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Monday, June 03, 2013

What should we name our baby?

Seriously. Our second baby is due in less than a month, and we're stuck. Will you weigh in?

Alex and I used to watch movies at night. Now we stay up late discussing baby names. For girls, we're all set: Jane. But for boys, it has been oddly tough...

Luckily, we're not alone. Alex actually wrote an article called The New Baby Name Anxiety this past weekend about how a lot of people find it tricky. One set of parents even created complicated Excel spreadsheets!

My dad says we should wait to meet the baby, at which point the right name will become obvious. But the nurse leading our hospital tour told our group of prospective parents, "Babies look like...babies. Come to the hospital with your name ready."

Julian was our top name for ages. But it's getting popular—look at the spike!—and it was one of top 100 baby names of 2012. Plus, our close friends just named their sweet son Julian, and we wouldn't want to step on any toes. So we're back on the hunt.

Here are three tests we use: NameVoyager will tell you how popular any name has been since the 1880s, and whether it's getting more or less popular. (Warning: The site is totally addictive.) We also do the blind-date test, where you imagine someone being asked in twenty years, "Hey, you want to meet my friend ____?" It's a good way to gauge the first impression of the name. And we also think: How does the name sound with Toby?

At the end of the day, here are six names we're still debating. What do you think?
* We like Sasha, which is a nickname for Alexander. But does that sound like a girl's name? Would he be teased?
* We like Nicolas, but it's my brother's name. Would that be confusing, day-to-day?
* We like Elias (and the cute nickname Eli), but then our kids would be "Tobias and Elias." Too much?
* We like Porter, but then it might sound like he has three last names. (Porter Goddard-Williams)
* Alex likes Rhys, which is Welsh, but I think the tricky spelling combined with a hyphenated last name might be too much for a little guy.
* And, of course, we still love Julian. But is the popularity a deal killer?

(By the way, if you say we're overthinking it, you're probably right:)

I'm so curious: Which baby names are your favorites these days? Do you care if a name is popular? How do you brainstorm names? Have you known your names forever, or did it take you ages to pick, too? We'd LOVE to hear any advice! THANK YOU!!!!

P.S. The top 100 baby names of 2012. And would (or did) you change your last name after getting married?

(Adorable baby from J.Crew)

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sumslay said...

Definitely no Sasha, too girly. Porter is nice (but it strangly makes me think of the words portly and porker mixed together, which could be bad if he goes through an "awkward phase.")

I LOVE the other choices though. Rhys I think of Jonathan Rhys Meyers who's super hot, Eli and Toby sound amazing together, and Julian and Nicholas are just wonderful names!

(All this, and you'll have a girl on us. :P)

Elle Marie said...

I love the name Rhys - my cat is actually named Rhys! (He had the name before I adopted him as an adult cat, but it suits him to a T.) The only problem I've noticed is that people will spell it as "Reese" on everything - I actually have a cousin named Reese.

Bonus picture of aforementioned cat: https://twitter.com/septicidal/status/331170775363112960/photo/1

Elizabeth Aitken said...

Toby and Sasha (can also be Sacha?) are names that make me think of good wholesome boys. winners.

Frankie said...

I'm currently 2 days overdue with our first baby and our boy name is Eli! I hear you with the name anxiety - the popularity trends ended up turning us off of quite a few names.

Really like the name Rhys. And Julian is a great one, but I hear you on the popularity worry. I just remember all of the Matthews and Michaels from elementary school: Michael A., Michael S., etc...

jodi said...

Eli is great and could be simply Eli, not short for Elias - or as someone else mentioned it could be short for Elijah. Porter would be my second pick. I also love the names Ira (probably due to my love of Ira Glass!) and Henri.

Lisa Pappalardo said...

I love the name Avery.
Good Luck!

xo Lisa
Making Life's Lemons

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jess said...

i love Rhys! that was on our long list for boys too, but in the end thought it would get misprounounced in our northern ontario town too much. in the end we had it narrowed down to 2 girls names and 4 boys names - then once our little one arrived we spent our first night trying to figure out who he would be... it really only took us 10 minutes, trying each name on for size, and in the end he was definitely Woodrow!

becomingjolie.com said...

I like Eli, Porter, and Rhys the best. We just had a baby and if it was a boy I wanted to name him Reis, but my husband wasn't into it :) You're getting lots of flack for Sasha! I say if you love it, do it. We had a few names in the hat for our girl and didn't reveal it until we saw her to be sure - but to be honest at home we called her one of the names since 6 months pregnant and it just "fit" her - even without seeing her beautiful face!

Lauren Stewart said...

My neighbors name is Sasha. He's from Russia and it is a common nickname for Alexander there although Alexander is spelled differently there. He doesn't get teased as far as I know.

Hannah said...

I know a female Sasha so it's hard for me to picture it as a boys name. What about Eliah? Similar to Elias but maybe not so much in sync with Tobias and you could still call him Eli, which adorable...

gigi1633 said...

My vote goes to Nicholas. It's cute for a baby and classy for an adult:) Here in Quebec, Eli is very ''à la mode''.

Mina said...

I like Rhys! Unique names are awesome and he'll thank you some day!

Michelle said...

Love Eli and Rhys!

tpatters5 said...

I would not worry about popularity of a name, because it does not mean it will be popular in his school/play circle. I loved the name Olivia when it was time to name our daughter, but saw the popularity of the name and thought everyone in school would have the name. Guess what? No Olivias in our schools/daycare! So I would say, pick the name you love. I love Elias. Eli for short So cute and the name has versatility with the nickname. Good through the years. Porter Goddard-Williams sounds like a law firm. I use to adore the surname as first names, but not so much anymore. The classics are classics for a good reason.

Shannon said...

I definitely think Sasha sounds too feminine for a boy (sorry). I like Eli and think it goes great with Toby but I would make it JUST Eli and not Elias to avoid the rhyming. Nicholas or Nick is also really cute.

sbt said...

I've actually known more boy Sasha's than girl Sasha's, and as far as being made fun of, I wouldn't worry about it. I always think about an SNL skit from years ago, with Kevin Nealon and Julia Sweeney trying to come up with a name for their child, and he had a reason to veto everything ("John? Really, John? Everyone's going to say, 'I have to go to the bathroom, I'm going to go to the JOHN!'") I actually really love Sasha for a boy. As for your other names, I don't think Elias is as much as a problem with Tobias as you'd think, because you don't actually use the full names (I had forgotten that Toby's name is really Tobias!) But if that's a concern, I agree with the others that Elijah is a cool name, and I really love Eliott, too - both can use Eli as a nickname. Also, if Julian has been your #1 for such a long time, I say go with it. Maybe check with your friend first to see if he/she minds - would you mind if your baby came first and your friend gave the same name?

