I am due in late April with a baby of unknown gender. My first son is named Finn, and our last name sounds like Sahara (like the desert). We have a girl name picked out, Hope Ryan, which is my middle name as well as my husband's, but we are totally stuck for another boy name. Everyone but me seems to really like the name Cooper, which is in the running, but sounds like a yuppy dog name to me. Other possibilities include James/Jamie and Fletcher/Fletch, neither of which have gotten rave reviews from my husband or other family members. We may keep the middle name Ryan regardless of the kid's gender, and really don't have too many problems coordinating middle names, if we could only come up with the perfect first name. I have recently been taken by the name Scout, but am not sure if it would come across favorably to strangers (and family).
So what do you think? Is Scout too "out there" (or any more "out there" than Finn)? Any objections to using Scout as a boy's name, when probably the most common reference point would be for the nickname of the young girl in To Kill A Mockingbird (or Bruce Willis and Demi Moore's daughter)?
Thanks for your help! I look forward to hearing your opinion!
Scout SHOULD be a great boy name. It's so close to Scott. And it would be so adorable on a little boy! Can't you just see him, all fuzzy-haired and wearing size 2T overalls? But for me, the book To Kill a Mockingbird bought the name Scout residential property in Girlville. I think I'd use it as a boy's MIDDLE name, though.
Here are a few other possibilities to consider:
Camden (Cam) Sahara; Finn and Cam
Keegan Sahara; Finn and Keegan
Leo Sahara; Finn and Leo
Nathan (Nate) Sahara; Finn and Nate
Wesley (Wes) Sahara; Finn and Wes
If this baby is a boy, you might later have a girl and still want to use the name Hope, so I tried each name in that line-up: Finn, Cam, and Hope, for example.
Let's have two polls over to the right. The first will be to get an answer to your question about whether the name Scout is too "out there" for a boy. The second will be a list of the other possibilities to consider. [Polls closed; see results below.]
Poll #1: Is Scout too "out there" for a boy? (326 votes total):
Yes: 206 votes, roughly 63%
No: 120 votes, roughly 37%
Poll #2: Choose a name for Baby Boy Sahara (287 votes total):
Camden: 59 votes, roughly 21%
Keegan: 26 votes, roughly 9%
Leo: 76 votes, roughly 26%
Nathan (Nate): 63 votes, roughly 22%
Wesley (Wes): 63 votes, roughly 22%