Baby Name Ideas

Updated on July 24, 2008
V.M. asks from Virginia Beach, VA
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I can not believe I am asking this but I am due in 2 weeks and still do not have a name for my son. I am hoping maybe some suggestions may help. I have one son now which is a third so the name was easy when he was born. I was also very fortunate in the fact that I liked the name a lot. My first son's name is very old fashioned sounding (like 19th century) and I like that. I am looking for something unusual, old fashioned and not used very often. Names I have considered but my husband has vetoed is Jackson or Ryland. I have looked over various websites with no luck. Thanks

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H.R.

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I love the name Ryland! My hubby vetoed it when I had put it on the table. Anyway we have two boys Gage & Tysen. Just for thought. Garret, Ronin. Hmmm Tynan, its hard to come up with a good name these days. Anyway hope you like the ones I have thrown out to ya. Good luck

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C.B.

answers from Norfolk on

Hey! I just had a boy 3 months ago and we named him Merrick, after his Dad. I love the name and get compliments on it very often. It's a very old Gaelic name meaning 'ruler of the sea'. Not too many Merrick's out there, but it's not weird either.

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N.H.

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My son's names were chosen for their meaning. Nathaniel is "gift of God". Verien is from the Latin --veris veritatus, "truly, faithfully". Nathaniel is now a youth minister and Verien is the "one and only Verien" on My Space, but I have found a few other Verien's. He has used this to his advantage on CD's. He majored in Christian Music Business.
My youngest I wanted a special name, so he is Thane Veren--a thane is one who goes out and fights for a king, veren--having truth and faith. I taught both Verien and Thane that their names meant truth and they would never go wrong with the truth in their lives. Thane lived up to his name as he majored in social work and the Bible and is a missionary to the Ukraine.

I had a miscarriage, but for the next baby I looked through the geneology and found some old family names with meaning. Perhaps you could try that.

Grandma N.

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S.C.

answers from Washington DC on

A great name that is actually very old (blend of Irish and Gallic origin) but is not that common is Logan. It is a strong name that means "of the hollow/or "of the land."
See if your husband likes this.

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L.M.

answers from Dover on

I named my son after his father but my heart was set on Matthew James (which I liked plus we had very close mutual friends with each name). I swore that would be the name for any male child I may have in the future. When I became pregnant with my second child I was still set on the name but my current husband wanted a Jr. too. I don't dislike his first name but do not like his middle which made it even harder to reach an agreement (especially since his middle was his maternal grandfather's middle name too). I also wanted my son to have his own name.

We reached a compromise of Matthew Charles (Charles was his other grandfather's middle name and I too was close to him before he passed away). Wouldn't you know it, my second child was a girl (her initials are M.C.M just as a boy's would have been).

My sister also likes Justin Kyle (which definately doesn't sound old). I still like Matthew James (or even Matthew Charles)...I don't know your religious beliefs but Matthew James can sound old if you tie it back to biblical times.

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N.M.

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Hi my name is Brenice M. I like the name NOLAN.

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L.F.

answers from Norfolk on

First, congratulations!
Secondly, I'd like to hear your last name because that helps to fit a first name with it. My son's name is Evan Isaac, which means Little (Laughing) Warrior...it really fits him to a tee!
My daughter's name came from a movie my husband and I both loved and it was set in the early 1900's( her name is Elise Victoria).If you like 'old sounding names' try books, movies and plays from early eras.
We also looked at names in the phonebook(sometimes last names make good fist names)
Here some names I have heard of or considered for myself:

Ethan(means Strong)
Isaiah (God's helper)
Tristan
Trent (river)
Hayden (fire)
Carson
Benjamin(son of my right hand)
Aden(Aidan/Aiden) (handsome)
Quinn( wise)
Quinton
Sawyer
Donavan (stong fighter)
Griffin (strong in faith)
Elliot
Sterling( pure/high quality)
Wiley
Drake (dragon)
Tyson (firey)
Tanner
Hunter
Lance (short form Lancelot)
Trevor (wise)
Ashton
Landon
Jonathan( gift from God/Jehovah gives...my personal fave)
Tyler
Dustin (fighter)
Spencer
Aldan
OK having a bit too much fun looking at this(since I am done having mine;)...hopefully one of these will spark a creative thought for you...good luck!
Blessings,
L.

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A.G.

answers from Norfolk on

I really like the name Alistair, which means light, there's also Oliver, Collin, Stephen; I'm sure you'll find the perfect name.

You don't have to pick out a name before you have the baby, my little sister was almost a week old when my parents finally named her.

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K.W.

answers from Washington DC on

Hi Victoria,

How about Noah Winston.
K.

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E.P.

answers from Washington DC on

Dear Victoria,
I had picked names for my boys only to have them change after I gave birth, saw them, and interacted w/ them a little, so don't worry about a "deadline". My boys are Miles Jackson, and Korbin Jasper.
Runners up included: Liam, Caine, Henry, Charles, Sterlin, Ian, Zane, Alton (my husband liked, not so much me), Ely, Porter, Preston.

Hope there is something here you either like or will trigger a good one.

Cheers,
E.

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A.W.

answers from Lynchburg on

My husband thought all the boy names i picked out where girly so he picked our boys name. Vincent i love it we call him vince it is so cut for a child then when he grows up he can go to vincent it sounds powerfull. Let us know what name you pick and congrats and good luck on the new baby.

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T.T.

answers from Washington DC on

My sons name is Blake Anthony........

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N.F.

answers from Washington DC on

Check out the most popular baby names for each year on the SSA website, http://www.ssa.gov/OACT/babynames/ . If you want an uncommon name check out the 900th - 1000th most popular names or you can see what is most popular in your state. Although I'm still trying to conceive, I check out this website and dream of the names I would choose. lol

P.S. I really like Jackson too. Other names I like are Xavier, Preston, Jarett.

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B.B.

answers from Norfolk on

Here are some more names for you:

Ethan
Alexzander
Leland
Sean
Scott
Mikel (short i sound)
Aleksandro
Leonard
Lee
Bailey
Cody
Troy
David
Trent
Travis
Jay
Gerald

Ok that is all I have. I hope this and all the other suggestions help you with your decision.

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R.N.

answers from Washington DC on

Hello, My name is R. and I am a 38 yr old Mom of two. Jaden & Ryen. I just came across an unusual name last night. I was reading the Bible and in the beginning of Acts it mentions a man who's nickname was Justus. So I though I would mention it, in case you like it. It could go both ways ( girl or boy ).

R.

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K.S.

answers from Washington DC on

Congradulations on the new arrival. I wish I could have another one but medically I cannot.

The names I had thought about for my son was Xavier, Malichi,
Judah, Jaquan, Hope these help. GOOD luck and GOD BLESS

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L.S.

answers from Dover on

Hi,
You mentioned your first son's name is old fashioned so the web site below might be helpful. The Social Security Admin. lists the top 1000 names starting from 1880.

http://www.ssa.gov/OACT/babynames/

L.

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C.F.

answers from Washington DC on

How about Grayson? Holden? Emerson? Reed? Hudson?

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J.S.

answers from Norfolk on

I'm in the same boat. I don't have a name either and our 5th boy is due anytime. We have ANDREW, RICHARD, ELLIOT, JOHN, with middle names LYON, HUDSON, JOSEPH, and GAVIN. With this one, I told my MIL that I was having Braxton Hicks, and that's what my FIL thought we named the baby! So we've been debating on keeping Braxton, as it's pretty neat. We also like James Ambrose... good luck! All are sort of old fashioned. They are also family names.

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A.C.

answers from Norfolk on

The boy's name we had in mind but never used because we have 3 girls was Theodore. I think that is a strong, old-fashioned name. When the child is young you can always call him Teddy.
I also like Graham, Patrick, Robert, Edward, David, Paul, Alexander. These are names that have stood the test of time and don't sound trendy at all.
Good luck! Whatever you pick will be great!

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J.R.

answers from Norfolk on

How about
Hunter
Colin
MacKenzie
Reilly
Ethan
Jeremy
Aidan
Cameron

Let us know what you name your new boy!

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J.Z.

answers from Washington DC on

Victoria,

Congrats with your upcoming birth. I have 5 children ages from 13 to 5 months. I named each of my children after what I felt was important in my life. My father passed away last year from cancer, he was a rock in my life. We'll I had a daughter in January this year and named her Seymoura after my father named Seymour. My best friend just had a son and named him Baylor. I guess it's up to what you like and how you want to reflect your child. Best of luck in your name search.

