What Should I name my Son?

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At 42 years old Im going to have my first son on April the 4th... funny, I have grandsons now, and Im about to have my first son.

Anyway, my wife and I still havent come up with a name.... we figure we may just stare at him for a night or so and try to figure out what he looks like...lol

Anybody have any name ideas?

I was thinking Rudyard Kipling Durham

But she wont go for it... she wants it to be original but not strange... not named after a hero or anything...!

Im stumped. I also like the first and mid Kahlil Gibran ...

But Im weird like that.
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  • Profile picture of the author thunderbird
    Congratulations! My son's name is Lucas, so that is taken

    Originally Posted by John Durham View Post

    At 42 years old Im going to have my first son on April the 4th... funny, I have grandsons now, and Im about to have my first son.

    Anyway, my wife and I still havent come up with a name.... we figure we may just stare at him for a night or so and try to figure out what he looks like...lol

    Anybody have any name ideas?

    I was thinking Rudyard Kipling Durham

    But she wont go for it... she wants it to be original but not strange... not named after a hero or anything...!

    Im stumped. I also like the first and mid Kahlil Gibran ...

    But Im weird like that.
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  • Profile picture of the author tentimes
    Name him Ladiesandgentleman. That's what Louis CK says anyways.
  • Profile picture of the author Sheryl Polomka
    Joel - I always wanted the name Joel but my husband didn't agree. So our middle boy Corey has it for his middle name and he actually says he would prefer Joel as his first name

    My 3 boys are:

    Benjamin Travis
    Corey Joel
    Lachlan Glen

    So I guess they are my favourite 6 names
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  • Profile picture of the author John Henderson
    To be honest, I'd never give a kid a name that I wouldn't want to be called.

    One couple I know called their little boy "Tiberius" because that was James T. Kirk's middle name and the dad was a Star Trek fan. No I'm not joking. The poor guy has to spend the rest of his life being called "Tiberius". If only the father had 'tried out' that name for 3 months by asking everyone who knew him to refer to him as "Tiberius", he'd have realised what a dumb name that was and called the kid "David" or "Matthew".

    Another couple I know wanted to call their unborn son "Herbert". Thankfully it was a girl, so "Herbert" became "Harriet". Which to my ears sounds quite sophisticated.

    While living in the "rust belt" in the north of England, I've heard mothers call out various names down the supermarket aisles to their kids: "Cassidy" (girl), "Reegan" (girl), "Teegan" (boy), "Kaylin" (boy). I think that some people treat their children as fashion accessories rather than humans, and forget that the name that they give to their children will last a lifetime. I can't believe that anyone who calls their son "Kaylin" has really sat down and pictured their offspring at the age of 75. If they had, I feel sure that they would appreciate just how uncomfortable a 75-year-old man is going to feel when he has to confess that his name is "Kaylin".

    Okay, rant over. I'm going to bed.
    • Profile picture of the author John Durham
      Originally Posted by John Henderson View Post

      To be honest, I'd never give a kid a name that I wouldn't want to be called.

      One couple I know called their little boy "Tiberius" because that was James T. Kirk's middle name and the dad was a Star Trek fan. No I'm not joking. The poor guy has to spend the rest of his life being called "Tiberius". If only the father had 'tried out' that name for 3 months by asking everyone who knew him to refer to him as "Tiberius", he'd have realised what a dumb name that was and called the kid "David" or "Matthew".

      Another couple I know wanted to call their unborn son "Herbert". Thankfully it was a girl, so "Herbert" became "Harriet". Which to my ears sounds quite sophisticated.

      While living in the "rust belt" in the north of England, I've heard mothers call out various names down the supermarket aisles to their kids: "Cassidy" (girl), "Reegan" (girl), "Teegan" (boy), "Kaylin" (boy). I think that some people treat their children as fashion accessories rather than humans, and forget that the name that they give to their children will last a lifetime. I can't believe that anyone who calls their son "Kaylin" has really sat down and pictured their offspring at the age of 75. If they had, I feel sure that they would appreciate just how uncomfortable a 75-year-old man is going to feel when he has to confess that his name is "Kaylin".

      Okay, rant over. I'm going to bed.
      Lol John this is so remniscent of my wifes thoughts. Thanks... by the way those are some cool names you threw out... Makes alot of sense.

