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April 7th, 2013 01:31 AM #1Junior Member
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Long post! Opinions requested please!
I have been a baby-names lover for a long time and I never thought I would need to ask for help! But we really need to make a decision soon and we are really stuck. We just don't have a strong enough opinion on any of these names. We have TONS of girl names but no firm boy names.
1. Comment on these names!
2. Suggest others in the same league/style...
3. Point out a potential problem (or why you think one is the clear winner)... but go easy on me ... please no serial-killer stories in case we end up using your name after all
Thanks for your opinions!
Here are the issues:
- We are both teachers and we would like to use a name that is not common, preferably that we have never taught;
- We really like old-man names and our daughter's name is kind of an old-lady name
- Our daughter's first and middle names are both family names, but we don't like any of our family's male names nor any male versions of the female names - trust me, we have tried!
- It really shouldn't end in "er" since the baby's last name will end in "er"
- No cowboy names
- We are using Theodore for a middle name so don't want to start with T for the first name
Here is our shortlist:
- Solomon - nn Saul - is it too formal?
- Feivel - I know, I know, he's a mouse, but it's also cool, I think
- Felix - This should be perfect but for some reason we are both mediocre on it
- Seamus - I really dislike the nn "shay"
- Linus - Is it just hip enough? or one shade too nerdy? I love it, but we are unsure....
Names we discussed but have basically eliminated:
- Oscar (Oscar ***er sounds like Oscar Meyer)
- Reuben (husband says it's a sandwich)
- Raffi (maybe a bit too unique, I think, but I do love it, and Raffi is an amazing person)
- Orson (I nixed this one, slightly too old-man)
- Ezra (I think it sounds too trendy somehow)
So, do you see a clear winner on the shortlist? And do you have other suggestions for first names that seem to go along with our list? I know that "Seamus" doesn't really fit the pattern, but we do like it for its uniqueness and brightness. The rest of the names are quite formal, I think.
Other possible things to consider:
- Our daughter has a nature name so it'd be fun to have a nature-related or nature-meaning name
- We like literary or artsy names (Saul = Saul Bellow, Oscar = Oscar Wilde, etc.)
- It would be nice to have a name that was usable as-is without needing a nickname (Like, we eliminated Nathaniel because we knew we would just use Nate right away)
Thanks for your help, comments, and suggestions!