J. Z.
I'm giving away money...Want some?
Email me at [email protected]____.com

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K.S.

answers from Richmond on

My grandfather's name was Asa (pronounced ay-sa--Biblical king) and I love that name. I tried to convince my husband to use it for our son but he wanted something more mainstream.

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N.B.

answers from Washington DC on

We decided to name our son after our fathers. Since your first son is a third (named after your husband and his dad), what about naming your new son after your father? if that's not doable, I read your story and immediately thought of Solomon. I also love the name Lee (boy or girl). If my son was a girl, that would have been her name..after my grandmother.

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L.J.

answers from Washington DC on

I have a son Miles and he is usually the only one with that name in his class. Also, my husband picked middle names from the stars, as he is an amateur astronomer. Miles middle name is Rigel after the star in Orion. It's a neat connection when looking up into the stars.

L.C.

answers from Washington DC on

A personal favorite of mine is Mathias. Another favorite is Nathaniel which you can shorten to Nat or Nate. I like Edmund. I like William which can be shortened to Will but not Bill or Billy. Charles is good if shortened to Chaz.
I could go on and on... need more? Let me know.
LBC

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E.V.

answers from Roanoke on

Well, my first son's name is Garen (pronounced like Darren). You can spell it w/the 2 r's also. The only problems w/the name are 1, you can't find it in many baby name books for a definition or on personalized items in the stores, and 2 people will think you are saying Darren, Garrett, or even Gary when they ask his name! We love it though. My husband's mom had a little boy who only lived 17 hours and his name was Garen, so that is who we named him after. Garen David (my husbands name is Michael David) we also liked Garen Michael. My other son is Ethan Michael...go figure! I have not met any other boys named Garen! Good luck! happy summer pregnancy! YIKES! Drink water! stay cool! (like you don't already know/hear this constantly!)haha

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J.H.

answers from Washington DC on

I like Bradley Michael Hints my sons name also Issac Rae Thats the name he was going to have! I have always like Adam when I was a little girl Too

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K.A.

answers from Richmond on

I like names that later do not end up with a nickname from being shortened like Eli and Ian. Best wishes and good luck!!!

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N.R.

answers from Richmond on

I personally love the names Jackson and Ryland. We didn't really have any trouble with our boy's names. We both wanted something different but not made-up. So we picked Kincade, Keegan and Kruz. Kruz was probably the hardest of the 3 since we already had two K-kids we couldn't leave him out. LOL! For all 3 boys, these are their middle names they go by.

Victoria, I do wish you the best!
Take Care,
N. :)
SAHM homeschooling 3 boys 12, 7 & 2 yrs old and married to Mr. Wonderful for almost 15yrs.

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K.H.

answers from Norfolk on

Might I suggest that you fit the name to your surname, he will be stuck with it for life so be careful of giving him something that will give rise to ridicule. I had a friend whose initials were B.E.D his brother was M.A.D. Our grandson is W.A.N. He goes by his middle name so it won't be too bad, but it could prove embarrassing. If you like the old fashioned, why not John, George or Edward, or something similar. Solid boys names. Fashionable names are very dating and so many people are veering away from the more traditional names that they are being lost to made up names many of which make it impossible to tell if it is a boy or girl.

Although you could wait until he is born and see what he looks like, my sister in law had planned on calling her son one name but when he arrived she said he looked just like a David and that is what he became. Kids tend to grow into a name and people with the same name are often very alike. If there is someone you like and admire perhaps that name would be appropriate.

Good luck

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M.T.

answers from Norfolk on

Hi Victoria. I have an almost 7 month old and we named hime Montgomery Ellis. I think it has a very powerful ring to it. It is not a name that I have heard often, but we knew we wanted a name that started with "M" and it just fit.

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M.C.

answers from Des Moines on

Just a few I liked for our son.Oliver,Riley,Fenton,and Elias.We ended up with Elias.We call him Eli for short.Hope this helps.Good luck with the search.

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C.S.

answers from Washington DC on

I like Aaron, Dylan or Jason.

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O.F.

answers from Roanoke on

I have a Jackson and believe me there are a lot of them! I also have a Weston, and I have only run into a couple of those. Here are the names we liked on deciding for our 3rd, which ended up a girl. Collin, Cooper, Beckner, & Jasper

Good Luck!!

