Stuck on a boy name


I'm due in March and am having some trouble picking a boy name. We are opting to be surprised and have nailed down a girl name: Alba, with a likely middle name of Louise or Pearl. 

Other finalist names for girls were: Flavia, Flora, Ellen, Louisa

For boys the names on our shortlist are: Samuel, Henry, George, Theodore, Marek and Clark. 

Clark is probably my favorite but DH isn't sold on it. 

I'm a bit bored by the other options. Middle name is set at Joseph, it's a family name. 

We have a long last name that's hard to spell and pronounce so something short is probably best, but I also want something more unsual. Husband has said no to most of my more interesting ideas like Ephraim, Samson, Gilbert, Arthur. 

I'm stumped. Ideas anyone? 



January 8, 2013 11:23 AM

Of the names on your list, I like George & Clark the best with the potential sister name of Alba.  Instead of Theodore, I think I might prefer just Theo.

Some other ideas-Warren, Felix, Albert, Hugh, Louis, Reuben & Saul.

January 8, 2013 11:49 AM

My brother's name is Clark and I absolutely love the name. I definitely vote for that, if your husband can get on board.

Some other suggestions are: Emmett, Warren, Vincent, Simon or Roman. And since you like my brother's name, I'll suggest my other brother's name, Grant (whose middle name is also Joseph)

January 9, 2013 2:06 AM

Hmm, classic but unusual...







January 9, 2013 3:22 AM

Can I just say that I love your potential girl's name?  Alba Louise or Alba Pearl... both are lovely. Looking up Alba, I see that it has meaning in several naming traditions.  It can mean Scotland, sunrise, or white, depending.  Very, very nice. White Pearl is of course a wonderful name.


I very much like the suggestion of Grant.  Emmett I find suggested a lot on this site, and don't love it.  Clark is also very, very nice. Marek I don't know, but it sounds lovely.  


Roman I like very much with a potential sister Alba. Sweet, Roman sounding names.


Sorry, that's not at all helpful.  I just had to comment and say I find your taste in names very refreshing and pleasant.  Good luck!

January 9, 2013 12:36 PM


I like Marek but I have trouble with the pronounciation. Traditional Polish pronunciation is like Mar-ek (sounds kind of like Mark). 

But before I knew that, I thought it was pronounced Mar (like Bear) ek. And that's the pronunciation I prefer. 

So, it's still on the short list but I am having to decide if I really like the correct pronunciation, and also if it's all TOO polish with our very polish last name. 

.... We'll see! 

January 9, 2013 5:28 PM

If I saw "Marek Polishlastname" I would definitely pronounce it the Polish way.  (I mean, I do that any time I see the name "Marek", but if I saw something like "Marek McManus" I'd probably have an instant of wondering if he pronounced it differently-from-normal.)

If I met a "Marek Polishlastname", I would probably try to talk to him about his mama's chrusciki and kielbasa and kapusta and get the idea.  Whether or not that counts as "too Polish" for you, I don't know, but probably other people of Polish heritage will assume things if you go with that name!

January 9, 2013 7:25 PM

These are all names that popped into my head, (albeit, for no particular reason) --









February 9, 2013 12:51 PM

Thanks for your help everyone. I think we've settled on Clark for the boy and Alba for the girl. Middle names are Joseph and Pearl. Whew! Feels good to have this picked! 

Question just for fun. What does choosing Clark rule out? William, Louis, Lewis, Mark, Lark, Kent, probably Clare and Clara. Any other big ones? 

February 9, 2013 2:01 PM

With Joseph as the middle name, I like:

Henry Joseph and Samuel Joseph.