I first wrote 4mths ago and belatedly thank you all for your responses and assistance back then. I had imagined replying earlier to confirm the outcome of our name decision and to send my thanks then. However, I haven’t been able to settle.
Our son is now approaching 6mths of age. He is the 4th child, 3rd son. His siblings are [name]Ella[/name], [name]Isaac[/name] and [name]Henry[/name]. It was resounding in the last post that [name]Samuel[/name] would be a good choice with his sibset. We were considering [name]Clancy[/name] as another option at that stage. [name]Clancy[/name] is out, but everyday I keep looking at Nameberry wondering if there is a better choice. I relate to previous forums regarding BNDD ([name]Baby[/name] Name Desensitisation Disorder) and really struggle to love any boy names.
I introduce him to the world as [name]Samuel[/name] (and will push for this over [name]Sam[/name] or [name]Sammy[/name]), but I otherwise don’t use the name and call him Bubzy or Bubz.
I think [name]Samuel[/name] fits, I like the way it looks. But I find it a little boring/overused. But maybe that trend had been set with our other names which are clearly top 100. Not exactly sure what is the magic or x-factor I’m seeking. Names I like include [name]Felix[/name] and [name]Arlo[/name], for example. My husband is really happy with popular and common, so vetoes most names, [name]Samuel[/name] has been the one name we both like enough (he actually quite likes, and in fact thinks we were quite out there in choosing [name]Isaac[/name]…).
When looking for names prior to birth, I was quite concerned about sibset themes and felt that a name more like [name]Isaac[/name] would help keep [name]Isaac[/name]'s name in the sibset (I think [name]Ella[/name] and [name]Henry[/name] are more flexible in this regard). We are not religious but I like many biblical names, so [name]Samuel[/name] fit the bill in this regard. Now I wonder if sibset themes are so important, as they eventually all stand alone.
So [name]Ella[/name] [name]Frances[/name], [name]Isaac[/name] [name]Alfred[/name], [name]Henry[/name] [name]Lambert[/name] and [name]Samuel[/name] Gallant. Is this it? Is it worth pushing for alternatives like [name]Felix[/name] or [name]Arlo[/name] (with Gallant as middle name)?
Thanks for your time,