My husband and I are expecting our second, a boy, this summer. Although we had a difficult time naming our daughter (Corinne), we seem to be more on the same page when it comes to boys' names. Here is our delimma. Several years ago I mentioned that I wanted to use my maiden name (Dalton) for a son. My father doesn't have any boys, and I thought it would be a nice way to honor our family. The probem is I'm a teacher, and I've seen too many Daltons in the last few years to want to continue to use it as a first name (I prefer slightly uncommon, classic names-). My husband, on the other hand,still really likes it. I prefer the name Weston for a boy, and my husband doesn't mind this name. So, could we use Dalton as a middle name (Weston Dalton) or is that too much of the same sound? With our daughter, we picked a first name we liked and gave her a family middle name (in her case, the middle name of both of her grandmothers). We would like to do the same with our son, and don't plan to have any other children (so this is our last chance to use my maiden name). Other names we've considered are: Everett, Zane, Owen, Kennett, & Nolan, though none of these names really strike me like Weston does. Of the other names, I like the name Owen the best, but know too many other friends (and just people in general!) with children with this name to use it myself.
Thanks in advance if you are able to offer any advice!
On the issue of sound, I would go right ahead and use Weston Dalton. Even if that were his first name and surname, I wouldn't think it was a disastrous combination if you loved the name; for a first and middle and probably-the-last-chance-to-use it, I say go ahead. For the most part he'll be known as Weston Pingree---and the middle name comes with the untouchable "It's my mother's maiden name" explanation.
Or...use Dalton as the first name after all. Weston is currently a more common name than Dalton (#224 versus #260 in 2010, according to the Social Security Administration), so if you've seen more Daltons than Westons in the classroom, that might be a regional thing, or it might be that Dalton was more common than Weston in the years your recent students were born, or it might be luck of the draw and soon you'll see it the other way around. Both names are modern surname names, and so unless you've had a particularly negative experience with a Dalton in the classroom, I'd encourage you to go with your first love.
I think it's pretty special when a maiden name makes a good first name, and it's a shame to waste the opportunity. If your only worry is the commonness, and if your husband still prefers Dalton, then rest assured on the popularity issue and go for Dalton.