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    Help with Classic Name that is Not Spanish but Goes with Spanish Last Name

    I've been lurking for a while and hoping you all can help. Sorry in advance for the long-winded post. I know there was a similar post recently but if I remember correctly, that person was looking for a more Spanish name than I am.

    My husband and I are expecting our first child in February and he's a boy. We had some girl names picked out but finding boy names much harder. My husband is of Cuban descent and we have a common Spanish last name. It starts with G and has 3 syllables (think along the lines of Hernandez or Rodriguez). I am Irish and other European blends but am not at all Spanish and we live in an area with a large Irish population and very small Hispanic population. My husband is Juan Carlos II and we have Juan Carlos III on our list. I said we could name the baby Juan Carlos III (and he would be known as Trey) if he LOVED it but my husband thinks it's more of a "safety" if we don't come up with anything else. I don't think the rest of his family cares that much either. We like very classic names for boys and, while we want something that can be translated into Spanish, we do not want a real Spanish name (e.g., no Diego or Alberto). The other problem is that while names like Lucas and Marcus would work, they would be shortened to Luke or Mark and I don't like the hard K next to the G of our last name.

    So, two questions:

    1. Any opinions on Juan Carlos III, being known as Trey? My concern is that with so much emphasis on legal names now for passports and plane tickets, I don't want it to be too confusing for him. Similarly, things like work email addresses may be difficult down the road since it will be unclear if his first initial should be listed as J or T. I also worry about discrimination with such a clearly Hispanic name (though that may be moot since our last name is very Hispanic).

    2. So far, the only other names on our list are William and Alexander, both of which I prefer to Juan Carlos III. I know they are both very popular and am ok with that but am hoping for more suggestions. My husband has shot down Henry, Samuel, Benjamin, Asher, and Andrew. And, again, I do not want a real Spanish name. We are ok with Irish names but nothing so Irish that it would look ridiculous with our last name.

    Who's up for the challenge? Any thoughts?


  2. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Personally, if your husband and his family don't really care if the name Juan Carlos is continued for a third generation, I would just use it as a mn option. I'm not crazy about juniors, numerals or calling a boy "Trey". I love Alexander. Here are some other suggestions that would work with your Spanish surname.

    Gabriel - if you don't mind alliteration
    All the best,

  3. #5
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Flyover Territory
    I was just going to suggest Julian/Julius. Looks like Mischa gave some great options! I really like the idea of Philip, Francis/co, and Ezra.
    Tara, proud mama to a Honey Badger
    ... and a Badger in Training

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    Hm... I love Juan Carlos, but I don't love Jrs or IIIs (my husband is a Jr and is fighting hard for baby to be a III if it is a boy- sigh). I do love Daniel though (well, it is my husband's name). I was a Spanish teacher for years, so I often pronounce his name in the Spanish way (dah-NYEL vs. DA-nyel). Would Daniel Carlos G------ work? Daniel is also very popular in Ireland. Another one, which would be more of the conversion type name, is Patrick. My brother in law is Patrick but I always call him Patricio. It is very Irish but easily converted to Spanish.

    As for nicknames, if your sone was legally named JC III, he would have to use that on all of his legal documents, travel plans, etc. My legal name is Katherine but nobody has ever called me that in my life- I go by Katy. That said, my driver's license, passport, credit cards, etc all say Katherine and that is also how I sign my name. It happens all the time. My great-great grandma was "Celia Louise" but everyone called her "Lula." She just made sure to sign the legal name when necessary.

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    Thanks for the feedback. I have considered most of the names on Mischa's list (thanks for the many suggestions, by the way) but nothing seems quite right. My two big concerns are (1) having a name that will last a lifetime, meaning cute as a child, datable as a teen/young man, and distinguished in the workplace and (2) having something kind of strong since he is likely to be short and already has a stereotypical minority name. Daniel and Patrick are on teh right track but there are close family members with those names already. I have proposed Callum and Seamus too but got shot down.

    I guess I was just hoping to expand the list beyond William and Alexander but being down to 2 may not be the worst thing in the world.

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