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L.M.

answers from Washington DC on

Victoria,
We looked at maps to name our son. All the books didn't seem to click. The names of cities, rivers mountains etc. They are old an many from old cultures. Hope this helps.
L.

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S.M.

answers from Washington DC on

Reilly, Miles, Sutton, Turner, Maddux are boys names I have heard of that I think fit your criteria.

Let us know what you decide!

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L.M.

answers from Norfolk on

I like the idea of checking out the family tree and taking names you like, or variations on them, to give baby's name significance. My first name (L.) is the feminine form of my mother's maternal grandfather (Lester) and my middle name was my mother's fraternal grandmother's name. My son's first name was my maternal grandfather's middle name (which was his maternal grandmother's maiden name.) The family tree can not only be a great source of ideas, but I have always been proud of the family heritage conveyed in my naming.

Good luck!

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L.B.

answers from Washington DC on

Hi Victoria

Here is a name that is kind of old fashion and not used very [email protected]____.com you like it you can use it. I don't think we are having anymore. Roland Carter if you need a middle name. I didn't like it @ first when I heard it but then it kind of grew on me. Hope this helps. L.

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C.C.

answers from Washington DC on

August Matthew is the name we would have used if we'd had a boy.

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D.M.

answers from Washington DC on

I always wanted to name a child Jude. different but not off the wall.

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C.R.

answers from Washington DC on

Hi! If you first son was named after your husband, why not name this one after you? How about Victor? I also love the name Noah. Congratulations on your upcoming arrival!! Thanks!!

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H.B.

answers from Washington DC on

Some names (maybe) Will, Seth, Cooper, Caleb, Matthew, Alexander, Ian, Patrick, Stanton,Heath. Good luck

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N.B.

answers from Washington DC on

Hi, Victoria, How about Oliver? N. B.

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A.W.

answers from Glens Falls on

Ryder, Jace, Collin... Just a few to get this started! Hope they help! Good Luck! And hope all goes well with delivery and all!! Congrats!

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L.R.

answers from Washington DC on

These are more thoughts about what to avoid than what to choose: Check online for lists of the most popular babies and children's names today, and then avoid those names like the plague unless there's some deep family connection for you in them. Or else every time you call his name on the playground, 10 other boys will say, "What?" Just a thought. Also be aware of potential nicknames that other kids will attach to whatever nice name you give him. And if for instance you want an old-fashioned longer name like "Nicholas" but "Nick" is forced on him by kids and teachers and you'd just hate that, consider a name that can't be shortened in ways you don't want. You can have a "Nicholas" or a "Matthew" but it takes a lot of work reinforcing it with other adults and kids--I've seen it work and I've seen it fail! Our godson Christian, who was going to be definitely "Christian" forever, is already "Chris" to everyone, alas, one among many Chrises today. Good luck.

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A.M.

answers from Richmond on

Hmm... Hayden, Nathan, William, Adrian, Edmund, Lennox, Nathaniel, Oliver, Sebastian...

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T.D.

answers from Washington DC on

I think Ryland is great. Is your husband positive he hates it?

S.T.

answers from Washington DC on

basil?
cedric?
heathcliff?
montmorcy?
maximilian?
ferdinand?
hugh?
khairete
S.

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T.H.

answers from Norfolk on

would help to know what your sons name it sense you kinda wantthm to go together or at leat not clash. my suggestions or thoughts are; vincent, quinly, zavier, riley, sammy, johnny, kyler, kenley.

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M.C.

answers from Washington DC on

Since your first son is named after your husband, I'm guessing, why not do a play off of your name for your second? What about Victor? Or perhaps using your maiden name as a first name? When I was pregnant I tried to think of names that would have cool nicknames. I would read romance novels for names either first or last that could be used as first. For a boy I also like Tucker (almost named my son this it was down to Tucker or Carson), Jacob, Gabe, Harris.
M.

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K.H.

answers from Washington DC on

How about Christian, Chad or Harrison? Good luck. Its always nice when you come to the point of agreeing on a name.

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K.W.

answers from Washington DC on

Max (just Max or Maxwell or Maximillion)
Owen
Eli (just Eli or Elias or Elijah)
John
Thomas
David
Edward

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D.B.

answers from Dover on

Hi Victoria,

Last names as first names are very trendy now, which means he'll be in good company as he grows and goes through school. I like the idea of using YOUR name for this baby, but if Victor doesn't appeal to you, how about Torin? Or maybe a take on your mom's name?

