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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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paige said...

I would be weary of Sasha-definitely sounds like a girls name. I think "Toby and Eli" sound cute together...but my favorite is Porter. That has my vote!

morestomach.com said...

i love the name Whitlow.

if i ever ever spawn, i'm naming my kid the last name of my all time fave singer but i'm not saying what for fear of jinxing it or causing the name to become popular :)

Heather said...

I love Julian and Rhys!

Kimbo said...

I think Sasha definitely sounds too girly (sorry male Sashas out there).

I really like Rhys and Elias, I don't think the spelling thing is an issue really.

gabsbrown said...

Eli! Gorgeous name.

morestomach.com said...

if i had to choose from your list of names: Elias

collette said...

Rhys - that's what I wanted to name my son! (He is Isaac). Goodard-Williams is not that tough to pull off with it!

Kristín Jóna Kristjónsdóttir said...

My favorites are Rhys and Julian. I think the surname factor kind of excludes Porter. Oh and Jane is one of my favorite English names for girls.
I named my first born after my father in law and my great grandfather, Guðni Benedikt (his first name is pretty tricky for foreigners). It's quite common here in Iceland to name a child after someone, and very common in both of our families. Now I'm pregnant so but haven't decided a name but would like to go with something traditionally Icelandic and then an international second name, just in case the baby will live abroad. I would like at least one of the names to be from one of our families.

fromaggi said...

We had a much more difficult time choosing our second's name. (Elias was also on our list). In the end, our eldest, who was 2 and a bit at the time, came home one day so certain that the baby's name was Leo that we felt compelled to agree (plus, we really liked it). Also on my list: Elio (which I LOVE but my partner didn't), Bastien and Tiago. You'll find the perfect name for your babe. Try not to stress too much over it.

Anitra Sweet said...

no sasha!!! porter is awesome!

Cassie said...

I like Julian and Nicolas (I think it being your brother's name makes it all the more special, plus the spelling is great)

Carly @ {IN}Design said...

I also like Eli. Sorry, but I do think Sasha is too feminine.

Do you read the blog http://www.swistle.com/babynames/ ? Great, addicting, baby-naming blog.

Betsy said...

Elias could be altered to Elijah - still keep the nickname, but a little less common.

megan said...

I think that using your brothers name would be really sweet. If you like the name and its a family name, I think you have a winner! What dies your brother think? I love that you are aware of the first name sounding like a last name thing. I've heard a few names and thought "really? Did you say the whole name to yourselves?"

Sophi said...

I'm not into Porter :( It just makes me think about steaks and ale and skycaps, haha. But! I think that Rhys is a great name, and I love that it means "enthusiasm." The Tobias/Elias thing is a bit much, but if you're going to call him Eli anyway, what about Elijah?

But I'm gunning hard for Rhys!

teale said...

i love the name Porter!

Michelle Panting said...

I also like Rhys and Elias. He'd go by Eli with the last one anyway, so I don't think it would be too much.


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Nerissa said...

I thought Alex's article was spot-on.

Nicolas! It's a great name, and families always figure out a way to distinguish "Big Nick" from "Little Nick", to give you an example of how it is done in my family.

Other than, I'd say "Eli". It's another great name.

Rhys is nice but it sounds uber trendy (trying too hard) and I don't like names that could be mispelled in multiple ways (Reece).

Karen said...

My favorite name was Aiden for a long time, but unfortunately it got WAY too popular. I also love the name 'Ethan' though.

Unknown said...

Go with Nicholas. Your brother will be honoured and the day-to-day will work itself out.

Kristin Dennis said...

Don't worry too much about how popular a name is. I've read that even the most popular names only have a fraction of the people (for instance, way more people had the most popular name 30 years ago than they do now). My daughter's name is Mary, which was the most popular name for decades and so far she's been the only Mary (under the age of 50!) that we've met. Then again, there was more than one Brooklyn in her preschool. (And I'm sure those parents thought they were being very original!)

I'm about to pop with the second at the end of the month and we're having a boy that we are going to name Charlie. It's a family name, and sure it's popular, but it's also solid and goes well with Mary. At the end of the day, you can't stress too much about it. Just give them something that's not too difficult to spell or pronounce and won't be out of place when they are middle aged.

Mollie @ Jennings Brae Bank Farm said...

I'm a teacher, and I promise you that a boy Sasha would be teased. I like all the other ones, especially Porter.

Marianne @FrenchHappyNest said...

I love Eli (even for a girl by the way - but Jane is gorgeous, it really "fits" you). Enjoy these last moments as a family of 3 ! Cheers from France

Eve said...

Shortening Elias to simply Eli on the birth certificate will avoid the rhyming names. I think it's a wonderful name. Good luck!

Jamy of Fourth Street said...

I'm torn between Elias and Porter. Siding on Porter. Such a gorgeous name. Tobias and Porter Goddard Williams. Sounds like beautiful brothers to me. :) xo.

Shay Ruggles said...

Nameberry.com is also really helpful! A lot of times they have sibling name recommendations and fun lists of names that you would never think of. My favorite boy name is August! For a fun little guy, I love Auggie for a nickname or a more serious fellow Gus would be perfect!

Caroline said...

The only Sasha I've ever met is a boy. I love Rhys, although my nephews (ages 9 and 6) have three in their small school in NH. Whatever name you end up choosing will be perfect.

JacPfef said...

Porter Goddard-Williams sounds like a really distinguished novelist to me. I love that.

Alessandra said...

Julian. Hands down. Go with your gut.

Emily said...

I agree with the comments about Sasha, it's a little too feminine. I like the name Porter, but I agree with your comment about it sounding like three last names when paired with your name. My votes go for Nicolas (which I think would be a sweet nod to your bro) and Elias/Eli. And I love the name Jane for a girl, what a great choice!

Zuzu and her Petals said...

I think Nicolas is great! It's a good strong name, will stand the test of time, and "Toby and Nick" sound great together. Moreover, what a lovely way to honor your brother!

Alejandra Ramos said...

If you love the name Julian, then go with Julian! Seriously...who cares about the other stuff?

JacPfef said...

And if you name your son Sasha, he will definitely be teased.

Julie (Middle Maintenance) said...

Excellent choices! I love Rhys (love!), Porter and Nicolas. I do like the name Eli (but the whole "Tobias" and "Elias" thing might be a little oddly rhyming?). You have a great list - you'll know when you meet your sweet little man (or lady!) what to go with. And at the end of the day, it's YOUR baby and your choice. There is no wrong answer!

librarytour said...

