Baby Name Help is a series at Appellation Mountain. Every Saturday, one reader’s name questions will be discussed.
We’re relying on thoughtful comments from the community to help expectant parents narrow down their name decisions. Thank you in advance for sharing your insight!
S and her partner are parents to Ge0rge S!nger and Zeld@ Marig0ld. They’re expecting a third child soon.
Their girls’ list has been narrowed down to Djuna, Alberta, Bernadette, and Mabel/Maybell, but they’re struggling to find ideas if baby #3 is a boy.
We feel a bit like we’ve painted ourselves into a corner with the two names we’ve already used, and all the leftovers on our lists seem to go well enough with one of the kids’ names, but not both. I’m not overly concerned with matching, but I’m talking major outliers.
Of the new boy names we’ve considered, my partner likes NONE of them well enough to use. I have ultimate deciding power, but it’d be nice to find a name we both love.
Names that S likes, but her partner does not like:
Names that both mostly like:
- Leo/Leopold (though I prefer Napoleon to get to Leo)
- Arlo (but we know a couple already)
- Theodore (though its popularity gives me pause)
S describes her both-mostly-like list as “sad, short, and meh,” so they’re not really finalists – at least it doesn’t sound that way.
My last name is long, French, and starts with an L, so most L-ending names are out. The middle will probably be a two syllable S name (like S!nger) followed by Tom.
S describes names that they love:
- Subtle nature and virtue names
- Nothing religious
- Names you’d hear on really old folks and hippie communes
- Names to honor the writers and artists and characters we dig
And finally: I hate to ask for help because our other kids’ names are full of meaning to us, but we need help!
Read on for my answer – and please be sure to leave your thoughts in the comments!
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