20 Weeks: A Rose By Any Other Name

April 17, 2012

I’ve been thinking about what I’m going to name my kids someday since I was little.

I had many dolls and animals. Their names were: Janie, Sarah, Doodles, Bocker, Beaker, Churton.

Classics!

We have been bouncing around names for months now. There are a lot of beautiful names out there, but very few I can imagine actually choosing.

I tend to like names in 3 categories [So the name websites indicate!]:

Nature

Antique

H i p s t e r

Girls

A few of the girl names I like a lot [note Matt vetoed a few of these right away, but I’m including them for fun! We have a harder time liking the name girl names than boy names]

Ella

Ruth [Ruthie]

Lily

Violet

Iris

Flora

Pepper

Willow

Clementine

Hazel

Ivy

Frazier

Juliet

At least for now, I won’t get to use any of those!

Boys

Boy names we’ve tossed around have included [please note this list MAY or MAY NOT include the name we like the most at the moment, so I’m not really looking for feedback : )]

Asher

Dax

Max [Maxwell is Karen’s maiden name]

Potter

Davidson [nod to ye alma mater!]

Forest

Nash

Basil [pronounced like the herb, not like the Austin Powers character]

Baker

Jasper

Churton [street I grew up on]

Boy names I’m finding are so much harder!!

Family Input

My mom actually came up with the name Baker. Pretty appropriate for our family! In fact, she now calls the baby Baker Wheatsworth when she talks about him! I hope she’s not disappointed that Wheatsworth is not on the above list : )

Before we found out it was a boy, my Dad had suggested Dakota Savannah after our two most popular bakery items!

Karen suggested the name Breád Dakota. Here Bread is pronounced “Bree-ahd” in a fancy way.

Matt’s dad [Mark] likes Mark – but spelled non-traditionally for us new-age kids like this: “Mharche”

One thing’s for sure: we won’t be sharing the name with anyone until he is born!

Lastly And Lastly

And another non-negotiable: we’re hyphenating his last name to Younger-Monson. This isn’t up for debate, so while I know many of you probably have strong opinions about hyphenation, I’d appreciate it if you kept them out of the comments because we’re definitely hyphenating. We don’t think hyphenated names are the most beautiful either, but neither of us could imagine not having our last name as part of our son’s.

Since we got married, our families call us the “Younger-Monsons” and we both think that order of names sounds better than Monson-Younger. We debated for a split second to do something super creative and become the Youngsons, but since both Matt and I are very attached to our last names (why neither of us changed them to the other’s upon marriage) we didn’t think that choice really made sense, as it would mean a new identity for not only the baby but for us as well.

I WOULD like to hear your favorite boy + girl names! We haven’t really made a decision yet and I love hearing all the cool names out there.

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{ 494 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Michelle@PeachyPalate April 17, 2012 at 8:02 am

Ruthie and Max are my favs!

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2 jane April 17, 2012 at 10:38 am

same!! While some of the names you chose are cool, kids have enough to deal with these days without having some really offbeat name. Both you and Matt have classic names and probably didn’t have to deal with people making fun of your name. Ruthie and Max are not very popular (at least not that I know of) but are absolutely adorable!! Not too overdone at all, but still not too out there. Love them!

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3 Kate L. April 18, 2012 at 8:54 am

Yes – when you are naming your child, you are acting on their behalf in a very important matter. It’s not what the parents want, it’s what will be smart and good for your child. As this wonderful baby names book puts it “Knowing what you know about the world now, would YOU want to go through life with that name?” (from The Baby Name Wizard)

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4 char eats GREENS April 17, 2012 at 8:07 am

Very interesting about the last name thing! I like seeing different situations, such as you both loving your last names. I took my husband’s…but for me, that’s what I wanted. I think it’s awesome to be different!

So I wanted to say, that my niece’s name is Ella, AND my sis-in-law just had her third child (second daughter) on Friday and named her Ayla. I love how the 2 girls names go together!!

I think you have some beautiful options…and love that the parents are getting involved!! It’s funny that you put Violet on there because I thought my SIL was going to name the second girl that!! Good luck choosing

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5 K April 17, 2012 at 1:15 pm

Ayla is also the name of the main character in the Clan of the Cavebear books.. such a great character!

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6 Jen April 17, 2012 at 2:21 pm

I had my daughter 5 months ago and named her Ayla. I’ve only gotten positive feedback on it! I love the main character in Clan of the Cavebear…

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7 Jocelyn April 17, 2012 at 3:34 pm

I LOVE the name Ayla! That’s beautiful.

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8 Carlee April 17, 2012 at 8:09 am

Good for you for sharing the names that you like. My husband and I are keeping ours a secret for now, partly because of the whole feedback issue! I think I’m going to keep my favorites out of the blog world for now…but I will say that our list and your list have almost no repeats. Amazing how many names there are out there!

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9 Meagan April 17, 2012 at 8:11 am

Cute names!

Here are some of my favorites:

Girls: Layne, Shea, Kayla, Esme, Taylor,

Boys: Emmett, Cole, Stephen, Ian, Britton, Elias

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10 Andrea April 17, 2012 at 4:27 pm

I see some Twilight names in there 😉

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11 Lisa April 21, 2012 at 8:26 am

My son is 3 month old and we named him Elias. We call him Elias or Bear (his middle name) and grandparents call him Eli. LOVE. IT. We liked the name because of the way is sounded but once we found the meaning “the Lord is my God” we were completely sold!

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12 Christine April 17, 2012 at 8:12 am

Well I know you are not having a girl, but I am partial to the name Ella. Our first daughter is named Ella Grace and I love that name. However, the name is really popular now a days and it would not be a unique name at school.

We named our 4th child Andrew Parker and I love that name! It’s traditional yet different.

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13 Vicki April 18, 2012 at 12:31 pm

My 6 year old is Ella Grace, as well! 🙂

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14 Vicki April 18, 2012 at 12:35 pm

And about the popularity….it IS a little too popular right now but it also has to do with where you live. When we lived in California, we knew other little girls with the name Ella but in Missouri we don’t.

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15 kate April 17, 2012 at 8:12 am

It is SO hard to pick a name! When deciding a name we were torn. I wanted something classis and my boyfriend wanted something a little different. We ended up with a baby boy named Auden River Thompson. Everyone who hears his name always comments how much they love it and that they have never heard it before. It is actually an old English name meaning “old friend”. It is pronounced like the poet W.H. Auden. We are so glad we came up with something we think is a beautiful name but also unique. Good luck with the naming process! So exciting 🙂

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16 KERF April 17, 2012 at 8:13 am

Pretty!!!

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17 ashlynn April 17, 2012 at 8:13 am

You’re always setting yourself up for criticisim when discussing the name before the baby’s born. My BIL and SIL aren’t telling anyone until their little girl is born. But, then again, it might be a good idea to see people’s reaction to the name before you put it down on the birth certificate. Something may sound good in your head but others may hear it a different way. I’ve got a pretty weird middle name becuase my dad got a little creative. You won’t find it on any of the baby name sites.

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18 KERF April 17, 2012 at 8:14 am

But like I said, the name we are going with is most likely not listed here 🙂

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19 ashlynn April 17, 2012 at 8:50 am

Oh, I know. I read that part. I just meant a general “you” in the first sentence. Whenever names are discussed, people feel the need to jump on and give their opinion. That’s why it’s good to wait like you’re doing.

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20 KERF April 17, 2012 at 8:52 am

Gotcha!

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21 Megan Infantino April 17, 2012 at 8:15 am

Off your list, I like:
Ella
Lily
Davidson
Asher

Even though we don’t know the sex of our baby yet (we find out the 25th!!), we already have names picked. I’ve had the girl’s name picked even before we got pregnant. My husband knows I will not budge on this name – but we really likes it anyways so he won’t complain. If it’s a girl, she will be named Eva Marie. Eva was my grandmother’s name – she raised me. And Marie is my middle name. If it’s a boy, we are naming him after my husband. Michael Joseph. 🙂

Good luck on the names! I know it’s a BIG decision but you and Matt will pick the perfect name for your little one.

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22 robin April 18, 2012 at 6:47 am

Thats nice to name her after the person who raised you.

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23 LizP April 18, 2012 at 2:00 pm

I like Michael Joseph a lot, but it is also super popular. I have two in my family (cousin and his dad), and have two friends who both named their child Michael Joseph.

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24 Lindsay April 17, 2012 at 8:24 am

I actually found boys names to be so much easier to decide on! We had a big list and quickly narrowed it down. As for girls names that list was much harder to make and I think we have finally made a decision or at least 98% sure we have. I had Basil and Dax on our list of boys names but my husband vetoed both. Also love Asher but we have a friend who has a little boy named Asher so that one got taken off the list too. We are also hyphenating our babies last name even if that means it will be a million letters (Ingalls-Fairweather) since my husband and I decided to keep our own last names when we got married.

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25 Heather April 18, 2012 at 10:49 am

I’ve found girls names so difficult to decide on too. My husband and I were actually recently discussing that and we think it has to do with wanting the “perfect” name for the world to take your girl seriously. Someday she’ll [hopefully] be a successful woman, and so the name has to fit both being a cute little girl and womanhood. For some reason it seems like men have an easier pass on this. Or maybe it’s just us being overly paranoid.

