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Baby Names

Many readers know that Mel and I have opted to be surprised when the baby comes.  We don’t know whether we are having a boy or a girl.  This makes naming doubly difficult because we have to come up with not one set of names, but with two.

The girl names were easy — my wife was set on Aubrey Grace.  This easily meets all of my requirements, and it is a beautiful name.  Boy names, on the other hand, are proving to be unbelievably difficult.

Everybody has their own method for determining names.  Family names, unusual names, foreign names, name meanings, popularity (or rarity), etc. are all factors.  For us, we are trying to look at them all.

The middle name, if it is a boy, will be Robert, a family name.  The first name is what is giving us trouble.  We are considering William, Byron, Hunter, Jackson, Arthur, Edmund, Connor and a few others.  I know, the list seems a bit fragmented.  Old ‘crusty’ names, mixed in with modern ‘occupational’ names, most unusual but some popular ones.  Bottom line is that we want a name that has strength and that will serve the kid well throughout their life.  We also want it to be a traditional spelling (for the teachers sake) and ideally should have a strong meaning.  William and Byron are probably the top choices with Connor, Hunter, Edmund and Jackson close behind.

What’s your vote?

Category: Life
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    When Ben was born we knew the middle name would be Bradford and we had the first name narrowed down to either Benjamin or Jacob. We didn’t actually name him until he was four days old, but his jaundice kept us in the hospital a few extra days, so it wasn’t a problem. Looking at him now, at 2 years old, I couldn’t imagine him having a different name.

    When Andy was born we knew the middle name would be Michael and we had the first name narrowed down to either Andrew or William. Truth be told, I preferred William, but Andrew just seemed to be a better fit. Besides, “Willy Peck” would’ve been an awful combo. lol.

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