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  1. #1
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    Sep 2011

    36 weeks and in a PANIC-- PLEASE HELP!

    I wrote another post for the Girls' Forum because we are Team Green, and I will try to make this one more succinct. My husband and I have agreed upon two boys' names, but neither feels like "the one"... at least not yet... We have a two-year-old named Maeve Josephine (I am obsessed with her name and want to be obsessed with this one too!)

    Quick background: husband's family is 100% Irish, but unfortunately a lot of the Irish boy names we liked in the past are way too popular for us now. Maeve is in the 500's and it's still borderline for me in terms of popularity (we do live in the Northeast, so Irish names are even more common here). I am overly preoccupied with popularity numbers, so please keep that in mind.

    Middle names: likely Christopher, after my brother, possibly George, Joseph, or Paul (all family names).

    So far we have:
    August Christopher and Crosby Paul.

    We are leaning towards August, nn Gus. I feel pretty good about this choice but I am weird about nn's... I don't mind using them, but I also don't like when a child is called the name exclusively, and I worry that would happen. To me, I might as well name him Gus then! However, August sounds like formal and has great meaning...

    We both love Crosby, and I know everyone says that's all that matters, blah blah blah, however the main reason we love it is because we are huge fans of the NBC show "Parenthood" and LOVE the character named Crosby (played by Dax Shepherd). So, I don't want it to be too much based on one pop culture reference, if that makes sense?

    Other names we have considered: Rory (slightly too popular, and too many NE'ers say it like "RAH-ree" which sounds terrible--my husband's grandmother says it in her Irish brogue "ROAR-ee" which is perfect), Declan (too popular now), Dexter (husband not sold on), George (he likes a lot, just doesn't "do it" for me), and Merit (potentially our girl name as well).

    Based on all of this, please share any thoughts, suggestions, feedback, etc?? We are down to the wire here!!

  2. #3
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    Sep 2011
    79 views and 0 replies?! Please help, friends!!

  3. #5
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    Sep 2012
    I think August Christopher is completely handsome and great. Much more in keeping with your daughter's beautiful name than Crosby, which is more folksy and informal. I don't think the nickname Gus is inevitable. Just call him August and others will too. I get that you're not big on nicknames, but I must say, "Gustopher" could be a pretty fun pet name! :-b

  4. #7
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    Nov 2013
    I can hear the panic in your post from reading!

    I love the name Rory so much, and being English myself I pronounce it ROAR-ee. The other way you mentioned sounds terrible How annoying.

    August is another great name, it's very strong and I like it a lot with Christopher. My favourite Irish name is Diarmuid, but that would be slaughtered in America, too

    I really think that August Christopher is your best bet, but I get the sense you are not in love with it the way you should be. I've realised that I have been no help whatsoever here, but wanted to respond because I feel bad for you.

    Be calm, you still have time, and hopefully you will get some more responses from people good at making suggestions!

  5. #9
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    Jan 2014
    What about Rhodri? I know it's Welsh and not Irish, but it has kind of a similar feel to Rory IMO but without the issue of Northeasterners not being able to pronounce the "row." It's not in the top 1000 in the US as far as I can tell. I also really like Merit. And Crosby doesn't feel like a pop culture reference, I never would have made that connection. It would make me think of Bing Crosby if anything; it's no Edward or Katniss. Just because you came to like the name from a TV show doesn't make it too pop culture-y.

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