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I lnow that particular Exton well, and that's what came to my mind immediately too.
A Walt Disney biopic (with Tom Hanks as Walt) is just about to open which will give the name additional visibility, although frankly one would have to live under a rock to avoid Walt Disney references. Walter brings Sir Walter Raleigh and Sir Walter Scott to my mind, a chivalrous name indeed. OTOH there is the decidedly avuncular Walter Cronkite, hard to picture him as a toddler. The traditional nickname for Walter is Wat. I agree that the sounds aren't overly fashionable, but -er isn't that far behind "ending in -n" in the popularity parade. Perhaps its the t in the middle that's a little off in terms of sound.
Clearly you are not a fan of American football, or you would know Peyton Manning. As it happens my son went to school with Peyton and his brothers Cooper and Eli.
You never know, your son may like having a playmate with the same name. Our Elliott has only ever met one other Elliott, a little boy who was at the Children's Museum at the same time Elliott was there. Elliott was thrilled to meet another Elliott, and he liked it even better when the other Elliott threw a world class tantrum. One thing I can say, children tend to like having a character in a book with the same name as they have. I was the only Miriam I knew all my years of schooling until college, and I didn't particularly like having such an unfashionable, unpopular name at the time. OTOH my sister and her playmate who lived next door had the same name, and my sister didn't see that as a negative. You can, however, be sure that unless you make up somethng completely out of whole cloth or choose something otherwise off the charts, whatever you name your son, he will encounter others with the same name. So your son may really really like being the only one with his name (as you did), or he may really really hate being the only one with his name as I did, or he may not care one way or the other in the slightest--or no matter how you try there may be three other kids with the same name in his kindergarten.
Nathaniel and Nathan (which are both similar to and different from Jonathan).
But I must ask, if Samuel is the name that you and your husband have chosen, what difference does it make if some acqaintance or even close friend also chooses Samuel? Your son will have a life expectancy of close to 100 years, and these acquaintances will only be a part of his life for a very short time. Who knows, they could even move away in a few months, you would never see them again, and you would have given up the opportunity to name your son with the name that you preferred. About 25 years ago, my department had a mini baby boom. The three girls born at that time were all called Katherine in some form (I forget who was spelled which). The sky did not fall. There was no confusion. No one scratched anyone's eyes out for "name stealing." Each set of parents had their own reason for choosing that name, and in any case the girls did not remain a part of each other's lives.
If Samuel is the name that you really want, use it without regard as to what this other couple has chosen. If anyone is so bold/rude as to remark on your choice in a disparaging way, just say "It's a family name," which will be 100% true since the newborn will be an important part of your family.
FWIW I heard a mom call her little boy Vincent while I was grocery shopping. So there's at least one 3-4 year old Vincent running around.
I know a mom Cora and her grade school aged daughter Lily.
Bear is just one of the suggested meanings for Arthur. There is no definitive etymology for Arthur, just several possibilities. "Arthur means bear" is an overstatement, which is not to say that your little one will not be a "Baby Bear".
Edward is my son's name (and was my father's) and Elliott is my grandson's name, so I am endorsing those.
If we are playing "one of these is not like the others," then Royce seems to have a different vibe than all the others.
Rotem is a Modern (Israeli) Hebrew name. It's unisex--common among Modern Hebrew names. It's a botanical name.
Absolutely. My mother was Sylvia, my great-aunt Sadie, and Sophie was the last of the red hot mamas.
This reminds me--my daughter-in-law's nephew (age 14) has two younger step-sisters named Sophia and Patricia, rather a generational mismatch to my ears: Sophia my grandmother's generation and Patricia mine. But it's all good.
According to Elliott the Preschooler, his little bff pronounces it Awe-reel-ya. But how her parents pronounce it I do not know. I tend to pronounce it with a vowel between eh and ay, probably close to what your brother says, but not aw-reel-ya. But given Elliott's evidence, I would call his little classmate aw-reel-ya until her parents told me otherwise.
