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Name Sage: Baby Names for Another Boy

She loves Logan and Wyatt, he's stuck on Barrett and Odin

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Becky writes:

My husband and I are expecting our third baby. We have a son, Jackson Owen, and daughter, Scarlett Olivia, and will have our final child this spring, another boy.

My husband loves Barrett, I just don’t. It sounds odd to me, and as my children point out rhymes with carrot, ferret, parrot …

I’ve suggested Logan and Wyatt, eventually swaying my husband to go along with one of them but then second-guessing myself. Will it be too popular? Sound strange as an adult? Does it sound strange with the only middle name we can agree on? (It’s Odin – my husband wants to continue the “O” middle pattern.)

I think I’m the problem. I just can’t find a name and stick to it! Help, please.

The Name Sage responds:

I love this line: I think I’m the problem! Because I think anyone who really loves names feels like this once in a while.

Your older children have rock solid, modern traditional names. It would have been unusual to meet kids named Jackson or Scarlett in 1984, but today, they’re go-to choices for a generation.

Barrett is a little bit of an outlier. While it’s a good style match, it’s much less common than Jackson or Scarlett. In 2014, Barrett currently ranks just Number 346. If you’re concerned about popularity, that makes Barrett a great choice. But if you’d rather have a name that’s more familiar, I can understand why it doesn’t feel like The Name.

Logan is the logical choice for Jackson and Scarlett’s brother. The name has been in the Top 20 for the last few years. Like Jackson, it started out as a surname. And it has an upbeat, friendly sound.

Except … Logan Odin? I think that’s a dealbreaker. There are plenty of great O names that might work:

If Odin is not up for discussion, then I think that takes us to Wyatt. And Wyatt seems like a great compromise. It shares the –tt ending of Barrett. Wyatt currently ranks Number 39 in the US, which is less popular than Jackson or Scarlett, but still a mainstream choice.

There’s something slightly Old West about Jackson and Wyatt as brother names, but that’s part of the reason they feel so right together.

Even though I think Wyatt Odin is the obvious choice, let’s see if we can find a few other names to consider:

Beckett – Slightly more popular than Barrett, but not quite as common as your favorites. It could be a nod to your name.

Declan Declan is an up-and-coming Irish import.

Holden Holden shares Logan’s long ‘o’ sound, but is a little less popular. Of course, Holden Odin is just as much of a non-starter.

Levi Even though Levi is an Old Testament name, it brings to mind denim – making it a rugged Americana choice, along the lines of Jackson and Wyatt.

Julian – Like Wyatt, Julian is in the US Top 100, but not so popular that it’s everywhere.

Landon – There are a handful of two-syllable, ends with ‘n’ names that start with L, just like Logan. Landon is the obvious substitute, and I think Landon Odin works in a way that Logan Odin does not.

My favorite from your shortlist is Wyatt, but if your husband is open to another O middle name, I think Logan Orion is quite handsome, too. And if

Let’s have a poll to see which name comes out on top, and please add any additional suggestions for Becky and her family in the comments!

Which is the best name for Jackson and Scarlett's brother?

  1. ALogan
  2. BWyatt
  3. CBarrett
  4. DAnother name
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25 Responses to “Name Sage: Baby Names for Another Boy”

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MaryFiona Says:

March 2nd, 2016 at 12:07 am

I love Logan Oliver!

katinka Says:

March 2nd, 2016 at 2:12 am

I’d go with Logan Oliver or Wyatt Odin.

You may not agree on a specific name, but to me your styles are pretty well-matched, so there’s definitely hope! Some lovely suggestions from Abby but I think you have some great options to work with already. Good luck!

choczzz Says:

March 2nd, 2016 at 3:00 am

I think Logan Oliver is lovely! However, I wonder if Oliver might be too similar to Olivia, your daughter’s middle name.

I love the name Logan! If Odin isn’t a definite, what about Logan Oakley or Logan Oscar?

