Middle name for Hudson?

My husband and I are expecting our first baby in August and a long time ago we had decided on Hudson for a boy.  We are pretty settled on Eleanor Havana for a girl, but I'm looking for a middle name for Hudson.  We are New Yorkers temporarily in the Boston area, so I've liked the sound of Hudson Charles, but have been toying with the idea of Hudson Lexington today.  Is it too redundant?  Our last name sounds a lot like Learn.  Lexington is where our church is located and would have a much more sentimental connection than the Charles River.

Do you like Charles or Lexington better?  We are also open to other middle names, but my husband is less adventurous than I am so something traditional is more likely to work for us.  (For example, Havana is a tribute to his Cuban grandfather, but "Haven" was given a hard no).

 

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December 20, 2015 4:14 PM

I think meaning always trumps flow when it comes to middle names.

To me, Lexington sounds more meaningful and distinctive than Charles. Of course, Charles would also be a great choice, but I think because of the circumstances you should definitely go with Lexington!

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December 20, 2015 9:36 PM

I agree that meaning trumps issues of flow.  Pick the one with the most meaning.

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December 23, 2015 11:16 AM

I think Charles flows more with Hudson, but if you want something with significance, then I would say go for something that has meaning to you. I am not a big fan of Hudson Lexington, to be honest.

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December 20, 2015 7:37 PM

I like Charles better. 

Love Haven. Too bad veto. 

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By GPU
December 20, 2015 9:03 PM

I go with Hudson Charles. I love both the names, and together they sound awesome! Hudson and Lexington both end with "on" and I myself don't like this.

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December 20, 2015 9:54 PM

I think Hudson Charles sounds much nicer. Hudson Lexington is too much.

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December 20, 2015 11:12 PM

I'm definitely in the "sound/flow doesn't matter" camp for middle names; the reason I like Hudson Charles better is that they're both rivers, so they each reinforce the geographic connection of the other, all while maintaining a nice contrast in style (modern versus traditional, placename/surname versus given name).

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December 21, 2015 7:19 PM

Thanks everyone for your input!  My husband suggested Lexington as a girl's first name instead, and I'm okay with it.  It's a little tacky for me but it's not very popular so I think it will grow on me.  Now I just have to wait another 2 months to find out the gender of our baby.

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By PJ
December 23, 2015 2:56 AM

As a first name, Lexington has the advantage of being pretty unusual and androgynous, with the nickname Lexie to take it in a more "girly" direction. I like it!

I also think that middles don't matter so much, and they only come up on a few formal occasions in a person's life, so you should go with the middle that has the best story.