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post #1 of 128
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Hi mamas!

So...we're trying to pick up boy names, for those of you with little boys who have unique names...we want something strong, that is not common...but not totally out there, you know? What was your thought process in naming your son something special...and what did you end up going with?

We have "Eli"...but don't know what we'd use for a middle name...what do you think?
post #2 of 128
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Well I KNOW!

That's the problem....Eli, is the best we can come up with and it's not THAT uncommon and becoming even less so.

Our dream would be to give our son a more traditional Irish name...I love names like Callum, etc. My MIL stole my favorite boy name ever (Colin) and gave it to my DH! So...I can't use that one...I love Finley, but it's getting more and more popular...I just don't know.

We keep coming back to Eli...but I don't know...We named DD Avery Elisabeth...LOVED it...and now, a year later...the name is becoming more and more popular and I'm trying not to care but I DO! Ack!

ETA: Yeah, my DD has the most amazing blue eyes...so she wears a lot of deep navy blues and gorgeous sea greens...people actually get mad, when they say "Oh how handsome your son is!" and I say "Yes, we thinks she's perfect!" and they say to me "Well, it confuses people when you dress her in lue like that, she should be wearing girl colors, how are people supposed to know she's a girl!" - and huff away. I'm thinking to myself, when this happens "People" aren't "supposed" to know...I could care less if they think she's a boy! She looks great in blue and green! Sorry! Ooooh...people. What are you gonna do?
post #3 of 128
Our second son is Kingston because of my memorable birth- my water broke in our RV in Kingston, NY and we made a mad 6 hour dash home to ensure it would be a homebirth- which it was, but the midwife arrived 45 minutes after our son emerged. My husband is also really into reggae so Kingston is kind of a significant for him.

Then we found out Gwen Stefani also named her son Kingston... so maybe not totally unique but still pretty rare.
post #4 of 128
Is there a last name in your family on either side that you like?

We were this close (insert fingers coming together) to using my mother's maiden name for DS's first name but we chickened out. Part of me wishes we would have used it.

A college friend of mine used her mother's maiden name, which is also her (the friend's) middle name for her son's first name.
post #5 of 128
I love the name Kingston!
post #6 of 128
My DS is named 'Royce'. No interesting story to go along with that - DH made a list of his top 5 favourite names using a couple of baby name books, and Royce was my favourite (and his) on the list. We get so many compliments on the name which is nice. Although as the name was told and retold to family it was like a game of broken telephone, I had people thinking the name was Royden, Boyce, Bryce, and Darcy (this last one was my 96 year old grandma, but still)

Some other names I really like:

Oren (vetoed by dh)
Coen (I first heard this name from a mama in my ddc, and I love it)
Quinn (although this is becoming very common)
Bryn
Brandt
Reed
post #7 of 128
My boys are Davin and Oakley. Not too common, the only other Oakley's I've heard of are girls. My other absolute favorite boy name is Jasper.
post #8 of 128
I can't share their names here, but both of my children are named after characters in a video game. These names are "real", but uncommon.
post #9 of 128
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Originally Posted by Alyantavid View Post
My boys are Davin and Oakley. Not too common, the only other Oakley's I've heard of are girls. My other absolute favorite boy name is Jasper.
Ooohhhh, Jasper! I like that!
post #10 of 128
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Originally Posted by Gillian28 View Post
My DS is named 'Royce'. No interesting story to go along with that - DH made a list of his top 5 favourite names using a couple of baby name books, and Royce was my favourite (and his) on the list. We get so many compliments on the name which is nice. Although as the name was told and retold to family it was like a game of broken telephone, I had people thinking the name was Royden, Boyce, Bryce, and Darcy (this last one was my 96 year old grandma, but still)

Some other names I really like:

Oren (vetoed by dh)
Coen (I first heard this name from a mama in my ddc, and I love it)
Quinn (although this is becoming very common)
Bryn
Brandt
Reed
I love Oren....and I LOVE Royce. I love it, because of Royce Gracie...but DH vetoed that last PG, before we knew we were carrying a girl. Good name though...yeah, I can see people being like "Royce, what? Hmmm, you mean Rory...Roy??" - silly families!
post #11 of 128
we wanted to name our kids Italian names. DH's dad is from Italy and we wanted something to match our last name. we based both our kids names on the nicknames we wanted to use. DS is Massimo which is becoming more popular but still unique. it's also a family name. DH has an uncle named Massimo but everyone called him Max. it's also DH's middle name. it was the perfect name for us.
post #12 of 128
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My boys are Davin and Oakley. Not too common, the only other Oakley's I've heard of are girls. My other absolute favorite boy name is Jasper.
Ha! Since we named our last one Kingston after the town my water broke in, we were thinking of going with the trend. If my water breaks in our hometown of "Jasper", his name might just be Jasper...
post #13 of 128
Ds' name is Honor. It was one of the few names both dh and I liked. Sometimes I wish we'd spelled it Honour, though. His middle name is that of a predatory bird. We were considering it anyway and dd helped us decide on it. We were taking a walk with her one day and asked her what we should name the baby if it's a boy and she blurted it out immediately. That cinched it for us since I don't think she'd heard us talking about it before.

We like strong sounding names that have some meaning, either to us or in general. We didn't want to get too unusual, though, , especially for a first name, since we worry about saddling our child with something they'll hate or be picked on for. Unusual/unique boys names are so much harder to me to come up with.

Dh's middle name is his mom's maiden name.

I always kind of liked Orion, Mateo and Asher but they didn't make the cut, obviously.
post #14 of 128
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Originally Posted by meg-momto2 View Post
we wanted to name our kids Italian names. DH's dad is from Italy and we wanted something to match our last name. we based both our kids names on the nicknames we wanted to use. DS is Massimo which is becoming more popular but still unique. it's also a family name. DH has an uncle named Massimo but everyone called him Max. it's also DH's middle name. it was the perfect name for us.

Awww LUCKY!

I loooove Italian names...DH has a weird thing about naming our kids, names he thnks sound "too" Italian/Muslim?English, etc...because he says "But, we're NOT Italian!? How can we give them names that are CLEARLY Italian/German/Russian!?" It makes me sad...but what am I going to do. So...he is Irish, I'm half Scandie half AA....so...I don't know. Massimo is a freakin' SWEET name!! lucky kid!
post #15 of 128
My son's name is Keiran, it is an Irish name and a bit unusual. It can also be spelt Kieran which is a bit more common or Ciaran.
post #16 of 128
HOw about Dalton?
post #17 of 128
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Originally Posted by Caneel View Post
We were this close (insert fingers coming together) to using my mother's maiden name for DS's first name but we chickened out. Part of me wishes we would have used it.
That's how my daughter got her name. My mother's maiden name...she was born in a family of girls and my grandfather only had sisters. My Corbin is holding down of lot of heritage on her little shoulders.
post #18 of 128
i like Leo.
post #19 of 128
I never got my kids names from a baby name book. I definitely looked at them but their names always seemed to come to me out of no where or I'd see the name in a credit list at the end of a movie. Then I would do a search and see if any celebrities had named their kid the same thing, if so, I'd toss it out. Celeb baby names are a good indication that it might become popular. Then I checked the SS list to see if it was in the top 1000 and if so, where.

It was really important to me for them not to have popular names, why, I don't know. If I heard another child named the same thing it would lose a bit of its magic.

Also, if you do a search and can't find the meaning, it's usually a keeper!
post #20 of 128
Jessep?
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