My husband and I are due with our first baby October 15. We are not finding out the sex and have been having a lot of fun with picking out both boy and girl names. We are pretty much decided on the girl name, Jubilee Lynn Skinner. However, the boy name have proven to be quite difficult. Here are some contenders:
As you can see we really like different names. We do not want a first name that is in the top 100, or even top 1000 really. The above list are names that my husband I mostly agree on, however prior to this list I was leaning more towards cowboy/Americana names such as Waylon, Boone, Stetson, etc. I love the idea of a little boy with a rugged name that he will grow into as a man. But my hubby thinks going in this direction is too limiting, which I can kind of agree.
So I am happy with our current compilation, but none really grab me over the others. Except for maybe Tennessee. I really like Tennessee, but I don't like the idea of having a Tennessee and a Jubilee. I know this may or may not ever come up, but we are planning on having more children. I think the names rhyme too much, but my husband thinks I'm crazy. He has no problem with naming a brother and sister Tennessee and Jubilee. Your thoughts?
Another concern is that we do not want a first name that ends in "er" considering our last name is Skinner. Is Radnor pushing that with a similar sounding ending to "er"?
As for the middle, we would like to use my father's name, Thomas. An exception to this middle name is Tennessee, I'm not keen on Tennessee Thomas so we would probably go with another middle name if that we our first name choice. But generally, we are thinking ________ Thomas Skinner.
We would love your thoughts and are open to hearing new name suggestions. Please help!
I'm on your side and would say that Jubilee and Tennessee were too rhymey. I think it's not even the SOUND so much as the way they both end with double-E. Since you're planning on more children, and since Jubilee is your #1 girl name, let's take Tennessee off the list for now. If you were to have several boys, and then got to your last child and had another boy, perhaps it will be the perfect name for him.
I suggest the name Washington. It's a state name like Tennessee; it's not in the Top 1000; and it's good with your middle name choice and surname: Washington Thomas Skinner. I think it also has a rugged sound, without being too specific as to the type of ruggedness. It has excellent namesakes (George Washington and George Washington Carver), obvious country-related tie-ins (the capitol and a state and the first president), and is all all-around good name. (Those of us who liked Firefly have the additional positive association with the character Wash, though his name wasn't Washington.)
Another unusual, not-in-the-Top-1000 possibility is Everest. Everest Thomas Skinner.
To me, Radnor's ending does sound like the -er you're trying to avoid with Skinner. Would you like Ransom instead? Ransom Thomas Skinner. Dr. Ransom is the good guy in C.S. Lewis's Space Trilogy.
Another surname possibility is Redford: Redford Thomas Skinner.
More unusual possibilities for the Skinners?