My husband and I are about to have our first child, a boy, and having a really hard time with his name. We have a lot of names we like, but we haven't agreed on one and he is due any day now (Monday to be exact - although I think it may be a bit later than that.).
One name we have both liked from the start is Austin. Although a coworker of mine just named his son Augustus, so now I'm worried it too similar ... it is a very small office. Although, my husband says I shouldn't worry about it.
Other names we like are:
Ethan (although we just realized how popular it was so have nixed it)
Sebastian (not sure I like it with Morrison)
Miles (I love this name, husband isn't crazy about it - especially with our last name)
Julian (but our friends just named their son it, so don't think we can).
My dad's family is from France, so I would love a French name that can easily be pronounced in both languages. We haven't had much luck finding them, two options we're considering are:
Phillip/Phillipe (not crazy about the nn phil though)
Would love to hear your thoughts on the names we've thought of or ones you suggest. I like names that are a little different, but my husband is a bit more traditional. We don't have any set middle name, it will really depend on what we choose as the first.
I do think Austin is far enough from Augustus that it's not an issue. Augusten and Augustus might be too close, but Austin and Augustus are so different, not just in sound but in style (and I wonder if they might be planning to call him Gus?). If you've both liked it from the beginning, this could be the best choice.
A friend of mine has a son named Phillip and they call him Pip. My mom and I agreed that this makes us want to use the name Phillip, just so we can use that fabulous nickname.
I'm not familiar enough with French to know which names sound good in both languages, but using the France section of The Best Baby Names in the World, From Around the World and the French section of The Baby Name Wizard to help me (some of these are in there, some of them I thought of when seeing names that were in there), I suggest this list:
(In many cases, you'd need to decide whether to use the French spelling or the U.S. English spelling; I leaned toward the U.S. spellings when making the list.)
I have to keep myself from over-pushing the name Pascal. It's French and almost unused in the U.S. (only 28 new baby Pascals born in 2010, according to the Social Security Administration), but I think it could really work well here.
My other favorites from the list with your surname: Everett Morrison, Frederick Morrison, Gage Morrison, Hugo Morrison, Luke Morrison. Adrian and Fabien seem closest to Julian and Sebastien.
If Ethan is too popular, I wonder if you would like Ian? It's more like "Yun" in French: here it is on Forvo---it's like the "i" is still there, but swallowed.
Would your husband like Milo any better than Miles? On Forvo it sounds more like mee-lo.
Name update! Veronique writes: