So I know I had that huge long thread about the name Miles, but now I've decided I don't like it after all. I think. Maybe. Anyway, I'm looking for alternatives (much to DH's disgust!). But right now I feel like I've looked at ALL THE NAMES IN THE WORLD and haven't found the perfect one, so... help?
We like names with a hard-C sound, names that start with L, names with R-sounds in them (although DD's name starts with R, so I'm not sure about another R-name - too matchy? I could be convinced, though). I like names that have a kind of gentle sound to them without being girly; preferably with Anglo-Saxon, Celtic or at least Latin roots (to keep vaguely within our ancestral heritage); and not super-common, but not totally made up or "huh?"-worthy either.
Here are some that didn't quite make the cut, but have some of the right elements... (and forgive me for rejecting the names of your beloved children; I'm sure it's me, not the names!):
Liam - way too popular in NZ right now, or I'd go for it
Lachlan - I love, DH doesn't like
Clark - I like the sounds, and the Superman connotation, but it seems a bit too... modern? Nerdy? I dunno. Just doesn't sit right.
Llewellyn - Sounds to me too much like "Lou-Ellen"
Leander - Similarly, reminds me too much of "Leanne"
Lewis - I like because of CS Lewis, but I'm not sure I like how the name looks; plus, people would spell it Louis
Locke - kinda cool, but not "namey" enough for me.
Carroll - again, sounds too much like "Carol"
Carl - friend of DH's, so would be weird
Cullen - ruined because of Twilight
Calvin - I love it, but we're Calvinists so it would seem fangirlish and a bit odd
Carson - see above :p A bit too modern for our tastes, anyway
Calum/Callum - ruined by a kid we know
Connor - ruined by the kid on Angel and the kid on Primeval
Lionel - I dunno, meh?
Lyndon/Linden - DH vetoed
Russell - ruined for DH by some character in... something.
Lincoln - too Presidenty
Other names that aren't quite right, but have vaguely the right vibe, include Brock, Mason, Greyson, Hunter, Alden, Birch, Heath, and... heck, at this point I forget. They're all blurring together.