasper and Adrian, but I can't seem to create any kind of meaning or connection in my head to the name Jasper. Adrian I like but seems too close to Aiden - and we know about 12 Aidens/Adians.
What do you guys think? Votes, comments, suggestions, all welcome. I have very thick skin:)
Tue, 05/22/2012 - 11:14pm