We are expecting baby boy number three in June. Names have become a daily struggle as we cannot settle on anything that we both just "feel" is right.
Our oldest son is Luke Benjamin Goode, next came Mark Weldon Goode and soon we'll have ____?____ Emanuel Goode. ( 'e' is silent on Goode) All three middle names are family names. I know that Luke and Mark started a gospel trend but that wasn't intentional. We do feel maybe we should continue with the whole biblical theme but it's absolutely not a necessity. One other thing to consider, is my husband's name, Ashley. He hated it growing up because it is almost exclusively a female name these days. He's constantly questioned about it. We'd both like something fairly traditional that brings a strong, healthy, upstanding male to mind.
Our current possibilities include Paul Emanuel. My husband has always liked this name, feels it brings those above characteristics to mind and goes well with Luke and Mark. No offense, as I saw it is your husband's name, but I just don't love it and can't say why. We also like John Emanuel (enter the gospel theme again :) but worry that maybe John is just a little too vanilla? I love Jacob Emanuel but we both really hesistate with that one because Jacob has been the number one boys name according to Social Security since 1995! Finally, I am drawn to the name Lane Emanuel. No reason I just like how sounds. That one however, borders on the could be feminine line which worries my husband because again he deals with that confusion daily.
I hope that gives you enough background. We are getting worried as June quickly approaches with no end to this debate in sight. Would you mind weighing in with thoughts and/or suggestions? Thanks so much!