I love your blog and am hoping for help in naming our second son due to arrive November 10th.
My name is Danielle and my husband's name is Caleb. Our last name begins with a B and ends with O.
We have an 18 month old son, Brody. His middle name is Timothy after my father.
I was hesitant to name him Brody because of our last name beginning with a B,
but my husband loved it and now I can't imagine him being anything but Brody.
We love names that are unique without sounding too crazy. The main problem we are having is that we have a handful of names we like but nothing we love...yet.
Here is the very short list of names we both like:
- Foster (I would say this is our number one name right now...how do you feel about it?)
- Grayson (We both love it but I am hesitant to use it as I know it is now being used for girls as well)
- Levi (I love it, hubby doesn't at all)
To get a better feel for names we like here are some names that we liked but for various reasons are not going to be in the running..... Asher, Abram, Trey, Gage and Roman.
As for a middle name...We would like to use David (my father in laws name), Caleb, or Anderson.
What do you think the best combination is? And what other first name suggestions do you or any other readers have that you think we would like? I am ready to hear a new name to fall in love with!
I like Foster, and particularly I like Foster Anderson. But the initials are FAB. And Foster Caleb and Foster David both sound choppy to me, as if Foster is a title along the lines of Mister or Brother.
I also like Grayson. I've heard, too, that it's being used for girls. I don't know if this is a Worrying Trend, like when the name Mackenzie went full-on Girl Name, or a Clear Minority thing where the name will occasionally used for girls but will still be considered a Boy Name. I don't have a favorite middle name of the three options. Grayson Anderson is double -son and also spells GAB, and, again, Grayson Caleb and Grayson David both sound choppy to me, though fine.
I think the trouble with the middle name options is that Caleb and David are both strongly first-nameish (two syllables, emphasis on the first syllable) and sound odd in the middle name slot. The problem is accentuated by the very different style of first names: Andrew David would sound okay to me, but Foster David sounds odd. Anderson fits much better with the style of first names, but it spells a word with many first-name consonant choices (CAB, DAB, FAB, GAB, JAB, etc.). I kept thinking of first name possibilities such as Turner, and then getting stuck: it spells TAB with the name that sounds good with it, and it clunks with both David and Caleb.
Here are some more possibilities to consider:
I think my favorite is Archer Anderson. I just really like the sound of it.