Post # 47
My family name for first born boys is Bentley, which I’ve always thought was cool.
I personally hate any of those ‘trendy’ names, because I feel like grown men are just not named “Jayden” or “Caden”… they just don’t seem like a “man’s” name (although since those names are super popular now, there will be lots of men running around with those names in about 15 years so…) I also REALLY hate it when people try to make a name unique by changing the spelling… um, it’s still “Rachel” even if you spell it R-A-E-C-H-E-L-L-E, and it’s not any more unique spelled that way.
I actually really like almost all of the names on sammerz’s list. Especially Elliott. I think that name is just so darling.
Post # 48
perhaps you are thinking of Jakoby Elsbury, the baseball player for the Boston Red Sox?
Post # 49
Finn, Connor, Caleb, Brady
Post # 50
I second Nathan and Cooper.
Post # 51
I agree, Miss Root. Trendy, made-up names and cutesy spellings are pet peeves of mine, too.
I think a good rule of thumb for all parents to be is the ‘honorable judge’ test. If the name you’ve selected sounds fine in this sentence, ‘Please rise for the Honorable Judge *insert full name*,’ feel free to keep it in the running. It will age with your child well. If not, back to the drawing board.
For what it’s worth, I love:
Post # 52
Agree with you on both the “trendy” names and spelling. It’s interesting (read: sad) to read about name discrimination and the various studies done on name discrimination in employment. I’m sure there will be studies done in 15 years, when all the Jaidyns, Caydens and Dakotas are entering the workforce, and how employers consciously, or subconsciously, assign certain attributes based on those names/spellings.
Post # 53
- Wedding: May 2011 - Bartram's Garden
I would stay away from Aidan and anything that rhymes with it: Jaden, Caden, Brayden, etc. Waaay too overdone. There will probably be three other kids in every class with the same name.
I like very traditional, “old man” names. My two favorites are Henry and Charlie. I also like James and William but those have become very trendy again. Sigh.
Post # 54
is there name discrimination that exists? I’ll have to go and look that up. As an employer, I definitely don’t discriminate based on names (although I employ a VERY diverse workforce, so that probably doesn’t apply). I guess the good thing for those little Jaydens and Dakotas out there is that by the time they are interviewing for jobs, those that are in their 40’s and 50’s doing most of the hiring will be the same parents who named their kids similar names… 😉
“honorable Judge” test! I LOVE it!
Post # 55
pretty sure we are naming our son liam. We both really like the name and its irish
Post # 58
I think I have found it so hard, because I want my son to have a strong name that he can be proud of when he is an adult. For instance one of you lovely loadies suggested the name Alfie. Now Alfie is super cute for a little boy, but I can’t imagine a 30yr old man with the name Alfie….but thats just me.
And i think I figured out where I had heard Jakoby…. I was wtaching Guilianna and Bill the other night (I watch it a little, but not often) and her assistants last name and nickname I think is Jakoby. I gave it to my Fiance has an option….he didn’t say much. haha!!
And I know what you guys mean about unique spelling. My sisters middle name is Michelle, but my mother spelt it Micheal. And everyone thinks my sisters middle name is Michael. lol.
I chose Jade for my Daughter because it was common enough not to be strange, and common enough that I was in a gift shop the other day and bought her a really cute picture frame with her name on it. But its also not so common that its insanely popular….at least not around here anyway. And I am finding it really hard to find a male equivalent.
At the moment we have Owen and Rhys on the short list. But the jury is still out deliberating.
Post # 59
And my Fiance still trys to throw Jakob in there (I think to give me a hard time more than anything lol). But I keep saying no, no, no, NO!!
I could not live with a Jade Jake situation.
Reminds me of two brothers I went to school with…Desmond and Leslie…..
otherwsie known as Les and Des……
scary scary stuff
Post # 60
I know this name ends in ‘en’ – but I don’t feel it has the same trendiness as the others mentioned. ‘Soren‘ – I love it.
Right now Ryker is at the top of our boy list. But my hubby told me the other night that he likes it and will go with it if I REALLY REALLY want it – but he’s not 100%. So we’ll see. We also need to find something to go with it!
Boy names are HARD!
I like the ‘judge’ test. I also try to imagine cheering the name for sports. “Nice Shot RYKER!” Or calling after brother and sister. “Jade, Soren – let’s go!”. I’ve also heard to imagine introducing yourslef as the name. “Hi, I’m Ryker, nice to meet you”. Some gain momentum and some lost it with these tests 🙂
Post # 61
We had our names all picked out before we went to the hospital to deliver our son (we kept it a surprise on the sex).
We were absolutely certain that we would be naming our child Patrice or Isaac.
But you know what happened? I went through a gruelling 29 hour labor and completely changed my mind when I met my son, and settled with Vincent. It was completely unexpected and a lot of people were surprised/not in like with the name, but it grew on everyone (especially the Italians in the family!)
We went through what seemed like thousands of names, and kept a backup list with us up until the point that we filled out the statement of live birth.
You will find a name you & your FH adore, even if it seems like you never will, it will come to you 🙂
the honourable judge test is priceless!