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    I have a challenge for everyone - help with MN/honoring family...

    So this is a tough one. Everyone is such a naming expert, though, that I hope you ladies can come up with something! We are at a loss, and it's discouraging.

    We want to pick a middle name for DS that honors both our fathers. This is especially important to me because mine passed away when I was a teen, and we were really close.

    H's Dad: FN John, MN Lawrence
    My Dad: FN Melvin (NN Mel), no MN

    We don't want two middle names, ie: BabyBoy John Mel or BabyBoy Mel John
    Using my maiden name is out - it's a MOUTHFUL. :|

    How in the world can I select a name that incorporates these two nicely? Or even semi-nicely? :|

    I thought of looking at the meanings and trying to select a name that incorporates both. John is Hebrew and means "God is Gracious." As for Melvin, it really varies depending on the site! I have literally found about five different meanings: counsel protector, chief, friend, etc. I don't know how I'd realistically find one that has the incorporation of both meanings, though, unless I sifted through names for hours and hours and hours - which, I might likely have to do.

    Any help, insight, or suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

  2. #3
    Okay I took a kind of weird approach, but tell me what you think!

    Jovin - this is a mixture of John and Melvin. It is a real name of Latin origins and is a variant of Jovan. Its meaning is "father of the sky" which I think is also cool since you are honoring your fathers! I also think it is actually a really great sounding name!

    Lavin - I think pn Lay-vin. This name seems to be very obscure but there are some listings of it on the internet. It is listed as more of a girls name but I think as a middle it is very masculine

    Im not sure how you will feel about this but hopefully you like one of them! Good luck!
    -Kiele

  3. #5
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    I might go with initials...choose names you love that start w/J and M in either order. I like Joshua Michael or Joseph Mercer.

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    What about Jordell? It is an English form of Jordan. It has the 'Jo' of John and the 'el' of Melvin.

  5. #9
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    Joel! Perfect combination of the 2 names, and also a nice, legitimate name.

    What first names are you considering? I think that would be helpful. You could pick a first name that honoured one of the grandparents and use the other's name as a middle name. Since Mel/Melvin is more difficult to honour because it doesn't have any "related" names, you might like a variant of John for the first name:
    Jack
    Jackson
    Ivan
    Séan
    Shane
    Zane
    Ian
    Evan
    (unrelated but similar-sounding names)
    Jonathan
    Jonas
    Jonah
    Joah

    names similar to Mel/Melvin
    Calvin
    Armel
    Kelvin
    Kevin
    Vincent
    Melville
    Michael, Michel
    Maxwell
    Marcel
    Samuel

    Something like Jack Melvin or Jonathan Mel would be great.
    Bertrand -bertie-, Wilfred, Léon, Axel, Cuthbert -cubby-, Maxentius, Aubrey, Phoebus, John-Henry.
    Émilienne, Livia, Annabella -abbey-, Maud, Rosamund, Kimborough, Clemency, Elizabeth-Charlotte.

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