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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!!!

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Okay well, I am going to say that I do not like made up names either... however lots of people (who apparently arent very bright) consider our sons names to be "made up". Anyways... I really like different names, and I think a lot of people assume if you dont hear it everywhere, a name is weird.

I do think you may be overanalyzing the names a little bit... like with the name Alexander, it is a popular enough name that they couldnt possibly be upset IMO. HOWEVER, based on what I read above, you dont truly LOVE any of those names and you (and DH) are compromising. When you truly find THE name you wont care if it starts with a J or ends in ON.

I would stay away from Lyndon Johnson, but then again I am American, so I dont know how many canadians are that familiar with him...

Sorry I couldnt be more help. In my opinion I dont really like any of the names youve chosen, because I prefer my names to be off the beaten path a ways.

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I really like the name Lyndon, but if my name was Johnson, I wouldn't use it. I am American though, so being Canadian it might be different. I like names that are not very common and you don't hear all of the time. I like Owen and Alexander, but they are not names I would choose personally. I agree that once you find THE name you will know it. It will just feel right and you won't even want to consider other names.

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I think you are thinking to much about finding the perfect name!

Lindon is adorable, and I am from America, but I dont think other peoples opinions should matter, its not their kid. [Linny could be a great boys nickname]
I dont like the name Alexander, the biggest reason being that it is very common and used alot. I am personally think Zander is more original and less used.
Owen is very cute, I have noticed an increase of the number of people and kiddos with the name but I think it would be a cute middle name if you want a more original name (:

How about sharing some of the names your DH hasnt been fond of? What are YOUR personal favorites!?

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"xMyLovelyLadyBumpx" wrote:

How about sharing some of the names your DH hasnt been fond of? What are YOUR personal favorites!?

First off, thanks everyone for your opinions, I really do appreciate it!

Honestly I can't even think of a bunch of others because my mind has been so focussed on the ones that we "agreed" on the past few weeks, and he is saying that I can pick from here so I just keeping tossing around different variations and combinations of these names. I guess maybe since none are sticking yet, we do need to keep looking?

One of my favorites that Dh vetoed is Matthias. I think Matty is really cute for a baby boy, and Matt is good solid "growing up" nick name that would fit in, but the name itself I think is unique which I love! Also I think Matthias Johnson sounds great together! It's not that he accuses this name of being "made-up" but that it sounds "foreign"/European when we are as Canadian/North American as they come. :rolleyes:

I went in today and had a 3D ultrasound (which was super fun) so I was mentally calling the baby different names to see what worked, but I was so busy socializing with the tech (who is a friend of mine) that I didn't really give it enough thought. On Wednesday night (I'm out of town until then) I'm hoping Troy and I can huddle around the computer and look at the baby together and maybe come to some sort of decision? I think it will help to see the baby and call him by the name, if that makes sense?

I totally get that no matter what the baby is named not everyone will love it, and there will always be things that come up, but it seems silly to me to use the name Lyndon knowing of the connection that will obviously made (even if not super frequently).

I am still being completely indecisive...

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[QUOTE=mrsjohnson310]One of my favorites that Dh vetoed is Matthias. I think Matty is really cute for a baby boy, and Matt is good solid "growing up" nick name that would fit in, but the name itself I think is unique which I love! Also I think Matthias Johnson sounds great together! It's not that he accuses this name of being "made-up" but that it sounds "foreign"/European when we are as Canadian/North American as they come. :rolleyes:

I went in today and had a 3D ultrasound (which was super fun) so I was mentally calling the baby different names to see what worked, but I was so busy socializing with the tech (who is a friend of mine) that I didn't really give it enough thought. On Wednesday night (I'm out of town until then) I'm hoping Troy and I can huddle around the computer and look at the baby together and maybe come to some sort of decision? I think it will help to see the baby and call him by the name, if that makes sense?
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I like that name Matthias, its different and rememberable. Plus Matty/Matt are adorable (: On the note of it being foreign, my mom wanted to name me Annastasia, but was talked out of it because it sounded to "high class" for a girl in the country to name her child [so said my grandmother to my mother] My mom said she regreted it every day! I regret not naming my daughter what I wanted too, and that I was talked out of a name I LOVED and knew was a perfect name for my DD.

