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post #41 of 63
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I like Curran, but it's a bit similar to Rowan (plus, just ran it past DH and surprise! he doesn't like it). It's funny how I keep coming across names that sound similar to Rowan - Warren and Cowan were two recent ones - and then going "Oh, wait, no". I guess it shows that we chose a good name for DD, anyway! :p

 

Just ran another list past DH this morning. It included Emrys, Heath, Gresham and Alcott, as well as a few he'd previously vetoed but I was hoping I could sneak back in for a second opinion. :p He vetoed them all.  *sigh*  And the others I ran past him from this thread? Fionn and Rhys and so on? Yeah, not so much.

 

He has made one recent suggestion - Wesley. It's not awful - I like the Princess Bride association, and Wesley from Buffy was (eventually) extremely awesome; but I can't get over the Wesley Crusher connotation. (DH said "Wesley Crusher was cool". I'm having children with this man??). Plus, I don't like Wes as a nickname. So there that is.

 

Our current contenders seem to be Miles, Lewis and Liam. Miles is the one I'm still iffy about; Lewis, likewise; and Liam I love, but it's the super-common-in-NZ-last-year one. So.... arrgh. I don't mind any of them, but.... but but but!

post #42 of 63

Has anyone suggested Marcus yet?

 

Or I recently came across the name Deacon.  I wouldn't use it for churchy reasons (which I suspect might make you reject it as well) but it is kind of cute.

 

Or what about Leo?  Kind of, almost Liam, but not really...

 

 

Oh dear.  I really want to help!  Is there a prize for suggesting the winning name?  winky.gif

post #43 of 63

You know, I LOVE Wesley!  I wish I could use it for this boy, but our last name is three syllables and ends in -ski.  I could NEVER do that to my child!  But in my heart of hearts I wish I could just name him Wesley and change his last name to something else too so it all works together.

 

I love Liam and Miles, but when it doesn't feel like "it" it can be soooo frustrating!!  Hmm. 

 

Did you try the phone book?

post #44 of 63
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He has made one recent suggestion - Wesley. It's not awful - I like the Princess Bride association, and Wesley from Buffy was (eventually) extremely awesome; but I can't get over the Wesley Crusher connotation. (DH said "Wesley Crusher was cool". I'm having children with this man??). Plus, I don't like Wes as a nickname. So there that is.

Oh that had me laughing so hard! I am proud to say that my DH has an appropriate dislike of Wesley Crusher. =P

But then.. my DH thinks that we should name our baby Wallace (if it's a boy) so he can call him Wally! I'm afraid I had to veto that one. Wallace was his grandfather's name, so I've compromised with it maybe being a middle name.

I really like Corbin, but DH isn't thrilled with that one.. and, as he pointed out Corbin Wallace sounds too much like Corbin Dallas. And, while we are big fans of Fifth Element, I don't want it to be that obvious it's where we got the idea for the name. smile.gif

DH really likes Jacob, and Jacob Wallace has a nice ring... but neither of us are Twilight fans. The recent popularity of the name Jacob wouldn't bother us so much if it wasn't due to something we dislike.

At this point I'm just hoping we have a girl, we have a nice girl name picked out that we both like!
post #45 of 63

The character's name in The Princess Bride is actually Westley, with a T.  Hey, maybe you like it better that way? lol.gif

 

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He has made one recent suggestion - Wesley. It's not awful - I like the Princess Bride association

post #46 of 63
Thread Starter 

Yeah, I know, but it's still a connotation. I do quite like the T spelling, but everyone would just spell it wrong...

 

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DH really likes Jacob, and Jacob Wallace has a nice ring... but neither of us are Twilight fans. The recent popularity of the name Jacob wouldn't bother us so much if it wasn't due to something we dislike.

Tell me about it. I quite Cullen, and Bella for a girl, but... no.

post #47 of 63


 

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Finn is super-trendy here right now, but I haven't actually heard Fionn! I like it. Bet DH will veto it, though. :p How is it pronounced? I just Googled it and it seems like some people say Fin, some say 'Fee-on' (which I think I prefer, otherwise we might as well just use Finn/Fynn, right?) and a few say 'Fyoon'.


 

LOL, the darn o in Fionn strikes again...we pronounce it Finn, because that is what I wanted to call him.  My DH wouldn't go along with the name without the o, though.  So now people are rarely sure how it's pronounced and my DH will never live it down :P  I like the alternate pronunciations as well, and had I not had my heels dug in at the time, I might have considered going with one.  Fee-un is another pronunciation.  It seems to depend a lot on local dialect.  My favorite besides the plain ol' 'finn' we use is one that I'm not even sure is a "real" one, but what a friend guessed at pronunciation...FEE-in, basically Ian with an F at the beginning.  My inlaws kind of subtly pronounce it this way without trying to, just their particular east coast accent added to 'finn'.  The pronunciations I've seen online seem to stress the second syllable rather than the first.

post #48 of 63
Yeah that's how i'd pronounce it, Fi-unn or something (or maybe like Ian with an F in front of it).. I have a cd with traditional Irish legends that came free with a newspaper we got when we were visiting the in-laws in Ireland last summer... there's a story about a Fionn on it, I should have a listen to it to see how they pronounce it! smile.gif I quite like most of the pronounciations of it anyway, lol.
post #49 of 63

My faves from this thread are definitely

 

Declan (I hear great teen boy nickname potential, "Hey Dec!")

