Third Boy's name

We found out yesterday we are having a third boy! We also have one daughter.

Our sons are Paul and Luke and our daughter is Margaret, but she goes by Meg.

I don't want to reuse initials (so no P, L or M names) and no J names, because our last name starts with J. Also no names that end in -n, because our last name has two n sounds in it. Last name is 2 sylables.

I also require another Catholic saint's name.

I think we hit the mark we are aiming for best with Paul. It is a name everyone knows, but you don't hear it on children much anymore. Luke often runs into other boys with his name, which he doesn't like. Also, people are always calling him Lucas rather than Luke. Margaret isn't as much my style but we had so many family connections to it that I love it for that. Meg is more our style, so we are happy with that. The only probalem we have found is that people often hear her name as Megan. We are happy to go with a full name with no nickname or another name with an everyday nickname.

The names we are throwing around now are Timothy (Tim), Thomas (Tom), Theodore (Ted), Edward (Ted). Tim is probably the front runner, but I'm not sure about it. Thomas is probably too popular, and my husband doesn't like the train association. I like Tom with our last name better than Tim though. Theodore is a little flowery for me, but I really like Ted. I don't care for Theo as much, and know he might end up with that nickname later. I think my husband is leaning towards Edward and thinks we could go with Ed or Ted. I don't like Ed as much, and I think it would be confusing to have a nickname that starts with a different letter than the original name.

Does anyone have any suggestions for us?



By Fly
May 16, 2015 11:43 AM

I personally really like Theodore, nn Ted or Teddy. Timothy is quite nice, but Thomas and Timothy were both really common when I was at school. Not sure if that would bother you though.

Other options; Francis, Gregory, Domenic, Henry, Cyril, Anthony, Charles, Christopher, George, Andrew, Vincent, Basil, Raymond, Hilary, Isidore, Bernard, Bartholemew, Cornelius, Bruno, Denis, Emil, Rupert, Augustus.

You seem to prefer short, snappy names with one syllable. Charles and George are the only names with one syllable that I could find, but theres quite a few two syllable options and options with one syllable nicknames.

Its quite hard to find male Catholic Saints not beginning with P, L, M or J, and not ending in the sound "N", but I hope some of this is helpful all the same! :)

By Fly
May 16, 2015 9:42 PM

Come to think of it, if you don't want N at the end of the name, you probably don't want it at the end of the accented syllable either. So Francis, Vincent, Henry, Andrew, Denis, Anthony probably won't work...

May 16, 2015 12:11 PM

I'm not familiar with saints so I'm suggesting biblical names. Most of them seem to also have a saint.

Gabriel, Mark, Zachary, Nathaniel, Silas, Stephen, Andrew, Henry.

May 16, 2015 4:19 PM

I was loving the suggestion of Mark for you--one syllable, not heard too much on boys today--but then I remembered you don't want an M name. I also quite like Stephen for you. Perhaps also:








Are any of these hitting the right mark? All are saints, and I have six boys and haven't heard these names much at all at school/playgrounds, etc. Of your ideas, I like Timothy the best.


May 16, 2015 4:20 PM

Ooh I just realized you don't want ends-in-N so no Stephen, Kevin, or Brendan...

May 18, 2015 7:25 AM

Mark does hit the spot. And I might even consider bending my rules for it because it is such a perfect fit... except I can't use it for extended family reasons.

I really like David and Daniel, but I think they are too popular for us.

Dennis and Kenneth and Kevin sound... dated? (Strange thing for a mother of a Margaret to say, I know!) I'm not sure what it is exactly about them. But I don't like them.

Gregory and Brendan aren't bad, but I don't love them. And Brendan sounds terrible with our last name.

Tim is growing on me. And I know that whatever name we choose I will come to love it as it becomes part of of a child I love!

May 16, 2015 5:35 PM

Some other saints: Chad, Bede, Bennet (medieval form of Benedict), Edmund, Anthony, Oliver, Giles, Albert, Clement, Ambrose, William, Titus, Conrad, Hugh, Anselm, Gerard, Eustace, Terence.  Well, there are a whole lot of saints.....

May 16, 2015 6:38 PM

I second Benedict.

Of your names I like Theodore and Edward, though my preferred nn for Edward is Woody. I don't think a nn has to be the same initial as the first or formal name. But if that is important to you, I'd go for Theodore. If you set Ted as the name, I doubt anyone will call him Theo, unless he chooses that in the future, as his preferred nn. But Theo is a lovely name. I think it is completely different in style to Luke and Paul though sibling names don't have to be matching. If that is a concern, I agree with a pp about George as a name.

May 17, 2015 10:41 AM

Your names are all such short, solid saints' names that "Tim" sounds like an excellent match to me. I can see why it's your front-runner. Nick? Greg? Mark?

May 17, 2015 3:54 PM

I second Gregory nn Greg.  It is another name that is not that popular now, but is well known.  Timothy is another of that type that used to be common but is no longer.  Thomas is top 100 but it isn't nearly as common as Luke (especially when you add in Lucas and Luca). 

May 18, 2015 7:36 AM

The Luke/Lucas/Luca problem wasn't something we considered when nameing Luke, but it deffinetly part of the issue with popularity we have. The combination means the overall popularity is much higher than we anticipated. We knew it was higher than we wanted but not how much more popular. 

I hadn't considered that Thomas is probalby actually less popular than Luke with all the varriations.

May 18, 2015 7:42 AM

I was just throwing Nick around, actually! 

Mark is great, but we can't use it.

Not totally sold on Greg.

Tim is growing on me! The more I hear it and think about it, the more I like it.

May 18, 2015 9:20 AM

I have a kindergarten Timothy and he is the only Tim in his school of 600 and the name has continued its slow decline in the last 6 years. Everybody knows the name, most people think it's lovely but a bit dated, and you don't see very many little Tims around right now. (We also have Daniel as a middle name in our family which made it jump out in the suggestions above and I don't know if there are any Daniels in Tim's school at all--I think everyone their age thinks of Daniel Tiger first)

May 18, 2015 10:13 PM

I think Andrew nn Drew fits nicely with your crew!

I like Timothy, it sounds classy and refreshing nowadays. I know WAY more little Lukes than Thomases, so it doesn't feel in the same group for popularity to me. Theodore nn Ted is so handsome. Lots of good options. Good luck!