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Boy Baby Names: More great choices for #5

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They’ve named four boys together – and they love every choice so far! Now it’s time for boy number five, and they’re out of ideas.

Kate writes:

My husband and I are expecting our fifth boy in a few months.

After naming four boys, it’s hard to find a name we both love! Our sons’ names are Max, Cooper, Jack, and Judson.

We like:

Theo – We have a nephew named Ted, but we never see him – so I think we could still use it.

Duke – I’m not sure I can picture this name for an adult.

Dash/Dashiell – My husband only likes the short form Dash, and I don’t know if that name would age well on its own either.

Do you have any name suggestions for our fifth boy that go well with our other four boys’ names? I want to find a name I will love just as much as the previous four. His middle name will be Christopher.

The Name Sage replies:

It does sound like you’ve used up your favorite names – but there are plenty of great possibilities to explore!

I think many parents worry that names won’t age well. With the exception of the cutesiest and most unusual of names – Cookie, maybe, or Peanut – I would counter that most names will age just fine. Thirty years ago, Jennifer and Brandon sounded like nursery schoolers. Today, those are the names of my children’s dentists. Names grow up along with the generation that bears them.

Let’s take a closer look at Duke and Dash.

Both names are rising quickly in use in the US. They fit nicely with the shorter, punchy names you seem to like, like Max and Jack. And both names fit right in with Max, Cooper, Jack, and Judson.

But they are different in one important respect: they lack the long history of use associated with your older sons’ names. Still, over 300 boys were named Dash last year, along with 450 newborn Dukes. The names feel a little bold and maybe even novel, but they wouldn’t be out of place among children born in 2017.

I’d favor Dash over Duke, if only because Dash has a different ending sound than Jack and company.

With that in mind, let’s look at some more names that might work beautifully as a brother for Max, Cooper, Jack, and Judson.

Leo – I love the sound of Theo with your older boys’ names. But if you have any hesitation about the similarity between Theo and Ted, opting for Leo instead of Theo might work. Same upbeat ending, but no etymological overlap.

Camden Judson ends in an ‘n’ sound, and Cooper starts with a C, but I feel like Camden fits right in between the two names, completing the set.

Emmett – There are so many appealing ends with –ett names for boys, including Bennett, Beckett, and Everett. Emmett is my favorite with your boys’ names.

Charlie – I wonder if you would like Charlie? It has the same friendly, upbeat appeal as Theo and Dash, but gives you a slightly different option.

Miles Miles seems like a natural brother name with your older boys. It has a long history of use, but isn’t quite as traditional as Jack.

Asher – I wonder if Asher might serve as an alternative to Dash? Asher is more popular than Dash or Duke, but comparable to Theo and Max.

Overall, I quite like the sound of Theo Christopher. It’s a great name combination, and Theo’s bright ‘o’ ending stands out from his older brothers’ names. If not Theo, I’m quite drawn to the sound of Camden. Camden feels almost as current and cool as Dash and Duke, but maybe addresses your concerns about a name that will age well.

What would you suggest as a brother name for Max, Cooper, Jack, and Judson?

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Kara Blakley Says:

December 28th, 2016 at 12:13 am

The first name that popped into my mind was Reed. Max, Cooper, Jack, Judson, and Reed sound like a good sibset to me. Some others:

Beau
Blake
Boone
Brent
Cash
Chance
Chase
Clay / Clayton
Colt
Cruz
Felix
Gray
Heath
James
Levi
Luke
Nash
Parker
Trace
Sawyer
Silas
Walker
Wesley
West
Wyatt

jtucker Says:

December 28th, 2016 at 12:40 am

From your choices I’d say that Theo or Duke fit well. Honestly my imagery for Duke is John Wayne, so I definitely see it as aging well.

I agree with the previous berry’s suggestions of: Levi, Heath, Chance or Parker.

Good luck and congrats on your soon to be here little one.

NaomiAurora Says:

December 28th, 2016 at 12:56 am

When I saw this post I immediately thought of Jonas. It has a different ending than your other sons’ names, yet still sounds upbeat and fresh. Some other suggestions:
Cody
Hugo
August
Tobias
Milo
Bennett/Benjamin, nn Ben
Andrew, nn Andy
Ivan
Brooks

I think you’re right about Duke not aging well. Good luck and happy naming!

-Naomi

Beau Jean Says:

December 28th, 2016 at 1:27 am

Naming baby boy number five is hard! My fifth son did not have a name when he was born. My husband picked the name for our fourth son, so I said that I would choose for our fifth. I had to take him home and get to know him before I could finely decide. It took me a couple of days.