Hollie Sears Yoga said...

I am loving Adrian right now. We just had a baby girl (Amelia) and I wanted Elias or Adrian if it was a boy. My husband though Eli was "too football" though (Eli Manning). Good thing she was a girl. I wouldn't worry about the name popularity though. Things come and go and change so fast in that regard.

Gabriella said...

My parents were going to name me Sebastian if I was a boy, so I've always had a soft spot for it. I also really like the name Ethan.

lia said...

If you like Julian, then go with Julian. I agree that Elias and Tobias is too much. Porter and Nicolas are also really cool-- I don't think it'd be too confusing and Nicolas especially is nice since he'd be named after your brother.

tavmac said...

Rhys and Porter are my top picks. Cole and Roy were two of my favourites when we thought we may have a boy

curvy Tini said...

In Germany, Sasha is nearly always used as a boy's name only recently it has become popular to name a girl Sasha.
My favorite of all would be Rhys. It's cool to have a unique name and I just like the ring to it. But I am sure you will make a good decision! Don't stress yourself out :)!

Alexandra said...

I like Elias, but if you want to avoid the Tobias/Elias rhyming sibling names may I suggest Elijah? Good luck! I think you are having a Jane though ;-)

Stephanie said...

Porter and Elias are really cute boy names! I've always been a fan of Jack but since I found myself a Jack, I started thinking about other names. I like Declan and Liam. I just think those would be interesting people to meet. But like others have said, if you really like a name, go with it.

Kellie Allen said...

Elias and Tobias isn't so bad if they normally go by Eli and Toby. Or even Elias and Toby. Nicolas is great, too. It would be different if your brother was constantly around, but shouldn't be a problem on a daily basis. And he could go by Nic or Nico with the family to avoid confusion. It's hard to choose!

Kristina King said...

Porter or Rhys. or Elliot instead of Elias. But you'll probably have a girl since you're having so much trouble with the boy name.

BKHJB said...

Don't be worried about two people in your family being named the same thing. My Grandpa, Dad, Brother, Brother-in-law and nephew are all named Eddie. Yes my sister married a man named Eddie! We just have different nicknames for each one and I love that the tradition continues. Much love. xo

Carri said...

My daughters name is Jane and at 16 she is the only young one we've known of. My husbands name is John so it was like naming her after him, which we liked. My boy name for all 3 pregnancies was Charlie and on the 3rd I got the chance to use it...there are 3 charles in my family and with so many variations it still has worked out. Family names are a good way to connect kids with their heritage, they love knowing where their name comes from! I vote for Nicholas. (here is another one:my sons best friend is Oliver...goes well with two last names)

Taina Mirach-Jack said...

If you really like Julian, than that should be his name. Personally I really love the name Jordan, for boy or girl. It's your baby, so I wouldn't worry about stepping on anyone's toes! Please don't name him Rhys, it's weird, sorry.

Since you asked, Jane is awfully plain, although she'll be the prettiest Jane every. I say go with Jordan, all the way! It's close to Julian.

Stacy said...

Why not just Eli? I love ELI or Porter :)

islandfairy said...

I named my first girl Maia (she's 8 now) after the Greek pleiad (yes, I'm a nerd like that). I didn't know of any other Maias but it turns out half the girls born that year on these islands were named Maya or Maia. Long story short, there are 2 other girls named Maia in her class at school and she hates her name because it's become so common. So we went with Robin for our second daughter. I only know of one other Robyn on the islands (so far) but people keep asking us why we gave her a boy's name. Whatever you choose, there'll always be someone who doesn't get it. Also, I love Milo for a boy.

MollColl said...

Porter - all the way!

Emily said...

Wow, I can't believe how Eli is getting popular. It is my dear grandfather's name who passed away last month. A week later, my cousin on the other side of the family had a baby boy they named Eli. Totally coincidentally, they apparently had the name picked out for months.

I also know another 1 year old boy named Eli. Before him, I'd never heard the name used besides my grandpa. I love the name, personally, but I hope it doesn't turn trendy!

S said...

not on your list...I love the name Turner. it was the name of my grandmother's favorite uncle.

that aside... I like Nicolas or Rhys. Porter sounds too Brooklyn Hipster. Elias and Tobias IS too much, I agree. Sasha and Toby...doesn't really go for 2 brothers, I think.

best of luck to you 4 as you navigate the next few months!

Brittany LeSueur said...

ok...coming from a Brittany who had two other brittanys and a britton in one of her classes...I would say that popularity is a deal breaker...unless you are absolutely, completely obsessed with that name. My husband named our eldest William (it is a long story why he got to name him) and as much as I love that kid and even though I am becoming fond of the name...it gets a little less exciting every time I hear of another William his age. And Sasha is kind of a girls name...unless he is the kid of the totally cool and hip Joanna Goddard. then he most definitely can have any name he wants and it will be ok;) but really at the end of the day, you and your hubs have to be the ones to love the name...regardless of the outside world.

Kate Uhry said...

I love both names, Julian may be popular, but it's classic, and beautiful, Jane is also popular and classic (and I am biased because it's my nieces name. Julian was my uncles name.) I don't think there is anything wrong with a classic name, even if it is popular, it's not that common, if you both love it-go for it~My name (Kate) is maybe popular, but I am 47 and I feel it suited me now and then, nice to have a classic name.

Toby said...

We went through the same process naming our daughter. In fact, popularity was a huge factor for me. I wrote about it on my blog http://amyboonsiriseth.com/weblog/weblog_1211.html#point8
No pressure, but I do think it's very important to pick out someone's name, it may defined their whole destiny! :-) I'm sure you'll find the perfect name for your new baby.

Polly Rowan said...

I like Elias best :) x

Circa Style said...

Julian is my favorite boys name. I didn't know how popular it was! I love Porter and Rhys too! I grew up with a Rhys and he had a very complicated last name, but it didn't seem to slow him down at all.

I agree with you the Elias and Tobias is a bit much. Maybe I'm just biased because my parents chose a theme botanical names stating with the letter H for their daughters. I've always hated it!

Katie said...

I like Eli, Porter or Nicholas.

