I am Yvette and my husband Luke and I are due with our fourth child on August 24. We had the name Wolfe Alan Mackenzie picked out but when we announced it last week, we had the very unpleasant shock of learning from my mom that Wolf is the last name of my grandfather's first wife who stole all his money and was a very nasty woman and that my grandfather would be very upset if we picked that name.
Luke really likes last names as first names and I hate them so it was a trial settling on Wolfe in the first place. I don't like names that end with an EE sound although I don't mind this in nicknames. This is probably be our last child.
Our new son will join George Darwin, Caden Samuel and Minerva (Minnie) Laura. Darwin is my maiden name, Samuel is Luke's father's name and Laura is Luke's mother's name. George, Caden and Minnie are names we adore. We're not in love with Minerva but we love Minnie and wanted her to have a proper name. The baby's middle name will be Alan, which is my grandfather's name.
As you can see, we like a lot of different styles and don't think it's important that siblings names match. When you're an adult, no one cares what your brothers and sisters are called.
Names We've Rejected:
Skylar (Luke only likes this on a girl)
Harper (he loves but I hate it)
Colton (We love but Luke's cousin who he's never seen in 20 years but has the last name named his son this.)
Uriah (My favorite boys name ever and Luke absolutely can't stand it. He insists that any child named Uriah will be mercilessly teased by other children calling him urinal.)
Lachlan (We love but no one has heard of it and thinks it a girl's name. We also don't like the nicknames Lack and Lackie, for obvious reasons.)
Names We're Still Considering:
Kester (We met an adorable little boy with this name last year and the name has really stuck with us. We both love it a lot and especially love how Kester Mackenzie sounds. We are concerned about people mispronouncing and misspelling it. People also don't seem to be aware it's a name. I'm nervous about giving our son a completely unheard of name.)
Zane (We both like it but don't love it.)
Martin (We both like it a lot but we don't like Marty.)
Hamish, pronounced Ay-mish. It's the Scottish James (We love it but people pronounced wrong and our families hate it.)
Cyrus (I love, Luke thinks it's okay but we're a bit worried it will make people think of Miley Cyrus)
Please help us Swistle and readers! We're due in less than two weeks and can't settle on anything. Thanks so much!
From your comments by each name you're still considering, it sounds to me as if Kester is the name you want. It's hardly ever used as a name in the United States (according to the Social Security Administration, five children were given the name in 2009; the name isn't in the database at all for 2010, which means it was given to fewer than five children), but the names Chester and Lester and Hester (and words like jester and tester) may help people find it more familiar.
Cyrus sounds like your other major contender. Although I associate the name Miley with the Cyrus family, the name Cyrus doesn't make that connection for me.
I think you should put Lachlan back with the finalists. If people haven't heard of it, I'd say it's more that they haven't heard of it YET. It's unusual but still more common than Kester (147 new baby boy Lachlans in the U.S. in 2010; only 5 baby girl Lachlans).
If you like Coleton and the only problem is duplicating another family member, do you like Coleman instead? Or Alton? Or Ashton? Or Clayton? Dalton? Trenton? Fintan? Corbin? Holten? Holden? Treyton? Keaton? Kelton? Kenton? Paxton? Sutton? (I'm harvesting huge riches here from the "The -ens" section of The Baby Name Wizard.)
If you go with Martin, I think you'll be able to avoid the nickname---but of course he may choose it himself when he's older. Hamish seems like a poor fit for your circle, and I do think it would be mispronounced. Zane is an excellent fit for the sibling group but neither of you are enthusiastic about it.
Let's have a poll for your finalists (plus Lachlan), over to the right. [Poll closed; see results below.]