Choosing Between Common vs Uncommon
My husband and I are expecting our first child this summer. We do not plan to find out in advance if baby is a boy or girl and have decided to wait until we meet him/her to officially choose a name. That being said, we want to agree on a couple boy names and a couple girl names ahead of time and decide which feels right when we meet the baby.
For girl names, we have two names and I'm pretty confident that meeting her would give enough clarity as to which is the best fit.
For boy names, we have two names and for some reason I envision us being torn between the two even after meeting him. The first name that we've liked for awhile is Warner. We like that he'd be unlikely to encounter many other Warners but that the name still feels familiar, is easy to pronounce, and is easy to spell. It's different, but not too "out there." Downsides are that it doesn't have a good obvious nickname and our families are big nicknamers. And while I don't think it's too unusual, I question if others will. I don't want to saddle a child with a burdensome name.
The other name that we have been loving more and more is Henry (nickname Hank). I'm pretty sure we live in a Henry pocket and don't love the idea of my child having to go by his last initial in every class he's in. It's popular for a reason, it's a great name, but I think a name should be a way to distinguish a person from his/her peers and am wary of the extreme rise in popularity I've seen in my area and broader social circles. I'm wondering if going by Hank would help or if everyone else has the same idea.
I'd love to hear any thoughts on these two names or if there are any others we should be considering. The more I weigh these two the more I question if either is right. Is Henry too common (where I live)? Is Warner too uncommon?
Thu, 06/02/2016 - 6:03pm