It’s a Boy: Names Under Consideration

We’re having another boy. An unmistakeable, crystal-clear crotch shot during the ultrasound confirmed it.

So, Lucas suggested William or Liam for the baby’s name.

William Wilson doesn’t work for me (even though William my father’s name).
I love the name Liam, but we can’t have an Ian and a Liam in the same family. Imagine the confusion because the names sound so similar. Still, it’s interesting to me that Lucas would immediately choose a name that I’ve always loved.

It’s very important to me to choose a name that’s fairly unusual and unique. I’m sick of meeting guys with the same 10-15 names (john, steve, robert, jeff, joel, michael, david, mark, matthew, james, alex, andrew, jason, max, tom, etc.) No offense intended if your name is one of those.

Top name contenders right now are Tremendifer, Ebinezer, Peasblossom, and Godzilla.

OK, real top contenders are Rowan, Asher, Donovan, Andreas, Tristan, Sebastian, Sylvan, Alder, Arden, Dante, Cedar, Channing, Gabriel, Logan, Winter, Jordan, Channing, and more. I’m attracted to names of trees for this baby, for some unknown reason.

Rowan = Tree with Red Berries, Mountain Ash (Sacred & magical, associated with Imbolc, which is when baby is due)
Asher = blessed, happy
Donovan = brown black (not a very cool meaning)
Andreas = manly
Tristan = bold, tumult, Tristan and Isolde (doomed love–not so good)
Sebastian = venerable
Sylvan = one who frequents groves or woods
Alder = alder tree, birch
Arden = from the eagle valley
Dante = everlasting
Cedar = cedar tree
Gabriel = God is my strength (not too keen on God names)
Logan = small cove
Winter = the season
Channing = knowing; from the place of Cana’s people (I don’t know who Cana is)
Sage = from the herb; prophet
Adonis = man loved by Aphrodite, manly beauty

18 Responses to “It’s a Boy: Names Under Consideration”

  • pirategrrl
    September 27, 2006 at 1:18 am

    Congradulations! I am fascinated by names and what people choose to name their children. I don’t know if you were looking for any input or feedback, if not, feel free to ignore the rest of this.

    Rowan, Winter, and Channing are all names I have heard given to girls. Cedar or Sage may brand your kid as the child of hippies. Not that any of this should dissuade you if you love those names. I like a slightly more conventional first name, with a more unusual middle name. Like my own, Rebecca Shoshannah. So a Rowan Sage Wilson would be nice. That way he might get teased less, and people will be able to spell the name, but he still has something unique and individual.


  • toxgunn
    September 27, 2006 at 4:50 am

    I believe there is a current Logan spike courtesy of X-Men films.

    Adonis is awfully hard to live up to.

    Ash(er) is neat.



  • matimus
    September 27, 2006 at 8:30 am

    Godzilla Wilson would be brilliant.


  • dakini_grl
    September 27, 2006 at 9:15 am

    Wow, those are spectacular. I think I like Asher best. Well, actually I like Tremendifer best, so maybe that’s what I’ll call him once he gets here. I’m so old fashioned when it comes to names, my favorites are things like Henry and George and Ezra. Bah.


  • mickibean
    September 27, 2006 at 11:04 am

    I vote Sebastian…I knew a Sebastian once and he went by Seb for short, I always thought that was such a neat name. I too though, am also attracted to tree/nature names(always wanted a girl named Yarrow)… I love Rowan and Sage as well:)


  • foseelovechild
    September 27, 2006 at 11:11 am

    I have so many opinions, let me know if you want them.


  • sarabellae
    September 27, 2006 at 11:54 am

    Of course I want to hear opinions! I love this game. It’s probably the best part of being pregnant. (Perhaps I have an Adam complex?) I can discuss names forever, however, in the end, this is not a democracy. 😉


  • sarabellae
    September 27, 2006 at 12:03 pm

    It’s funny how name trends work: In Lucas’s class of 24 kids, there are both traditional names (Andrew, Charlie, Ben, Samual) and wacky names (Rowan, Arwen, Yoobin, Haven, Elvie) and very little in between. Maybe Linus and Maxine are somewhere in the middle?

    This baby is our second child: He’s going to get lots of hand-me-downs throughout his life. I want his name to be unique, bold, beautiful, and HIS.


  • mickibean
    September 27, 2006 at 12:05 pm

    or how about Imobolc? ha ha ha ha ha ok, i’ll stop being a big nerd.


  • mickibean
    September 27, 2006 at 12:05 pm

    oops, i meant Imbolc.


  • sarabellae
    September 27, 2006 at 12:05 pm

    Ian’s very fond of Bonzai Potemkin Wilson. I have to admit, it has a certain ring to it.


  • sarabellae
    September 27, 2006 at 12:06 pm

    Damn those X-Men! You’re right. Logan is very popular right now. Asher is right up at the top of the list at the moment.


  • misterjustin
    September 27, 2006 at 12:22 pm

    I’ll put in a vote for Gabriel – I have never met one and it is actually in my top 5 boy names. Beyond “God is my strength” – which is not really what the Hebrew says – he is also recognized as one of the Archangels, usually associated with water, aquarius, healing, learning, mercury, etc.

    Gabriel Wilson sounds mighty, mighty cool to me.


  • sarabellae
    September 27, 2006 at 12:32 pm

    OK, I’ll bite: What does the Hebrew say Gabriel means? It’s a lovely-sounding name. I’ve always loved that -iel ending, but it seems to relate to God in all names (Gabriel, Daniel, Ariel, Uriel, etc.).


  • dizzyburner
    September 27, 2006 at 2:33 pm

    That would have worked if we named the first one Beltane (his b-day is May 1).


  • flonkbob
    September 27, 2006 at 11:58 pm

    How about Frank? I mean, how many do you know? Really?

    Wow, I heard that one get shot down from here. I like Sebastian actually.


  • dakini_grl
    September 28, 2006 at 11:56 am

    Oh and my mom always threatened to name my little brother Obadiah (“oh-bah-DYE-ah”). Yikes.


  • kittiliscious
    September 28, 2006 at 12:59 pm

    Great names! Some of them sound better than others in front of your last name. I think Asher sounds great. Then we could all call him Ash, which I think is the name of the guy in the Evil Dead series. Maybe I shouldn’t have mentioned that. 😉


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