I absolutely love your blog and am in desperate need of some boy name advice! I am 22 weeks pregnant with my second boy and am having a terrible time naming him. I think my problem is that I used my two favorite boy names with my first son. His name is Lane Gray. I definitely pictured having two little boys named Lane and Gray, but knew I wasn't guaranteed a second boy. What do I do!? We have other names that we "kind of" like, but it feels like we are settling. Gray is a family name.
I thought about using Roe as a middle name for this baby because it is also a family name that I like.
Here are a few names we kind of like so you can see our style:
Graham (have close family friends who used this recently)
Shepherd-Shep (husband isn't too crazy about this one)
And most of these do not work with Roe. Our last name is Lawrence. I also don't know how important it is to stick with a one syllable name (because our favorite girl name is June)...? We very much appreciate any advice or suggestions! Thank you!
My opinion on the 1-syllable situation depends on (1) how many children you're likely to have, and (2) whether you'd LIKE to do 1-syllable names for all of them. If, for example, you're planning three children, and it appeals to you to use 1-syllable names for all, and you think you could choose a third 1-syllable boy name if needed, then yay, fun challenge! But if, on the other hand, you're planning four children and you're out of 1-syllable names if you have two girls / another boy, then I'd suggest breaking the pattern now so that it isn't a problem later. Or would you like a 4-letter-name pattern, instead of a 1-syllable pattern? Another thing to consider, if you do use Roe as the middle name: would you feel trapped into using 1-syllable names for all first names AND all middle names?
For 1-syllable options, I'm going to be taking a lot from the the Brisk and Breezy section of The Baby Name Wizard.
My first suggestion is Cade. It's similar to Quade, and I think it's nice with Roe. Cade Lawrence; Lane Gray and Cade Roe.
I have a soft spot for the name Wade---and it's even more similar to Quade. And "Lane and Wade" has some of the same sound as "Lane and Gray." Wade Lawrence; Lane Gray and Wade Roe. [Edit: Oops, see comments section about the Roe vs. Wade association. Even Quade and Cade might have too much of that sound for comfort.]
Quinn Lawrence. Lane Gray and Quinn Roe.
Grant Lawrence. Lane Gray and Grant Roe. It has much of the sound of Graham, which would have been my favorite from your list if it weren't for your close friends recently using it.
Clark Lawrence. Lane Gray and Clark Roe.
Finn Lawrence. Lane Gray and Finn Roe.
Flynn Lawrence. Lane Gray and Flynn Roe.
Nash Lawrence. Lane Gray and Nash Roe.
Dean Lawrence. Lane Gray and Dean Roe.
Keane Lawrence. Lane Gray and Keane Roe.
Hugh Lawrence. Lane Gray and Hugh Roe. I'm not sure about Roe with it, but I like Lane and Hugh. I wonder if Hugo works any better? Hugo Lawrence. Lane Gray and Hugo Roe.
Theo Lawrence. Lane and Theo. I'm not sure Theo Roe works, but I like Lane and Theo together.
Reid Lawrence is my favorite from your list. Whether Reid Roe works or not depends mostly on how you feel about alliteration. Lane Gray and Reid Roe. Rhys Roe is another option. Or combine it with another name from the list: Rhys Grant, Rhys Dean, Rhys Taft.
From my own list, I think Grant and Clark are my favorites.
If you decide not to do a pattern, I like Julian. Julian Lawrence; Lane Gray and Julian Roe.
Or Ian. Ian Lawrence. Lane Gray and Ian Roe. I like the way each boy has the same number of letters in his own first/middle set---unless that would make you feel trapped into repeating the same for each child. I just noticed that the initials would be IRL, so that would eliminate it for me---but I'm particularly picky about initials not spelling anything. IRL isn't anything bad, and with textspeak there's likely a meaning for almost any 3-letter combination.
I'd probably prefer Eamon, though. Eamon Lawrence. Lane Gray and Eamon Roe.
Or Nolan. Nolan Lawrence. Lane Gray and Nolan Roe. I like the way each boy's name repeats its own strong vowel sound.
Foster. Foster Lawrence. Lane Gray and Foster Roe.
Miller Lawrence. Lane Gray and Miller Roe.
Avery Lawrence. Lane Gray and Avery Roe.
Or Cray? Cray sounds very much like Gray, so you'd have almost your Lane and Gray sibling set---but it's not a duplicate name. Lane and Cray. Or Lane and Clay.
Or Lane and Grady. Hm, I like that. Lane Gray and Grady Roe. It's very similar to Gray, yet without that "using the same name twice" sibling-politics problem.
Everett Lawrence. Lane Gray and Everett Roe. I like that a lot.