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<p>I'm a longtime lurker, first-time-in-several-years poster.  DW and I are expecting our second in a few weeks (official due date is 7/29.)  DD is five and a half, and child #2 will be a boy.  While we’ve never had trouble agreeing on girls’ names we like, such has not been the case for boys’ names.</p>
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<p>For reference, DD is Simone Graciela (MN is after DW’s grandmother from Colombia.)  Our tastes run toward the uncommon but still familiar (think 400-700 in the SSN’s top 1000 list.)</p>
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<p>We’ve narrowed our boys’ names to these:</p>
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<p>Forrest (MN Paul or Charles, two of my uncles)</p>
<p>-Positives: The current frontrunner, and DW's top choice.  Pleasant and easygoing, suggesting nature, and fairly nickname-proof.</p>
<p>-Negatives: I can’t help but hear the quote from ‘Forrest Gump’: “Run, Forrest, Run.”</p>
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<p>Apollo (MN Charles)</p>
<p>-Positives: Bold and assertive, unusual but not overly so.  Also fairly nickname-proof.</p>
<p>-Negatives: Hard to imagine in everyday usage.  Also, could it be seen as pretentious to name your son after a god?</p>
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<p>Cyrus (MN Paul)</p>
<p>-Positives: This was our frontrunner until a few weeks ago, and still my top choice.  It’s strong but pleasant, familiar but not common.</p>
<p>-Negatives: What knocked it out of the top spot was the possibility of the taunt ‘Cyrus the Virus’ <span><img alt="greensad.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/greensad.gif"></span>.  There’s also the potential nickname ‘Cy’, which we’re not fond of.</p>
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<p>We’ve also discussed Desmond (MN Charles or Paul) and Cedric (MN Paul), but they are a notch below these top three.</p>
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<p>So, what does the Mothering community think?  Does one of these sound especially like the brother of a Simone?  Is “Cyrus the Virus” really so horrible?  Is the movie “Forrest Gump” even in the frame of reference of today’s children?  Is Apollo just a bit too audacious?</p>
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<p>Thanks in advance!</p>
 

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<p>I like Apollo~ and Cyrus. I don't think the virus thing would come up very often. It's not a real "kid" word ya know~ And I really like Desmond, think it sounds nice with Simone.</p>
 

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My DH also voted for Apollo Charles. I think they're all good choices though (I'm not personally a fan of Cyrus but love the others) and your list is short enough that you could wait till you see the baby to decide which one suits him best.
 

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<p>I love Cyrus and Desmond. I would stay far far away from Forrest Gump lol (but that is just me)</p>
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<p>I kinda like Cyrus Charles...instead of Paul</p>
 

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My DH also voted for Apollo Charles. I think they're all good choices though (I'm not personally a fan of Cyrus but love the others) and your list is short enough that you could wait till you see the baby to decide which one suits him best.</div>
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<p>Thanks so much for the feedback!  The positive reception to Apollo here has me feeling pretty good about it, especially since I just can't get enthusiastic about Forrest, though it's a fine name.  DW is still convinced that the Cyrus/Virus thing would be a real problem at some point, so that name might be off the board.</p>
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<p>As far as Desmond and Cedric go - the main thing keeping them from top contender status are, respectively, the possible NN "Desi" and the possible pronunciation "SEE-drick" (we prefer "SED-rick".)  They are definitely still in the running, though.</p>
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<p>All in all, we'll probably wait until we meet the little guy before making the final decision, and see if one of these names just "clicks".</p>
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<p>Thank you again, and all the best!</p>
 

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<p>Yes, we definitely enjoyed watching Apolo Ohno (I believe he spells it with one 'L') over the last few winter games.  An Olympic champion, and a local guy as well - a very positive association!</p>
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<p>I love the name Desmond Charles.  <span><img alt="thumb.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/thumb.gif">  The nickname Desi wasn't even on my radar.  The name Desmond reminds me of Lost. </span> <span><img alt="love.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/love.gif"></span></p>
 
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