View Full Version : So anyone wanna play the name game??
10-19-2005, 10:13 AM
Now that this one is officially ID'ed as a boy, we need to start scrambling to come up with a name for him!! We just love DS's name and want to do this second little guy justice - he deserves a name that we love just as much!
So, here are the details:
DS is Colin Daniel. DH's family is very irish, so Colin fit in well there, and we had a close elderly family friend who passed away several years back who was named Colin (though DS wasn't intentionally named after him - but it was a nice coincidence). And DH is Daniel. Our last name sounds like Surface but is spelled differently and starts with a Z (ah, I hear some of you saying, so THAT'S how it is pronounced, lol).
For #2, we'd like a middle name that is a family name. Some that we've thrown around include James, Donald and Wayne. Donald is a front-runner for many reasons, but James tends to sound better with more first names.
And my personal preference is that it suits him from babyhood to boardroom, KWIM?
Some of the names that we've thrown around include:
Nolan (probably too similar sounding to Colin)
Payton (great for DH's football family, but becoming pretty gender neutral these days)
Ryan (a little common for us, but we still like it)
Any thoughts or new ideas??
10-19-2005, 10:17 AM
What about Ethan? I think it goes well with Colin, and you seem to like names ending with the "n" sound (based on your list of contenders).
nursed for 2.5 years!
And . . . Blessing #2 due in March!
10-19-2005, 10:18 AM
Congrats on another boy!
I'm trying to think of names that "match" Colin. How about:
Our last name begins with an "n" sound so DH ruled out any names ending in "n." These are all ones I like.
10-19-2005, 10:20 AM
The Payton idea made me think of Preston (what i wanted 2nd for ds2). I think Preston James sounds nice just a suggestion :)
have fun on the name search
10-19-2005, 10:20 AM
I LOVE the name Ryan! What about Patrick? That was my boy name. Obviously never got to use it... ;)
10-19-2005, 10:27 AM
Love Ryan James!
10-19-2005, 10:30 AM
What about Declan? Its Irish and goes very well with either James or Wayne?
Have fun deciding!
I'm pretty partial to Payton ;) Out here in the midwest it seems to be fairly masculine whether it's spelled with an 'e' or an 'a'. Probably our proximity to Indy.
Eli (though I liked the thought of a full Elliot and got vetoed), Jonah and Jonas were on our short list. Jonas probably wouldn't work as well with the double s sound.
Names that were on my list but not DH's include Bryce, Keagan, Emery and Wesley. Keagan and Emery might be becoming gender-neutral, too.
10-19-2005, 10:32 AM
I vote for Ryan James too - love it and think it goes so well with Colin's name.
And Lori I haven't been on the boards much and didn't know you'd found out you are having another boy. How exciting! I bet Colin will love having a little brother to show the ropes.
Mom to Mia (3.17.03) and baby brother Jack (3.23.05)
10-19-2005, 10:35 AM
How about Owen? A little less popular than some of the rest.
10-19-2005, 10:43 AM
10-19-2005, 10:50 AM
Love Owen. Also Evan, Aidan, Neil and Michael which are Irish themed and go well with Colin IMO.
10-19-2005, 10:55 AM
Lori, congratulations on another boy!
My first thought was HENRY! I think it's a fantastic strong, old-fashioned name that works well from babyhood to adulthood. I think Hank is a nice nick name as an adult. I also think it fits nicely with all of the middle names, especially James and also Donald. Henry Donald. That has a nice ring to it! Colin and Henry, come in for dinner! (It's not Irish though, is German close enough? LOL!)
I think Nolan is a great name, and I love Ethan and Ian as well. What ever you decide will be the perfect fit for your new DS.
Paula -- mom to Roley Julia, January '02
10-19-2005, 10:57 AM
Very Irish (we had considered it; with a modified spelling it works as a Hindu name too).
Nita (fleece is my friend)
mom to Neel, January 2003
dog mom to a PWD and a cocker (at the Rainbow Bridge)
10-19-2005, 11:08 AM
Lori - congratulations and welcome to the two-boy-club!
We are due a week from today with boy #2 and still haven't settled on a name, but because we also have the Irish thing going I have a long list of possibilities (some Irish, some not so Irish). The following are some of them on our list:
I'm waiting to see additional suggestions you receive since we need to decide fast!
10-19-2005, 11:18 AM
I love Payton for a boy. It was on my list for DS! I think it's great with Colin, also.
Plus, gotta love Payton Manning!
10-19-2005, 11:19 AM
I am partial to Sean for an Irish boys name. :) you've got lots of great suggestions from PPs. Henry is adorable, not particularly common these days, and I think it works from babyhood to boardroom.
I always liked Ian, but it rhymes with our last name, so it was out for us.
DS, Sean 10/03
"Baby makes days shorter, nights longer, home happier, and love stronger."
10-19-2005, 11:25 AM
It's actually Peyton Manning.
Here's ours you might like it: We finally decided on Eli Payton. We both loved Eli. Now DH is from Chicago and he really wanted a kid named after Walter Payton. So, here we are. We both really liked Payton as a first name too.