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26 Cate April 17, 2012 at 8:27 am

A big kudos to you for sticking with hyphenation if that’s what you want! When my husband and I got married, neither of us were very attached to our last names, but neither of us wanted to take the other’s name, for various reasons. We ended up creating an entirely new name, and we love it. Works for us!

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27 Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather April 17, 2012 at 8:29 am

So many names! Jacob and I were lucky we both loved hunter, made it easy to pick! A girl name was mug trickier to come up with effort we knew we were having a boy.

I’m excited to find out what name you picked, cave believe you’re making us wait 20 more weeks to find out Kath!!

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28 Casi Ortiz (mamacravings) April 17, 2012 at 8:30 am

My favorite on the girls lists: Ella and Ruth(ie)

the boys: Asher and Max

But I really like all of them! You have a great list.

My son’s name is Elijah Myles. It was my husband’s pick, but I like it.
If we stuck with E’s we would go with Evan Charles (Charles is my grandfather’s name) and Elliott Ryan (my brother’s name).

For girls we like:
Elaina Grace (Elaine is my mother’s middle name)
Emelia Claire (Emma and Claire are both family names)
Elisabeth Adrianna (Elizabeth is my grandmother’s middle name).

…I think a lot about names too. 🙂

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29 Kim April 17, 2012 at 8:35 am

I love all the names on your lists! I especially love Baker, because that is my maiden name. I had never thought to use it as a boy’s name. My father passed away recently, and I can’t think of a better tribute. So, if we have a boy next time that will definitely be on my list.
My daughter’s name is Raina Catherine. My husband actually picked out Raina and it just stuck. She is definitely a Raina! The name Catherine is after my grandmother, who was a very special person to me.
I agree totally with keeping the name a secret. We didn’t, and we got some comments that made us feel less than excited about our name choice. When we go down that road again we will be more hush hush. 🙂

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30 LizP April 18, 2012 at 2:02 pm

I love Raina!

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31 Jennifer April 17, 2012 at 8:38 am

Some really great names! Some are totally unique without being too weird, KWIM. My favs are Asher, Max and Davidson (or Davis would be cute).
I am a true believer in using family names or something that “means” something to you both, not just picked randomly from a baby book. Our son is Owen Walter – Owen is a Welsh version of John (my Dad’s name) and Walter was my husband’s grandfather. Our daughter is RIley Cathryn – Riley is my maiden name and Cathryn is by MIL’s first name (she goes by her middle).

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32 Hattie April 17, 2012 at 8:40 am

Have you come across the Swistle: Baby Names blog yet? I’ve always loved looking at names and the combinations of first, middle, last that people come up with so this blog is purely read for entertainment. I’m no where near ready to have kids but I love to look at the possibilities!

The link: http://swistlebabynames.blogspot.com/

🙂

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33 Jennifer April 17, 2012 at 2:53 pm

I second Swistle! Awesome blog to read for ideas even if you don’t submit. I also highly recommend http://www.amazon.com/The-Baby-Name-Wizard-Magical/dp/0767917529 – super fun book!

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34 Laura April 17, 2012 at 8:40 am

My husband and I just found out we’re having a little boy and our top three names are Max, Jack, and Henry. Our last name is pretty feminine and can also be considered a first name (it’s on your girl name list, actually!), so we wanted to go with something that is clearly a first name (versus something like Thomas which could be mistaken for a last name) and something that sounds masculine. Right now we’re “practicing” calling the baby by a name to see what feels most natural. 🙂

By the way, we’re due just days apart (I’m 21 weeks today!) so it’s been extra fun to follow your journey!

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35 KERF April 17, 2012 at 8:43 am

🙂

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36 Ann April 17, 2012 at 8:41 am

Our dog’s name is Asher 🙂 and I think it would make a great human name! And our son’s name is Roan Anderson. We just liked Roan and my dad’s name is Anderson. For our hopefully second child I like Lena and Liam. Enjoy the process!

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37 Emily @ the doodlebug April 17, 2012 at 9:35 am

Lena is my FAVORITE girls name, again – husband said no 😉

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38 haily April 17, 2012 at 12:05 pm

Lol, Ann…. my dog’s name is Lucy, and now that I am expecting I am sad I used that name on a dog 🙁

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39 KERF April 17, 2012 at 12:30 pm

Use it anyway!

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40 Faith April 17, 2012 at 3:29 pm

This made me think of Indiana Jones! (You are named after the DOG?) Haha.

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41 Stephanie C April 17, 2012 at 6:57 pm

I have the same problem! We named our dog something and love the name so much we wish we could use it again 😉

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42 LizP April 18, 2012 at 2:23 pm

My mentality is don’t name your kid anything that is a popular dog’s name- Max, Rex, Maggie, etc. Check the most popular dog name list and I definitely avoid those names for humans!