As someone who has a well-known (but not popular, per se) name spelled one way: Phoebe and pronounced another: "pho ay bay", I have a penchant for the unusual. I'd go with Rhys or Elias.

Truly, whatever you name go with (including Sasha) is FINE. The child his/herself will connect with the name -or not- and that's something you don't have control over. Also, the future may find you and your husband laughing ruefully at yourselves if the name you chose is not the name your child decides to go by. (For example, you name Julian and the teenager child starts to go by "Jack." You just never know!)

Luck!
-Phoebe

Melissa :) said...

Having an Uncle Nicolas won't be bad -- I'm named after my aunt, but context usually clears any brief confusion right up! If needed, family members specify which Melissa they mean.

Elias and Tobias seems a little cutesy, but if you call him Eli it wouldn't be that way daily!

And popularity is a killer for me. We're hoping that our fave names won't wind up in the top 100 before we have kids! (Still about 13-14 months before we hope to conceive #1, haha.) We like the idea of a name that won't be so unusual it hasn't been done, but not so common that people will know a lot of ____s.

Misty said...

Elias is a great name, love the sound of Toby and Eli!

Janelle said...

My vote is Rhys! I have three boys & one girl. Boy names are so much harder! My boys are Milo, Zeke & Gideon. Different but not wack-a-doodle. (My daughter is Willa.)

Barbara said...

Toby and Eli sounds absolutely adorable together!

Amanda said...

Elias for sure! Julian is a close second.

Esther said...

My vote is for Rhys:) we picked Lyla Jane for our girl name (due July 25!) My husband's mother, who passed away a year and a half ago was named Lyle, and my mom's middle name is Jane, so it seemed fitting. It ended up being the only name we discussed! I think we just lucked out.

S.R. said...

Sasha is a very Russian name and, well, if I'd hear that name, I would be like "Nop, I don't think I'm gonna like this person". Alexander, however, or Alex is nice :)

Nicolas sounds very nice, but Elias and Rhys are my two favourites! And I kinda think it would be nice to have Tobias and Elias... :)

Kit said...

but what if you have a girl later and want to name her Jane? you have to have boy names that go with that. "Toby Eli and Jane" "Toby Porter and Jane"
i know you're not planning on that... just a thought

Erin said...

We named our son Elliot. It's tough finding a boy's name that is interesting but won't make him a target for teasing. Oliver and Sebastian were also on our list. It's probably not surprising to hear we lived in the UK at the time!

Personally I like Porter of your choices above.

Lauren @ A Brooklyn Party said...

I like Porter a lot -- doesn't sound like three last names to me. And if you want to do Eli, why not Elliot? I kind of love that for a boy. Sounds like a sweet guy. :)

Bea B said...

Oo I love the baby naming game! I love Sasha, and I know a guy Sasha who is really kind, cool, handsome and fun. Plus if he doesn't love it when he's grown up he has the option of Alexander - I love a name that gives a few options.

Strangely I have a million girls names I love (current favourite Frankie, closely followed by Theodora "Teddy" and Violet) but struggle with boys. Alfie and Gus are super cute but I feel like Alfie will forever be a baby's name and Gus is short for Angus, which I really don't like.

Sarah said...

I think your dad is right- wait until you meet him/her. Of course you'll have a few names picked out, but when you see your baby, it'll help make a decision.

Also, don't let popularity/friends/teasing or whatever decide. This is YOUR child and always will be, so name them what you truly want to name them. Who cares about popularity or if they have the same name as a friend's baby? Your friends don't have the rights to the name Julian after all. ;) Also, kids will be teased no matter what. If it's not about their name, it'll be something else.

Good luck! :)

Mindy said...

I love Eli and I think Elias wouldn't be bad with Tobias because you would mostly use their nicknames anyway. I have always liked Eli. Julian is great, too, and I wouldn't nix right away just because it's popular. I also think naming him after your brother wouldn't be too confusing, it would be sweet (although you might call him Nicky...)

One name I have always liked is Dashiell, call him Dash which I think is fun and cool. Although maybe you are looking for two syllables?

You are lucky you at least have the girl name set. We are three weeks away and having a girl and only have one maybe name!!!

Katie said...

I vote Nicolas! Who cares if it's confusing? (It won't be that confusing - I'm one of at least 4 Kathleens in my family) It's a great, classic name that will never go out of style or end up being a past 'trendy' name. And how sweet to name him after your brother? I always think family names are the best way to go.

Courtney said...

Baby names are so tough! We have three boy names we love, but when it comes to girl names, there is never anything my husband and I agree on. We found our daughter's name just browsing baby name websites. We would take turns just reading names out loud, until one day (I was 7 months pregnant) my husband read the name "Bria" and we both loved it!
I have to admit, I think Sasha does sound like a girl name. (Though isn't that Jonathan Safran Foer's son's name?) And I would not name a child the same name as a sibling. I have a niece named after one of my sisters, and it actually does cause some confusion. And I think it can lead to weird and hurt feelings among family, which might sound petty, but it's true. (You'd have to decide if he was named after your brother or you just liked the name-- and how would your brother react to either possibility.) So, basically I think that can be tricky.
I love the name Rhys, and I think more unique names are more common, so having to spell your name isn't as big of a deal. And I wouldn't worry about the popularity of the name Julian! If you love it, then go for it! Who cares? It's not in the top 10 or anything. And you could consider asking your friend if it bothers her.
Good luck!!!!

Wabi Sabi said...

Elliot, Griffin, Duncan, Bennett, Theodore

Sarah Caron said...

I like Julian and Porter best -- popularity isn't a deal breaker. You need to choose the name that best fits your baby -- regardless of anything else. And as a Sarah in a family with close to a half dozen Sarahs, I don't think name repeats is EVER a big deal. (We also have four Sues and several Johns -- getting together is a hoot). Also, my best advice is to choose 2 names and decide which one fits when the baby is born -- you'll just know.

mp said...

we didnt find out the gender so we had about three names for each and waited to meet the baby. yes, all babies look like babies. but your baby looks like your baby and you will have completely different emotion and feelings than a nurse who sees hundreds of babies a week.
i think you are having such a tough time because your hearts are set on julian. i also like elias, porter
and rhys. i think your list is small enough that can relax and enjoy your final moments of pregnancy and decide at the hospital. all these late night baby name debates really could be a waste if its a jane!

Camille said...

Picking a name... what a big thing. My son's name is Aaron, we're french and it's not as popular as it might be in united states, cause no, we didn't want a popular name. But we were lucky this name was an evidence since the bigining.

