Opinions for our baby boy


we are due in a couple of months and I would love opinions or  even suggestions on our list.  These are our top 3: Liam, Carsten and Conor.

middle names: Dexter, Edward, Christopher

i like the names but not convinced on any of the first names. 

What do you think?

thanks in advance.


March 9, 2015 12:09 AM

I'm not really a fan of Carsten or Dexter, though I like all of your other names quite well. Conor is on my own list, and Liam would be if it wasn't so popular. Also, I think either Liam or Conor works well with either Edward or Christopher. 

I never try to pick a name before the baby is born, we narrow it down to 2 or 3 names and see what fits when we meet the new little one. So I think you've got a good list to work from, you can see if he looks more like one name than the others when he comes out.

March 9, 2015 11:03 AM

Carsten is actually my favorite -- it has a Nordic flavor that is very unexpected. Liam and Conor are names that strike me more as new classics in the making - I went to school with both represented among my peers, and now they're both much more popular, which is probably why they feel like new classics to me, rather than trends. I would caution that the spelling Connor has been consistently used with greater frequency, about 5x as often as the one-n spelling, so I'd consider how important the variant spelling was. My son has a variant spelling that's far more complicated, and it was worth it to me, but it's the sort of thing I'd want to know about beforehand.

I think if you went with Liam or Conor I'd be more inclined to go with the more striking Dexter, whereas if I were using Carsten the classic of Edward (or Christopher, if you like alliteration) would be a good contrast.

March 9, 2015 11:56 AM

I like Liam.  Conor is kind of meh, it's really popular on boys in the tween/early teens set, so it does stike me as a bit past its prime.  I'm not a fan of Carsten at all.  I would be concerned it'll be mistaken for the more popular Carson.

Of your middle names, I think Dexter & Edward have good potential as first names-if that is somthing you are willing to consider.

By mk
March 9, 2015 1:47 PM

Of your first names, Liam is my favorite. It goes well will all three middle name options.

Overall, I prefer your middle name set, especially Christopher and Edward. Both are great as first names.

March 9, 2015 7:01 PM

Although I think you have picked very nice names for a boy, if you are not entirely convinced than there may be something out there that better suits your style!

Some similar boys names to the ones you chose:

Callum- Though it is climbing somewhat in popularity this is such a nice name! I am unusure of the origins or meaning but have a nephew with this name and he constantly gets compliments!

Callan- Love this name for a boy, it is very unqiue and means flowing water. It is a scandanavian name and in my personal opinion sounds both masculine and different without falling under the category of those very boyish sounding names or being at all trendy. This probably would have been in my top three if I weren't having a girl, and if I didn't already have a nephew with such a similar name.

Leo- This is a bit more of a modern twist on Liam in my opinon, and not a name you hear everyday. This is also quite masculine and interesting while still being one that everyone knows and can pronounce easily.

Sterling- This is definitely not everyone's favorite and does not suit everyone's style but I absolutely love it and it was the name that I was going to choose for a boy. I like to throw it in the mix because it is not one that people often consider.

Preston- Even though this name could be considered a little trendy I think it is wonderful! Very strong, and I have noticed that it works with most any last name. A manly name that doesn't sound ridiculous on a little boy.

Milo- A cool, somewhat trendy name that is suitable for a boy as well as a grown man.

Those were the only names coming to mind for the moment, but maybe one of them will jump out at you! Regardless, the names you've chosen are really nice and masculine- I am sure your little boy will grow into whatever name you choose :) Good luck and congratulations!

March 9, 2015 7:18 PM

I am under the impression that Callan is Gaelic.  What is your source for a Scandinavian origin?  The are some Irish names that were adopted into Icelandic like Kormakr and Niall, but I have not run across Callan in any of the Nordic languages.

March 9, 2015 7:55 PM

All the sources I have to hand agree that Callan is Gaelic. Reaney & Wilson under Callan, Callen says: "in Scotland is from Macallan. In Ireland, Callan is for Ó Cathaláin 'descendant of Cathalán', a diminutive of cathgal 'battle-mighty'. v. Callin." Under the header Callin, the entry reads "A Manx name from MacCathalain 'son of Cathalan', from Gael cathal 'valour'. v. Callan. Occasionally from Mac Allen: McAleyn 1511, Callin 1623."

March 18, 2015 10:12 PM

Thank you all for your advice and great suggestions. It is much appreciated