So I am expecting my 5th boy. His brothers' names are:
Our last name is two syllables and ends in an -en sound.
Each of the middle names are family names, but I kind of feel like I have exhausted the family names at this point. (Tonight I just went through them again and didn't find much.) I would be okay not using a family name for the middle name, if I felt like it sounded great with the first name. I am also not really into naming the child a long name, only to shorten it. If I'm going to call them the nickname, I'd rather just name him the nickname.
My main problem is that I love 1 syllable names. And I think that usually a 1 syllable first name doesn't go so well with a 1 syllable middle name. Or maybe it's just the names that I like that don't go together so well. I'm also not sure why I'm having such a hard time picking a name. But most things I think of just sound okay and not like THE name. I also would like to use a 2 syllable name for baby #5, just so Charlie isn't the only 2 syllable name. But then again, if it was the perfect name, I'd be okay with 1 syllable.
For first names I like:
Henry and/or Hank
Max (some days I like it, some days I don't)
I also love the names Jude and Grey, but I'm not sure if I'm brave enough to use them as first names. I could use one of them as a middle name if I found the perfect first name to go. We also could use the middle name Briggs (which is a family name) as a middle name, though I'm not sold on it and I don't like it at all for a first name. I also really like the name Louie,
For a while I thought I could name this baby Max Elliott. But I don't like it, for some reason. I'm not sure why. I think I don't really love Elliott, or it doesn't feel like it fits with my names. Other combinations I've thought of are: James Grey (even thought it is 2 1 syllable names, I think it sounds good), Henry Briggs, Henry Jude, Henry Grey.
So my questions for you are:
1. Do you have any suggestions of 2 or more syllable first names that fit my names?
2. Do you have any suggestions of middle names that sound great with the possible first names I listed?
3. What are your suggestions for some combinations?
Thanks for your consideration. And if you have any questions, I'd be happy to answer them.
Two syllable names that seem to me to go well with your sons' names:
Casey (repeats an initial)
Leo (repeats an initial)
I also like Ian, and in fact it would be my favorite of these, but it seems like most names ending in N would be only so-so with your surname.
But I prefer your idea of Henry. I also like all your one-syllable choices better than my short list of two-syllable choices. If Charlie is the middlest middle child he might like having something special about his name.
For a middle name I like names that sound like more family names. Henry Walker. James Shepard. Joe Sawyer. Milo Connery. Casey Lennox. James Maguire. Joe Campbell. James Ellis. Milo Redford. James Murphy. Joe Evans.
I think Henry is my favorite of your options---because despite just saying three seconds ago that it might be nice for Charlie's name to be special, I also see the appeal of making things more even. I like Henry Briggs and also Henry Grey from your list, and Henry Shepard and Henry Ellis from mine. I also love your James Grey idea.
I think I'd favor Henry because it has two syllables and doesn't repeat an initial, and Henry Briggs because I like the family name thing you've got going.