Hi Swistle! Long-time reader, first time question-asker :)
My husband and I are due with our first child in late November/early December. We had names picked out for a boy and a girl two days after we found out I was pregnant - Miriam Georgianna for a girl, and Levi Eugene for a boy. The first names are ones that we both just really like, and the middle names are family honor names that are important to each of us that we use. Actually, the middle names were decided upon before we were even married. Our last name sounds like UR-lick, but starts with an E.
Early ultrasounds have shown that there's a high probability that this little one is a boy. We know that it's still early and not set in stone, but our sonographer said he'd give us a 90% certainty that it's a boy (but typically only gives it a 70% certainty at this stage). So the possibility of us having a little Levi Eugene is becoming more of a reality. When we picked the name Levi, we knew that there would be a connotation with jeans but it didn't bother us. However, I realized a few days ago that his initials will be LEE, another brand of jeans. Also, Eugene sounds like "you-jean"....yet another jeans connection. So I guess what I'm asking is: is this name too...denim-y? My husband isn't bothered by it, but he has a tendency to sweep concerns under the rug when he's got his mind set on something, only to be bothered by it later (which he fully admits). I can't decide how I feel about it. One moment I think it's unusable, and the next I'm laughing at myself for overthinking it.
I know it's still really early, and we have plenty of time to decide, but I'm afraid that if it turns out that we decide the whole denim thing is too wacky for us once we get closer to our due date, we'll end up getting really stressed out about something that should be an enjoyable process. With the last two initials being -EE, we realized right away that we'd be challenged finding a first name that didn't result in initials that spelled something silly-sounding or just downright mean. Some outside perspective would be really helpful, especially since we're not planning on sharing the name with family or friends until after he's born.
Thanks so much!
Oh dear: now that I've seen it, I can't un-see it! Levi eu-JEAN! The initials LEE bother me less, but along with the other two things the initials do give the whole package a sort of final-blow feeling.
It sounds to me like the decision is going to be about what is more important to you for the first baby boy: using the name Levi, or using the honor name Eugene. The way you've written about it makes me fairly certain the middle name wins this round. (I would take some comfort in being possibly able to use Levi for a second boy.)
I would suggest Eli instead, but I'm not sure Eli Urlick feels nice to say, and the initials EEE are so distinctive I can't figure out if they're a plus (cool! fun! interesting!) or a minus (EEEEEEEEEEE!!).
Liam might be nice, and the LEE and Eugene together aren't a problem to me without the Levi.
Milo keeps coming to mind, but I'm not sure it fits with the style you're looking for, and it may not work with Miriam. Milo Eugene Urlick; MEE. Or Miles? Miles Urlick. I think that works better with Miriam than Milo does.
Louis has some of the gentleness of Levi. Louis Urlick.
Or Leo? Leo Urlick.
Or Jacoby. Jacoby Urlick; JEE.
Well, or you may not really need suggestions at this point. Many people wait to find out the sex of the baby before starting the name search, and there is still time to look for another name you like. From us I think what is needed is a poll, for the group perspective/feedback you can't get from friends/family. Let's have one over to the right. [Poll closed; see results below.]