Good luck, you're gonna find the perfect name for your baby boy !

Alexa said...

I think Porter is LOVELY.... I'm due at the end of August, and we know it's going to be a boy. We are naming him Kipp. Kipp Campbell. Classic- but definitely not so popular. I also LOVE Rhys.

AshleyC said...

My favorite from your list is Elias but I think it is way too matchy with Tobias. Because of that I'd choose Julian.

Mindy said...

BTW My name is Mindy and I grew up with a best friend named Mindy (or Melinda but she went by Mindy) and it was fun :) They used to call us M & M and her family called me MindyB.

My sister's daughter had two friends named Jack and they used to call them TwoJacks...so people figure out double names :)

Camille said...

Picking a name... what a big thing. My son's name is Aaron, we're french and it's not as popular as it might be in united states, cause no, we didn't want a popular name. But we were lucky this name was an evidence since the bigining.

Good luck, you're gonna find the perfect name for your baby boy !

Kash said...

I like Elias! And while "Tobias and Elias" is a mouthful, "Toby and Eli" sounds great.

And I also like Nicholas! I bet your brother would be tickled to share a name with your baby.

Unknown said...

I 'm for the family name - Nicolas. Nick Goddard is very sexy- or Nick Williams or the hyphenated .

Jody said...

Boy names were always tough for my husband and me too. We have had 7 kids and 3 of them are boys, so we have been in your shoes many times! =) We have the following: Brock Ethan, Crew Tillman and Teague Easton. In the end we chose names we love and didn't worry so much about what people might say or think. You have to live with your decision and we also liked one syllable names because they seem a little harder to turn into nicknames. I am sure your baby will "fit" whatever name you choose in the end. They always do! P.S. Some of our family names included: Floyd, Arnold, Ezra, Melvin and Berdell- just in case you need a few more ideas to grow on you for a few more weeks! =) I hope you have a wonderful birth experience. All the best to you and baby!

Leo said...

We named our son right after he was born. He is Elias and we call him Eli :), so that name holds a dear place in our hearts.

Jenna H said...

I love Julian and Rhys! I say don't worry about popularity if you really love it. Julian is a classic name that will definitely stand the test of time! If you love Sasha why not name him Alexander or Alexei and call him Sasha? That way both your boys will have nicknames. Tobias and Alexei, aka Toby and Sasha.

I adore Jane! It's my boyfriend's top pick for a girl. (Mine is Eliza). We also love Phoebe and Lucy.

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NKA said...

First pick - Julian! But "Toby and Eli" does sound terribly cute as well!
I don't think it should matter if the name is popular or not.

Kine said...

Sasha for the win!

Definitely a unisex name, and it's my favorite of all your options. All the Sashas I know are male. And all of them are very handsome :-)

Sasha and Tobi. It works.

R.L. said...

I like Elias! It's got a great nickname, goes well with Toby, and is less common. One of the best things my mother did for me was give me a unique (but not strange) name. I can just google my first name and I pop up. Some disadvantages... but there are countless advantages to having a less common name!

Anna Bazhaw-Hyscher said...

Just want to point out that quite a lot of Welsh surnames are hyphenated. It would go. :)

Jessie Leigh said...

I love Porter. It sounds so composed and dignified. Eli is very cute, too.

Stephanie said...

I love Eli, but if you think Elias is too matchy-matchy with Tobias, what about Elijah? Just an idea. :)

Theresa said...

You can't really go wrong with any of the names - they're all great names!
Wrt to "Tobias and Elias" being too much: how often would you actually call them that? It seems Toby is mostly Toby not Tobias and probably the new baby would be Eli rather than Elias most of the time, in which case it wouldn't be a concern.
Similar with Nicholas: what do you call your brother and what would you call the baby (Nick versus Nicholas)?
Rhys also doesn't seem too hard to spell - it's not too long and the child will probably learn to spell it very quickly.
If going with Sasha, would you call him Alexander and then have Sasha as a nickname? Or be Sasha his given name? This is the one concern where I'd agree with you: it does sound a little like a girl (since the name is often used for girls), but I would be less concerned if Alexander was his full name (in which case you could always choose to go by that later in life, though it raises the question whether you want to name him after his dad).
Finally, if you still love Julian, maybe gently check with your friends whether they would be offended. Alternatively, a popular variation of Julian in Germany (my home country) is Julius.

But: I am sure your little one will be happy with whatever of these names you finally decide to go with!

Caitlin said...

I love Elias! Toby and Eli sounds great together, how often would you say their full names together?

Lauren said...

As someone who has always found it rather annoying to have a popular name, I'd avoid anything that is steadily growing in popularity. (Funny story, my parents claim that they'd never met anyone with my name before they named me it...then I was one of 5 kids in my kindergarden class named that!)

Personally, I think Rhys is adorable and unique. Even though it's unusual, the spelling actually corresponds to how you say it (unlike a lot of welsh names!) and it's only 4 letters.

Enid said...

I like Alexandr, but not Sasha. In Czech, we use it for girls and boys.
I prefere Elias, this name (Eliáš)is on my list too. :) (and Medard, Florian, Kristian, Bernard)We can´t deside it. We will wate to hospital, after we will see our baby.

kab said...

Porter!

Peach said...

I vote for Porter!

bestof2sisters.com said...

Elias definitely! Toby and Eli - it's perfect!!! ;-)
We found it tricky deciding on a name for our second. The girls name was always certain, but soooo hard to agree on a boys name. Luckily she was a girl, and Sienna was fit her perfectly.

Good luck choosing! x

Kelsey said...

Porter!!! I think it sounds great.

Margaret H. said...

I like Eli best out of your list. Sasha sounds too feminine and Rhys is not popular necessarily for boys but Reese seems to be a popular girls name these days (at least according to my son's kindergarten class). The second and third baby names were harder for us than the first because we had met so many more people with kids by then and I didn't want to use their childrens' names. Good luck.

Xandra Burns said...

I don't think Rhys is too much of a spelling issue, and why not just call him Eli instead of Elias? Good luck!

Meg said...

Porter or Rhys (a personal fave)

Sarah D said...

Eli or Nicolas. If you plan to call him Eli, just name him Eli! And then there's no rhyming issue. And, I don't think having the same name as an uncle would be a problem at all. You don't see your brother every single day do you? And lots of kids have the same name as a dad/uncle/grandpa. It works out. My son has the same name as an uncle (though not one we see often) and it's never been confusing at all.

Adèle said...

