We are expecting our second child in August and have had a very difficult time agreeing on a name. Our daughter's name is Ayla Rheann. This time we are having a boy. Our last name is Skipper. We'd like a strong name with the possibility of a nickname. We also want to stay out of the top 100. The middle name will be Jeffrey, Louis or Dean depending on what first name we chose. We are avoiding names that end in "er" because it just sounds funny with Skipper and we do not want a gender neutral name.
My husband absolutely loves the name Lincoln with the nn Linc. I was just about on board with it until I started saying it combined with Ayla. Does Ayla and Lincoln sound too much like Abraham Lincoln? He will be devastated to not use the name, but I don't want our two children to turn into a school joke. Do people always put the oldest child first when saying their names?
If we have to ditch the name Lincoln, our other favorites include-
Everette, nn Rhett
Paxton, nn Pax
Pierson, nn Pierce
Lawson, nn Laz or Law
Sullivan, nn Sully
I realize 5 of our names end with the 'en' sound and I'm not sure how that flows with our last name. Please help!!
It's not too close for me. And even though some of the sounds of the phrase "Ayla and Lincoln" might bring the connection to mind, I don't think anyone would think it was because the name Ayla was too similar to Abe or Abraham: the sound combination is a coincidence, and much of it comes from the "and" sound in between the names. If your husband will be devastated not to use the name, the possibility of some particularly clever and well-educated playground children noticing the sound connection between the names of two children in different grades (particularly when the connection is to someone who is generally considered in a very positive light) wouldn't rule the name out for me.
Let's have a poll over to the right to see what everyone else thinks. [Poll closed; see results below.]