Our baby boy is due next week and we are starting to panic as we don't have any names we are certain on. If he had been a girl, we would have had a lot to choose from that we both loved including: Lilliana, Eloise, Charlotte (Lottie), Blythe, and Josephine.
Our surname is a two syllable name that ends in 'son', and unfortunately this cuts out a lot of great boys names. For example, my husband's second favourite boys name is Harrison. We would prefer to steer away from any names that end in 'son' or 'vowel-n'
My husband's favourite boys name is Jack however we know a couple, and our friends just named their baby boy Jackson. We have been calling the 'bump' Jack just for fun from very early on, thinking that we couldn't really use the name officially, but there is a very slim chance that we may end up feeling that it just has to stick, however we would have to have a difficult conversation with our friends.
My favourite boys name is Tate, however my husband isn't thrilled with it. Other names I would consider are Maxwell and Rafferty, but once again, my husband isn't enamoured with them. Ezekiel is another consideration, but not sure if it sounds too unique and Biblical (we are Christian though).
There is a Clyde in the family tree and although we don't particularly love the name, we are looking for something similar that is strong, traditional, but not overly common. I have been a kindergarten teacher for 14 years and this experience has tended to limit some of the great names we also may have considered.
Would love to hear your advice!
If Harrison is out because of the -son, would the name Harris work? A similar name is Davis.
If you end up feeling you must call him Jack, I wonder if it would work more smoothly with your friends if you named him John with the nicknam Jack?
More like Tate and Jack:
There's been a bit of a trend for biblical names, and that's helped bring a number of names into much easier use: instead of sounding like Bible Extreme, a name like Ezekiel just sounds pleasingly and quirkily biblical---more like a name with ancient roots. To tone it down, you could use Ezra---but then you lose the nickname Zeke. Or you could use Isaac with the nicknames Zac or Ike.
Some boy names similar to the girl names on your list (which may in some cases rule out the later use of the girl names): Joseph, Charlie, Elliot, Louis.
Because you have some very different styles on your list, it may help narrow things down to consider future sibling names, if you think you might have more children. A Jack and an Ezekiel don't coordinate as well as, say, a Jack and a Finn, or a Malachi and an Ezekiel. Consider, too, how the names from your girl list coordinate with your finalists.