I need some convincing - help with our second boy's name
We still have two and a half months until our baby boy (our final child) arrives, but with our older children, Oliver and Annabel, we had names ready when we found out the gender! With this one, we just can't seem to commit. A girl would have been Eliza.
Elliot is our leading contender. It's a name that was a favorite for a long time. As a teacher, I had one who was a bit of a rough ride, but it's been a long time and I think I'm over that. It also sounds congruent with our other children's names. I'm not a big fan of Elijah or the nn Eli. We've thought of Ellis or Leo as a possible nn for Elliot.
However, while I feel Elliot is our best choice so far, I'm not in love with it, the way I was (and am) totally in love with Oliver. I love it every single time I say it. Sometimes I feel like I used my "trophy name" on Oliver and that I can't possibly find another name I adore in this way. However, I'm sure when I'm looking at my baby, ______, I'll love whatever I've chosen.
I'm also a tiny bit hesitant about the fact that Elliot has become more of a gender neutral name, but it wouldn't ultimately stop me from using the name. Although I'm not opposed to using some of the same sounds, some names I like quite a bit (Arthur, Alistair, Alden, etc.) have too many shared sounds with Oliver for my comfort. I guess I'd like my kids to feel like they have their own unique names. So... what to do?
I spend so much time looking at names that I'm sure I've become desensitized to them. My style seems to be classic/British/old man names, but I'm open to other possibilities. I also prefer multisyllabic names (though I do like Graham). I'll list some other names I like and would LOVE any new suggestions you have or thoughts on these names! Thank you so much.
I'm sure there are some I'm forgetting, but you get the idea. Thank you again!
Wed, 04/11/2012 - 1:14pm