I also did the "name the baby with ultra sound pics" thing lol Everyone thought I was nuts! I still didnt get to name her what i wanted to tho which stinks, so I am NOT letting anyone talk me out of the perfect name for the next one!

Im sure you will find the PERFECT name for your munchkin(:

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Owen is my fav on your list. I know a little boy named Owen and his nickname is Odie.

Linden is ok to me... not my fav, and not awful

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I love Matthias. I think its adorable

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I am American also, so could not do Lyndon with Johnson, not a fan anyhow. Smile Owen and Alexander are both cute, but as you said, very popular. Smile I really like Matthias though. I don't think it is foreign, just biblical. Good luck!

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My little boy is Owen, so I'm partial to that one. Smile But I'm sure that your friends would be very touched if you named your son Alexander.... I don't think they would mind at all. I'm sure it would bring them a lot of joy to know that you remember their son so fondly and wish to use his name. You could name him Alexander and call him Xander... that way it wouldn't seem too common.

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I'm Canadian so wouldn't have picked up on the "Lyndon Johnson" thing Smile

I think I like Owen best of your list of three... Lyndon just doesn't do it for me and Alexander just isn't "different" enough (I like names that are a little bit different/uncommon, but not outlandishly so). As for being called "Lyn"... my BIL's middle name is Lynn and I had a male optometrist once who's first name was "Lynn"... apparently it is an old male name (I guess like Ashley, Shannon, Meredith, Beverly, etc. used to be it ended up nowdays being associated only with girls).

I think Matthias is nice too... good and strong... familiar, but not as common as Matthew.

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1. Do NOT name your child "Linden Johnson." That was a president, and every adult he meets will think it's strange and so will kids once they learn about Pres. Johnson. That's just too unusual a first name to use it with Johnson and not have it be weird that it is the name of a former president. If your last name was Washington, would you name your son George? I wouldn't.

Owen and Alexander are very nice names. Both popular, but very classic, nice, masculine names.

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I don't mind Lyndon and I'm American. Before you do it though, you might want to read up a bit on the former president and make sure he was someone you would have voted for. Wink

I love Matthias. You still have awhile to work on it with your DH.

Both Owen and Alexander are a little too common for me.

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Of all these names, Owen is my favorite, but like the others said, I think it's a bit too popular right now for my taste.

I am American, and I would definitely avoid the name Lyndon.

Matthias is not a bad name, but it made me think of another one I like better. Have you thought about Thaddeus, nickname Thad? I dunno...just has a nice ring to it.

Good luck and let us know what you decide!

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"mrsjohnson310" wrote:

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)
Linden is the one I like best. And I'm Canadian so don't care about the same name as President thing. I actually very like Linden Alexander Johnson. very nice.

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!!!

Wink

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Just thought I would share an update....

Our baby boy is going to be... Alexander Michael Johnson

I don't know how to explain how I came to this decision, but we were on vacation last week and had a lot of time to discuss the names, and I really just came to the conclusion that I could "see" us with a baby Alex... it just FELT right and that an Alex would make a perfect addition to our family Smile

Thanks everyone for your feedback and comments - I truly appreciate all your thoughts.

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Love it! Great name. Smile

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Congrats on deciding on a name! Alex is a great name. Wink

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Lol I would shy away from naming your son Lyndon Johnson... sorry! Canadian or not the name is the name. I like Alexander, that's my son's middle name... as long as no one calls him Alex (I hate abbreviations or nicknames)! If you named him Alexander, the middle name would need to be two syllables to sound best... good luck!