My husband and I are due with our 5th child on April 27th. Our other children are Luke Samuel (10), Anna Elizabeth (8), Elise Marie (6), and Jack Robert (4). In the past we've never had trouble with names, but the fact that this is another boy is making that process more difficult for us! I think I would have been a little more adventurous with a girl's name, but my husband and I are both more comfortable with boys names that don't seem 'trendy'. I thought we'd look to go in a direction that wasn't so short and snappy since we have a Luke and a Jack and my husband's name is Sam.
So far, we like William (Will), and Andrew (Drew), I guess this takes us back to the one-syllable names, but they still seem softer to me. I have liked Ian, Reid, and Evan, my husband, not so much. I also really like Nathan, Anderson, even Harrison, but none of them sound good with our last name, Mason. We would love advice on a first name that is traditional, but current, and goes with our other kids names.
We haven't thought much about middle names yet.. in the past we've tried to use family names, (Samuel, Elizabeth, Jack, and Robert), but we're not tied to that. We've sort-of run out of boy family names we'd like to use, with the exception of possibly my little brother's name which is Jay. I'd love to use that if it doesn't seem to short for a middle name..? It sounds like an initial when it's pronounced, but I don't know if it flows well on paper.
I immediately think of the name Isaac. It's definitely traditional, but it's surprisingly current: it's been in the Top 50 since 2001, according to the Social Security Administration. It's great with your surname, and I love your brother's name as a middle name: Isaac Jay Mason. Isaac does have the same hard-C ending as Jack, but the other sounds in the names are so different.
Another possibility is Nathaniel. You mentioned Nathan not being good with your surname, but Nathaniel is great: Nathaniel Mason, maybe Nathaniel Jay Mason. And if he wanted a snappy name like his dad's and brothers', he could go by Nate.
To modify another of your options, we can take the problematic -son sound off Harrison and make Harris. Harris Mason, maybe Harris Jay Mason.
Another possibility is Nicholas: Nicholas Mason, maybe Nicholas Jay Mason, and with the nickname Nick if he wants to be like the other guys in the family.
Noah would work well: Noah Mason, maybe Noah Jay Mason. It's short like the other boys' names, but it's softer.
I like Oliver for you: Oliver Mason. Very traditional, yet currently...current. I wouldn't use Jay with it because of the initials O.J.; maybe Henry instead? Oliver Henry Mason.
In fact, I like Henry as a first name, too: Henry Mason, maybe Henry Jay Mason. Traditional but current.
More suggestions for the Masons?
Name update 05-09-2010! Hope writes:
Thank you for your advice about our little guy's name! William Jay Mason was born on May 1st. Having everyone's input really helped us to make our decision. Thanks!