Our little guy has a name!
Søren Augustus W...
After I inadvertantly hijacked Lucubratix's thread, most of you know our baby arrived a couple of weeks back on the 13th. As planned we went in with a long shortlist of names and decided to wait and see what name worked best once he had arrived. This strategy worked will with our daughter and we ended up easily deciding a name after 3 days.
This time around it took a lot longer! He only got a name after 12 days :) After 2 days we looked at our list of names and decided to narrow it to names we both liked as first name options (no maybes made the shortlist for first name). A few names from this list didn't feel right now the baby was here so we crossed them off and were left with: Ambrose, August/Augustus, Caspian, Soren and Balendin.
At this point we mulled over them for a few days. I was fairly keen on either Caspian or Augustus as I thought they suited him but I still liked the other three options. My husband was most keen on Soren and Balendin and Ambrose were his second choices. He was so-so about my two favourites. At this point we hit an impasse and sat on it for a few days. We discussed the pros and cons of each name but didn't really make much progress. The lack of nickname options for Balendin started to bother us so that slipped further down the list as we just weren't sure it was right. After my husband was not at all fussed by the repeated A initial within our family he started thinking that it was an issue afterall and it made Ambrose and Augustus less appealing to him.
For a few days we had it narrowed to Soren and Ambrose but I lobbied to get Augustus and Caspian back into the mix. After about 10 days with no name I decided I'd had enough and we had to decide, even if it meant flipping a coin. Our main problem was that we liked all the names and had no clear reason to pick one over the other. On day 11 we looked again at our options and took Balendin off the table. I had said my first pick was Caspian but my husband decided that the friendly ghost association with Casper (which would likely be the nickname) and a character from a 1995 movie were enough to bother him and he wouldn't come around to it. He also didn't think Augustus was right so that left us with Soren and Ambrose. We liked both but the slight religious association of Ambrose and the fact it was another A initial meant that we both gave the edge to Soren.
While I still lobbied for Caspian (and my husband did concede that he might eventually change his mind on it) I wanted a name we were both absolutely happy with. So, Soren it is! Soren had been near the top of my list for a long time so I had no issue picking it. When it came to middle names I had looked over the list (including our long 'maybe' list) and came up with several options. We both liked Soren Ambrose and Soren Augustus the best of all the potential options but decided that Soren Augustus had the best flow with our surname. I had secretly decided a few days prior that if he wasn't going to be Caspian then Soren Augustus was my preferred pick. Soren Augustus also gives us a 2-3-1 syllable first-middle-last combo, the same as our daughter.
We decided that we will unofficially use the Danish/Norwegian variant Søren, but since diacritical marks aren't recorded on birth certificates here it will be for the most part Soren.
We sat on the name for 24 hours to make sure we didn't change our minds and announced his name when he was 12 days old! For the most part the reaction has been very positive. Soren is pretty much unheard of here, unlike the US where it actually ranks in the top 1000. So, a few people were a bit perplexed by it. Most people love it though and think it works perfectly with Astrid Elodie! I am getting used to calling him by his actual name rather than 'baby' or 'little brother' and I think it really does suit him. It took us awhile but I'm happy with the choice we made and don't regret taking our time with it.
So that is the story of how Søren Augustus got his name! Thanks to everyone for all the advice through my many posts........
Fri, 10/25/2013 - 10:39pm