Don't worry. I bet it's a girl :)

Julie Hernandez said...

I don't have any babies yet, but I already picked names for two girls - never thought of boys' names!

Considering I live in Brazil and names here are different than in the US, I suggest you pick an international name - mine is Julie, and although I suffered a lot when I was a kid (in Brazil, Julie is a dog name), when I moved to the US it was quite easy to everyone. :)

Think about it! Names that are easy everywhere!

I love Alexander, but I'd say - change the nickname to Ali or Alex. Sasha is def a girl's name. :)

little lady said...

First of all, Jane is perfect! And I like Nicolas or Eli the best of your boy options :) I have two nephews named Nicholas (with an 'h') and Eli (short for Elijah!)-the others are named Christian, Albert, Jackson, Asa, Jonas, Ezra, & Oliver. (I have a lot of nephews, haha!)

Erin W. said...

I love the name Porter! So cute. I think it sounds great with your last names!

Devon Greene said...

Rhys Goddard-Williams sounds like a writer, I like it!

Lemlina said...

My friend named her little boy 'Ellis', which gives you the Eli without the 'ias' bit? He is super cute :-)

Madeleine said...

Why not just go straight for Eli? I think that's a great name and not uber popular.

Heather Shoberg said...

My vote is for Porter!

Rachel said...

My vote is Rhys, and perhaps Elijah instead of Elias? It still shortens to Eli but perhaps you've thought of that already and aren't that keen.

Meredith said...

OH baby names! My fiance and I were just talking about what names we like for futre children :)
Jane for a girl is precious!
You have a great pool of names up there - I'm partial to Porter and Nicolas! :)

Sarah Tucker said...

I LOVE Porter!! Sasha, not so much, and Elias is okay. I just love Porter with the last name. Such a strong name!

Jennifer said...

Julian is adorable. If you like the name, who cares if its popular?!? Another idea is Miles:) always loved that name.
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LT said...

Great post, Jo! My dominant thoughts:

*Go with Julian, because you love it. If you think of the name in the context of your baby's entire life, it becomes anecdotal that another child you know in 2013 has the same name. Also, regarding popularity: names are so diverse now...seriously, think about it...that even the most popular ones don't end up dominating the whole classroom or whatever.

*My husband has the same name as his "Uncle Steve", so to distinguish, he was always called "Steven" by his family. Nick vs. Nicolas vs. Nico vs. Nicky?

*I think your concerns about Sasha are valid.
*I really like Porter Goddard-Williams, as well as the sound of "Toby & Porter" :)

ERO said...

I vote for Porter! Such a great name

thenoisythinker said...

The names I like are Julian and Elias. I adore the nickname Eli! And yes I do agree Sasha sounds a bit too feminine. Plus I don't really like the idea of my son having the same name as my brother. Rhys is just okay for me. I love Jane. Just my opinion! Hope it helps xx

Good luck to both of you! This must be so exciting :)
-kelsey

laninaki said...

Could you go with Eli instead of Elias? Julian is a great name, even if it is getting more popular. I actually know more people with baby boys named Porter than I do Julian.

Itziar said...

I would go for Sasha any time!

Katie said...

It's going to be a girl! Jane it is! The fact that you have the name all picked out is a sign, right?!

If not, go with Julian. When I read it, I thought, "That's the one!" It just goes with you guys! I don't mind that it's popular. I prefer popular over difficult spelling. LOVE Rhys, the spelling not so much.

Can't wait for this baby to get here!!!!

Stephanie Sarvana said...

I love the way Rhys sounds! I think it works beautifully with your last names and it also sounds good alongside Toby. Plus it is unusual and not a name you hear much these days. I know I would totally be intrigued by a guy named Rhys!

My husband and I are all set on the girl name as well, to the point where if we talk about our future child we always use her name. That will be a big problem if we end up having a boy! All we can think of are ridiculous names like Austin Cauliflower.

chambanachik said...

Out of those, Nicolas. Or just Eli.

JeNifer said...

i know 2 boys named Sasha (one being a nickname for Alexander too) i don't think its too feminine. I think its one of those simply unisex names, like Morgan, for example. Personally, i dislike Rhys and Porter. Rhys looks like a jumble of random letters and Porter is too surname-y. (also makes me think of the word 'porthole' ) However, like many others have pointed out, how much would u actually call them "Tobias" and "Elias" ? (Probably only when they are in trouble ;) I think Toby and Eli are really cute together, and besides perhaps knowing their full names are somewhat similar would enhance the awesome brotherly bond they will have. :) Another option would be to use Elias, Nicolas, or Julian as the baby's middle name? And if it ends up being a girl, i totally approve of Jane! :) Emma is another girl fave of mine too.

Callie Glorioso-Mays said...

ahhh! Boy names are soooo hard! My husband and I had no trouble coming up with a girl name, but we had a boy, so we had to keep looking! We chose the name "Hadden" (also spelled "Haddon") and we love it! We call him Haddy for short since he's still a little guy. Most people know the name Hayden, but we personally like Hadden better. It's more unique and I prefer the way it sounds.

Wendy said...

Seven... Seven Costanza. ;)

Chelsea said...

I think you're overthinking it a little, which is normal. I did the same thing:) My husband is Wyatt, and his little sister just named her baby Wyatt, and to differentiate we just call him baby Wyatt- it's not all that confusing. Especially since we don't live together. I do love Toby and Eli too. If you're not going to actually call them Tobias and Elias than it doesn't seem like too much. In the end, I don't think many people actually know kids full names anyway. They really just know what you call them by.

I really would just go with what you LIKE the very most and don't worry about the rest. It'll work out. He'll be just as damn cute as Toby I'm sure so the name will be a forethought:)

Stella Dobry said...

My brother and sister-in-law named their baby boy Rhys (spelled that way) last year. We have a Welsh great-great-something grandpa named Rhys. Such a good name! I don't think it's too much with the double last name and it's unique, but recognizable and easy to pronounce.

Naming him Nicolas would be sweet and I bet your brother would be totally thrilled. If your brother tends to go by the full name, you could call your son "Nic" and if your bro tends to go by Nic, you could call your little boy Nicolas.

Good luck! Baby names are tough. LOVE Jane, by the way. But if you're not worried about the popularity of Jane, why be worried about the popularity of Julian?

ltmommy said...

