Calvin, Callen/Callan, Callum, Callix, etc. were all ruled out for various reasons. We settled on Callahan – handsome, rhythmic, great meaning. But recently I’ve started having second thoughts.
Some people pronounce Cal and it sounds like “Cow.” Now I hear it like that everywhere, despite my efforts to specifically enunciate.
Our daughter is LucyJane. I love her full name. Straightforward, flows nicely, didn’t crack the top 50 in popularity at the time.
CallahanSamuel just doesn’t have that same impact. It feels very different. maybe TOO different.
We also liked Owenfor a really long time, but we know three babies born in the last year with that name, and it lost its allure for me.
My husband recently admitted he doesn’t love the name Callahan. He loves Cal, but cringes a bit when he hears Callahan. However, he is so rooted in identifying this baby as Cal that he feels like picking another name would feel weird, unless we went back to another name we considered.
That name is Jack, one of my husband’s favorites. I now find myself thinking about that name a lot. It feels like a name a kid can grow with, and seems to go hand-in-hand with Lucy.
I vetoed Jack for a number of reasons. It’s a 4-letter name just like Lucy. Is that a pattern for all future children? Also, it’s a J name, and my husband has a J name. I wanted everyone in our family to have their own initial. Lastly, doesn’t JackSamuel sound a little bit like JackDaniels?
Regardless, I just can’t stop thinking about the name Jack and questioning Callahan. I feel so confused right now… Do you have any fresh name suggestions or insights into either side of the debate?
We are finally pregnant! After years of infertility, we are expecting. I am a name lover, and have been since I can remember. I’m talking naming stuffed animals to reading the names on all the personalized items in stores to being a regular on Nameberry for years. I love names!
But that makes it hard to find that perfect baby name. I doubt you can come up with something new I haven’t heard, so I’m just looking for perspective and reassurance.