I'm SO thankful for your site. We are having our second boy any day now and just can't settle on a name! We have two little girl names picked out, but of course we are having a boy! Our first little boy is named John Thomas and we call him Jack. His name comes from both sides of our family and was very easy for us to choose, we named him years before we were ever pregnant. This little guy on the other hand is still nameless!! With our complicated last name we tend to think simple names are best. I love Charlie, Henry, and Oliver; husband doesn't love any of those. He would use Charles in a name but wouldn't call him Charlie. Husband loves Connor, Parker, & Cooper and I'm not wild about any of them. We are closest to agreeing on Mason or William. My concern with Mason is it's growing popularity. I really like timeless, classic names and I'm really afraid that Mason is going to be a trendy fad name which is not at all what we want. I don't mind a name being common, like Jack, if it is also classic. William fits all of those criteria but it just feels kind of vanilla to me...nothing bad nothing great. I'd really like to feel great about our son's name, of course! The only other requirments are that the name can't end in T because our last name does and the first letter of our last name is S so we have to be careful about initals!
THANK YOU for any help you can offer!!!
I think the name Mason is going to be okay. I looked it up on the Social Security baby name site and although it's true its popularity is increasing, it's gradual not spiked---showing a name that is probably going through one of many cycles of increasing/decreasing popularity as the classics do, rather than a name that's coming in on one wave and going out with the next as the trendies do. Since 1880 (that's as far as the "Popularity of a Name" feature looks back), Mason has been in steady use. Its current popularity is in the 30s, like Jack. (The name John is in the teens.) If you like Mason, I think it's great. John Thomas and Mason. Mason William, perhaps.
If William better suits your love of classic and timeless names, I am virtually certain it will grow on you even more with time. My first choice here, in fact, would be William Mason. I think that goes so nicely with John Thomas, and then you have the nicknames Jack and Will. Swoon!