Need help!!

Our #2 is due in 5 weeks...a baby boy!  We have a daughter named Sybella Marien and our last name starts with G, and is one syllable.

I have LOVED the name Crosby for a long time (ie. Bing Crosby, Crosby Stills Nash & Young), but my husband refuses to use it as he thinks everyone will assume we have named him after Sidney Crosby (hockey player)...we're from Canada. LOL.

His favourite is Sullivan (after his snooker idol Ronnie O'Sullivan, who he saw in person win the world championships in the UK this past spring).  I like the name too, but DO NOT want his nickname to end up being Sully!! 

What do you think??  WHich name do you think will compliment our daughter's and our surname? I seriously cannot think of any other names that we both love....HELP.


July 4, 2012 11:53 PM

Sybella and Sullivan have a tongue twister quality when I say them together.  I really like Sullivan, but would probably veto it because of possible confusion with Sybella.  If this doesn't bother you, I think Van could also be a nickname for Sullivan.  Have you considered Ronald or Ronan as a namesake for Ronnie O'Sullivan?

Crosby is OK, but I don't care for it as much as Sullivan.

Names that have the same kind of vibe as Sullivan & Crosby:  Donovan, Murphy, Brogan, Riley, Flynn, Logan, Clancy, Collin, Cooper and Rory.   Grady is another possibillity, though it may not work with your last name.


July 4, 2012 11:56 PM

I'm not sure I'd immediately pair either Sullivan or Crosby with Sybella.  They don't sound bad or anything, it's just not the direction I'd go in. That said, I think either sounds nice.

Crosby does remind me of Bing Crosby. I have no idea about the hocky player, but I don't live in Canada!!

Sullivan is a name I like. I think you might get Sully but it doesn't need a nickname.  Nicknames often arise organically, so I wouldn't worry too much.

Sullivan and Sybella together do obviously start with the same letter. The different sounds don't make them too matchy for me though.

I think I'd lean slightly towards Sullivan but either is fine.

July 5, 2012 1:14 AM

As a fellow Canadian, I don't think the hockey connotation would hurt him too much, aside from the bread commercials...


I love Sullivan, but agree that it might get tricky with Sybella (which is lovely btw).


It seems like you are both trying to incorporate a meaningful personal connection to your son's name. Maybe there's another option that will fulfill both criteria. Maybe an hour or two flipping through old photos might yield something, like a special trip to Digby or Fraser Valley, or a concert you both enjoyed like Rush, Buble, or the hip...


Middle ground between Crosby and sullivan: gatsby, Callaghan, donovan as suggested, or just bing. 

By hyz
July 6, 2012 1:48 AM

Well, I prefer Crosby, but Sullivan is nice too.  I know a man named Sullivan who goes exclusively by the nn Van, so that might be an option to consider.  I do think that Sullivan is rather too close to Sybella, though, so Crosby would get an extra vote for me on that account.  Not being Canadian, I can't say how strong the association is there between Crosby and Sid the kid, but since there are other associations you personally think of first with Crosby, you could always just let people know that he's not named after Sidney Crosby if they ask.

July 6, 2012 2:04 AM

You know, it's funny... When I read your post a few hours ago, my first association with Crosby was Sidney and I couldn't imagine NOT thinking of him if I met a child named Crosby.  (A Canadian and a huge hockey fan? Present and accounted for!)

However, I just realized that Crosby is the name of one of the siblings on Parenthood, (a show that I very much enjoy and have been watching for three years now; Crosby is played by Dax Shepard,) and that I absolutely do not think of Sidney. There's even a characted named Sydney on the show and the connection was never formed in my head! Never. (Of course, it probably will now...)

I think that goes to show that associations aren't as absolute as they sometimes feel. Yes, people may think of Sidney Crosby when they first hear of or meet a child named Crosby, but they will then grow to associate the name with the child, too. Besides, even if people DO think of him, what self-respecting Canadian doesn't love Sidney Crosby? He's a fantastic player, a stand-up guy, and he won us Olympic gold!

I adore the name Sullivan, but I don't think that it's the best match with Sybella. (Or rather, with the shared initial, double "L"s, b/v in the middle, and three syllable length, it's too good a match.)

By Guest (not verified)
July 6, 2012 2:42 AM

How do you pronounce Sybella? "SIGH-bella" or "SEE-bella" or "SIB-bella"? Or maybe SIB-uh-luh/SEE-buh-luh/etc.