As a former preschool teacher, I will warn that Eli is a very common nickname, at least in my area.

I think the rankings are somewhat misleading - Eli, for example, can be a nickname for several full names so it's much more popular than it appears in the numbers.

On the other hand, we named my daughter Elizabeth - a very, very common given name - but she's the only Betsy we know despite all the kids named Libby, Liz, Beth, Ellie, etc... Nicholas is likely more like this - Nicky, Nick, Nicholas, I'm sure there are more nicknames out there!

Also, Jane was on our short list - love it! :-)

mollyskj said...

My vote is for Rhys!

Rachel said...

I think Tobias and Elias is so cute! Toby and Eli. I think Sasha will be made fun of, unless you're Russian, which I think is the origin of the nickname, in which case, it can be passed as being cultural. I like Nicolas, but the only thing to consider is will it seem like you're naming him after your brother, and if so, will others be hurt/offended/sad/whatever that the baby isn't being named after them? If you really love the name Julian, name him that--regardless of popularity (which will always change) or your friends. Or just save it for baby #3? :)

Kelly said...

I feel you. SOOOOO hard. We waited until we saw her, but even then I'm not sure I recommend it because I impulsively picked one spelling and I wish I had planned it a little better beforehand.

S said...

although...Eli...like Eli Cash...I kind of love that.

Becs said...

Go with Rhys! I love Gaelic names; we just named our son Kieran.

livingaloudallowed said...

I like the suggestions of Elijah as well. I'm also keen on Garner, Cole, Cade, Theodore (Ted), Drake, Breck, Harper, Hendrick, Jameson, and Winston. Just my two bits.

Erin Becker said...

Porter!! Love it.

Mary said...

Toby and Eli are so cute! Sasha is girly IMHO (no offense of course to any out there). Rhys is cool, but I'm not even sure how you pronounce it. Nicolas is a great name, and no I don't think it would be confusing at all unless your brother lives with you. And when you get together or refer to your brother, he'd be Uncle Nicolas anyway. Little Nicolas and Big Nicolas. Or nicknames. However you want to do it, you'd work that out.

Gretchen said...

We are in the same boat! No idea what to name our second son due in July. And I agree that we need to decide before he is born. I like Nicolas. My husband has the same name as his nephew, and its not confusing. They just have different nicknames.

Heather said...

I like Nicholas and I know that my son loves having a family name. Toby and Nic is cute. What about Ethan?

Katrina said...

I love Toby and Eli, but I also love Julian. I say if that's what you love go with it - who knows what the world will do, but Julian is a great name...and one I would totally say yes to if a friend asked me if I wanted to meet her friend ...Julian :).

karinsportfolio said...

i have a name from sweden that i´m not sure exists in english (so mayby you havent heard it before) the name is "Joakim". best of luck with the name hunt!
/karin

Julie Catherine Smith said...

My good friends just named their sone Julian Rhys! Haha. It is becoming popular, but calling a boy Jules is just too cute.

I do like Sasha, but it does sound a bit feminine. Porter is super cute, really like that one. I tend to gravitate toward classic and timeless names, so as a random suggestion:

James Goddard-Williams (sweet baby James). I also really like the name Everett and you could call him Rett. Toby and Rett sound cute.

Leah said...

I think Rhys is a fantastic name and goes well with Toby. Unique but not too out there. All great baby names!

tiffany said...

Julian is so sexy :)

Kelly McPhie said...

I like them all except Sasha. But, what about a nice strong masculine name like John or Michael?

Liz said...

Love the name Jane!

And I love ALL these boys options except for Sasha. Unless you have a Russian last name for context I think that it would be asking for teasing.

You can't go wrong here! Now that you have your list you should relax and not stress yourself out until he/she arrives. Give yourself a break :)

Julie Blake said...

Cute names! I love Rhys and Porter!

M.M. said...

I think if you really love Julian, you should go for it. I mean yeah maybe it'll be popular, but I wouldn't compromise what you like just because other people like it too.

Mallory said...

I love them all! But we were in a similar dilemma before our son was born. His name on his birth certificate is Owen Harold Recor III. He's named after my husband's dad. But I was worried about calling him Owen for two reasons... one, it is my father in laws name. And aside from the confusion, I just can't picture my sweet little baby when I say the name Owen. And two, the popularity of Owen was skyrocketing! And I'm like you... I didn't want a popular name.

So we decided to call him Harry. We just introduce him as Harry, and aside from a few rude people who we have to continually correct when they call him Owen, it's been super easy. He'll go by Harry for as long as he wants to (hopefully forever! I love the name), but if he ever decides to go by Owen, he can do that too.

Janel said...

I like Elijah, you can still use Eli. I also I like Sasha for a boy!

Rhys is great too... Or Alexander but Xander as a nickname.

cato-wall said...

I resonated with Alex's article. I don't think you're over-thinking the name thing. It's a big deal cause it'll be with your kids the rest of their life. When we had our first, we had a harder time picking out a boy's name than a girl's. Our baby was nameless for his first three days of life.

As for your choices, I lived in Russia for a couple of years so Sasha for a boy is totally normal for me. I really love it and have a nephew named Sasha (his dad's Ukrainian) and he totally pulls it off. Not girly at all. We ended up naming our boy Ezra and some people have mistaken him for a girl. But we love the name and own it, and I just envision our son growing up to be this cool kid with this cool name.

I feel "Eli" is a bit too trendy right now; I know a handful of Eli's. My goal in finding a name was that it not be on any current top # names list. It wasn't easy but we accomplished that.

Rhys is sweet. It's not super common but not over the top unusual. People will learn how to spell it and I think it goes smoothly with the longer hyphenated last name.

In the end, it shouldn't matter what other people think (as I've given my two-cents about it). Go with the name that makes your guts feel happy. Congrats on your second :)

Ashley said...

The best advice I have, and what we did, is say it A LOT. Start having conversations about doing day to day things with "Toby and -insert name here-" Even super commonplace commands like "Come here, Eli." or "No, Nicolas" or "Good morning, Julian!" Gradually you will start to like the way a name sounds, or after a while get very annoyed by it.

Ps. I really love Elias. "Toby and Eli" sound great together as well as "Tobias & Elias"

sev2108 said...

I thought you didn't know if you were having a boy or a girl!?! I guess it's another boy - congratulations!

Jacki said...

