Please help us! We are due in a week and still without a clue of what to name our second son. My husband is not very helpful in naming discussions. He rejects all my names and seems to have a very clear idea in his mind for a name but the only name he’s actually suggested is Jackson (which I hate).
I like names like Matthew, Brandon, Cody, and Liam. Matthew is definitely my top name I love it so much, but can’t use it because three of our friends have young sons named Matthew and I don’t want just another Matthew to add to the crowd. But I really love that name, so if you know of any names similar to Matthew, that would be so helpful.
We don’t want any very trendy names, or weird spellings, but we are okay if they are common, as long as they aren’t too bland. It has to be at least two syllables so it won’t seem choppy because our last name is one syllable (it starts with a vowel and has a very sharp consonant sound).
Also, as one last bonus, if you know of any names of German heritage that are still useable in America, that would be great. But it’s just something to think about that would be nice if there was one, not necessary at all.
Our son’s name is Daren, but we don’t care too much if they are really matchy, we mainly just want to find a good name for him as an individual.
Also, I’ve found that two syllable names that end in an “ee” sound sound nice with our last name (like Kirby – which my husband hates).
Oh, and if we have a girl in the future, she will be Jamie, if that helps at all.
And middle name help would be great too – we just want something that sounds good with the first name.
Thank you so much.
Let's see, close to Matthew... Well, there's Matthias, Matteus, and Mateo. I also think Theo has some of the sound of Matthew.
Some usable German names from the German name appendix in The Oxford Dictionary of First Names):
Kurt (but only 1 syllable)
Some other possibilities, heavy on the -ee endings:
I suggest seeing if you can use Matthew as a middle name.
If possible, I recommend DEMANDING that your husband sit down with a baby name book and make a list. Naming the baby is his job too, and it's fair to ask him to do an equal share of the work. I think too many....well, let's say "partners," but it's virtually always men---think that the best job is the one where someone ELSE does all the work and THEY do all the vetoing and criticizing. If he can come up with a list, he'll (1) give you something to WORK WITH, so you can suggest things he might also like, or better yet you might find something he likes that you also like, and (2) see what it's like to do all that work and then have someone reject his choices, which may make him a little less quick to reject yours. If he's anything like my husband in the early days, I suggest having handy the answer, "Because I didn't ask for you to Make the Final Decision, I asked you to Join the Committee." (This is for partners who think that if their opinion is asked, their opinion must then be taken.)