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August 20, 2018 12:22 PM

I agree with cm2530, more details will help us give better suggestions. Also, have you checked out the Name Matchmaker tool on this site? It might be really useful.

just off the top of my head; Matteo, Julio, Jorge?

August 20, 2018 12:09 PM

I agree with much of what others have said regarding Mil- names and Dylan, as well as the names that may be difficult with your surname. I don't think there's anything wrong with alliteration in itself, if the name is otherwise easy to say and you really like it. But at this point it sounds like what you need to do is narrow down the possible contenders so eliminating names that are problematic with your surname for whatever reason is a good idea.

Of the names proposed so far my favorites for you are Austin, Tristan, Beckett, Theodore. I think Beckett and Theodore have the best nickname options of those, though the family connection for Tristan gives it a boost for me. 

I'd suggest that you and your husband make lists independently of your favorite names, limit it to 5 or so, then share lists. Cross off any names that don't appear on both lists and see where you're at. Hopefully that will leave you with 2-3 names you both like and can choose from.

August 20, 2018 11:37 AM

My faves from your contenders are Caspian, Lucian, Emeric but I also like Octavian, Rupert, and Everett. I'm less keen on the others personally, but there's nothing objectively wrong with them. The sound overlap with Astr!d and Caspian wouldn't be enough to trip me up (I don't think) but that's a really individual thing - I know Lucubratrix prefers more differentiation. Once you have enough kids I find you tend to mix up names anyway even when they sound nothing alike.

I'll think about some suggestions for you and come back!

August 18, 2018 01:33 PM

Well after a big name discussion yesterday here is what we've got. Names that definitely make it to the next round of the process;







Names that we are going to consider further (hubs agreed to really ponder these because I like them so much);





We are also considering using an E name, even though it repeats an initial. Our E1ena will be 15 when this baby is born so I feel there's less likely to be confusion and hubs really wants to honor his grandfathers with an E namesake. We nearly used Emeric on our last baby, but couldn't because of the previously mentioned problem with names ending in a -k sound. Other names we have liked in the past include Elias and Edwin. Do you have any other suggestions for names starting with E?

August 18, 2018 12:51 PM

You're right it's not fair, but honestly it's more stressful and frustrating for me to force him to participate than it is to just do it myself. He will discuss names with me, debate pros & cons, etc. He just doesn't know or care enough about names in general to offer suggestions readily.

August 17, 2018 07:19 PM

No, he doesn't offer ideas much. He has come up with a few during my last couple pregnancies because I told him he had to. It was like pulling teeth. So it is pretty one sided. I don't feel comfortable choosing a name that he hates, so he gets to veto those. Most of the rest of the process is done by me though.

August 17, 2018 05:28 PM

Tobias was vetoed by my husband because of Arrested Development. After he vetoed both Tobias and Thorin, I asked him to seriously consider Tobin - so we'll see. He doesn't especially like it, but he didn't veto it either.

And yes, my kids often use nicknames. Not all the time, but I'm a nickname person so I like to have options. 

I don't think it matters much how many syllables the new name is. Especially since with nicknames my kids are all different syllable counts. It's not a deliberate pattern.

August 17, 2018 09:42 AM

I'm not sure about Benedict, when said slowly enough it's ok but I feel that is true of the others too. It's also not one of my faves, though I do like it, so that issue may be enough to knock it out of contention.

I'm considering asking him to come up with his own list and then we can swap, or maybe having him offer a replacement suggestion for anything he vetos. Part of me is tempted to pull the pregnancy card and decide unilaterally - I did that with our first and he loves her name now even though he thought it was weird when I was pregnant.

Tycho! Thank you for reminding me. I had forgotten that we considered it before (I think when naming Rosie) and it did not get vetoed by him, though it didn't end up making the short list. I'll add to our current list.

August 16, 2018 11:52 PM

Thanks for the input everyone! Here is the list I'm taking to hubs for his thoughts. Hopefully he won't just veto everything.











I'm also considering Benedict, Dominic, and Theodoric but I wonder if they have the same problem as a previously discarded name, Emeric. The -k sound at the end of the first name ran together with our surname and sounded like the word "queer". This is less than ideal for our future child when introducing themselves.

