I'm due in 2 weeks with my 2nd child, a baby boy (But he's likely to come early as his sister did.) I have an 18 mo daughter, Kate Harlow. We thought we had a name nailed down for most of the pregnancy and JUST noticed that, Houston, we have a problem! Our top name was Leopold, with him going exclusively by Leo. I can't believe we just noticed the Kate & Leopold connection. Is it too much, or do you think it could work, especially since I doubt he'll ever go by Leopold? We were thinking Leopold Gray, since we love Gray but feel it's a little too close to Kate - especially when you're yelling it across the house. Our second choice is Graham, but hubby isn't as enthusiastic about that, and we still haven't nailed down the spelling - Graham or Graeme?
We were also looking at Jude (Feel it's becoming too common), Fallon (Is it too far out there?), Callum (Both of us used to LOVE but our enthusiasm is waning), Arlo (I love, hubby's not too sure), Devin, Elliot, and Max (All 3 of which - too common?). Our last name is M0rgan.
I am going to focus on your original question, because in my opinion it eliminates the need for the other questions. I don't think the Kate & Leopold thing is a problem. When you mentioned it, I felt a faint twinge of possible familiarity but couldn't place it. I said to Paul, "Do you know of a Kate and Leopold connection?" and he said he didn't. So then I looked it up and found the movie from 2001. Well. Hm. Anyone who had seen the movie could very well make the connection, it's true. Hm hm hm.
Well, as someone who didn't see the movie, of course I think it's not a big deal. I say use the names you love, and if anyone says, "Oh, like the movie?" you can blink at them blankly and say, "...No."
But we definitely need more opinions here. Maybe everyone but me saw the movie, or maybe not everyone saw it but those who DID see it retain a very strong impression of the two names. So let's have a poll over to the right. [Poll closed; see results below.]
Then let's have a second poll [poll closed; see results below] to see what people think you should name him if you decide against Leopold. I suggest using Leo. It's a perfectly good stand-alone name and eliminates the Leopold problem, and you were planning to call him exclusively Leo anyway. If you don't want to use Leo on its own, my vote is for Arlo, a name I think is dramatically underused, or for Elliot, a name I'd use in a heartbeat if Paul and I weren't both so stubborn about our preferred spellings (he prefers Eliot; neither of us will budge).
Poll results, Kate & Leopold being a problem (262 votes total):
Yes, dealbreaker: 41 votes, roughly 16%
Yes but not a dealbreaker: 61 votes, roughly 23%
Heard of it but no: 134 votes, roughly 51%
Never heard of it, so no: 26 votes, roughly 10%
Poll results, what to use if not Leopold (208 votes total):
Leo: 75 votes, roughly 36%
Graham: 32 votes, roughly 15%
Graeme: 5 votes, roughly 2%
Jude: 19 votes, roughly 9%
Fallon: 4 votes, roughly 2%
Callum: 11 votes, roughly 5%
Arlo: 14 votes, rougly 7%
Devan: 3 votes, roughly 1%
Elliot: 30 votes, rough 14%
Max: 15 votes, roughly 7%
Name update 10-02-2009! Gwen writes:
Thanks for all of you (and your readers') help! I went into labor - no joke - while I was watching "Kate & Leopold". Our 6 lb, 2 oz Leopold Gray was born Sep. 29 and is doing fantastic!