Toby and Eli sound adorable together, and if they primarily go by their nicknames I don't think Tobias & Elias will be a big deal. Or just name him Eli! I also really like Julian (and FWIW I don't know a single Julian in real life).

wrywits said...

My dad had a good/funny rule: No names that sound like food or alcohol!

Debbie said...

Nicholas is a classic name which is nice. I really love my husband's name: Vance. It is not super popular, but it is also pretty easy for people to spell and understand.

C said...

We have a Rhys and it is the perfect name for him, BUUUUUUUUT only one person ever has been able to figure it out from the written name. Most often people ask if his name is Rice. He thinks it is funny but he's only 5. I suspect it will bug him when he's an adolescent.

Manda said...

Rhys- I like it, but you're right with the spelling. Why not just use a different spelling? It's different...and awesome!

Porter- I like this too, I don't know one little guy with this name!

Elias & Nicolas are highly popular. They're just too common. He would have several classmates with the same/similar name.

Sasha, is a cool name. But definitely a bit more feminine.


But at the end of the day....it's your child. And the name will grow on you. And him. :)

Manda from Eat Cake

Sara_Sauce said...

NOOOOOOOO! That's the name of my future son, don't encourage it to become popular!

;)

J.CrewJD said...

Whatever you do, please don't pick Sasha. Kids have it hard enough without having a "weird" name. I'd go with Nicolas.

Elisa Waidelich said...

I love the name Porter. It's adorable for a little guy, but dignified and attractive for an adult. I think it passes all three tests :)

Isabel Anderson said...

Again, go with Julian if your baby really looks like a Julian. But consult your friends with the Julian first. Other than that, I vote Eli (not Elias just Eli) then Porter and Rhys. Also, check out nymbler.com. You might like Ezra, Julius, Jude, Owen, and Levi.

happyby said...

I have always believed that parents should names their babies themselves and not let other people decide. My fiance and I have been brainstorming names for months now for his first niece due in July, as a request from her mother. But is is exhausting and after you think you have the perfect name and the parents say "Ummm, nice name" you feel bad. So I'd go with your father advice, wait until you see the baby. And don't stress out because this is probably common with the second baby. My parents named me (the first child) combining their names and I have never met someone with the same name as me until now and let me tell you it feels sooooo special. My brother, on the contrary was given a short and popular name, because we couldn't come up with a better name. So, if you come up with a special name, it would be great, otherwise wait until the little one inspires you :)

Meg - [Life of Meg] said...

ELI! What a precious little boys name!

Also, if you like Jullian, I say go for it. Can't go wrong with a name you love just because someone got to it first. :)

Kim said...

My brother's name is Morgan and even though it is now mostly a girls name he was never teased and loves how he is the only boy Morgan around. Plus it has that old-age classic feel to it.

I love the name Porter!

Grover said...

I definitely love the name Porter! I have to say that Sasha really would sound too girly. I also love the name Nicholas...My family has many Williams and it is not as confusing as you think...

phyllis said...

Throwing in my vote for Eli/Elias. Yes, the rhyming is a bit much but if the boys are going to go by nicknames more often than not, then it doesn't seem like a huge issue to me. Toby and Eli are such a cute sounding pair of names :D.

BTW, I read Alex's article during the weekend and my name is in the list he mentions at the end that you shut down ;). It's okay though, I know my name is a grandma name and funnily enough, when we were looking up names for our little girl due this July, my name appeared on a blog post entitled "Names Not Ready For A Comeback". Maybe in another 20 years :p.

Kristian said...

I like all of the names, except for maybe Sasha.

Honestly, I would be weary of the Sasha name. My mother named my sister and I male names ( Kristian which is an alternative spelling of Christian, and Danyon), and we get people thinking we are guys ALL THE TIME. At least until they met us. I've assigned to boys' cabins at camps, for example (awkward moment to walk in the room and realize that).

Nicolas would not be bad so long as you either a) plan to call them by different diminutives than his uncle or b) are ok with him being referred to as "Little" Nicolas or som such.

And, as someone who's taught kindergarten- He will learn to spell his first name just fine, even if it is an unusually spelled name like "Rhys." His last name will likely be a bit harder, but a) all kids find the last name thing a bit harder and b) he'll have that last name regardless.

Porter is an adorable name, and so is Eli. I'm not sure how often you'd be calling your kids by their full names, since both Toby and Eli are the type of nicknames that one grows with.

Good luck picking!

marília said...

My vote is for Julian or Porter.

Curator said...

My five year old son is named Julian. Five years ago we thought it was originalish but it is more common than I would have hoped for. We started calling his Jules and he loves this nickname. He wants to start kindergarten as Jules.

Michele said...

Kellen!

Genevieve said...

Why not just Eli? I have a long name and my mom used to hate it when people shortened it to a nickname. She said, I named you Genevieve because I wanted you to be called Genevieve! So now when people name their baby something "with ____ as a nickname" I always think, why not just name them ____ (the nickname) ?

Amie B said...

I LOVE the name Porter! I also think it works with the last name. I also really like Nicolas but not sure I'd want the same name as my sibling either.

Patricia Paramo said...

I love how you think whether your children would be teased at school - so cute!!!

Sasha does sound like a girl :)


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Kelly said...

My husband and I were so torn on boy's names... we are expecting our first in October and if the baby was a boy, Ford, Davis, Nathaniel or Owen were all front runners and we knew if we were having a girl, she would be named Emma, which is an extremely popular name, but we just don't care. The hubs doesn't know anyone named Emma and neither do I so she will be our first, since we found out last week that we are having a girl! Best of luck, I definitely don't think you are over-analyzing. It's a very important decision! Not a huge fan of Sasha.

Jody said...

I know a family with a Tobias and Eli, but their Eli's full name is Elijah...

17 beats. said...

Personally, I would just name your child the name you want to use, rather than planning on using a nickname. We named our daughter with an adorable nickname in mind and we NEVER use it ! We told all of our friends and family her nickname when she was born, and now I find it terribly grating to hear them say it !!

My vote is for Nicholas.

ryan said...

I like your "tests" for names! I'd add that you should imagine him or her at a job interview.

Porter is great!

We we have a one year old little boy named Archer and we call him Archie. It's a perfect fit because he is such a little trouble maker :)

Unknown said...

Sasha does sound like a girl to me... and there was a mexican (girl) singer that I used to be a fan of during my pre-teen years... so I think any latin girl would think the same...
Well my fiance is call Elias, so y obviously love it... and Porter too! Sounds very boyish!

