Thanks so much! Your comments really did help. There were a few names that I had not thought of that I really like. From the lists, these are the ones that jumped out to me:
Sorry Tawny, not Max. I just can't picture little Max riding around on a tractor in the country. Although it is a cute name for a city boy.
This little dependent has two parents, so discussions will be underway for the next 110 1/2 days!
* More name ideas are appreciated, so go ahead and "vote" by leaving a comment.
Our baby boy doesn't have a name. Every time I think about my nameless boy, I draw a blank, then I get panicked, and I start hyperventilating as I think of the endless name possibilities that I don't like. The girls were relatively easy to name. Both Jeff and I had our favorites and we compromised (I manipulated a little) and we were both happy. We still have a few girls' names that we both like. But boy names....
(Little feet courtesy of cousin Baby Benjamin)
It seems like boy names are harder. Much, much harder. A girl's name can be different and be cool, like Willow or Cadence. If you go different with a boy's name, like Cyril or Bartholomew, it sounds strange and really un-cool. And there are SO many to look through. It is hard to see the nice names in between "Lucif" and "Shooter."
In our family we also have to be especially mindful of nicknames. Nicknames from the original names are inevitable. That is precisely the reason we named Mandy a nickname to start with. There is no use in saying "don't call him/her _____" because that is what he/she will be called. We have seen this in our extended families with Josh, Jake, Jo, and Nat. All these boys have wonderful full names that barely get used unless they are in trouble. So, if we named our son "William," we really need to like Will, Willy, Bill, Billy, and even Liam -- it could and probably will happen.
I was reading on different baby naming sites and it is common to ask others for their opinions on baby names. I think it is a little weird to ask total strangers what is best for your family, but my blog audience is different. I know you guys and I am sure you can come up with some great ideas. So leave a comment with a baby boy name suggestion. We have a little criteria we need to adhere to:
- The name should be simple/common (not too "out there" for my husband who has siblings Jayne, John, Jesse, and Juli)
- Preferably something a toddler can pronounce
- Not starting with an "E" or "M" and goes nicely with the girls' names. A "J" name is okay, but can't have a nickname of "Jo" or "Jay" because those are taken. Jeff doesn't want a Jr. either
- Has a good nickname or rather, no obnoxious nicknames
- Not in the top 20-30 most popular boy names
- And has a nice meaning
There were a few more stipulations than I thought, but I don't want to make your job too easy. We will be keeping the "for sure" name to ourselves until the baby's birth so we can change our minds. I will keep track and if we end up using the name that one of you suggests, I will send you some Dutch Bucks or a Starbucks gift card (your choice). Suggest as many names as you can think of that would be perfect for our little boy! We appreciate the advice.