I am due with our second boy in early July. Like a previous poster, my husband and I strongly disagree on names and usually strongly oppose each others' choices. Currently, we have one son, Leo James Radecki. My husband is Leonard John (he goes by Len). His father and grandfather are Leonard Leo Radecki Sr. and Jr. respectively, so my husband is not a third. The name of my first son was primarily my husband's choice and he offered it up at the time of his delivery, but I loved the name Leo (and was glad he didn't say Leonard!) and James is my father's name. We both would like a name that is not popular and also we both like traditional names, but in a different sense. My husband would also prefer to have a name after a saint. All of the names I like are very popular on the SSA popularity list (i.e. Matthew, Evan, Nicholas, Ryan) and all of the names my husband likes are traditional, just not my taste (i.e Francis, Frederick, Henry, Jacek). Our first son's name is actually a great example of what we both love in a name, but can't quite get a hold of anything this time around. My husband is Polish/Lithuanian and I am 100% Scottish. As Leo is a Polish name, I have found the name Alec recently and love that one as well...being that it is Scottish, short for Alexander (who is a saint) and not on the SSA list. We were also looking at giving him the middle name of John, but it is not a definite and are open to whatever sounds good with the chosen first name. Do you have any ideas that would fit our picky criteria?
What does your husband think of your Alec John idea? I think it's terrific.
I also went to the "Saints" section of The Baby Name Wizard and wondered if you guys might agree on any of these:
I know you said Evan and Nicholas are already on your list so I assume your husband doesn't like them---but they're both saint names so I thought I'd bring them up again.
My favorite option is Oliver. First, because I love that name. Second, because it's a perfect brother name for Leo. Third, because I think it hits that perfect sweet spot between popularity and tradition. Fourth, because I think it's great with your surname and possible middle name: Oliver John Radecki.