Post # 1
Darling Husband and I found out we’re having twin boys this morning! Sooooo exciting!
We know for sure that one of the boys (most likely the first born) will be Patrick James after his daddy :). We want strong, classic names for our boys that will work well from baby to grown-up.
That being said, I’m totally stuck on the second boy name! I put a few of our contenders in the poll, but please feel free to add suggestions!
We’d prefer not to have a super popular name, but if it’s something we love, then we’d be willing to deal with that!
P.S. We’re also working on middle names for the second name, so feel free to throw those ideas at us as well! 🙂
P.P.S. Many bring up the valid point of giving Patrick James to one and not the other… just wondering, do you think they’ll be happy knowing one is named after daddy and the other has one of Grandpa’s names? (Michael). Like Benjamin Michael and Patrick James? Or what about keeping James as the middle name for both? (i.e. Patrick James and Benjamin James?) So nervewracking! haha
Edit again: Father-In-Law is Patrick James, Darling Husband is Patrick James II, and little one would be Patrick James III… hence my never thinking of splitting up the names! This is hard!
Post # 3
I voted for Benjamin. However, because they’re twins, what about giving BOTH boys one of their daddy’s names? Patrick _____________ and James _____________? That way, one twin would not be a junior while the other feels a bit “left out”?
Maybe you could have Patrick Benjamin and James Nathanial or James Maxwell? Just a thought.
ETA: By the way, CONGRATULATIONS!!!! I totally forgot to add that while typing my response to the name question!
Post # 4
@Brielle: Thank you! Splitting up DH’s name is a great idea in theory… but the name James is kind of ruined for me by a deadbeat cousin that I have. He’s a drug user, has 4 kids by 3 moms (and doesn’t care for them as well as he should), and is a freeloader. So unfortunately, I couldn’t bear to name my child James!
I appreciate the idea though! No one ever brought that up to us before! 🙂
Post # 5
@Brielle: that’s exactly what I was going to suggest! Great idea!
ETA sorry just saw your response OP so that makes sense. Also, I know you said you did’t want super popular names but I have more friends named Benjamin and Nathaniel that I can count on all of my fingers.
Post # 6
- Wedding: June 2014 - Ontario, Canada ♥ EDD- April 2016
I love Benjamin Patrick James, but then again I may be biased because my brother’s name is Benjamin Edward James haha (:
Post # 7
I LOVE Nathaniel as a boy’s name so I like that one!
Patrick James and Nathaniel… David? Timothy? Do you have any other significant names in your families to use for a middle name?
Post # 8
I think that the name Benjamin would go really well with Patrick 🙂 My second choice would be Nathaniel.
Post # 9
@MrsElopement: Oooh thanks for the heads up! I actually only know one Nathaniel and no Benjamins, so I’m totally thrown off with the popularity of names! I know a lot of Matthews and Michaels.
Post # 10
@shimmerofheaven: I know a lot of those too! It could be popular amongst our generation. I worked in a children’s program and they all had “different” names.
Post # 11
I agree with the pp that suggested the names be split up…it seems weird to give one twin his father’s name and have nothing for the other. Since you don’t like James for a first name but are okay with it for a middle name, what if twin A was Patrick Middlename and twin B was Firstname James? Nathaniel James has a really nice ring to it.
Post # 12
OMG!!! CONGRATULATIONS! Lucky you!!!!!
Post # 13
Benjamin has always been one of my favorite names, so I voted for that one. I love the name Ben.
If you’re already set on Patrick, what about Phillip? Both P’s but different sounds so they aren’t so easily confused.
I like the name Nathaniel as well, and it goes well with Patrick. Similar styles. I also think Andrew has a similar style.
Post # 14
@shimmerofheaven: Oh, I totally understand. I have names like that for me as well. Sorry. Just two more questions/comments about this idea, though. Did your cousin go by Jim? If so, perhaps you could consider Jamie as an alternative nickname for James? I’ve known several Jamie’s including the adorable little son of one of my friends. Just thought I’d toss that out there. 🙂 The second is, you could always call him by his middle name. I’ve known plenty of guys who have gone by their first initial and their middle names.
Post # 15
@sugarpea: Nice! Your brother has a really strong name… I like that. I’d be afraid of the connotation of “Edward” with Twilight. Even though I really like Twilight (sadly! lol), I wanted to stay away from those names… which was frustrating because I REALLY liked Jacob before the books and movie came out!
@Miss Fish: The only other name that I can really think of that is significant is my dad, Michael. My Darling Husband is actually the Jr, so our baby boy will be Patrick James III. (I sure hope he doesn’t get teased for his suffix! lol). Benjamin Michael doesn’t sound bad, but Nathaniel Michael or Maxwell Michael doesn’t really work. So much pressure to give a child a name forever!!
@Running Elley: Thanks! 🙂
Post # 16
@shimmerofheaven: I love the name Benjamin, but unfortunately, I dated one years ago, so I’ll never be able to use it! What about Benjamin Christopher? Or possibly using your father’s name as the middle name? Or maybe your maiden name?