We are expecting a boy, our 3rd child. We have a daughter, Caroline and a son, Oliver. We've narrowed down the names to either William or Wilson for the baby. We are nowhere close to deciding between the two. Most likely he will end up being called Will either way, but to me Wilson will always be a volleyball. My husband is not convinced.
However, that is not my question. Here's my question: I'm a little worried because our children's initials will spell COW. This might not be an issue in every family but our surname is Ellcey (pronounced Elsie). Think Elsie the Cow from Borden Milk. My husband thinks this is hilarious. I'm a little horrified. So I'm wondering if this will be an issue or if anyone else will notice this little fact? And does it really matter? They will spend a large part of their lives as separate people whose friends and co-workers won't even know their siblings, much less their names.
I don't think I ever would have noticed the situation on my own, and in fact I immediately did an inventory of my own kids' initials to see if they spelled anything. Now that you've pointed it out to me, I come down on the side of amusement. I think if I were you I'd go ahead and use Wilson/William.
Let's take a vote and see what everyone else thinks. The poll is to the right. [Poll closed; see results below.]
Poll results (280 votes total):
Go ahead and use W name: 271 votes, roughly 97%
Don't use W name: 9 votes, roughly 3%