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Super late update -- we had the baby, it was a girl! Alb@ Pearl
We narrowed down to either Finn, Samuel or Leo had it been a boy and I honestly don't know which we would have chosen. I'm thankful I didn't have to pick!
Here's the latest list I've been pondering... I've kind of given up on the Christmas connection. It's not as important as finding a name I really love or at least that feels pretty good.
So, as a reminder, I've got a Clark and a George and a long complicated polish last name.
Here's a list of ideas:
- Whitman (nn Whit). I like it. I don't love that it means "white man"
Ones I like a little bit less:
- Archer (nn Archie)
Names I like, but have rejected because they are too popular
I've also been thinking about Wal- names like Walter or Wallace. Not sure about that.
My DH doesn't love the following: Gilbert, Arlo, Samson, Anton
I don't have a strong need to use any particular name for the middle, so I've been toying with doing repeating initials just because it's fun. "Tate Truman" "Whitman Wallace" "Hugo Hamilton" Ha! maybe not. lol
Hmmm interesting. I'm going to ponder.
Yeah, we thought about Hugh but it felt a little stuffy or something. But we often call them Clarky and Georgie and I could imagine a little Huey too :) Although now that I say that it makes me think of Huey, Dooie and Louie. lol.
I liked Louis too but I worry about Louis and Clark, the explorers. We live in a town that has a big Louis and Clark statue in it.
I LOVE Samson and it was my solution to the Sam problem. But my husband is a no go. He doesn't like the biblical story. Same issue with Abel. I LOVE Abel. but he does not like the biblical reference. So many cute names!!! grr. Maybe if we do Samuel I can get away with one of my favorites for the middle. Or I wouldn't mind going left field and picking a fun noun just for the hell of it, last baby and all.
I do like Rafe but I doubt DH will be on board.
Part of me is wondering if we will just land on Sam. It feels so strange to go from Clark to Sam, simply because of the popularity factor. I was so dead set on unusual names. But maybe I'm getting over that? Or maybe I'll choose a fun middle name.
I am not stuck on the Christmas thing--- it's just a fun coincidence.
Alba is from the Time Traveler's Wife, which is a favorite book for the two of us. And George is primarily named for my grandfather, so I don't think it's a big deal.
This is our last kid, probably, so we are just looking for something we like that goes well with Clark and George. We have a long three syllable last name that ends with -ski, so short is helpful.
I love Nash a lot! I know a little 18 month old Nash and it's really cute on him.
If I heard someone say, and my twins, Nash and Nolynn, I would assume they were both boys, Nash and Nolan.
I am not a big fan of it because of that. I do like Noli though either as a standalone name or as a nickname for the name Magnolia.
What about Nash and Noli?
Thanks for the feedback all!
I like that Clark has that famliar feel but is unexpected. I've never met a Cl@rk IRL, which is my goal for this second one. Alb@, we just love. It means white or is another name for Scotland.
Other girl names we like are Ellen, Flora, Flavia. I'm not that worried about them coordinating so much as just not sounding jarringly bad.
I like Dean quite a bit but my husband knows someone with the name which taints it a bit.
Linus I kind of like because of the peanuts connections. Clark Griswold is one of my favorite characters in a christmas movie, so that could be kind of fun. I'm just not sure if it's "the one".
Prior to dh suggesting Finn, I was leaning toward Leo or George. Actually, I quite like how Leo George sounds but not sure if I want to use George up as a mn in case we have a third boy!
Thanks for all your help. It's nice to have another perspective!
Thanks for your help everyone. I think we've settled on Clark for the boy and Alba for the girl. Middle names are Joseph and Pearl. Whew! Feels good to have this picked!
Question just for fun. What does choosing Clark rule out? William, Louis, Lewis, Mark, Lark, Kent, probably Clare and Clara. Any other big ones?
I like Marek but I have trouble with the pronounciation. Traditional Polish pronunciation is like Mar-ek (sounds kind of like Mark).
But before I knew that, I thought it was pronounced Mar (like Bear) ek. And that's the pronunciation I prefer.
So, it's still on the short list but I am having to decide if I really like the correct pronunciation, and also if it's all TOO polish with our very polish last name.
.... We'll see!