What is the middle ground between our styles?

Last night my SO and I were idly discussing names, and can’t seem to arrive on many we both like. It will be a couple years before we have children, but it made me wonder if I am missing other name options that could mesh our styles.

We need names that work in Spanish, but they do not necessarily need to be etymologically hispanic. The key is that it is relatively pronounceable in Spanish, [name_f]English[/name_f], and ideally Portuguese (my family speaks both [name_f]English[/name_f] and Portuguese).

[name_f]My[/name_f] SO likes old fashioned, biblical names. I like shorter and a little more unusual names.

[name_f]My[/name_f] SO likes:
[name_m]Ezequiel[/name_m]
Abrán
[name_m]Xavier[/name_m] (pronounced like [name_m]Javier[/name_m])
[name_m]Isaac[/name_m]
[name_m]Cosimo[/name_m]
[name_u]Theo[/name_u]/Theodoro/[name_m]Theodore[/name_m] (pronounced tay-o but he insists on the H)

I like:
[name_m]Bruno[/name_m]
[name_u]Gael[/name_u]
[name_m]Danilo[/name_m]
[name_m]Tiago[/name_m]
[name_m]Amado[/name_m]

We both like:
Raúl
[name_u]Elias[/name_u]/Elías (SO’s late grandfather’s name)
[name_m]Maceo[/name_m] (close friend’s son’s named this, couldn’t use)
[name_m]Mateo[/name_m] (but sooo popular)

What names can you think of that could be a compromise? Bonus points if they don’t start with M because both last names start with M, and are either longer or shorter than 3 syllables, because both last names are 3 syllables.

[name_m]Gabriel[/name_m]
[name_m]Boaz[/name_m]
[name_u]Ezra[/name_u]
[name_m]Isaiah[/name_m]
[name_u]Nico[/name_u]
[name_u]Azariah[/name_u]
[name_m]Simon[/name_m]
[name_m]Zachary[/name_m]
[name_m]Zacharias[/name_m]

[name_m]Lorenzo[/name_m] ([name_m]Enzo[/name_m] would be such a cute nn, but maybe this is too Italian))
[name_m]Leonardo[/name_m] ([name_m]Leo[/name_m] is an adorable nn)
[name_m]Rafael[/name_m]
[name_m]Josef[/name_m]
[name_m]Ricardo[/name_m]
[name_m]Geraldo[/name_m]
[name_m]Marcello[/name_m] (Maybe a little too Italian as well, but so gorgeous imo!)
[name_m]Mauricio[/name_m]

[name_m]Darius[/name_m]
[name_m]Dante[/name_m]
[name_u]Luca[/name_u]
[name_m]Leandro[/name_m]
[name_u]Tristan[/name_u]

[name_f]My[/name_f] favourites are one from each list! [name_m]Cosimo[/name_m], [name_u]Gael[/name_u] and [name_u]Elias[/name_u] :black_heart:

[name_m]How[/name_m] about…

[name_m]Santino[/name_m] (love [name_m]Santi[/name_m]!)
[name_u]Asa[/name_u]
[name_m]Rafael[/name_m] ([name_u]Rafa[/name_u])
[name_m]Samson[/name_m]
[name_m]Eben[/name_m]
[name_m]Inigo[/name_m]
[name_m]Gaetan[/name_m]/[name_m]Gaetano[/name_m]
[name_m]Elio[/name_m]
[name_m]Lazaro[/name_m]
[name_m]Isidro[/name_m]/[name_m]Isidore[/name_m]
[name_m]Timeo[/name_m]
[name_m]Laslo[/name_m]
[name_m]Rocco[/name_m]
[name_u]Jonah[/name_u]
[name_m]Bastian[/name_m]
[name_m]Leander[/name_m]/[name_m]Leandro[/name_m]
[name_m]Silas[/name_m]
Gabino
[name_m]Hosea[/name_m]
[name_m]Amos[/name_m]
[name_m]Judah[/name_m]
[name_u]Lorca[/name_u]
[name_m]Esai[/name_m]
[name_m]Ishmael[/name_m]
[name_m]Lucian[/name_m]
[name_m]Nilo[/name_m]
[name_m]Noam[/name_m]
[name_m]Zaccai[/name_m]
Solal

