Thoughts on a boy name (And: does popularity really matter?)
I'm just into my second trimester with a baby boy. We have a 20-month old daughter whose name I just love: Iris Zigrida. (Zigrida is my late mother-in-law's name--she was Latvian.) I love that Iris is old fashioned, yet feels modern and simple, AND it's a nature name.
We've had a boy name picked out for several years: Oliver Harvey (Harvey is my dad's name, and I'm very keen on it for the mn). I still really like it, but Oliver is currently the #1 most popular name in Australia, where we plan to move in a few years, and it's very popular here as well. Although I always thought I'd avoid the most popular names, I'm starting to wonder how much that matters to me. I know a couple of young Olivers (and my SIL's cat bears the name!), but it seems unlikely that he'll be the "Jennifer" of his time.
We're still open to other ideas.
Here are some contenders:
Angus (love the nn Gus)
Rowan (love that it's a nature name, but our surname starts with R and I'm not a big fan of alliteration)
Griffin (my husband is taken with this, but it feels a little trendy to me)
Augustine (nn Auggie, Gus)
Names we like style-wise
Arlo (the difference in pronounciation between US and Australia makes this a no-go for me)
Ezra (A long time favorite of mine, but the ending -ra sound is awkward with an R last name)
Seamus (he may be red-haired and freckly, but we're not particularly Irish, so this might be an odd choice)
Please share your opinions and suggestions! I prefer names with at least 2 syllables, since our last name is a single syllable.
Tue, 04/16/2019 - 5:48pm