I think you shouldn't worry too much about the popularity of a name. Ironically, my sister in law named her two kids with names we thought were unique at the time, only to have them explode shortly thereafter (Lily and Owen). I named my daughter what was a very common name just because I had been in love with the name for years, but it turned out to be on its way out, and she has known only a couple of other girls with her name. I also wouldn't worry too much about other people with the same name - chances are your friends would be flattered if you chose Julian, and chances are your little one will have some sort of nickname when around his uncle Nicolas. I do think it is important to have a name most people can spell and pronounce - my last name is NOT, and I hate it! So something like Rhys might be setting him up for a lot of grief down the road... But honestly, if you have a favorite, go with that! You probably already have the answer in your heart!

BookishPenguin said...

You don't want your kid to be one of 6 kids in his class with the same name, so I'd avoid anything in the top 25-50... and I also didn't want our son to have the same name as any of our friends' kids. To me, that's kind of weird. I don't think Rhys Goddard-Williams is too much. He'd just be Rhys to all his friends (although in middle school he might be Reeses Pieces). My top picks would be Nicholas and Porter. Nicholas is a classic (and I love the Christmas connection). I don't think it would be too confusing (although he could end up being called "Little Nicholas" in order to differentiate, which can be annoying).

I think naming one's baby is SO hard. It reminds me of when God said Adam could name the animals. It feels like that huge of a task.

Erin said...

Rhys

toria said...

I like Sasha the best! good luck!

Bri Towne said...

i'm with ya on boy names. our first was easy (william b towne the fourth!) but i'm hoping this little nugget is going to be a girl because i have no no no boy names!

L. said...

go for rhys, sasha or porter. kids will always be teased, so nix that worry. porter goddard-williams sounds like a kickass law firm or something so there's a power in the sound of it. i know guys named stacey, tracy and ashley. kids are growing up more open-minded (thankfully); plus he could always point to sascha baron cohen for "dude's got my name and he's awesome" points. my personal favourite, though is rhys. it's classic, it's passes the first date rule with flying colours and it's interesting. simple, but interesting. good luck, kiddos!

JeNifer said...

Another option for using Eli, would be naming him Elliot

Miss Singer said...

I like Eli, Rhys and Julian. I wouldn't worry about spelling, he'd learn quickly!

Kate said...

I think you should go with Nicolas or Julian! I think your brother would just become Uncle Nick and it wouldn't be that confusing.

My name is Kate (or Katelyn) and growing up there were always other Katies, Caitlins (or Kaitlyns and Kaitlins) and Katherines in my classes. I still love my name and am not at all scarred by how popular it was for other people my age. I think a lot of times names are popular for a reason- if that's your favorite, then DO IT!

Julia R. said...

My favourites in order:

1. Nicholas - your brother will be honoured
2. Porter - very unique and sounds nice with Toby
3. Julian - how close are these friends really? haha

feq said...

You know what? I think you have a Jane coming... :)

amber said...

All of them are very nice choices, but I think Porter and Rhys sound charming. Also, Jane is perfect name for your little girl.

BethAnn said...

My boss is an Alexander and sadly, he doesn't care for being called Sasha. However, I absolutely love it! I really do. Best of luck to you guys; can't wait to hear what you pick! xxoo

melissa said...

I really like your choices! Porter, especially.
What about Eliot, in lieu of Elias? That way you retain the feel of the name without the matchy-matchiness.

Jordy said...

I love Rhys, and I don't think the spelling is an issue at all (though we're considering naming our kid Gruff, pronouced Gryff/Griff). Tody and Eli sounds super cute, really love Porter as well. Nicolas could be shortened to Nico? But even so I also don't think that would be confusing, and I bet your brother would be tickled pink and it would probably develop into a fun joke between them.

Tanya said...

Most definitely, Elias! Tobias & Elias - Toby & Eli...LOVE those names together!

I do love the name Porter, but I agree that it would seem like three last names.

Good luck!

Christina Gambino said...

My SIL has the same name as her aunt, and they even have the same nickname. Somehow though, it's not confusing? When she was little they used to call her Baby Betsy, and now, they have a close bond, being the two Betsy's in the family.

My own parent's picked out my name before I was born, and then after meeting me, decided to switch my first and middle name. So maybe it's true what your dad says; you always go with your gut when it's time to make a quick decision.

angela said...

I really like Rhys! I also like Elias, but that itself is getting very popular these days. My friends left and right keep mentioning this name (Eli)! Elias is on the same page as Julian at this point. Best of luck!

Amy Powell said...

honestly, I love Porter. That's adorable & if my last name wasn't Powell, I'd probably steal it ;)

Sarah D said...

Oh- and don't stress yourself out! Get the list down to 2 names and then pick one quickly when baby is born. That's what I did with both of mine. It took us forever to come up with 2 names we could agree on, then in the delivery room after baby was born, it was really easy to choose.

Mary M. said...

What about Adrian? It has the same lyrical feel as Julian without being the same exact name.

lauren. said...

Porter is too many last names, in my opinion, sounding like a law firm. Porter, Goddard & Williams. Sadly, we had to drop my favorite boys name (Penn) for the same reason. It's a shame your friend took Julian because I like that one the best.

I was worried about popularity at first, but with so many people making a concerted effort to choose "unpopular" names, if only for the sake they are unpopular, I decided to give up. The names we've chosen are pretty common and I'm not going to worry about it.

Meghan Hazelwood said...

PORTER. Then Rhys.

Rachael {All Things Beautiful} said...

I love the name Eli for a boy! That is definitely my vote :)

VintageDanielle said...

I don't think you're over worrying at all, picking a persons name is a big and I'm glad you're using that cool website because there's nothing worse than having a kid who's name is so common. I like Elias the most because it works with Toby, it's short and sweet and not common. Because your friend already picked the other name, it would awkward to use it. Maybe think of Nick as a middle name if you want to honor your brother and Sasha makes me think of Beyonce's alter ego, Sasha Fierce.

mommalo said...

LOVE Porter! So fab!!

maire_gurv said...

I think Nicholas is a great way to go. It is a classic name that won't ever go out of style, and it is special that it is also a family name. There are five or six Eileens in my family, and I think it is cool to share a first name or middle name with my mother, grandmother, aunt, and cousins.

Anna said...

Sasha may be a bit too feminine for a boy...
Loving Rhys or Eli - they are definitely more unique.
Recently, I've been into Liam and Coen/Cohen but I think those are gaining popularity :/

MaKaela said...

I totally agreed with ALL of the above!

angela said...

Plus, Rhys Goddard-Williams sounds amazing. Lovely name as a young adult :)

Martie @ Spunkyrella said...

