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  1. #1
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    Middle name for Bowen

    Hubby and I like the name John Bowen (John is my father's name and his step-father's--both of whom passed away from cancer), but we know we would inevitably end up calling him Bowen because neither of us like John much as a first name and Bowen John lends itself to an unfortunate set of initials. So. Any suggestions for other middle names that go well with Bowen? We are not throwing John Bowen out. Just looking for some other potential options. =]

    Thanks!
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    Thanks for the suggestions! I hadn't considered a variation of John. Not sure I love any of them, but definitely something to think about. I also really like Bowen Everett and Bowen Ezra. I kept getting stuck on Bowen with 'J' names, so this is helpful. lol
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    I used Everett. It means 'strong as a wild boar' and I think it's captivating and classy.

    Bowen Elias
    Bowen Alexander
    Bowen Crouse
    Bowen Brandt
    Bowen Fyodor
    Bowen Grant
    Bowen Hamish (that's a stretch, I'm just playing with the alphabet)
    Bowen Isaiah
    Bowen Jacoby
    Bowen Kane
    Bowen Levander
    Bowen Matthias
    Bowen Noam
    Bowen Othello
    Bowen Patrick
    Bowen Quinn
    Bowen Rhys
    Bowen Solstice
    Bowen Tobias
    Bowen Ulysses
    Bowen Victor
    Bowen Walder
    Bowen Xavier
    Bowen Zebulon

    That was fun. Hope there's some inspiration in there somewhere.
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    I love Bowen! Maybe consider giving him three names?

    Bowen Everett John (as previously suggested)
    Bowen Jasper John
    Bowen Oscar John
    Bowen Axel John

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    Thanks for the suggestions everyone! Definitely some good inspiration and some names I haven't considered yet. I hadn't thought about two middle names, either. That could work well.
    Chelsee ~ 30 ~ wife and mom of one human child and two furbabies
    Adley Rose* 1/13/18


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  7. #7
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    Just chiming in to say I love the name Bowen as a first name. It is the name of an island near where I live and for various reasons we can't use it but I wish we could!
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    Chiming in on making Bowen the first name! Also, having gone through life as the person who wsnt by their,middle,name, it,is annnoying to constantly correct people. Or to be called a name that you dont go by.

    Are you in a place that will immediately turn his name into B.J.? (I ask because, here, no one would do that).

    Could you honor them in a different way?

    Did they both like a sport or activity (opens up middle name options like Archer, Fletcher, Hunter, etc) or embody certain values or virtues? (opens up names that mean hard worker, strong, loyal, protector, etc).

    Just a few thoughts on additional options!

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    We'd really rather not call a child by their middle name for that reason. My husband's older brother goes by his middle name (because he was named after his father, so they try to avoid confusion) and he finds it annoying.

    I can't say for sure that everyone would turn the name to B.J. (we would not), but I worry that is something kids in school would quickly pick up on. I know kids will find whatever they want to find to tease about, but I figure might as well not give them easy ammo. When I was in school, we all compared initials to see if anyone's spelled anything cool, stupid, funny, etc. Don't know if that's still a thing or not. haha
    Chelsee ~ 30 ~ wife and mom of one human child and two furbabies
    Adley Rose* 1/13/18


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    I think Bowen John works. Unless you intend to call him by his initials, there's no reason to think people would consider his initials unfortunate. You might consider Bowen Arrow... that's just what I thought of first!

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