Baby Names - Minneapolis,MN

Updated on February 19, 2008
S.K. asks from Minneapolis, MN
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Hi! I am due in 8 weeks with my first baby, a boy. We have a great name picked out, but we are not sharing it with anyone until he is born. The first name is one we really like and it's not weird, but not common either. Or so we thought. Since choosing the name, I have heard two people (neither of whom I know) say it's their boy's name. So now I am paranoid that somehow it's going to become of those names that suddenly becomes popular, like Aiden or Ava. I know, there are much bigger things in life to worry about! But if you can, tell me what you have named your baby boy in the past year or two and I can see if anyone else has the same name. Thanks :)

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Thanks for all of the great responses. I didn't hear "our" name from everyone else, so I can breathe a sigh of relief. But like so many of you said, even if we had heard it, we would still name this baby the cute name we have picked out. It means something to us and I'm sure he'll love it, too :) As soon as he is born, I'll share it (8 weeks minus 1 day!).

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P.L.

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You're going to love this website: http://babynamewizard.com/namevoyager/lnv0105.html

It will tell you the history of number of people with any name you input since 1880. It's cool to see the history of how popular a name was many years ago and if it's on an upswing or not.

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N.B.

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I have two sons, Trevor & Ryan. I think whatever you choose will become unique to him & his personality. It's important to "worry" about if it's the right name - but you'll know when you see him for the first time if the name "fits" him. Congrats! :)

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C.O.

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I have three boys. Jayden Mason is 2 and a half, Elisha Ivan is 19 months, and Devin Parker is 7 months. Jayden and Devin have become popular names. I have not meet anyone else with the name Elisha. Hope this helps.

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J.J.

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My almost 4 year old son's name is Justin. I have not heard of anyone I know near his age having his name.

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L.A.

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I named my little boy who is now 2 years old, Trevor David. When we had named him I hadn't heard that name very much but now I hear it more and more.

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C.K.

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You are so funny. I think I am the same way. Being unique has always been one of my, dare I say, obsessions. That being said, I don't share my son's name with anyone very freely. It is unique, but old in origin. I have not met anyone with our son's name. People seem to like it. Anyway. If you want to know what it is, you'll have to ask me personally :) He is 14 months old and I'm hoping that if his name gets popular, he will already be old enough to say, "It was my name first." I'm sorry. I'm weird. I will list the names of all the baby boys that I know that are 3 and under.

Evan
Hayden
Owen
Jack
Davis
Oliver
Jamison (or Jameson; I can't remember spelling)
Aryan
Matthew
Christian

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J.S.

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I have only girls but here are the baby boys I know

Hunter
Callum
Gibson
Fin
Kolton
Gavin

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G.J.

answers from Minneapolis on

I know how you feel. (it's also a 1st time Mom thing)
I don't think it matters what name you pick - you are bound to hear 'someone' that has a friend that has a cousin, who named their kid that same name. I think you pick what you and your husband like - I agree- unique is good, just don't make it weird so they have to explain their name everytime someone asks what their name is. Try not to get hung up on your child being the only one in the whole world with that name, cuz chances are, somebody will know somebody, who knows somebody else with that same name. It's okay, really.
we thought our first son's name was fairly unique, not weird,
(it's in the bible, Caleb now 8) just hadn't been used in a very long time. when we named him, we knew absolutely NO ONE that had a child with the same name. then when he was around 2-3 years old, I would started to hear the name more and more. It was definitely in the top 50 for a while; where it wasn't in even in the top 100 when we named him.
We chose it because my husbands name is Joshua and in the bible Caleb is a companion of Joshua.
So your reason for choosing a name may be so much different than the reason someone else chooses it - and yours will have a special meaning to you and your family. that's all that really matters.
or our friends daughter is Madeline; when they named her 12 years ago - I thought, oh what an old name, and didn't care for it. and WOW, was there a boom of Madeline's and Madi's for a long time. Madeline was in the top 5 for a long time.
I loved the names Aiden and Ava!!! however, we had 2 friends with Aiden's and Ava (we never had a girl!)
My rule was that if a close friend had named their child a name I liked or a family member, those names were off limit to me.
I wouldn't worry about it so much (even though we all do), whatever name you choose will be perfect for your child.
Here are 2 names that we had in the running at one point and didn't use: Gabriel (Gabe), and Liam (a shortened form of William). Gabe I've heard just a couple of times, and Liam I don't recall hearing yet (other than movie stars). (and we had those names in the running from 8 years ago; so I don't think they will become top 10's)
anyway, good luck to you and your family, and god bless you and your new son.

