Baby #8 needs a name


We are expecting our 8th kiddo and have run out of names.  Any help you can offer is appreciated.  The kids: Stephen Forrest (pronounced Stef-fen, both family names), Wyatt Josiah, Heidi Elizabeth, Faith Jacoba, Curtis Jasper, Grant Peter, and Brynn Lavender. Baby #8 is a boy.  We've tried to keep out of the top 100 (for their birth year at least--Wyatt is 13!) and don't want to repeat first letter of first names.  So A, D, E, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, T, U, V, X, Y, Z are open.  My favorite is Abel, but DH is not a fan.  Our last name is one syllable and ends -ase so Jase, Ace, Chase are out. Thanks for helping is brainstorm.  


May 27, 2014 12:19 PM

Some suggestions:

What do you think of: 

Abbot, Eamon, Declan, Dale, Irving, Milo, Neal, Orion, Toby, Trevor, Vaughn


May 27, 2014 7:33 PM

Abram seems similar to Abel, maybe your husband would like it better?

Other ideas-Dean, Miles, Reid, Vincent, Jude, Noel & Zane.

By Vana
May 29, 2014 6:20 AM


Alec, Devon, Eric, Jared, Rory, Patrick, Kai, Theodore, Pierce, Jasper, Troy

June 9, 2014 9:12 PM

Thank you for the great suggestions!

dh has latched onto Trevor.  I find it okay, but not a favorite.

I like Jonah Wesley since dh nixed Abel.

BUT, DH has cracked open the door for one of my favorites for a long time:

Ransom.  Any opinions on this unusual name?

By EVie
June 9, 2014 11:22 PM

May I ask what it is that appeals to you about Ransom?

I'm afraid to say that I really don't care for it at all. The word ransom makes me think of kidnapping, which is a really scary and distressing thing to think about now that I have a child. I guess I can see how the word has a kind of jaunty sound to it that could be appealing as a name if it didn't have meaning attached to it, but it does--it's a common English vocabulary word with a really unpleasant meaning. It also makes me think of the word "rancid," another one that makes me cringe. I really wouldn't want those associations attached to my child. Both Trevor and Jonah are worlds better.

June 10, 2014 12:15 AM

I was afraid of that.  It's Biblical meaning is a very positive one--payment to the victim from the accused, to cancel all wrongdoing.  It has a root similar to "redemption".  It's used in that sense in many songs and verses.

But that meaning is gone in today's language.  I like it's strong sound, that's not too formal or angular.  

It may make it as a middle name...

By Viv
June 27, 2014 10:24 PM

If you're in a setting where most people think of the Bliblical connotations, I think it would work fine, as a middle name, probably. The first thing I thought of was that it sounds like "ran some" as in, We walked for awhile and then we ran some. And as a first name, it would sound like a command to Ransom Abel or whoever he was.

I realize you already announced a choice, so there was no point to me sharing my opinion except that.

As to Maverick, the other night the boys were being wild and I told DH that we could just name the next one Maverick...

June 27, 2014 5:09 PM

Thanks for the help.  We've finally decided:  Maverick Abel.  His initials will spell Mac, so that and Mav will serve as nicknames.  We're pronouncing it with 2 syllables (I was surprised to find out many people add a 3rd).