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I've never named a child in another time so I can't be sure, but it seems we're all out name hunting for the most unique name we can find without being TOO out there.
I don't know though, I imagine most people don't want their child to have the same name as everyone in the school. Like, I don't think when our parents named their daughters “Ashley” in the 80s they expected 5 characters on Recess to have the name.
You'll hear the boy name you choose everywhere
Seth had a good point, he said even when you think you've chosen a new name it's like buying a car… in both cases, you always see WAY more of whatever you've chosen because you're looking for it. Which is SO true! Whenever I picked a name I thought was unique I'd heard it in like 500 different places! It also seems like the more a name sounds like it's own personal brand the better. Parents might even swoop up the handle on IG… tell me I'm wrong.
We were originally told that our daughter was going to be A BOY! That story here. So we had a boy and a girl list. I think this is pretty common for most couples. Especially the crazy ones who wait until the end!
Surnames and baby boy first names
As far as a baby boy the trend that I am LOOOOOVING right now is using a Surnames or last names as boy's first names! I actually went back in my and Seth's family history to see different surnames and maiden names!
In my Girl Names Blog, I mention a few things to consider before naming your baby like how to choose the right syllables for their first last, and middle name and the tinder app of baby names!
Things to consider for your second
It's different naming your second born than it is naming your first. For your second born you need to consider how it sounds with the first! I'm not totally sold on them both having the same letter, I think that's how you end up with running through the family roster (including the dog) when you're yelling for one kid!
A couple of ways I try to find unique boy names:
– Going through our family tree and finding last names
– Searching “Boy names from 19XX”
– Cities in X country that you and your partner have traveled to
– Boy names with X syllables
– Searching last names for boy's first name
Okay! Lets jump into the names!
- Rowan (Ro): Little redhead
- Braxton: Brock's settlement
- Anders: Strong and manly
- Lyndale: No Results
- Nolan: Champion
- Greer: alert and watchful
- Parker: Park Keeper
- Harrison: Son of Harry
- Ollie: Olive Tree
- Arlington (Arly, Arlo): Surname
- Atticus (Attie): From attica
- Weston (Wes): From the western town
- Roman (Rome): citizen of Rome
- Garrison: son of Garrett
- Atlas: Greek God Name
- Von: Hope
- Tate: Cheerful
- Hendrix: Estate Ruler
- Taft: Building site
- Crew: “English word name” (No idea what that means)
- Ocean: Ocean Alexander is a GREAT combination, something unique like Ocean paired with something strong and traditional!
- Holden: hollow valley
- Ray: Wise protector
Try this one with your last name.. SO GOOD!
- Raen pronounced Rain: “nature name”
- Miller: Grinder of Grain
- Amos: Carried by God
- Jack: God is Gracious
- Ford: dweller at the ford
- Dolan: black-haired
- Adler: eagle
- Ellis: benevolent
- Malone: a devotee of Saint John
- Jones: God is gracious
- Knox: round hill
- Cedar: Cedar Tree (we could have predicted that one)
- Radford: Red Ford
- Reeves: bailiff
- Bray: Marsh
- Naas: No results
- Ely/ Eli: ascended, uplifted, high
- Preston: priest's estate
Please tell me if you use any of these names!