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43 KERF April 18, 2012 at 2:27 pm

But there are tons of humans with those names that prosper!

Now Rover, Tiger, Buddy, Bear…I can understand 🙂

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44 LizP April 18, 2012 at 6:26 pm

I agree that you can prosper with a name that is a popular dog name. I personally just would prefer not to hear when I tell someone (stranger, friend, doctor, etc) my child’s name, “Oh that’s my dog’s name!” And this is from someone who loves dogs.

But, to each his own. I personally have loved spending over an hour reading everyone’s opinions and name suggestions! Such great ideas out there!

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45 Jeanette April 19, 2012 at 10:03 am

I keep reading through the comments and can’t believe how many people like the name Max! Every time I see it I think “That’s my dog’s name!”.

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46 Amelia April 19, 2012 at 12:33 pm

My daughter’s name is Lucy, but we meet tons of dogs named Lucy and it doesn’t bother me a bit. Furry or not it’s a great name 🙂

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47 Jessica April 17, 2012 at 8:42 am

I am more for slightly traditional names, my daughters are Rebecca Dee, Katelyn Diane, and Natalie Grace. So I am not a fan of most of your names, I cringe at Willow, Pepper, Frazier, Potter, Basil, Baker and Churton. Ultimately once I meet someone and get to know them, their name usually fits their personality and their non-traditional name grows on me. I am sure it will be the same with your baby boy!
Mharche? Nontraditional spellings make me cringe too. I have an unusual last name and it is no fun spelling it constantly, I can’t imagine having to spell my first name.

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48 KERF April 17, 2012 at 8:44 am

Cringe really? Let’s be nice.

Mharche was a total joke…

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49 Liz April 17, 2012 at 8:59 am

phew. I was going to comment that I really *hoped* Mharche was a joke. I don’t mind some non-traditional spellings – like trading a y for an i or vice versa – if the name is still easy to pronounce. but totally butchering the name to something that’s going to get mispronounced makes me wonder what on earth the parents were thinking. I am a polite person, so I keep those thoughts to myself and wouldn’t say anything to the parents, but I know I must not be the only one wondering. (maybe the fact that I am a teacher and see a LOT of “interesting” names makes me a little more sensitive to the subject. I’ll give you that.)

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50 KERF April 17, 2012 at 9:03 am

Yeah, that was his dad totally making a joke. We would never have a spelling like that!

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51 Alice April 17, 2012 at 9:57 am

Totally agree about the non-traditional spellings – I hate them. There’s no need to make Eric into Ayrick or Xavier into Xzavier. It just makes me think that parents can’t spell.

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52 Allison April 17, 2012 at 10:55 am

Oh man! My son Baker’s feelings would be hurt 😛

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53 CF April 17, 2012 at 8:45 am

I agree with one of the commenters above. Keeping secret is great, but you might want to run it by one or two close (smart) friends just in case there is something you haven’t thought of. Not so much “you’ll get made fun of at recess,” but more so a negative connotation that could affect them in future opportunities (I read this once on a website where someone wanted to named their daughter Nixon, but can’t find it now). Good luck!

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54 Nina April 17, 2012 at 8:46 am

Lily
Violet
Iris
Willow
Ivy
Juliet
Asher
Forest
Basil
I like the above names. My favorites are:
Harper Felicity
Ivy
Willow Aurelia
Celina Elisabeth
Rosemary Anastasia
Luna Alessandra
Maya Jillian
Ginger Penelope
Anya Sage

Cedar Benjamin
Homer Fox
…I’ve always been into names. No babies on my horizon.

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55 Beth @ 990 Square April 17, 2012 at 8:46 am

WTG on staying strong and doing what you want (hypenating) the last name! I’m not even pregnant yet and I’m ALREADY getting crap about our plans to hypenate, but it’s just what feels right to us!

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56 britt April 17, 2012 at 8:47 am

boy names are so hard for me too! i had 2 girl names and 1 boy name picked before i ever even got pregnant but now that i have a boy, i kind of only want boys. but i have no other boy names i really like or that my husband and i agree on. of course, my favorite boy name is alexandre since it’s my son’s name. it’s pronounced like the traditional “alexander” but we chose the name from the arthurian legend (my husband’s name is arthur) so we decided to go with that spelling.

can’t wait to find out the name you chose 🙂

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57 Maddie April 17, 2012 at 8:48 am

I love names! I think it’s so fun to discuss and hear other people’s favorites (and I don’t like that people get judge-y). I like the different categories too. I’m no where near having kids myself, but I’ve definitely already have a couple names picked out. For a girl I love Elaina, Abigail and Ruby, and for boys I love Benjamin, Harrison, and Cameron. I really like adding a family connection to the names too, whether it be first or middle!