You have a pattern of one syllable/two syllable/one syllable/ two syllable so you could continue with a one syllable name which Dash or Duke has. I think that Luke has a little more staying power than Duke. A one syllable name also goes well with the long middle name Christopher.

BrittanyBrown Says:

December 28th, 2016 at 7:06 am

I know “Dash” sounds pretty cool but that name is being overwhelmingly used thanks to the ridiculous Kardashians. I really like the suggestions of Miles and Duke. I think Duke is a great name that would wear nicely on a man. If the middle name is for sure going to be Christopher, here are some names I could think/find…

Ivo
Otis
Shiloh
Biel
Judas
Sampson
River
Weston
Thompson
Ace
Arrow

Suzannah Says:

December 28th, 2016 at 7:54 am

Harry Christopher

Jemberry Says:

December 28th, 2016 at 8:02 am

Max, Cooper, Jack, Judson, and…

Bryce
Ezra
Micah
Weston
Roman
Isaac
Wyatt
Graham

paw Says:

December 28th, 2016 at 8:34 am

Theo and Dash are my favorites from your list especially with Max, Cooper, Jack, and Judson.

If Theo is out, what about Milo? Max, Cooper, Jack, Judson, and Milo

the o in Milo makes me think of Owen. Max, Cooper, Jack, Judson, and Owen

Duke makes me think of Wayne. Max, Cooper, Jack, Judson, and Wayne

Wayne brings me to Wyatt. Max Cooper, Jack, Judson, and Wyatt.

Wyatt makes me think of Grant (as I know two babies born at the same time with that name) Max, Cooper, Jack, Judson, and Grant.

Grant brings me to Gavin (a favorite name of mine). Max, Cooper, Jack, Judson, and Gavin

Gavin and Wyatt make me think of Garrett. Max, Cooper, Jack, Judson, and Garrett

I think Milo, Wyatt, and Garrett are my favorites with your other sons names.

tfzolghadr Says:

December 28th, 2016 at 8:51 am

Duke is the only name I don’t like. It’s a cute nickname, but is one of the few names I’d label as a bit canine. Not only that, but being so hyper-masculine, what if he is a nerdy sort? Your boys’ names all seem a bit cowboy. Why not go with that?
Brooks
Red
Ashby
Corbin
Nolan
Whittaker
Thatcher
Clay
Cole
Kearney
Ogden
Wyatt
Houston
Stanton
Gideon
Samson
Solomon
Davis
Heath
Carson
Abel
Amos
Cahill
Barrett
Roscoe
Roy
Brody
Blaze
Hank
Grainger
Booker
Kade
Dakota
Montana
Nevada
Laramie
Austin
Nash
Nashville
Quaide
Quinlan
Alden
Auden
Audie
Montgomery
Sidney
Stetson
Whitman
Langston
Landry
Hart
Collins
Baker
Innes
Eamon
Fraser
Easton
Orson
Campbell
Byron
Blaine
Dayton
Raleigh

Toya B Says:

December 28th, 2016 at 9:10 am

Theo is lovely, and if your nephew has a different name anyway, it’s not as if his name is just Theo called Ted, I think it’s absolutely fine to use it. My other favourites for you would be Asher, Reed, Miles, Jonas and Emmett.

Another name that might work would be Kit, with a different middle though, obviously.

Jblack11 Says:

December 28th, 2016 at 9:38 am

I like Theo and Leo. And I agree with PP I like Luke more than Duke. Some other suggestions:

Logan
Cody
Sean/Shawn
Cole
Caleb
Grant
Trace
Gabriel/Gabe
Ian

AD10 Says:

December 28th, 2016 at 12:03 pm

I like the suggestion of Emmett.

Sorry for any repeats but I also think Lucas, Luke, Grady, Wyatt, Davis, and Nash would all work well too.

siouxsey Says:

December 28th, 2016 at 12:18 pm

I love everything about the name Colter, and feel like it fits perfectly with your other boys names.

silkypumpkin Says:

December 28th, 2016 at 12:35 pm

I think you need a -tt or -o ending name. Max, Cooper, Jack and Judson all have different endings (even if Max and Jack are similar) and I think the 5th should be different as well. My favorites are Emmett, Theo, Leo or Wyatt.

tiannarose Says:

December 28th, 2016 at 1:22 pm

Duke FTW!

