My husband and I were sure we were having a girl until our ultrasound said otherwise! We have one boy's name that we had both liked early on (Oscar), but now that it's "real" I'm not sure it's right for our son. And with time ticking (we're due in May, but I'm a planner), my husband is quick to veto but unable to come up with his own suggestions! We actually do agree on general ideas (not too trendy or popular, we like traditional/old-timey/preppy names, and we have no syllable/vowel/whatever preferences or requirements about it) but when it comes to specifics, we're having some trouble. My husband's name is Fletcher which he and I both LOVE. We have only met one other Fletcher ever but it's not a "weird" name by any means. We would love to find something just like that for our boy!
My absolute favorites are Griffin and Fisher, but he's not sold on either of them yet. Names we both generally like include Felix, Oscar, Owen, Milo, and Henry, but we think that the last three are too trendy (we love Liam, but that has the same problem). Our tastes do diverge, though. I love names like Connor, Cooper, Hunter, Jonah, Jude, Miles, Miller, Rowan, Sawyer, and Spencer--none of which he likes enough (and some he hates!). He loves Elliot but I like it better as a middle name. Other middle names we like include Leighton, Freeland, and Montgomery (all family names, though that's not a stipulation). His last name will be my husband's last name which starts with a D and rhymes with Purant (think the sound a cat makes plus the insect)--so names like Grant are out. I also don't like D first names with a D last name.
Anyway, as you can see, we could use some help! Is Fisher too matchey with my husband's name? Is there a good middle name for Griffin that would make my husband love it? Are we missing that magic name? Is there a combination in all of these that we aren't seeing?? There's a good chance that this will be our only child but it's possible that we'll have one more. If we were having a girl, we would have named her Mabel, Clementine, or Clara.
Many thanks and Happy New Year!! I promise to send an update AND a picture when our son arrives. And because you seem like the kind of person who might like this, here's a preview of what he looks like. The caption would read "Hi Swistle, please help name me!"
This is a suggestion you have certainly thought of, but I am going to go right ahead and make it anyway because it's kind of an uncommon to start up in our generation: how would you feel about having a junior? You and your husband both love your husband's name, and you'd both like something just like that for your son---so perhaps go right for it?
Or he wouldn't have to be a full junior: you could give him a different middle name, to reduce confusion and to let you still have the fun of choosing at least one new name.
If you'd rather not, but you wouldn't mind using something very close, Thatcher or Archer would be adorable. (I learned just this minute from The Baby Name Wizard that a fletcher is an arrow-maker, so that makes Archer particularly appealing for that connection.) Fisher is a great name and I want to finally know someone who uses it---but I think it's confusing/tongue-twisting with Fletcher (I keep getting Flesher and Fitcher.)
I wish he liked Miller. That seems like a really good one.
Instead of Elliot: Everett or Emmett.
Instead of Liam: Leon.
Instead of Griffin: Gideon or Finnegan or Phineas.
I also love Felix from your list. When I was reading through the letter but before I'd gotten to that list, I thought "They like Oscar and Fletcher---I should suggest Felix!"
Milo might be a little trendy, helped in this impression by a couple of actresses who used the name for their sons. But it's been awhile since anyone famous used it, and I'm only willing to say "MIGHT" be a "LITTLE" trendy, and it was one of the three finalists for my youngest baby, and I still really like it for you. That little ultrasound hand-wave has the attitude of a Milo, and I think Milo has just the right mix of quirky and well-rooted.
Or would you like Nico instead? Or Theo? Or Leo? or Hugo? I think Hugo would be great: Hugo Purant.
I also think you might find Oscar is the right name after all, once you've had time to get used to him being a boy. Oscar is so great with the sister names, if you have a girl later on: Oscar and Mabel; Oscar and Clara; Oscar and Clementine.
Harrison just came to mind. It's surnamey like Fletcher, and it's nice with the surname: Harrison Purant.
For a middle name, I suggest your own surname if it's at all name-like.
For Griffin, Elliot seems like a good middle name to maybe tip your husband into using it: Griffin Elliot Purant. One downside is that the initials would spell GED, like the high school equivalency exam, but for me I don't THINK that would be a deal-breaker.
The names Fletcher, Felix, Oscar all have a sort of crackle in them. Looking for other such names:
Declan (starts with D, I know, but I want it in the list anyway)
Or here's a long-shot to consider: Pascal. It takes a little getting used to, but I think it has huge potential: familiar yet almost unused in the U.S., and very similar in sound to names like Oscar and Felix, and with a super sciencey namesake to boot. Pascal Mother-Surname Purant-with-a-D.
Name update! Lauren writes:
We wanted to give you an update on our little lion, who came into this world 9 weeks early. It seems that Felix Everett Purant (with a D) just could not wait any longer to be with us. He's getting stronger by the day and we're so in love with him. Thanks for your help--Everett was one of your suggestions and is the perfect middle name for our little guy. We've already gotten a million compliments on his name.