We are about to have baby number 4 but are unaware of the gender as yet. We both have Irish heritage and have used Irish middle names for our first 3 children. They are Eliza Bernadette, Thomas Patrick and Charlotte Mary. Our surname is a bit tricky...starts with an O and is a bit like elephant.
My husband and I are having real trouble with a boy's name for this baby, but have managed to agree on Isabelle (although I quite like Maggie) for a girl. My husband only likes 3 boy's names:
1) Henry. I don't like the way this name is said in our country...very nasal and almost a 'HInry'. He says we can name him Henry but call him Harry, an English tradition. I am not so keen on this idea, as I think it will require constant explanations for the child. Think I would prefer the name Harry itself but he is not so keen.
2) Joseph. He would probably be Joe at our place (Thomas is Tom or Tommy unless he is in trouble!), which is okay but I don't love it.
3) James. Every second boy we know is called James and once again i don't particularly like the way it is pronounced here..the 'a' is really dragged out.
Personally, I prefer names like:
Patrick (already used as a second name, but not sure this is a huge issue)
Hamish (Scottish form of James which is fine as my husband's family also originates there).
My father was Michael which we would consider as an Irish middle name but it is not a necessity.
I would love your advice here! Thanks for your time.
Oh, it is so tricky to choose a name with another parent, isn't it? Paul and I would sometimes go almost crazy: he'd choose a name I thought of as "total 1980s" and then I'd choose a name that would make him say, "Is that even a NAME?"
So. The only three boy names your husband will consider are Henry, Joseph, and James. My favorite from the list, given the details you provide, is Joseph: I love the nickname Joe, and wish I could use it (another of our kid's names is too similar). I think the nickname Joe is similar to the names you like, like Sam and Max and Jack: boyish and short and a guy's-guy name. Cute for a little boy, but grown-up enough for a man.
Then I'd use Michael as the middle name: Irish AND grandfather-honoring is perfect. Joseph Michael is a terrific name, solid and manly with a great nickname. I suspect it's the kind of name you might feel a little "meh" about using, but with time would love more and more. I'm getting a little sentimental just thinking about a cute little toddler boy named Joe!
It's also very good with your other children's names: Charlotte and Eliza, Thomas and Joseph. Very, very good. You don't need us at all! Great work!
Anyone have any other comments or suggestions for the upcoming cutie? (Awww, JOE!) (Or Isabelle!)