The middle name is non-negotiable because they are both family names. It will be either Michael or David depending on which first name we choose and which of those two middle names sounds better with it. And "the name" may even be something that's not on this list because we really don't have much of a clue yet.
Picking a name for Evie was a breeze in comparison to this baby. Knowing that it's a boy actually makes it more difficult. M and I could agree on a million girl's names, but boy's names are particularly difficult for us. We want something that is masculine (i.e. you know that it's a boy when you see it in writing...so no Taylors, Rileys, etc.), but we also want something relatively unique so that he's not one of 14 Jacksons in his 1st grade class.
So, without further ado, in no particular order, here is our current short list of boy's names that we don't hate:
- Cade Michael
- Dillon Michael
- Miller David
- Dominic Michael
- Tyler David
Dillon is a possibility only if it's spelled like this. It's another one that I just like the way it sounds. Dillon (spelled this way) was #345 last year...another plus for us!
Tyler was suggested by my sister and I've always liked it. I like the option for Ty as a nickname too. I'm worried that it's becoming a girl's name though. Plus, it's very popular (#38 last year).
Dominic is a surprise for me on this list. I never thought that M would like it. Now, I'm not sure if I even like it that much anymore. At #76 on the Social Security ranking, it's a little high for my liking too.
And then there's Miller. Miller is what Evie's name would be if she were a boy. M and I heard it years ago (long before we even really talked about having kids) on a VH1 celebrity baby name show and we couldn't get it out of our heads. It's still in the top 5, but we want to explore other options. I would hazard a guess that it's probably the front-runner. However, M works in the beer industry, and we don't want the poor kid to be called "Miller-time" his whole life. But who knows?? Maybe he would like that!
Part of me doesn't care about the beer association though. I've had students with pretty unusual names, and I think that they grew into those names. I was surprised to find Miller at #925 for 2011. It doesn't have a ranking in the top 1000 for any year prior to that. Apparently, the name is catching on.
The hard part is that although I like all of these names (I think), I don't love any of them. Maybe the right name is still out there and we just haven't hear it yet.
Also, I know that by putting this out on the interwebz, I'm inviting opinions. I'm happy to hear them! I don't think that M or I could be too swayed from our own opinions about the name of our child. :) So, if you hate it, let me know. And if you love it, let me know about that too!!