Naming a real baby vs baby name fantasies

So I’ve been a name nerd for as long as I can remember.
I made lists, asked my partner for opinions, even talked to my mom about future baby names. But now that i’m actually expecting to name a REAL baby, i’m lost.

I used to have names on my list like [name_m]Atlas[/name_m], [name_m]Fox[/name_m], [name_u]Orion[/name_u], [name_m]Gryphon[/name_m], [name_u]Frost[/name_u] and [name_m]Viggo[/name_m], and although I still like these and might consider them for middle names, I just cant see myself using any of these on a human baby boy.

Since I’ve been pregnant, I’ve found myself liking [name_u]Hudson[/name_u], [name_m]Lincoln[/name_m], [name_m]Harry[/name_m], [name_m]Landen[/name_m] and [name_u]Finn[/name_u]. None of these are The One though.

I don’t have the same problem with girls names. I’ve had THE name picked out for years and still love it now. [name_f]Lyra[/name_f].

I’d appreciate some boy name suggestions and how to get over the fear that his life would be hard, or that my son might hate me for an “unusual name”.

People nowadays, have been giving their children some really unique names so I don’t think that if you did, your son would be out of place but rather fit right in.

[name_m]Lawson[/name_m]
[name_u]Tobin[/name_u]
[name_m]Henry[/name_m]
[name_m]Oliver[/name_m]
[name_m]Harris[/name_m]
[name_u]Owen[/name_u]
[name_u]Rowan[/name_u]
[name_m]Eamon[/name_m]
[name_m]Levi[/name_m]
[name_m]Graham[/name_m]
[name_u]Alden[/name_u]
[name_m]Keane[/name_m]
[name_u]Ellis[/name_u]
[name_m]Adler[/name_m]
[name_u]Carson[/name_u]
[name_m]Archer[/name_m]
[name_m]Benjamin[/name_m]
[name_m]Richmond[/name_m]
[name_m]Brannon[/name_m]
[name_u]Jude[/name_u]
[name_u]Emerson[/name_u]
[name_u]Reid[/name_u]
[name_u]Everett[/name_u]
[name_m]Grant[/name_m]
[name_m]Lucas[/name_m]
[name_m]Austin[/name_m]
[name_u]Parker[/name_u]
[name_m]Jackson[/name_m]
[name_m]Asher[/name_m]
[name_m]Colton[/name_m]
[name_m]Fletcher[/name_m]
[name_u]Hayden[/name_u]
[name_m]Caleb[/name_m]
[name_u]Flynn[/name_u]
[name_m]Cooper[/name_m]
[name_m]Hal[/name_m]
[name_u]Keaton[/name_u]
[name_m]Braxton[/name_m]
[name_m]Maxwell[/name_m]
[name_m]Jasper[/name_m]
[name_m]Milo[/name_m]
[name_u]Emmett[/name_u]
[name_u]Ryan[/name_u]
[name_m]Kane[/name_m]
[name_m]Gavin[/name_m]
[name_m]Ezra[/name_m]
[name_m]Gabriel[/name_m]
[name_u]Kendall[/name_u]
[name_u]Elliot[/name_u]
[name_m]Sebastian[/name_m]
[name_m]Bennett[/name_m]
[name_m]Mitchell[/name_m]
[name_u]Riley[/name_u]
[name_m]Matthew[/name_m]
[name_m]Charles[/name_m]
[name_m]Maddox[/name_m]
[name_m]Harlan[/name_m]
[name_u]Camden[/name_u]
[name_m]Whitman[/name_m]
[name_m]Nathan[/name_m]
[name_m]Ewan[/name_m]
[name_m]Dalton[/name_m]
[name_u]Tate[/name_u]
[name_m]Connor[/name_m]
[name_u]Tiernan[/name_u]
[name_u]Beau[/name_u]
[name_u]Jameson[/name_u]
Kolben
[name_m]Nathaniel[/name_m]
[name_m]Wesley[/name_m]
[name_u]Blake[/name_u]
[name_u]Luca[/name_u]
[name_m]Brandt[/name_m]
[name_m]Axel[/name_m]
[name_u]Spencer[/name_u]
[name_u]Rory[/name_u]
[name_m]Zane[/name_m]
[name_m]Adam[/name_m]
[name_u]Lane[/name_u]
[name_u]Finlay[/name_u]
[name_m]Gibson[/name_m]
[name_u]Chase[/name_u]
[name_m]Bram[/name_m]
[name_m]Gideon[/name_m]
[name_m]Coleman[/name_m]
[name_m]Zachary[/name_m]
[name_u]Keegan[/name_u]
[name_m]Atticus[/name_m]
[name_u]Dean[/name_u]
[name_u]Cameron[/name_u]
[name_m]Jonathan[/name_m]
[name_u]Cade[/name_u]
[name_m]Holt[/name_m]
[name_m]Christian[/name_m]
[name_u]Tristan[/name_u]
[name_u]Cody[/name_u]
[name_m]Gage[/name_m]
[name_u]Emery[/name_u]
[name_u]Micah[/name_u]
[name_m]Callum[/name_m]
[name_m]Miller[/name_m]
[name_m]Davis[/name_m]
[name_m]Ronan[/name_m]
[name_u]Dorian[/name_u]
[name_m]Hayes[/name_m]
[name_m]Carsten[/name_m]
[name_u]Walker[/name_u]
[name_m]Lowell[/name_m]
[name_m]Brooks[/name_m]
[name_m]Riordan[/name_m]
[name_m]Trevor[/name_m]
[name_u]August[/name_u]
[name_u]Lennon[/name_u]
[name_m]Travis[/name_m]
[name_m]Duncan[/name_m]
[name_u]Royce[/name_u]
[name_m]Abel[/name_m]
[name_m]Hugh[/name_m]
[name_u]Brighton[/name_u]
[name_m]Rhett[/name_m]
[name_u]Campbell[/name_u]
[name_m]Alan[/name_m]
[name_u]Casey[/name_u]
[name_u]Jagger[/name_u]
[name_u]Hollis[/name_u]
[name_u]Reese[/name_u]
[name_m]Tobias[/name_m]
[name_u]River[/name_u]
[name_u]Loren[/name_u]
[name_m]Judah[/name_m]
[name_m]Lucien[/name_m]
[name_m]Knox[/name_m]
[name_u]Ridley[/name_u]
[name_m]Damian[/name_m]
[name_m]Kenneth[/name_m]
[name_u]Mercer[/name_u]
[name_m]Bridger[/name_m]
[name_m]Maximilian[/name_m]
[name_u]Bailey[/name_u]
[name_u]Francis[/name_u]
[name_m]Crawford[/name_m]

I think [name_m]Atlas[/name_m], [name_u]Orion[/name_u], and [name_m]Viggo[/name_m] might fit right in with other boys his age. They’re not a off-the-wall as they used to be. That said, when I was pregnant, I found myself adding/considering names I hadn’t thought of in the past and ultimately gave one of those to my son! (And I’ve kept a few of the others on my list if we have another boy.) Of the new names you’ve mentioned, I like [name_u]Finn[/name_u] a lot, but the rest are a bit too trendy to me. But maybe that’s what you are keying into! Almost all of those names end with -n, which is a strong trend these days, and make me think of these:

[name_m]Declan[/name_m]
[name_u]Dylan[/name_u]
[name_u]Logan[/name_u]
[name_u]Madigan[/name_u]
[name_m]Ronan[/name_m]

Some of the others are surname-names, so maybe a few more of those:

[name_m]Adler[/name_m]
[name_m]Eddison[/name_m]
[name_u]Ellis[/name_u]
Fraiser
[name_m]Franklin[/name_m]
[name_u]Jameson[/name_u]
Kincaid
[name_m]Langdon[/name_m]
[name_u]Sullivan[/name_u]

What about [name_m]Phineas[/name_m] or [name_u]Finley[/name_u]?