Felix & Xavier?
We are expecting our second baby in the spring. We're in love with our girl name, Eloise Beatrix, but a recent sonogram suggests that we won't get to use it. The same thing happened the first time - we were set on Sabrina Blythe, and still debating boy names when we found out we were having a boy. What is it about boys' names?
Anyway, our son is Felix Samuel. We love his name and it fits him to a T. Felix means happiness and luck, and he is the happiest baby with the easiest disposition. We picked Samuel for (Samuel) Dashiell Hammett and Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens), and for a one-year-old, Felix seems to be developing the wit and cleverness of his namesakes. So that really ups the pressure for naming #2!
Out of nowhere, my husband has decided that Xavier, which he rejected the first time around, would be perfect. He likes how it matches Felix, and came up with Avi as the nickname, which would be the middle of the name just like Eli. I'm so impressed that he's put so much thought into a name that I'm giving it more credence than I would otherwise, I think, but I have some reservations:
1) Is it too Bradgelina to have two kids with X in their first names?
2) Which is the more common pronunciation, ex-ZAY-vyer or ZAY-vyer? I don't mind either, but I'd want to make sure we were using what he is most likely to encounter. I have a name with multiple "correct" pronunciations (Alicia), but was raised using just one and became very defensive about my name as an older child/teen.
We like names that are clearly boys' names, generally a little on the old-fashioned, classy Old Hollywood or vaguely British, not too hard to spell or pronounce, and have nickname potential (although we got creative with Felix - we use Eli - so not having an obvious nickname isn't an automatic rejection). As a teacher, I'm also dead-set against anything too popular.
Up until this morning, Lionel was our front-runner. We really haven't settled because we don't have a good pairing yet. We like Winston as a reference to Winston Churchill and John (Winston) Lennon, but I don't know that I like it as a first name for a little boy. We've also discussed Isaac, Derek (with nn Rex), Roland/Rowland (Rory), Arthur, Edwin... ugh. Too many. Anybody have other suggestions that might fit our style AND have enough cool-factor to match Felix? Our last name is similar to Harrison (same syllables, first and last letters).
Sat, 11/02/2013 - 12:08pm