Of all of yours I like Payton the best. Payton Donald is very nice
10-19-2005, 11:26 AM
I love Ryan James or James Ryan. But I am biased, DS's middle name is James, after FIL.
10-19-2005, 12:30 PM
I second Aidan - Aidan Donald or Aidan James. I prefer Payton with an "e", as in Peyton. I don't mind Ryan, but FYI, it's REALLY common (I'm also in the midwest). I think I know approx. 5 Ryans my son's age. Just my two cents' worth.
ETA - I kind of like Aidan Patrick - forgot about the Patrick (great name also!)
Congrats. again, Lori!
Proud SAHM to Graham (1/02) and Genevieve (4/04)
10-19-2005, 12:47 PM
How about Carsen James??
10-19-2005, 12:56 PM
Two favs of mine that I can't use because a neighbor and a friend have already used them: Caiden James and Ryan Patrick
We are going with Jarryd Marshall, if that provides any inspiration!
Ours was already picked out from when we had Maddy and didn't know if she was a he or a she!
"My Mommy" to Maddy born 06/09/04
and soon to Little Man due 03/02/06
10-19-2005, 01:11 PM
LOVE the nme Ryan, if my next is a boy, that could be his name
NEVE three BUGS and a BEE
10-19-2005, 01:14 PM
So last night I was up thinking of a name FOR YOUR BABY!!!!! Without you even asking for a consult :)...honest to goodness I thought of RYAN!!!!!!!
I love each and every name you picked honey...but I swear I thought of Ryan last night and it was the one I picked for little Colin's brother as I was thinking of babies name!!!!!
Lori I am just so excited for you!!!!!
10-19-2005, 01:16 PM
I like Hugo and Gus.
Both those are kind of "out there", but I think they're very strong and masculine. :)
Have fun deciding!
Evan was/is our boy name, but it appears we won't get to use it!
And I love Ryan, as that is Jacob's middle name.
Also love Nolan and Payton though.
What about Owen? I've got an "n" ending thing going on here apparently.
Did you want to stick to Irish names though?
10-19-2005, 01:45 PM
I like Ryan. :)
My favorite boy names (besides Matthew ;)) are Nathaniel, Aidan and Connor. I also really like Patrick but I am biased because it is a family name.
Good luck in deciding!!!
10-19-2005, 01:48 PM
if I had a boy it was going to be Owen James, I also like Gavin James but a good friend had a Gavin while I was pg with dd#2...
10-19-2005, 01:55 PM
I love, love the name Galen and will never get to use it because DH doesn't like it. It's not really Irish, but it could be...
Also, I don't think Galen is anywhere on the baby popularity lists, like Ryan, Aidan, Nathan (it wasn't when we picked it, I swear!), and Owen are these days.
I also like Benjamin...after a crush from my HS days *sigh,* and Neil has been a favorite of mine since kindergarten.
10-19-2005, 01:56 PM
I like Ryan but its super popular around here
We have :
Nathan David ( thats a long story!)
I also like Garret ( celtic origin)
10-19-2005, 01:57 PM
Colin was our top pick for a second boy :) (until my cousin used it...now we have nothing either)
I think Simon and Colin sound great together ;)
(see, I'm lost when it comes to boys names)
10-19-2005, 02:10 PM
Congrats on Baby Boy #2!! I am so excited for you.
I love the name game. I am a big fan of the name Nolan and Nolan James sounds great. I agree that it's not the best fit with Colin, but I'd go with it if you love it best. In other words, I wouldn't settle on another name because of this.
I also love Ryan James. It was on my short list.
Do you like Brian? It's usually further down on the popularity lists.
Donald is a toughy!
these are just a few off the top of my head (I keep these in mind because DH Mother's family is Irish and we want to honor family with our DC's names).
10-19-2005, 03:12 PM
LOL, I wouldnt mind that - as long as its with an "o" :P
10-19-2005, 03:51 PM
I like Liam Donald (and the initials work--they don't spell anything!; though with Z that's not too big a concern!). I'll never get to use Liam since DH's cousin used it for their first (William, called Liam). Too bad as I love, love, love this name!
Treyton is the only "n" ending name I can think of right now that hasn't been mentioned. That was the name of the sweet little boy on the boat that "rescued" me when the jetski died in the middle of the lake oh so many years ago... :) (I've not yet sold DH on this name either.)
I like Ryan Donald as well. Ryan and Colin go well together IMO (though that could be the "Whose Line is it Anyway?" fan in me talking). ;)
I wouldn't worry about the popularity of a name, just go with one you like! (This from the woman who obsessed over finding an unusual name for #1, then went with one of the top 10 for #2! LOL!)
10-19-2005, 03:59 PM
sticking with the irish theme:
declan (or dechlan, depending on how hardcore irish you want to get)
willem (not sure if this is truely irish?)
cian (pron. "key-in")
momma to DS#1 "Big Brother" (BB) and, finally, DS#2 "Little Brother" (LB)
"Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see." ~ Neil Postman
10-19-2005, 04:00 PM
Sarah: I am really liking August as a name for our as yet theoretical #2, should it be a boy.