Good luck, girl, and please give us an update!

D.

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K.C.

answers from Washington DC on

We named our first son Kenneth, after his great grandfather. It is Scottish, and means handsome man. We call him Kenny, can be Ken when he is older.

Our second son is due end of August, we don't have a name for him yet. I am looking at all the suggestions you got.

Good luck.

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Z.B.

answers from Washington DC on

My sons are Anthony Michael and George Asa. I liked older names that are masculine. I also have a daughter named Amina Rose!). All of their names were for family and special people in our lives (plus we are of Middle Eastern descent so all of these names go both ways.) I liked the named Asher but my husband didn't. It means "happy." I noticed that no one else mentioned that name here but several others were mentioned a lot making me think that they are used more often than people think. I would avoid genderless names. They just cause confusion. My husband is Victor. I don't really care for that name but it would be nice to name your son for yourself! This is such a hard thing but really exciting. Congratulations on your son and good luck with the summer heat!!

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M.P.

answers from Washington DC on

I have always loved Gabriel and Alexander. By the time we had our kids, they were taken by other friends and family members.
Good luck!

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L.H.

answers from Washington DC on

How about Cayden or Kaeden? It's Irish.

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A.R.

answers from Houston on

I asked a coworker the other day of what the G in his name stood for and he said Grayson. It was his Dad's name. I thought what a cool name. Good Luck!

Annie R

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M.M.

answers from Danville on

Hello,

I had trouble finding a baby name also when I was pregnant. I waited to when I looked at my baby for the 1st time and that when it hit me. He looked like an Evan. I would suggest that you start looking at the library during you spare time and peak at some of the 19th century names that may be characters in some of world greatest books. Perhaps combine one of those names with of those you had like previously for examples:
Sterling Jackson(last name), Ryland Pierce (last name), Ryland Bishop(last name), Jared Ryland (last name). I hope this helps you some.

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D.K.

answers from Washington DC on

Here are few I like: Christian, Liam, Oliver, Simon (Symon), Parker, Vernon and Marshall.

Good luck!

PS Please let us know what name you and your husband decide on.

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L.C.

answers from Washington DC on

Here are my most favorite boy names: Israel, Emmanuel and Noel(I already got 2 first ones,now I just need another boy:))

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J.B.

answers from Washington DC on

Hi Victoria,

I was in the same situation with you when I was pregnant with my second son. My husband named our first and wanted to have me name the second. I went back and forth between Ryan and Christian up until the birth. Although I liked both, Ryan seemed too popular and I didn't want Christian shortened to Chris. About a week before, I came across Dean and we went with that. It's a common name that you don't hear very often and it has no shortened nickname. I love it and now I can't imagine him named anything else. Good luck!

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S.M.

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I was SURE I was having a girl. So I was POSITIVE she was going to be Chloe Johanna (pron. Yo-Hanna)after 2 of my great grandmothers. The last ultrasound revealed we should pick a boy name. Then I was STUMPED! My husband wanted James after his father who had passed. But I wanted him to have his OWN name. DH found a devirative of James in a baby book - Jameson and I added Steven for a middle after my brother who is no longer with us. I LOVE my son's name, Jameson Steven. Maybe you can think of branches off of family names that already exist. My husband and I had a joke in baby naming - we avoided anything we thought would get him beat up on the playground. That's an important cryteria for boys!

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A.P.

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Here are a few suggestions that I like: Bronson, Theodore, Liam, Dexter, Finn and Maxwell. Good luck in your search for names.

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P.A.

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How about Lucas or Drake, they are old fashioned. Good luck.

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L.R.

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Leland
Tristan
Gray
Elijah

Good luck! Congratulations!!

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B.S.

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Wesley or Clayton
Hope gives you ideas Kim

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S.C.

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Here are a few suggestions of old fashioned not used often names:
Ethan, Thaddeus( he can go by Thad), Elijah, Silas, Titus, Heathcliff(go by Heath), Vaughn, Tobias, Gethyn, Bartholomew, Ezekiel, Philip, Tristan, Theodore, Edward, Isaac
I hope this helps. My husband and I always have a hard time picking names. You'll just know when you find the right one.

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