We have no idea what to name our son. We have a 3 year old daughter named Eleanor Claire, who we call "Ellie Claire." We came upon her name very easily, as it is a family name that we liked. With the boy name, our ideas have been all over the map. We think we will use the name Allen as a middle name, as it is a family name in both our families.
Mom has liked names such as Lachlan, Archer, Teague. Dad dislikes Lachlan, accepts Archer, and is lukewarm on Teague. Dad's choices have been all over the place: Fred, Prescott, Graham. Mom liked Graham, but finds it too common among her social circle. Mom does not like Fred. Prescott seems too much like a last name to use as a first name unless you had some good reason.
To make matters more difficult, our last name is a common first name. Dad has a first name that is a very common last name, so he has had trouble his whole life with people switching his first and last name. He is ok with a last name-sounding first name, as long as it's not as common as his. (His is about as common as Smith.) Also, our last name ends in "en", so "en, an, in" sounding names are out.
Mom is leaning towards Archer Allen W___en at this point, but wonders if Archer is the new Aiden? Is it getting too popular all the sudden? I've never heard of anyone having the name, but I see it mentioned on your blog quite a bit. We actually found it in a book and liked it. I never knew others were doing the same thing!
Do you have any other names that we might consider?
Thanks for all your help in our situation!!
Archer does have potential to get popular: it's not yet in the Top 1000, but sometimes names climb fast, and this is one a lot of people are mentioning as on their lists. Still, I think it's worth considering, if you both like it. It's hard to avoid names that are getting more popular: name fashions seem to affect almost all of us.
Jasper is another name that could get a lot more popular---but it's another one I think is worth considering.
Do you like Frederick better than Fred? Ellie Claire and Freddy Allen, perhaps.
Milo would be cute. Ellie and Milo.
Gosh, I feel stumped on this one. And you're due so soon, you may have already had the baby, so let's just post this and let everyone else have a chance to tackle it.
Name update 04-27-2009! Bess writes:
We ended up naming him Archer. We were in the delivery room, 10 minutes after he was born, and we couldn't think of anything we liked better. Now, we are very happy with his name! Thanks for all the comments. I didn't get to read this until he was born, but I appreciate that most of you like the name. Hopefully it won't be too trendy. I agree with the person who said that a lot of people have it on their list but don't use it.