On the list of Grammy nominees, among those nominated for "best dance recording" (whatever that means--"it's got a good beat and you can dance to it"?) is someone named Armin van Buuren, obviously a Dutch person. His partner in producing and mixing (whatever those are) is Benno de Goeij, another obviously Dutch name. I just looked up Armin. He's a DJ and producer known for trance (whatever that is) and is super popular in the Netherlands, even having received royal honors.
There may be Jews named Armin (in some countries used as a form of Herman), but Armin is not a Jewish name per se. It is a Germanic name, and can be found throughout the German-spealing world back to Arminius in Roman times.
After 25 years of life in New Orleans, Louis is Louie, and if a pronunced s is wanted, then it's Lewis. It's always Louie Armstrong even if it is spelled Louis, St. Louis Cathedral is pronounced Louie, St. Louis King of France parish is pronounced St. Louie King of France, and so on. This is true of other names as well. Suzanne is always Suzahnne, and Jeanne is always pronounced like Jeanne d'Arc, never like Gene. If you want Louis to be pronounced with an s, steer clear of New Orleans.
I was once engaged to a man (born in 1953) whose father was named Jason (born in the latter 1920s). Jason was vanishingly rare at that time, although when I met my fiance in the mid 90s, young Jasons abounded. The first young Jason I ever met was 14 when I met him in 1977. His father was Greek and very proud of his heritage and so named him after jason of the Argonauts. Then, of course, Jason took off like a rocket shortly thereafter.
I am a grandmother and frankly it astounds me when I hear people saying that names like Sophie and Sadie are young and spunky. To me Sophie is Sophie Tucker and Sadie is my great-aunt Sadie, inconceivable on a child, and yet young Sophies are extemely abundant (perhaps too abundant), and there are more than a few junior Sadies (as name or nickname) around.
My reaction to names is often diametrically opposed to the preferences of women who are actually of baby-having/naming age. I look at some of the choices, and think really?!
I don't know exactly how it came about, but Elliott calls me Grandma Mimi and my son's MIL Grandma Judy. My son and I were kind of gobsmacked to discover that Mimi is now a generic term for grandmother (which makes Grandma Mimi a sort of redundancy). There are now all sorts of pre-printed grandmother doo-dads that say "Mimi." I find this amazing and amusing, since I was one of those children who was distressed because none of the pre-printed license plates, mugs, pencils, etc., ever said either Miriam or Mimi. I bought Elliott a yellow t-shirt that read "I heart my Mimi." (Good luck to the other grandmother in finding a shirt that says I heart my Judy.) He wore his heart Mimi shirt to pre-school where his best buddy Cooper thought that it read I heart Cooper (LOL). Elliott calls his bio grandmother Nana because that is what his siblings call her. This prevents the possible confusion of three "Grandmas," although Nana's first name is nether Mimi nor Judy.
My son, now in his mid-thirties, is Edward Raymond, named for his two grandfathers who were already deceased at his birth. My grandson, about to turn four, is Elliott (no middle name, sigh).
Yeah, you're right. I got confused because Mr. Chisum was aligned with the (fairly) well known Charles Goodnight in the cattle driving business, but their trail was known as the Goodnight-Loving trail. So I managed to conflate the two cattle trails. The reason I know any of this, however vaguely, is because I used to live in West Texas where these individuals are important local historical figures. In fact, my son was born in a hospital directly across the street from the National Ranching Heritage Center at Texas Tech University where I was teaching at the time. But that was 34 years ago, and memory does dim over time. BTW Lubbock, home of TTU, shares the Llano Estacado with Clovis NM. Clovis would make a western-y name which is underused to the point of non-use AFAIK. Clovis is similar to Travis and perhaps not so far fetched as a given name. OTOH I sure wouldn't name a kid Lubbock.
I have never even heard of Mr. Shimerman, obviously wrong generation. I'll have to look him up. Oddly the Hungarian Jews I knew had names like Zoltan.... No Armins.
I was just doing some research and came across the humorist Will Rogers: his full name was William Penn Adair Rogers. To me Adair is a masculine name. I personally would not use it for a girl.