Anabel ConnerKeymaster2 days, 20 hours ago
Uncle Roy sounds like my kind of guy! I did a search on boys names that mean “red”, so you can browse them; just click here.
Please don’t discount Royce. It really, really sounds great. Plus, it means Rose…which is a lovely shade of red, if I do say so myself. Royce James Randolph is such an exquisite name.
Flynn James Randolph: sounds like a movie star. Srsly. Its also important to say the name without the middle: Flynn Randolph. Yup. Still sounds like a movie star. A boy with this name is definitely going places.
Raleigh. I must admit Raleigh is one of my favorite names. EVAR. It is a matter of how you feel about the double “R” sound in Raleigh Randolph, however, I think it is super handsome. The name is completely classic and very underused…and I personally know TWO very handsome Raleighs, which likes me like the name even more.
Reid. Excuse me. Reid James Randolph is so great, if you don’t use it I am going to marry someone with a similar name, have a baby and use it myself. I either want to pinch Reid James Randolph’s cute cheeks or declare him the love of my life…I don’t know which. It would fit a boy through every stage of his life. Wonderful.
Rey. Hold your horses: Rey James Randolph is fab. Rugged. Handsome. Rough-and-tumble. This would be a great choice.
Rowan. It means “little red one”, plus…its a nature name and a super one at that..the rowan tree. Its meaning sounds very close to something that would be the utmost honor to Uncle Roy. Rowan James Randolph sounds amazing, too.
You have a bunch of great choices. These are my endorsements, but I am more than happy to help you with any other questions that you might have…and so is everyone else here…we have a great community of name knowledgeable/loving people here!!
ETA: Gage James Randolph is nice. I don’t think you can go wrong with that. I find a little conflict between Gage and James when I say them together, but you don’t often say a person’s full name all together so I don’t think that is too much of a problem.
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Anabel ConnerKeymaster3 days, 2 hours ago
Thanks @vivnoles! I mentioned Roydan, I think. Royden is a surname, which is fine, of course. I do think of steroids a little bit when I hear it. Roidin is also a place in Germany, but I am not sure that I would choose it for a name for the same reason. But that is just my association, and I realize that I try to think of everything possible since kids will out on the playground or on the school bus, unfortunately.
Anabel ConnerKeymaster3 days, 18 hours ago
I would automatically pronounce it TAL ya, and I think its really nice. I wouldn’t pronounce it any other way, because I think it is intuitive to pronounce it TAL ya and wanting ta LEE ya is going to create pronunciation problems.
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Anabel ConnerKeymaster3 days, 19 hours ago
Royce James Randolph certainly sounds dashing! Its almost swoon-worthy! PLUS, it isn’t overly trendy, so there won’t be scads of kids with the same name. I like Rory, but it is very hot right now, and its not going anywhere. There a tons of little Rorys. I find Rory Randolph a little difficult to say as well. Some of the others are very nice, but they sound sort of “forced”, like you are really really trying to come up with something, where Royce seems to sound effortless.
I also like Royston. It doesn’t sound made up (it’s not!), where something like Roydan sounds like it is.
There is also the name Croydon. It means “saffron or yellow valley”. I think its pretty cool and Croy is sort of a cool, rugged type of nickname.
What about honoring Uncle Roy by choosing a name that has the same meaning as Roy (which happens to be “red”)? Then there is a literal ton of names to choose from, if you are open to that idea!
Anabel ConnerKeymaster5 days, 3 hours ago
My question is this: If your family has a “trend” going with the names of their children, would it be inappropriate for me to diverge from this trend? My nephews are Dawson, Keegan, Tagen, and Owen, and my niece is Madysen. I’m not sure if this ending in “n” was on purpose, but it is established. So when I have my own children should I keep the trend going? Are trends with cousins as strong as with siblings?
Hey there @dreamofyou!
Adopting this familial trend is entirely up to you! In this situation…you are the boss.
From the way you talk, it seems like the establishment of this trend is pretty much an unspoken thing. If you had several generations of children (for instance your parents generation or grandparents generation) and ALL of their named ended in an “n”, well then I would think you would have a little more to think about, but still…there isn’t any rule that says you MUST adopt a naming tradition. The cool thing about having your own children is that you and your SO are starting your own family. So you are free to start your own tradition, adhere to a firmly established one or adhere to a more tenuous one, which is what I would describe the above situation as. There are no hard and fast rules.
