Second bundle of joy

I'm so excited for my second little bundle of joy to arrive! It's a boy this time (upsetting for big sis), and we are stuck looking for names. Our daughter is named Ari Evelyn, her first name is pronounced Are-ey. Oh, and our last name is pronounced like Ryker. Here are some names we've been thinking about:

Roman A name my husband heard on the playground, we like how Ari and Roman sound together and how it looks written out.

Nico My mother told me, when I was pregnant with Ari, that she thought Nico was a very handsome name when I asked her about it, before she passed away. It was what we would have named Ari if she had beeen a boy. Only problem is, our neighbors just got a dog and named him Niko. =(

Kingston I like this name. Not much I can say about it, just that it has a appealing sound and goes extremely well with Ari.

Paris I think this name is so cool. But, my husband complains that our little boy will be made fun of, because the name is "girly". I need it's wonderful.

Marion A beautiful family name. Everyone likes it, even Ari!

What do you guys think about these names? Which one is the best at first glance? Which one goes well with Ari? Which two would pair the best as a first-middle combination? Suggestions welcome, and please be honest! I cannot emphasize on being honest enough! Thanks so much guys!


October 4, 2016 9:18 AM

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October 4, 2016 10:07 AM

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October 4, 2016 10:15 AM

Nico Marion would have a bunch of parallels with your daughter's name: a vowel-ending first with a nickname-y and international style, and an English middle with a history of use for both genders.

On the subject of the neighbor's pet, I suggest that you consider what you'd do if the chronology were reversed: if you named your son Nico first, and then the neighbors got a dog named Niko, you'd just laugh, and compliment the neighbors on their taste in names, right? Ditto if you got new neighbors with a child/pet/parent with the same name as someone in your household. Neighbors should not affect your name choices, at all.

October 4, 2016 11:18 AM

I second all of this. I think Nico Marion is great.

Also, ask yourself how you would feel if you picked a name you liked less well than Nico, and then two months after your son is born the neighbors moved away or got rid of the dog (or you moved away). It is a sad fact of life that both neighbors and pets tend to be ephemeral, and neighbors' pets even moreso, which is another reason not to consider them in your naming decisions.

October 4, 2016 11:34 AM

I guess there is truth to that.

I love Nico Marion as well! 

October 4, 2016 12:56 PM

Update: I was just talking to my sister about what she thought of Nico Marion, and it turns out that her husbands middle name is also Marion. Uggh! We can still use it, but it does lose some appeal.

October 7, 2016 9:44 PM

Nico is my favourite of your names, both alone and as a pair with Ari. As other people have already said I would not worry at all about the neighbour's dog. If it comes up with anyone you can genuinely say that it's been in your top choices for boy names since you were pregnant with your daughter and just laugh off the coincidence.

Roman would be my second choice because again I think it goes well with your daughter's name.

Kingston is not my style but I also don't particuarly dislike it so I'd put that third. Paris is a fairly unisex name to me, and I highly doubt that your son would get teased for it, however if your husband doesn't like it but does like your other choices then it doesn't seem worth fighting for. Marion however I would definitely expect to be a girl (I do realise that it's not traditionally a female name but my only association is maid Marion so it doesn't even read slightly unisex to me), and if I was going to worry about a name leading to teasing it would be this one. Having said that I do think that of your options Marion is the name that flows best as a middle with Nico, and I wouldn't have any hesitation to use it in the middle spot.

October 8, 2016 11:14 AM

I know Marion has been used for boys, but I think it's a French diminutive of Marie. Its oldest usage is female. It strikes me as the most feminine name on your list, far more so than Paris, who instigated the Trojan war by running off with Helen. My favorite name from your list is Nico, not only because it's a great name that goes well with Ari, but because your late mother expressed a preference for it and I think that will be meaningful for your son as he grows up. While I think Marion is too feminine for a first name, Nico Marion is a dignified yet lively name much in keeping with Ari Evelyn. I wouldn't worry about the dog. Here's a list of the dogs I encounter at the park near me: Charlie, Freddie, Oliver (2), Linus, Arnold, Oscar, Milo, Emma, Isabel and Baxter.