I dunno why but I can't get my head around Otso. I do agree that it fits well with Uli and Wren but Im not a fan. What about Otto instead? I think it sounds more like a childs name and still goes great with Uli Miles and Wren Lyra.
My favourite out of the 3 would be Hawthorne. It just has such a cool vibe and I love it loads. Otto Hawthorne would make a great combo? or Otso Hawthorne if you really don't wanna lose Otso.
Good luck with everything! Bree
Well I'll go against the grain and say I really like Otso and think it goes well with Uli. I'm Finnish heritage so maybe it's more familiar to me from that, but I feel like NB has embraced Eero so thoroughly and it's as out there as Otso to me. I still like the sound.
I'm having a hard time getting the fatso out of Otso......If you're in the US and he's anything but reedy, you'll need to be prepared for this possible nn. I like Isidore in theory, but agree that Izzy isn't that usable for a boy at this point in time, too many girls with that name. I like Hawthorn a lot, but not so much with Uli and Wren. I do like Eero, or Arno, or Otto.
Another vote for Hawthorne.
Thanks for all the insightful input and please keep it coming...the baby is not here yet so there is still time to ponder. I find myself with less anticipation and fretfulness about birth of baby #3, so having (or not having) a name to worry about gives me something to do;)
I think we may have put Isadore aside, at least as a first name...tossing around Otto, Otso, Otis and Hawthorne.
Otto was my first choice for a long time and I finally gave it up out of fear of upswing in popularity. I really have come to like Otso equally as well but worry that people will constantly confuse it with Otto. Not to mention maybe I am just trying too hard to replace Otto? Otis has also been a consideration before...it has a bonus of a vague musical connection (Otis Redding) as do the middle names of both of the other kids. But for some reason I always think Milo and Otis, not necessarily a negative association but makes it harder for me to take seriously.
It may very well be that this little guy doesn't get a name until he is in our arms! I will keep checking for more input until he arrives and will let everyone know what we decide...whenever that may be...
Oh and as an interesting and coincidental aside, Oct 11 is the Finnish naming day for Otso. So if little man waits a few more days, we may have no choice in the matter but to give in to serendipity:)
Otto is cool too. I doubt it will ever be up there with William though. Not so keen on Otis due to the movie connection- I agree.
Not so keen on Hawthorne as it seems a different flavour to me. Much longer.
How about Isolde? nn Izzy?
Is your family Finnish or Finnish-American?
I think Finnish names are fascinating. They always seem so light, yet strong. I think due to the extreme isolation of Finnish as a language it's difficult to transfer them into a Romance or Germanic naming context, but I wish they worked more easily.
Anyway, I want to throw a complete and total wrench in the works and say I don't think any of your three choices are best for the first name slot.
I fear Otso, as a pp noted, will be teased as 'fatso.' The -o ending may be fashionable, but I can't think of many English words, let alone names, that end with -so. It's so unusual as a phoneme that I think it opens up your son to some very serious teasing (again, assuming you're not raising him in Finland).
Isidore, to me, is the quintessential elderly Jewish man. The name means "gift of Isis" but for some reason it took off like wildfire in the Sephardic Jewish community and now has a fusty and decidedly Semitic image (rather like Milton or Seymour).
Hawthorne is very nice indeed. I like the ancient symbolism of the hawthorn tree and flower. But I don't feel that it fits at all with brother Uli and sister Wren, both of which are light, brisk names.
Suggestions: I know with Miles and Lyra you achieved a musical connection. Have you thought about Arvo? Finnish composer Arvo Part is one of my favorites, he did a lot of mind-bending stuff with classical music in the middle of the last century. I know Arvo is certainly uncommon, but the sounds work well in English and in an English naming context.
Ismo is the Finnish form of Ishmael. Again, I think the sounds work in an anglophone world, and your husband can get his nickname of Izzy.
Eero = cool architectural connection; this is gaining some credence as a cool hipster name (though certainly very uncommon) even among people without any Finnish connection.
Jyri = my favorite Finnish name, and the local form of 'George.' This name just looks cool on the page. It works in English, though unfortunately I don't have any musical or artistic associations.
Timo = Timothy. Easy to say and spell, looks masculine in the US. Would have a distinct sound from brother Uli. There are multiple heavy metal musicians named Timo (not sure if they're the best namesakes, but still...)
I think you could move Hawthorne to the middle spot. Arvo Hawthorne is a pretty cool name, imo.
If you want a jazzy middle to echo brother Miles:
I love how creative and considered your names are! You have a great style and I am sure you'll land on something amazing. Otso doesnt live up to your other children's names in my view. Hawthorne I love and Huck would be an adorable nn. I actually like Otis Hawthorne/ Hawthorne Otis. Good luck!
Not a fan of those choices, sorry. How about Indy, Muir, Bly, Rye, Arc, Kirk, Fife, Isler, Oz, Crane, Lazer, or Errol?