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58 Meghann April 17, 2012 at 8:56 am

I know you said no input allowed on hyphenation, but I love that option. 🙂 I think that’s the perfect compromise and you two are both very lucky to both feel confident enough to agree on it. It shows you are both both strong and open minded. 🙂

Also, I LOVE the name Asher! That’s actually one of the names Derek and I have thrown back and forth as a potential boy name (in the far, far future). I also love the name Nolan (shorten to Nole as an ode to our alma mater), but I let that name slip to a friend one time and it’s now on the top of her baby name list for the same reason. I guess it’s true what they say – don’t share your baby names or else other friends might grab the good ones up.

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59 KERF April 17, 2012 at 8:58 am

Love the nickname Nole!

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60 Sabrina April 17, 2012 at 9:40 am

Agreed on Asher & Nolan. Love those names.

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61 Megan Infantino April 17, 2012 at 2:15 pm

FSU?!?!

I’m getting my masters from there! They will soon be my alma mater too! Go Noles!

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62 Sandy April 17, 2012 at 7:46 pm

I say use it anyway. You may not even be close to these friends by the time either of you have babies.

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63 Helen April 17, 2012 at 8:59 am

Really love all the name choices, both boy and girl. If we didn’t have our girl name picked out (I’m 21 weeks!), I’d be adding a few of your name choices to our short list. And also super envious of how nicely your last names flow together. They sound fantastic together! My husband and I have different last names but the thought of hyphenating our last names (mine is a super Polish last name filled with consonants that shouldn’t be next to each other in a last name and his is a 9 letter Venezuelan last name) is unfortunately not going to happen. It breaks my heart. I’m thinking about maybe giving the baby his last name and giving her my last name as a middle name, but even still, it’s quite the unfortunate mouthful.

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64 kz April 17, 2012 at 10:16 am

We were in a similiar situation- with my last name 10 letter (and hard to pronounce) and my husbands 9 letters. So we went with my last name as our daughters middle name, and she has my husbands last name. It’s not perfect, but its working fo us… But I do wish hyphenating wouldn’ t have saddles our daughter with a 19 letter last name, as that would have been our first choice.

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65 natasha April 17, 2012 at 11:23 am

My daughter has my last name and her middle name is my partner’s last name.

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66 Helen April 17, 2012 at 4:28 pm

kz- Glad to hear someone else did this. Agreed, it isn’t perfect, but at least it’s working for you guys. I think we’ll likely go ahead with it. I hadn’t heard of anyone else doing this so thanks for sharing!

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67 Stephanie C April 17, 2012 at 7:02 pm

Now sure what the tradition in the Venezuelan culture is, but my dad’s family has a tradition that the mother’s maiden name ALWAYS is the middle name of the child. That might be something to consider, because it can be a nod to his culture/family and also might work well as a compromise.
I also kept my maiden name, so now I have 5 names in total 😉 It’s not so bad!

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68 Jenny April 20, 2012 at 12:41 pm

I lived in Venezuela for most of my childhood and people there always say my mom’s last name after they my last name (my dad’s).

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69 Labeltz April 17, 2012 at 8:59 am

I actually like the British way of pronouncing Basil.. but that’s probably because I associate it with the character Basil Fawlty from Fawlty Towers, who is a bumbling idiot but is played by John Cleese, who I love. I haven’t seen Austin Powers but I’m assuming that association is worse!

But anyway, have fun with the names! I usually go for more traditional, but one of my English professor’s kid’s names is Dashiell, pronounced dah-shell, after the author Dashiell Hammet, which I actually really like. But I think the most important is picking a name that is significant to you, like him choosing one of his favorite authors.

Thanks for the fun posts as always!

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70 Jamie April 17, 2012 at 9:01 am

I love the name Asher, and I’ve been trying to convince my husband to love it too because we are pregnant. He’s convinced a kid would be teased and called Ash. Hoping I can change his mind. If not Asher, I wanted to name our first kid, regardless of sex Campbell since it’s his grandmother’s maiden name and his middle name but he isn’t sold on this one either. (So difficult!)

Thankfully we have a girl name/middle name already picked out and seeing how it’s a family name/family tradition, he can’t argue with me on that one 😉 If we have a girl she will be named Anna Blake.

Cannot wait to hear the name you guys pick for your sweet little boy!

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71 Emily @ the doodlebug April 17, 2012 at 9:30 am

Anna Blake is so pretty!! I like Blake for a girls first name too 🙂

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72 Jamie April 17, 2012 at 12:24 pm

I do too! We have a tradition that all girls have B middle names and after the years it gets harder to come up with new ones…I was proud of this one 🙂

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73 Tina April 17, 2012 at 9:31 am

One of my best friends is named Anna Blake, and I have always loved the name!