It's funny because in German sascha is a typical boys name. You once mentioned Elliot and I still like that one. It works with your last name as well as with Toby, Alex and Joanna. I think Thys would make a rad second name!

I totally DISAGREE with the have-your-name-ready statement. Babies look like babies ar first, yes, but still you should MEET him or her first. Babies do have personalities already and maybe a girl doesn't look like a Jane at all.... just relax, take it all in and as soon as you meet your baby you'll know or still have time to brainstorm :)

Clare Frejd said...

What about Felix?

The Daily Collegiate said...

what about just Ry? short for Ryan. That's my brothers name and I adore it ! I also love Porter, you are still clearly stuck on Julian though ;)

Carolyn said...

Love Nicholas and love Eli. If the boys are named Tobias and Elias but called Toby and Eli then it really doesn't matter much anyways. I have a good friend who's husband is named Noah and her son is named Moses and it's really never been an issue. As for Nicholas, like the commenter above stated, I am sure you brother would be flattered!

Although I am in no position to talk since my baby is due SATURDAY and I don't have a boys name either! We have 2 for sure girls names picked out but I am stuck on boys. And my husband pretty much just says "no" to everything I suggest. Our last name is Cheeseman so he thinks "Charles Edward - (Chuck E. Cheeseman) is absolutely hysterical and won't stop "suggesting it" (not laughing) - For now I think we are going to go with Edward, it is a good solid name, it was my grandpa's name, there aren't any other Edward's in the family.. but I just don't "love" it. Is that okay? I don't know lol.

Best of luck Joanna!

littlestarandme said...

Rhys is lovely - it can also be spelt as Reece if you think the more Welsh spelling is too much. Other lovely Welsh names are Ryan and Dylan.

I know an Alexander known as Zander which is cool.

Ashley said...

Hmmm yeah, sorry to say, but I think Sasha sounds like a girls name. Love Eli! 25 year old me would have def said yes to meeting a guy named Eli :)

kate said...

I like Porter and Rhys. (We have a friend whose last name is "Porter", but that's what we call him instead of "Dave"... I think it has more character!) I like Julian, too, but I'd be too afraid to use it after a close friend had used it! That's part of why we never discussed names we were considering with our friends. We didn't want our name to be taken, and we also didn't want to be disappointed if we really liked a name but someone else that we were close to chose it!

We ended up naming our daughter Annie (after a day in the hospital, knowing that she was a girl since 20 weeks! We were so unsure of what to call her! We also had a short list, but no real solid ideas on what to name her.). There's no connection to anything with the name... we just really liked it and thought it was adorable but able to be made more professional later in life (say, have her go by "Anne" later on if she wanted to). 7 months later, it's the perfect name!

Aimee Della Bitta said...

I had to chime in and give my vote for Eli. Full disclosure, it's our son's name, so I am a little bias. Here are a few reasons why we chose the name. 1. It's strong, but not complicated
2. It's cute for a kid (we get tons of compliments on his name) but a man name Eli will get the "blind date". 3. We have a long last name and needed something simple and easy to go with it. Lastly, our daughter's name is Georgia and I love the two together.

Shelby Wills said...

My vote is Elias! Very cute. Unfortunately, Sasha does sound like a girls name. Kids can be mean. I would avoid that.

Toby and Eli. Adorable. :)

Jane {In the Pink and Green} said...

Well my name is Jane, so hopefully you'll have a girl :) Seriously though, Jane has been an awesome name--it never gets mispronounced/misspelled, I didn't know anyone else that had it growing up yet it wasn't some of the wall weird name, and I love that it feels old-fashioned, yet kind of modern too :) As for a boy's name, my brother-in-law and sister-in-law just named their son Rylan, which I thought was kind of unique! Good luck deciding! xoxo

Kristin said...

I think Eli would be cute with your other son's name! Or you could name his Elijah and call him Eli if you think Elias is too close to Tobias.

I also like the website thenameberry.com

You should also brainstorm important cities to your family and then get his name from one of those cities. Think of anything unique to your family. :)

Ashley Marti said...

Hudson Asher, that is our sons name, we think its pretty cute :)

margaux said...

jane is perfect. almost our daughter's name, but it was my mom's name as well and i wanted my daughter to have her own name to grow into.

and i love rhys! always have.

but as someone else said here, i say go with what you guys really love. i think that always ends up being the perfect name even if everyone else thinks your choice is bonkers or boring.

dc said...

I like Nicolas and I don't think it'd be confusing. I also like Henry, Matthew and Kit. I don't like Sasha because Borat comes to mind :)

Alaina S. said...

Rhys!!!!

Definitely NOT Sasha - kids are relentless, don't do it.
Eli sounds cute but also sounds old. Also Tobias, Elias is weird.

Nicolas is my second choice - it won't be confusing. It's not like your brother lives with you guys. My family has two Davids and it isn't difficult. One is Dave, one is David. Or Big David and Little David.

Sophi said...

I was just thinking - you love the name Julian, and you have for a long time. Putting yourself in your friends' shoes, would you actually care at all if they used the same name as you? Probably not, I imagine. It's just a name, what really matters is the kid to whom it belongs :) It's not an unusual enough name that it'd be justified to assume you're copying them/stepping on their toes. If you love Julian, use it!

Nicole said...

Oh, I say no-no to Sasha. Sorry, I think it would be a sweet little girl's name, but to my ears it isn't androgynous enough to go both ways.
LOVE Jane -- that's my first choice for a girl too :)

Nicholas or Porter get my vote. Nicholas is a great name. Cole is a greater nickname (as a Nicole, its always been my nickname)

FYI-- I know of two little boy Julian's born in the last 18 months.

Lora said...

All during my pregnancy I had no desire to know the sex. When I saw my son, I knew immediately he was a Tristan (Trit for short). 22 years ago it was fairly original, but thanks to Legends of the Fall, its all over the place these days, lol.

As far as your choices, I think they're great (with the exception of Porter, sorry). I've always liked the name Gray. Gray Goddard-Williams. Toby and Gray. Not bad. But I do agree with another commenter, Teddy is adorable.

Leah said...

I was waiting for this post! I love talking and thinking about baby names. Jane is a beautiful choice for a little girl. Tough choice with the boys, I like Porter but agree with it sounding like three last names. I think Elias is too like Tobias but Eli on it's own I like. Good luck and I'm sure at the end of the day you'll both make a great choice choosing a name you love.

Erica C. said...

