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Registered: 03-26-2008
Fri, 06-25-2010 - 12:57pm
I'm having a boy and I can't decide on a name. I don't want it to be common but every name I like shows up on the social security list of the top 1000 names. We have an Irish last name, I like European names but not too strong sounding. My girls have Italian first names with Irish last names but when they get married it will change. I'm not sure that an Italian first name with an Irish last name sounds good for a boy so I've been moving away from it a little bit. Here is my list so far...
Jerome (love this but hate nn Jerry)

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Registered: 06-29-2007
In reply to: luvmybelly2008
Fri, 06-25-2010 - 3:00pm

Congrats on your little boy! Just something to consider, I don't think being in the top 1000 makes a name popular. Top 100 - sure, but I think when you actually look at the number of babies born with the name, it is not really "popular."

Matteo - sounds very Italian, so if you are veering away from that, I'd look at something else.
Jude - I find this name very "cool" sounding
Quinn - I like this - soft and powerful at the same time
Emmett - Ok
Fynn - I prefer Finn - like this one, but might not sound all that great with very Italian sounding sister names
Tomas - Not a big fan
Vincent - I like this name - like Vince - love VANCE though too
Jerome (love this but hate nn Jerry) - not a fan
Graham - really like this name

Good Luck!

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Registered: 01-15-2007
In reply to: luvmybelly2008
Sat, 06-26-2010 - 1:25pm

First, congrats on expecting! Second, who knows whether your girls will change their LNs when they get married! It will be up to them, and their attitudes toward that may change several times over the course of their lives, even after they marry. Or they may never marry. So really, you have no way to know. Why does that matter? Because your girls, and your boy, will do fine with their names, whatever those names may be! (I know a man who changed his LN to his wife's LN at marriage even, because she was the last of her family (very sad story there), and he wanted the name not to die out. So really, it's all very individual.) Third, take a moment to see how few babies actually have the names in the SSA 800-1000 range - not many!! So it's not really true to say that a name is "popular" just because it appears in the top 1000. That's not to say it's wrong to want an even more uncommon name, just to say that there are very few babies with name #999 or whatever.

Matteo - If you're looking to move away from Italian sounding names, this isn't the way to go. It's a great name in its own right, though. Maybe Matthias?
Jude - Really nice; Julius is also nice
Quinn - Too bland for my taste, but a fine name that goes well with many Irish LNs
Emmett - Nice, but a little boring to me
Fynn - The spelling really turns me off, plus it looks like the way lots of people try to feminize a boys' name for a daughter; Finn is better
Tomas - Nice, but most everyone will spell it incorrectly his whole life, including credit agencies, banks, government agencies, and so on. Why stick him with that? Besides, people will call him Tom, and it sounds to me like you'd be opposed to that
Vincent - Really nice
Jerome (love this but hate nn Jerry) - Yes, people will call him Jerry, no question.
Graham - Nice, not too interesting, though

Try and check out some of the European names there.

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Registered: 08-16-2004
In reply to: luvmybelly2008
Sat, 06-26-2010 - 2:52pm
Matteo I love this as a middle name.
Jude This one is in my top two.
Quinn Nice.
Emmett Also nice.
Fynn I prefer Finn.
Tomas Love it! I also love Willem.
Vincent I love it but dislike nn Vinny.
Jerome I dated one and his nn was Romy, very cute!
Graham Love it.


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In reply to: luvmybelly2008
Sat, 06-26-2010 - 8:35pm

I think Vincent would be a perfect fit with your girls names, and I know I have many Vincents in my Irish family tree.