It's a boy! Please help me love a name

Well number 4 is officially a boy! I’m really really struggling loving our names this go around. I’m looking for suggestions of names that preferably are orthodox saints or diminutives of, have a nature connection and a nice meaning. I know it really narrows it down, here is our current list:

He likes:
[name_m]Solomon[/name_m] (probably my fave from his picks)

I like but am not in love:

I was so prepared with a girl name this time I’m a little sad I don’t love any boy names right now.




Benedict (saint, means 'blessed")
[name_u]Aidan[/name_u] (saint, means “fiery”)
[name_u]Augustine[/name_u] (saint, means “magnificent”)
[name_m]Brendan[/name_m] (saint, means “prince”)
[name_m]Clement[/name_m] (saint, means “merciful”)
[name_m]Felix[/name_m] (saint, means “fortunate”)
[name_m]Leo[/name_m] (saint, means “lion”)
[name_m]Maximus[/name_m] (saint, means “greatest”)
[name_m]Raphael[/name_m] (saint, means “God has blessed”)
[name_m]Theodore[/name_m] (saint, means “gift of God”, nn [name_u]Teddy[/name_u])

What are your other kids’ names, if you don’t mind me asking? It would help create better suggestions, I think.

What do you think about [name_m]Edgar[/name_m] instead of [name_m]Edward[/name_m]?
[name_u]Thaddeus[/name_u] means gift from God
[name_m]Felix[/name_m] means happy
[name_m]Solomon[/name_m] is my favorite from his list

You said you like but don’t love your list so I won’t pick any from it, what girls names got you most excited? Maybe we can use them to find a boys name that will have that same spark

Marina [name_u]June[/name_u] was our girl name this time.

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I’m sorry you haven’t had the chance to use your girl name. I do think [name_m]Marius[/name_m] would suit your family. It meets all your preferences although that doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll both like the name and I don’t know if you have any hopes for a fifth child. But it’s intuitive and I think it feels a little more familiar than [name_u]Florian[/name_u]. In the last 18 years, it has averaged 64 births per year. In 2019, there were 58 births.

Have you considered [name_m]Simeon[/name_m] as a reference to [name_m]Saint[/name_m] Sophrony? Perhaps [name_m]Cyril[/name_m], [name_m]Gregor[/name_m] or [name_m]Ivan[/name_m]?

Edit: I’m also adding Jacoby “Jack”, Micah, Julius, Nils or Niels for Nilus, Tycho for Tychicus and Bastian for Sebastian.


Marina and boy equivalents. Let’s see

If you were looking for boys names with the same meaning as [name_f]Marina[/name_f]
[name_u]Dylan[/name_u] and [name_m]Caspian[/name_m] came to mind.

These may not be your taste.



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I love [name_m]Forrest[/name_m] and [name_m]Solomon[/name_m] -they fit so well with your boys and just have an earthy, rich feel to them

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That’s a beautiful name, I hope you can find a boy’s name just as special to get excited about. I’ll add [name_m]Manuel[/name_m], [name_u]August[/name_u]/Augustus, [name_u]Julian[/name_u]. Maybe [name_u]Ira[/name_u] or [name_u]Eli[/name_u]?

Some combinations:

August [name_m]Clement[/name_m]
[name_u]Julian[/name_u] [name_m]Manuel[/name_m]
[name_m]Isidore[/name_m] [name_m]Solomon[/name_m]
[name_m]Solomon[/name_m] [name_u]Basil[/name_u]
[name_m]Casper[/name_m] [name_m]Forrest[/name_m]
[name_m]Nigel[/name_m] [name_u]Jude[/name_u]
[name_u]Ira[/name_u] [name_m]Victor[/name_m]

Finnian [name_m]Jack[/name_m] would be a nice name!

Honestly those are my top two. Maybe they will end up as first and middles. [name_f]My[/name_f] husband doesn’t love [name_m]Forrest[/name_m] and I’m ok with [name_m]Solomon[/name_m] mostly because the nickname [name_m]Solly[/name_m] is so dang cute.

I love [name_m]Solomon[/name_m] for you! [name_m]Solly[/name_m] and [name_u]Sol[/name_u] are both wonderful :sunny: [name_m]Samson[/name_m] “[name_u]Sonny[/name_u]” feels similar to me, but I know you have a -son name already…

It’s not a saint, but I have to suggest [name_m]Elwood[/name_m] for you. It’s similar in sound to [name_m]Edward[/name_m] but has the easygoing, outdoorsy, jazzy feel of your other boys’ names and a wonderful nature-related meaning.

Maybe also [name_u]Corin[/name_u] or [name_m]Corentin[/name_m], [name_m]Lucian[/name_m], [name_m]Alban[/name_m], [name_m]Sylvan[/name_m], Shepherd, [name_m]Marius[/name_m] (seconded!), [name_m]Fabian[/name_m] or [name_m]Orlando[/name_m].

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Silas - means from the forest and is a bit sleeker than [name_m]Solomon[/name_m] :blush:


I tried and my husband hates it! [name_u]Boo[/name_u] hoo

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Another wild card idea for you: [name_m]Sulien[/name_m]?

Here are some ideas that hopefully you and your husband might love:

[name_m]Benedict[/name_m] ([name_m]Ben[/name_m])
[name_m]Bennet[/name_m] (means “little blessed one”)
[name_m]Maximus[/name_m] ([name_u]Max[/name_u])