Why is this so hard?

My husband and I are thrilled to be having a boy in late winter, however we are having a difficult time finding a name. There are several things making it hard: 1. My husband is super picky 2. Our last name is tricky, it begins with “ST” 3. I am a teacher so I have a lot of name associations. Since our last name begins with “s” an “s” first name or even a name that ends with the “s” sound, like “[name]Chase[/name]”, is out. We would like a name that ends in a hard consonant.

So far we like [name]John[/name] [name]Robert[/name] (but would call him [name]Jack[/name]) after my dad or [name]William[/name] [name]Robert[/name]. The problem with [name]William[/name] is it is so popular (#5 on SS list) and my husband and I both like different nicknames. I think that it would be confusing for a child if the parents called him two different names. We want to use [name]Robert[/name] or [name]John[/name] as the middle name.

I love [name]Jack[/name], but it seems a little plain and also common. I guess we are looking for a strong male name that is not too common, but not too creative. My husband’s pick is [name]Gary[/name].

Our daughter’s name is Taylor. So Tyler and James have been ruled out.
I know this is a lot, any suggestions or feedback would be great. Thanks.

I know a lot more little Jacks than I do [name]Wills[/name] but I love both of them and neither one can be “too common” for me. Especially for boys, strong and classic names just never get old. I also love [name]George[/name], [name]Joseph[/name], [name]Ben[/name], [name]Charlie[/name], and [name]Luke[/name] as other options.

I’m pretending your last name is Stevens. If you want a name that ends in a hard consonant, how about [name]Elliot[/name] [name]John[/name] _______ ? [name]Elliot[/name] Stevens sounds pretty good to me.

[name]Everett[/name] [name]John[/name] _______ ?
[name]Conrad[/name] [name]Robert[/name] _______ ?
[name]Blake[/name] [name]Robert[/name] ________ ?
[name]Derek[/name] [name]Robert[/name] _______ ?

I like [name]John[/name] [name]William[/name]!

I actually really like [name]John[/name] [name]Robert[/name] here, even though it’s not usually my taste. My grandfather, dad, and brother are all [name]John[/name] [name]Robert[/name], actually! I would have loved if one of them went by [name]Jack[/name]–I think it’s so handsome, and my second choice for a boy at the moment.

I have always liked [name]Josiah[/name] [name]Robert[/name], too. It was the first idea I had.

What about:
[name]August[/name] [name]John[/name]
[name]Everett[/name] [name]John[/name]
[name]Beckett[/name] [name]Robert[/name]
[name]Leo[/name] [name]Robert[/name]
[name]Patrick[/name] [name]John[/name]
[name]Seth[/name] [name]Robert[/name]
[name]Jeremiah[/name] [name]John[/name]/[name]Jeremiah[/name] [name]Robert[/name]
[name]Boone[/name] [name]Robert[/name]
[name]Micah[/name] [name]Robert[/name]
[name]Felix[/name] [name]Robert[/name]/[name]Felix[/name] [name]John[/name]
[name]Finley[/name] [name]John[/name]
[name]Theodore[/name] [name]John[/name]
[name]Maxwell[/name] [name]John[/name]/[name]Maxwell[/name] [name]Robert[/name]

Good luck!