Hello! I'm a huge fan of both your blogs and really should have sent in this much earlier, because my due date's in TEN. DAYS. (eep) and we still are having a monstrous problem with naming our son.
I'm Genevieve, he's Will. We have two daughters, Isadora Ruby (5) and Clementine Luna (2 1/2), and call them Sadie and Cleo EXCLUSIVELY. Last name is McGregor.
We chose our daughters' names for the nicknames they gave us (we felt that Sadie and Cleo were much too insubstantial for full names), not because we loved Isadora and Clementine. In fact, we really don't love or even like Isadora; we just adored Sadie too much and Isadora was the most realistic way to get to it. Clementine we do like, though. Middle names were just names we liked that sounded nice with the full names, and the middle name for this bub will be the same.
I actually still feel really guilty about giving our oldest daughter a full name neither of us like and isn't really that appealing at all--Sadie doesn't much like it either. My name's Genevieve and growing up I would get so many lovely comments about it, which gave me a much-needed confidence and self-esteem boost in adolescence and beyond. I'm worried (sometimes I fret about it to the point of being sick) that no one will ever tell Sadie she has a gorgeous name, and I feel kind of awful about hoisting upon her Isadora, though I'm still ridiculously in love with her nickname.
So we'd like not to have a lingering sense of naming remorse with this bub.
Anyway. Enough back story.
With Bub, we've had an awful time with the naming process. Unlike Sadie and Cleo, we haven't even found a nickname that we totally adore yet, much less a full name.
The name we're thinking we love is Rex, but there are numerous problems with it.
--We have no idea how to get to Rex through a more substantial name, and if we can't find one, Rex is off the list. Any ideas?
--Rex is seen as a dog name. Sadie is seen as a dog name. Cleo is seen as a cat name. There's a accidental theme going on here, and my husband doesn't like it. I'm pretty okay with it, though.
--When we've told a few select people that we're thinking of naming the baby Rex, we've gotten cringing and obvious distaste, even though they tried to hide it. Now, I'm not going to let other people dictate what we name our baby, BUT I don't want people (like our parents and close friends) really hating his name, because there's a good chance he won't like it either.
What do YOU think, Swistle? Is Rex just too odd? As an objective third party who just so happens to be a fabulous namer, your opinion is definitely needed on this one.
Other names on our list that we're strongly considering:
Ned--Edmund, Edward--Not a huge fan at all of either full name, with those nasally suffixes
Max--Maxwell, Maximilian--I kind of really love the alliteration, but hubby isn't sure. Also the pet name theme thing again. Also popularity issues that are really, REALLY throwing me off here; I really didn't like how popular Sadie was when we named her, though thankfully we've never even come across another Sadie yet, and Max is set to skyrocket up the charts.
Ned is Will's favorite, Max is mine. But neither of them feel like The One.
I guess we're looking for a spunky, fresh, fun nickname that goes with a respectable full name. Also, if there's a name out there that's spunky, fresh, and fun AND suitable for an adult professional, we'd love to hear it; the nickname thing isn't mandatory at all. We'd rather not repeat first initials or have similar beginning or ending sounds.
If Bub had been a girl, we would have named her Penelope Isis and called her Piper; somewhat ironically, we've had this name in our back pockets since before we even started trying for a third baby. Sigh. Though we're over the moon that Bub is a boy, a girl would have been so much easier to name. We're tentatively set on having at least one more baby, so maybe we'll be back in a few years if we have another boy ;)
I am going to have to make this quick, because what the readers don't know is that this "due date is in 10 days" email arrived (*checks watch*) 11 days ago. So I'm going to post INSTANTLY so everyone can start working on it if it's not too late already.
Actually, FIRST I will say that I LOVE the name Isadora. LOVE IT. I don't know why people keep using the extremely popular Isabella when they could instead use the similar-yet-almost-totally-neglected Isadora. So if I ever meet your daughter and she mentions her full name, _I_ will say, "What a GORGEOUS NAME!"
And then I will say that if you like Rex but feel like you're not getting good feedback from your circle, I suggest Reid/Reed. I realize it's not very similar (different vowel and different ending), but it came to mind. Sadie, Cleo, and Reid. Reid McGregor.
I'm having trouble thinking of any longer names that could give the nickname Rex. Everything I think of feels like a big reach. But that made me think of Redford, with the nickname Red. Redford McGregor; Sadie, Cleo, and Red.
With your surname, you have an excellent nickname opportunity WHATEVER name you choose: he could go by Mac. It's similar to Max, but less common---and if you have any male relatives you'd like to honor in the first name slot but don't love their names enough to use them daily, this is your opportunity.
One of my favorite nicknames for boys is Gus. Augusten, August, Angus, Augustus.
Another of my favorites is Dutch, but I'm not sure what to use as a full name.
Another favorite is Wesley/Wes. Wesley McGregor; Sadie, Cleo, and Wes.
It would repeat an initial, but only in the non-nickname name: Isaac/Ike. Isaac McGregor; Sadie, Cleo, and Ike.
Do you like either Franklin/Frank or Frederick/Fred?
Finn seems like it would work well: Sadie, Cleo, and Finn. It's a stand-alone name, but if you wanted something longer there's Finian or Finnegan.
I love Declan/Dec. Declan McGregor; Sadie, Cleo, and Dec.
Or Deacon/Deke. Deacon McGregor; Sadie, Cleo, and Deke.
Ever since watching Sabrina the Teenage Witch, the name Harvey has had "cute cool nice boy" associations for me. I think it makes a good cute/spunky/fresh child's name and yet grows up to a perfectly appropriate adult name. Harvey McGregor.
Totally different style, but I think it hits the same mark: Keegan is both a fresh and spirited child's name and a perfectly appropriate adult name.
Ooo, I just remembered another favorite boy nickname: Kip. It could be short for Kipling, or for Christopher. I think with Isadora and Clementine I prefer Kipling. Kipling McGregor; Sadie, Cleo, and Kip. That's my favorite right there, I think.
Name update! Genevieve writes:
It was a tough decision, but we went with...
Finnegan Jude McGregor.
A reader suggested using both Finnegan and Jude and it dawned on us that that was an absolutely perfect idea.
While this means that we can't use Jude as a future son's name, we decided that we'd rather satisfy everyone right now with this actual baby's name and not a save Jude for a baby we may never have.
The girls are even happier than I expected when we told them their baby brother's name is Flynn. It was absolutely adorable. And my husband can still sing Hey Jude to baby Flynn, so he's happy, too.
Our families are a bit puzzled as to how we got Flynn from Finnegan Jude (and that's worrying me a teeny tiny bit) but they love both names, so we're good there.
Thanks so much, everyone. You saved the day here.
If our next baby is a boy, you'll probably hear from us again ;)