      Also some really great other names on this thread thanks guys... A@ Thunderbird, I actually thought of Lucus or Lucious but she wouldnt go for it.

      Sheryl Your children have very cool names. I like that name Lachlan alot,

      Darn John, you have reminded me of some primal classic truths here to think about.

      Her pick for a name is John David.... she likes that or "Carter" (I dont like either of those)

      @ Jody. Im a Jr... he would be a third but Im mixed about the personal identity thing there...

      Thanks for the ideas guys and gals!
  • Profile picture of the author waterotter
    Congratulations John. I think John Jr. has a nice ring to it!
    • Profile picture of the author Roaddog
      Congratulations.

      Here's a pretty cool site for baby names and meanings of names.

      I would let your wife name him...after all, you know they are never wrong.:p

      I'm kind of partial to Roaddog myself...
    • Profile picture of the author kimberly Aita
      Originally Posted by waterotter View Post

      Congratulations John. I think John Jr. has a nice ring to it!
      Really, the moment I read this thread and see it's your first son? why not John? Even though it will be after a hero ie: you, why not let your name live on and John, Johnnie, or however you might spell it is and always will be a captivating kind of name....

      other thoughts... Ryder (getting to be popular but not so much yet) Jacob (always kind of thought provoking), I still think that John is just perfect... but I love the names I gave as well as Ryan, David, Cory, Nathaniel, and again for some reason I think Jacob sounds cool but John is my choice if you are taking votes.

      However, after having 6 kids and only letting one be named by their dad and now I love the name "darci" girl by the way... I know mom should and will have the last say .....
    • Profile picture of the author Ray Erdmann
      Originally Posted by waterotter View Post

      Congratulations John. I think John Jr. has a nice ring to it!
      IMHO, 'Jr', is so un-original!

      Sure, it's seen as 'traditional' in some areas of the country, but taking the easy way out and not even trying to get original is just as bad as some parents calling their kids by those things they'll never have in life, like "Porsche" or "Mercedes"

      I'm a "Jr" and hate it!

      I always think my parents were to lazy to get 'creative' with naming me and went the easy way and just settled on 'Jr'...when names like Ty, Connor, Kegan, Duncan, etc.,etc., etc.. were there for the taking!

      Personally, I tend to shy away from those all to common 'everyday names' like Michael, Peter, Aaron, Michelle, Lucy, etc.,etc., and would try and get original, but like it was said above, find one that YOU yourself wouldn't mind being called and then give it to your son!

      Congrats by the way! 41 here and no kids...and probably never will, so I'm so envious of you!

      Cheers,


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  • Profile picture of the author Sheryl Polomka
    My friend had a baby a couple of months ago and named him Kayden - I quite like that. They couldn't decide between Hayden and Kyle so they combined them to get Kayden
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    • Profile picture of the author Bill Farnham
      My 5 grandson's names are:

      Jeffery
      Jorden
      Corey
      Gage
      and Shane.

      Being as old as I am I really like the name Shane...

      Prescott Cloverdale Durham does have a ring to it, however...
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    Sons are extra special.....big congrats!
    imo, staring at him a couple of days before finalizing name might not be a bad idea
    I named my boy James Douglas he never took to a nickname, his suits him.
    My brother is also named James but was always a Jimmy to us and now Jim in his profession.
    Byron
    Samuel (sam)
    Gerald (jerry)
    Bryant
    Allen

    that's some in our clan I always like the names that can 'mature' once they are grown with acceptable nickname for childhood..

    Best to you and wife!!
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    My son's name is Sean which is Gaelic for John.

    I still love that name.

    Some other names I really like:

    Erik
    Brent
    Justin
    Brady
    Connor
    Luke
    Reagan
    Ellis
    Josh
    Byron



    Nimrod (just kidding)
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  • Profile picture of the author kimberly Aita
    oh and by way... congratulations!!! nothing to make you have to stay young like a child to have to chase around and I hope he gives you nothing but trouble LOL JK.... name him John
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    • Profile picture of the author sarina2010
      Wow! Congratulations to both of you.Try something unique. Why don't you try combining your name and your partner's name? Just a suggestion. LOL
  • Profile picture of the author John Durham
    @Paul

    She's pretty stuck on it, I must say the way you put it it doesnt sound as bad to me... lol

    Here's a pic. (I have her permission of course)




    Originally Posted by sarina2010 View Post

    Wow! Congratulations to both of you.Try something unique. Why don't you try combining your name and your partner's name? Just a suggestion. LOL
    Her name is bonnie -jean and I call her Bon... So does Darren (Graphics Genie-Partner) he suggested we call it Jon Bon Jovi... lol

    He sometimes writes us both because she does billing etc... and refers to us as Bon Jovi. lol "Dear Bon Jovi, I hope you both are well...".