Heck- it could be purely coincidental, too! Children’s names ending in “n” or “en” have been very, very popular for the last 15 years…so it is entirely possible to have a whole family of kids with this same similarity just due to what has been trendy and not due so much to wanting all kids in the family to have similar names. This trend is coming to the end of its “heyday”, though; so we may see less of this in the future.
In closing, I’d advise you to go with your own flow, if you want. There are plenty of kids in the fam with similar sounding names already!
Anabel ConnerKeymaster5 days, 3 hours ago
Here’s my question for my also theoretical next baby. What names would you suggest for a little brother or sister to William Gabriel and Alexander Emmanuel?
Some names we like include Lucy, Evangeline, Julia, Eva, Josephine and Genevieve for girls; Elijah (DH’s favorite by a mile but I’m not excited about it), Isaac or maybe Oliver for a boy … but I’m very open to other suggestions. I also really love Lila, Cora or Claire for girls, or Desmond for a boy, but DH doesn’t like any of those.
The names that you’ve chosen for your boys are very strong, classic names and then their middle names are as well, yet they are a little more “daring” than the first, yet solid and biblical. To me, of the choices that you have listed here so far Oliver fits very well, with Isaac and Elijah making great pairings for it in the middle name spot. It really compliments your boys names, and I would say it is following along with the “flow” of what you have already got going on.
One thing you need to watch for is, since your boys are twins, that you don’t choose something that seems too “different” from what you already have going on…only because you don’t want your “theoretical next baby” to feel different. You have a chance to nix that feeling all together by helping his name “fit”. I would be thinking an across-the-boards classic would really be best in the first spot: Samuel, Charles, Nicholas,Benjamin, Jonathan, Daniel, Joseph are names that come to mind pairing well in the first spot.
With girls, you have the ability to deviate from your pattern a little more. Would your DH go for some of the choices he isn’t so thrilled with as a first in the middle spot? Of all of the names you have listed here, I think Josephine is the most beautiful with your boys names. You’ve done well choosing names with immense versatility for your boys thus far, and Josephine fits that mold precisely. There are so many options for her as she goes on through life with it, and its classic (yet not “too much” so) and gorgeous. I love your DH’s rejects in the middle name spot as well, since there are names there you don’t often find filling that position, but would compliment both Jospehine and your longer surname…you’ve got a TON of room to really play with that middle name spot and choose a stunning out-of-the-ordinary pairing:
Those would be my picks of the names you have listed here. Evangeline and Genevieve sound a bit dramatic next to your boys, but if you really loved either they wouldn’t sound out of place. Lucy and Eva are fine, but don’t have the “range” that some of your other choices do. Julia is probably my second favorite pick for you, again because of its versatility and fitting with your boys names in the same way that Josephine seems to.
Good luck! Please come back with more questions! I’m happy to help!
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Anabel ConnerKeymaster1 week, 5 days ago
I just can NOT seem to find the perfect boy name. Everything I come across is just “meh” or I know someone with the name, or I have a bad association with it or something. My current fave is Benjamin but DH doesn’t like the nicknames so won’t use it in the first name spot. We both love Miles but don’t feel it flows well with our last name, Watts. We kinda think Samuel would be the name if we were to ever have a boy but I’m just getting kind of bored with it. Having three girls already, it seems we may never have a boy, IF we decide to even TTC again.
Any advice? Tips? Suggestions? Thanks!!
Thanks for your questions, @Kendra!
Sounds like you love names, but you’re a little tired of rehashing the “same old, same old”. Unfortunately, when you are working with a significant other, this is often the case. They will find something that they find “safe” and won’t want to budge and, while that might be ok with you, thinking about it over and over again in your head might just make a great name seem a little…well, boring.
First, I commend you on your taste. Its really nice! I do think that Miles tends to run together with your surname, however, and I would think of it as more of a middle name choice and I would put that on a list with Benjamin, which is there due to your hubby.
Samuel is a nice choice, but maybe you just want something with a bit more “zing”. I think one of the reasons is because it’s short form, Sam, sounds a little flat with your surname. If I were you, I would make up a list of names that are 2 syllable names with strong vowel sounds. Knock yourself out making the list…be bold and adventurous and again, concentrate on two syllables. I think some of these names might sound a bit more like those of your daughters (which you obviously BOTH like) and sound a little less drab to you. You have time…have fun with it!! And of course, come back here with your lists! I think we all would love to hear what you come up with! You never know what might work out and what might sound great. Its like trying on a pair of jeans that don’t look great on a hanger…it might look FAB on!
Anabel ConnerKeymaster1 week, 5 days ago
My question is philosophical: Is there such a thing as a “made-up name” (ie Myrakl, Shiffriazonalon, etc.), or are all names inherently made up at some point?
I LOVE these kinds of questions, @ProfessorLittle! Yes. There are such things as “made-up names” and you’ve listed some examples of what some of those could be.
As far as “all names were made up at one time”, that is partly true, but only in the same exact way as you can say the English, French, Roman or Hebrew languages (and add any other language here, as well) were “made up at one time”. Names are like words in a dictionary. Yes new slang words come into being, but for the most part our words mean what they mean. Names are the same way. When you move letters around or take it upon yourself to spell something in a completely different way, you might be creating a new name, but it is one that lacks a meaning, origin and lineage through language and history.
Dexter Riordan is pretty nice, too!
I love the suggestion of Dexter Ambrose. I admit Ambrose is a personal fave of mine.
I like Tadgh in theory, and of course it is in the middle so it is fine here. I am on the fence about it being used as a first name a little, simply because people will have a hard time with knowing how to say it. Of course, I would immediately know how to pronounce a little Tadgh’s name, because I am a super-duper name nerd…but that sure isn’t for everyone. So, of the two I would pick this.
Have you thought of:
Dexter Baird (This is pretty cool!)
all of these mean “poet” or “storyteller”.
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Anabel ConnerKeymaster2 months ago
We have the tradition that the birthday person gets to pick anything they want for a meal on their birthday. That could mean that we cook it, or we go out to eat…whatever they want.
Of course, we always do a cake, but its odd because neither of the kids go nuts for cake like I do, so its more of a big deal to ME that I get to pick a cake of my own choosing, but we do that as well.
Anabel ConnerKeymaster2 months ago
Lilybell, you live by my family. They’re in Hayward, WI. My mom is just a bit south of there and they are having the same type of temps and weather as you. I hope everyone stays warm. People here (San Francisco Bay area) complain about the weather, but I never even look at the temperature here because I know its always better than where I could be!
Stay warm everyone!!!
The only name mentioned so far on this thread that I think is unusable is Judas. Adolph doesn’t immediately mean “Hitler” to me, being as Hitler’s name was spelled Adolf. Regardless, it is still used frequently throughout the world. My friend John is the first born son in his family that wasn’t named Adolph, and he is younger than me.
I would also say that the name Jezabel is pretty much unusable, being that it is slang for harlot and related words. I also think that Dick, standing on its own, would be a not-so-wise choice, although I have two friends named Richard and both occasionally go by this.
I think that names that are unusable are very rare. I wouldn’t discourage use of Elvis and Madonna, if someone was set on it absolutely, but I would probably be more apt to do so in the middle name position.
This is one of my favorite names of all time, and I think very usable. Except you are pronouncing it wrong. Its SAHN eh, and by looking at it, it seems fairly intuitive to me. Its very popular in Holland.
I’m worried it will be something like Paisley or Blakeley or something. I don’t have a whole lot of hope. I hope they aren’t thinking of “cute”.
@ buttercup I’m going to try the Urban Decay eye liner. I’ve heard of it before, and your recommendation has convinced me!
We only have on TV in the house, in the living room. We don’t watch anything on it but Netflix, really.
The boys have a tv in their room, but only for playing games, but they really don’t do that any more. They both have laptops and tablets anyway and usually turn to those to watch movies or play games.
My name has stayed just the way it is. Marc had no preference as to what I did at all. My name is “me” so I didn’t really think too hard about changing it. I think its really an individual’s choice. I would never judge someone one way or another. I guess some people might think its odd that I didn’t change my name, but I think most of the people that have mentioned it to me in a questioning manner have been older people, where they had just never thought to do anything but change their name when they married.