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  1. #1
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    Aug 2013
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    Exclamation Helllllp! Can't agree on a name!

    I'm due with our first baby in December and my husband and I can't agree on a name. Basically he thinks everything I like is "too weird" and I think everything he likes is too plain/boring. Not BAD names, just nothing special.

    Our last name is Markowski. We haven't discussed middle names but I'm hoping for Jenks (it was my middle name until I changed it when I got married, my grandmother's maiden name, and the name of my mom's baby before me who died).

    I have my heart set on Otto. I think it's perfect. It's a real name (as in, not made-up). Short, easy to spell/pronounce. No crazy nicknames (that I can think of). Flows well with Markowski. And it's adorable!! My only concern is I guess it's a little "out there", but I love it. I do not want a trendy name. Or a boring one. I like traditional, but not super common.

    He hates it. Wants nothing to do with it. Thinks I must be joking. He says it's a dog name. Or worse, he says it's a nazi name. I think part of the issue is he's afraid his mom won't like it, but frankly I don't give a crap what his mom thinks.

    The thing is, there's no name he feels strongly about. He's mentioned Ian and Blake, which I don't like. The only ones we agree on at all are Owen, which I love but it's getting way too popular, and I think is too Irish for Markowski, and Charles (Charlie). Which is a perfectly fine, good, solid name- but kind of plain and nothing special.

    I also like Otis, Hugo, Milo, Theo, Hugh, Jenks (call him Jack), Henry (but too popular), Linus.... He hates them all.

    I'm being stubborn I know, but I can't see myself being happy with anything but Otto. He says I'm being selfish by forcing a name on him that he doesn't like. I say the baby should have a name that ONE of us loves, rather than a compromise we both feel "meh" about.

    Does anyone have advice in how to get him to come around? Or meet in the middle?

  2. #3
    Join Date
    May 2012
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    Otto is not an easy name to like. It sounds like your husband has a genuine distaste for it, not just some random vague impression, and you should try to bring yourself to respect that: how would you like it if he insisted that the only name he could possibly use was something that you really hated? Keep exploring for now.

    Oliver
    Arlo
    Blaine
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    Adrien
    Axel
    Reid
    Adam
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    Dominic
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  3. #5
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
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    I agree with previous post. I don't think its good to force a name on your partner. Can you imagine if he did that to you with a name you hated? He has a genuine reason to be upset seeing as it is his son too.

    Why don't you each make a list of names you like and then give to each other to rank in order of who you like them. Or reasons why/why not you like them.

    Or if you find it frustrating, take a break from names for a while. And then come back when tensions are gone.
    Maddox (Max) James 08.31.13.

    Boys Favourites: Holden, Theron (Theo), Aidan, Killian

    Girls Favourites: Rosalie, Lucy, Lyra, Isla

  4. #7
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    Aug 2012
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    If you both like Owen, maybe you'll like...
    Weston
    Easton
    Emmett
    Wilson
    Kade
    Kai/Kye(pronounced k+eye)
    Parker
    Gray/Grey
    Blaine
    Anderson
    Jamison
    Mitchell
    Marshall
    Dimitri
    Porter
    Brighton
    Tobin

  5. #9
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    Jun 2013
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    I LOVE Charles...it sounds so handsome. But you might consider Oscar, Arturo, Olivier, Orlando, Othello (could use Otto as a nn), Ottawa (Otto), Orion, Ozias, Osiris, Overton, Ogden, Oxford or Odin.

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