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!


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.

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.  

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

January 13, 2018 10:37 PM

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