Alder? Casper? or Soren?
What are your thoughts of our top three current boy contenders?
Alder is the husbands favorite pick.
Casper is my grandfather's name though he went by Glen (never met him) and my favorite pick.
Soren - the wild card
I think we love a soft/sensitive sounding first name grounded by a little more masculine middle name (though not all our mn fall into this category i realize).
Some middle names we'll be using are from this list:
Grey, Fielding, Fielder, Ford, James, Glen, Espen, Eldon (including the names not chosen above).
Also, what are your thoughts of boys having two middle names when the girls only have one? bad idea...both have two mn if at all?
I voted for both Soren and Casper... I love the personal meaning of Casper, and it's a name with an amazing history. I also appreciate that the biggest pop culture association is Casper the Friendly Ghost (and he'll be joined in his generation by a slew of vampire kids ;)). This is a name that was on my list, but just doesn't work with our last name. Soren is great, too, although the 'strict' meaning is a bit lacking. Personally, I love the connection to the Suren-Pahlavi clan in Iran (who defeated the Romans). This is a name that we'll probably use... The difference for me is that Casper is a bit older, mature, and historic. There'll be plenty of Jaspers running around due to 'Twilight', but you can expect him to be the one and only Casper. Soren is slightly more masculine, European, and young. To most it will sound highly Scandinavian in the age of Ikea. The deciding card could be the surname... If the surname begins or ends with an N, I'd prefer Casper. If it begins or ends with an R, I'd prefer Soren. Alder just reminds me of an alter.
Casper James, Casper Fielding, Soren James, and Soren Fielding would be my top choices, depending on the surname. Congrats!
I voted for Alder, and I appear to be the minority...:) I just think it sounds better. Casper is a ghost and Soren is nice, but it sounds incomplete and makes me think of Sauron. Alder is the name of a character in one of my favorite books. He's a pretty cool dude. :)
our surname starts with a "K" -- the only downfall of a Casper pick // the two hard c/k sounds, but it's not enough to keep me from using it.
and i LOVE James for a middle name though it'll take some convincing for the husband as it's his least favorite from our list.
Loved all your thoughts on Casper and Soren --- i'm loving Scandinavian interior design
(bright, white, airy, whimsical, practical, clean lines) , perhaps that was the draw towards Soren without really even realizing it.
Alter boy - bummer, but you're probably right. The Husband's got the softest spots for nature names most preferably trees / hence Alder wood..or "Alder" and i think he's pretty attached to that name right now... though he's definitely warmed up to Casper and we both liked Soren :) we'll see.
thanks again for your input!
heytherepigeon! the husband will be excited he's got someone on his side!! :) thanks for your input.
I know someone that named their baby Casper recently, and I just...really don't like it. I thought maybe it would grow on me, but it hasn't. I always think about the ghost, which I know isn't the most horrible association, per se, and I think this generation of kids won't even know of it, but to me it's the equivalent of naming your child a name commonly given to a dog or something. It just feels silly and out of place.
I like Soren the best. I knew a boy growing up with that name and he was sweet and kind, so it has a nice association to me, plus it always felt unique without being too weird.
I can't help but recommend Aspen. Haha. It combines sounds from all three names and has the same vibe as name 1. That said, you have some great names here. I chose Soren. I knew a Soren and there's also the philosopher. The Soren I knew was probably the opposite of the philosopher though so it fits all types.
Soren James is my favorite combination.
Really, all of these are good names. I need a full last name, I tried it with King and I like Soren best. But if it's a long complicated name, maybe Caspar would work better
This is a really tough one to vote on, as I actually really like all three names. The one I'd choose would probably end up being based a lot on what your last name is.
Alder- A really nice nature name that fits right in with modern naming trends without conforming to them. Has a pleasant softness to it. It looks like it's not getting as many votes as the others, but I think it'd be a great choice. Calder is another one I quite like.
Caspar- Is an awesome name. Historic, strong, meaningful. I personally prefer Jasper, but not by a lot. The friendly ghost association is relatively large, but that wouldn't bother me. And the fact was your grandfather's name is awesome. If you don't end up using this as a FN, it'd also be a solid MN with Soren or Alder.
Soren- This one was high on my own list for awhile (and Jasper still is). It's got a strong feel to it. The meaning of 'stern' is one I had a tough time appreciating, I tried really hard to make my mind think of 'stern' in more of a 'steadfast/strong' sense, but just couldn't do it. That being said, Soren does have some other similar names from other languages that have nice meanings (in Avestan (ancient pre-Persian, Zorastrian language) Suren might mean something like 'heroic one', but I had trouble confirming this. In Romanian, Sorin (pronounced sor-een) means 'sun').
My favorite name of all would be Soren Casper (but don't let Alder slip away just because of these forums, your husband does love it and it is a nice name too)