Brother to Adeline and Eleanor

I'm currently 5 months pregnant with our third baby, a little boy. Our two daughters are Adeline Catherine and Eleanor Jane, and our last name starts with a B and ends in an "ee" sounds. Ever since I was pregnant with Adeline, our chosen boy name has been Henry. It's become quite a bit more popular in the last few years though, so I'm feeling less confident about it now. I also worry that it might be a little rhymy with our last name, since they both end in "ee" sounds. The other names we like also tend to be traditional but not common:

Theodore (but my husband noted that Ted B**ee sounds similar to Ted Bundy), Frederick, and Jasper are the three names that make both of our lists (in addition to Henry). I also like Oliver, Oscar, August, and Edward.

To me, Adeline, Eleanor, and Henry sound like siblings and I think I just need reassurance that this baby really is a Henry. I also need help with a middle name though. Both of our girls have names with some family meaning, so I'd like to keep that tradition but we don't have many names to choose from. The only two are really Theodore and Graham. Henry Theodore B**ee? (I like) Henry Graham B**ee? (I like less, but is more meaningful) Any other suggestions? I'm not above picking a random middle name and "finding" a meaning for it :-)

Thanks so much for your help, everyone!


By hbeb
May 1, 2012 1:20 PM

I forgot to add, Everett is a name we both like as well and is my dad's middle name and grandfather's name, but my dad doesn't like it. Do you think that puts it off-limits as a middle name? Or could Henry Everett B**ee be a possibility? 

May 1, 2012 5:45 PM

Henry Theodore would be a great sibling to Adeline and Eleanor.  I agree that the Ted Bundy association, if your last name is similar, will arise even if you use a different nn like Theo or Teddy.  As a middle name you won't have to worry.  If you're looking for uncommon names, Henry and Oliver are on the rise.  The middle name Graham might work better with a first name with more syllables-- Oliver Graham B**ee has a better flow than Henry Graham B**ee.  Henry Everett Br**ee is also very handsome and if your dad doesn't love it, it's not like he will be using it often.

May 1, 2012 8:15 PM

Hbeb-I happen to think that Henry is a wonderful choice for you. Yes you do hear it more but think about your local community. Look in the birth announcements and visit the park to get a sense of whether "everyone" is naming their new little ones Henry.

I think it matches your current children's names well. I also like Jasper of your other choices. Henry Graham flows the best for me although the other combos are fine too. Jasper Everett seems nice as well.

May 1, 2012 9:00 PM

Henry does sound like he would fit right in with your other names. It is getting a little trendy around me and I know quite a few young Henry's but it's still a classic name.

I adore Theodore and I can see your problem with the Ted Bundy association. I much prefer the nickname Theo but if he is likely to get Ted I might be tempted to use Theodore in the middle spot. I know one baby Frederick (Freddie) and it is less common than your other choices. I think it works well with the other siblings. Jasper is lovely but a little bit different stylistically to the girls. I still think it works though.

Oliver and Edward are even more popular than Henry where I am (both top 10). I know a few Oscars but it is also gaining popularity. I don't know any Augusts or Everetts but I know lots of posters on this board love both those names. I am a huge August fan :)

I think Henry is a winner but if you want other options, I like:

August Theodore

Everett Theodore

Jasper Graham

Jasper Everett

Oliver Henry

Oscar Frederick

Frederick Theodore

Edward William

By Guest (not verified)
May 2, 2012 7:19 PM

I had a similar dilemma to yours when I was naming my daughter (now 2). From the beginning, I loved the name Ruby. She just FELT like a Ruby to me. Everything about it screamed YES, THIS IS HER NAME. And it was completely my style, too.

But I was afraid it was too popular - rather that it would grow increasingly popular with each passing year until in a couple of years the entire name market would be saturated with Rubys. I agonized over it a long time, even after I convinced my husband to agree to it, but eventually, I decided the popularity question didn't matter enough to stop me from using a name I loved.

Turns out the name is holding steady for the moment, but even if it soars into popularity, I could never regret it. My "Ruby With the Eyes That Sparkle" could be no other name. It suits her so well, and we get nothing but nice comments about it everywhere we go.

After all, popular just means a lot of people like it! Now that I'm pregnant with Baby #2 (gender as yet unknown), I'm trying not to worry about the popularity factor quite as much, though I admit it's still in my head!

By Guest (not verified)
May 2, 2012 7:20 PM

Oh, and I adore both Henry Theodore and Henry Graham. Lovely names!

By hbeb
May 4, 2012 1:08 AM

Thanks, everyone! I really appreciate the comments. I feel pretty confident now he's a Henry (we tried referring to him as Henry this week and it seems right). So now we just need to settle on the middle name :-)