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A.B.

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I think that once you pick a name, your ears tend to key on that name from that point on, making it feel more common than it really is. We picked out "Blake" for our son, which we thought was not "wierd" or necessarily common either. Now, I hear it all the time!! By the way, we also liked the name "Phoenix", which was pretty much vetoed by his grandparents, who HATED that name!!

My friend, however, named her son "Arcus" -- which I have NEVER heard outside of her son! It's a neat and definately uncommon name. It does generate a lot of strange looks, second takes, and some giggles though when his name is mentioned for the first time. Their other son's name is "Bricker"...also quite unusual. I guess it's all in what's important to you and to your future son!!

My name is "A." and I have always loved my name, common or not. :-)

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M.

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Hey S.,

I think this is a wonderful idea the same thing happened to me but my husband was set on this name. My son was born 12-05 his name is Grady I hope this helps you. Good luck!

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A.L.

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I always looked at the social security website and it lists the names people have registered with ss when they have a baby. I thought it was really helpful when I had both my children because I did not want a super popular name. I chose Mia for my 1st and Melanie for my 2nd. Mia became a little more popular but not as much as some of my other choices, ava, ella, etc........

Check it out....I would just google social security baby names

and I do daycare and I have had two Aidyns, a Kaiden,and a Hayden
so I would stay away from those

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J.C.

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S., you should just go with the name you've already chosen if it's what you like. It doesn't matter whether it's common or not. What happens if you go with something you consider "second best" and then forever wish you would have used something different. Follow you heart. To answer your question, I have a 2 year old son and a newborn son. Their names are Donovan and Nolan.

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N.J.

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Tyler is 3
Logan is 1

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A.S.

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We ended up with two girls, so didn't need our boys names we picked out (which is good because they were always harder to agree on). Some of the names we had narrowed it down to were:

Demitri, Luke, Mason, Mitchell, Quinn...or Quintin.

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E.B.

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Our son's name is Daniel Joseph, very traditial!

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P.K.

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Hi S., Ahhh...the name game. fun isn't it!?

The United States of America Social Security offices posts a new press release every year which outlines the most popular baby names. If you don't want common, don't choose one of these.

http://www.ssa.gov/pressoffice/babies.htm

I think that you will always find someone that will have some relationship with the baby name your son will have, but I think that's ok. The only time you can get away from that completely is to go with something extremely different, like Coco, Apple, or Shiloh.

As long as you like the name, who cares what everyone else says. And, soon your baby will have a name and soon, you will never associate that name with anyone except for your baby, so don't worry about it.

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J.

answers from Minneapolis on

Yes, there are many much more important things to worry about. You must also remember that once you name your child, the name is fair game and can still get popular, so keeping mum on the name does little to quelch others from using it. I will be having my second baby this year. I freely told my name choices throughout both pregnancies and found this had no influence on the names others chose for their babies. Isn't it more important to worry about choosing a name you like?

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L.M.

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Hi,
No reason to feel silly, this is a completely normal paranoia of an expecting mother ;) My son, Joshua, is 2 1/2 yrs old. His classmates at daycare are Brody, Braden, Aidan(3 of them), Alex, Colin, Connor, Niall, Nolan, Tyler(2) - can't think of any more off the top of my head. Good Luck!
L.