Cozette said...

My husband's name is Julian and I think it's the most beautiful name, it's so elegant. I love saying it :)
Ps. John Lennon named his son Julian

E.M. said...

Sasha.... no way. Only if you guys were freshly immigrating from Europe.
Nicholas... why not?? Great, solid name and even better that it's a family namesake. Lots of boys are "juniors" and they aren't confused... an uncle is more removed than a father so I don't see confusion happening there.
Elias... People will forever be asking "Elly-as"? I like Eli but why not Eli short for Elliott? Elias sounds biblical in the vein of "Jedediah" to me.
Porter... what is the significance? It sounds good with your last name but when I hear "Porter" I think "hotel bellboy". Just a thought.
Rhys... complicated ("Ryes? Reese? Riss?") but has cool factor and is short.
Julian... absolutely perfect. I wouldn't worry too much about the popularity factor, particularly concerning boys' names. I mean, how many Matts, Mikes and Johns are upset they share a name with many others? Not too many, actually, I asked as part of a college project. Julian sounds like a poet.
Toby... you ASKED!!! I always thought of it as kind of a name for a Jack Russell terrier, and beyond that, I think of Tobias from Arrested Development. But in the context of YOUR Toby, it's somehow quite fitting. Each kid defines his name.

SMS said...

I like Nicholas and don't think it would be confusing. :)

Gennea said...

I didn't even begin to read the comments because there were so many...I vote Nicholas and call him Nick, Nico, or Nicky.

Think: Meet my friend Nicholas... (total babe!)
Also: Toby and Nick / Toby and Nicky / Toby and Nico
(Tobias and Nicholas)

Good luck!

Wilhelmina said...

Yes-what about girls names?

Maison Luxe said...

Samuel. Best name ever for a kidd-o, and surprisingly sophisticated for a grown up. Good luck!

Erin said...

I really love your list, with the possible exception of Porter. I don't understand why people think Sasha sounds so feminine, but maybe that's because I'm surrounded by Russians :) I think Nicholas could be Nico (which I love!) if that were less confusing. I adore Rhys. Rhys completely fits my ideal for a man's name - short, unique, completely pronounceable, lovely sound, etc. And I like Elias as well, and how often will you introduce your boys as Tobias and Elias?

All that said, names are so subjective. It's really about what you guys love. My husband and I have sworn - after all the friendly and unfriendly commentary on names with our first little one - we will tell no one until second one is born and officially named!

Kristina Kaye said...

I like Porter and Rhys the best!! It's a big decision so don't feel bad for overthinking it! :)

Leeann Tenorio-Buzeta said...

Or just wait until you meet him, he'll probably tell you his name.

Carol said...

I like the name Julian, unfortunately as I live in Brazil, it sounds weird... :-S
For my baby we choose: Olivia, Liz and Elena if it´s a girl, for boy, I only like Leo!
:-D
I don´t think you should be worried about the popularity.... :-D

Carol
www.meuparasita.com

magnificentcrocodiles said...

Is it weird that Sasha immediately makes me think of Sasha Fierce, as in, Beyonce's alter ego? So yes, personally I think that it leans toward the more feminine side.

I LOVE the name Eli, and the rhyming thing shouldn't be an issue since both of the boys won't be called Tobias and Elias. They'll just be adorable Toby and Eli!

Porter Goddard-Williams sounds like an epic author's name. Actually any name with the last name Goddard Williams sounds like an epic author's name.

I like Julian as well but if you intend on having playdates with your friends new son, that can get confusing. Plus no kid really likes to share their name. That's why I was happy my mom named me Dana Janelle. No worry about ending up like the 5 Jennifers or 10 Amandas in my class lol.

Have you thought about the name Oliver? Or Liam?

Kate said...

My brother named one of his sons the same name as the boy's uncle (Jed). I find it confusing, but no one else does!

I vote the name you really love. Julian.

Tia said...

I know a little boy named Eli (that's his name - not short for anything)and he is the cutest little kid - and the name makes me think of a super cool, smart adult, too. I love short names (perhaps its because of my own) So maybe just Eli? [Toby and Eli]
Ezra is also another name I think falls into that category. [Toby and Ezra]

If you were to go with Nicolas, you could call him Nico (Nee-co) so as to avoid any confusion with his uncle. [Toby and Nico]

Also, LOVE the name Jane.

I am sure you and Alex will pick the perfect name for your baby, whether boy or girl - trust your gut and don't worry about what other people are doing - you two need to LOVE the name.

jill cavanaugh said...

We had the same issue with our second child...no idea what to name him. My husband came up with Owen and we got such weird responses in regard to it like 'is that a family name?' (no) and some others that are too inappropriate to write here. But we didn't care. We didn't think about it too much and didn't even have a back-up name. We did the same for our daughter- picked out one name while watching a French film (charlotte after the actress in the film) and stuck with it. No list,no searching websites, no over thinking it...and we are happy with our decisions even if others aren't. Best of luck...your baby's name will be perfect whatever you choose.

Sara said...

My favorite from your list is Rhys. I also like Eli, but agree with the previous suggestion of Elijah nn Eli. Tobias and Elias are too much.


JulYEAH said...

I really love the name Rhys. I also agree with Elijah being a great name.

I don't think it should really matter if a name is popular or not, if the sounds of the name makes you happy go with it! Who cares if it is popular or not. That's just my opinion.

Also, I just heard of a couple naming their kid Wyatt which I thought was kind of hilarious and cute. Old cowboy name turned cool? Not sure yet...

Rose said...

My brother's name is Julian. I love that one. :)

Leeann Tenorio-Buzeta said...

Rhys. There's something cool about the fact that there are no vowels in it!

chelsie biehl said...

I love Julian! Don't worry about the popularity thing, I think people just sort of become their names and take on their own identity within that name. I know a bunch of Emily's but each one is very distinct and unique in my brain & I don't associate them together. If you've always loved that name you should go with it!

Unknown said...

i don't have any children so i can't say what i'd do for sure. my sister with two kids said to me once that she opted for more 'traditional' names, anna and alex, because they could become whatever they want. as opposed to someone name apple or moxie might feel inclined to lean in one direction. President Apple? not likely.
i also think about what we imagine for adorable babies don't always translate to when someone grows up. my mother changed my name from Jean to Jeannie on the birth certificate when i was 4. she thought it was more 'grown up.' :P haha.

Tess said...

I really like Julian, but I also love the thought of naming the baby after your brother. A cute nickname for a little boy named Nicolas is "Nico" which I love. Good luck!

girlseeksplace said...

I don't know any Sashas, male or female, but I like the name. Porter is cute if you want to avoid the teasing factor. Or you could go with Sasha and an obviously male middle name, so when he starts school, he can use his middle name if he wants. I'm Jewish, so it's kind of common to give kids hugely Jewish first names and English middle names and then they go by their middle name.

Amy said...

I'm a fan of using Nicholas, even if it's your brother's name. You could call him Nikko for short! Or Nicky?

kaitlin said...

I love names that are surnames, so Porter gets my vote!

heykay said...

I adore Eli. And I've always looked at Sasha as a boy's name. :)

JennyR said...

My husband and I are also exploring names for our little girl due in october. one criteria he has (which helps to focus us, although I'm not as maniacal about it) is to only consider the names we'd actually use--don't consider the full name if we're only going to shorten it anyway. We sort of hate it when people pick the full name and then say "but we're going to call him x". So keep it simple, call him X and be done with it. So why not just name him Eli and forgo the "formal" name (and then avoid dealing with the Tobias/ Elias rhyme)?

MAstorga said...

I love Porter and Eli! Another fun one is Asher.

Elizabeth said...

How about Jude?

Elizabeth said...

How about Jude?

Elizabeth said...

How about Jude?

Drisgal said...

I think Toby and Arthur would be fantastic brother names.

Elizabeth said...

How about Jude?

Lizzy Lee said...

What about Beckett?

Kelsey said...

We encountered the same predicament when naming our son (our second and last baby) in January. I'll pass on the name we didn't use but we loved (a good friend had just used it a few months prior)... Hugh. Such a cute boy name. The name game is fun but frustrating. Of your list I love Nicolas. A classic and good for a boy and grown man. Be well!

Elizabeth said...

How about Jude?

Christi Snyder said...

We named my 18 month old son Rhys! I loved that it means ardent, enthusiastic for life. We have been a little surpirsed, however, on how many people do not know how to pronounce it (Rice? - do you really think I would have named my son RICE?). But, it's also an easy name for him to say too - he calls himself Rhys or Rhysie.

HollyNails said...

I think Elias is the best one. I used to babysitt a little dude called Elias, he was the cuttest thing ever. And I guess the fact that Tobias and Elias sounds alike is not a big problem, you call your child most of the time by their nicknames, and they will follow their own way, they won't be called together forever ;)

Hannah said...

Of those I like Eli best. What about Archer or Ryder? Also Sasha does sound like a girl's name, although it does remind me of a horse and his boy from the chronicles of narnia - the boy is named Sasha there

Didi said...

Sasha is a girls name....and I also know two girls named Porter! Very preppy! Eli is great - so is Nick - Rhys sounds a little precious.....my all time fave male name is my Dad's and my son;s.....Seth. Good luck! You will figure it out and it will be right! Enjoy your new baby... LOVE Jane, by the way!

Maura said...

Love Porter. My favorite male name du jour is Declan.

Georgia Christakis said...

I love the name Nicolas. It would have been the name of the 5th baby in our family, who my mother lost. In Greek families their is SO MUCH overlap- honestly it doesn't get confusing and that should not stop you from naming your baby after your brother. For example, there's a George in each of my uncles' families. Greek naming is not very original ;)One will be Uncle Nick, or Nicholas, one will be Nic or Nico.

Elias is also a lovely name (popular in Greece too!) Good luck and I hope you have a safe and healthy birth!

Christine said...

I totally disagree with that nurse! We had two boy names picked out but just could not decide before our son was born! As soon as we set eyes on him, we knew he was a Caleb (and not a Jacob). If you have a few names narrowed down, I'm sure the final decision once you meet your new little bundle will be evident.

Stephanie said...

Oh how I adore your choices!! One of my twins' middle names is Jane. Love love! And Porter was one of our little boy's top picks (we decided on Burke). I think last names for boys names are classic and will always be a great choice (even with a hyphenated last name)! Good luck!

Erin said...

I actually really love Porter! It's so cute and I don't think it's overused at all.

Erin said...

I actually really love Porter! It's so cute and I don't think it's overused at all.

Bridie Valentine said...

What about Julius? Jules for short? Good luck x

Harper said...

Ditto. LOVE Porter! Special while still simple and it sounds great with your last names.

Drisgal said...

I think Toby and Arthur would be fantastic names for brothers!

KaseyAnne said...

Porter!

nicolemw said...

I like Porter and Rhys; both distinctive and classic feeling without being overused. Rhys is short enough too that a kid could totally master it :)

dani said...

I am due.... right about now, and we still don't have names picked. We have some options for either sex, but while at times I have LOVED them, I currently don't LOVE LOVE LOVE any of them. I'm hoping it's a bit of an "end of pregnancy" exhaustion thing! The name I thought I loved for a boy, Cody, now has me wondering if he will turn into a meathead because of it...

I did just have a bit of an epiphany when I just looked up "Christopher" on name voyager. One of those super popular 80s names--and the numbers were way more than even the most popular names now (14,000 per million Christopher's at its peak vs <6,000 Sophia's per million right now). So even Sophia isn't nearly as pervasive as it seems.

I can't commit until I see the baby. Maybe they all look the same, but still, I really think I will need to see it before I can feel good about the names at this point!

Good luck!

Rebecca said...

With same names, different nicknames can help (ie, Nick, Nico, Cole); for Rhys, what if you spelled it Reese?

jill cavanaugh said...

Also just a comment that i love when names are family oriented too (like your option of Nicholas). Both of our kids (a boy and girl) share the root name of a loved one that passed in our family ("Luc") so for our daughter her middle name is Lucia and for our son his name is Lucas.
Either way the name you choose will be perfect!

kerimac said...

Agree with those above that Sasha may be slightly confusing/girly.

I love the name Porter. It sounds so distinguished! Just think of how nice it will be to here "Porter Goddard-Willians" called out at his college graduation. : )

Margaret Murphy said...

Vincent Goddard-Williams

Arlette Barahona said...

I vote for Nicholas. I think your brother would be honored and Toby and Nick sounds real cute.

Giulia said...

I agree that you're overthinking it.:)

1) it doesn't matter who else is named that name; you like it, you choose it;

2) Rhys is not too much for a part-Welsh double last name. At all. (I'd choose that one probably);

3) Choose a name you love. Period.

xo

Jessica said...

