My husband and I are due with baby #4 in just under 2 weeks. Our three girls are named Addison Anna (called Addie), Quincy Eliza (Quin) and Micah Joy (who we call "Micah Joy" exclusively). We know we're having a boy this time around, and are very excited. However, we are having a very difficult time finding a name. I think the problem (at least for me) is that our daughters have very strong names and it's difficult to find a boy's name that doesn't strike me as, well, girly. We've agreed that the middle name will be Thomas--my husband's middle name. But as for a first name, we're pretty stuck.
I like the idea of a strong, traditional name like John, Edward or James, but I think they're a bit too plain and don't go well with the girls' names. Hubby likes Harrison, Charles (Charlie) and Benjamin--but does concede that Harrison is too much like Addison, and Charlie and Ben feel too plain for the girls' names.
The one name we had been seriously considering was Archer... and I do still like it, as does my husband...It's strong, and I think it flows really well... Archer Thomas Lenox. The problem is, we do watch Private Practice on ABC, and Dr. Addison Montgomery has a brother named Archer. And that bothers me. Because when we gave Addie her name, it was not super trendy, but since Grey's Anatomy, it's become much more mainstream. And because we don't want to seem like crazy TV fans...
....is that irrational?
I just feel like we're completely out of ideas. Any and all suggestions would be welcomed! Thanks so much!
I do think it sounds okay when a family has a different naming style for the boys than for the girls. A family might not want to name sisters Gabriella and Taylor because of the startlingly different styles, but I think it's okay to have a sister Gabriella and a brother Tyler. Something about the gender line makes it okay to mix. So if you wanted to have a John, Edward, James, Charles, or Benjamin, I think those all work great. In fact, since your girls' names are all androgynous, a classic and unmistakable boy name might be just the thing.
But if they seem too plain, I love Archer. It's a great name; it's similar in style to your girls' names; it's great with Thomas Lenox; and you both really like it. Let's put a poll over to the right to see how strong the Addison/Archer connection is. [Poll closed; see results below.] I wouldn't have thought of it, especially with several siblings separating the two names, but I'd be interested to see if it pops into other people's minds.
Poll results (335 votes total) for the question "Would you have thought of the Addison/Archer connection?":
Yes: 54 votes, roughly 16%
Only if it were pointed out to me: 51 votes, roughly 15%
No: 80 votes, roughly 24%
Who?: 150 votes, roughly 45%
(No plus Who: 230 votes, roughly 69%)