What about…

[name_m]Abel[/name_m]
Adelino
[name_m]Adonis[/name_m]
[name_m]Airton[/name_m]
[name_m]Alan[/name_m]
Alcides
[name_m]Alexandre[/name_m]
[name_m]Alonso[/name_m]
[name_m]Alvaro[/name_m]
Amadeu
Amaro
[name_m]Anastacio[/name_m]
[name_u]Andre[/name_u]
[name_m]Angelico[/name_m]
[name_m]Angelo[/name_m]
[name_m]Antonio[/name_m]
[name_m]Apollo[/name_m]
[name_m]Aramis[/name_m]
[name_m]Artur[/name_m]
[name_m]Augusto[/name_m]
Avelino
[name_m]Axel[/name_m]
[name_m]Baltazar[/name_m]
Bartolomeu/o
Benedito
[name_m]Benicio[/name_m]
[name_m]Beto[/name_m]
[name_u]Boris[/name_u]
[name_m]Caetano[/name_m]/[name_m]Gaetano[/name_m]
[name_m]Caio[/name_m]
[name_m]Calvin[/name_m]
[name_m]Camilo[/name_m]
[name_m]Cesar[/name_m]
[name_m]Ciro[/name_m]
[name_m]Cosmo[/name_m]
Crispim
[name_m]Cristiano[/name_m]
[name_m]Dante[/name_m]
[name_m]Dario[/name_m]
[name_m]Delmar[/name_m]
[name_m]Diego[/name_m]
Dinarte
Diniz
[name_m]Dino[/name_m]
[name_m]Dionisio[/name_m]
Dominico
[name_m]Eder[/name_m]
[name_m]Edgar[/name_m]
[name_m]Edmundo[/name_m]
Eliseu
[name_m]Emanuel[/name_m]
[name_m]Emilio[/name_m]
Enoque
[name_m]Eric[/name_m]
[name_m]Ernesto[/name_m]
Eurico
Fabricio
[name_m]Felix[/name_m]
[name_m]Fernando[/name_m]
[name_m]Flavio[/name_m]
[name_m]Gustavo[/name_m]
[name_m]Hector[/name_m]
[name_m]Henrique[/name_m]/[name_m]Enrique[/name_m]
[name_m]Hugo[/name_m]
[name_m]Iago[/name_m]
Inacio
[name_m]Isaias[/name_m]
[name_m]Ismael[/name_m]
[name_m]Italo[/name_m]
[name_m]Ivan[/name_m]
[name_m]Jeremias[/name_m]
[name_m]Joel[/name_m]
[name_m]Jonas[/name_m]
[name_m]Jorge[/name_m]
[name_m]Julio[/name_m]
[name_m]Lazaro[/name_m]
[name_m]Leandro[/name_m]
[name_m]Leon[/name_m]
[name_m]Leonel[/name_m]
[name_m]Levi[/name_m]
Lopo
[name_u]Luca[/name_u]
[name_m]Luan[/name_m]
[name_m]Luciano[/name_m]
[name_m]Marcelo[/name_m]
[name_m]Marco[/name_m]
[name_m]Mario[/name_m]
[name_m]Martino[/name_m]
[name_m]Marvin[/name_m]
[name_m]Mateus[/name_m]
[name_m]Matias[/name_m]
[name_m]Maximiliano[/name_m]
[name_m]Maximo[/name_m]
Messias
[name_u]Milan[/name_u]
[name_m]Milton[/name_m]
[name_m]Moises[/name_m]
Murilo
[name_m]Nelson[/name_m]
Oceano
[name_m]Octavio[/name_m]
[name_m]Odin[/name_m]
[name_m]Omar[/name_m]
[name_m]Orlando[/name_m]
[name_m]Oscar[/name_m]
[name_m]Osiris[/name_m]
[name_m]Paulo[/name_m]/[name_m]Pablo[/name_m]
[name_m]Pedro[/name_m]
[name_m]Renato[/name_m]
[name_m]Rodolfo[/name_m]
[name_m]Rodrigo[/name_m]
Romeu
[name_m]Ruben[/name_m]
[name_m]Saverio[/name_m]
[name_m]Silvio[/name_m]
[name_u]Sol[/name_u]
Solano
[name_m]Tobias[/name_m]
[name_m]Ulisses[/name_m]/[name_m]Ulysses[/name_m]
[name_m]Uriel[/name_m]
[name_m]Valentim[/name_m]/[name_m]Valentino[/name_m]
[name_m]Victor[/name_m]
[name_m]Vinicius[/name_m]
Viriato
[name_m]Walter[/name_m]
[name_u]Zion[/name_u]

Thank you all for some great suggestions!

@MG1257 I forgot about [name_u]Nico[/name_u]…I love that!
@IrinaNicolaStrong I love [name_m]Rafael[/name_m] and the nickname [name_u]Rafa[/name_u], but sadly it was taken by an ex-in law. If it was available I would be all for it.
@Greyblue I like [name_u]Luca[/name_u] a lot, but my sister loves [name_m]Lucas[/name_m] so I will leave that to her. I do like [name_m]Leandro[/name_m], though.
@katinka those three do actually sound nice together! Wildly different popularity, but that’s okay. I like [name_m]Bastian[/name_m], but I think my SO would say it is too “made up” (he says that about any name he hasn’t personally encountered). I like [name_m]Gaetano[/name_m] and [name_m]Caetano[/name_m], but again “made up” (obviously not, but in his opinion).
@[name_f]Estrela[/name_f] I like [name_u]Andre[/name_u], [name_m]Nelson[/name_m] and [name_m]Oscar[/name_m], but all are taken by first cousins (we have LOTS of cousins). I do like and hadn’t thought of [name_m]Caio[/name_m], [name_m]Luan[/name_m], and [name_m]Vinicius[/name_m]…I think Vinisius would go over well!

I had never thought of [name_u]Sol[/name_u] (prounced like sun in Spanish, not like the short form of [name_m]Solomon[/name_m]) for a boy, but had though of it for a girl. Does anyone feel like it is better on way or another, or is it nicely unisex?

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I’m Portuguese. I’ve never meet anyone named [name_u]Sol[/name_u], but I consider it unisex. In Portugal, I think people use it more often for girls even though [name_u]Sol[/name_u] is a masculine word.
However, I think that in [name_f]English[/name_f]-speaking countries people would associate [name_u]Sol[/name_u] to [name_m]Solomon[/name_m] and consequently to the male gender. But I’m not sure.
I like it for both genders!

I absolutely love it for both! Here (UK), it’s generally considered a boy’s name, but I have it on my list for a girl too. So bright and funky!