Our little guy has a name!

Søren Augustus W...

After I inadvertantly hijacked Lucubratix's thread, most of you know our baby arrived a couple of weeks back on the 13th.  As planned we went in with a long shortlist of names and decided to wait and see what name worked best once he had arrived. This strategy worked will with our daughter and we ended up easily deciding a name after 3 days.

This time around it took a lot longer! He only got a name after 12 days :) After 2 days we looked at our list of names and decided to narrow it to names we both liked as first name options (no maybes made the shortlist for first name).  A few names from this list didn't feel right now the baby was here so we crossed them off and were left with: Ambrose, August/Augustus, Caspian, Soren and Balendin.  

At this point we mulled over them for a few days. I was fairly keen on either Caspian or Augustus as I thought they suited him but I still liked the other three options.  My husband was most keen on Soren and Balendin and Ambrose were his second choices.  He was so-so about my two favourites.  At this point we hit an impasse and sat on it for a few days.  We discussed the pros and cons of each name but didn't really make much progress. The lack of nickname options for Balendin started to bother us so that slipped further down the list  as we just weren't sure it was right. After my husband was not at all fussed by the repeated A initial within our family he started thinking that it was an issue afterall and it made Ambrose and Augustus less appealing to him.

For a few days we had it narrowed to Soren and Ambrose but I lobbied to get Augustus and Caspian back into the mix.  After about 10 days with no name I decided I'd had enough and we had to decide, even if it meant flipping a coin. Our main problem was that we liked all the names and had no clear reason to pick one over the other.  On day 11 we looked again at our options and took Balendin off the table.  I had said my first pick was Caspian but my husband decided that the friendly ghost association with Casper (which would likely be the nickname) and a character from a 1995 movie were enough to bother him and he wouldn't come around to it.  He also didn't think Augustus was right so that left us with Soren and Ambrose.  We liked both but the slight religious association of Ambrose and the fact it was another A initial meant that we both gave the edge to Soren.

While I still lobbied for Caspian (and my husband did concede that he might eventually change his mind on it) I wanted a name we were both absolutely happy with. So, Soren it is!  Soren had been near the top of my list for a long time so I had no issue picking it.  When it came to middle names I had looked over the list (including our long 'maybe' list) and came up with several options.  We both liked Soren Ambrose and Soren Augustus the best of all the potential options but decided that Soren Augustus had the best flow with our surname.  I had secretly decided a few days prior that if he wasn't going to be Caspian then Soren Augustus was my preferred pick.    Soren Augustus also gives us a 2-3-1 syllable first-middle-last combo, the same as our daughter.

We decided that we will unofficially use the Danish/Norwegian variant Søren, but since diacritical marks aren't recorded on birth certificates here it will be for the most part Soren.

We sat on the name for 24 hours to make sure we didn't change our minds and announced his name when he was 12 days old!  For the most part the reaction has been very positive.  Soren is pretty much unheard of here, unlike the US where it actually ranks in the top 1000. So, a few people were a bit perplexed by it. Most people love it though and think it works perfectly with Astrid Elodie! I am getting used to calling him by his actual name rather than 'baby' or 'little brother' and I think it really does suit him.  It took us awhile but I'm happy with the choice we made and don't regret taking our time with it.  

So that is the story of how Søren Augustus got his name! Thanks to everyone for all the advice through my many posts........ 




By Amy3
October 26, 2013 7:49 AM

Congratulations, Chimu, and a very warm welcome to Soren Augustus! I admire you for taking your time to really consider your favorites once he'd arrived. I know I could never have been so patient. Soren is a fantastic match with Astrid - a strong, uncommon name. Enjoy your wee one and best wishes to your Astrid now that she's a big sister! 

(On an only somewhat related note, we went apple picking last weekend and there was another Astrid there. She was probably 3 or 4. That's only the second time we've met another kid with the name in 12 years.)

October 27, 2013 4:58 AM

Thanks Amy! We have never come across another Astrid in real life (so far). We hear the odd story about how someone once knew one, or their third cousin is an Astrid but so far no real life sightings :) I'm just waiting to start hearing about all the long-lost relative Sorens :)

October 26, 2013 8:30 AM

Congratulations! Love the name. It sounds wonderful with Astrid! 

I hope you are all well and enjoying getting to know little Soren - and that he's a good sleeper and feeder! Best of luck. 

October 27, 2013 4:59 AM

It does go well with Astrid, which ended up being the deciding factor! So far he is a good sleeper. Not so good at the feeding, just like his big sister, but we are working on it :)

By EVie
October 26, 2013 10:28 AM

Congratulations! Soren Augustus is fantastic, and it's so great that you and your husband are both really happy with it. I'm a fan of the 2-3-1 rhythm as well—my little one has it, too. 

