Boys name help... Levin?
Oops, just realized I posted this in the wrong section, so here it is again!
First of all, what is/was your initial reaction to the name Levin? I've gotten some very negative feedback on it and am now wondering if it is useable. Thanks! Additionally, I was hoping I could get some feedback on some other favorites of mine, as well as some suggestions of names I might like. Here's my (recently updated) list, I would appreciate any comments or suggestions you may have!
Crew (on the fence with this one. I love it but not sure about actually using it... hubby loves it though)
Lyle (hubby doesn't like so it's out.. unless he changes his mind )
Henry (only middle)
Lazarus (I haven't suggested it to hubby yet, but I'm guessing he'll say no...)
Jacob, only with the nickname Jake (not sure about because of popularity. I normally don't mind popularity, but Jacob is just SO popular)
Wiley (my all-time favorite name, but we will probably only use it as a middle, if at all)
Sage (only middle)
Macaulay (only middle)
Levin is ok, although I immediately think of 'leaven', and therefore yeast... I much prefer Nevin. From your other choices, I like Luca and Rafferty.
I like Levin okay - when I see it, my immediate reaction is to think of Tolstoy. :) If I were to hear it, I would probably hear it as "Leaven" though, like with yeast.
My initial thought was Carl Levin, a Michigan senator. Not necessarily a bad association. I like it.
My initial reaction was also 'leaven', as in baking bread. Doesn't quite seem like a name to me. Devin and Nevin are decent. Lavon could be okay. But I don't like Levin. From your others I like Luca and Henry a lot, Rafferty a decent amount, Sage, Jacob and Holden in the mediocre range, and the rest I don't like at all.
I see the appeal, aesthetically. The thing is, Levin is a very common Jewish surname, and we're not a culture that typically uses surnames as first names, either to honor or just because. So it comes across as very out-of-place to me.
From your list, I like Lleyton and Luca. Lleyton Wiley sounds good to me!
In my search for Persian and Turkish names usable in the US, I stumbled across one that I like a lot: Levent. It's similar to Levin, but seems even more refined. You still get the spectacular Lev nn, but it seems a bit more polished to me. Plus, there are the issues @spring13 brought up. Only problem is that it doesn't have the most spectacular meaning, if you care about that (something about sailors)...
I like Levin but prefer Levon.
From your list, I like Luca, Lyle (as a middle name), Henry (obviously), Jacob, Wiley, and Rafferty.
I feel lukewarm about Levin. Levon is better. It sounds like a trendy replacement of Devin/Devon, even though it has historical roots. What about Lev or Levi or Lewis?
Of the names from your other list, you seem to like trendier names (not that it's a bad thing because I am attracted to most of them, too!). My faves from it are Holden and Rafferty.
While Camden is a lovely-sounding name, I can't get over the association to the less-than-savory city. Plus, as it's been a favorite of celebs lately, I see this name absolutely BOOMING this year and next year. If that doesn't bother you, then Camden is a nice choice. What about Camden Sage, Camden Jacob, or Camden Lyle?
Lazarus is a very interesting name, but that's a BIG name to carry. Although, I know a little tyke who pulls of Solomon really well! What about Lorenzo, Lucian, or Lachlan?
I don't love Wiley in the first name spot. What about Wesley, Westley, William nn Wiley, Wade, Wilson, West, Wallace, or Willis?
Best of luck!
Levin is a trashy backwater town in New Zealand :/