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Friday, June 26, 2009

Baby Boy Beal

Claudia writes:
My husband and I are expecting our first baby, a boy, in July and although we found a lot of girls names that we liked, we found it very hard to find any boy's names. We both really like Konrad as a middle name. Konrad is a German name meaning “brave and honest advisor” and we were surprised to find that it is a longer version of Kurt (his name).

As for first names, here are the top 5 choices so far:
  • Abraham - Hebrew, “father of multitudes”. Nicknames could be Abie, Bram or Hammy.
  • Henry - English or German, “estate ruler”. Nickname could be Hank.
  • Lawrence - English or Latin, “from the place of laurel trees” also Home of the Kansas Jayhawks! (where I went to school) Nicknames could be Lawry or Lars.
  • Leonard - German, “brave lion”. Nicknames could be Leo, Leno or Lenny.
  • Truman - English, “loyal one”. No nicknames.

_____ Konrad Beal?????

Any feedback is appreciated. Thanks for your help on this.

My favorite is Henry Konrad Beal. Let's put a poll to the right to see what everyone else likes best! [Poll closed; see results below.]

Poll results (189 votes total):
Abraham: 22 votes, roughly 12%
Henry: 65 votes, roughly 34%
Lawrence: 45 votes, roughly 24%
Leonard: 25 votes, roughly 13%
Truman: 32 votes, roughly 17%

Name update! Claudia writes:
Henry Konrad Beal was born July 17th, 2009 and we couldn't be happier with the name choice. It fits him perfect.


Frazzled Mom said...

I voted for Lawrence - mostly because I love Lars!

Anonymous said...

I voted for Lawrence -- I also LOVE Lars and I went to University of Kansas in Lawrence : )

Catherine said...

I agree with the previous posters - Lawrence. I think it works best with both the middle and last, and Lars is a great nickname.

Anonymous said...

How about calling him Lars? Lars Konrad is equally strong, I like.

Jan said...

I'm with everyone else - Lawrence is greatly underused (only 427 in popularity for 2008). I like Leonard second (621 but Leonardo is 170). I also like the idea of just using Lars (not in top 1000)! Good job, everyone. :)

Barb @ getupandplay said...

Henry's my number 1 with Lawrence a close second!

Anna said...

Henry Konrad flows best for me followed by Abraham Konrad :) good luck with your choice :)

heather said...

I voted for Abraham... I'm loving that name lately and Abe/Abie is such a great nickname.

I don't know if you're looking for more suggestions, but one that came to mind (triggered obviously by Truman) is one of my new favorites and I so wish I was having another boy to use it...

Truett -English, "little, honest"

I think Truett is a very cool name.

Steph the WonderWorrier said...

Out of your five options, I like Lawrence too, or just Lars Konrad Beal. Henry would be my second choice.

Other name suggestions:

Zachariah or Zachary (nn Zach)
Nathaniel or Nathan (nn Nate)

Claudia said...

Thank you everyone for your comments. I too went to the U. of Kansas which is why Lawrence was an option in the first place. Although people thought I was crazy to have Truman as an option (that's the name of Missouri's mascot).

Sebastiane said...

Leo Konrad Beal is quite hansome. Can't wait to see what you finally decide.

Rayne of Terror said...

I love the middle name Konrad. It works with everything. There are a lot of Lawrences in my family, A LOT. And we considered it for a minute for baby 2, but couldn't come up with a nickname that wasn't Larry. That killed it for us.

Lara Jane said...

I love all of your choices! We have a 9-year-old Henry and boy #2 was going to be Charles Truman, and furthermore, my friends call me Lars! How's that? LOL

Lawrence is a great name, even without the school connection. I say go for it!

Anonymous said...

Ironic that you like the name Truman, given that you went to KU and over in Missouri at MU their mascot is Truman the Tiger. : )

Maybe now you'll have second thoughts, haha.

Anonymous said...

I really like Henry, but that name sticks out as being much more common then the other choices. Lawrence I could get behind if I didn't already know the most obnoxious person in the world with that name... so I vote Henry.