We are expecting baby boy #2 at the end of April. Our son Andrew was named very easily, I had a dream about it before I was even pregnant, hubby liked it, and we were done. This time, it's not so easy. We are having a very difficult time finding names we both like, and have narrowed it down to two. Unfortunately we're not sure EITHER goes well with our last name! Our last name is BEER-din. My top choice is Evan, which leaves us with Evan Beerdin, kind of rhyme-y. My husband does not like the name Evan very much. His top choice is Caleb, which I like, but am even more concerned because Caleb Beerdin said fast sounds like Cayla Beerdin. And the dreaded b-B with the last letter of Caleb and the first letter of Beerden. Hubby loves the nickname Cal, which I don't care for and wouldn't use much but he would.
If it weren't for the last name issue, I would go with my husband's top choice because I like Caleb very much. But the last name thing stops me. I love this blog, and told my husband I was going to get objective opinions from you all! So I would like to know, is Caleb just NOT going to work due to our last name? Is Evan too rhyme-y? Do we need to go back to the drawing board all together? Please help!
Ooo, good one. I'll put polls to the right. [Polls closed; see results below.] There will be THREE of them. One will be a vote on whether Evan Beerdin is too rhymey because of the an/in endings. Another will be a vote on whether Caleb Beerdin sounds too much like Cayla Beerdin because of the b-B blend. And another will be a vote: Evan, Caleb, or back to the drawing board.
Is Evan Beerdin too rhymey? (338 votes total)
Yes: 114 votes, roughly 34%
No: 224 votes, roughly 66%
Does Caleb Beerdin sound too much like Cayla Beerdin? (340 votes total)
Yes: 277 votes, roughly 81%
No: 63 votes, roughly 19%
Help the Beerdins out (321 votes total):
Evan: 110 votes, roughly 34%
Caleb: 45 votes, roughly 14%
Back to the drawing board: 166 votes, roughly 52%
Name update 04-23-2009! Hollie writes:
oh yay! I'm excited to see it on there--alas baby arrived early! Now I'm just excited to see the majority of people agreeing with ME, since ultimately I won the debate! Evan Jack was born 4/16/09, almost 2 weeks early. And I didn't want to get into too much detail in my email, but Calvin--the obvious choice for an alternative to Caleb, was the name of our best friend's Dalmatian, who just passed away last year at 13 years old. Major name association there! ;-)