My husband and I recently found out that we're having a little boy, due June 1. He's our first. We had convinced ourselves that we were having a girl, and had all but decided on Harper Clair or Aubrey Clair (Clair is a family name).
We're forming a list, but we (or maybe I) can't help but think that we're missing "the" name. It's quickly becoming a mild obsession. Our last name sounds like Glenn, so this seems to rule out a number of names ending with an "n". Finn Glenn, for example. For the middle name, we'd like Christian or Philip, both family names (unless we decide on Christian as a first name).
I grew up with an uncommon name (Brea) and I loved never knowing another. I similarly like my uncommon brothers' names - Dane and Cale. I'd like to stick with a relatively uncommon name for the little guy, but nothing too out there. My husband (Jay) does not exactly share my need for a unique name.
Names that we're currently considering include: Beckett, Carter, Samuel, Liam, Christian, and Henry (I fear that the last 4 are too common). I really like Cade, Raleigh, Shepherd, Ryder, and Theo, though my husband doesn't agree. Thoughts on our current options or any new ones (please!) would be greatly appreciated.
Your parents did a very good job with names: they managed to choose highly unusual names that didn't then spring into popularity---and yet the names aren't at all "out there," and are easy to spell and pronounce. I am on the teetering edge of suggesting you ask your parents for advice for this baby's name---but that almost never goes well, so I will back away from the precipice.
First I looked into copying your parents' boy-naming style: I looked for four-letter one-syllable names that seemed to hit that same magical bullseye. I considered Hart, Cole, Dean, Gage, Gray, Joss, Jude, etc.---but with the surname, it's so abrupt. Hart Glenn. Gray Glenn. Too choppy.
Next I looked into names that were short/unusual and had more than one syllable. NOW we're talking:
But, I suspect most of these are too unusual for your husband. And with possible future sister Harper or Aubrey, probably Philo and Enzo are reaching too far out. Milo, perhaps, or Nico? Corin, Davis, Eamon, Ewan, Ruben? Those all seem more usable, without getting too common. I will try not to push Arlo on you, even though I love it and wish more people would use it. Could I push Ruben a little? I think it is one of the best names for boys, but my surname is awful with it. It has a teensy rhyme with your surname, but nothing I would avoid---I even think it has a nice "tying in" sound. I like Ruben Philip Glenn. Ooo, or Milo Christian Glenn.
But! I love your whole list of candidates, so my list-making is mostly for fun. Since this is your first baby, I think it might be helpful to consider names you might want to use for future children (such as Harper and Aubrey) and see which names from your list you like best with those. Or perhaps have your husband make a list on his own, and then see if there are any on his list you like as is or can modify into a slightly more unusual version.