Name Sage: A Brother for Jacoby Eugene
I have racked my brain for a second boy’s name and just cannot land upon one.
I would like the new little one to have the middle name Stanley after my grandfather. But we do not have any more male family names to work from for first names.
In addition, we’re avoiding names that start with A, D, M, or J. I come from a large family and know how great it is to be able to label things with first initials!
Our last name is short, starts with an S, and has a long ‘ee’ sound, like sea.
The Name Sage replies:
You’ve done such an amazing job reinventing your family names for the new generation!
My first suggestion is that maybe it’s worth looking a little farther back on your family tree. Are there any great surnames that you’ve overlooked? Or maybe a town or region your ancestors called home that might be perfect for a boy’s name in 2015?
- The name has to be uncommon, but not too out there. You’ve decided against the Number 2 name in the US – Liam – and also another Top 50 name. Jacoby peaked at Number 422 a few years ago.
- It has to work with the middle name Stanley.
- It can’t start with an M, J, D, or A – and in this case, A is really a non-starter because of the potentially problematic initials.
- I think we should also rule out names with strong ‘ee’ sounds, and probably names that end in –s, too, because of your surname.
There are so many possibilities that might work. I can see why it’s tough to narrow down your list!
Stanton – Maybe I’m stuck on the idea of finding a family name, but I wonder if you’d consider Stanton? It’s a spin on Stanley, one that doesn’t currently chart in the US Top 1000. But it feels like a familiar name, doesn’t it? Jacoby and Stanton sound like brothers – though you’d need to find a new middle name, of course!
Kieran – Ciaran is originally Irish, and comes from ciar – dark. Kiran is Sanskrit, and has a few possible meanings, including sunbeam. There’s some potential for spelling confusion, which might be a dealbreaker. Kieran is Number 576 in the US – the most popular spelling, but not an overly popular name. Another bonus? It works with Stanley.
Dayton – It’s possible you live in Ohio. In that case, the city and the university of Dayton might make this a non-starter. It’s originally a place name, meaning settlement by the ditch. That’s not especially picturesque, but the name has a bright and upbeat sound. Dayton stood at Number 702 in 2014, and is easy to say and spell without being overly common. Then again, D is on your list of initials to avoid. Number 643 Layton might be an alternative with a different initial.
Fletcher – The first three suggestions all end in ‘n’, and ‘s’ ending names run into your surname. But how about ‘r’? At Number 706, Fletcher is familiar but not too common. It’s originally an occupational name for someone who made arrows. Jacoby and Fletcher sound great together.
Huxley – Or maybe something that ends in ‘y’? The Huxley family included noted scientists and writers. The name feels a little bit edgy and very literary. Part-Huck Finn, part-Brave New World. Other literary surnames to consider include Fielding (as in Henry), Hawthorne (as in Nathaniel), and Tennyson (as in the poet).
Eliezer – You mentioned how much you like Eli. Maybe a longer Eli– name would appeal? The Old Testament Eliezer comes in at four-syllables, but still seems wearable. The name ranked Number 872 in 2014. There’s also Elliott/Elliot, but that’s much more common.
Lyle – Another strategy to find that elusive familiar-but-not-popular name is to look for something vintage that’s not quite made a comeback. Lyle rhymes with modern favorite Kyle, but hasn’t cracked the US Top 1000 in years.
Latham – Here’s one that might work as an alternative to Liam. Latham is an English place name derived from the Old Norse word for barn. It has the same bright ‘a’ sound of Mason, the ‘m’ ending of Liam, and a very current feel. Jacoby and Latham are equally unexpected names, but still feel quite stylish.
My favorites for you are Kieran and Latham. Jacoby, Kieran, and Annalise would make a great trio someday. So would Jacoby, Kieran, and Latham. The names are different enough from Jacoby that you haven’t locked yourself into a name style and could easily name a few more brothers if you end up welcoming two boys in the future!
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on August 5th, 2015 at 2:06 am
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on August 5th, 2015 at 3:54 am
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on August 5th, 2015 at 4:23 am
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on August 5th, 2015 at 5:33 am
Elliot would be best from above. Maybe Elgin, Ellis or another E name for Elizabeth. Or any name ending in “an” for Ann. Or a shared meaning? Ann means grace; Eastman and Esmond have this connection.
on August 5th, 2015 at 5:46 am
My suggestions would be:
on August 5th, 2015 at 7:05 am
on August 5th, 2015 at 7:06 am
I think Latham Stanley is a very handsome name. I think it is wearable at any age and I just picture a successful, strong and good looking man with that name.
on August 5th, 2015 at 7:15 am
My cousin just had her second baby this week, little brother to Jacoby. She named him Rocco.
on August 5th, 2015 at 8:14 am
Jacoby Eugene and Tobias Stanley! Tobias was my first thought.
on August 5th, 2015 at 9:12 am
on August 5th, 2015 at 9:14 am
on August 5th, 2015 at 10:05 am
I love Jacoby and Kieran and Jacoby and Fletcher.
on August 5th, 2015 at 11:12 am
A couple of people have already mentioned Gideon, but that’s also my top pick: Jacoby Eugene and Gideon Stanley are a great brother pair!