I love Rhys! I think it is really important to think about nicknames, because that is so often what people will call you/your child anyway. When my husband and I were choosing my son's name, I was really focused on the nickname. I also wanted to use something that was a real name - not something we made up to be on trend - but not so overly common (hello, I'm a Jessica and there were seven of us in my seventh grade class). We chose Cormac, and my little one mostly goes by Mac. A couple of my husband's very traditional aunts and uncles thought the name Cormac was weird but it is actually a very traditional Irish name, which I can't help but be quick to point out! And Mac is just a classic guy nickname.

Also, I loved Alex' article, which I read on the train to work this morning before seeing this post. But I have to say, I love the name Enzo and don't see the Europhilic aspect of it. Toby and Enzo would be a fabulous pair!

Chelsey Dixon said...

1. Porter
2. Elias
3. Rhys

and Jane, is just perfect.

Silvia said...

Those are all super cute names, but my top picks would be Eli (which I think sounds adorable with Toby) and Julian, although I do think it'd be a little bit weird for you and your friends who just named their new baby Julian.

As for me, I've always had my girl names picked out, but boy names have always been tough for me. I'm glad I won't have to think of that for a while, since we're not planning on having kids anytime super soon, but we did just get a new dog and named him Riley. :) Good luck, and whatever name you choose will be perfect for him, I'm sure!

LB said...

I'd go for Nicolas. It's a good thing to be named after an uncle, right? It's also classic, and the most masculine of the list. I don't even know how to pronounce Rhys...

Jaclyn Barr said...

If I ever have a son, I want him to be just like the boy in Little Women, loving and thoughtful...so I would name him Theodore and call him "Teddy". How cute is that?! A little baby named Teddy. He is destined to be a sweetheart...just like Toby.

nique said...

Rhys. It's such a positive name (enthusiasm).

Laura. said...

Personally, I don't think I would name my (future) son Sasha. Unfortunately, I definitely associate that name to be more of a girl's name than that of a boy (although that doesn't mean boys can't have that name too!). As for the name Nicolas, I don't think it would be too confusing that he would have an uncle with the same name! Trust me, confusing is when you (like myself) are named after your mother. No one would ever know whom they were trying to contact when on the phone!

If you truly love the name Julian, you could always push it back to a middle name! My parents wanted to name me Elizabeth, but my cousin (born a year before me) was named Elizabeth, so it became my middle name instead (giving me the initials LEG, thanks parentals--I will never give any child of mine initials that spell out a body part!).

Although I am not excepting children any time soon, there are three boy names I'm particularly fond of: Sebastian, Alexander, and Nathaniel!

Our family said...

Elias gets my vote

The Unemployed Brooklynite said...

My boyfriend and I just had this discussion last night so here's our list of boy names we came up with so far...

Aiden
Liam
Phinn
Henry
Brooks
Silas
Milo
Benson
Owen

Good luck!

Katie said...

LOVE Jane!

I vote for Nicolas. I think it's strong, attractive, friendly, smart, timeless. The fact that it's a family name would make it an even stronger candidate for me. You could also consider Nicolai.

Alison said...

Elias is my favorite! But I also love Julian (which was my grandfather's name). While it's kind of humpty-dumpty that your boys' names would rhyme, in actuality they won't much (Toby and Eli, Toby and Elias, Tobias and Eli...) and your kids will probably love it!! As rowdy teenagers they'll call themselves the Asses. As college students they'll call each other up and say "Hey Ass, how's it going" to lighten the fact that they're best friends and are guys calling each other just to say hello.

But then again, I would say screw popularity. There are so many quotes in the world about how you shouldn't let anyone else's thoughts influence your own, and this is a prime example. If it's what you want to name your baby then his name should be Julian. It's your baby! Not anyone else's.

Erika Peterson said...

I really like Porter! But based on the anxiety of picking a boy's name, I bet you'll have a girl :) Then all the worry doesn't even matter! Can't wait to see pics of your little one!

Kayla said...

I like the name Elias. If you nickname him Eli, it won't matter that Tobias shares the same name ending. You could try Eliot alternatively, a name I love.

Vittoria said...

When my mom was pregnant with my younger sister she yelled my name and my sibling's potential names off the back stoop as if she was calling us in to dinner to see how they sounded together. She did good and I love how Tori and Kimbra sound together.

jill cavanaugh said...

I meant to say that Lucia and Lucas are both middle names for our children.

Kelli Anderson said...

Porter!

PPS said...

I really enjoyed reading Alex's article in yesterday's paper; the concluding paragraphs made me laugh, however, because our daughter's name is Irene - one of your "um, no" names. :)It is the name of my beloved great-grandmother and it also means peace in Greek (my husband teaches Greek). All of that to say, I often see it on lists of old-fashioned names that shouldn't come back and yet it suits her and us so perfectly. Someone's perfect name is always someone else's "no!" :)

Michelle said...

I love the name Julian the best! Julian was on our short list of names for our son (we named him Ezekiel). The nickname was just as important as the formal name for us. And, I was really in love with the nickname Joolz. Good luck - they are all fabulous names ;)

Kelli Anderson said...

she didn't announce the gender (: these are just ideas in case it's a boy.

Lauren & Corey said...

Oh, Elias is an excellent name! Definitely my favorite.

Carrie said...

Julian is so wonderful! It was good enough for John Lennon!

liz said...

if the name is in the title of a beatles song, then it is a good name, which is why my twins are sadie and lucy. also on the short list were eleanor, julia, prudence, and maxwell. i think this is the best way to choose a name!

Steph said...

I grew up with a top 10 name and it has never bothered me. I don't really understand the desire to give kids unique names. I think it is fun when I have the same name as friends. I was one of a few Stephanie's in my 2nd grade class and I thought it was cool.

Loren Blust said...

I saw a Scandinavian couple talking to each other once and the husband's name was Thor. From then on, I've been obsessed with the name!

Xana said...

I´m portuguese,,, so here it goes: Anthony, James, Jason, Mickael, Samuel...

Taylor said...

How about

Wesley

or

Miles

?

Beautiful Things said...

My favourite is definitely Rhys. Do you have any connections with Wales?

I know 3 girls called Sasha and no boys. I didn't even realise that it could be a male name. I'm afraid that I really don't like Porter. I'm not a big fan of surnames as first names.

Carol Wexell Wayne said...

