Baby #1 Ideas

Hi guys

Hubby and I are due with a baby boy in September. We're working on the name and have really narrowed it down in the last few weeks, due to some tragic circumstances. Hubby's grandpa passed away and we're wanting to use his name in baby's (Robert). Along with that, we're thinking about using my grandpa's middle name as well (Judd).

Robert Judd or Judd Robert ???

Either way, we are leaning towards Judd as the call name. My only concern with putting it in the first name place: is it enough of a name? I'm worried it's not formal enough to be the first name of an adult (as opposed to simply the nickname, which works fine). To rectify that, I was thinking about changing Judd just a bit to Judson and putting that as either the first or middle name. Last name is two syllables starting with O (chabged up a bit bellow). So, my four ideas are:

Robert Judd 0lmyr

Judd Robert 0lmyr

Robert Judson 0lmyr

Judson Robert Olmyr

I'd appreciate any thoughts or suggestions! Thank you!!

Replies

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April 30, 2018 10:50 PM

Although I have known many people who didn't (usually because of family tradition), I would say put the call name first to avoid confusion. It's people's first instinct and expectation, and will prevent the child from having to explain many times why he "first name" is his middle name, sort of. 

Would you still call him Judd if you used Judson, or use the full name Judson? If he would go by Judd anyway, I would say to just use Judd. That way you have the direct links to both grandfathers. If not, Judd versus Judson is really just a matter of your preference, personally I prefer the length and "full"-ness of Judson, but it's your call. Jude also came to mind as a close alternative to Judd if your not loving the other two. 

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May 3, 2018 12:31 PM

I agree with all of this ^^

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May 5, 2018 11:52 AM

Thanks for your thoughts! If we used Judson he would still be called Judd. I'm just worried about the flow of Judd Robert.

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May 5, 2018 4:41 PM

I dont really like the flow of Judd Robert - but if you are going to call him Judd,  I'd go with Robert Judd

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May 5, 2018 4:49 PM

Unless you're planning on calling him Judd Robert on a regular basis, I don't think that you should worry about that flow. It may not be the most incredible flow, but there's really nothing terrible about it, either. It doesn't even have the thing where last and first letters get blended without a deliberate stop between the names. I use my daughter's middle name on a very regular basis and even I don't think that it's worth dropping that combo. If you're inclined towards double-barrelled names/nicknames, you'll find a way to make it work. 

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May 5, 2018 5:16 PM

Like what Karyn said, don't worry about flow. Judd Robert flows fine, and even if it didn't no one really cares (or is even aware of the middle name most of the time). 

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April 30, 2018 11:34 PM

I love Judd! If you want to call him Judd, I would go with Judd Robert. I have two kids with one-syllable names, and it has not been a problem at all in terms of "not enough name". One is just always his name, the other has somehow racked up about six "nicknames" that are longer than his given name (think Juddy, Juddso, Judder, etc.).

Also, anecdotally, most of the people I know whose parents called them by their middle name eventually either reverted to the first name or have a long list of bureaucratic complaints. I know there are people out there who make it work, but I don't think it's worth the downsides without a very compelling up-side (like a five-generations-long tradition).

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May 1, 2018 2:04 AM

I think Robert Judd sounds th best. I am sorry to hearing about the passing but congratulations about your baby

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May 5, 2018 11:57 AM

Thank you! Yeah, I'm sure there will be plenty of nickname that come from Judd! Thank you also for the thoughts about using a middle name. I had a friend recently share her experience going by her middle name, so I am rethinking that aspect.

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May 1, 2018 3:42 AM

My first choice by far is Robert Judd, then the only other one I'd consider Judson Robert - it depends on what sort of name you want - classic, traditional,  on more modern

Judd is a   Medieval diminutive of JORDAN. Modern use of this name is inspired by the surname that was derived from the medieval name

so what about Jordan Robert or Robert Jordan

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May 1, 2018 6:53 AM

I love both Judd and Judson, the latter a bit more. I think you should go with whatever you like best. I don’t think Judd is unsubstantial. 

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May 2, 2018 9:10 PM

Judd is fine as a name  I went to school with a guy named Judd and he was nice and smart so my one association is positive.

Unless you are going to use both first and middle names as a single call name, definitely use Judd Robert. Don't needlessly complicate his life.

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May 3, 2018 7:10 PM

I like Judd Robert; you also get the nickname JR that way.  But I like Judd.

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May 4, 2018 9:14 AM

If I was picking a name for myself I'd want my call name to be my first name.  So I vote for Judd Robert.  I also think the JR nickname is a huge plus but I'm a Johnny Cash fan (JR was his birth name) and Jay is one of my favorite nicknames around we use it for our son James.