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74 Jamie April 17, 2012 at 12:25 pm

That’s so neat! More confirmation that it’s not crazy for the husband 🙂

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75 Matt April 17, 2012 at 3:52 pm

Ash is an awesome nickname! Like a superhero!

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76 sb April 17, 2012 at 5:39 pm

I think this may be an indication of the difference between generations. I associate the name Ash with a rather nasty character in the original Alien movie! But I think that movie was made before you were born! 🙂

http://www.imdb.com/character/ch0000859/bio

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77 Sarah April 17, 2012 at 9:02 am

DeLurking to share my son’s name: Caleb Casmir

Caleb: because we love that it means “bold and faithful” and that is what we want our son to be. (Note: we named him Caleb before there was a surge of Calebs born. LOL!”)

Casmir: He is named after his Great-Grandpa from Poland. My Father-in-Law immigrated from Poland in his 20’s and married an American girl. Most of that side of the family still lives in Poland and we wanted to carry that legacy forward especially since, as of right now, Caleb is the only grandchild who will carry the last name. 🙂

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78 Liz April 17, 2012 at 9:09 am

I love hearing that there are family meanings behind names. Caleb Casmir not only sounds great, but it is special to your family.

we don’t have anything too unique in our family for names (lots of English and Irish up in here), but we are going to honor family members with the middle names of our children. if we have a boy he will have two middle names – Roman and William – the names of our two grandfathers who passed away in 2011. if we have a girl, her middle name will be a combo of our mothers’ names. Lori + Lisa = Lorisa. 🙂

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79 Julie April 17, 2012 at 9:14 pm

I’d like to do a combo of our mothers’ names for a middle name too – but I have not found the right first name to go with it. Linda + Shirley = Linley. Isn’t that cool? And, a boy middle name will be either my father’s first name or my father’s middle name because my husband’s dad already gets to carry on the last name! SO, either Gilbert or Joseph for that…I’m thinking Jacob Gilbert would be a good boy name (always loved the name Jacob and my husband likes traditional)…but…no girls first name yet…good thing we are nowhere near having a baby yet! 🙂

Good luck Kath – thanks for sharing this much! I figured names were off the table for discussion since you were keeping them a secret….but it’s been fun to read the comments!

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80 KERF April 17, 2012 at 9:38 pm

Love the combo name!

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81 Brynne May 12, 2012 at 8:57 am

One of my step-brother’s names is Casmir, we call him Caz. I’ve never seen it anywhere else! My step-dad is 100% Polish and still has family over there too, so I’m certain it’s more common in that country.

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82 Yasmine April 17, 2012 at 9:05 am

For us the boy’s name were more difficult to find than the girl’s name. We had difficulties to be ok. I like Gustave and Emile but he hate these names 🙁 Finally our son’s name is Alexandre.
About the last name, we’re not married but, even if, I want to keep my name. At first I also wanted to append our names but my partner’s name is too long. The little boy has his father’s last name… And that’s ok because the association of his name and his last name shows his cultural mix (France and Maghreb).

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83 Kimberly April 17, 2012 at 9:05 am

I wish I could have gotten a bit more creative with naming my three boys. I like old english names, but my ex wasn’t for it. Ah well… All of them have first names that were my chosing, so I can’t be too upset over it! 😉 I’m all for creative and unique names (really loving most of yours!), but I could NOT believe my ears what an old friend named her son – Arsen Midnite!! Oy vey. Could they not at least spell it correctly?!?

Should I ever have a girl, I’d love to name her Ella Gray.

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84 Whitney April 17, 2012 at 11:20 am

An old friend of mine just named her little girl Ella Grey… I thought it was super cute!

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85 Sandy April 17, 2012 at 7:48 pm

Really like that combination.

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86 Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles April 17, 2012 at 9:06 am

Naming a child = hardest thing EVER!!!
….and I agree, boy names are tough!

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87 Michelle M April 17, 2012 at 9:11 am

Picking out names is so much fun! We didn’t have a list for any of our three kids. With our son, my husband just said, “What do think about Christian?” And I knew that was his name right away. Then when we had our twin girls, I’d always loved the name Grace, so I ran it by the hubs and he agreed it was a beautiful name. A couple weeks after that, out of the blue, he asks, “What about Hannah?” That was it. Hannah and Grace. I loved it. I even knew from the get go which baby was Grace and which was Hannah. After deciding the girls’ names, we searched out the meanings of the names and turns out Hannah is Grace is Hebrew. 🙂 We thought that was pretty cool.

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88 Diana @ frontyardfoodie April 17, 2012 at 9:13 am

Ella was the girl name on the top of our name list a few years ago too! I love that name but one of our friends took it before we had kids and so far we’re striking out on girls anyway (boy #2 on the way!). Boys are so amazing and I know you’ll LOVE being a mama to one.

