Have twin boys, and expecting 3rd boy- name suggestions?

I have 5 year old twins, Samuel Timothy and Elijah Bradley.  We call them Sam and Eli.  We are now expecting our 3rd boy.  I chose the twins' middle names first, Timothy is my nephew, Bradley is my brother.  I am thinking of using David as the middle name this time after my father, brother, and close family friend, but I am not set on it yet.  We like traditional, classic, or biblical names that have a short nickname.  Any suggestions?

Also, we like the name Benjamin, and he would be called Ben.  It seems to fit nicely with Sam and Eli too.  However, we recently bought a house and moved to a street called Ben Franklin Rd.  Would it be weird to use that name?  I'm a little torn about it.  On one hand, we almost named one of the twins Benjamin and I don't think I would have given it a second thought when we moved here last year, but it feels odd now.  Maybe I'm overthinking and I just need to go with it?

Thanks for any input!

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January 12, 2018 12:35 PM

If you could just laugh and pass it off as a funny coincidence if someone actually comments on it ("Yeah, isn't that funny? We had the name selected way before we moved here.") then I don't think it's a problem at all. Especially since the street isn't just Ben, but Ben Franklin. I mean, with sons named Samuel and Elijah, I think that it's pretty clear that you like biblical names and I can't imagine anyone thinking that you were naming your son after the historical figure. Benjamin David is as classic a name as you can get!

Other options that I think fit with your style (and there are many, so here are some that are also three syllables, just to narrow it down) include Joshua, Gabriel, and Nathaniel.

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January 13, 2018 11:31 AM

Yes, I agree with all of this.  I also agree with Karyn's comment down thread, that it might be different if it were an uncommon name.

Also, who is really going to know?  Growing up, I doubt most of his friends will know or care what his address is.  As an adult, I'm pretty certain even my husband doesn't know the name of the street where I lived most of my childhood.  At best, I think it'll be worth an occassional chuckle amongst the family, with comments like "what a coincidence" and that'll be about it.   On the plus side, it could make it easier for him when he first learns his address.  

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By EVie
January 12, 2018 1:20 PM

My almost-five-year-old son is named Thomas, and there is a street in our neighborhood called Thomas Lane. He LOVES it and gets super excited about spotting the sign whenever we drive by. So no, I don't think it's a problem. Make it fun for him and he'll think it's fun, and have a go-to joke ready for anyone else who comments on it. Benjamin/Ben sounds like it's perfect for you.

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January 12, 2018 1:37 PM

There is a lane with my sister's name in Cape Cod. We used to go there every year when we were kids and always had to make the pilgrimage out to take a photo with the street sign.

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January 13, 2018 12:38 AM

when my 2nd boy was born when my husband call his mum to tell her his name - she was on the intersection of both streets,  how ironic is that

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January 12, 2018 2:28 PM

I grew up on Michael Drive. The boy across the street was named Michael. I never, ever gave it a second thought.

If Benjamin is the name you like -- and it certainly fits with your first two boys' names -- then by all means use Benjamin. Living on Ben Franklin street is just the bonus.

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January 12, 2018 2:41 PM

If it were a more distinctive name, like, say Aloysius, people might notice, but people have so many associations with the name Ben -- and with Benjamin Franklin himself -- that I can't imagine many would even make the connection.

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January 13, 2018 12:22 AM

Gah. It's not that I never gave it a second thought, I never noticed. I mean, really. I was reading the previous replies and going "never encountered this before, but I don't think it's a problem". Now I can't think of Michael without thinking of how he shared his name with our street and I never noticed.

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January 12, 2018 7:40 PM

Actually the first name that came to mind was Benjamin - the road name wouldnt worry me

 

if you want to keep Biblical and 6 letters - Joshua, Josiah, Tobias, Isaiah - to keep with 3 syllables (if you pronounce Samuel with 3),  Joseph, Nathan, Reuben, Daniel

 

Jonathan, Nathaniel, Zachary, Asher, Gabriel, Jacob, Joel, Michael, Jonah, David, Isaac, Jesse, Jeremiah, Zachariah

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January 13, 2018 10:37 PM

Thank you all so much for your replies.  I think we will most likely go with Benjamin David.