HELP! Everett or Reid

My husband and I are expecting our 2nd son at the end of the year. Our first son's name is Nolan, which I still love. We are having so much trouble figuring out a name for the 2nd one! Right now we have come up with Everett or Reid. I would love opinions on these 2 or suggestions for others. We like names that aren't super common. Names that I hear all the time usually make me dislike them. But, I don't like super weird names that are hard to pronounce or spell.

Thank you!


October 10, 2017 5:22 PM

I think Everett goes best,  Reid is ok too









October 10, 2017 5:57 PM


I think that Reid better compliments Nolan's timeless, slightly British style. Everett seems much more contemporary and modern. Can you tell us more about what you want in the name?

October 10, 2017 6:51 PM

I prefer Everett to Reid, but I don't think either is a bad choice. You clearly like surname-names for boys so how about: Barrett, Hudson, Sterling, Ellis or Finley (not a surname name but I just liked the sound of it for you).

October 11, 2017 10:15 AM

Thank you for the suggestions. I don't think I even realized I liked surnames until you pointed it out. But yes, that does seem to be what I'm drawn to.

October 11, 2017 3:32 PM

I like them both, so honestly I don't see where you can go wrong with either. I wonder if you would consider Everett Reid or Reid Everett as the full name? Then you can use both!

October 12, 2017 1:23 PM

First of all, congratulations!

Second, I love the names that you've chosen. Everett is my favourite, but Reid is also very nice, with a more natural feel to it. Everett gives of a more vintage vibe.

You might like:

Grant - It's short and sweet and goes well with Nolan.

Riley - One of my favourite names for boys, it also goes well with Nolan and sounds similar to Reid.

Emerson - This one reminds me of Everett. It is cute and vintage, yet still not too popular!

Avery - Though it is currently held mainly by girls, Avery goes well with Nolan and could be a great choice.

Brooks - Like Reid, Brooks has a natural vibe and a very masculine feel.


Others you might like: Walker, Porter, Griffin, Duncan, Harrison (or just Harris!)

October 12, 2017 9:37 PM

Everyone's idea of what's "too common/popular" is subjective, so I'm not sure exactly what your standard for that is. If you're in the U.S., Everett (#114 in 2016) is currently more common than Reid (#255 in 2016). Both have been climbing up the charts in recent years but are currently less common than Nolan (#65 in 2016).

Personally, neither is really my style because I don't care for surnames as given names, but that doesn't matter for your family. A few others with similar sounds or style that are all out of the top 100 are Elliott/Elliot, Brooks, Graham, Tate, Bennett, Emmett, Rhys/Reese/Reece, Forrest, and Warren.