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    Quote Originally Posted by southern.maple View Post
    I've never heard the expression "holding young" before. Holden has always sounded silly to me anyway though. I always hear "holdin'."
    I agree with southern.maple.
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    I'm confused...you're turning 55 years old and you're expecting a child?
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    Quote Originally Posted by southern.maple View Post
    I've never heard the expression "holding young" before. Holden has always sounded silly to me anyway though. I always hear "holdin'."
    This is my problem with Holden, along with "braidin'", "casin'", "brandin'" et al. With a word surname like Young, I would definitely stay away from first names that sound like truncated gerunds.

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    Holden is still on the potential name list for our son due in September. Thank you flaunt for giving the sound of the name a name: gerund! Yes, I think I want to stay away from those and nouns really. Young is so common and yet I feel our choices for first and middle names are so limited.

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    I guess I really don't see it as a big deal and wouldn't kick Holden off your list for this reason.

    That said, if it bugs you, maybe use Holden in the middle? I think Young works best with a three syllable first name:

    Benjamin Young
    Everett Young
    Julian Young
    Nathaniel Young
    Oliver Young
    Rafferty Young
    Theodore Young

    With a two syllable middle?
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