October 27, 2013 5:00 AM

Thanks EVie! Only NEs would agonise over syllable rhythms when picking names :)

October 26, 2013 11:34 AM

Those are both beautiful names and go really well together (and with Astrid). Congratulations! It's been really fun reading about your decision-making process. Thanks for including us and best wishes with Soren!

October 27, 2013 5:03 AM

Thanks, it's been helpful to get such useful feedback from this board.  We haven't discussed names with anyone in real life so it's great to have my name nerd friends here to talk to :)

October 27, 2013 11:58 AM

Yay! I'm so happy for you (and your husband) that you finally worked it out :) And your little guy has a very handsome name that will serve him well through all stages of his life. Thanks for bringing all of us along for the ride!

November 4, 2013 11:17 PM

Thanks Karyn!  Your comments have been very helpful...... and I am glad he finally has a name.  I liked too many options so it was hard to just pick one ;)

By hyz
October 28, 2013 11:42 AM

Congratulations!!!  I've been a fan of Soren right from the start, and I absolutely love the combination of Soren Augustus--it sounds so strong, handsome, and distinguished to me!  Congratulations again!! :) 

November 4, 2013 11:19 PM

Thanks hyz, I know you have been a long time Soren supporter and I do think the combo works well! Congrats to you on expecting number 3.  I can't wait to hear more name debate :)

October 28, 2013 11:54 AM

Congrats! It's a lovely name! (and honestly, one that I thought was perfect for you guys--I'm excited you came to the same conclusion)


Welcome Soren Augustus! 

November 4, 2013 11:20 PM

Thanks Sharalyns.......  I'm glad you think we made the right choice! Quite a few friends have declared the name 'perfect' upon hearing it so I think we did OK. It was so much harder this time......  better hope we don't go back for a 3rd or the child will be nameless for a month!

November 5, 2013 2:17 AM

LOL! That's what we say if we every have another girl. Poor child will just be Baby Girl for life.

October 28, 2013 12:00 PM

Yayy, I've been waiting to see what you chose! Love the name. Congratulations!

November 4, 2013 11:21 PM

Thanks meyera, I couldn't leave you all hanging forever!

By Coll
October 28, 2013 2:35 PM

I've been waiting and waiting for this post! What a great name :) Soren Augustus hits so many wonderful marks. Your children are both so beautifully named. Well done!

November 4, 2013 11:23 PM

Thanks Coll, I do like our set of names........ I could name 20 children, my problem has always been narrowing it down. Thanks for all your helpful comments and suggestions!

October 28, 2013 5:31 PM

Congratulations, Chimu! Soren Augustus is a beautiful name and goes perfectly with Astrid! (Although, I was still holding out hope for Caspian. Maybe next time!) I hope everything is well with you and yours and that Astrid is enjoying being a big sister. =)

November 4, 2013 11:24 PM

Astrid is loving being a big sister!  I did hold onto Caspian until the last minute but my husband wouldn't budge so Soren it is but he might change his mind should there ever be a third!

October 29, 2013 11:57 AM


I kept checking back here to hear the final verdict! Thanks for sharing your process--sounds like a bit of an ordeal, but it all worked out!

Astrid and Soren sound great together!

November 4, 2013 11:25 PM

It was definitely more difficult this time around as we both had different favourites and we are both stubborn but I liked all the names on our shortlist so we were always going to end up with something good.

November 7, 2013 6:18 PM

Big congratulations!  It's a lovely name, well worth waiting for, and I hope you've been enjoying getting to know him so far.

November 15, 2013 3:46 AM

Congratulations!  I REALLY enjoyed reading this!  About half way through, I decided I liked Soren best!  

November 15, 2013 5:48 PM

LOL! Awesome that my long-winded explanationg has provided some entertainment for some other NEs :) 

November 18, 2013 2:52 AM

Awww, Chimu, heartfelt congratulations on an excellent baby name!

I really loved reading the full writeup of how a delayed-chosing-of-name goes down, as it's such a different way to go about naming than we do in our household. I think it definitely led you to an excellent name!

I especially love that you are officially spelling it Søren. I bet that it'll be a really neat thing that he'll enjoy when he's older, even if the computer systems strip it. It makes me think of this print I keep seeing at Ikea -- http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/70151043/# -- it would be fun for your family to have an alphabet somewhere that includes the ø as a vowel, instead. Indeed, it would be magnificently easy to make your own Danish/Norwegian version of this artwork using your favorite font.