Finally settled on a boys name, now we need a middle name.

I think both my husband and I are in agreement that baby #2 if a boy will be named Bennett. It is a family name, I love the meaning and the nick name potential (Benny, Ben). Our first son is Liam Sebastian (Sebastian is a family name, Liam is from William which is the most used name on my side). I’m thinking about using another name from our family tree but I’m not sure which one. Here is what I have so far: 

Bennett Charles 

Bennett Alexander 

Bennett Vaughan 

Bennett Clark 

Bennett Seamus (not sure if BS is bad)

Which do you like best? I call my son my his first and middle name fairly often (cause he is naughty ;) so I want something that rolls off the tongue. 

Im also open to a non family middle name, if you have any suggestions. last name is two syllables and ends in y. 

Replies

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July 15, 2018 10:51 AM

Congrats on baby #2! I like all of these names, so it makes it a bit hard for me to choose... I honestly think that the only name combination I don't like here is Bennett Seamus- it just doesn't flow in the same way that the others do IMO. I think if you really want to get picky and narrow it down to choose one, I will point out that Bennett Clark and Bennett Vaughn both can read as 2 surnames stuck together, whereas Bennett Alexander and Bennett Charles definitely read as a first and middle name to me. 

Do you have a favorite from the list? Any names that are more significant to you than others? I think that could help with your decision, as well.

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July 15, 2018 11:46 AM

Thanks for the reply! Seamus is definitely my least favorite so I’m happy to cross that off. I didn’t think about the two surnames but that is probably something I want to avoid so that his name doesn’t sound like a law firm. Charles is probably more significant than Alexander and my husband loves Charles as a first name. I slightly prefer the flow of Bennett Alexander with our last name because the syllable pattern varies (2-4-2). Bennett Theodore is another option I forgot to include But I really like that one also. 

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July 15, 2018 12:34 PM

Going purely on sound/flow/the feel of saying them I like Bennett Vaughn and Bennett Alexander best. The only one I really don't care for the sound of is Bennett Clark, Clark somehow feels more abrupt and jarring to me than the other one syllable options. Personally I quite like when there is a juxtaposition between the first and middle names so having the less common Vaughn as a middle balances with Bennett quite well I think, it doesn't feel overly surname-ish to me but I can see the concern there.

BS as first + middle initials would not really worry me as I feel like if a middle initial is being used then the last name will be being used as well so the effect will be diluted.

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July 26, 2018 11:57 PM

The one situation I can think of where BS might come up would be if he were referred to as B. S. LastName. That's something that's probably most likely to come up in professional or similar situations, though, where people would hopefully handle it more maturely than, say, a bunch of middle schoolers looking at a monogram (where yes, I think the last initial does help considerably, although there aren't really any guarantees when it comes to the ability of grade school kids to come up with creative taunts).

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July 15, 2018 5:23 PM

I like the flow of Bennett Alexander best then Bennett Theodore, Bennett Charles is ok too, then Vaughan, dont like Bennett Clark - yes too much like too many surnames,  and Seamus would be my last pick

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July 27, 2018 5:50 AM

I like Bennett Vaughan, Bennett Theodore, Bennett Charles and Bennett Alexander.  Probably roughly in that order but really I think any work well with what I'm imagining your surname might be similar too.  

Like other posters Bennet Clark doesn't flow as well and seems more surnamey and I find Bennett Seamus also doesn't flow as well. I don't think the B.S. issue is too bad although given the other good options I'd rule Seamus out on those grounds.

Good luck, let us know what you pick!

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July 30, 2018 2:31 PM

I like Bennett Charles best. I would avoid the B.S. initials.