Name Help is a series at Appellation Mountain. Every week, 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!
My oldest son is named Everest Asher.
At times it felt like getting pregnant was like climbing that impossible mountain, and he’s a constant reminder that you keep trying for the things that are important to you. Asher is after my mom, because it has a similar meaning to her name. Because I went so big for my first son‘s name I’m struggling to find my second son‘s name.
I’ve been considering:
- Hayes, because I like the meaning with fire.
- Lucas, a name I’ve always loved, along with the meaning light. I’d consider pairing it with Isaac so his name would be light and laughter/joy.
- Bodhi, but that one might just be too big/hippy for me.
Names with meanings are what I’m going for but I would love guidance or even other suggestions, too.
Please read on for my response, and leave your thoughtful suggestions in the comments.
Dear Carrie –
Congratulations on your new son! Everest Asher is a great name, with so much rich meaning. But I can imagine it might making naming a future child even more difficult!
Here’s what leaps out at me: while Everest is relatively rare as a given name, it doesn’t sound all that out-there. In fact, it sounds an awful lot like another fast-rising surname name, Everett.
In fact, I can imagine brothers named Hayes and Everett, or Isaac and Everett. Substitute Everest, and those names work every bit as well.
Bodhi, with so much spiritual significance, leaps out at me as an equally logical match for Everest.
And yet, those names represent opposite ends of the spectrum. There’s meaningful, but more surprising Bodhi at one end, and Hayes and Isaac as more mainstream choices – but with the potential to be just as special for your family.
It feels like we need more names that fall in the middle: distinctive, meaning-rich, but not too out there, right?
I wonder if any of these might work as a brother for Everest Archer:
Arrow – Like Everest, Arrow falls outside of the current US Top 1000, but we’re hearing it more and more. It’s a weapon, I suppose. But it’s also a virtue. It symbolizes achievement, purpose, and dedication. That’s a worthy brother name for Everest.
Blaze, Blaise – Hayes does sound like haze, which lends the name some additional appeal. But if it’s fire you’re thinking of, Blaze is an even more dramatic choice. Blaze is all word name, but Blaise? That’s almost a buttoned-down traditional, the name of a fourth century saint and a seventeenth century philosopher-mathematician. Either spelling seems like a fit for your family.
Bridger – Back in the day, if your last name was Bridger you probably lived near a bridge, or worked as a bridge keeper. Or maybe your grandfather or great-great-grandfather did. These days, bridges read differently. Building them is a good thing, a way to cross divides. That makes this name feel far more meaningful, but it’s still rugged. Jim Bridger was a famous frontiersman in the late 1800s, and a number of places in the American West still bear his name.
Fox – This is a straight-up animal name, but the fox is known for its cunning and smarts. They’re popular from folklore to modern story-telling, from Aesop’s Fables to The Fox and the Hound.
Justice/Justus – I wonder if a word name like Justice might appeal? Justus is pronounced the same, and carries the same meaning, but it’s got centuries of use behind it. There was a seventh-century Archbishop of Canterbury named Justus, so this name? It’s been around.
Lucian – You mentioned liking Lucas because it refers to light, from the Latin lux. I wonder if Lucian – which comes from lux – might appeal even more, because it’s much less popular? They’re both great names, though.
Wilder – Wilder feels like a tremendously versatile name. It’s outdoorsy, but that outdoors could be hiking through the backwoods. Or on a yacht. While Wilder is gaining in use, it’s still relatively uncommon, and could make a great brother for Everest.
Overall, my favorites are Arrow and Bridger. They hit the same stands-out, fits-in note as Everest, and they’re substantial and meaningful enough to sound like his brother.
Regardless of the name you choose, I’d be very inclined to consider Isaac as a middle. It does match up nicely with Asher. Arrow Isaac might be my favorite!
Over to you readers! What would you suggest for Everest Asher’s new brother?
Caspian is fantastic with Everest!
I can only add:
What about Rainier, Ledger, Townsend, Finnegan, Luca?
Sylvan Pax was the first name to come to mind before I read the post. I also like Lachlan, Dashiell, Callum.
I would avoid Bodhi unless you are buddhist due to how important it is in buddhist culture. Bowen or Bowie would be adorable though. Everest Asher and Bowen Lucas or Everest Asher & Bowie Isaac.
My next thought was Fraser. The meaning “Strawberry” is not the most meaningful meaning but it is defintely interesting and therefore would be great with Everest. Everest Asher & Fraser Lucas
Other suggestions –
Everest Asher and Sage Isaac
Everest Asher and Wells Isaac
Everest Asher and Ian Lucas
Everest Asher and Jasper Lucas
Everest Asher and Darcy Isaac
Everest Asher and Landry Isaac
Everest Asher and Roscoe Lucas
Everest Asher and Jude Isaac
I like Wells! Height and depth.
Jean C. says
Bodhi all the way! Honestly I know of a little Bodhi and I think it’s not as unusual of a sound as it was 10 or 20 years ago. It wears nicely.
The more I turn Arrow over in my mind, the more I really like it as well. It has a similar sound and vibe to names like Arlo and Milo.
I am just a giant fan of the names Atlas and Caspian, so those get some votes too.
I think Forest would sound good, and Apollo (the Greek god of light and truth).
A while back on this blog I saw the name Arnhem. Arnhem Land is a beautiful part of northern Australia, it is a wilderness deep with culture and meaning for its ancient owners who have walked the same land for 40 000 years.
Arnhem and Everest.
I love the link between the biblical meanings of Asher and Isaac. Great names.
(Also in this culture it wouldn’t be appropriation to use Arnhem- we already stole it from the Dutch 🙂 the traditional owners use another name for ceremonial purposes.
I love Arnhem!
Bodhi seems perfect to me, but I also like Wilder and Lucian from Abby. The “love as big as the ocean” idea is cute too.
Soren (meaning listed as “stern,” but it has that “soar” sound and Kierkegaard is a cool connection)
Stellan (sounds like stella => star)
Erin Beth says
Here’s another vote for Blaise!
Laura Powell says
I was going to suggest Wilder so that would be my top choice with big brother Everest if not how about :
The Mrs. says
Arrow is particularly genius. In the same way that Everest sounds like Everett, Arrow sounds much like familiar Aaron.
Arrow also has a directness, a sense of purpose, a literal movement toward the future… that feels powerful! Paired with Isaac, it gives the sense of laughing at the future, being fearless in the face of uncertainty.
Congrats and best wishes!
Oh, The Mrs. – how beautifully written! And now I’m thinking Arrow Isaac is just plain perfect …
A. Waguespack says
Everest Asher and Lucas Bodhi sound like a wonderful pair!
I think Atlas, Caspian, or Wilder would all be perfect. I had Atlas on my list for my son, but my family panned it and some people misheard it as “Alice” when I brought it up.
Everest Asher is so great!! How about another big nature name that could signify a journey or a great amount of love… an ocean. Caspian.
Caspian and Everest
Caspian Issac, Caspian Hayes,
Caspian Lucas… 🙂
Cortez works too as an ocean name.
Sojourner -has wonderful meaning but may be too uncommon in this case.
Good luck and congrats on your new one on the way!! 🙂
I love the suggestion of Caspian!
What about Victor? It shares Everest’s “v” sound and its aspirational quality.
I really like Blaise and the suggestion below of Atlas
The meaning behind Atlas seems to match the meaning of Everest.
I really like blaise and bodhi
Taking inspiration from paw patrol, the kids’ TV show such has a character named Everest.: There are also characters named Ryder, chase, Marshall & rocky.
Jordan P says
If your first was Everett I’d say Hayes, Lucas, and Isaac are perfect but with Everest they seem a little safe and conventional. I actually think Bodhi is the perfect pairing but if it doesn’t feel right, i like the suggestion of Blaise. I also like Atlas, Valor, and Fielding.
I also think Shepherd could be a good fit! Everest was about overcoming a great obstacle, maybe Shepherd is more about bringing the family further together.
Alastair (pick your spelling!) would be good too – as with Alexander, it seems to mean “defender of men.” Great meaning! And in the way that Everest is similar to Everett, Alastair is to Alexander. So that works well.
From Abby’s list, I like Blaise. On that note, I’ve always loved Pascal as well (with the nickname Paz – peace in Spanish). Those could both work – obviously, not together!
Thank you everyone for your amazing suggestions and thoughtful ideas. I’m six weeks out and still turning names over in my head. I really like Lucian as an alternative for Lucas and am now also considering the following:
Brooks – I found a reference to it meaning he who overcomes and perseveres along with the obvious water meaning.
Rhett – advise/counsel
Rhett Hurley (sea tide)
Rhett Garrick (mighty warrior)
Rhett Alexander (defender of men)