Brother For Juliet

after agonizing over names forever we are down to 2-3 and need to make a decision very soon.  in no particular order: andrew, alexander, and sebastian.  please share your honest opinions.


By ozy
December 27, 2012 11:29 PM

Sebastian is the stand out to me. It somehow has a youthful and mature presence at the same time, and it is known but not overused. Andrew has just never appealed to me and seems ubiquitous. Alexander is a strong classic that I love, but very popular. 

December 27, 2012 11:36 PM

For me it's a toss-up between Sebastian and Alexander. If you're looking for more rare and interesting, then Sebastian. If you want more common with several nickname options, Alexander.  Andrew seems a little over-done, and Andy & Drew feel like "dad" names now.

December 28, 2012 12:32 AM

Have you examined the meanings of all names?  Do you want names with the same first letter?  I think Jackson would be a great name for him.  But if you are stuck on those, find out the meanings.  Don't go too far with different names, Sebastion will cause him pain.  Believe me, I am a mother and grandmother and kids are cruel.  And what would be a good nick-name?  Go with Andrew or Alexander, calling him Drew, Andrew, Andy, or Alex, Ander, etc.

December 28, 2012 2:07 AM

Andrew popped to mind for me before I saw your choices, so it gets my vote.

It has the same classic stylings for me with a similar upbeat, bright sound.

I like Alexander, just not as well with Juliet.

I am not personally a fan of Sebastian. I've always found it a bit wimpy and a bit jerky rich frat kid in a Lifetime movie. Anyone kwim?

However, it's Very popular on this site and elsewhere, so that's just me. I don't think he'd be made fun of a bit. It's the kind of name very much in style, and Seb or Baz are cute nn options. As I said, for some reason it's just a name that's never quite rung my bell.

Congratulations on being down to three!

December 28, 2012 12:18 PM

It's not just you.  Sebastian has always been a bit wimpy to me as well (though I did use it for my cat). 

My favorite with Juliet would also be Andrew.  They have the same cheerful, classic sound to me.  

Alexander would be a clase 2nd.  It's a lovely name, but it is very overdone where I live.  Alex is especially popular here because it gets a lot of use for both boys & girls.  

By Tana
December 28, 2012 12:20 PM

My feelings about Sebastian are very similar to yours, JnHsmom. I don't consider it wimpy, but it definitely feels like the name of a "jerky rich frat kid in a Lifetime movie" to me. It just seems a bit pretentious. However, you're right that we're in the minority, and I agree that it's a type of name that is currently in style and wouldn't draw teasing.

I like both Andrew and Alexander, both individually and with Juliet. Although Andrew spiked in the 80s and has come down since, it's had consistent enough usage over time to feel more classic than dated to me. Alexander seems to have spiked up in about the 80s and maintained high usage since, and also feels classic. I like Alexander slightly better than Andrew with Juliet, but if popularity within his age group mattered I'd go with Andrew instead.


December 28, 2012 8:50 AM

Pease keep the opinions coming, these are very helpful. I would add more info as where we are with each of these names but I really don't want to bias the responses ;)

December 28, 2012 9:38 AM

I knew a Sebastian who got called "Sea-ass-tian," (just warning you, but we could come up with bad nicknames all day for any name, so I don't see it as such a big deal) but I still think it works better than Alexander & Andrew.

rating them1-3:

1) Sebastian

2) Alexander

3) Andrew

All of your options are nice. 

December 29, 2012 12:20 PM

though i love Alexander, Andrew is the one that appeals to me. however, i just realized that one reason it may have stood out with Juliet, is because of Julie Andrews-ha,ha. either way, Andrew still gets my vote.

December 30, 2012 2:32 AM

I really love Sebastian. I think it sounds dashing and Shakespearian, a subtle link to your Juliet perhaps?

Alexander would be my second choice. I still think it sounds grand and has good nick names but it's true that there is an Alex of either gender in every single classroom in the U.S. (Perhaps you are not in the U.S.)


Andrew is just meh to me. I can't really say why, it just doesn't jump out and sing.