Baby boy name... help!!

Please help, I am due in three weeks and really struggling with a baby boy name. Names I like but am not set on are Mason, Will, Charlie, and Jack.  Any comments or other suggestions? I already have a son named Noah. If its a girl she will be Lyla.


By Guest (not verified)
April 19, 2012 6:46 PM

Looks like we have similar naming taste, so I'll share my favorites:








Good luck!

By Guest (not verified)
April 19, 2012 6:57 PM

Can you give us some hints about the sound of your last name?


Based on Noah and Lyla, my suggestion is Jonah. Or Jonas?

April 19, 2012 7:47 PM

Of those you listed Mason is the best for me. I also like the suggestions of Gage, and Spencer.

Jonah or Jonas would be to close to Noah for me.

By hyz
April 19, 2012 9:27 PM

I like all your name choices--for the boys, my favorites on your list are Will and Charlie, but I would be strongly inclined to put full names (William and Charles) on the birth certificate--it gives the kids a more serious name to fall back on, and gives them more flexibility (I have heard people regretting that their parents did not give them a full name, but I have never heard the opposite, of people wishing that they had only a nn as their official name).  I do adore both Will and Charlie as nns, though--sweet and handsome.  Jack is great, too, but it seems to me that young Jacks are absolutely everywhere right now, so if that bothers you I'd avoid it.  Mason is perfectly nice, too, but feels less classic than your other boy choices.

By Guest (not verified)
April 19, 2012 10:07 PM

Eli, Evan, Ian, Jude, Miles, Marcus, Owen, Caleb, Gavin?

April 20, 2012 5:53 AM

I agree that Mason seems to fit the best but I also think Charlie and Will work. I though of Max immediately and also Lucas/Luke.

By Guest (not verified)
April 20, 2012 9:43 AM

Lst name starts with BR and is two syllables. Thanks for all the suggestions!

April 20, 2012 3:53 PM

All your names are currently popular; Will, Charlie and Jack have a lot of history (and feel very "English," in contrast to Old Testament Noah), while Mason and Lyla are more recent favorites (and Noah's status as a megahit is more recent though of course the name itself is very old). What ties them together, I think, is that they feel friendly and familiar.

What comes to my mind (like your list, mostly a mix of familiar biblicals, old but not too stuffy English names and surnames, plus a few other that seemed to fit):

Aaron, Adam, Aidan, Benjamin, Bennett, Caleb, Carter/Carson, Chase, Colin, Connor, Cooper,

Daniel, David, Eli, Eric, Ethan, Evan, Graham, Gray(son), Henry, Hunter, Isaac,

Jackson, Jacob, James, Jason, Jonathan, Joseph, Kyle, Levi, Luke, Mark, Matthew, Max, Oliver,

Paul, Peter, Robert, Roger, Ryder, Samuel, Sawyer, Timothy, Toby/Tobias, Tyler, Wesley, Zachary

I agree with hyz that I'd put the full names William and Charles on the birth certificate. That also gives you and your son the flexibility of choosing different nicknames (Bill/Billy, Liam, Wim; Chaz, Chuck) or going by the whole thing if it turns out to fit better. I've heard people with nicknames for given names complain that people often assume they have the long form as an official name, and it can get annoying have to correct them. I think Jack works fine on its own though.

Joel, Jonah and Owen seem to fit too, but I think they sound too similar to Noah.

Hope that helps!

April 20, 2012 9:27 PM

I'll second Adam (I always forget to suggest this one); Eric; and Colin

By Guest (not verified)
April 21, 2012 1:58 PM

We have a Jack.

It is, indeed, popular, though he has yet to have a duplicate in his class.

If popularity is a concern, you might rule out Mason, only because of all the boys with n ending names.

I adore Charlie and Will. Like others, I'd use a "long," name to give options.

I'll just give you a few others on my imaginary list, on the off chance we have similar taste.





Others I liked that were vetoed by dh were Spencer and Tobias (Toby)

We also considered Owen, Wes, West, and Shepard (that last one might have been the hormones).

April 22, 2012 9:43 AM

Jared, do you like that one? i think it sounds good with Noah or another air sounding name like Derek.

By Guest (not verified)
April 24, 2012 1:05 PM

My boys are Noah and Will (William on the birth cert), so Will is naturally my pick from your list. :) Other names we considered for Will were Elliott, Simon, Jasper and Wyatt, if you like any of those.

By Guest (not verified)
April 24, 2012 1:00 PM

My initial instinct was Mason.  It just seems to go with Noah.  Will, Charlie and Jack are nicknames and people will always be asking if the names are really William, Charles or Jackson.