Forrest and August, so nice.
Lori: I like Nathan, Ryan, and Ewan for names that end in N and go with Colin. For middle, I'd pick whichever had the most meaning to me, regardless of how it flowed with the first name.
10-19-2005, 04:10 PM
Owen comes highly recommended! I also love Nathan and Carson. The name game is sooo hard to play- best of luck to you and DH!
10-19-2005, 04:16 PM
How 'bout Rafferty?
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10-19-2005, 04:18 PM
congrats on a baby brother for colin! yay!
ok i will weigh in with my two cents. i love liam and aidan and really like peyton and connor.
mom to 3 little princesses
The truth may hurt your feelings but lies will break your heart.
Braden! Or Devon.
10-19-2005, 05:06 PM
Caiden James (or in our case, Caden) is a fabulous name ;)
Many great names have been mentioned. I'll also throw out Laken (although gender neutral and I'm guessing that's not what you are looking for) and Finn. I think both names go nicely with Colin.
10-19-2005, 05:17 PM
Gus is on my short list - I've never met a Gus I didn't love.
10-19-2005, 05:39 PM
My favorite Irish names are Devin, Liam, and Declan (probably has something to do with the fact the guys I know with this name are really nice!).
Mom to Nick 10/01
& Alex 04/04
10-19-2005, 05:41 PM
Heath Ian was on our list for a boy, but we thought that if we had to use his full name, it sounded too much like "heathen"!
We had Walker Dillin on our list this last time, but we had a girl instead!
Good luck and congratulations!
10-19-2005, 08:30 PM
I'm partial to James for obvious reasons.
DS was almost a Henry. James is my dad's name and once DH agreed not to call him Jimmy it went to the front of the list.
I like Owen, but there are FOUR Owens in my Mommy & Me yoga class this year, so it is clearly a name on the rise, at least around here.
Ryan is a nice name with Colin. I also like Nolan and Ian. My DH wouldn't even consider any gender neutral names, and I'm not that keen on them either.
mommy to James
10-19-2005, 08:48 PM
I'm a big fan of both Eli and Ambrose. Of the two, Ambrose is my favorite. It must be the Irish Catholic in me as the first church I remember going to was St. Ambrose.
Best of luck. I know hard it can be once you feel you've started a certain style when it comes to names.
10-19-2005, 08:57 PM
What about Noland insead of Nolan if your objection to Nolan is that it sounds too similar to Colin? I like Noland James.
Or frankly I LOVE Ryan James. But not Ryan Donald so much. Ryan is not so common that you should have too much trouble since having less common names an an objective. Aidan and Ethan are at the top of the list with Jacob so I would steer clear since you are looking for less common names.
10-19-2005, 08:59 PM
Tarah - if this baby is a boy, it will probably have the middle name of "West" - which is DH's mom's maiden name. DH is vying for August West since I like Gus so much, but I've got a BIG veto on that, because it is in the lyrics for the song Wharf Rat by the Grateful Dead - I'm not opposed to song names, persay, but the character says
Half of my life
I spent doin' time for
some other #(_#*()$er's crime
Other half found me stumbling around
drunk on burgundy wine
Yeah, not what I pictured for my newborn. Yikes! Gus West does not have the same ring to it, though, so we'll see.
Of the names you listed I would use either Payton or Ryan. As far as the middle name I would go with Donald regardless of whether it flows with the first name or not. I should say, though, that when I call my child I never use his middle name. My DS's first name is the same as your DS's. His middle name is Andrew :-).
10-19-2005, 09:16 PM
Congrats on baby boy #2 - I have two younger brothers and always wished for a sister - they'll have a special bond!
The Irish names I like in addition to Ryan James in no particular order:
Seamus (or Sean)
Doyle (it's a family name on my side)
Brendan (childhood crush)
Don't think these are Irish, but they are my two brother's names:
James Joseph (goes by Joe)
Edward Allen (goes by Allen)
Can't wait to hear what you decide on...isn't it so much fun?? Hope your pregnancy is UNEVENTFUL!! :)
10-20-2005, 06:09 AM
lol--I had the same thought! ;)
10-20-2005, 06:09 AM
lol--I had the same thought! ;)
10-20-2005, 06:10 AM
My Irish faves are Patrick and Ryan
10-20-2005, 06:10 AM
My Irish faves are Patrick and Ryan
10-20-2005, 06:08 PM
Hi Lori! I just wanted to say it's nice to see you; seems like it's been a long time.
I don't have any name advice, although I must mention.....Riordan is an Irish boy's name, doncha know... ;) (And Rory makes a great nickname.) :)
Had Meghan been a boy, we would have named him Cullen Scott. Love the name Cullen but that's too much like Colin. I think Nolan is different enough that it would compliment Colin well.
I also like Evan which many people have thrown out there.
Or Dalton. That really doesn't work with Donald but sounds nice with James.
And yes, I did do an ah that's how it's pronounced. :)
~ mama to Declan and Meghan
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