Evan, Samuel, Gregory or Thomas...but then those are my kids names..Remember ...someday he or she could be President...make it a grown up name!!

RP said...

Hi Joanna, Julian is the only one on the list that you used "love" to describe. I'd say go with what you love. :)

Kristyn Erickson said...

How about Julius? It has the spirit of Julian without being so popular. It also brings in the same sound of Elias. But honestly, if you love Julian, who cares if it's popular?

Lily Rose said...

Julian or Nicholas!

unopened envelope said...

What about Nate? It feels like such a writer/journalist name for some reason! I don't think it matters if you choose a popular name - his surname won't be. We keep thinking of orginial names and keep coming back to Joshua or Amelie which of course are very popular.

Sharon Kampil said...

My vote goes to Nicolas. I think it would be sweet to sort of name him after you're brother; it could create a special bond ;-). My personal favorites are Tobin and Astor, a bit out of the ordinary, but I love them! Xx

Kate @ Savour Fare said...

When choosing baby names, I decided to ignore a few things -- 1) Popularity (as opposed to trendiness. I can't abide trendy names. But some names are classic, albeit popular. Even the most popular names are far less common than they were a generation ago.) 2) Friends who named their kids the same thing. You don't own a name. Two close friends in the same circle named their sons Declan. Chaos did not ensue. We did look at whether we thought the names would stand the kid in good stead throughout their life - if they wanted to be an author, a professional, a politician? Bonus points if the name had positive associations for both of us. So thing 1 is named Madeleine (inspired by Madeleine L'Engle, my favorite author) and Thing 2 is William (popularity be damned. Also, even though it's pretty high in popularity, there are NONE in our circle of acquaintance. We know about 7 Matteos. Go Figure.)

katiekane said...

I love Rhys and Nicholas, I prefer really masculine names, so I would personally scratch Sasha and Eli.

I would be wary of the whole popularity mindset! My uncle and aunt had a baby girl who is now 5, and they thought they were being really individual by calling her Sienna, turns out there are 3 Siennas in her class of 20 at school, so you never know which names will come up trumps.

I'm excited to hear which you go with!

P.S. I love Jayne with a 'y' :)

kaylee.michelle said...

I love the name Porter! Eli is my next favorite. I like Rhys too but he'd probably have to correct people on the pronunciation often.

E. and Baby P. said...

Wow, my son's name is Elias :) He was named after his great grandfather we absolutely love his name. I also love boys name starts with E, like Elliot, Edward, Eli ad Edwin. I think you have a good set to go the hospital with. Good luck!

Charlotte Jensen said...

All great choices. Rhys goes great with Toby because both have a "y." I named my baby Rhys last year even though I was worried people wouldn't understand how to spell it or pronounce it. I am so glad I did! I have no name regrets -- his name is beautiful and unusual, and we receive so many compliments!

Sarah said...

Actually, I don't agree with the nurse at all. Babies are completely themselves right from the start. Sleepy and hazy, but their basic traits are there. Since you are waiting to find out the gender of your child, why not make the name a surprise as well? So fun! I know we your readers are all excited for this baby to be born!

Schenck catherine said...

I think somehow Sasha has become a girl's name in America (everywhere else it's a boy's name spelled Sacha)
Porter sounds harsh, and like a last name.
I like Julian ok.
One person above suggested Milo, and I really like that name. Also Charlie. I also like Simon (a classic, but cool I think) or Samuel (Sam) but that's also a classic.

Kayleezy said...

We have a 2 year old daughter named Sasha. Definitely a girls name to me, but I love it so I am partial to that one. :) Nicholas would be cute - you could always call him Nico for short, assuming your brother goes by Nick. I have always LOVED Julian, too, and I'm sort of sad that it's getting so popular!

Becka said...

I think Sasha sounds too much like a girls name! I love Elias and also Julian is nice. :)

Kate @ Savour Fare said...

Also, you could do Elihu - a nod to your sister's alma mater!

Sarah said...

My sin is Nicholas so I naturally live the name. So is my father in law and it hasn't been confusing at all.

Chandra Fredrick said...

I vote Nicholas! I'm the same as you with trying to pick the perfect name, but in the end I think a name you love that also has meaning, like being named after a family member or that it is a family name, gives the name meaning. I named my son Charlie, after my dad who died when I was 20, but I already have a cousin and my cousin's son named Charlie too. But I loved the name so much, and it has a great meaning behind it, and it fits our son perfectly.

I do love Julian and Rhys also (both have been on our boy list) but I am finding them both to be gaining in popularity. And the last thing you want is to end up with the next "Harper" (our top girl name a few years ago and we had never heard anyone use it - now it is EVERYWHERE). Good luck!

simone antoniazzi said...

Names are so hard to choose, isn't it funny how we all have such instant reactions to names!!

I only know of one Sasha, who happens to be the worst behaved child I know....which totally puts me off the name!! I personally don't think it's a very masculine name - although I know in Russia it's short for Alexander.

Rhys is very common over here in the UK, an easy one to misspell though. I'm Welsh but it's not a name I really like!

I wouldn't choose my brother's name either, too confusing!

Tobias & Elias.....no!

Jane was very very common over here, much more unusual now though.

Good luck!

Rachel said...

Definitely Eli!!!!!

Margaret said...

It's funny- I stumbled upon Alex's article last night (didn't realize it was his!) and it started off a wild hunt for the perfect names! I settled on Peter and Louis--classic, but not too common.

Kari said...

The blind date test is good, but it doesn't go far enough. I think the best test is to imagine your child, at the age of fifty, and a doctor or lawyer or engineer, etc. Would anyone take him seriously with any name your considering? There are too many people out there who I have a hard time doing business with because their parents only considered how cute or unusual their name would be for a baby or child.

Georgia Christakis said...

My name is Georgia- I hated it when I was little because people would tease me and call me George. Now I absolutely love it :)

SMS said...

I vote for Nicholas. :)

Letra said...

I have a pretty unusual name. My name is Letra(after my grandmother). Although I HATED it as a kid, I love it now, and I wouldn't like to have a super common name. Since Julian is becoming so popular I would be inclined to stay away from it. I like Rhys and Elias :) Good luck!

el said...

Elias and Rhys! The Tobias & Elias thing is no biggie because you call them Toby and Eli and that's adorable. Also love Rhys. Don't think it's too complicated- your name is your name, it's never too complicated fo you. Julian is definitely way over done right now, but if you love it you love it.

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