Name Help is a series at Appellation Mountain. Every Saturday one reader’s name questions will be discussed.
We have two daughters, Stella Mackenzie and Vivian Joelle. I love their names, don’t really mind when we meet other girls with the same names, and didn’t really spend a lot of time coming up with them.
We wanted just one more to complete our family, and guess what? We’re having twin boys!
If we had a third girl, I liked Hadley or Sophie, but I don’t really have a boys’ list.
My husband keeps suggesting names like Matthew, Joseph, Nicholas, and Christopher. They’re okay, but we know lots of men with those names. And we don’t really love them. They’re just … names. Our dads are William and Larry. We like the idea of a baby William, but Larry? Sorry, no!
The boys are due in January, but will probably arrive sooner. Our last name is one-syllable, starts with a Q, and is used as a first name, too. So that means no super-short names, please.
Please read on for my response, and share your thoughtful suggestions in the comments.