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post #1 of 38
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Totally random, I know, but we still don't have a boy name chosen and it could be a boy next month...

I never thought I'd be asking for name ideas on MDC, but...there you go...

My favorites to give you an idea of where we are at:
Adán, Andrés, Armando, Emiliano, Joaquín, Daniel, Diego, Carlos


DH's favorites:
Levon, Harlan, Jasper, Rembert, Jed


We do like OT biblical names (Isaac, Ezra), but it's important to me that a name work both in Spanish and English. Errrrrrgh. BTW, our girl name is chosen, works in Sp/Eng AND has family roots.
post #2 of 38
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Originally Posted by xochimama View Post
Totally random, I know, but we still don't have a boy name chosen and it could be a boy next month...

I never thought I'd be asking for name ideas on MDC, but...there you go...

My favorites to give you an idea of where we are at:
Adán, Andrés, Armando, Emiliano, Joaquín, Daniel, Diego, Carlos


DH's favorites:
Levon, Harlan, Jasper, Rembert, Jed


We do like OT biblical names (Isaac, Ezra), but it's important to me that a name work both in Spanish and English. Errrrrrgh. BTW, our girl name is chosen, works in Sp/Eng AND has family roots.
I am loving Daniel Jasper I've always loved the name Joaquin too.
post #3 of 38
here are some ideas from my old baby name lists: i tried to pick the names that work in both languages.
julian, romeo, calet, israel, elias, elian, zion, moses, alonso, damian, cesar, luis, lander, salustio, victor, paolo, ramiro, oliver, omar, wilson, amaru.

you could always go with names like diego or miguel that basically everyone can pronounce because they are so popular, but i'm sure you have already considered those.

plus, all the names you listed as spanish names are ones that i would consider pronounceable in english (but expect to correct people the first time, obviously). it's when you get to names like jesus or hector that things get tricky for the non-spanish speakers.
post #4 of 38
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I am loving Daniel Jasper I've always loved the name Joaquin too.
DH has completely nixed Daniel. Too bad, since it works in both languages.
post #5 of 38
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Originally Posted by la mamita View Post
here are some ideas from my old baby name lists: i tried to pick the names that work in both languages.
julian, romeo, calet, israel, elias, elian, zion, moses, alonso, damian, cesar, luis, lander, salustio, victor, paolo, ramiro, oliver, omar, wilson, amaru.

you could always go with names like diego or miguel that basically everyone can pronounce because they are so popular, but i'm sure you have already considered those.

plus, all the names you listed as spanish names are ones that i would consider pronounceable in english (but expect to correct people the first time, obviously). it's when you get to names like jesus or hector that things get tricky for the non-spanish speakers.
I love these ideas, keep 'em coming. (Alonso is on my list, but DH is so-so on it).

DH actually wants Jesus on the list, but for non-Sp speakers, it's just too much. They don't get it and it's too heavy. What if the kid ends up living in London or...or...North Dakota?!?


Yea, I'm aiming for something that is simple and works easily in both languages. You can see how "Levon or Harlan" don't cut it for me.

DH isn't opposed to Spanish or Nahuatl (see siggy-DD1 is Maya Xochitl Azul)-- it's just that he is kind of being insistent on including or emphasizing HIS heritage, especially if it's a boy. [I swear, it's some weird testosterone thing, this] He's white, from southern Ohio. Appalachia. Family from south Georgia. Roots are Scottish & French.

I'm Chicana: Texas/Califas familiy, currently settled in New Mexico.

This boy name thing is really giving us problems...
post #6 of 38
I do especially enjoy the "hispanic" biblical name of Rafael (healer of G-d). I don't know how that would work in Applachian culture, but does it matter? Part of the pluses of the Civil Rights Movement was more acceptance of non-WASPy cultures. I know in the Jewish community that I am a part of, you saw more people proud of using their biblical or Yiddish names, whereas in my parents generation, everyone used his/her "English" name at all times except in synagogue. For instance, my name is Shifra (one of the Hebrew midwives in the Bible--see Exodus 1:15 if you want to look it up), but I was named for a woman whose name was Shirley (she was only called Shifra in the synagogue).

Anyway, good luck in choosing a name! It's a great privilege and responsibility.

Shifra
post #7 of 38
We chose Gabriel. Very international name. I was at first thinking the spanish pronounciation would sound to girly in English, like Gabrielle, but now it is so natural, and his southern daycare can call him Gabe, and my dad can call him Gabito!
post #8 of 38
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I do especially enjoy the "hispanic" biblical name of Rafael (healer of G-d). I don't know how that would work in Applachian culture, but does it matter? Part of the pluses of the Civil Rights Movement was more acceptance of non-WASPy cultures.
Rafael is out for me. I have a creepy & annoying Uncle Rafa.

And it does matter that we include dh's family/heritage this time around... we just haven't figured out how to do it!

Keep the ideas coming, though...

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We chose Gabriel.
I love love love this name in both languages and it's biblical and as you say, can cross over (cultures) so easily, BUT our godson (son of closest friends who are also godparents to dd1) is Gabriel and it just would be like giving the same name to two brothers... I just can't do it.
post #9 of 38
Julian
Leon
Marcus
Roberto/Robert
Christian
Ricardo/Richard


Would he go for Esteban? I love Esteban! And the child can always use Steve. Or Stephan.
post #10 of 38
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My favorites to give you an idea of where we are at:
Adán, Andrés, Armando, Emiliano, Joaquín, Daniel, Diego, Carlos

DH's favorites:
Levon, Harlan, Jasper, Rembert, Jed

Sorry for giggling, but I think the battling favorites lists are funny. Kinda cute. And I totally see the problem.

Would y'all be able to work a compromise--like a Hispanic name and a more American sounding nickname? Like, Joaquin/Jack? It's too bad Gabriel is out. Christian was another suggestion I thought would be good. And it can be shortened to Chris (and it's sorta-kinda related to Jesus ).
post #11 of 38
Our ds is Gabriel too...I'm so happy with the choice as it works really well not only in both of his own cultures (dh is from Panama) but it really is so international in general..

Gabe works well for the appalachians, one side of my family is Appalachian and they like Gabe. Sometimes they call him Gab-rol though which is funny to me.

Another name we are considering if we have a boy again is Ruben...I'm thinking that one works in both languages/cultures pretty well too.
post #12 of 38
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Sorry for giggling, but I think the battling favorites lists are funny. Kinda cute. And I totally see the problem.
Oh yea, the whole thing is hysterical. We did not go through this AT ALL with dd1. I used to scoff at people who needed help finding a name :

DH has also come up with these: "Atahualpa Lazarus" and "Adolf Hernan" — that's when I just can't take him seriously...
post #13 of 38
Giirl names are easy DH and I had one all picked out and ready before the ultrasound. Then after the ultrasound, we went insane working on a boy name. We didn't have one picked out till DS was 5 days old. He spent 5 days being "Baby Boy XXXX" on medical forms.
post #14 of 38
Consider that maybe if your godson is not family, that you may not always be around him, so you could still choose Gabriel.

I also like Lucas/Lukas. I think that would crossover well as well. He can go by Lucas or Luke...
post #15 of 38
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Another name we are considering if we have a boy again is Ruben...I'm thinking that one works in both languages/cultures pretty well too.
I was going to suggest Ruben, too. I have a (very white) cousin w/a Mexican husband, and they named their boy that. It's nice. And not as common as Gabriel, though I know not everyone's main criteria for picking a name is its popularity (or lack thereof).
post #16 of 38
Samuel (Sam?)
Jaime? (I know it's pronounced differently in both languages..I love the Spanish version, personally).
Sebastian? (I don't know why I think this name is appalachian...it just sounds like it to me when ever I pronounce it...)
post #17 of 38
Ruben was on our short list...! We ended up with a Noah Miguel instead....but Ruben is an awesome name....does your DH like that?
peace,
robyn
post #18 of 38
Peter struck me today as a nice one that works in may cultures. There is a Peter on the Porta Rican side of the family. The Irish side of the fsmily has never had any trouble pronouncing it needless to say.
post #19 of 38
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I'm lovin' all these ideas, mamas!

Re: Rubén -- I've added it to the list, along with many of your other suggestions.

For all I know, it'll be a girl and we will have gone back-n-forth for nuthin' I our girl name-- can I share it with you comadres?


Lola Ixchel
post #20 of 38
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Originally Posted by xochimama View Post
DH has also come up with these: "Atahualpa Lazarus" and "Adolf Hernan" — that's when I just can't take him seriously...


My DH (Dutch) actually, in all seriousness, suggested both Balthazar and Gunderanus .. . no, i repeat, he was not joking . . . .
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