We are due with our second boy in less than 6 weeks and need naming help. I've been following your blog my entire pregnancy and love hearing your suggestions and thoughts on baby naming. My husband's name is Aaron and mine is Erika. Our last name is Kaltenbach. Our son's name is Jude Aaron and I love so many things about his name. We are looking for something similar with our second boy. A shorter name since our last name is such a mouthful. Something not to popular but also not strange sounding. I have also shied away from first names with a strong K sound b/c of our last name. Middle name is flexible for us. Here is a glance at what we have plodded through so far:
Leo: my favorite - my husband doesn't like the associations paired with it
Luke: we both like it but it feels to common particularly when you throw lucas in the mix but a definite front runner at this point
Holden: both like, something just feels off about it
Ty: hubby likes, I like but not my favorite
Cy: we both really like but have good friends with a Silas that they call Si
We are stuck in indecisive land and need your help! This will be our last child. Please help us find a name for our baby boy.
Because you like Leo and Ty/Cy, I suggest Milo or Levi or Eli:
Milo Kaltenbach; Jude and Milo.
Levi Kaltenbach; Jude and Levi.
Eli Kaltenbach; Jude and Eli.
If Holden is not quite right, do you like Landon or Hudson?
Dane would go beautifully with Jude, without over-coordinating. Dane Kaltenbach; Jude and Dane.
I might like Dean even more. Dean Kaltenbach; Jude and Dean.
Finn is another good short one. Finn Kaltenbach; Jude and Finn.
Reid is one of my favorite short boy names. Reid Kaltenbach; Jude and Reid.
Or Ian is on my own list. Ian Kaltenbach; Jude and Ian.
Ooo, or Gage. Gage Kaltenbach; Jude and Gage.
If it works with the first name, I like the idea of using Erik as the middle name, after you, since your first son's middle name is after your husband. My favorite is Milo Erik Kaltenbach.
Luke would also be a good middle name possibility, if it feels too common to be the first name. I like Ian Luke Kaltenbach.
Name update! Erika writes:
An update from the Kaltenbach crew. Our second boy joined us 10 days early and we were so thrilled to have him join our family! We had decided on his name a few days before I went into labor and it was so wonderful to look at his face and know his name was Luke Josiah (grandfather's name). He is a calm, steady baby and his name is a perfect fit! Thanks swistle, what a wonderful site you have to help parents decide on a name for their little one.