Boy's name to go with Keith

Hi All,

I'm pregnant with a baby boy (our first), and I'm hoping to get some naming advice - coming up with a boy's name is hard!

We would like his middle name to be Keith, after my husband's father (my nephew already has a middle name after my father). Our last name is Graham.

Our current top choice for first name is Ethan, but that doesn't go very well with Keith in my opinion. I kind of like modern names like Aiden or Holden, but my husband is a fan of the classics, like William (our second choice at the moment) or James. I'm also not the biggest fan of bible names (recognizing of course than Ethan is from the bible, but he is not a very prominent character).

Any advice on a name that would work well with Keith as a middle name and Graham as the last name, that sounds traditional enough but is at least a little bit unique?

Thanks so much! This is so exciting!



May 15, 2019 10:09 AM

Dean, Todd, Sean, Craig, Lloyd, Hugh, Jake, Miles, Scott, Rhys

Asher, Felix, Jadon, Jared, Jason, Jesse, Michael, Peter, Simon, Timothy, Zachary, Jeremy, Nicholas, Anthony, Alexander, Nathaniel, Stephen, Philip, Tobiah, Josiah, Micah, Mitchell, Luke, Thomas, Mark, Andrew, Matthew, Jonathan, Adrian, Dominic, Damien, Christopher, Cameron, Elliott, Jamison, Harrison, Oliver, Theodore, Sebastian, Maxwell, Calvin, Callum, Leo, Leon, Liam, Robert, Wesley, Vincent, Marcus, Desmond, Malcolm, Martin, Corbin, Dylan, Jensen, Julian, Rohan, Tristan, Vaughn, Quentin, Edison, Benjamin, Mason

yes I know some of these are Biblical, but I think they go well.  William Graham,  could be shortened to Billy Graham

May 15, 2019 3:35 PM

I don't think it matters at all if the first and middle name don't flow well unless you plan on calling your son by both names. I agree that Ethan Keith is not the best pairing, but it's not terrible, either. It actually does flow well; it's just a little 'th' heavy. Ethan is a lovely name and works well with your surname.

Billy Graham would never work in the States unless you choose to name after the evangelist. For that reason, I think William is loaded.

May 15, 2019 5:23 PM















May 17, 2019 12:30 PM

We have some friends with a son named Rhett Keith, Keith being after one of her husband's grandfathers.  Older brother is Dean Jeremiah with Jeremiah being after her own grandfather.  

I'm always torn on flow.  I always say it doesn't matter, then I turn around and want my own combos to flow, even though it really doesn't matter.  However, I do think that if Ethan is "the" name, just roll with it.  Ethan Keith may rhyme a little but it's definitely not the worst thing I've ever heard.  :)

May 17, 2019 1:08 PM

Do you pronounce Graham as one syllable (like the metric unit of mass) or two? I ask because the "flow" of given-and-surname is vastly more important than given-and-middle, and 2+2 tends to feel choppy. (The different ending nasal consonant of Ethan versus Graham doesn't help.)

I agree with the comment above: William doesn't work with your surname, unless you want to actually honor the evangelist.