I am currently pregnant with my partner and I’s third child, a boy, due in [name]June[/name]. And we are completely stuck for a name. Our daughters were reasonably easy - at least in that there were loads of names that we both liked, we compiled short-lists and then waited for each girl to be born before choosing the name that seemed to fit best. We were lucky in that our taste in girls’ names is pretty similar (we both liked classic/vintage-feeling but slightly unusual names, and both also quite liked object/word names as long as they weren’t too liable to get the girls grief on the playground). Thus, [name]Lilac[/name] and [name]Pearl[/name] were born with relatively little strife over their names.
On boys names, though, we’re much more divided. I like vintage-ish names, she likes classical sounding ones. To give you an idea, my favourites are [name]Arthur[/name], [name]Alfred[/name], [name]Hubert[/name] and [name]Otto[/name]; hers are [name]Cassius[/name] and Persius. We both also like [name]Oscar[/name] and [name]Felix[/name], but both are already quite popular, at least where we live - we know three little Oscars in this area alone.
[name]Arthur[/name], [name]Alfred[/name] and [name]Hubert[/name] are all family names on my side, however [name]Alfie[/name] is HUGELY popular here in the UK at the moment, [name]Arthur[/name] is on the rise, and my partner has vetoed [name]Hubert[/name] and [name]Otto[/name]. For me, [name]Cassius[/name] and Persius are both a little too pretentious sounding - [name]Cassius[/name] also reminds me of the Casio watch brand - and whilst I quite like ‘[name]Percy[/name]’ as a nick-name I dread to think the looks this kid will get when ‘Persius’ gets called out on the register at school.
What we both really want is to continue the object/word name thing we have going on with the girls, but we are having a LOT of trouble finding ones that work for boys AND fit our taste (very new or out-there word names are not what either of us want. [name]Sonnet[/name], [name]Poet[/name]/[name]Poem[/name], [name]Story[/name], [name]Fable[/name] etc are all nice - I’m a screenwriter and my partner is a publisher so that kind of literary theme would be fitting - but neither of us wants something THAT unusual as we both suspect it’ll lead to us having to explain it every time someone asks our son’s name). Thus far the only one we’ve come up with that is close to what we like is ‘[name]Briar[/name]’, but it still feels a little out there, and we both worry it would be mistaken for a girl’s name.