Hi Swistle folks!
My family could really use your help! We have a wonderful little boy named "August Josiah" who will be about 2 2/3 years old when his new baby brother is born. We just knew the new baby was a girl (doh!) and have the most perfect girl's name picked out. Now we are at a loss. We need something that goes with August (or Gusto or AJ as he is often called), but have a few rules...
1 - We want something relatively unique, but nothing that sounds like a name out of the 1960s
2 - It can't be the name of anyone we know (or relatives that are still living)
3 - Not the name of a month! Silly us - we didn't mean for everyone to associate August with the name of the month!
4 - Would like something that matches the 'strength' we think August Josiah has. We don't want the new baby to feel like second fiddle!
We have to be pretty careful with the initials, given that we keep liking names that start with "A"! :) Alliteration would be nice too, but we know we can't be that picky!
Any help you can give us would be awesome.
[I asked Wendy how the surname is pronounced, and she answered:]
It is my husband's name and the family originally had spelled it "Spiess" (more or less rhyming with ice). However, when they dropped the extra S to sound less German, the pronunciation moved to rhyme with bees. I pronounce it so that it rhymes with eyes because that is how easiest to convey it over the phone and for others to remember it. Long story short, I will let my boys pronounce it however they choose to! :) Sorry for no clear answer on that one!
The Baby Name Wizard recommends these brother names for the name August: Julius, Everett, Leopold, Forest, Theodore. My favorites from that list are Julius, Everett, and Theodore. Forest with August seems too noun-y to me.
All three of those names are strong and unusual. Let's try them out with your surname and with the sibling name:
Julius Spies (JS); August and Julius
Everett Spies (ES); August and Everett
Theodore Spies (TS); August and Theodore
Gosh. All of those are good. Let's find some more options:
Edmund Spies (ES); August and Edmund
Foster Spies (FS); August and Foster
Frederick Spies (FS); August and Frederick
Hugo Spies (HS); August and Hugo
Those combine nicely, too, I think. Edmund Theodore Spies. Frederick Julius Spies. Hugo Everett Spies.
[Poll results (262 votes total):
Julius: 22 votes, roughly 8%
Everett: 106 votes, roughly 40%
Theodore: 50 votes, roughly 19%
Edmund: 26 votes, roughly 10%
Foster: 23 votes, roughly 9%
Frederick: 9 votes, roughly 3%
Hugo: 26 votes, roughly 10%]
Name update 01-29-2009! Wendy writes:
We have a name update for you! We ended up digging up a great family name from my husband's side "Carsten". It satisfied all of our criteria. However, Carsten was born (on December 27th), with red hair! Most of the names we had on our list brought up images of blondes and brunettes. While in the hospital we picked a name that wasn't on our list and honors his Irish heritage and the other half of the family, Patrick. So, it is with great pleasure we announce the arrival of Carsten Patrick Spies!