    Dont tell him its not funny!
  • Profile picture of the author I.M.Retired
    Congratulations, John! What an exciting time for you and your wife and your 'wee laddie.'

    Why not wait until you meet him - he will tell you his name! And you will know it is perfect, just as he will be.
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      John,

      I had no idea Darren was your partner. I'm a big fan of his work.

      Do you also do graphics?
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    • Profile picture of the author pickthat apple
      Hi John and congratulations to both.
      I have got 3 children and since they are half Icelandic (I am Italian) I felt very much that I wanted to give an Icelandic name at least to the first one, chosen going back and forth on a list of thirty or so...
      So the priority was a name that sounded well in both languages and English, I did not want it too long and preferably without "r" because I have a french "r" and if I can avoid it I prefer...
      The second one we went for Italian, but still a name with a connection with daddys name. We had a bit of difficulty regarding the christening because I wanted it spelled with "c" instead of "k" and apparently this was a bit against the tradition of the church etc etc but eventually we got around that.
      For the third one the consideration that prevailed was that he was so much like my father , recently passed away, that it would have been an insult to call him something else. So we went for my father name and his father name as a second name.
      But generally speaking I like short names that flow well not too old fashioned but definitely not some of the nicknames you hear today.
      For a boy I like the names Joel and Vidal (this last one I have hardly heard it before but it was so stuck in my head for some reason) for a girl Amy, Kelsey, Lisa, Hazel...
  • Profile picture of the author Sheryl Polomka
    That picture is so cute - isn't it amazing what they can do these days.

    Jon Bon Jovi - what if you just shorten it to Jovi - Jovi Durham
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    • Profile picture of the author Kay King
      When choosing names - always look at what nicknames might get used. You don't your kid to hate you in his teens because you named him Cleopolis or Ezekial or Sue. With a 2 syllable last name, I'd use one syllable first name. I mean, Truman Durham just trips the tongue up. Then again, I do like Carter.

      You could call out names and see if he jumps when he hears the one he likes....
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    • Profile picture of the author graphicsgenie
      Originally Posted by Sheryl Polomka View Post

      That picture is so cute - isn't it amazing what they can do these days.

      Jon Bon Jovi - what if you just shorten it to Jovi - Jovi Durham
      Jovi, is actually the name I told, no ordered them to use, just so that together, they would be John Bon Jovi.

      John doesnt get it, thats why he thinks it is funny, shhhhh
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    Let your wife pick the name. It will show you love and trust her, and your son's name shouldn't make that much of a difference to you. You'll be calling him by his nickname anyway.
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  • Profile picture of the author HeySal
    I always like the name Chase.

    You can always go "green"
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    • Profile picture of the author John Durham
      Originally Posted by HeySal View Post

      I always like the name Chase.
      Jasper (no - don't do that one to him).
      How bout "Lima Beans"?

      Chase is really nice. I like that alot. Im like you... I want some deep meaning. my wife is more sensible like Paul and John above... She wants conservative so as not to make him feel above the other children, or different... she says women love classic names, and his wife would want him to have a strong classic name... All of this makes sense... We must temper our passion with reason lest it becomes a flame that burns to its own destruction.

      Hell I would Love to name Him Kahalil Og Mandino Kipling Durham!
  • Profile picture of the author Bear157
    Hi,
    Wow, Congratulation. My suggestion is "Peter Durham". I expect you like this name.
  • Profile picture of the author teecamo
    Congrats! Everyone by the name of "Ty" that I have known has turned out to be a stud. I wish it was my name! Raymond has always been solid for me too.
    • Profile picture of the author pickthat apple
      Oh dear...then perhaps I should be one of his good fairies...
      I wish him to grow healthy and strong and have a happy life...!
  • Profile picture of the author bilzz
    congrats take his name Billy

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