If not, I think the following names are nice and could fit in with your other children’s names.
Wyatt Odin
Wesley Odin
Jasper Odin
Lars Odin

All the best! 🙂

thunderdragon424 Says:

March 2nd, 2016 at 6:47 am

Loving Levi Odin!

Maple10 Says:

March 2nd, 2016 at 6:47 am

I like Abby’s suggestion of Beckett! I also like the above suggestion of Wesley! Logan and Wyatt are fine names. Odin is fine, But for an O middle I would pick Oak!

JaneElizabeth Says:

March 2nd, 2016 at 6:58 am

I think Logan is the best of the bunch! It flows with the older children’s names nicely – Jackson, Scarlett and Logan. In my opinion Barrett and Wyatt are too similar to Scarlett with the double t’s. But I agree with Abby – Logan Odin just isn’t an option. Logan Oliver is a lovely choice.

If you just can’t decide I would suggest broadening the search, as it’s important both you and your husband love the name. Some alternatives to consider that I think would work well are Fletcher, Cooper, William, Archer, Riley. Nice strong names to suit your previous choices.

Best of luck!!

Cordelia16 Says:

March 2nd, 2016 at 7:07 am

I vote for Logan Oliver (if Odin is not set in stone, that is). I like that the rhythm and ending of Logan lightly matches Jackson, while the mn Oliver matches Scarlett’s mn Olivia. A nice way to link the three siblings.

Don’t really know what to suggest if you’re set on Odin … I’m not a fan of Wyatt or Barrett (which I always see as barrette).

sarab.cook Says:

March 2nd, 2016 at 8:04 am

Barrett and Wyatt are too close to Scarlett with the double t’s. I love Abby’s suggestion of Levi and I also like the above suggestions of Fletcher, Cooper, and Wesley!

boyandgirl Says:

March 2nd, 2016 at 8:22 am

I would go with Wyatt or Levi!

Alsace Says:

March 2nd, 2016 at 8:51 am

I understand the appeal of Barrett (kind of) but the potential nn Barry would stop me from using it. It strikes me as frumpy. I think Wyatt fits pretty well, although it’s definitely nms. I don’t like Logan at all.

I also love the suggestions of Cooper and Wesley (especially Wesley). Other suggestions: Cole (or Coleman), Graham, Grant, Jefferson, Harrison, Ford, Hayes (president theme with the last five).

Waverly123 Says:

March 2nd, 2016 at 11:04 am

Some more ideas:
Emmett
Ronan
Curtis
Charlie

Out of Logan, Wyatt & Barrett, I like Wyatt best! Odin reminds me of Odie from the Garfield comics.

teacupsandtiaras Says:

March 2nd, 2016 at 12:11 pm

I love Logan Orion–I think Wyatt and Barrett are too matchy-matchy with another “-tt” name in Scarlett! (Says the lady whose dogs are named Rhett and Scarlett…)

Bobcat108 Says:

March 2nd, 2016 at 12:30 pm

I’m not into the sound of a two-syllable first name ending in “n” w/Odin…for me the rhythm is just not right. So if the middle name’s going to be Odin, I would look for first names that don’t end in “n.” Archer Odin, Cooper Odin, or Wesley Odin work way better IMO than Logan, Mason, etc. And as well as Wyatt works sound-wise, I agree that names ending in the double t are too close to Scarlett, leaving Jackson out of the mix. I like the sound of Becket, but spelled w/one t. Good luck! 🙂

LoveBugsMama Says:

March 2nd, 2016 at 12:40 pm

Love the new poll feature!

I voted for other but do feel like Wyatt Odin is a nice choice. I like Abby’s suggestions of Beckett and Levi as well as pp’s of Wesley .

missmarvelous Says:

March 2nd, 2016 at 12:53 pm

What I like about Wyatt Odin is that it’s got something in common with each sibling name! There’s the -tt ending to match Scarlett and rhyming middle names with Jackson. Seems pretty perfect to me! 🙂

My second choice would be Logan Oliver for the same reasons — similar ending to Jackson and similar middle to Scarlett!

