I hope that I can enlist your help and your reader’s help in naming my husband Eric and my first child who is a boy! It seems like we had a solid list of 5 names picked if the baby were a girl, but we only have 4 names for a boy now and we aren’t sold on any of them yet. Our last name is Milot – pronounced Me-Low.
The boys names that we agree on are Jack, Grant, Graham and Callum. Our problem – Jack is too popular (we wanted to use Jack because that is my late grandfather’s name.) I LOVE Callum, but my husband doesn’t like the nickname Cal. Grant is ok in our book, and we like Graham, but call my grandmother “Gram.” Talk about confusing!
We also liked Camden and Tyler but family and friends have named their children those names. Some names we are on the fence about are Cohen and Coleman (but we like to camp and think it would be strange to call our child what we call our stove…)
We would like to use Joseph as the middle name because that is Eric’s middle name, but I would still like to honor my grandfather, so Jack or Brennan (his surname) would also work.
My husband and I are both graphic designers so we feel like it would not be fitting to give our child an ordinary name. We are not into classic names (besides Jack I guess.) We don’t want anything that is too popular so he won’t grow up being one of 5 with the same name in his class. We also don’t like super trendy names (Jayden, Aiden, etc.)
If it helps we liked all unisex names for a girl. So, if we end up ever having a girl we wouldn’t want people trying to figure out which one of our children is a boy, so the name should be somewhat masculine.
We hope you can help!
I wonder if you might want to use your grandfather's surname Brennan as the first name? Or perhaps hold that in reserve for a future girl, if you like androgynous names for girls. It's so lucky to have a family surname that would make a wonderful first name! I have a lot of Dutch ancestors so have surname-as-first-name choices such as VanderWyk. Catchy!
I see your point about Graham/Gram, but it's not likely to be a long-term problem, if you catch my tactless drift.
If you like Coleman, I wonder if you might like Chapman? Or Truman?
Another possibility is Lawson. It's unusual and masculine, and I really like it with your surname: Lawson Milot.
Wilson is good, too: Wilson Milot.
And Gibson: Gibson Milot.
Sullivan is a name I think is underused: Sullivan Milot.
I wish Ruben sounded good with my surname, but sadly no. It's good with yours: Ruben Milot.
If you like Tyler, maybe Tanner? Oh, or Turner! I really like Turner: Turner Milot.
If you like Camden, maybe Keegan? That's high on my own boy name list. Or Corbin? Or Campbell?
If you like Jack, maybe Clark? Ike? Mack?
Name update 07-12-2010! Anna writes:
I just wanted to give an update for Baby Boy Milot. He decided to arrive a little early on 6/27. After taking our list of names and looking at our little man, we decided on Graham Joseph. Thanks to you and all of your followers comments, we felt it was a great fit. We have gotten many compliments on it and how strong a name it is.
Thanks for all of your help!