One of the most frequent questions we are asked after people know we are having a boy is…
What are you naming him?
It feels like we have discussed several thousand names. Being a teacher makes selecting a name
a little more challenging. Another layer to that is one of the schools we both worked at we referred to students by their initials, so we have thought about what his initials will be as well.
Our name we picked out for a girl is Lyndon and I’m still absolutely in love with it, but we are having a boy.
Some of the names for our little boy we have discussed are…
Joseph: Craig’s father’s first name. Since Craig’s father has passed away we thought about using part of his name for the baby, but we aren’t too fond of other people we know with that name. Even more so, we don’t like the idea of him being called “Joe” or “Joey”.
Lawrence: Craig’s father’s middle name. We liked it for a little while, but again, we aren’t thrilled with the thought of him being called “Larry”.
Cayden: Craig keeps circling around back to this name, but I’m not sold on it at all.
Laxton: I like this one…Craig does not. He prefers Paxton, but Cole had a friend with that name and I just can’t.
Jaxson or Jackson: Craig likes this one, but it’s way too popular.
Max/Maxwell: Craig is into this one too—as I write this I realize how open he is and how resistant I am. Maxwell reminds me of coffee and Max sort of sounds like a dog…I’m just not so sure about it.
Maddox: In case you haven’t noticed, Craig likes names with an “x” in them. I’m not a fan of this one…uggg will I ever like a name?
Lennox: Family name which would have a lot of meaning, but not sold on him being called “Len” or “Lenny”…as an English Teacher all I can think of is Lenny in Of Mice and Men.
Isaiah: I like this one, but Craig accuses me of being a closet Celtics fan and thinks that’s why I like the name. I do like the player Isaiah Thomas a lot, but since he is now on the Cavs this name is off my list (I’m not a Cavs fan).
Josiah: This name we both like, but are not in love with it. Since Craig’s father’s name is Joseph is has that connection, but again we don’t like the idea of him being called “Joe” or “Joey”.
Pierce: I like this one, but Craig does not—since it is a former Celtic player (I swear I’m not a Celtic fan).
Craig Jr.: Craig doesn’t like the idea because he feels a lot of men who name their son after them are controlling and he doesn’t want to be that dad. He wants him to have his own identity.
Do we select a name that is popular? Unique, but not too unique? Family name? A Jr? So much to think about, but I know when the time comes we will have the perfect name for our little one.
When we have decided on a name we have agreed not to share it with anyone until he is born…now if we can just agree on a name for the lil guy!
Share in a comment: Which name do you like best? Any suggestions for us to consider?