I'm not pregnant as of yet, but we will be trying soon. I've been obsessed with names for as long as I can remember, and I'm really excited about one. It's not often that I get "stuck" on something like this; the name has become a small obsession of mine, but there is a problem.
The problem comes from a male name, since we're able to agree on MANY female names (frontrunners are Celeste and Violet. Our favorite, Olivia, became too popular for our liking).
The name is Brock. I LOVE it. My husband loves it, too, for many reasons. For one, it's an alliterative name to our last name, which is Barlow, which I've always been a fan of. It's not super common, but is easy to say and spell- I feel this is important. I also feel like it sounds preppy, smart and strong. One-syllable names, especially for a male name, have always struck me as really great. Also, we're Canadian, and this name is of significance (in a positive way) to our country's heritage.
However, due to the heritage, many things are named "Brock", including our highway exit, which is where the problem comes in. We live in a small-ish community, which has two highway exits, one being Brock St. As you can imagine, there are also some businesses with Brock in their title... Brock Restaurant, Brock Laundromat etc.
I've grown fairly attached to the name, for all the reasons above, and also because it's a name we can both agree on. Do you think it would be wrong to use a name that our child would hear all over the place? Does it seem odd to you? Please, crush my dreams now before I get too attached, if that's the case! :)
Other details: we plan on having only one child, and we hate creative spellings.
Thanks so much,
Are you planning to stay permanently where you live now, or is it fairly likely you'll eventually move? And is the Brock St. exit area a NICE area, or a dicey one? If it's considered a nice area, and if you might move away from there anyway, I don't think you have to rule out the name; even if you're not likely to move, I think it's still within the realm of okay. Definitely it's something to weigh into the decision, though: if it came down to two names you liked equally well, and one had the location baggage and the other one didn't, I'd go with the one that didn't.
On the other hand, my guess is that a small child would get a huge kick out of seeing his name all over the place, and you'd have so much fun collecting photos and items with his name on them. I'm imagining decorating a nursery with large photos you've taken of just the "Brock" part of various business names, street signs, exit signs, etc. And if you DO move away, it'll be a very pleasant association with where he was born. Hmm, that is swaying me back the other direction. I'm imagining if someone in the U.S. lived near a Lincoln St. exit and wanted to name a child Lincoln. I think the reaction to that would be mostly positive.
Am I right that the Brock association is with Isaac Brock? If so, I notice that the name Isaac shares an end-sound with Brock. It loses both the preppiness and the alliteration, and it's more common and also harder to spell, and it has two syllables and it's a completely different style over all---so in short it's not a likely candidate. But I thought I would mention it anyway, since it does keep the heritage and that hard-C sound, and I like it with your surname. Isaac Barlow.
Or we could look around for other names that capture more of the style and sound of Brock: Burke, Ross, Drake, Derek, Dean, Bryce, Beck, Blake, Brant, Brooks, Barrett, Lachlan, Declan.
Another possibility you've no doubt considered is using Brock as the middle name. The middle name position is a great place for names you love that, for whatever reason, don't work as the first name. _____ Brock Barlow keeps the alliteration and the heritage, but lets go of the laundromat and the exit.
The more I think about it, though, the less it feels like it's a problem. It seems like it would be a positive and fun association, and at worst he'd get a little weary of saying, "Yes, like the street." I think we should have a poll over to the right, to make sure I'm not just getting swayed by the fun nursery decor. [Poll closed; see results below.]
Poll results for "How are you feeling about a baby named Brock living near the Brock St. exit?" (357 votes total):
I think it's fun and cool! - 204 votes (57%)
Fine, but better to find something else - 80 votes (22%)
I don't like the idea - 45 votes (13%)
I can't decide - 28 votes (8%)