Petar is eastern European and my husband has an old school friend there with the name. from my research it is used widely through Croatia, Serbia, Macedonia etc. I also know of a 2 year old Petar who spelled it this way as their family had similar routes. We still have immediate family in eastern-euro and although it's nice for them to feel familiar with pronunciation it is not a priority in our name choice as we need to choose what's right for us first & foremost, we do tend to prefer Euro spelling on most names due to this connection & for their phonetic translation.
I also forgot to put Tomas on my list.
Loving yr opinions. I think I'm leaning towards James, Lukas (perhaps this full name would allow both nicknames of Luke & Luka - as I still feel undecided which I prefer), Peter, Matthew. I'm still loving Oliver too & flirting with them all back & fourth hence why your comments are so very valued! Please keep sharing :p
#1) Lukas - I just like its personal connection for your family, plus it both looks and sounds cool and provides good nicknames if desired, as you said. I picture a good-looking guy, maybe a soccer player! (football in Europe)
#2) Oliver - One of my all-time favorite names. It is both sweet and serious, cool and classic. Similar to demers, I picture a kind and charming guy (with big brown eyes, for some reason!)
#3) Miles - It ages so well. I can imagine calling him Milo, Milers, Smilers, etc. as a baby. LOL I picture a more studious guy who loves books and music.
James - is so classic, it speaks for itself. But also, very common.
Luke - Just doesn't have the spark and interest for me of Lukas.
Luka - I still have to tell myself that it's not feminine. Prefer it as a nickname.
Matthew (Matty) - I really, really don't like the nickname Matty. :( Sorry! First, it sounds feminine to me (Mattie). Matt/Matty...I think of a doormat. I've just never been able to hear the name any other way.
Peter - I think this would have been my #4 pick. It is an underused classic, but I can't ignore the teasing potential. (Sigh)
Petar - He would constantly have to correct the spelling which might get really old. Also the first thing I thought was "petard" as in the old phrase "hoist with his own petard."
Henry - Also wonderful. #5 choice.
Henry - such a boyish, stylish, handsome, versatile name. A wonderful choice, you can't go wrong with Henry!
Luka - my favourite of the Luke/Lukas/Luka names, by far! It is at once gentle, manly and handsome.
Miles - another soft-yet-strong choice. It's an approachable, friendly sort of name. I think a boy would like being named Miles.
Runner up: Lukas - I prefer it with the K!