Peter or John
So it turns out that this little one is in fact a boy! Still a bit startled as an early ultrasound had indicated girl. But were quite excited to have a 5th son. While Quentin is a very tempting possibility, I think will be sticking to our New Testament theme.
As a recap, our last name is Tys0n and our older kids are P@ul, Cl@re, M@rk, K@th@rine nn Kat/Kitty, J@mes nn Jay, and @ndr3w.
Our current front runners are Peter Gregory and John Elias. Gregory is a family name on my side and we like how they are both names of important popes. This is my husband's favorite. Peter seems to fit in well with our other children's names without sounding too similar to anyone's name. Having a Paul and a Peter use to seem a bit cheesy to me, but with more than 14 years between them I think the connection is sweet. The "peter out" phrase has bothered me in the past, but I do see the charm in Peter. In addition to St. Peter the Apostle, Peter Pan and Peter Rabbit both seem like endearing childhood associations.
We also both really love the idea of a boy named Johnny. John is my father-in-law's name, but my brother-in-law has already named his only child after him. This John is 10 years old and currently lives on the other side of the world. Even when he just lived a mere 1000 miles away we saw him at best every other year or so. So while it will rarely cause confusion in his life, I still worry about it feeling odd to my husband's family. My husband thinks this is a non-issue because his dad obviously would be honored by another namesake and the other family members can't really argue against honoring his dad. We'd likely use Elias as a middle name as it's my father's middle name. I like the flow of the two names, the initials J.E.T. and the connections between John the Baptist and Eliajah. (In the past, people have suggested Jonathan to help with the repeating John issues, however, we likely plan on staying with a New Testament name and besides Jonathan is visually very close to my husband's name.)
The baby is due at the end of June, we've already agreed that if he's born on the Solemnity of St. John on June 24 we will name him John and if he's born on the Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul we will name him Peter. But, what to do if he's born on any of the other days in June?
I don't think either name sounds perfect with Tys0n, but I would be interested if people find one better than the other as well as general opinions about these two choices.
Mon, 02/22/2016 - 11:58am