Fourth Boy

We don't know yet if we're having a boy or a girl, but since we've already had 3 boys it seems harder to come up with another name that we like as much that has the same feel.

My naming style is sort of soft classic. My husband likes easy to spell classic names. I like 3 sylable full names with cutsie nicknames when they're little. We currently have Benjamin, Timothy, and Oliver/Benji, Timmy, and Ollie.

I would totally go for Samuel if we hadn't already used it as a middle name. We like Elliot/Elliott but the fact that there's no 'right' spelling is a huge ding on my husband's side. What names are we not thinking of?


May 5, 2015 1:04 AM

I like the Elliott spelling - nn Leo.

Any of the "son" names could have Sonny as a nn - Ellison, Harrison, Emerson, etc.

Even though it has only two syllables, Daniel/Danny might work.



Christopher/Chris/Chrissy -I know kinda girlish - but not bad for just your use.



If your first choice is Elliott, I do like it with any spelling - I do think the double "t" is best.

Good luck!


May 5, 2015 8:07 AM

Hey you got our other two middle names on your list!;)

May 5, 2015 12:43 PM

What about the less common but still classic biblical names:

Bartholomew (Barry), Thaddeus (Tad), Ezekiel (Zeke), Elijah (Eli), Isaiah (Izzy), Abraham (Bram or Abe), Raphael (Rafi).  Of these, I think Barry, Bram or Rafi works best with your other kids. 


Other two-three syllable names with nicknames you might like:

Arthur (Artie), Archer (Archie), Gregory (Greg or Rory), Augustus (Augie or Gus), Frederick (Freddie), Theodore (Teddy), Sebastian (Baz), Gabriel (Gabe), Alexander (Xander), Anthony (Tony), Andrew (Andy), Reginald (Reggie), and Jeremy (Germ, or maybe not :-)


Of the above, eliminating same initials and two syllable names leaves:
Theodore, Zachary, Nicholas, Nathaniel (these are repeats from above that I can remember), Ezekiel, Elijah, Isaiah, Abraham, Raphael, Gregory, Augustus, Sebastian, Gabriel, Alexander, Anthony, and Reginald.

With your other kids names I like:
Theodore, Zachary, Nicholas, Nathaniel, Abraham, Augustus, Sebastian, Gabriel, Alexander, and Anthony
Teddy, Zack, Nick, Nate, Bram, Gus, Baz, Gabe, Xander, Tony

Eliminating those without cutsie nicknames leaves:
Theodore, Abraham, Augustus, Sebastian, Alexander, and Anthony
Teddy, Bram, Gus (or Auggie), Baz, Xander, and Tony. 

Most of these don't end in the cutsie "ee" sound, but I still think are cutsie nicknames.  I'm guessing you'll like Sebastian best. 

May 5, 2015 2:19 PM

You took out the B names but not the T names ;) I'd probably let Theodore into my heart if we didn't already have a Timothy. :D

May 5, 2015 4:31 PM

Oops! I remembered it earlier and then forgot it when it counted.  Do keep us updated on your list. 

May 5, 2015 1:37 PM

The first name that came to mind was William (nn Billy which I think is super cute!)  It would fit right in.  Other names that could sound good with your other boys names are Luke, Matthew, Maxwell, and Christopher but they don't meet your other criteria.  FWIW, Elliot sounds much newer/more trendy to me.

May 5, 2015 2:32 PM

With all the kids who grew up on E.T. and Pete's Dragon having kids now I'm not surprised Elliott is surging up the charts :) ...but then again so is Oliver...


I'd be down with having a Christopher and calling him Kit or Kip when he's young but my husband doesn't like those nn at all :p.

May 7, 2015 10:27 PM

My husband came home from his trip and I brought up Christopher -> Kit/Kip and he still thinks they sound a little girly but is much more open to them than 5 years ago when we were choosing Oliver's name!

May 7, 2015 11:14 PM

That's great!

Even though I know that Kit has a very long history as a male nickname for Christopher, to my modern ears, Kip sounds more masculine than Kit, which could be a shortened version of Kitty.

May 6, 2015 2:15 PM

Maybe Patrick nn Packy or Patch? Or Michael nn Mikey? Jonathan nn Jonty? Sebastian nn Seb or Sebby? Joseph nn Joey? Alexander nn Sandy?

June 12, 2015 10:19 PM

We had our ultrasound and it's a girl!