You helped us name our son and daughter, Miles Joseph and Claire Marie, and now I would love your advice one more time! We are expecting our third (and last) baby, a boy, this February. I like to talk about names all of the time, but my husband prefers that we have more “productive” conversations about them (meaning, he would rather we look at our list and actually narrow them down vs. talk about new ones “just for fun”). So, we have a list of names, and are pretty certain about a middle, but are struggling with the “being productive” part (don’t worry, I have friends who will talk names with me, and your blog fills this need too).
I had two favorite girl names that I was really excited about: Rose and Lucy. I was also excited to use my grandmother’s middle name, Maxine, as a middle name. Rose Maxine or Lucy Maxine (perfect!). But, now that I need to let those girl names go, I am focusing on the joy I will feel by honoring my dad (who died when I was a teenager) and somehow using his name for this boy.
His name was Eric, and we considered using it as a middle with our first son, Miles. However, we ended up following a long tradition of using my husband’s middle name, instead. Although I like the idea of honoring my dad by using Eric as a first name, I think I would rather keep it in the middle name spot. I also don’t love it as a first name with Miles and Claire.
Here is our list of names:
I like Benjamin, and would want to use a nickname like Benny or Benji. Sometimes I wonder if those are too “cutesy” but I like them. Benjamin Eric Trude11e flows well I think. Benjamin does seem much more common than Miles and Claire, though.
I like Thomas and the nickname Tom, but don’t prefer Tommy (which is funny because I just said I like Benny). Thomas Trude11e has alliteration, which I can’t decide on either.
We both like Felix (it was one of our favorites with Miles) but our families have made it clear that they hate it. We could probably push through that though.
I like Max (similar to Maxine!), but wonder if we would want a longer name like Maxwell. I think that gets tricky visually when looking at the full name with our last name: Maxwell Trude11e. Just Max, with Eric as a middle, seems a bit choppy to me. I also can’t decide if I like Miles and Max for brother names, or if they are too close.
Eli, James and August aren’t top contenders for me (though my husband really likes Eli) but they are still on our list.
Do any of these stand out for you? Are there any names that I’m missing that work well with the middle and last name? (I know we’re trying to narrow down, but…) Or sound especially good with Miles and Claire? I would love your advice! Thank you!!
None of the names on the list stand out to me particularly. I first thought James and August did, and they still do somewhat—but James seems a little too common with Miles and Claire, and I feel reluctant to push August when it’s not a top contender. My own favorite is Felix, but I feel reluctant to push a name your family doesn’t like.
With middle initial E and surname initial T, many first name initials will end up spelling a word: BET, GET, HET, JET, LET, MET, NET, PET, SET, VET, WET, YET. Of those, the only one that makes me uncertain is the W. I do prefer for initials not to spell things, but words like GET and SET are pretty innocuous.
I like Simon. Simon Trude11e (SET); Miles, Claire, and Simon.
Or Elliot. Elliot Trude11e (EET); Miles, Claire, and Elliot.
Or Everett. Everett Trude11e (EET); Miles, Claire, and Everett.
Or Emmett. Emmett Trude11e (EET); Miles, Claire, and Emmett.
Or Oliver. Oliver Trude11e (OET); Miles, Claire, and Oliver.
Or Louis. Louis Trude11e (LET); Miles, Claire, and Louis.
Or Edmund. Edmund Trude11e (EET); Miles, Claire, and Edmund.
Or Ian. Ian Trude11e (IET); Miles, Claire, and Ian.
Or Malcolm. Malcolm Trude11e (MET); Miles, Claire, and Malcolm.
Or Wesley. Wesley Trude11e (WET); Miles, Claire, and Wesley.
Or Reid. Reid Trude11e (RET); Miles, Claire, and Reid.
Or Nolan. Nolan Trude11e (NET); Miles, Claire, and Nolan.
And actually I am still very inclined toward James. It IS more common, but I still like it, and I like the overall look and feel of the sibling group. James Trude11e (JET); Miles, Claire, and James.