Need suggestions for Baby Boy #3!

We had a horrible time agreeing on a name for our 2nd son... and we are expecting our 3rd little man in September! Needless to say, we can't agree on anything!  MN will be Walton... family name.  Last name starts with an "M" and ends with an "O" - 5 syllables (long and VERY Italian!).  HELP!!  We want something that is semi-traditional, but not overly used or super trendy (ie, not Joshua, Matthew, Michael, John etc).  

DS 1: Roman

DS 2: Maxwell (Max)

DS 3:  ideas so far:  Cooper, Chase, Grant, Leo, Dillon (but not in LOVE with any of them!)

Suggestions for something that goes well with DS 1 & 2 and our crazy long, Italian last name?!?!  THANK YOU!!! :)


By Guest (not verified)
May 6, 2012 11:44 PM

Dante (Too much?)

Enzo (Ditto?)








Max and Roman as a combo are very much all boy, and a bit eclectic. Not odd-but they feel well traveled and interesting. I think most of your current choices read as too modern/conventional. Grant I just can't imagine with your ln as you're describing it.

I do like Leo very much. I know there has been some talk here about whether it's getting too popular, but I really like it with Roman and Max very much.

May 7, 2012 12:02 AM

Arlo, August (Auggie, Gus), Hugo, Reed, Theodore (Theo, Teddy)?

All of these are established names that are not too popular or trendy and I think fit well with Roman & Max.

I love Leo as well, but where I live there are a lot of them (though if you don't have a problem with Max, then I think you should be just fine).  I work with kids and know at least 5 under 5 (in the Los Angeles area).

Lots of luck!!!!

By Guest (not verified)
May 7, 2012 3:06 PM

Congratulations on baby #3! Roman and Max are handsome choices and make a great pair. While I like to point out that it's easy to overthink "matching" styles of sibling names (after all, most of the people they meet in their lives won't know them as siblings) and first/last combinations (ours is a multicultural society, mostly happily so), I do think that most of your current list clashes in a somewhat distracting way with both your surname and the brothers' names - and since you say you're not in love, I'd keep looking. In general, I think modern surname-as-first-name favorites like Cooper, Chase and Grant are a style I'd steer away from, in part because they make the whole combination add up to a lot of surnames, but they also seem a bit pedestrian after the gentlemanly sound of Roman and Max. (Have you thought about using Walton, the surname you have a connection to, in the first spot? I think it fits fine with his brothers, and Walt is a pretty wearable nickname.) Dillon fits better, but it still feels much more modern than your other choices, particularly with that spelling, which gives me a bit of a Wild West vibe (Dylan makes me think of both the poet and the singer, which gives it a softer side). Leo undoubtedly fits the best of your list, but if you care about popularity it is certainly on the rise. Then again, Roman is the only one of your choices that is really unusual, so this may not be a concern for you.

I like the idea of something a little more classic-sounding, like your other boys' names, similarly masculine, and short or with a ready nickname to balance the long surname. Dominic strikes me as a great suggestion. More ideas: Andreas/Andrew, Curtis, (David), Eric, Joel, (Joseph), Louis, Lucas, Marcus, Mateo, (Paul), Rocco (too much?), Theodore, Thaddeus, Victor, Vincent ... Any of these on the right track?

- kalmia (not logged in)

May 7, 2012 3:57 PM

I would agree that most on the list do not really "fit" the feel of the names that we tend to agree on (which is not many!).  Most likely why I'm not in LOVE with any of them!  

Max's middle name is Dominic, so that's out (although i do like it).  I am not a big fan of the nn "Walt" or we'd have done Walton as the first name.  Matteo was #1 on my boys list since I was VERY young... and of COURSE that is the second part our our last name :)  Just can't do it.  Rocco we both do like, but unfortunately DH has an uncle "Rocco" who we'd rather not name a child after and I kind of feel like Roman, Rocco and Max makes Max look/feel like the odd man out.  

We had talked about Lorenzo (nn Enzo), Andrew (nn Drew)... maybe Marco although I do not like the name Mark and I worry about the whole "Marco Polo" thing growing up.  I agree with the other posters that the brother's names are all boy and the others don't necessarily "fit".  So hard when the last name is so crazy Italian... there's a fine line between masculine, strong and over the top, you know?  

3 of the same sex is just plain HARD!!

By Guest (not verified)
May 7, 2012 5:10 PM

Thoughts based on all the info...

