Having a tough time deciding which name

Hi, I'm hoping to pick a more "Northern" name. I've had one to many people tell us our boys had "Southern names", Jacob and Lucas. We have it down to Elliott or Nolan. So what do you like more Elliott Nolan or Nolan Elliott? My husband and I switch constantly so I've decided to take this to cyber world :) What are your thoughts?


September 17, 2015 11:15 AM

Interesting, I certainly wouldn't think of Jacob and Lucas as "Southern names". I live in a major city in the North, and there are plenty of Jacobs and Lucases. They just sound Biblical to me.

With the criteria of sounding more Northern than Southern, I'd pick Elliot over Nolan as a first name. Nolan sounds like it could easily be matched with sibling names like Wyatt and Hunter (more Southern feel to me), whereas Elliot sounds more in line with names like Oliver and Milo (more of a Northern feel to me).

I'm not sure which name is actually more popular in the North vs. the South. I'm not sure if the numbers matter than much though, as I have no idea of the basis for the opinion that Jacob and Lucas are Southern sounding names.

September 17, 2015 11:41 AM

I agree with this.  I don't know why Jacob and Lucas sound "Southern."  But to me, Nolan is more "Southern" than Elliot, so my vote is Elliot.

September 17, 2015 11:44 AM

I also think it a bit odd that people would describe Jacob and Lucas as "Southern" names.  They are both Biblical and Jacob was #1 in the US for years.  I hardly think that kind of popularity is limited to a single region.

I prefer Elliott with Jacob & Lucas.  They are all traditional names with long histories of use.  Nolan fits more into the modern surname as first style, and I think it feels just a wee bit off next to Jacob & Lucas.

By mk
September 17, 2015 12:33 PM

I would not call Jacob and Lucas "Southern" names. There are lots of people with those names here in the Northeast. Of the two, I like Elliott Nolan better. Iff I had to classify them by region, I'd say Elliott is more "Northern" because I've met boys here with that name.

September 17, 2015 10:20 PM

Thank you guys! I was leaning towards Elliott but the few I've met with that name are from the South and of course the few Nolans I've met are from the New England area. I was so lost. :) I really appreciate the feedback, I think we'll go with Elliott.

September 17, 2015 10:29 PM

My little grandson is an Elliott, and he's from Las Vegas.  He loves his name.