August 16, 2018 11:26 PM

You're not wrong about first time parents vs parents of 3+. On the other hand his exposure to other people's kids has been surprisingly minimal. I doubt he could name any of our kids friends. The friends of ours who have kids all used names that were either classics (like Elise) or trendy inventions (like Braylen). 

I agree with you about Arthur. I've always been a fan of Arthurian legends but for some reason never seriously considered it as a baby name. It does seem like it could fit with the other kids' names. I'll have to see if hubs likes it...

August 16, 2018 02:33 PM

I think you're right Karyn, they feel foreign/religious to him because they're unfamiliar. I don't think his concern is that people will assume we're Jewish (it's happened before) but just that the names don't "feel right" to him. Which is so hard to argue against! He grew up in a rural farming community that was almost entirely white protestants, so that's his idea of normal. I grew up in the city around lots of Jews, and people of other cultural backgrounds, used to work for some of the local Rabbis and nearly converted before I met my husband. So that's what feels normal and familiar to me. And yeah, I've never met a Jewish Malachi either.

Thanks for the compliment on our girls list! For some reason girl names have always been easier for us.

August 16, 2018 02:22 PM

I like Ollivander a lot! He doesn't. Too "weird" and Potter-ish for him. I'm still hoping he'll have a change of heart on Hermione but the most recent time I brought it up he rolled his eyes at me so not likely to happen.

Oswin and Theodoric are ones I had considered before but forgotten, they're going back on the list. Arthur hasn't been on my list before, but I'm liking it now. Ambrose is a bit fustier than the others for me, not quite my style.

I agree that in the current naming climate, and PNW cultural pocket, Caspian is wearable. I think Thorin or Hermione would be as well. Hubs' main concern seems to be that his friends will make fun of him for naming his kid after a fictional character - even a cool one. I have a hard time taking this seriously, but I'm trying to be understanding. It's not like I want to name the kid Buffy!

thanks for chiming in Lucubratrix, I always enjoy your suggestions. :)

August 16, 2018 12:18 PM

My three are E1ena, Rosa1ie, and Ju1ian. If we can't agree on a name from the letters listed above we may be willing to repeat an initial, though I do label things with their initials so that could get confusing.

Several of the names you suggest are ones I have considered, or that I haven't yet but fit our style pretty well. Thanks!

July 2, 2018 11:08 PM

I do know some Sophias that go by Sophie, but its a legit name in its own right as well. My step-sister is Sofia and goes by Sof as a nn, but only in the family.

June 20, 2018 09:57 PM

Thanks! I'll check it out.

June 20, 2018 03:46 PM

Like others, my first reaction was an eyeroll on seeing the thread title - then a snigger after I saw who posted it. Sorry to have missed out on the chicken naming discussion! I like the 'sibset' you've come up with though. As for chicken defenses, have you considered a dog?

As an aside, we are now in the planning stages of starting a farm. Negotiations with the kids on what to name our future animals have already begun. So far we've agreed that Rosie will get to choose flower names for the sheep, Elena will choose Ancient Greek names for the pigs (I think the boar will be Hercules), and the theme for the chickens is still undecided. We've considered Potter themed names, but I'm very open to other ideas if you have them.

May 21, 2018 05:54 PM

Congrats! Glad to hear they are all doing well. And beautifully named.

May 21, 2018 05:34 PM

Wow nedibes! What a great bunch of info and resources. 

OP I agree with others here that I prefer Vivienne over TiEgan, especially with your last name. And like Nedibes said, I am very skeptical of that meaning or derivation for Tiegan. If the meaning or derivation of your baby's name is important to you I strongly recommend using the resources she mentioned or checking out Behind The Name, which is usually accurate though likely won't have much Nahuatl.

May 18, 2018 11:21 PM

Lol! I'm not familiar with Elena or Rosalie as vampires but I love that that's what you noticed. And yes, Cordelia was more vampire adjacent. :)

May 18, 2018 11:21 AM

On reflection I think you're right Dorit, I probably like the "feel" of Coralie so much precisely because it's so similar to my daughter's name. I will consign it to my list of names I love but can't use and look elsewhere for a name for this baby.

Perhaps I can talk my husband into something a little more adventurous this time around, like Calliope or Hermione.