Category: baby name advice
I am due in July with baby number two, a girl. My husband and I are having a difficult time agreeing on names.
My husband’s only condition is that it can be pronounced easily in both Spanish and English. I am a little more flexible in that my only requirement is that it not be too popular.
Our surname ends with “-in” and while our son’s name is Julian, this time we’d like to steer away from similar sounding names. M names are also out due to our surname.
He likes Naomi, Elena, and Natalia but I’m on the fence about all three. I also like Eliana, but it almost breaks my rule about not sounding too much like our last name, and it might be too close to our son’s name.
Is there a way to make popular names work without sacrificing that unique feeling of a rare name?
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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.
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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:
We are expecting a baby in July. We’re not finding out the gender – but that’s proving to be extremely difficult when it comes to names!
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