Your help would be appreciated in coming up with names for our baby if it is a boy. I am due in October.
Some info on us: We have a one syllable irish surname: Kane. We have a daughter, Shannon. If we have a girl this time, she will likely be Margaret Thomas nn Maggie. Thomas is surname from my family that we would have used for a boy's name, but a child in the immediate family was named Thomas so that is no longer an option for us. Where possible, we'd like to use Thomas as the middle name. Other middle name possibilities we like are Ryan and Patrick (family names as well).
We tend to lean towards celtic/irish names, but also like traditional and classic names as well. We tend to shy away from anything too obscure (although one could argue that Seamus & Cormac are pretty obscure) but we are also leery of top ten names and don't mind unusual yet familiar names. We like decidedly masculine and strong names for a boy.
Names we like that are on The List:
- Maxwell Thomas - nn Max. My concern is Max is getting (or already is?) pretty popular, but we still like it.
- Seamus Ryan or Seamus Patrick. Love Seamus. My concern is would two siblings with names beginning with the "Sh" sound be a little too singsongy? Should I even be concerned about this? Also, their names would begin with the same letter - something I guess I never imagined myself as a parent doing, but this is it for us for kids, so the sibset would consist of the two of them.
- Cormac Thomas - nn Mac. Love nn Mac. My concern is too much emhpasis on the hard "k" sound and blending from the hard "k" ending of Cormac into the hard "k" of our last name.
- Magnus - nn Mac - alternative to the heavily "k" sound laden Cormac.
- Malcolm - nn Mac - alternative to the heavily "k" sound laden Cormac.
- Ryan Thomas. Ryan is husband's middle name. It's okay to us, but we aren't wowed by it, but it's solid and irish and well known.
- Charles Thomas or Charles Ryan - nn Charlie. We don't love Charles, and rather dislike "Chuck" but we do find Charlie to be a nice nn. Charles is also a family name.
- John Thomas - nn Jack or JT. John - oh boy. My dad is a Jack Jr., my older brother is a Jack III. Love the name, but is it overkill with all the family members with this name? Also - is Jack just too trendy at this point?
- Lincoln nn Linc - husband likes but I am not sure what I think yet. Could grow on me.
Let's have a poll over to the right! [Edit: see Karen's comment in comment section; new set of names for poll.] [Poll closed; see results below.]
Poll results (198 votes total):
Cormac (Mac) Kane: 46 votes, roughly 23%
Seamus Kane: 44 votes, roughly 22%
Liam/William Kane: 108 votes, roughly 55%
Name update 10-30-2009! Karen writes:
Seamus Patrick arrived on October 26, 2009! Thank you to you and your readers and commenters for their insightful posts. Seamus is a doll and his sister loves her new baby brother! We love his name and feel that this was the best choice for us. Thanks again! - Karen