We are due with our second son on October 28 - although these last two days of contractions are making me think it'll be sooner rather than later.
Until recently, we had 4 names on the "short list": Noah, Owen, Riley and Gavin. The last couple of weeks, Gavin and Riley have fallen off the list. (Jonah was also a contender for a while). I really like the other two, although I am concerned about Owen with our last name, Wootton (pronounced like foot with a "w" and then "ton") - it just looks like a word jumble to me, Owen Wootton. I do love Noah, although I just don't get the feeling the my husband is super crazy about it - and I wonder if it's too popular.
The middle name will be William, for my dad. Our first son is Finn Allen (Allen is for his dad).
We definitely want the first name to be only 1 or 2 syllables, and we want it to go nicely with Finn. We like the idea of having a name that's not weird, but also not common. We feel like we did that with "Finn", but won't necessarily do that with "Noah" or "Owen".
Names that I love that he hates: Reece/Reese and Luca
Name that he loves that I hate: Ender (yes, this is pretty much his ONE and ONLY suggestion)
So - two questions...
#1 - if we don't find anything else we like, should we go with Noah William Wootton or Owen William Wootton?
#2 - any other first name suggestions????
What I notice when I say those finalist names is all the W: both first names have a strong W sound (noWUH, oWEN), and then adding the W sound in both William and Wootton---it's a lot of W. The middle name won't often be said, of course, but both Noah Wootton and Owen Wootton are hard for me to say.
Here are some Owen alternatives without W sounds:
Roan (unless I'm pronouncing it wrong and it's Ro-wen rather than rhymes-with-Joan)
But three of those end in an -en sound, and I think that's a little choppy with the -en sound in Wootton.
Here are some Noah alternatives without W sounds OR -en sounds:
Your husband likes Ender, and so I would refer you to Baby Boy Holland, in which we worked with another sci-fi-name-loving husband. The name they chose was Gable, which I think would be a really good choice for your baby, too: unusual yet easy/familiar, good with Finn, good with William Wootton. I also suggested the name Anders to them, because it's so similar to Ender, and that too would be good for your baby: Finn and Anders, Anders William Wootton.
BUT! If none of these appeal, and nothing else comes up that appeals, and if you like Owen or Noah best, I DO think you should use it. The "W issue" is one of those issues that, all things being equal, I would recommend avoiding---but all things NOT being equal, is not a big deal.
Name update 11-04-2009! Kym writes:
Our little boy finally came yesterday - 6 days late (so much for reading into those early contractions!). As we were walking the halls during contractions, we finally settled on William Ender, deciding to call him Will. My husband just loved the name Ender so much and we didn't want to do the 2 middle names thing, so we thought this was a good compromise. Although we do have the first and last name starting with the W, we really love it - and I love how Finn and Will sound together. Thanks to everyone for your input, it finally got my husband thinking more seriously about names and after he read the post and the suggestions. :)