Everyone I know seems to struggle with baby names, despite reading books and scouring websites. I'm no different. We're expecting our second child, a boy, in November. Our 20 month old daughter is named Madeleine Lise. Lise is my mom's name and she's French Canadian. We always loved the name Madeleine but when we found out that the name was becoming common we decided to ditch it. We spent months arguing over other names until finally coming back to what we originally adored. Our Madeleine is everything to us and she couldn't have been named anything else.
We have a few names that we like for our son. At the top of the list is Owen. My husband wants to be done with that - he thinks it's perfect. I like the name but I'm not sure it's IT. I really like Hayden, but my husband isn't sold. I also like Emmett, which my husband does like but not as much as Owen. The names that appeal to me for girls are all traditional - Amelia, Charlotte, Lily, Jocelyn... you get my drift. For boys, I'm into masculine names - Kyle, Mason, Evan, Eamon and obviously the above mentioned. I'd love to hear what you suggest. We're going with Charles for the middle name, after my father-in-law. Our last name isn't tough but it does have that strong "u" sound, so the first name may be better with two syllables. I'm not into Michael, David, John, James, etc., mostly because my name is Jennifer and I grew up with at least 5 Jennifer's in every class, and at least a couple Mike's, Dave's, John's...you know, all those names from the 70's that haven't gone anywhere. My husband doesn't like names that sound too preppy - Brody, Gavin (which I like), Cooper. He could be happy with a plain name like Michael (no offense to anyone with a Michael - just not my cup of tea).
I think the list you've come up with is good, and that Owen Charles Bewick is a wonderful name. And so I'm turning this one over to the readers: What would you choose? What would you add to the list of choices?