First son's name not in top 1000. Considering a top 100 name for #2?
I've been lurking here since the forum format was introduced and have been so impressed with the generosity, knowledge base, and taste of the readership of this site. So, I thought I'd at last sign up and put forward my own question to the NE sages, which is: Is it completely off to give a second child a top 100 name if the first has a name that's never made the top 1,000?
Specifics if they're useful:
First son's name is L3v. It seems to suit him well, has a connection to the family, and works well in both Russian and English (the languages we speak). For the second, we've returned to our original list and are really stuck on the idea of using the name Max. Like L3v, it sounds good with our last name, has positive associations for us, and works well in both Russian and English. And, I think, aesthetically, Max and L3v are a nice sibset--kind of punchy, single syllable names with high-value Scrabble letters.
The only thing that's holding me back is the fact that I started reading this site a while back and am incredibly aware of the disparity between the two names in SSA rankings. Max is currently ranked 105, but I'm certain that, combined with Maxwell, Maximus, Maximillian, etc., it's effectively much higher. Practically speaking, it doesn't bother me if Max shares the name with a boy or two (or even girl!) in his grade. And we have a couple of young (under 5) Max's in our extended circle. So, I feel like I'm going in eyes open.
The only shadow of doubt is that this difference may be a little unfair. When L3v is introduced, about half the time people stumble over it. I think the popularity of Olivia affects this--strangers are not sure what to make of a little boy who seems to be called "Liv". People sometimes also hear "Love" when the name is said with an American accent. None of this is an issue with teachers etc. who see the name written down, but it was a slightly surprising consequence of using a name with which some part of the population is unfamiliar.
Anyway, does this strike anyone else as a dealbreaker? Is it odd to have one boy with a name that will be confidently repeated by everyone who hears it and one with a name that trips some people up?
Wed, 10/09/2013 - 6:39pm