Cormac (so cool, nice literary reference, fulfills several of your "likes," and sounds great with Rowan) and

Leo

 

I say stay away from things that are super spelling challenges. Unless you're living in Wales, why not name a Finn "Finn"? Say what you mean!  Finn is a beautiful, simple name.

post #50 of 63
You could also use Finnegan, Finnbarr, Finley/Findlay, Finian, or some other form and then use Finn as a nickname...
post #51 of 63

Some ideas that were on our list before we found out baby is a girl baby (which is much easier for us, we've had that name picked for 7 years!)

 

Callahan -- put on our list b/c Cullen & Callum were ruined as they were for you by Twilight & a child we know.

 

Maguire -- it's not 'ordinary', but it's still easy to spell & say

 

Griffin -- we can't use it b/c our son is Finnegan, and the logical short form of both is Finn, and that would never work! But Griffin might be a nice pairing with Rowan for you.

 

Malachi -- with 'Kai' for a short form. I like Biblical names that are not super common.

 

Have you played around with Nymbler.com ? You can put in the names you like that have been vetoed, as well as your DD's name, and even your own name if you want, and then it suggests other names based on your inspiration names. Sometimes it makes really odd suggestions (Kermit? when I put in Finnegan ... but they are both puppets from 80s children's TV ...), but some suggestions are great, I think it was where I first saw Callahan as a viable option!

 

 


 

post #52 of 63

 

 

I'm having trouble quoting, but wanted to say THANK YOU to Lula's Mom for pointing out that the character from The Princess Bride is "Westley" not Wesley.  DH has been stuck on the name nearly the whole time we've been struggling, painfully slowly, to name this little guy.  However, he was into the name due speficially to Star Trek (Wesley Crusher and series creator Eugene Wesley Roddenberry), which whatever, is fine, but pretty nerdy.  The inclusion of the "T" though - makes a big difference for me, especially given the association to The Princess Bride.  Oh happy day...maybe we're getting close to naming our baby - finally!

 

Good luck to you, Smokering.  I unfortunately have no help to offer, as I'm in the exact same boat.  Every single name is like "meh."  It's incredibly frustrating.  While Westley might not be as strongly "meant to be" as my first sons name was, I like it well enough to go with it if DH feels the same. 

post #53 of 63

Aw, you're welcome!  I like it much better with the T, too- it's like a whole different name.

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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.

 

Help!

 

 

 

 



I'm in a name-thinking mood and want to play if it's not too late!

 

Hard C = K, right?  The first name that came to mind was Keenan.  Or Keane.

 

Others:

Caed or Cade or Cademan

Cole

Kirk

Levi

Luther

Lucian

Lucas

Cameron

 

 

 

post #55 of 63

Who is Wesley Crusher?  I don't watch TV so I am totally out of it on all these popular culture references.  I like being ignorant, but at the same time now I'm worried that there's some connotation with the name I've picked other than the one I have!  (Fortunately it's not Wesley though, or any of the Twilight names mentioned above).

post #56 of 63

how about Makai?

post #57 of 63
Just to throw a few more in the mix:
Matthias
Foster or Forrester
Gideon
Seamus (i like the nickname Shay)
Elton or Alton
Anton

I really like Griffin! I'm going to keep that (and this whole thread actually) in mind in case we ever have a boy...
post #58 of 63
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Who is Wesley Crusher?  I don't watch TV so I am totally out of it on all these popular culture references.  I like being ignorant, but at the same time now I'm worried that there's some connotation with the name I've picked other than the one I have!  (Fortunately it's not Wesley though, or any of the Twilight names mentioned above).

He was a teenage character on Star Trek: The Next Generation, as has been referred to as "the Jar-Jar Binks of the Star Trek universe".... which if you don't do pop culture might not mean a lot to you, I guess. :p Basically he was an annoying, chinless little so-and-so who saved the ship with his improbable genius every few episodes, was irritatingly goody-goody and was generally despised by fans. The actor has done some funny cameo sendups of himself since then, and seems pretty cool; but still.

 

PM a few of us the name you've picked, if you like, and we can try to tell you if it belongs to anyone atrocious. :p You didn't happen to go for "Hannibal", did you?

post #59 of 63
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Calvin - I love it, but we're Calvinists so it would seem fangirlish and a bit odd

You know, I think Calvin is really cool (ok, I really love Calvin&Hobbes bag.gif )... and maybe it wouldn't be too weird even if you're Calvinists? I mean I obviously don't know how often, for example, you mention "Calvin" in relation to your religion, or if the historic Calvin is an important person within the religion today (I mean are celebrations given in his honor or something) or anything, I'm really ignorant about calvinism redface.gifredface.gif so it's hard for me to get a picture of how strange it would be... but it's a nice name!




Oh yeah I thought of another name (or maybe it has been mentioned already, i'm beginning to lose track smile.gif) :
Trevor
post #60 of 63

Ok, my taste is pretty out there, but how about the name Capernaum? I do like it and I liked Naum as a nickname since Capernaum means Nahum's village.

 

Thought I may as well throw it out there and see!

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