Vincent, Quentin, Felix, Jasper, Antony, Lucas, Oscar, Xander, Tomas, Nicholas (Nico?), Pierce, Lucian/Lucius

I'm liking Vincent, Felix, or Nicholas/Nico with Max and Roman. Vincent seems to fit right in to me for some reason. 

-sharalyns (not logged in)


May 7, 2012 4:12 PM

Can I interest you in Jude, Lucas (Luke), Anthony, and Victor?

I agree that your current picks with the exception of Leo clash with the international flair of Roman and Max. While names like Grant and Chase are fine names, they seem anachronistic to your heavy and elaborate Italian surname. I think you need something much more classic with a strong history like your other boys' names.

By Guest (not verified)
May 7, 2012 10:01 PM

Oh, I think Jude is an Inspired suggestion!!

Otherwise, I'd definitely root for Lorenzo/Enzo.


By hyz
May 8, 2012 12:55 AM

I like Leo from your list, to go with your LN and older boys.  Other ideas... Jonah, Tobias, Tristan, Adrian, Sebastian, Victor, Elliottt, Isaac, Julian/Julius/Jules, Calvin, August, Orson...?  Anything promising here?

By Guest (not verified)
May 8, 2012 1:02 PM

I also like Leo from your list.  Nicholas (nn Nico) or Theo also fit with Max and Roman.  Alexander (Alex, Alec, Xander) , Zane, Simon, Samuel.  


By Guest (not verified)
May 8, 2012 12:51 PM

What about Adrian or Marco?

May 8, 2012 1:54 PM

Roman, Maxwell, &:


Elias/Eli Walton M_______o

Levi Walton M_______o

Noah Walton M_______o

Gabriel (Gabe) Walton M_______o

Theodore/Theo Walton M_______o

Anthony (Tony)/Anton Walton M_______o

Isaac Walton M_______o

Zachary Walton M_______o

Thomas Walton M_______o


May 8, 2012 2:19 PM

Might I suggest that you might want to go revisit the names you mentioned as trendy, because my boys are all named classic/ cross-cultural / Bibilical names that never go wrong. And, they are not common. It may SEEM that the apostles' names are common but in the current children's generation, they aren't. Even as high up the list as #15 in popularily, remember that with the choices of names constantly expanding and everyone trying SO HARD to be "unique", these oldies and goodies stand up very well and you WON'T actually find them being shouted across the playground. We know several children each with truly trendy names like Hayden and Jayden and Garrett  and Tristan and Jade but only twice have I even heard our children's names on other children in 6 years!
We have an odd ethnic (Croatian) last name, thankfully short, and wanted first names that are familiar, easy to spell and pronounce, but not common, and would translate into my husband's culture. 
James, Mark, and Luke. Like I said, they are familiar, but you don't hear them much anymore. I get so many wonderful comments esp. from older people on our boys' names.
Everyone is trying so hard for exciting and exotic and "Uneek" that the true classics will be fresh on another generations' ears. I am certain that for our children the names John and Mary will be the most exotic and exciting, LOL!

By Guest (not verified)
May 8, 2012 2:25 PM

Our two boys are Leo and Rex (Rex having a similar sound to Max, but not as popular/common).  When we named Leo, it was not a popular name (at least not where we live) but now we are starting to hear it more.  We didn't name our son after any trends, we named him after my grandfather (whose full name was Leo, not short or a nickname for something longer).  And we LOVE his name.  He's a 2 1/2 year old FULL of zest and life and we get compliments on his name ALL of the time!  And most people say, "Wow, what a GREAT name!"  And often we'll get comments lke, "I love that name! I had an uncle Leo" or "It's so cool - not common, but not weird and made-up sounding. Just classic, yet cute and playful."  So of course I say it's a good choie! :)  If we ever had a third son, here are some names I like to go with Leo and Rex that you also may be interested in: Oscar, Desmond, Ezra, Amos, Victor, Duke and Jude.  And the two at the top of my list currently are Hugo and Rocco or Rockwell (and call him Roc or Rocky).  Good luck!!


May 8, 2012 8:35 PM

Thank you all so much for your input!  I would agree that Leo is the best in the list... some great suggestions to consider too - thank you and please, keep them coming!!  It's refreshing to get input from you all since I feel like I've replayed names in my head over and over and over again :)

May 9, 2012 12:26 PM

As a brother to your boys I love the suggestions of Gabriel (nn Gabe), Alexander (nn Sander if you didn't want to repeat the x in Max?), and Thomas, as well as Leo from your list. I also want to offer Augustine/Augustin/Augusten (nn Gus). I've named five boys myself and agree it's a challenge to find names both parents love and that fit the style(s) of names already used!