My husband & I are expecting our first child (a boy) in 9 weeks. We are stuck between 2 names:
Obviously Boone is a family name, as is Andrew. Major has been my husband's favorite name for 10 years, after the president of his college.
We are truly stuck and would like some objective opinions. We have not shared any names with family.
So, it looks like what we're working with here is three names (Boone, Major, and Andrew), trying to choose the best combination.
I like the name Major, too. Here is where the name gives us trouble: it sounds like a military title. Using a surname name as a middle name enhances the effect: Major Boone sounds exactly like a military officer in a movie, kicking around the....who do majors kick around? Privates? That sounds rude, kicking privates. Also, it seems Swistle is not exactly up on her military terms.
I don't suppose your husband would consider bumping the name Major to the middle name position? Andrew Major sounds terrific, and gives the name Major a chance to shine. In most cases, putting a name in the middle name position diminishes it (a valuable thing when you want to honor someone whose name you dislike); in this particular case, I think it improves it. It's a seriously difficult first name, but a seriously cool middle name.
Boone Major works almost as well, if you don't mind those first two initials. (And speaking of initials, Boone Andrew's initials would be BAR.) Actually, I like Andrew Boone, too. That leaves only Major Andrew out of the running, so I guess we'd better put that name in as well, even though now I'm sold on Major as a middle name.
Let's put it to a vote: the two names Caroline and her husband are considering, plus all the other combinations.
Boone Andrew: 6 votes, roughly 6%
Major Boone: 0 votes, 0%
Andrew Major: 52 votes, roughly 55%
Boone Major: 5 votes, roughly 5%
Andrew Boone: 31 votes, roughly 33%
Major Andrew: 0 votes, 0%]