My boyfriend and I are 20 weeks pregnant with a baby boy, due in late September.
The last name will be Puente, and I'd like to use David as a middle name to honor my father. We've had long discussions about names and we have a list of 8, although I don't feel strongly about any of them, and this list is definitely open to additions. Here's the list so far:
I'm caucasian, my boyfriend is Hispanic, and he doesn't want a name that's "too white"... which takes away most of the "surnames as first names" list I tend to love! We'd like to avoid a first name starting with K, as both of our names start with K and I'm not a fan of that much matchy-matchy. Somehow though, hard C's are fine :)
My boyfriend really likes Samuel, which I don't have a problem with except I love Samantha, nn Sam, for a girl, and I'm not sure I want to take away that option— even though we may or may not have any more kids (this one is a miracle baby, and high risk), and even if we had a girl there are plenty of other names I love too.
I love the way you can look at some names and come up wtih more of the same style, so I'm really hoping you can help us out!
I think "name that would rule out another name" decisions are some of the most difficult to make. There are so many gambles and unknowns involved. I'd start by deciding which name you'd prefer to use if you knew for a fact that you would have a boy and also a girl. You may decide you like Samuel better anyway, in which case problem solved. But if you prefer Samantha, it's a matter of putting things on a scale: on one side, how much you love the name Samantha; on the other side, things like maybe not having a girl to use it on, having other girl names you also like, how much you like the name Samuel, and how much you think you'd regret not using Samuel if you never had a Samantha.
Looking at your list, I wonder if you'd like: