They’ve named four boys together – and they love every choice so far! Now it’s time for boy number five, and they’re out of ideas.
My husband and I are expecting our fifth boy in a few months.
Theo – We have a nephew named Ted, but we never see him – so I think we could still use it.
Duke – I’m not sure I can picture this name for an adult.
Do you have any name suggestions for our fifth boy that go well with our other four boys’ names? I want to find a name I will love just as much as the previous four. His middle name will be Christopher.
The Name Sage replies:
It does sound like you’ve used up your favorite names – but there are plenty of great possibilities to explore!
I think many parents worry that names won’t age well. With the exception of the cutesiest and most unusual of names – Cookie, maybe, or Peanut – I would counter that most names will age just fine. Thirty years ago, Jennifer and Brandon sounded like nursery schoolers. Today, those are the names of my children’s dentists. Names grow up along with the generation that bears them.
But they are different in one important respect: they lack the long history of use associated with your older sons’ names. Still, over 300 boys were named Dash last year, along with 450 newborn Dukes. The names feel a little bold and maybe even novel, but they wouldn’t be out of place among children born in 2017.
Leo – I love the sound of Theo with your older boys’ names. But if you have any hesitation about the similarity between Theo and Ted, opting for Leo instead of Theo might work. Same upbeat ending, but no etymological overlap.
Overall, I quite like the sound of Theo Christopher. It’s a great name combination, and Theo’s bright ‘o’ ending stands out from his older brothers’ names. If not Theo, I’m quite drawn to the sound of Camden. Camden feels almost as current and cool as Dash and Duke, but maybe addresses your concerns about a name that will age well.