Is It Usable With Our Last Name?

I’m due in [name_f]February[/name_f] with twins and both of our favorite boy names, I’m not sure are usable with our last name. The names are [name_m]Oliver[/name_m] and [name_m]Theodore[/name_m]. Our surname is [name_u]North[/name_u]. I’m worried about the [name_m]Oliver[/name_m] [name_u]North[/name_u] connection and I’m also worried about the “or” sound in both [name_m]Theodore[/name_m] and [name_u]North[/name_u]. What are your thoughts?

I have never heard of [name_m]Oliver[/name_m] [name_u]North[/name_u], and while [name_m]Theodore[/name_m] [name_u]North[/name_u] doesnt sound great I think its still usable

I have no idea who [name_m]Oliver[/name_m] [name_u]North[/name_u] is - I think [name_m]Theodore[/name_m] [name_u]North[/name_u] balances well and don’t personally think that the repetition of “or” is too much of an issue. I think [name_m]Theodore[/name_m] and [name_m]Oliver[/name_m] sounds really nice together and the length of them works well with a single syllable surname.

I think they both sound great! I had to Google [name_m]Oliver[/name_m] [name_u]North[/name_u] so I think you’re safe there.

I don’t see any problems at all!

I’ve also never heard of [name_m]Oliver[/name_m] [name_u]North[/name_u] without having to google him. And I don’t think the ‘or’ sound in [name_m]Theodore[/name_m] [name_u]North[/name_u] is a deal breaker at all. Both are very handsome.

Another person here who had never heard of [name_m]Oliver[/name_m] [name_u]North[/name_u]. And [name_m]Theodore[/name_m] [name_u]North[/name_u] sounds lovely. I don’t see a problem with either name.

I haven’t heard of [name_m]Oliver[/name_m] [name_u]North[/name_u], either, to be honest. There shouldn’t be any problems there! [name_m]Theodore[/name_m] [name_u]North[/name_u] sounds sweet, so you should be fine there! :slight_smile:

My thoughts exactly.

Echoing what the other berries have said

Personally I would look for something other than [name_m]Oliver[/name_m] since [name_m]Oliver[/name_m] [name_u]North[/name_u] is not a great namesake. It does have a nice rhythm though. [name_m]Theodore[/name_m] [name_u]North[/name_u] is OK to me. I like [name_m]Arthur[/name_m] from your signature.

I see what you mean about the repeating “or” sounds, but they sound fine to me. Oddly enough, I think it works because both names have it. It would sound stranger to me if only one did that ("[name_m]Oliver[/name_m] [name_u]North[/name_u] and [name_m]Bill[/name_m] [name_u]North[/name_u]" or something), but since they both have the repeating sound I think it sounds kind of cool, possibly even intentional. They’re both great names, I wouldn’t worry about it! (Also I, like the others, have never heard of a famous [name_m]Oliver[/name_m] [name_u]North[/name_u].)

I didn’t realize so many people around(ish) my age don’t know who [name_m]Oliver[/name_m] [name_u]North[/name_u] is. I guess that’s a good thing for us, though.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.biography.com/.amp/people/oliver-north-9425102
“Implicated in theIran-Contrascandal, involving the supply of arms to Iran in exchange for U.S. hostages and the operation of a secret slush fund to aid the Contra guerrillas in Nicaragua, [name_u]North[/name_u] was forced to resign in 1986.”

https://www.google.com/amp/amp.timeinc.net/time/2954148/iran-contra/%3Fsource=dam
“He sold weapons to Iran in an effort to help fund rebels fighting Nicaragua’s Socialist government. It was a war that was already being funded by the small country’s cocaine trade, a fact that prompted Congress to halt the flow of money from the U.S. to Nicaragua.”

He’s not say, Hitler or [name_f]Jezebel[/name_f], but still not a fantastic namesake. I guess most of baby’s generation wouldn’t know about him, so maybe it isn’t a big deal. I’m positive there’s been other men named [name_m]Oliver[/name_m] [name_u]North[/name_u] on top of that.

Thank you everyone for your thoughtful replies!!!

I’ve always thought [name_m]Oliver[/name_m] and [name_m]Theodore[/name_m] made such a handsome sibset!

[name_m]Theodore[/name_m] [name_u]North[/name_u] doesn’t flow perfectly, but it’s not horrible, and we really don’t hear our first and last names together that often. If you’re worried though, maybe you’d like [name_u]Theo[/name_u] [name_u]North[/name_u]?

And I’ve never heard of anyone named [name_m]Oliver[/name_m] [name_u]North[/name_u] either. As in, I literally didn’t know there was a famous person named [name_m]Oliver[/name_m] [name_u]North[/name_u]. (as opposed to, the name sounds familiar but I can’t place it/think of what he did)

I’m not American though, and looking at the previous replies it seems like a lot of PPs aren’t, so maybe that makes a difference. Asking others in your community would give a good picture- without bringing him up directly as suggestion is powerful! But more like, “does the name [name_m]Oliver[/name_m] [name_u]North[/name_u] make you think of anything”.

I think [name_m]Oliver[/name_m] and [name_m]Theodore[/name_m] are so cute together! I have no idea who [name_m]Oliver[/name_m] [name_u]North[/name_u] is so I think you’re safe.

[name_m]Theodore[/name_m] [name_u]North[/name_u] sounds fine to me! I actually quite like it!

I do know who [name_m]Oliver[/name_m] [name_u]North[/name_u] is and that connection would bother me. All the Iran-Contra stuff happened in the 80s though so I imagine a lot people born after 1985 or so might not know about him off the top of their heads. It’s a nice name once you get over the connection!

I think it is generational. I immediately got the [name_m]Oliver[/name_m] [name_u]North[/name_u] association, but it is not something his peers would likely be familiar with, unless they get to the [name_u]Reagan[/name_u] era in their history classes!

I love both [name_m]Oliver[/name_m] and [name_m]Theodore[/name_m], but I’m not convinced they work well with the surname [name_u]North[/name_u].

I immediately thought of the [name_m]Oliver[/name_m] [name_u]North[/name_u] association, which admittedly isn’t a great one, but I agree that most of his peers wouldn’t make the connection (especially since a lot of adults here don’t know who he is).

[name_m]Theodore[/name_m] [name_u]North[/name_u], to my ear, does sound very OR OR heavy. But it’s not awful by any means.

So if those are the names you love (and they do sound like a great twinset), I don’t think either one is a deal breaker. If you can find two other names you love equally, then I would use alternative names.

Best of luck!

I’ve heard of [name_m]Oliver[/name_m] [name_u]North[/name_u], but the important thing is that YOU know who he is. I see [name_m]Sebastian[/name_m] and [name_m]Arthur[/name_m] in your signature, do you or your partner just prefer [name_m]Oliver[/name_m] and [name_m]Theodore[/name_m]?

For what it’s worth, I didn’t even blink at [name_m]Oliver[/name_m] [name_u]North[/name_u]. I’m 27, which is probably a factor, but I was also a history major and still didn’t make the connection. [name_m]Oliver[/name_m] is a somewhat popular baby name where I live right now, so that might be helping to drown out any negative association I might have made with a less common name.
I also think [name_m]Theodore[/name_m] [name_u]North[/name_u] sounds fine. I usually don’t like repetitive sounds in first and last names, but this one doesn’t bother me.