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A.M.

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Hi there S.-
I totally understand your whole predicament. We had a boy 7 months ago and named him Charlie. Simple, cute, classic.
I hope that you choose your name whether trendy or not. If you love it, so will your son.
Blessings,
Andie

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C.A.

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We choose Conor for our first son. We lived in Ireland at the time and it was a popular name there. I didn't think that it would be that popular here. However, it seems like everyother kid has the same name. They spell it with 2 n's and not just the one like they do in Ireland.

Our other boy is named Ronan. Which is not common in Ireland and so far I have not heard it here.

Have fun. And even if he does have a common name, it's not the end of the world. Sometimes having an unusual name is more of a pain then it's worth. Try explaining every time you talk to someone how to pronounce and how to spell it. My daughters name is Ciara (Kiera) which again is Irish, but everybody pronounces it Sierra. And believe me it bothers me a lot more then I thought it would.

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J.B.

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Hey S.,

I have an 8 month old boy and his name is John

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S.H.

answers from Minneapolis on

We named my one year old now Carsen and I haven't heard of anyone I know with that same name. I think if you like the name and thats what you want your son to have then go for it no matter how many others have it. It's special to you and that's all that matters.
Sam

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S.L.

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My son's name is Jackson (10 months). We also have friends who named their sons Will (2 of them: 10 mos. and 8 mos.), Cody (8 mos.) and Gabriel (Gabe: 3 mos.)

The other boys in my son's daycare class are Will (another one), Avery, Wyatt, Jordan, Jadyn, Augustus (Gus), Eddie, and another I can't remember.

Oh, and I almost forgot Arjen, Chayden, and Evan! More friends/family.

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M.H.

answers from Minneapolis on

I have 2 boys. When we chose names, my husband and I had a very hard time agreeing on anything. When we finally did agree on something we stuck with that name. I didn't want anything common but I wasn't looking for anything totally unique, either. Just something that we both agreed on and that sounded ok with our last name. Our 20 month old is Logan and our 5 month old is Evan.

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J.C.

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I will add the names of the little boys I know to the mix

Declan
Beckett
Calvin
Aidan
Brayson
Spencer
Lucian
Dylan
Noam
Jonah
Sean

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S.N.

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Being a "S." myself, I totally feel you on not wanting a common name for your baby. The name we picked for my son (Zachary/Zach) was/is a bit too common for my liking, but his dad really liked it so I caved :) Plus it's not TOO common, definitely not like Aiden or Jacob! (no offense to anyone)

Boys I Know Under 2 Years:
- Zachary (Zach)
- Thomas (Tommy)
- Aleksandr (Alek - weird spelling bc there's no E - traditional Slavik spelling)
- Maximilian (Max)
- Jacob (Jake)
- Caiden/Kaden
- Logan
- Liam
- Nevan
- Charles (Charlie)
- Aiden
- Henry

Good Luck! And I'm curious to know what the name is! You'll have to post it after you have your baby or something :-)

~S.

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S.S.

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With my oldest son (who turns 6 on Monday), we named him Jacob, because we both love the name. It turns out that that was the most popular boys name in 2001! Who knew?? There were 3 Jacob's in his class in preschool two years ago (so my son was referred to as Jacob S.), but this past year in preschool he was the only one. There's also another little boy on our block named Jacob and they play together a lot. :) I tend to call MY Jacob, "Jacob" or "Jack" but call the other one "Jake" to tell them apart.

My youngest son is almost 3 and is named Henry...it's becoming a more and more popular name for little boys! Although, I think it's fun to come across another one, because it's still not super common.

Anyway, good luck with your pregnancy, and congrats!! Whatever you name him, he'll be special. :)

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S.C.

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My little boy is Theodore Gregory. But speaking as one of the several thousand S.'s of my generation (you too?), it was a big deal in school for there to be so many, but now as I'm grown up and in the world, it's not a big deal at all. I've always liked my name even though lots of other girls had it too.

