Need help with our baby boy's name!

I'm in love with Canon but my hubby isn't sold yet. We have an 18 month old named Harper Elizabeth and I'm having a tough time getting a name that works with hers. Any suggestions on sibsets or middle names for Canon? I'm wanting something unique but not too popular. Our last name is Gray.



June 28, 2013 3:05 PM

Just some thoughts.  If you love Canon, what about Canyon?  Just thinking that your husband may be objecting to the associations of the name Canon (camera, battlefield).

An English name that I don't hear very often that you might like because of the hard c sound is Keone.  It's not for everyone, so I understand if you are less than thrilled with it.

Other name suggestions:  Orson, Magnus, Sawyer, Jakin, Maxwell, Stuart, Calvin.

By hyz
June 28, 2013 3:08 PM

It sounds like you like surname or noun type names. I have a little trouble with Canon because, although of course it is spelled differently and has its own meanings, it still makes me think strongly of Cannon as a name, and so seems a bit violent and war-like. I also think that many people he meets will be more familiar with cannons than with canons, and that could add to spelling and meaning confusion.

If you want another surname or noun type names to go with Harper, here are some ideas: Shepherd/Shepard, Shiloh, Thornton, Tilden, Calder, Upton, Merritt, Auden, Ellis, Sumner, Grant, Sawyer, Beckett, Everett, Orson, Ronan, Gavin....

June 28, 2013 3:23 PM

Canyon isn't bad, I like Sawyer too. My hubby is against Canon because of the reaction he gets from people when he mentions it...the downside to it being an uncommon name. I bet he'd get the same reaction with the names you mention-except Calvin. He's also worried about the associatiation with "cannon" being a sexual term for the male part. I never knew!! Our last name is Gray (commonly teased as "Gay") so he could be teased: Gay, Canon. =O


I do like Beckett and Everett. I guess I'm back to square one!


We also had Zane and Camden on our list. But, Zane Gray is a writer and Camden sounds girly to me. 

June 28, 2013 3:34 PM

I agree Canon has some violent associations for me.  In my mind, there's a category of "aggresive/macho" names that I'd put Canon with (Gage, Ruger, Hunter, etc).

Maybe something like Coleman, Clement, Chase?  If your husband has problems with names that are very uncommon, maybe you should try some names that are just a tiny bit out of date.  They are likely to be familiar to your husband, but your son probably won't have to use his last initial in school either.  Clayton, Curtis, Calvin, Chad.

I like the suggestions of Canyon.  Same basic sounds of Canon, but with a nature feel as opposed to the aggressive feel of Canon.

Some other ideas I think would work well as a brother for Harper are Beckett, Owen, Spencer, Garrett, Cooper, Fletcher, Declan, Sullivan.

June 28, 2013 3:40 PM

This little boy will have a cousin named Hunter and a second cousin (I think-it's my cousin's kid) named Gage. LOL We are in TEXAS! 

I like your suggestions. Funny you mention Fletcher, I just found that name today! 

June 28, 2013 6:26 PM

I'm glad you like Fletcher.   It reminds me a lot (sound & meaning) of Archer, maybe you'd also like that?

It's funny how something like Archer is OK in my brain, while Hunter isn't.  Guess it just goes to show how subjective names can be!

June 28, 2013 9:48 PM

Your cousin's kid would be your first cousin once removed. :-) That child to your child would be second cousins.

June 29, 2013 6:13 PM

Haha, Southern Lady, I think my cousin is married to your cousin! san antonio...? I like Harper Elizabeth and it strikes me as a little bit southern for some reason, maybe due to Harper Lee, or maybe the Elizabeth, bc Harper isn't normally a name I think of as southern, but you might try the whole "southern gentlemen" boys names category. I would suggest Grayson except your last name. I just scanned the new book and there isn't exactly that category, but I liked Hamilton, Bancroft, and Augustus from the "Ladies and Gentlemen" category. I do know a sibset named Harper, Luke, and Merritt, although I have never been convinced that Luke goes with his more adventurously named sisters. From the books "Harper" entry, I like brothers Lincoln, Holden, Truman and Sawyer. 

June 28, 2013 4:08 PM

Are there any surnames in your family trees you could use?  For instance, my boys all have middle names that are maiden names of great-grandmothers - Coleman, Wilson, and Mattox.

June 29, 2013 11:02 AM

He doesn't like surnames. That's our major problem! I think we'll just have to go with Zane. Any middle name suggestions? I initially thought Zane Alexander to go with Harper Elizabeth. 

June 29, 2013 12:20 PM

Oh, I really like Zane Alexander.  Nice flow & I like how it reflects Harper Elizabeth, slightly less traditional first paired with a classic  middle name.

When trying to pair it with other classic names, I find that I really like the 1-3 syllable pattern for flow.  

Zane Augustus, Zane Nicholas, Zane Timothy or Zane Benedict.  

I also kind of like Zane Zachariah.  It's very snappy, I just can't decide if the double Z is too much.

June 29, 2013 1:12 PM

That's exactly what I'm trying to get. A less common (unique) first name with a traditional middle name. I did that with Harper because I wanted her to have a good strong feminine middle name that she could go by if she disliked her first name. 

Out of the others you mentioned I like Nicholas and Benedict (My husband goes by Ben). The double Z might be too much. 



June 29, 2013 6:55 PM

I was thinking surname for a middle name.

June 29, 2013 6:57 PM

I was thinking surname for a middle name.  But I understand about not liking surnames.  If you like Zane, what about Zevan??? 

June 30, 2013 8:58 AM

Zane Alexander is an awesome name! It goes well with Harper Elizabeth too. 

By Coll
June 30, 2013 2:55 PM

You should read some Zane Grey novels before giving your child that name. Because you are going to be asked about it ALLLLLL the time by gentlemen of a certain age (my boomer-aged father was a huge reader of Zane Grey novels in his boyhood and still speaks of them fondly).

What about: Wyatt, Cole, Landon, Eli, Tristan, Carson, Zeke.

July 12, 2013 1:15 PM

That's what I'm worried about. I don't want people thinking we named him after the author. I like Carson and Zeke but "Zeke the geek" may be too much for my husband to handle. LOL