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After our long complicated process of making and narrowing down lists, these are our top 18:<br><br>
Calvin<br>
Case<br>
Cash<br>
Chance<br>
Colin<br>
Dylan<br>
Finian<br>
Jude<br>
Greyson<br>
Noah<br>
Oswin<br>
Pace<br>
Quinton<br>
Ransom<br>
Simon<br>
Silas<br>
Torin<br>
Wade<br><br><br><br>
The ones that both of us like, so the front-runners, are Chance, Dylan, Jude, Noah, Quinton, and Ransom (all of these are references except Noah and Quin-- Chance for "Being There", Dylan for Bob, Jude for Hey Jude, Ransom for Lewis's Perelandra series).<br><br><br>
What do ya'll think?
 

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Personally, I think I like Quinton best. Did you say in another thread somewhere that the middle name, boy or girl, is after someone? What was that name? (Or, if I'm wrong about that, do you have a middle name?) That will help me pick.
 

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I love Silas. I used to babysit a great kid named Silas, so I am partial.
 

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i'm pretty partial to Jude. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Torin would be my next pick, as Thorin is a current contender of ours (love Thor for a nn)
 

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Yep, McNally for my grandmother.
 

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Calvin~ I LOVE this name. I didn't until I met a real kid name Calvin, and now it's just a cool, cool name.<br><br>
Case~ Okay.<br><br>
Cash~ Again, Johnny Cash. Also somewhat materialistic. Definite cool factor, though.<br><br>
Chance~ Seems a little odd, and also seems like a horse name. On the other hand, it's a nice-sounding word...but it's still a word. Much like Case/Cash.<br><br>
Colin~ I like this a lot, but it's more plain-jane than the rest of your names. Still, it's strong. I prefer Calvin.<br><br>
Dylan~ named after Bob Dylan? That's kinda cool. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> I associate Dylan with the 90s, but I think it would be refreshing to use it now and have it be a Bob Dylan reference.<br><br>
Finian~ It's nice, but it's trendy. If you're going to go with a "yn/in" name, I think it would be better to avoid the trendy ones. That said, anything "yn/in" and slightly Gaelic/Scottish/unusual is going to be seen as part of this Aidan trend. It is a cool name, though, and "Finn" as a nickname is great.<br><br>
Jude~ Love it. Cool, recognizable, but not super-common. Seems artsy, successful, smart.<br><br>
Greyson~ Nickname Grey, right? Greyson is a pretty old name...the two people I know with it are in their 50s and 60s right now. For me, that's kind of cool. Again, though, you've got the trends going...the last-name-as-first-name thing, plus the "yn/in."<br><br>
Noah~ I love this name (for personal reasons), but having used it...I would not have chosen it had I known how crazy-popular it is. There are always, ALWAYS other Noahs at stores, on playgrounds, etc.<br><br>
Oswin~ I like it! Same yn/in issue as Finian, but doesn't sound as preppy-trendy as Finian does.<br><br>
Pace~ The salsa. Or Pacey from Dawson's Creek. Another word name that doesn't quite do it for me.<br><br>
Quinton~ Sounds very preppy (like Finian, but with a little more country club in it), but not bad. I like Quinn as a boy's name...it's a great sound, yk?<br><br>
Ransom~ has negative associations with the word...sounds like the Old West...kinda criminal. Another word name.<br><br>
Simon~ Gotta love this one. You could use Silas as a nickname if you wanted to. Classic, kinda edgy in it's semi-nerdiness, and well-known without being common.<br><br>
Silas~ I think this is a great name. It's classic, it's not yn/in, and I love the "woods" meaning. To me it doesn't have a personality attached to it (rich/nerdy/hulky/etc.) that some of the other names might. It's a clean, refreshing name, as silly as that sounds.<br><br>
Torin~ Kinda the same as Oswin for me. Of the Finian/Aidan mix, but a little more unusual. Picking these unusual (but real) yn/in names is a trend in itself.<br><br>
Wade~I think you have stronger names on your list.<br><br><br>
...These are all the plusses and minuses that came to me as I looked at each name. That said, we have two yn/in names in our four little ones, and have definitely picked a popular name or two. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> Trendiness/popularity doesn't make a name bad!
 

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Greyson is my favorite on that list!
 

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My thoughts:<br>
Chance - Sorry but I think of this as a pet's name.<br>
Colin - Love it.<br>
Jude - We are thinking Judah, so you can't take Jude. It's against DDC rules. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br>
Greyson - Great name. While I like Grey, I prefer the long version with as Grayson.<br>
Noah - I know you didn't mean to name Emma the most popular name of the year, but Noah is in the top ten and you could either be intentional with it or avoid it. My cousin had a baby last week and named him Noah.<br>
Ransom - Not a fan.<br>
Simon - another excellent choice<br>
Silas - uncommon, but great.<br><br>
Hope this helps.
 

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I like Jude!<br>
I can't help, but think of the movie Homeward Bound (a family favorite) when I think of Chance.
 

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Only if we're in the same state. You're up north somewhere, aren't you?<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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Yeah... I haven't yet decided whether or not I'm going to let that have an impact on my decision. Maybe.
 

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I think I would drop:<br>
Noah<br>
Colin<br>
Dylan<br><br>
They're all a bit overdone compared to the rest of your list.<br><br>
If I had to choose, it would be either Jude or Silas. I love Silas, but hubby just won't go for it.
 

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My top choice would definitely be Jude. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> That's our boy name for this baby.<br><br>
I also like:<br><br>
Calvin<br>
Case<br>
Greyson<br>
Noah<br>
Quinton<br>
Simon<br>
Silas<br>
Torin
 

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I vote Quinton, because I have a cousin with that name.
 

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Believe it or not, we actually were going to name DS1 Ransom until we changed our minds a few weeks before the birth, just because I fell head-over-heels in love with his name. I really love the name Ransom, I love the series, and I love the symbolism behind it--but, I think you really have to weigh how much you're willing to bless and/or burden your child with a name that carries so much with it.<br><br>
I'm a big fan of Silas and Jude. I do like Wade, too. I also like Simon, or, similarly, Simeon. Just my two cents. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I love Silas...<br><br>
but would stay far far away from Ransom for the very obvious negativity that comes with it... despite that you have it from a source that is not so negative.
 

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Naming a kid is so personal. I like Calvin and Colin best, but others have said they'd drop Colin. So there you go....so personal <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Jude is our boy name for this one, so I obviously like it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
I actually think Ransom is a great name. In my experience you tend to forget about the connotations of a name once you have a little person connected to it. I like it, it's off beat but cool sounding. Boring names suck IMO <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
I also really like Torin and Cash. I mean what gets cooler than Johnny Cash, right?<br><br>
I'm meh about the other ones on your list, but just because the ones above speak to me more and feel more unique.<br><br>
In the end, you gotta find what speaks to you the most. Don't over-analyze the meanings behind the meanings <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> you will always get people who hate the name you chose, no matter what.
 

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I just realized I seriously abused and overused the <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> emoticon in my last post lol.
 
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