I am due in April with our third child who is a boy. We have a 4 year old girl named Ella Lee (Lee after my mother) and a 16 month old boy named Brody Louis (Louis after my husbands middle name). Our last name is Fetterman. We had a very hard time with our first son's name and are having an even harder time with this one. I want a name that is not too common or too trendy, and does not end in -on, -en, -in.
Names I like are Brooks, Bennett (Ben), and Decon. I love Cade, but it's too popular now. We also both like Cole but have a friend with a son Cole. My husband doesn't like any of my names and wants a name that is strong and not so different that he hasn't heard it before. He likes Joel and Eli. We both like Joel but his mother's side of the family is Hispanic and will most likely (even just to annoy me) pronounce the name Joe-el which will drive me crazy. We thought about using a different spelling like Jole but are afraid that it would be pronounced Jo-lee. I also thought about Johl, but am not sure if it looks too odd and one of the reasons we like Joel in the first place was because it was a biblical name. Eli is too close to Ella. I am thinking that we will be using Robert, Allen or Taylor for a middle name after family members. We are stuck and have no names on our list so any suggestions would be great! Thanks for your help!
Here are some biblical names I like with Ella and Brody (I used The Baby Name Wizard's biblical names section to help me out here, and didn't check to see if any of them had negative biblical associations):
Joah is pretty unusual (I'd never heard of it) but I put it on the list because it's similar to Joel. Saul, too, reminds me of Joel, but without the Jo-el problem.
And you know what name occurred to me when I was looking at your list? Cale. (I prefer the spelling Cael, but it has the Ca-el problem, and also it looks more feminine to me.) It's like Joel, Cade, and Cole all wrapped into one. Cale Fetterman. Ella, Brody, and Cale. You could name him Caleb and nickname him Cale, too, if that would appeal more to your husband's wish for a name he's heard before.
Or Dane? Dane Fetterman. Ella, Brody, and Dane.
Keane? Keane Fetterman. Ella, Brody, and Keane.
Wade? Wade Fetterman. Ella, Brody, and Wade.
Name update 04-21-2009! Stacy writes:
Thanks so much for all of the wonderful suggestions! Brooks Allen Fetterman was born on April 15th. I got lucky and after not being able to agree on anything my husband decided Brooks had grown on him. I say the baby makes the name and although it wasn't his first choice I know he will love it later.