I came across your blog and I'm hoping that you can help us with our baby boy naming dilema. We are expecting a baby boy this December (the 18th) and for months my husband and I have been going back and forth and cannot agree on anything. Would LOVE some advice and opinions since we have spent months pouring over name books and can't agree. Our last name is Rose.
Before we knew it was going to be a boy, we had NO problem deciding on girls names- we agreed on everything! We both loved Chloe and Lauren, and we both liked Clara too, so that was no problem! However, once we found out it's a boy, we are stuck since we've never agreed on anything and the closer the due date gets the more stressed I am getting about finding a name! I find boys names really hard to pick- I have always liked the name Reid, but our last name is Rose, so that doesn't sound right together (plus my husband doesn't like it anyway). I tend to like preppy-ish names, but my husband vetoes them all saying they don't sound strong enough. We both liked Jake until a friend of ours had a baby and used that name (close friend, so we can't use it), and we both liked Gavin, but a family member had a baby and used that name! My husband likes Wyatt, but I can't get the image of cowboys out of my head, and it just seems too trendy, or trying too hard or something. The hard part is that our last name is feminine, so it really should be a pretty masculine name. We had Jackson on the list originally (but I think it's WAY too popular) and Deacon on our lists (I like Deacon more than my husband- I don't think he can get Wyatt out of his head). I also liked Graham, but husband said no. If we can't agree on anything, I have a feeling my husband is going to get his way and just name him Wyatt Jackson. However, I would love to have a say in at least one of the names, and make that name a little less common or trendy. I would love a name that has a bit of 'soul' in it instead of strength, but not have the name be too soft....we are stuck.
Any advice would be appreciated!
This is one of the many brilliances of The Baby Name Wizard: if you know some girl names you like, you can look up "brother names" and see if any of those are also to your tastes.
For Chloe, The Baby Name Wizard suggests Liam, Gavin, Miles, Carter, Caleb.
For Clara: Louis, Julius, Theo, Porter, Charles.
For Lauren: Brandon, Lucas, Nathan, Zachary, Joshua.
And look, there's Gavin among the choices!
Because Carter's R-ending runs into the R of Rose, I'd suggest Carson instead if you wanted something of that style. But Carson might be too androgynous with Rose.
Caleb may be more popular than you have in mind (or maybe not: it's about the same rank as Gavin, according to The Social Security Administration), but what I like about it is it's very boyish and it has something of the cowboy vibe that might be what draws your husband to the name Wyatt.
Miles definitely has soul, and it's definitely boyish, but is it strong enough? Perhaps not. Would Milo be an improvement? Milo Rose. Hm, it sounds like "my low rose."
Davis might have some soul from Miles Davis. Davis Rose.
I know a family with a similarly feminine-sounding surname, and they went with the first name Derek. Their other finalist was Garrett.
Zachary is definitely masculine, and the nickname Zach is similar to Jake from your list.
Gavin makes me think of:
Grady sounds particularly cowboy to me, but all those names seem strong and masculine.