Thoughts on these two boy names

Thoughts, associations, or opinions on these two names?

Eldon [name_u]James[/name_u]
[name_m]Vincent[/name_m] [name_u]James[/name_u]

I thought we were settled on [name_m]Vincent[/name_m], but last night my husband brought up [name_m]Eldon[/name_m] again, and I don’t dislike it. :laughing: I know [name_u]James[/name_u] isn’t very creative for a middle name, but it’s after my grandfather, so we’re unlikely to change it. (It was my top-pick 1st name for years, but at some point I met one too many people called [name_u]James[/name_u]/Jim/Jimmy/Jamie…) But we’d be open to other first name suggestions. Big sister is Erilyn [name_f]Ruth[/name_f], so we probably want something somewhat unique. We’re not finding out if baby is a boy or girl in advance, so you might see me posting in the other topics too. :smile:

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I love [name_m]Vincent[/name_m]! Also I think that Erilyn & [name_m]Eldon[/name_m] sound a little similar and might be confusing in the same house!

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I personally much prefer [name_m]Vincent[/name_m] (especially for the [name_u]Van[/name_u] Gogh association!), but I think [name_m]Eldon[/name_m] is definitely more what you’re looking for in terms of uniqueness ([name_m]Vincent[/name_m] ranks #107 in the US, so it’s fairly popular). I agree with @sophia_elena that Erilyn and [name_m]Eldon[/name_m] seem pretty similar, though.

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I prefer [name_m]Vincent[/name_m]

Vincent [name_u]James[/name_u] for sure! [name_m]Vincent[/name_m] is so distinctive and not overused. I think that [name_m]Eldon[/name_m] and Erilyn are too matchy for siblings.

Eldon makes me think “elder” but I can also see myself hearing it and mistaking it for [name_m]Elton[/name_m].

I tend to shy away from “matchy” sibling names but I don’t think Erilyn and [name_m]Eldon[/name_m] are too close… In fact, Erilyn is so unique that I’d prefer another unique name for her sibling. [name_m]Vincent[/name_m] is #107 in the US while Erilyn and [name_m]Eldon[/name_m] aren’t in the top 1,000.

Side note - I love that you’re not finding out the gender until baby arrives :heart_eyes:

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I like [name_m]Vincent[/name_m] [name_u]James[/name_u]!

Vincent [name_u]James[/name_u] is great

@sophia_elena How did I not notice the similarity before? :woman_facepalming: I usually test out a sibling name by picturing myself shouting out the kid’s names at the park, but maybe didn’t with these two. :smile:

@futuremama and @Elle1 I guess I didn’t check the actual ranking! I had just been thinking I’d never heard the name used. :thinking: Good to know! Maybe it just hasn’t made it’s way to our area yet.

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We definitely have debated if [name_m]Eldon[/name_m] [name_u]James[/name_u] sounds too much like [name_m]Elton[/name_m] [name_m]John[/name_m]. :laughing: (One of the reasons we decided to ask for thoughts here.)


Eldon is really cool. I like it. It does sound like a cross between [name_m]Elton[/name_m] and [name_u]Alden[/name_u] honestly but I like that it’s different!

Vincent would pair better with your daughters name for diversity but not so much stylistically. I love [name_m]Vincent[/name_m] actually- its a timeless favorite! [name_m]Vincent[/name_m] [name_u]James[/name_u] is lovely.

Never heard of Erilyn (as an [name_f]Erin[/name_f] im curious about this!) But [name_m]Eldon[/name_m] seems close in sound if that matters.

Are there any other names on the table? Im wanting something more uncommon for you but less clashy with Erilyn. Luckily [name_u]James[/name_u] goes with everything so thats not hard!!

Vincent [name_u]James[/name_u] is a very handsome name!

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The “short list” from my first pregnancy also included
But we haven’t really loved any of them this time around, and have also failed in our efforts to come up with new ideas. :grimacing: We are open to hearing suggestions!

(Regarding Erilyn, my husband came up with it by combining “[name_f]Erin[/name_f]” and “[name_u]Lynn[/name_u],” the names of two friends he remembered from his childhood. We found it exists as a name, but is just very rare. Not really an “honor name” for the people - we don’t know them; I’m not even sure he knows what the last names were, but more for the idea of childhood friendship and how much having friends means.)

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