I'm pregnant with a boy and my husband and I would love to call him Huck, but we're not sure how to use the name. We're deciding between Huck William MN LN and Henry (nn Huck) MN LN. The middle name would be my maiden name (one syllable) and our last name (two syllables, starts with H).
My husband thinks that if we want to call him Huck, we should make that the first name, otherwise it won't "stick." He prefers "Huck William MN LN", with the idea that if our son feels uncomfortable using Huck in formal situations, he can use H. William, or just Will/William. I prefer Henry (nn Huck) since I'm much more comfortable giving my son an unusual name as a nickname rather than as a first name, and because I prefer 3 names (Henry MN LN) to 4 names (Huck William MN LN). Also, I think that since Henry and Huck sound similar, it would be easier to move back and forth between them than it would be to move between Huck and Will.
We've also ruled out some alternatives like Huxton/Huxley/Hudson MN LN (which fit better with Huck than Henry does, but we don't like the names) and William Huck MN LN.
What do you think? Or is Huck too weird altogether?
My personal preference would be your idea of using Huck as a nickname for Henry. Or maybe as a nickname for the name Hugo? The name Huck isn't a traditional nickname for either Henry or Hugo, but I think you could get away with it.
A bigger potential problem, I think, is using an H first name with an H last name. Does Henry H____ sound okay? How about Huck H____?
Let's put a poll over to the right and see what everyone else thinks. [Poll closed; see below.] There are four options:
- Name the baby Huck William Middlename Lastname, call him Huck (or H. William if he doesn't like Huck)
- Name the baby Henry Middlename Lastname, call him Huck
- Name the baby Hugo Middlename Lastname, call him Huck
- And your final option, which was when you asked if Huck was too weird altogether.
Poll results (288 votes total):
Option 1: 34 votes, roughly 12%
Option 2: 187 votes, roughly 65%
Option 3: 9 votes, roughly 3%
Option 4: 58 votes, roughly 20%