I could never settle on a boy name but my husband is super good at it and we’ve got two really great ones for our sons so I didn’t have to struggle through the process!

If I had kept my maiden name I would certainly hyphenate as well, it’s the only way to get both in! People definitely are opinionated on the matter and I myself wondered if I wanted to let my maiden name go upon marriage or maybe even make it my middle name. After some consideration I decided my first and middle name were chosen by my parents and my last name would represent my new commitment. Everyone has to go through those decisions!

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89 Anna April 17, 2012 at 9:20 am

We found our baby girl’s name walking a historical cemetery about a week before I delivered her (Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglas are buried there). The name we found was Susan B’s best friend and a well-known suffragette in our area of Rochester, NY. It was totally last minute and never made the drafts – we also never shared it with anyone until she was born which was the best decision since family and friend can be pretty critical.

Now that we’re expecting baby #2 (we didn’t find out the gender either time), we’re heading back to the cemetery for some inspiration!

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90 KERF April 17, 2012 at 9:58 am

Oooo which suffragette? Not Elizabeth Cady Stanton is it? She was very cool.

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91 Kate April 17, 2012 at 9:21 am

I love your names and honestly, picking a name seems like the most interesting part of having a baby. (I mean, until you have the actual baby.) I will say, though, that I have a niece named Pepper and it makes me a little sad! It seems like a great name for a black lab but a inadequate name for a little girl. And it fails the SCJ test! (Supreme Court Justice Pepper Lastname? Never!)

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92 KERF April 17, 2012 at 9:56 am

I think it would make a great SCJ name! The SC could use some fun names 🙂

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93 Jenny O. April 17, 2012 at 10:34 am

I kind of picture Supreme Court Justice Pepper as distinguished and a bit feisty, which reminds me of the baby name book where they tell you what people’s impressions of different names are. I loved that book.

In the end, some names just sound a little odd/weird until a child is attached to them. Any/all of them would work just fine, as long as you like them.

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94 Alex April 17, 2012 at 7:45 pm

I also have a niece named Pepper (Pepper Luella). At first I thought it was way too out there, but now I love it — and she is totally a Pepper!!

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95 Emily @ the doodlebug April 17, 2012 at 9:21 am

Jasper has always been one of my favorites! I like old fashioned names like Frances, Harry, Scarlett, etc – but my husband has given a big NO to all of those!

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96 KERF April 17, 2012 at 9:55 am

Those husbands…

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97 Heather April 18, 2012 at 10:56 am

My husband is the same way! I tease him that a little girl spends her whole life concocting the perfect baby names only to have them vetoed in a matter of 5 seconds…

We actually don’t have any children yet, but a good friend of mine gave me the tip to pull out your favorite name towards the end of the pregnancy when you’re both sick of over analyzing names and everything starts to sound good. Haha!

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98 Aubrey April 17, 2012 at 9:21 am

Wow Kath I am slightly shocked to see Pepper on your list! My husband I have had that name in our back pocket for about 10 years for our future daughter, when the time comes. And I RARELY see or hear it out there – which is a big part of the appeal! Perhaps there is a Pepper Yonger-Monson in your future, to go along with our Pepper Everett 🙂

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99 KERF April 17, 2012 at 9:55 am

Actually Stephanie who sent me the cloth diapers used Pepper for her daughter and I added it to my list that day!

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100 Kate April 17, 2012 at 10:24 am

Scroll up a few comments and you’ll see that I have a niece named Pepper as well!

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101 Allyson Smith April 17, 2012 at 9:21 am

All of those names sound great, and i’m sure whatever you choose will be perfect for baby boy Younger-Monson. For a hyphenated name, that flows pretty well! I’ve always loved Lilly and my other favorite girl name is Hadley. I really like Harper too, but my best friend has already called that name for her (future) baby so it’s out of the question for us 🙂 Boys names have always seemed harder to me… I like Hayden and Jackson (we already have two of these in the family) and Fisher, which has been in our family for several generations. Anyway, I can’t wait to hear what you choose!

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102 Jessie @ Graze With Me April 17, 2012 at 9:22 am

Nice collection of names!

My daughter is Lyric Charlotte. Other girl names I like: Quinn, Sterling, Blythe, Ariel & Cora.

Boy names: Vance, Anders, Carson & Harrison.

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103 Melissa April 17, 2012 at 9:22 am

I love “C” names for boys, but our last name starts with C and there is something about the CC alliterative names for boys I don’t like. Otherwise my first might have been a Cole, Colin, Charlie, or Chandler. My other favorites have too many associations and were vetoes as well- Noah, Ryan, and Matthew. I also love Jake, but it wouldn’t sound good with our last name. You’ll know when you come up with the right name. We had a girl name picked out (and have for years!) so hopefully we’ll get to use it someday. My favorites include Taylor, Eleanor, Elise, and Olivia.

