Help w/ Sibling Name for Nathaniel John
Looking for a name for a sibling to Nathaniel John. Choosing a name the first time was difficult enough (the poor guy was nameless for 2 days before his Dad came around to Nathaniel - he thought it was weird? It wasn't until he was out running errands while I was in the hospital, that the number of people giving him the thumbs up made it seem "normal"), and round two has not proven any easier.
We're unsure of the sex, and won't be finding out before he/she arrives. I'm 27 weeks along now, and have a feeling time is going to fly!
I seem to struggle with boys names more so than girls, but we're looking for suggestions for both. (The other half hasn't been much help so far, he’s only vetoed what he doesn’t like.) Even giving an indication of style is difficult, as Nathaniel was the only name that stuck with me through my last pregnancy. We were nowhere close to having a name selected if “he” had been a “she”. The only thing I did know was that if it was a boy, I wanted John for a middle name, after my father who passed a few years ago.
Some names from last time are Alexander, Benjamin, Joseph, Thomas for boys. Abigail, Audrey, Charlotte, Claire/Clara, Elizabeth, Elena, Julia for girls. Benjamin and Julia won’t work, as they’re family names he would rather not duplicate. Alexander he didn’t like, (and I was never able to see us with an Alex), Joseph I didn’t get an answer on, and I don’t really like Joe/Joey. I have the same issue with Thomas turning to Tom/Tommy. Abigail was okay to be Abby, I just don’t like the popularity of it. I disliked Charlotte for the same reason.
This time around, the only thing mentioned that I would still consider would be Elizabeth (possibly spelled Elisabeth). I still like Clara, but a close friend has just given the name to her daughter. I kind of like K/Catherine, but wouldn’t want a Nate and a Kate. Given the due date for this little one, Ivy has been mentioned as a family name on his side. I don't love it as a first name just yet, but it is kind of growing on me.
Family will shorten the name if it’s at all possible. Nathaniel was Nate almost before I could say anything. I don’t have much of a problem with it, I just want to really like the shortened form/perhaps suggest it myself. (FWIW, I call him both, often).
With my side of the family being Catholic, there is a whole world of Saints names I’m willing to consider, though many seemed somewhat odd to the other half (he did think Nathaniel was weird, after all). I was asked a few times why couldn’t I suggest something normal, but was given no hint as to what normal (to him) might be. I do faintly remember him suggesting Nathan over Nathaniel, but that wasn’t the same to me. I just didn’t like it as well.
Also! Last name is 2 syllables, starts with a W, ends “er”.
Tue, 10/28/2014 - 5:50pm