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K.B.

answers from Minneapolis on

The same thing happened to us! I've liked the name Olivia for about 10 or 11 years. Then when we were about to have her, I was like #6 on the list. Oh well! Here are all the little boys I know under 2
Roman
Colten
Damien
Blake
Isaac
Drosten
Ronan
Ian
Kenny
Samuel
Good luck with your baby, and really chose whatever name you love!

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D.

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Our son turned one last month. He's Oliver James. I hadn't heard anyone else use Oliver until we did. But I still like it and I can't think of anything else I'd prefer. My husband is from England and it's quite popular there so we chose it because it's not popular here, but it would somehow "connect" our son to his heritage. Anyway, don't worry!

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R.

answers from Minneapolis on

I have 2 boys, Conor and Carson. Went with Irish for the first and Norwegian (or English depending on dictionary) which means son of Carr; Carr means of the marsh. Good luck with your name.

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V.K.

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Boys I know 2 and under:

Sam
Graham
Beckett
Sebastian
Jacob
Cash
Liam
Luke
Henry
Aiden
Morgan
Finn
Bjorn
Banyan
Devin
Connor
Collin

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A.T.

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Wow, you're getting tons of responses, how fun! Here are the baby boys I know:
Emmett (my son)
Wyatt (his cousin)
Asher
Aiden
Cal (Calvin is his full name)
Wil (William is his full name)
Isaiah
Zander
James Parker Grant (first name and 2 middle names)
Titus (Ty for short)
Tyler
Grant

That's all I can think of. Congrats! Hope all these responses help!

B.W.

answers from Minneapolis on

My boys are Alexander and Anthony.
Other boys names in our family...
Jake
Dawson
Landon
Brady
Zachary
Jackson
Samuel

And some friends...
Alex
Kaj (k-eye)
Calvin
Cole
Cade
Tanner
Morgan
Marshal

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E.S.

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I have a 4 month old baby boy, and we went back and forth on two name for him. We debated on Spencer and Boston, and finally decided that Spencer was the name we liked. We were worried too that Spencer will become popular, but I think that their are other names that are coming back that are going to be more popular than Spencer. Don't worry to much about it will suddenly become popular. Think of it in a long run, is it something he is going to like when he's 70 years old. That's what we did, yeah it may become popular, but so far this year, we have only heard of 3 Spencers in our area being born. It's a great name, so choose something that will work for your child, adn you think he will be a good grown Let us know what you choose.

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A.H.

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Here is something funny. almost 5 years ago we had our second baby boy. We never had any boy names, so we had to look in books. We settled on Aiden. We even spelled it differently than the book, they spelled it Aidan. Our son was born in March, by the end of that year his name was #2, the previous year it had been like 89! We thought we were doing well, now our son is surrounded by other Aidens, but at least he is the older in the group. Also funny, when we told people his name before he was born, they would always say " wow that's unique, where did you find that name?" Ironic isn't it?

We have 3 boys, Maxwell, Aiden and Owen. In the end it did't matter if someone else had thename or not, your child will have his own personality and put his own twist on what ever name you give him!

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K.G.

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We have Owen, 5 years. He's named after a book my husband lent to me while we were dating. Samuel (likes to be called "Sammy") is 3. We chose it because it is Biblical. Our son to be born will be Isaac, another Biblical name. I know that the names are common now, but we had deeper meanings attached and couldn't think of chaning them because they were popular. I'd say stick with the name you like.

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B.H.

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The boys I know under 2:

Taten
Cavin
Hayden
Aiden
Alexander Cole
Keirnan
Colin
Brock
Branden

Good Luck And Congrats!!! Also Let us know what name you decide!

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C.M.

answers from Minneapolis on

Wow...nothing seems to get responses like a name discussion. It's late, but I had to get my two cents in. My son is Gustave, named after my grandfather, pronounced the German way rather than the Scandinavian, and we call him Gus. I've heard a few (no one I know) so I'm glad it's uncommon but not too weird.