Ryhs and Eli are my two favorites on your list. My husband and I aren't pregnant or even trying yet, but we've agreed to look back at our family trees and see if there are any interesting family names. If you're still really stuck that's an idea you could look into. Also, I've heard from lots of parents that your dad is right, they went to the hospital with a name all picked out and then switched it after they met their baby. Maybe you could go to the hospital with your top two or three names and then see what fits best once you've met your new little one.

megan said...

Sasha does sound like a girls name. I like Porter but my favorite is Eli.

SashaK said...

Rhys. It's a nice name and it sounds and looks good with Goddard-Williams. Plus, the fact that it's just one syllable works perfectly with such a long last name.

I like Elias, but yes, Tobias and Elias is a bit much.

My name is Sasha (I'm a woman) and you wouldn't believe how many people I've met who have told me they know a dog (sometimes a cat) named Sasha. Why they felt the need to tell me this is beyond me, but it was always a bit embarrassing. That might not be the case now that the name is more mainstream in this country, but if you think there's a possibility a name will lead to teasing, I would avoid it.

lensey r said...

ELI and TOBY! but I also like Nicolas.
No to Sascha- definitely sounds feminine.

Beth said...

LOVE JULIAN. tobias and elias is a little too cutesy for me. i absolutely love jane and i'm hoping you have a girl, and you won't have to worry about the great boy name debate! xoxo

ps... i couldn't open this page fast enough once i saw the teaser! very excited for you.

Yuine said...

I think Elias is absolutely lovely!

I also really like Sasha as well! Yes, it does sound more feminine, but the mere sound of a name doesn't make a person :)

Kelly @rusticfarmhouse said...

Baby names are so fun! I really like Eli! I say just keep it Elias and forget about what others think. It's your family after all! Any maybe Toby and Eli will love having similar full names as they grow close. I think "Elias Goddard-Williams" sounds so beautiful and wise.

Caitlyn said...

You could do Rees, if you're worried about spelling; it's a slightly Anglicanized version of Rhys. (Yay for Welsh names!)

bandofburtons.com said...

PORTER! That's my new son's name. Great choice!

stephanie said...

I love Porter. I think it goes well with Toby, which is always the way I think about names. Weird, I know. Porter and Toby sounds good. But all your pics (except Elias, I don't like Tobias and Elias) sound great! :)

Beth said...

ps... didn't you have other names picked out that you mentioned in a previous post?

:)

EmmaMalloy said...

Boys names are the hardest! I like Porter and Rhys for a boy.

I'm also a big fan of: Lincoln, Lucas, Dylan, Ford, Harris, Asa, Lochlan and Eldon. I love old names.

So exciting! Congrats. :)

Andrea K said...

i think julian is the winner!

LC said...

I love Elias (Eli)! It's a great name and sounds very dignified. And Julian is a close second. Those are my choices.

Foteini Penna said...

Porter sounds lovely!!!!!
:D

ewg said...

i made lists trying to guess what my sister was going to name her last, and while I had a really long one on the girls' side, it was harder to come up with boys, but I really like these ones:
Max
Benjamin
Jacob
Oliver
Milo

They ended up with a girl, and I was not anywhere close to guessing!

Jenn said...

We just had a baby and our test when we were deciding on names, was to run it through a professional setting. For instance, how would it sound if your child is a pilot "Ladies and Gentleman this Captain ____ speaking." or "Please rise for the Honorable Judge ___." Ultimately we came to the hospital with two girl names and one boy name and when our daughter was born we knew which was best. We named her Charlotte and although that name is increasingly popular we loved it and it had special meaning to us so we used it anyway. Good luck!

lindskov said...

What about just Eli? We loved the nickname Clay, but not the full name Clayton. So we just went with Clay for our son and it's a perfect match! Other suggestions....Levi and Felix. Good luck! Whatever you choose will be just right, I'm sure.

lo said...

i like porter! i dont think it sounds too much. i like rhys and elias, too :)

on nicholas... my boyfriend's name is Kenny, after a family member and name of his dad's best friend, who goes by Ken. Ken's son was also named Kenny, who is the same age of my boyfriend, so they have been best friends since they were born. that is four Ken's for ya! a little confusing but the dad goes by Ken, and the two sons are Kenny V and Kenny H and Grandpa Ken goes by Papa. that may sound confusing to you! though it seems to work for everyone.

i once babysat for a family of 5 (3 children) and everyones name began with the letter J- Justin, Jack, Jared...the parents names too.

Alison said...

I like Nicholas and Elias! Rhys looks very pretty written down, but I don't care for the pronunciation "Reese." It reminds me too much of the monkey :)

embily said...

i think they're all cute, excpet i agree that sasha sounds like a girl's name :) and if julian is your favorite, i'd say go with it. how much contact over the years would your families/kids have with one another? i feel like families tend to move and contact becomes limited, so i wouldn't let your friends stop you. plus i doubt they'd mind! my favorite boys names are:
bennett
stuart
desmond
chirstopher

Sarah said...

ELIAS

Amber-Rose Thomas said...

I'd go for Eli, and have that his actual name rather than a shortened version of Elias. Or go for Rhys! I live in Wales in an area where there have been alot of English people moving in and they find Welsh spellings a challenge but Rhys is quite an easy one to get used to. Also the Welsh spelling is far more common than Reece these days.

Go with what you feel is best regardless of spellings or surnames. Although I'd totally stay away from Julian now. You'll end up loving whichever name you choose so much more anyway.

Simone Brett said...

I have a sister named Sasha; she is forever getting grief about it being a "boy's name." Porter sounds awesome, or Eli!

Kristin said...

My brother's name is Rhys! I don't think he had a problem with the spelling (it's much easier than our super hard to spell Welsh last name).

Also, Jane is beautiful. Jane Goddard-Williams sounds like an Austen heroine, or a women's studies PHD, in a fantastic way.

The Graduette said...

I have a twin brother named Sasha, and although many people who have never met him think he is a girl, I think it's a beautiful and unique name! Also, a lot of Eastern European men are named Sasha, it's just a Western notion that it sounds feminine!

Nonetheless, I vote for Sasha or Nicholas :)

-Natasha

Martha said...

I really love Eli, and I don't think Elias and Tobias is a dealbreaker, considering that you will nearly always call them by their nicknames. To me, Eli wins the sibling test and the blind date test.
I loved Alex's article! I'm a huge name nerd and read baby name wizard, use the name voyager, read nameberry, swistle's baby names blog, appellation mountain, etc.

K said...

The boys name topping our list? "Hey would you like to meet my friend JUPITER?" Is that mean? I still think it works.

I like Rhys. A lot. I don't think its bad with a hyphen... nice and short!

