Can’t decide between top 3 boy names!

Our last name is 3 syllables and we know the middle name for our son will be Wilcox. We can't decide between Atticus, Beckett, and Forrest for a first name. His brother's name is Cooper McCoy. Help!


November 16, 2019 1:54 AM

Beckett then Forrest 

November 17, 2019 12:56 PM

I love love love the name Forrest, so in a vacuum that would get my vote. But if you have a strong personal connection I could be persuaded toward either of the others, which are both also good names. For example, I still kind of assume that people considering the name Atticus like the book To Kill a Mocking Bird. If that's your favorite book ever and the reference would make you happy every time you say the name, whereas you just like the sound of the others, then it would get my vote. Or if Samuel Beckett is your favorite author or Beckett is your favorite relative's name I'd shift to that one, etc.

By EVie
November 18, 2019 2:46 PM

I like Forrest, too, but I've always wondered, why the double R? I understand that it was originally a surname-derived name, and surnames evolved back when spellings were much more loosy-goosy, so it makes sense to use the double R if that's how the family surname happens to be spelled. But most surname-names these days are doing it for style, not family connection, so why not just use the spelling of the common English word Forest?

(This is not a judgment on the name, I think it's fine spelled either way, I'm just curious).

I like Beckett a lot, too. Less enthralled by Atticus just because I see the character as somewhat problematic, but I do like the style of the name.

November 18, 2019 5:30 PM

The reason people spell the name with two Rs is the movie Forrest Gump.

The reason the movie character is spelled with two Rs is that he's named after a Confederate general and first Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan named Nathan Bedford Forrest. (According to Wikipedia, the character's mother "intended his name to be a reminder that 'sometimes we all do things that, well, just don't make no sense.'")

I think 99% of the people who use Forrest with two Rs are totally unaware of the KKK connection. If they were, I doubt they'd use the name, nevermind the spelling.

November 19, 2019 10:19 AM

Forest is actually how I would spell it, since that's how I first encountered the name and that spelling remind me of DeForest Kelly and Forest Whitaker and, well, forests. But I imagine some people like the double Rs as a slightly less-wordy, more-"namey" spelling. Lots of surname/word names seem to follow that pattern: Skye-not-Sky, Taylor,-not-Tailor, Blythe-not-Blithe, Mae-not-May, etc.