Category: Naming Siblings and Multiples
By Joslyn McIntyre
My stepdaughter, Emily, is 17 and already has her first daughter’s name picked out. She doesn’t even have a boyfriend, but she has confidently repeated this name to me several times. To which I usually respond, “Don’t you dare have a baby for at least ten years.”
When I was Emily’s age, long, long ago, I too, wanted to have lots of babies, right away, and I had all their names picked out. In fact, I kept journals full of potential baby names I would use with my future husband, River Phoenix. I planned to raise a brood of nature lovers we’d call things like Meadow, Fawn, and Seashell. Luckily for my actual daughters, River Phoenix and I never worked out.
We are expecting our third child this June and are super excited – although I am tired of calling him my little Ninja!
It’s a boy.
My preference is that our new son is named after some elder in the family so he does not feel left out.
Some family names are: Christopher, Clarke, Connor, Matthew, Mitchell, and Patrick. Other names we have considered include Andrew, Colin, Daniel, Evan, Gabriel, Johnathan, Julian, Nicholas, Timothy, and William.
We both like Andrew as a middle name and that would make all their middle initials a vowel. I also want their names to flow well together. Dale and Jules sound good when I say it, and so do Vincent and Juliet.
Also, I don’t want my sons to be RAT, or some other initials that will not work together.
Lastly, my son has decided that the baby’s name is DJ and is sticking with it, I just thought I would throw that in there!
The Name Sage replies:
My husband loves Barrett, I just don’t. It sounds odd to me, and as my children point out rhymes with carrot, ferret, parrot …
I’ve suggested Logan and Wyatt, eventually swaying my husband to go along with one of them but then second-guessing myself. Will it be too popular? Sound strange as an adult? Does it sound strange with the only middle name we can agree on? (It’s Odin – my husband wants to continue the “O” middle pattern.)
I think I’m the problem. I just can’t find a name and stick to it! Help, please.
The Name Sage responds:
We are expecting our third son in July, and we’re having trouble coming up with a name we both love, fits with our older boys’ names, and isn’t too popular.
Their grandfather is Scottish, so we would like to have a name that is also familiar in the UK. I don’t want to repeat a first initial, so C and D names are out.
Names we have considered:
I am great with child, due March 25. My babies have all come early, so we are literally down to the last few weeks!
It has been increasingly difficult to decide on a name with each pregnancy. This is Baby #4. (And no, I don’t know if we’re done yet!) We have Luke Tyler, Sadie Lynn, and Cannon Covey. We tend to fall into the “name them what you’re going to call them” camp. All the middle names are family names, and we plan to use a family name for this little lady too.
My husband leans more toward popular names. I’d prefer something much less popular. Luckily we do agree on quite a few: