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#1 of 20 Old 10-13-2009, 02:01 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I'm hoping this is an appropriate place to post this...I figured I'd rather ask Alaskans than put it in the pregnancy forum...

So we're having a baby boy in about a month (probably less). We have a first name that we love, but we have not been able to settle on a middle name. Our older two sons have middle names which relate to places that are significant to us (places our ancestors are from), but since this is our first baby made-and-born in Alaska, I've been thinking that I really like the idea of an Alaska-inspired middle name.
DH thinks that some of the more familiar Alaskan-inspired names (Denali, Kenai, Seward, etc) are cheesy. I happen to love Denali but admit it is probably more cliche than we're looking for. We like fairly 'classic' sounding names, and don't mind going a bit unusual but don't like things that are uber-unique. I have been toying with variations on Forest, Wilderness, Mountain, Ocean, etc...we don't really like those sorts of names straight up, but I've been thinking of adapting to something like Wilder or something like that.
FYI, the first name is Benjamin, last name is Brighton, so pretty much anything that ends with an N is out.

Anyway, if anyone has any inspiring notions, I'd love to hear them. I get myself stressed over details-not-figured-out, and with birth day rapidly approaching I'm totally getting myself stressed over this middle name thing.

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This comes to mind......
Benjamin Baranof Brighton

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Hmmm, my first thought goes to rivers and creeks...

Deshka
Kobuk
Koyuk
Anchor
Fox
Delta
Copper

or Glaciers/Mountains...

Knik
Portage
Bridge
Bartlett
Wrangell
Elias
Coast

Towns...?

Any areas in Alaska that are particularly special to you? What about your heritage, you know, like the German word for salmon (sorry, first thing that came to mind! ) or whatever your background may be?
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We are german actually--I've been looking up the german words for tree, forest, mountain, ocean, river, etc... but Fluss and Baum are not doing anything for me
All the kids have animal nicknames, and I actually really like "Adler" which is german for 'eagle' (this kiddo's nickname) but DH doesn't. Darnit I've had several great name ideas and DH never likes them. He should just let me name this kid and it would be so much easier.

and no, I wouldn't say there are any special towns. We lived in Pelican for two years (kinda glad that's over...) which was on Chichagof Island...Chichagof is quite a mouthful though
And now we live in Homer. I am NOT gonna name my kid Homer I would consider Kenai but DH won't because of the disney movie "Brother Bear"...

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I knew someone who named her son Salix, which is the latin name for Willow. Which is all over Alaska, but all over the world too...I really liked it.
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DS's middle name is Hunter, after Mount Hunter.

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Alder, Moraine, Silver, Kowee, Tundra...
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I considered Salix for a boy's name when my son was born - as well as multiple botanical terms, primarily Genus names. Since the subject of German words came up - how about Birken - oh wait, ends in a N. (Birken means birch in German) You could shorten it to Birk I suppose. We also considered geologic terms. I know a boy named Talus. A good reference for natural history words would be going through the glossary of geological or botanical books at the library. There is also a book of Dictionary of Alaska Place Names that might be at the Homer library, but I think it is a rare out-of-print book. You also might look at Shem Pete's Alaska for Cook Inlet area place names - both native and current, although I think it is mostly Upper Cook Inlet.

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You also might look at Shem Pete's Alaska for Cook Inlet area place names - both native and current, although I think it is mostly Upper Cook Inlet.
Cook!
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I had Bristol picked for a boys name till Mrs. Palin got so famous. I think that may be pretty much out the window now.

Sterling
Lowell (Lowell point)
****** (millers landing)
Fritz (fritz creek)
Fox (fox river)
Anderson
Lagoon
Portage
Bluff
Thane (place in SE)
Ward (ward cove SE)
Knik
Trapper (Trapper Creek)
Gambell
Clarence (Port Clarence)
Alpine
Ambler
Thorne (Thorne Bay SE)
Orca
Paxson
Ashton (Port Ashton)
Hooper (Hooper Bay)
Marshall
Pilot (Pilot Station)
Stikine (Stikine River)
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I really like Trapper and Sterling!

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Oooo, some good ones to mull over. Thanks ladies. Seriously, my pool and my birth kit have arrived now, this middle name issue is the ONE thing I feel like is holding me back...now granted I don't want him to come for a couple of weeks still, but that's still not very long!!

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Looks like you got some great help!
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Oooo, some good ones to mull over. Thanks ladies. Seriously, my pool and my birth kit have arrived now, this middle name issue is the ONE thing I feel like is holding me back...now granted I don't want him to come for a couple of weeks still, but that's still not very long!!
how exciting! I'm totally jealous!

I hope you have a glorious birth!

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Your beautiful babe is probably already here, but just in case he's not:

Cove

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Oh I wish he was here!! I've had laborish stuff going on for almost a week, but still no babe...
BUT we did finally settle on a name.

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How about:
Chatam (chatam straights)
Alexander (Alexander Archipelego)

Oops, just read that you settled on a name. What did you pick?

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how about Birken - oh wait, ends in a N. (Birken means birch in German)
No, Birke - without the n - means birch (as in "one birch tree").....Birken is the plural. But Birke would be a female name, I'd think

I'm too late to throw in my 2 cents about names, also there had already been so many good ones listed, but I'm curious, too: Which name have you settled on?
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