One thing to consider is trendy as opposed to popular. Michael is a popular name, but it's been solid throughout the ages. Names like Caden and Jackson are really going to brand a child as being born in the early 2000s (trust me, I know..."C." is one of the top ten names of the 60s and then it vanished). If that doesn't matter to you, no problem. But any trendy name is going to lose its shine in 10 or 20 years, and then will make it really easy to age a person. Think of our moms...how come we don't name little girls Linda or Cheryl any more?

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K.J.

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My 1 year old is ANDREW JOEL

His friends are:
Erik
Sean
Micah
Logan
Carson
Brady
Blake
Josiah
Afton
Evan
Mason
Colin

My thought is do not decide 100% on name until you have your baby in your arms and can try it out and see if you really like it for him. We named our son the morning after he was born from a set of 3 we brought in our minds to the hospital!

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M.W.

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You will need to let us know what you name him.

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M.R.

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We named our handsome son Collin.
Good luck!

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J.

answers from Minneapolis on

Here are a bunch of names of boys in my sons daycare, friends, etc. that are 2 and under

Jack
Parker
Garrett
Luke
Wyatt
Harrison
Brady
Donovan
Owen
Nolan
Hudson
Levi

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T.L.

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My son is Micah, and he's 4.

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L.A.

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I didnt see our sons name in the list anywhere....Cameron

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J.R.

answers from Minneapolis on

I had the same problem with my kids. Our first was named Ainsley and that's a pretty rare name to find, although I have heard a couple. Then our other daughter is named Peyton and when I picked it out it wasn't so popular and then it was EVERYWHERE! Now we have 2 little boys that we are adopting and we want to rename them because they have gender neutral names and we don't like that for boys. We are going to name the younger one Jackson and call him Jack. I know it's popular but most strong boy names are. The other one we are going to name William and call him Will. It is also popular but I figure that with the struggles they will have with identity, just from being adopted, it will help to have strong manly names.
Best Wishes,
J.

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J.S.

answers from Minneapolis on

My son's name is Talen, I also know someone who spells it Talon with her son. I like it because it is fairly unique, but it is mispronounced often. Also, just be prepared for the people who may not like the name you pick! Just remember that you love it and that is really all that matters.

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A.S.

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My son is 8 months old and his name is Will. Other boy names I have heard recently are Landon and Henry. Good luck!

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D.H.

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Hi I am a mom to 5 boys, their names are Colton, Nicholas, Logan, Preston, and Hunter. I can't wait to hear your name. I am all done with having babies. Maybe you can email me and tell me the name. It's [email protected]____.com

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J.S.

answers from Minneapolis on

Here are the names of my boys, my brothers kids, plus all the boys I can think of that have been in their ECFE groups...

Charlie
Joey
Aidan
Caden
Andrew
Devin
Tate
Sjorn
Graham
Peter
Frankie
Finn
Tannin

I gave up on trying to find a name that nobody I knew had, or one that was not all ready used in our family. My husband has a huge family, and I decided that I didn't care if his cousin's kid was named Joe... That said, I do know of a number of people who changed their plan for naming a baby because of the popularity of a name... Emma, Ava, etc.

Good luck!
J.

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M.B.

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We went with Devlin for our little guy born a year ago. We had 2 names picked out for both boys and girls (we didn't know what we were having). Once he arrived, we actually waited a day to officially name him because we wanted to see which one fit best. Good luck.

PS - we didn't share our name choices with people until the last month.

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B.H.

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You should just tell us your name you picked out! We don't know you and will probaly never know you except on here then we could tell you if we've heard it before. LOL

I did't think my daughter's name was popular either but I hear it more and more. Just go with what you like...I tried to be different and unique and creative and now I slightly regret it.

My daughter's name is Bryana (BRE-ANNA) noone spells it right, pronounces it right etc........

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