Boy #4 and we're out of ideas

We are having baby boy #4 but we have no idea what to name him. I adore our older boy's names but each has a first and two middle names so now I'm out of ideas. 

Our kids names are Pierce, Simon and Reid.

Our last name starts with a Gra so as much as I love the name Grant, no names that start with a Gra ... that's just too much of a nasal sound. I want to be able to say all 4 kids names quickly when I need to call them so something with one or two syllables is prefered. I also want their names to be distinct (for example Silas is too close to Simon).

We like traditional but uncomon names and no creative spellings. Ideas or suggestions?

Thank you!


December 2, 2014 4:01 PM

Hmm, these are a bit out of my area style wise but I'll give it a shot. How about;




















December 3, 2014 8:50 PM

Adding suggestions 





I also want to ditto HNG's point below regarding Cohen. Do not use it as a given name because it sounds cool. It will offend people, and that's not something you want your child to have to deal with.

December 2, 2014 4:36 PM









December 2, 2014 4:45 PM

Off the top of my head: Blaise, Jude, Dean, Titus. (I was going to suggest Hugh, but thought better of it with your surname. When even I've heard of an actor, he must be pretty well-known.)

From Name Matchmaker: Blaine, Emmett, Gideon, Barnaby, Philip, Brooks. (It also repeated all of my suggestions except for Blaise.)

December 3, 2014 7:54 PM

For some reason Cohen came to mind when I read your older boys names. Cohen - Pronounced Coe-in. I do like Titus as someone else mentioned. let us know what you decide!!

December 3, 2014 8:21 PM

Are you aware that many people find it offensive, or at least inappropriate, for families not descended from the Jewish priestly class to use Cohen?

(Miriam will doubtless correct and clarify, but my understanding is that only people of direct patrilinear descent from Aaron [the brother of Moses] are entitled to bear the name/title of Cohen; in return, they're bound by additional restrictions and duties.)

Similar names without the baggage: Caelan, Cowan, Colin, Coleman, Caden, Corwin.

December 4, 2014 3:31 AM

A slight clarification:  Cohen is technically an hereditary title that became a surname by accident.  Eastern European Jews did not have surnames until the very end of the 18th century (c. 1798) when the Austro-Hungarian Empire forced its Jews to adopt surnames.  Tzarist Russia followed suit shortly thereafter.  In the traditional naming pattern, the priestly title followed the given name if a man belonged to the priestly caste.  An example would be my father's name: Eliyahu ben Shlomo Chaim ha-Cohen (Elijah son of Solomon Chaim the Priest).  Imperial clerks who were tasked with recording the new surnames misunderstood the title Cohen for a chosen surname and recorded it as such.  And thus the title Cohen morphed into the surname Cohen.  Not all members of the priesthood use the surname Cohen or one of its derivatives like Katz (which has nothing to do with felines, but is rather an acronym for Kohen Tzaddik 'righteous priest'.  In fact my family does not use the surname Cohen.  In modern usage my father's name was Eliyahu ben Shlomo Chaim ha-Cohen Zimmerman (well, Zimmerman is not actually my family's surname--it's just a stand-in to use as an example).  In essence Cohen is a title to be used only by those who are born to it.  It's not appropriate for random people to use as a given name.  It is fine for anyone to use biblical Hebrew names like Moshe or Shlomo or Avraham or their English equivalents Moses or Solomon or Abraham or their Arabic equivalents Musa or Suleiman or Ibrahim.  These are in fact names and are suitable for use by anyone who likes them.  Cohen, however, is not a name in the same sense as Moses is and should not be used like one.

December 4, 2014 3:28 PM

I guess that's really only important to someone who is religious though. It would not put me off the name Cohen at all. I think it's a great name actually.

Interesting info though!

December 4, 2014 7:11 PM

It's not a question of whether it would bother YOU to appropriate some other religion's priestly title. Rather, it's the fact that it would be seen as ignorant and disrespectful by others--Jews and also non-Jews who believe in respecting the deeply-held religious beliefs of others so far as possible. That kind of baggage is an awful lot to hang on a child for the sake of a fashionable sound.

December 4, 2014 7:05 PM

No, it is emphatically NOT "only important to someone who is religious." That's the whole point: it would make you look ignorant and disrespectful, and hang a bunch of unpleasant baggage around your child's neck.

If you really just like the sound, use Cowan; it's an Anglicized spelling of an Irish surname.

December 4, 2014 7:31 PM

I apologise if I sounded harsh. Honestly, I had never thought about that. I'm from a country that is not overtly religious and have honestly really known anyone that identifies as Jewish. I can see how perhaps in America this could name could be disrespectful to certain groups of people.

December 6, 2014 2:26 AM

If you ever anticipate your child spending any time abroad, or even just having interactions with people in other countries (say, via the internet, by which we are having this particular multi-national interaction), this is a name I would step far away from considering. I generally try not to judge people by their names, but if I met a Cohen I would assume an extremely provincial background. It would be hard for me to use the name without a little frisson of negative sentiment, even though I would logically know it would not actually be the fault of young Cohen at all. That is not a good starting point for a name.

Cowan is a good alternate suggestion - I see a street sign with Cowan every day and have occasion to say the name often as well, and it registers as completely distinct from Cohen for me. You could also consider various forms of Conrad/Konrad, which include the Dutch Koen. Those have pretty comparable sounds without saddling your child with such an enormous amount of baggage.

December 5, 2014 1:22 AM

Jeremiah 31:31-34KJV. We have a new covenant... Christ fullfilled the law and has done away with the meaningless ordinances which were types and shadows of things to come. Keep the 10 commandments. Cohen is a name. Nothing more, nothing less. New name suggestion: Jeremiah. 

December 5, 2014 8:53 AM

Wow. That's incredibly shortsighted, bordering on hateful. Regardless of how one feels about other folks' religious beliefs, it isn't a good idea to advertise one's disrespect through a child's name.

December 6, 2014 2:27 AM

There are times when I particularly feel the lack of a like button, and this is one. Well said, nedibes.

By EVie
December 6, 2014 5:00 PM

Yes, this.

December 4, 2014 2:42 PM


December 4, 2014 4:39 PM

Have you looked at Laura's recent post on "Quirky Clasic Names for Boys"? In addition to the suggestions you've already received, it includes:

  • August
  • Calvin
  • Declan
  • Elias
  • Everett
  • Ezra
  • Griffin
  • Julius
  • Micah
  • Miles
  • Theodore
  • Xavier

August, Everett, and Miles all seem like they would fit your other boys, with the bonus of continuing your trend of having different initials AND final sound for each boy (other names that have already been suggested that fit this pattern include Oliver, Milo, Bennett, Asher, Cole, etc.).

December 5, 2014 1:31 AM

My ideas: