HI again! Starting to think names for 2nd baby boy.
Hi everyone! I haven’t been around in probably 2 years but it’s good to see some familiar screen names around here! I’m due with my second (and last) child in May and it’s another boy. My son’s name is Ja5per Th0rne and we had quite a time agreeing on that one. My husband wasn’t really too keen on Ja5per at first but it was the only thing I could imagine calling my son. I offered to let him pick the middle name and he picked Th0rne for Thor (he’s a huge comic book/Marvel nerd :).
We were really hoping for a girl this time, and of course we’ve been in perfect agreement on a girl’s name since before I was ever pregnant the first time. RIP Ivy Juliet, who I’ve been in love with since I was 16 and who will never exist now.
My husband and I haven’t discussed names much yet this time, but I’ve been doing a lot of thinking and I wanted to get your thoughts on my initial list of names. I’d also love some new suggestions because I have reservations with almost all of these. How do you think they go with Ja5per? How do you think they sound with our Armenian last name, which is pronounced sar-KISS-ee-an? What associations or impressions do you have of each of them? Here’s the list, roughly in order of my preference, with my thoughts:
Milo - if I could name this baby right now without my husband’s input and never look back, he would be Milo. My husband isn’t sold, of course.
Leon - this was my husband’s top pick last time and again this time. I do like it, but I feel like it’s awkward for me to say. I’m also worried it’s too close to our good friends’ son’s name Léandr3 (in her French accent it really does sound similar) but they live over an hour away and we don’t see them that often so probably not a huge deal. Also, when I asked about it here during my last pregnancy, a lot of people said it sounded like “an old Jewish man”. We’re not Jewish, so I’m not sure if that’s problematic. I’ve always tended to avoid making statements about myself or doing anything that could give people the impression that they know something about me. That sounds weird, sorry, I can’t think of a better way to phrase it. But for example, I’ve never put a bumper sticker on my car or ever wanted to get a tattoo. So I guess I’d be uncomfortable with a name that makes a strong statement, especially one that’s untrue. Sorry, I’m having so much trouble expressing my thoughts on this!
Arlo - I think this is a sweet little name much like Milo. But is it too single-association? We’re not really Arlo Guthrie fans, just pretty neutral, and see above about making statements. Also, does it sound weird with our last name (the repeated “ar” sound)?
Felix - I’m afraid it’s too awkward to say with our last name with the -x S- running together.
Roscoe - I love this name. But I’m worried people just aren’t ready for it yet and won’t get it. I’ve heard a lot of “that’s a dog’s name” comments even here. I also think people would try to call him Ross, which I wouldn’t love.
Ezra - too biblical? We’re not religious at all and I try to avoid biblical names but I love Ezra. I’m also worried it’s too popular for my taste.
Leo - in a way I like this better than Leon (husband strongly prefers Leon though) but is it way too popular?
Edmund - this was our third or fourth choice last time but I think I’m over it. I love it but I don’t love nicknames in general and certainly not any of the ones for this name. And seeing how much my in-laws have already tried to nickname the nearly un-nicknameable Ja5per, I feel like we’d purposely have to choose Teddy or Ned just to avoid the inevitable Eddie.
Oscar - this was our third or fourth choice last time as well but I could never decide if it really sounded ok with our last name. And now I think Oscar and Ja5per together is too much -er.
Ira - I’ve always loved this name but I’ve since learned that it’s very strongly used in the Jewish community - see Leon for my (incoherent) thoughts on that.
I always seem to write a novel but if you made it through I can’t wait to hear your thoughts and ideas!
Fri, 11/03/2017 - 9:00pm