AD10 Says:

March 2nd, 2016 at 2:45 pm

I wonder if you would like Mason. It fits well with the southern vibes of Scarlett and Jackson. Mason Oliver is lovely if you aren’t set on Odin. I also agree with pp suggestion of Wesley. Wesley Odin is super handsome and I like how Scarlett, Jackson, and Wesley all fit together yet have different ending sounds. If you like the sound of Logan but worry that it’s too popular, then I will suggest Nolan. It fits that sweet spot having a popular sound and being familiar but not “5 in every classroom” popular. Nolan Odin doesn’t really flow well though. I think Cole, Hudson, Tyson/Ty, Grayso, Avery fit the sib set well also.

AD10 Says:

March 2nd, 2016 at 2:45 pm

Grayson*

pow2 Says:

March 2nd, 2016 at 5:55 pm

I love the voting poll!

kennamoon Says:

March 2nd, 2016 at 9:16 pm

Jackson, Scarlett & Zachary Odin
Jackson, Scarlett & Brady Odin
Jackson, Scarlett & Harry Odin
Jackson, Scarlett & Max Odin
Jackson, Scarlett & Dean Odin

Nyx Says:

March 3rd, 2016 at 12:09 am

I voted for other and here’s why:
Jackson and Scarlett are great names together, but aren’t matchy. In fact, each name feels unique with its own personality and tone. Logan ends in the “en” sound very very similar to Jackson. Wyatt ends in the strong “tt” sound as the same as Scarlett. Either name (and most of the other options) feels like you’re trying to match the name to the sibling name. Doing this seems to diminish the unique, individuality of the names.

Names I’d recommend:
Levi Odin
Sawyer Odin
Bridger Odin
Spencer Odin
Wesley Odin

These names share an old west vibe with Jackson, an old-fashioned feel like Scarlett, a quirky modern vibe like the two, but also feel uniquely individual when seen within the group.

Jolanic Says:

March 3rd, 2016 at 10:20 am

I love the name Wyatt but imo it’s just not the ‘right’ name after a Scarlett. It’s just the ‘tt’ ending which does it for me I think. Although Wyatt Odin is gorgeous together:)

A few suggestions… do you like Oscar or Oliver?

Jackson, Scarlett and Bodhi Oscar (if Odin isn’t THE definite middle)

Jackson, Scarlett and Boden Oscar (Boden gives you a similar to Odin sound)

Jackson, Scarlett and Aaron Oliver

Jackson, Scarlett and Blake Odin

Jackson, Scarlett and Frankie Odin

Jackson, Scarlett and Lex Odin

Jackson, Scarlett and Marin Oliver

Jackson, Scarlett and Francis Odin

Jackson, Scarlett and Harrison Odin

Jackson, Scarlett and Leonard Odin (nickname Leo)
I think Jackson, Scarlett and Leo are lovely together!

tori101 Says:

March 3rd, 2016 at 2:12 pm

My favourite suggestion from Abbey is Levi. I think Levi sounds great with Jackson & Scarlett. I also like Beckett .

jennacaraway Says:

March 3rd, 2016 at 6:39 pm

When I first saw your husband’s suggestion, the name “Bennett” came to mind.

amie1la Says:

April 9th, 2016 at 4:27 am

I agree that Wyatt is a bit much with Scarlett. I loved:

Logan Oliver
Levi Odin
Sawyer Odin.

You could also go with Sawyer Oliver.

Good luck!

7420 Says:

August 8th, 2016 at 4:24 pm

Barrett, Wyatt, etc sound too much like Scarlett. Also, just a tip, I would avoid Holden because Holden and Scarlett are the names of John’s two children in the popular show American Horror Story.

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