A spring name for a boy-- How about Aviv? Aviva is Hebrew for "spring"
. Oh, or "Sylvan/Sylvanus" which means woods/wooded area... actually, I've got a lot of spring boy-names in my mind...
My kids each have a Hebrew name (which we use) and an English name. My goal was for the English names to be interesting but not terribly popular, and meaningful if possible.
I'm Jewish, so it was very important for me not to name the children after people who are still alive. This actually worked out really well for me, because I *loathe* FILs name and Mike kind of wanted to use it.
It also eliminates a lot of names from our list, because in Mike's families a lot of the men have Juniors and even III's. I'm kind of glad that Mike is with me on this point; it eliminates any discussion of the name "Elmer," among many others.
Mike is German, of Amish/Mennonite descent. He's attracted to the most unbelievably boring names. How a guy named Michael could be interested in giving his kid the modern equivalent of Jennifer or Jason for a name is beyond me... but he is.
However, being of Amish/Mennonite descent, he's not totally freaked out by the sound of Hebrew names, which is cool, and he's familiar with some of the less common biblical names.
At any rate: BeanBean's Hebrew name is very, very common and it's the original form of a very common English name but because we hang out with a bunch of goyim, it sounds exotic and cool most of the time.
It's also a name that's *so* common and familiar in Hebrew that lots and lots of people avoid it unless they're naming for a specific relative. When people heard BeanBean's name (like I said, we use the Hebrew) from me, they asked "Where did you come up with that?" Because I'm not white, many people ASSumed that I made it up.
: Simply saying, "It's Hebrew" was enough to shut most of them up.
His English name is less common, but still easy to pronounce and spell and it's not totally unfamiliar to people ("did you make that up?"
). Oh, and BeanBean's Hebrew name has an extra name that's not on his birth certificate because he was a NICU baby (one of those superstitious protective things).
BooBah's Hebrew name is, like her brother's, extremely common; in fact, I think that her name is probably more popular with this generation (Jewish names tend to follow generational cycles, because children are often named for recently deceased relatives in large clusters). Her English name was quite uncommon in children her age outside of the Amish community, but is now rapidly climbing... I'm seeing it *everywhere* and have in fact seen it in at least two posts in this forum!!
: It's driving me crazy, truth to tell.. I have a feeling that her name is going to be the Emma of the next few years. I guess I feel better about having one in 2004 who was named for a specific person than I would about having one later (think Jennifer in 1965 vs. Jennifer in 1980) but it's still bothering me.
As to baby #3: Mike is totally set on one particular girl's name. I'm okay with it, but I'd rather choose after we see the baby. He's totally against all of the boy's names that I've suggested, but I think I've come up with a compromise which may make one of my favorites possible.
Like I said, though, he likes the most boring names for boys and that drives me up a wall...
I'll also admit that some of the names on this thread have made me giggle.