NaomiAurora Says:

December 28th, 2016 at 7:28 pm

Beckett, nn Beck?

alchemicallypurplefairy Says:

December 28th, 2016 at 8:12 pm

Not a huge fan of Duke, but Theo is nice, and I actually really like Dash! I’m in high school, and in my state Dash is the name of one of the fastest (and most attractive) distance runners, which biases me towards liking this name. It does sound pretty informal so I’d go with Dashiell and call him Dash. Leo is a good suggestion, too.

beynotce Says:

December 28th, 2016 at 10:42 pm

I know at least some of these will be repeat suggestions, but with your boys’ names, I’d suggest:

Wyatt
Levi
Finlay (Finn)
Abel
Jonas

Ruanne Says:

December 28th, 2016 at 11:53 pm

You kind of have a Western theme going on here.

I’d go with Jasper.

joquinta Says:

December 29th, 2016 at 12:00 am

I agree with Baue Jean, that the name should be one syllable to follow the pattern.

I like the Dash from your list, and Miles from Abby’s list. I also like another suggestion of Luke instead of Duke.

My suggestions are: Max, Cooper, Jack, Judson &

Blake
Ray
Keith
Drake
Drew
Colt
Blain

clairels Says:

December 29th, 2016 at 8:33 pm

@alchemicallypurplefairy: Wow, what an aptronym!

kpearl8 Says:

December 30th, 2016 at 4:17 pm

I’m onboard with Duke as well! Theo seems more euro than cowboy to me. Other suggestions that stuck out to me are Cody, Wyatt, Wes, Jonah, Abel, Weston, River, and Nash.

Care Says:

December 30th, 2016 at 11:02 pm

Max, Cooper, Jack, Judson and Wyatt.
This is all I was going to write, and now I see that at least every other person has suggested Wyatt so it must be THE name!
or…….
Levi
Eli
Colton
Logan
Curran, nn Curry
Jesse
Zane

kennamoon Says:

January 2nd, 2017 at 1:05 am

Max, Cooper, Jack, Judson and Cassius Christopher* Cash”
Max, Cooper, Jack, Judson and Matteo Christopher “Teo”
Max, Cooper, Jack, Judson and Dean Christopher
Max, Cooper, Jack, Judson and Nico Christopher*
Max, Cooper, Jack, Judson and Dexter Christopher* “Dex”
Max, Cooper, Jack, Judson and Spencer Christopher
Max, Cooper, Jack, Judson and Parker Christopher
Max, Cooper, Jack, Judson and Pacey Christopher
Max, Cooper, Jack, Judson and Hayden Christopher
Max, Cooper, Jack, Judson and Brady Christopher*
Max, Cooper, Jack, Judson and Bennett Christopher
Max, Cooper, Jack, Judson and Barrett Christopher “Bear”*
Max, Cooper, Jack, Judson and Tyson Christopher
Max, Cooper, Jack, Judson and Zedd Christopher
Max, Cooper, Jack, Judson and Holden Christopher
Max, Cooper, Jack, Judson and Rhett Christopher*
Max, Cooper, Jack, Judson and Chance Christopher
Max, Cooper, Jack, Judson and Mason Christopher
Max, Cooper, Jack, Judson and Vic Christopher
Max, Cooper, Jack, Judson and Quinton Christopher
Max, Cooper, Jack, Judson and Wiley Christopher*
Max, Cooper, Jack, Judson and Conrad Christopher
Max, Cooper, Jack, Judson and Conner Christopher
Max, Cooper, Jack, Judson and Cameron Christopher
Max, Cooper, Jack, Judson and Colby Christopher
Max, Cooper, Jack, Judson and Colton Christopher
Max, Cooper, Jack, Judson and GabrielChristopher “Gabe”*
Max, Cooper, Jack, Judson and Evan Christopher*
Max, Cooper, Jack, Judson and Kevin Christopher
Max, Cooper, Jack, Judson and Thomas Christopher “Tommy”
Max, Cooper, Jack, Judson and Sylvester Christopher “Sly”
Max, Cooper, Jack, Judson and Sly Christopher*
Max, Cooper, Jack, Judson and Grant Christopher*
Max, Cooper, Jack, Judson and Fred Christopher “Freddie”
Max, Cooper, Jack, Judson and Edwin Christopher “Eddie”
Max, Cooper, Jack, Judson and Finn Christopher
Max, Cooper, Jack, Judson and Liam Christopher
Max, Cooper, Jack, Judson and Kellan Christopher
Max, Cooper, Jack, Judson and Schuyler Christopher (or Skylar)
Max, Cooper, Jack, Judson and Hezekiah Christopher “Ki”
Max, Cooper, Jack, Judson and Ezekiel Christopher “Zeke”
Max, Cooper, Jack, Judson and Klaus Christopher
Max, Cooper, Jack, Judson and Ian Christopher

Asher and Leo were my favorite suggestions! All of your sons names are adorable!

and Dash/ Dashiell is my favorite of your choices, I also like Theo!

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