Some opinions please (long)
So we are having a baby boy, due in July and I am soooooo indecisive when it comes to pretty much anything so I am having a heck of a time choosing a baby name. DH isn't TOO picky, but he doesn't like "made up names" or weird spellings and a lot of the boy names I like are very modern and in his opinion "made-up". Anyways, here are some ideas we have on the table right now that he has already ok'd and my opinions for/against.
Linden/Lyndon/Lynden - Would still need to decide on the spelling, this is DH's favorite and I actually really love the name, the only thing REALLY holding me back is that our last name is Johnson hence giving our little boy the same full name as a US president (we are Canadian so we are arguing as to how much people will actually care) What do you ladies think? (maybe mention if you are Canadian/US/other) Also which spelling? I prefer Lyndon which is exactly as the pres was spelled, but Lynden is good too. DH prefers Linden because of the hockey player, Trevor Linden, who played on for favorite team. Oh also, no nickname! (I am worried about the potential teasing factor of "Lyn" which is a girls nickname)
Owen - I love this name a lot too, this is DH's least fav, but he has said he'd be ok with it. Downside, I like the idea of having a nickname and I kinda dislike there wouldn't be a nickname for Owen, but at least no girlie potential either! Only thing here too is that Owen has become very popular the last few years and I would prefer something that at least he won't be one of 3 in his class! (Owen has been in the top 10 boys names for the last 3 years in our province)
Alexander - I think this name is leading right now for me. I like both the nicknames Alex and Xander, but again - it is very popular. I can't even think of anything else I don't like about this name... Oh I almost forgot, the ring bearer at my parents wedding was a little boy named Alex who unfortunately passed away when he was 16 from muscular dystrophy, I still talk to his younger brother and my parents still friends with his parents so I think I should talk to them maybe before using the name? My mom likes the idea of using the name, and thinks their family would be ok with it but my thought is maybe the brother had/has intentions of using the name when he has his family? I mean we aren't THAT close, don't even live in the same city, but I wouldn't want to take away from the meaning for them... KWIM?
For middle names we are thinking possibly Michael (my dads name, sounds especially good with Owen IMO), or I like Alexander Brandt (no family connection) and am even now thinking that Lyndon Alexander sounds good too (a compromise?)
Any opinions are welcome, I guess I am mostly wondering what you guys think of my rationale for each name, do you think I'm over analyzing? (DH does) Any other suggestions? How do you think the potential names sound with our last name? I feel our last name is very restricting because I don't like alliterations much (Jack Johnson, Josh Johnson, James Johnson) and I don't want names that end in "on" either. Again, too repetitive. (Again DH thinks I have ridiculous rules!)
Looking back on how long this is, I am beginning to agree with DH that maybe I AM overanalyzing every little thing!!!