Really need help naming our son!

Just found out we are having boy #2 - we have a son named Levi and there was no real runner up, it was the only name that survived the process.  I truly feel as if there is no name that exists that we will agree on, but of course we have to.

We both like Jack (cousin already has the name), Rowan (this is my absolute fave, but our last name name begins with a N and hubby says it runs together, and I'm afraid he's right, sniff sniff) and Cash (can't get over how so many people will only associate this with money, not with cowboy cool like we do).

We both like Max, but I don't think I love it, and I kind of want it to be longer but the only long version I think I like is Maxim, except I think of the magazine.  So far Max is the only thing that hasn't been disqualified.

I like some Old Testament names, but don't want a OT theme since we already have a Levi.  I tend towards liking many androgynous names for boys, but husband tends to strongly not like them; though he likes Rowan he is concerned about all the girl Rowans out there.

I have done Nymbler but everything is just "meh" for me - I think I need to open my mind and see some names in a new way!  Any help or suggestions welcome!  Thank you!


August 21, 2012 6:04 PM

For Max, how about Maxfield? You also have Maximillian and Maxwell as options.

Some other ideas:




August 21, 2012 6:32 PM

Instead of Rowan, maybe Owen or Riordan?  Doesn't solve the two Ns problem, but it might help with your husband's concerns of a name going girl.    I'lll also suggest Liam & Trevor.

Instead of Jack...Ike, Mack, Jake (maybe this is too close to the cousin's name?).

For the cowboy feel without the money association, Wyatt, Garrett, Zane, Cole, Silas, Porter, Jasper?

Since you don't seem to like the long versions of Max, maybe a similar name like Rex?  Mack, Milo, Miles, Micah?

Some other ideas, Jude, Caleb, Simon, Henry, Sam, Toby, Everett, Emmett. 


August 22, 2012 8:43 AM

Thank ya'll so much, these are great suggestions, and I'm so happy to find I'm falling in love with Everett, a name I had never considered before!  And my husband likes it too, a miracle!  And it goes along with Violette's suggestion of Rhett, which I also really like and can be a nickname for Everett.  I'm so excited. :)

August 22, 2012 10:08 PM

I think Everett nn Rhett is fantastic for a sibling to Levi!

By hyz
August 24, 2012 12:38 PM

Seconded!  I love Everett too, so I think it's a wonderful choice. 

FWIW, Rowan was always one of my long-time favorites for a boy, but the use by girls has given me cold feet as well--not so much because I'd be afraid of my son being mistaken for a girl or whatever, but because, in this instance, it changes the feel of the name for me.  Before its rise to popularity among a certain set of American girls, it had a kind of rare, mythical Britishy/Celticy feel for me, a nature name for boys with ancient roots, unusual today, but still feels like a modern style name that would fit in.  It was THE boy name I had picked out a decade before having kids was even a glimmer of a possibility.  But when it rose in use for girls, I couldn't help but start to associate it with other boy/unisex names for girls, which I don't care for--Taylor, Quinn, Madison, Addison, Emerson, Riley, McKenzie, etc.--and it lost some of its shine for me.  I still love the name, and I'd love to meet a boy called Rowan, but I just couldn't pull the trigger myself.

August 25, 2012 12:47 AM

What about a 62 year old man named Rowan? I can introduce you to my dad :D When my grandmother chose that name in 1950, it was highly creative and I have to say that I am very protective about it being used on girls!

Everett, is one of my favourite boy names right now, so I support that option.

By hyz
August 26, 2012 8:44 AM

A 62 year old man named Rowan would indeed make me happy! :)  I think it has been taken up by girls here so much because people in the US are generally unfamiliar with it, and so it is a blank slate for them.  If you think of it primarily in conjunction with your dad, or Rowan Atkinson, or Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, then it is definitely a little odd for little girls.

August 28, 2012 7:05 PM

i'm all aboard the Everett train-great name!


By hwar
August 30, 2012 7:41 PM

I like Everett too!  Levi and Everett is a very handsome sibling set.

Initially I was thinking Tobias/Toby for you, but that might skew too Biblical.  What about Tobin instead?  Toby is a great nickname and Tobin has a modern, masculine sound that is similar to Rowan. 

Since you like the cowboy-cool factor of Cash, how about Carter, Wyatt, Jesse, Clay, Cole, Wylie, Zane, or Rex?

And if you like Max and Jack, you might like:

a Henry called Hank
an Isaac called Ike
an Ezekiel called Zeke
an August called Gus (or just plain Gus)
a Peter called Pete
a Nathaniel called Nate
a Samuel or Samson called Sam

All are friendly, cheerful, one-syllable nicknames for grown-up-man full names, but can be names in their own right.