So with just 2 weeks until baby boy #2's awaited arrival I am desperately reaching out for last minute help! Normally I am not a last minute kind of person, so our predicament is that much more anxiety provoking. We have managed to narrow our list down, but more or less by ignoring the need for a list with the hope that the ones on it will eventually feel right. The problem is they just don't!!
So here is our top picks: Drew Marshall (after my husband Andrew Marshall (goes by Andy)), and
Marshall Scott (Marshall and Scott are both very prevelant family names, Scott is my Dad and Andy's uncle was named Marshall Scott but went by Scott, Marshall is both Andy's, his Dad's, and maternal Granddad's middle name).
Lastly, we have mutually but less seriously considered names like Baron, Ryan, Blake, and Logan. Some that I like but Andy does not are Ryder, Everett, and Carson. Our last name doesn't seem to pose an issue with any as Williams. However, the problem seems to be the combination with our 1st son's name: Luke Andrew. Although, on its own I like the short and brisk sound of Drew when said together as Luke and Drew, it is too close to Luke Andrew. Which is unavoidable, and something my ears have a hard time not hearing. I have asked others and they hear it too, Andy however doesn't seem to and is holding on to Drew as his name of choice, although really I think he is flexible. Marshall however, I really like especially with its strong significance, my only concern is that it doesn't fit well with Luke in terms of style and sound, and that Andy isn't all that fond of it as a first name. And what about with a nickname like Mack? Scott as a first name is out because I think of my Dad.
Opinions on the sounds of these names and any other suggestions would be most greatly appreciated.
I do think "Luke and Drew" sounds somewhat like "Luke Andrew," except that when I say the first one I put the emphasis on DREW, and when I say the second one I put the emphasis on AN, so to me they sound different enough to be okay---UNLESS you frequently call Luke "Luke Andrew." If not, I'd say it's fine.
I still prefer Marshall Scott, since Drew and Andrew are so similar and are both namesakes for the same person. BUT: if your husband isn't crazy about Marshall as a first name (and I think Mack is too much of a reach as a nickname), AND if you don't call your first son "Luke Andrew," probably Drew Marshall is the better choice, and perhaps both boys would enjoy being named for their dad. And I agree with you that Luke and Drew is a slightly better sibling set than Luke and Marshall---although I think both are good.
Let's have a poll over to the right: Drew Marshall, Marshall Scott, or "other" (if "other," put the name you'd pick in the comments section). [Poll closed; see results below.]