I suggest reconsidering Annalise Elizabeth for a future daughter, though. Annalise is already a smoosh name of Anna and Elisabeth, so using Elizabeth as the middle name is really redundant. I would pick another family middle name if you want to use Annalise, or find a different version of Ann if you want to keep Elizabeth.
on August 5th, 2015 at 11:24 am
Love the suggestions above….especially
Jacoby & Colton
Jacoby & August
Jacoby & Graham
Jacoby & Holden
on August 5th, 2015 at 11:28 am
What about Lucian Stanley? Jacoby & Lucian <3
on August 5th, 2015 at 1:16 pm
It’s an underused bible name and it’s a combo of Eli and Liam.
Jacoby Eugene & Elam Stanley
I also like the other suggestions of:
on August 5th, 2015 at 4:44 pm
I wonder if mom has a maiden name that would allow for a spin off, like Jacob to Jacoby?
I like Abby’s idea of Latham best. I also think a surname like Ellison “Ellis” or “Eli” would work well.
Going off of mom’s name, Rachel, which means “ewe,” I thought of something relating to sheep or animals. Shepherd/Shepard came to mind. It’s a lot of S with Stanley and “Sea” last name, but it’s easy and handsome. Jacoby Eugene and Shepherd Stanley?
on August 5th, 2015 at 11:36 pm
What about Laurence Stanley?
What a CUTE baby! 🙂
on August 6th, 2015 at 12:15 pm
I also thought of Eliezer… Sounds like your surname starts with an S. Don’t go with Tobias or any name that ends with an -s. Also, with Stanley and a long ee sound in the surname, don’t use a first name with a prominent ee sound. 2+ syllables would be best with a short surname.
on August 6th, 2015 at 1:20 pm
I second the suggestion of Ciaran. Crispness is a similar idea.
Although “M” is on your unwanted initial list, I really like Malcolm Stanley with your son’s name. Also Desmond!
Some more ideas for you. …
on August 6th, 2015 at 1:21 pm
Oh, auto correct — Crispin was what I suggested similar to Ciaran.
on August 6th, 2015 at 2:04 pm
I love the suggestion for Byron. It’s classic, classy, not too common and not too out there.
on August 6th, 2015 at 3:50 pm
Playing on your choice of Kieran, you could use Kellan Stanley. I also like the sound of Gordon Stanley.
on August 7th, 2015 at 10:37 am
I made sure it followed all your guidelines, no Liam, no Eli, no M, J, D, A first letter, no ‘ee’ sounds, no s endings or ‘s’ sound endings.
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on August 8th, 2015 at 11:23 am
My suggestions would be an “ah” ending name:
Josiah Stanley (I know the J was to be avoided, but I think Jacoby & Josiah are great together)
My other suggestion – Malachi Stanley
on August 8th, 2015 at 3:14 pm
I actually really love the name Stanley and think Stanley Sebastian S. or Stanley Zachariah S. would be cute!
but I also like..
Jacoby Eugene & Ezra Stanley- Ezra was #119 in 2014 so it’s on the edge of popularity but still not terribly overused. It sounds great with Stanley & his brothers name and “Ez” would be a cute nickname! It has a similar feel to Eli.
Jacoby Eugene & Wilder Stanley “Wiley”- Neither Wilder/Wylder or Wiley/ Wylie are in the US top 1000 but they are familiar and very handsome! I feel like Jacoby & Wiley sound like brothers!
Jacoby Eugene & Stellan Stanley- I grew up with a boy who had the initials SSS and I always thought it was cool and Stellan is a great underused name! It’s not in the top 1000 but it is totally on trend.
Jacoby Eugene & Sebastian Stanley “Bash”- This is one of my ultimate favorite names. I think the nickname Bash is so incredibly adorable and kind of sexy for when he gets older! Other nicknames could be Baz, Bass or Bastian. Though sebastian is more popular then you might think, coming in at #34
Jacoby Eugene & Cole Stanley- Cole is #116, but if you go with the spelling Kole it is #791. I think the names go well together and Cole Stanley flows really nicly!
Jacoby Eugene & Callen Stanley- I love the name and it’s nickname Cal. It came in at #502 in 2014, not to bad! It’s about as popular as Jacoby and equally as handsome! You could spell it Callen, Calin, Kalin or Kallen. Callen is the only spelling in the top 1000.
Jacoby Eugene & Asher Stanley- I’m not sure how well it flows with Stanley but it goes perfectly with Jacoby! It also has one of my favorite meanings, happy/blessed, and is a name I would highly consider for my own son! It was #93 in 2014 but I can totally see why. It’s so handsome!
Jacoby Eugene & Levi Stanley- Levi is a similar name to Liam but is a little less popular. it’s still pretty popular though, at #45
Jacoby Eugene & Hayden Stanley- Hayden is #142. It’s very handsome and goes well with Jacoby!
on August 11th, 2015 at 12:35 am
I love Miles Stanley
on August 12th, 2015 at 11:30 am
I love Ezra Stanley! I know of a little toddler named Drew with a middle name Stanley, and those names sound great together. Andrew is out with middle and last initials -SS, but just Drew might work.
on August 12th, 2015 at 11:37 am
Oh never mind, I forgot about no D names. What about Boyd, Wade, Bryson, Vaughn?
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