A male baby to be more specific. There you go. So much for my planned big reveal of the new baby’s sex. Sorry for not coming up with a super creative photo post, I already channeled all my energy into finishing the guest room before our first guests will use it this weekend, being sick, and caring for a sick child again. A child, that also just discovered the joys of fully blown temper tantrums. Ah, the joys!
It’s gonna be interesting to see how this next little boy is gonna differ from Milo and in which ways they will be able to connect. We are really hoping that in about two years they will be fully compatible play buddies that can entertain each other for hours with only minimal supervision.
My next couple of days will be spent designing a completely new nursery for baby nummer two. And we could really use your help to come up with a cool name. Milo was kind of the only name ever Linc and I really loved, so it will be hard to find an equally cool brother name.
My criteria for a name are pretty ambitious anyway and I’m gonna tell you right now that I usually have to reject about 90% of all suggestions that are given to me. Not to discourage you, but to set a challenge, this is what the name should be like:
- Uncommon. As much as I like the name Noah, I don’t want him to be one of three Noah’s in his class.
- Not too crazily unique
- Easily pronounceable in English and German.Â We don’t want the poor kid to have to spell out his name everywhere he goes.
- Short. If everyone calls the kid Alex, then why name it Alexander?
- Not easily to abbreviate or made into weird nicknames
Ready? Set. Go!
Oh i love a challenge! James's name was going to be winston, which im partial to. It ended up as his middle name. I also like logan.
Congrats!! Brothers!! I think Liam sounds good with Milo. And it fits your exacting requirements :)
A little brother for big Milo! He must be pretty excited! And I' m really surprised about your big bump compared to my friend' s who' s due date is the same. I really like the suggested names Liam and Logan. But what do you think about Linus? Or Finn?
Cute picture! And excited for Milo's little brother! I'll have to think more on names, but I like the ones offered so far...
Ha! Johanna, you nailed it. Finn and Linus are both on my shortlist. Unfortunately Liam and Logan are both in the top 10 of most popular boy names and we already know a bunch of kids with those names, so they won't make the running. Winston is kinda cool, but maybe a little bit too American for me.
Hey, I told you I was picky. I have about 8 names on my secret list that I could see happening, but haven't discussed them fully with Lincoln yet and am kind of avoiding doing so because it might set me back to square one. Matthew was one of Lincolns recent suggestions. Do I have to say more?
Lets hear your secret list please...
In fact I offered you names I' d choose for my own kids if I could. But Matthias shortname is Fini and he doesn't like Linus. I really like Matthew by the way but it's obvious that I could never choose that one. Let' s think about more names together in May!
Ich werde hier ja auch dauernd mit den ganzen ostfriesischen Namen konfrontiert. Z.B. Keno, Elso, Enno, Renke,... Alles nicht sooo. Finde allerdings Kjell oder Kian sehr schÃ¶n, stell mir das aber besser fÃ¼r ein blondes Kind vor, also definitiv nicht fÃ¼r Eures.
How does this sound to you for the two brothers: Milo and Kai Tran?
I like Kai and it fits all our criteria, but our close friend's boy is already named Kai.
First: My very best wishes for you soon-to-be 4! It is impressiv that you take this challenge again after such a short time and a second child brings you straight up to another level. Think it will be certainly exciting for you
Here is what I found: Aaron, Elias, Leon, Aiden. No idea whether one of them matches with your new little babyboy, but I kind of like them and think they could fit well with Milo and of course Tran...
Greetings from Munich!
I have exactly the same criteria for names like you with another difficulty: I want them to be pronounced the same in English and German. I like Linus, but it wouldn't fit that criterion. So my favorites are Oskar and Tom.
But keep in mind, if you choose one of them, our kids might have the same names, after all!
Lots of Love,
Alright, here is our current shortlist. These are names that were discussed and both like:
These are some that are still on my list even though Lincoln was not a fan, and some that I just added:
Now you can critique my choices.
I don't know whether I can dare...I think I'm too critical.
Well, I guess, thats what you want:
Elliott: reminds me immediately of Billy Elliott. For me its more a last name.
Ellis: sounds more like a girls name.
Finn: I like it very much, but every second child in Germany is called Finn or Fynn, so not very unique anymore.
Linus: I like it alot pronounced in German, not very much pronounced in English (Leinus).
Mattis: sounds like a nicname (for Matthias or so). Wouln't fit a grown man I think.
Micah: the kid would have to spell it all the time. Sounds very northern.
Nolan: Yeah its ok...not special...not bad.
Travis: Very English.
Boon: reminds me of bone. sounds like a dogs name.
Flynn: is a funny way of Fynn
Tobin: the kid would always have to say: like tobi with an n.
Marley: is the last name of bob marley and more a dogs name than a boys name.
Sorry Nicola...I hope it wasn't too harsh. Choosing a name is very exciting and very hard I think. So many things to consider!! I'm extremly curious which one you will choose!!!
Oh yeah, you are pretty critical. But none of your associations are really that bad. I could live with a funny Flynn or a Billy Elliott. After all if we had listened to you Milo couldn't have gotten his name either because it is a chocolate drink's name. And now we found out it's also a dog food's name in the US and a T-Shirt brand in France.
Thats true, just go with your guts!! The boy will give the name his own character anyways!!
This thread is quite entertaining! :) I have to say I agree with Magdalena's assessment. I also like Simon and its #22o something in the US. I like Calvin too but would think of CalvinKlein, though that's not a terrible association. I've also always loved Isaac. If you want to suddenly be uber Jewish. Sebastian. Kind of hipstersy. Colin, eh, weakling kid from the secret garden.
Also Mateo! I thought of that during yoga tonite :)
Mateo was actually on my list, but Lincoln crossed it out because he already knows a Mateo. Leo would be my favorite name especially since this kid is gonna be born in the sign of leo, but Linc doesn't like it either.
It's fun to see everyone's association with names and how different they are depending on a person's background and personal experience. And then if you are trying to bring Germany and US popularity and pronunciation together it is getting extra tricky.
Let' s check out my associatons:
Elliott: remembers me of the movie 'Pete's dragon' which I like a lot... but as name for your little boy... not so much. And I think it doesn't really fit for Germany.
Ellis: just not my favorite
Finn and Linus: as I suggested both names by myself there's nothing more to say. I like both in English AND German. By the way: of about 350 babies that I helped getting into this world there were about 2 boys called Finn. So to me this doesn't seem too popular.
Mattis: it's pretty obvious that I like this one. And I think it fits for children as much as for adults. E.g. Opa Mattis. Doesn't this sound good?
Micah: Sounds good. But I would spell it Mika.
Nolan, Travis, Boone: no way!
Flynn is ok
Tobin: i like it, but would like Robin even more
Marley: it's definitely a dog's name
To some of the other suggested names:
I really like Logan and Aidan, but it would be way too American.
Sebastian and Simon are great names but keep in mind, that both are on my shortlist...
How about Bennet?
Congrats!! Definitely love Micah/Mika and Colin Tran - goes well with Milo and even includes some letters of your own names ;)