Help needed with boy names
We won't know what we are having until we are holding baby in our arms, so we need names for a girl and a boy. I'm having a hard time with boy names (girl names seem easier). I've got just a few more weeks to figure this out. Eek!
Before we get into specific names, would anyone care to comment on giving a kid two middle names? My husband and each of his siblings have two middle names. Husband has always liked it, and he always said he'd like to do the same with our kid. I was on board at first, but now I'm slightly unsure if it's worth doing. I could probably go either way. Any thoughts? (For the record, I am not too bothered about the "official form" aspect of having two middle initials. That hasn't been a big deal for my husband.)
So...I asked my husband what sort of image or characteristics he'd like the name for our potential son to project. He responded, "Intelligence, poise, cleverness, and elegance." I asked him which names he considered to project that. He said names like Simon, Oliver, Colin, and Desmond. I said, "So basically any name that reads as more popular among the English?" He said, "Yeah, I guess." I said, "Well that makes sense, because many Americans tend to think of the English as more elegant and intelligent than we are, haha."
Out of the example names, Simon, Oliver, and Colin have been used for pets of mine when I was a teen about 16 years ago, so I'd have a hard time using those names specifically. But since I once chose them for pets, I guess it's safe to say they appeal(ed) to me too.
Desmond has been one of our frontrunner names and I think it would be perfect for us for many reasons. But now my husband is rethinking Desmond because in our discussions about names, he is realizing the vast number of trendy names that end in an "N" sound being given to boys, and he has decided he'd like to avoid that. I know Desmond ends in a "ND" but I guess it sounds too close for comfort.
While I also like a name that progects elegance and intelligence, I think a name that projects friendliness is also nice. I wouldn't use these specifically, but names like Charlie, Sam, Jack, and Hank seem so easy-going. We really liked Archie, which I think fits the bill, but like the others I just mentioned, Archie is a nickname, and I'd have a hard time giving only "Archie" and I couldn't bring myself to use "Archibald." Baldness runs in my family!
Some names that either one or the other of us likes (we don't agree on all of these), to give a sense of our style (if we even have "a style!"): Felix, Silas, Arthur, Philip, Liam, Luca, Lucas, Malcom, Leander, Ellis, Elias, Donovan, Melvin, Mervyn, Merlin, Edgar, Leonard, Aldwin, Nestor, Lennox.
Our last name is something similar to Garrett. It is a common Italian or Spanish last name (we have no real ties to those cultures).
Fri, 03/15/2013 - 3:11pm