Originally Posted by beanma
I saw this in New Posts and thought I'd throw one out there. My parents had an older friend named Erasmus with the nickname Raz. I always thought that was cool.
My great-grandfather's name was Erastus. Can't say I care for it, but each unto his own.
We had this same trouble and are still struggling for a middle name. Our top-picks list that didn't make it:
Orien (like The Orient w/out the "t")
We ultimately decided on Warren. It's in the 500s for popularity, which is perfect, and yet it's not a "weird" name. I doubt it will be mispronounced, but I would be shocked to meet another kid his age with this name. It also goes nicely with big brother's name, Nathan, and although it makes a lot of N's (our last name has 2 in it), it goes well with the other male names in the family (all have N's).
Now we just have to decide on a middle name. We're torn between Parker and Robert (both honoring different great-grandfathers).