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Looks like we have *mostly* decided on Calvin for our new little guy. 'Mostly' as in, we aren't going to look anymore for another name, but if one finds us out of the blue we may go for it.
Aside from that happening, we'll need to firm up a mn for Calvin. We had originally said Calvin Brian - Brian being my dad's name, as our other son Grant has my father in law's name for a middle name. His mn also happens to be my husband's middle name, which follows the pattern of our daughter having MY middle name. We have already told my dad that the baby will have Brian as a middle name, and while he seemed pretty excited about it, I doubt he'd be angry or terribly dissapointed if we used something else - especially if it was my other option: Fogg - which is my maiden name. I don't love the way Calvin Brian sounds together, a little too rhyme-y. Is Calvin Fogg better?
anyway, I could try that with enlisting the kids- but Isla is only interested in the name Ethan. Actually she was part of the reason we went cold on Calvin - she told us Calvin isn't the baby's name and we were like, uh...what if she's right?! Lol! We aren't going with Ethan though for sure, so she's going to have to get used to something! We like how Cal sounds with our long last name.
My son's name is Grant and it suits him so well! Strong, handsome....try it out!
I've suggested Cormac, but hubs isn't interested. No a fan of Corwin or Corbin, West makes me think of Kanye.
I like Barrett a lot, nickname Bear....husband does not. Not wild about Leon.
I've petitioned for Griffin, Malcolm and Declan - all no's. We have thought hard about Heath, and while I really enjoy how it looks on paper, I don't as much like how it sounds out loud.
My husband came home last night calling the baby Cal. I wonder if it's smarter to keep looking for a name that will hit us like lightning, or resign ourselves to the fact that Calvin is a perfectly good name, and start getting used to that idea.
ehh I feel like Liam is too overdone right now.
Thanks to all who have replied! As you can see from my responses, we are kind of a pain in the a** when it comes to finding something we both like! I'll add some more info about what we've been thinking lately.
Top 3 for a long time has been:
We decided on Calvin for certain for a couple of weeks, but eventually said...ehhh...maybe there's something better out there. We are now wondering if there is not actually anything better, so Calvin is the leader right now - even though we both still feel pretty "ehh" about it.
Emmett we both like a lot, and it doubles as a name to honor my late sister, Emma. We decided on this name for certain, but after saying it outloud for a week or so I decided it sounded too much like Emma, and since she passed only a year ago, it's felt too painful to make his name quite such a heavy reminder. Emmett might be a middle name, but def not the first.
Wesley/Weston: I love the nn Wes. I wish we were ok with naming him a nickname without a full name (but we aren't!), because neither of us are in love with either full name version. My family members have given some push back on Wesley, saying it doesn't sound very masculine, and I do agree...then Weston has plentyl of masculinity, but also sounds kind of trendy...so that's no good either. So Wes is currently out of the running, though it might make another appearence later on.
We have gone back and forth on Dean. I can't see myself introducing my baby son as "Dean" but, on paper, I think it makes a pretty descent match with Isla and Grant. I like the idea of calling him Deano or Dino-Dean. It would probably be Dean Emmett.
Some names that my husband likes that I haven't quite gotten on board with:
Phillip (he wants to nickname him Flip, after a famous fishing guy. Phil would hopefully not be a nickname option)
He's into B names: Brody, Brett, Bryce, etc....I feel they are all too shallow.
Craig - he loves Craig! It makes me cringe.....
Garrett - he likes a lot, I think it's too close to Grant
Everett- but this is a name that is over-used in my family by a side of the family I don't even know hardly at all, so I'm not interested in it.
Rhett- meh...just doesn't sound like a complete name.
Names that I like, that hubs does not:
- Leo- I love Leo! I almost had hubs on board with this, then a friend started talkin' smack about it and he went cool again.
- Henry- I know it's super popular in our area right now, but I think it's super handsome
- Reid/Reed- love this, hubs knew a guy and hates the name.
- Dexter - he says it's too seriel killer
- Levi- he only thinks about blue jeans
So there you have it. I really don't know if there is a solution. We have been around the block - named 2 children, I've spend months of my life visiting name blogs and forums, I can't imagine there is some name out there we haven't thought of yet. At this point I think we'll either end up settling for something like Calvin, even though it doesn't excite us, or maybe some name we've thought of a thousand times before will hit us in a new light one day. If you have any brilliant ideas I am all ears!
