My sister introduced me to your blog a few months ago, and I am hooked! And now I need to ask you for your help. I’m 25 weeks pregnant with a precious little baby boy (due in early July), and the husband and I cannot agree on a name for him. My name is Maggie, hubs is Kevin, and our last name is Pearce. We have a two year-old daughter named Molly Rose, and #2 may or may not be our last child. We’re thrilled to be adding a boy to our clan…….except that we CANNOT figure out his name!
We were actually kind of surprised to “see blue” on the ultrasound, and maybe part of the reason is because we had already compiled a list of girls’ names that we both loved. In case it helps at all, they were Heidi, Charlotte, Alice and Claire. But when it comes to boys’ names, the hubby and I have very different tastes.
My current favorite is Weston, nn Wes. Husband’s response: “is that even a real name?” Close seconds are Gavin, Connor and Austin. I also love the name Parker, but something about Parker Pearce sounds silly to me.
Husband likes more traditional names, and strongly prefers that whatever name we choose be two syllables so that it flows nicely with our one-syllable last name. He brings up Andrew a lot. I’m turned off by it only because it seems kind of ordinary to me. That being said, we are planning to use a traditional, honor middle name–either David or Francis. So I’d rather have something a little more modern (but not too popular!) for his first name.
When we first discussed baby names about five years ago, we both really liked the name Ryan. It’s still in the running, but I think we both find it slightly boring having had it on our list for so long. And more importantly, I’ve seen it pop up recently as a girls’ name. We’re both really not into gender-neutral names, so that’s a definite strike against using Ryan.
Choosing Molly’s name was so simple – we both loved it as soon as we heard it, and while we pretended to consider other names, we were pretty much dead-set on using Molly from the start. Rose is an honor name, and so are both of ours, so we’d like to continue with that tradition.
Since we had that “a-ha!” moment with Molly’s name, I was hoping the same thing would happen for this baby boy. Am I being too unreasonable? Should we just go with a name that we can both live with, but one of us is not overly excited about? We’re completely open to any advice and/or new ideas that you can add to our list, and I promise to share what name we pick when he makes his big entrance into this world!
If your husband's tastes are more traditional, I wonder if he'd like Wesley instead of Weston?
To do this in reverse to your husband's choice of Andrew, I think Anderson is super sharp. Or there's Drewan/Druan, which is like a perfect combination of Ryan and Andrew, but is probably too modern/invented to appeal to your husband.
The Baby Name Wizard has Turner as a suggestion if Parker is not quite right, and it's much better with your surname. Turner Pearce; Molly and Turner.
I know what you mean about a name getting kind of boring after spending so long on the list. You might still want to use Ryan, and it's nice to have a "This would be fine" name available as back-up---or maybe we can find something that is similar but will feel fresher to you:
With Molly, I especially like Henry, Ian, Isaac, and Simon. I also like Molly and Liam, and can't decide if the repeating "lee" sound is too much, or if it ties the two names together.
Name update! Maggie writes:
Our beautiful baby boy arrived June 30th at 8lbs 6oz, and we named him........Ryan Garry! In the end, we decided that "Ryan" really was THE name for our little man, and we have to thank you and the many people who commented on our post for helping us to realize that. And to add an element of surprise, we used my dad's first name for Ryan's middle name. He was thrilled! Thanks to everyone for their suggestions and input...it helped tremendously!
Ryan's picture is attached!