EmmaMalloy said...

I also love the name Whitman for a boy and Quincy for a girl. :)

Simone Brett said...

I have a sister named Sasha; she is forever getting grief about it being a "boy's name." Porter sounds awesome, or Eli!

bintheknow said...

I love the name Rhys. I am all about names that are not mainstream. I think it will be fine with the last names and it will sound good with Toby. Though, Porter is a great option, too! I don't think you are over thinking it too much - it is a big deal!
Much love,
B

Elizabeth Rose Bowman said...

I love Sasha (and Ariel) as boys names. I'm friends with two brothers named Ashley and Whitney (traditionally a male name) and they love their names.

Katie said...

Our criteria was "cute for a kid, sexy/employable for an adult" for name choosing. Our daughter's name is Ruby Susanne (she just happened to make it out of the top 100, but barely!) and popularity was sort of a dealbreaker for me (being a Katie and all). Ruby we just loved, though, and our other names didn't seem to fit her when she came out! I would bring options to the hospital. Also, Susanne is my sister's name. I love that her middle name is a family name, and we can call her Ruby Sue or Ruby Susanne if there are more Rubys in her class, for example (I hated being Katie D.) You could consider something like Julian Nicolas...and he could be J. Nicolas or something later on if Julian is too popular or doesn't suit. I love the name Julian, personally. And I echo someone's comment above that Nic Goddard sounds super sexy! I think having your brother's name is an honor and won't be confusing. You'll know from context. Unless you change your brother's diapers. ;) I also love Elias. My husband and I were considering the Dutch version: "Elia" until we knew we were having a girl. I also agree it sounds like you have your heart set on Julian. If that's the case, popularity be damned! you'll regret not using it if that's where your heart really is.

UL said...

I have Enzo and Olive. When we were picking names we went by this criteria:
- cannot be in top 100 popular names
- name needs to be easy to spell
- no guessing game how name is spelled when said at Starbucks when ordering coffee
- it needs to be strong on its own as they do not have middle names
- it needs to translate good from baby, toddler, adolescent and into adult life.
- it needs to go good with any profession they end up choosing (athlete, artist, banker)

Then I also used a lot www.nymbler.com. Addicting game for looking up names that match siblings names. :)

Mudwhimsy said...

I know a little guy named Alexander but he goes by Xander. I LOVE the name Eli- I was going to name my baby Eli if it was a boy (I had a girl). I was telling my friend who was from Thailand about the name Eli and she said it was a really bad word in Thai.

Mollie D said...

screw trends- if you love Julian, I say go for it

Meadow said...

Sasha- it's a girls' name in North America. He'll be teased. Just like I love Ashley for a boy, he'd get teased here. In Russia it would work.
* Nicolas - yeah it might be confusing since it's your bro's name
* We like Elias - yeah it sounds pretentious especially with Tobias. It's also the surname of an NHL player. Just odd to me. Name the kid Eli if you like the nickname so much.
* Porter... not a big fan of the surname for the first name!
* Rhys - it's four letters... not that complicated. I'd say this is a contender.
* Julian - I wouldn't since a close friend's kid has it.. but I wouldn't worry that much about popularity in general. What about some variation of it? Like Jude? Julian Lennon had "Hey Jude" written about him if I recall

I bet you'll have a girl, though :)

Jamie said...

I think Eli goes best with Toby, but if you are worried about "Tobias and Elias", why not name him Elijah or Elliot instead? Both equally handsome names :) But also, how often will you be calling both of them by their full names? So the rhyming thing might be a non-issue.

We are having a boy, due in August, and we're glad because girl names were turning out to be harder than boys! Popularity is a deterrant, but if we love a name enough I think we'd pick it anyway. My favorite girl name since I was in high school has always been Emma, but it's the #2 girls name in the country now! Such a bummer. Also, I'm picky about nick names so we always have to consider that. I love Madeline for a girl, but hate the nick name Maddy but I feel that it would be unavoidable... people just naturally tend to shorten names. Anyway, our top pick for our little man is William, with Harrison as a runner up. We like classic, strong names like this. William has always been popular so it doesn't bother us as much. We'd call him Will, NOT Bill :)

aucoindemarue said...

well, my daughters are named Julia & June so both are definitely close to your favorite two names:)

Love love the name Sasha! It's quite common here in Europe but mostly for boys. Plus there is an old beautiful french film "Pour Sacha"and I completely fell in Love with the actor when I was young :)check the trailer.

But "Eli" is super cute (when young) and super sexy (hey it's important to project in a few years when he will go out and say his name for the first time).

voila that was a subjective advice from a belgian girl living in Amsterdam.


xxx
Barbara

lauravaughn said...

I have a male dog named Sasha and people absolutely do NOT get it. My own grandmother is constantly calling him a "she," and random strangers have told me that my dog is a little "funny" (aka gay) because I named him a woman's name. So...long story short, I would be careful about this. Unless you have a lot of European friends...

Suzanne Fletcher said...

Love Rhys. Like Porter more for a girl (though, I LOVE Jane). Think Elias and Tobias is too much - but love Eli and, as someone else commented, Elliot (and you could call him Eli). I find I rename my three kids in my head all the time!

Ashley said...

My favourite name is Angus, Gus for short, Toby and Gus - so cute!

Although my cousin's name is Porter and I've always liked it.

knittingant said...

My absolute favourite boy's name is Henry (Cavill ;-)).

Funny how a name's perception varies from country to country. In Austria Sasha (written "Sascha") is usually only a boy's name.
Andrea for example is in Austria a typical girl's name which I only like when it's used for a boy (like in Italy). Same goes for Simone.

Eric and Jill said...

Did I somehow miss your baby's gender announcement? Congrats on having two boys! I almost cried when I realized my first-born wasn't going to have a brother, but he loves his sister a lot. As for names, it's such a personal decision. Go with your gut. For me, choosing a name mostly involved how it feels rolling off the tongue, how it feels to write, and everything else you mentioned. You're almost there, don't fret! I'm a cheeseball and will also settle on a name when I love its meaning, although I forget exactly what Leo and Naomi mean (my 2 kids' names). haha, but it's all good. Also, don't fret so much about popularity because your ear will pick up more on these names after naming your child them! At the park I hear Leo all the time now! But it's still not super popular. ;)

Piper said...

I love name the Nicholas. Don't worry about the confusion of re-using a family name - my husband is one of five Daniels on his side of the family. It wasn't as confusing as I thought - everyone had creative nicknames for each! :-)

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