Some good ideas, Owen & Alec are my brother's thoug, so that's out. Husband vetoed Reid (sad face!!), Not a fan of Jude, Neil, ross, Vaughn or Doyle, Brady is a good friend's son and the husband does like Brett but ....eh. It seems a little unsubstantial next to the other kid's names I think.
We actually both really like Garrett, but just tink it's too close in sound to Grant :-/
We've ruled out S and Sh names because of our last name. Kind of a bummer, I do like Seth. We've tossed Jude around a bit but don't like how if you don't say it very carefully it sounds like Jew...
Not a Micah fan.
Thanks for trying!
I like Cole too, but it's a cousin's name. Hubs wont go for Rowan - I also think that would be a good fit!
Thanks for the links, I will check them out. I really like the idea of Stirling (especially because we are huge Mad Men fans!) but we have ruled out S names because of our last name.
Your parents had good taste:)
I've brought up Clark before, it's actually my grandfather's MN and a family name, but my husband can't get his mind off of Clark Griswold so that's out.
Brooks is a bit too preppy (I *do* like preppy, just not to this extent), I adore Reid/Reed but the hubs hates it, He's also shot down Henry, Finn and Oliver, Owen is my brother's name, and I'm not a fan of Logan, Roman, Blaine, Nathan, Cash, Boone or Ellis.
thanks for the input!
I love Henry but my husband isn't into it. John, Daniel and Adam are too traditional (read boring!) for my taste, Luke is too popular (and a friend's baby), and we've talked at length about Thomas (my grandfather was called Tom, though his full name was Merrill, so it's kind of a family name) but we just can't get excited about it.
Oh for real?!? I think I read a forum post or something about Wesley and whether or not it could turn into a girl name nad the opinion seemed overwhelmingly in the camp that NO it would not become feminine. Jeez!
We found out today it is indeed a BOY! I am now leaning towards Weston - I know Wesley is a touch mroe traditional and Weston a little more trendy, but I feel it's also a touch more masculine, while Wesley has the sensitive side.
DH really wants Weston Brian...I feel it's not the best flow with the middle name, but it honors my dad and his dad was honored with our other son's mn so it seems fair and isn't awful. We still have 24 weeks to change out mind though!
I see what you're saying, but unless I'm just not very versed in religion I wouldn't get the connection - say you named a baby Martin Luther - I maybe would think Protestant (more likely I would think Martin LUther King, but just stick with me here), but if you named him just Martin or just Luther I wouldn't see the connection to church at all. So I see how John Wesley would be very Methodist, when I think Wesley I mainly just think Wesley Snipes!
I'm pretty sure I watched Princess Bride at leat in high school if not in college too - -oh but you are totally right, we watched all of those way too young and unattended by adults! I do recall that there are humerous parts but even as a young adult the sucking the life out part still gave me the creeps.
As for Goonies - I watched that not long ago with my Dh and actually enjoyed it a bit;-)
How connected is Wesley to methodists? I'm not terribly reigious but would classify myself as a Christian...I really like the UU church...
this is actually one reason I am not sold on Wesley. I actually HATE the Princess Bride (I know, I might be the only person on the planet!) but that movie freaks me out, the rodents, sucking the life out of Westley...I think I might be leaning towards Weston (for a few other reasons also) but also so that people wouldn't assume I named him after the movie.
FWIW I was never a Goonies or Willow fan either! All scared me as a child.
Thanks for the feedback!
Yeah...dh isn't likely to go for anything very out there (though he gave a peliminary thumbs up to Bianca which I was surprised at!). I may be able to reintroduce a name that I like an he's previously rejected though. I guess my best course of action is to just keep adding names to the list and see what sticks.
I'm leaning towards these as my final 4 (5?) now, haven't pinned down middle names yet.
- Fiona- gonna convince the hubs, he's an easy mark ;-)
- Henry and Hazel are maybes...
What great, thoughtful responses! I will think about it and get back to you tomorrow. I realized though that I meant Colette, not Cosette:) Theres a little girl I met named Colette and I thought it was sweets.