If you haven't heard already, we are expecting baby #3 this Spring! We decided not to find out the sex of the baby and cannot wait to be surprised in the delivery room! It was much more difficult to chose a name for a boy, but we finally did it! We have had a name picked for a girl for a while now. Either way, we won't be sharing until the baby is born. Today I'm sharing the names we have decided not to use from our list. A lot of these names were in the running when we were expecting our first two kids, but never seem to make the cut. We still love and adore these names and hopefully someone else can use them!
The main things we consider when picking a boy's name:
Is it strong and compassionate?
We definitely wanted something strong and kind. I want my boys to be leaders but have a compassionate heart. I like to pick boy names that are either one syllable or have a one syllable nickname associated with it. I love the names on this list, but the meaning of a name is SO important to us. A lot of these names, like Finn for example, are great but I'm not a fan of the meaning.
Is it unique but not too rare?
It's important to us that he has a unique name but if it's so rare that no one can pronounce it, we will set him up for a lifetime of annoying conversations. Sometimes this can't be controlled because of shifting name trends. For example, 7 years ago when we named Henry, 1 in every 717 boys were named Henry according to the social security website. We felt confident that we had a unique and strong boy's name. Fast forward to 2017 and Henry is in the top 100! Either way we still love his name and at least he is the only Henry in his age group.
These names are in no particular order. Let us know which is your favorite!
Name Meanings & Origins
- Benjamin- Hebrew: "son of the right hand"
- Arthur- Celtic: "bear"
- Theodoric (Theo)- German: "people's ruler"
- Finn- Irish: "fair, white"
- Ranger- French: "forest guardian"
- Benedict- Latin: "blessed"
- Alden- English: "wise friend"
- Zachary: Hebrew: "the lord has remembered"
- Sawyer- English: "woodcutter"
- Beckett: English/Irish: "bee cottage"
- Luca- Italian: "man from lucania"
- Wilder- English: surname
- Holden- English: "hollow valley"
- Maverick- American: "independent"
- Hayes- English: "hedged area"
- Graham: Scottish: "homestead"
- Declan- Irish: "man of prayer"
- Oakley- English: "oak wood"
- Bodhi- Sanskrit: "awakening, enlightenment"
- Emerson/Emmett- German: "son of emery"
- Auden- English: "old friend"
- George- Greek: "farmer"
- Dane-English: "from Denmark"
- Dresden- German town name
- Thatcher- English: "roofer/ occupational name"