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104 Melissa April 17, 2012 at 9:51 pm

why don’t you like Noah? I’m nowhere near babyland but my SO and I both love that name for a boy!

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105 Coreen April 17, 2012 at 9:25 am

I completely understand how difficult it is to decide what to do about last names. The constant input from people who disagree with your choice is annoying. I actually can’t believe some of the comments my close friends have made about our name choice. I am very attached to my name. I am french, and my name is french, while my husbands is not. Changing my name felt like changing my heritage. Ultimately, I decided that I wanted to have the same name as my kids, that was most important for me. So, I kept my last name as a middle name and took my husbands name, and he also took my name as a middle name. It was a very difficult decision though. Good for you for being creative and finding something that works for both of you.

I love how a lot of your names have special meanings. Excited to hear what you pick!

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106 Julia April 17, 2012 at 9:29 am

I think hyphenating your last names is a great solution to both of you loving your last names. I got married almost a year ago and couldn’t imagine giving up my last name, so I made it my middle name 🙂 Also, a co-worker of mine and their spouce both hyphenated their names to include both of their last names. It was odd at first seeing a man with a hypenated last name, but I think it’s pretty cool that he did not just expect her to give up a part of herself because they are married. I know you were not looking for opinions, this is more of a comment than an opinion 🙂

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107 Lauren April 17, 2012 at 9:32 am

Asher and Forest were on our short list but we ended up with Hunter because my husband’s middle name (and his great grand dad’s) is Hunt. My son ended up being born on May 4th (Star Wars Day-may the 4th be with you) so for a brief moment he was almost named Jedi 😉 Our list also included Lennon, Jarvis, Logan, Reilly, and Echo.
It’s funny but my son is clearly a Hunter and not a Jarvis 🙂 So whatever you choose will be perfect and exactly who he is through and through.

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108 Jen on the Edge April 17, 2012 at 9:32 am

We found that girl names were far easier for us to come up with, which is good, since we have two of those creatures now. In fact, we never settled on boy names for either, although we had a short list.

We are traditionalists, so we stuck with family names: Grace Elizabeth and Eleanor Meredith. First names relate directly to someone in the grandma lines and middle names are for our sisters (Pete’s sister is Amy Elizabeth and mine is Meredith).

As a Jennifer, I’m hyper aware of trendy names, so we avoided any names that were in the top 25 of popularity for at least five years prior to our daughters’ births, although it appears that we were on the cusp of new trends anyway and 1998 was the start of a renewal for Grace and 2000 was a big year for Ellies and Ellas. *sigh*

As for your own baby’s name, it’s your business and no one else’s. Anyone who comments negatively or tries to change your mind is rude and totally out of line.

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109 KERF April 17, 2012 at 9:51 am

“Creatures” hahah

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110 Julie April 17, 2012 at 9:21 pm

I’m one of about 7 Julies from my elementary/high school days…and even now at 33, I’m one of 3 Julies in my jazzercise class. I also would tend to stay away from overly popular names…and I like a name with a nickname. There are a couple available nicknames for Julie but someone was always already Jules.

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111 Kristen April 17, 2012 at 9:34 am

Hazel is my favorite girls name! And Damian is my and my fiances favorite name for a boy 🙂 We also like Rosemary and Keira as girls names, and Bram, Seamus, Ennis, and Aden for boys names.

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112 Tina April 17, 2012 at 9:36 am

I completely understand your decision to keep the name to yourselves, as feedback can sometimes be very judgemental. Whatever name you and Matt settle on will be perfect for your son. I love your choices, especially Nash and Max (both sound great with Younger-Monson!)

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113 Allison April 17, 2012 at 9:38 am

With both my children we had names prepared and then when we saw them we changed our minds. My daughter was actually a bit of a struggle because she came out with jet black hair and, suffice it to say, that was a surprise…of course it all fell out and came in very blonde, but it definitely threw us off in the naming.

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114 Emilie April 17, 2012 at 9:39 am

I think Max is super cute!

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115 Rebecca April 17, 2012 at 9:42 am

Girls: Magnolia, Prim, Piper, Jane and Rose
Boys (they are so much harder to pick out!): Finn, Meyer, Stokes, and Beckett

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116 Kaley April 17, 2012 at 9:42 am

We had a really hard time with boy names! But we ended up having a little girl and actually agreed on the name right away thankfully! Her name is Lillian, but we usually call her Lilly or Lil..Lillian if she is being naughty 🙂 I loved the name Jude for a boy and still do, but my husband was totally against that one. Oh and I also like Eben for a boy! If we were to have another