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October 9th, 2011, 11:19 AM
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Ok, let me just put it out there - boy names suck!

There are so many lovely, adorable, beautiful names for girls! But boy names? ugh. They are either too common/popular, too weak, or too weird. When I see a name I like, I try to picture my son as a man and think, "does the name still work?" Sometimes it does, then I ask, "Is it on the top 10 names right now?" If no, then I move onto, "Is it too weird or out there?" Then I'm left with nothing.

I think we've narrowed it down to either Jonah or Jack/Jackson. Jack used to be a common name, but not so much any more. It's a little simplistic and plain, but it's also a strong name for a man and my DH has an uncle with the name, so there's a family aspect to it. Jonah is a nice name - not too common and not too weird, but we both still feel it might be a little weak for a man. So, then we thought about Jonas, then thought of the Jonas Brothers and quickly crossed it off the list. His middle name will be James, so I guess he can always just go by J.J. when he gets older. I don't know. *sigh*

There's a couple other names I liked, but DH didn't. Or DH liked a name, but I didn't. We absolutely did not have this problem with girl names, though!!!

Anyway, I guess this is pretty much just a vent post
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October 9th, 2011, 11:27 AM
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I agree. Girls names don't have those same problems. Typical male names like David, George, Michael, and Christopher are becoming less popular. They're being replaced by Aidan, Ethan, and Riley. DH and I jumped on the "cutesy boy name" train and I feel we have to continue this path or Sawyer would look out of place.

Jackson is nice. He can go by Jackson as a kid/teenager, and Jack as an adult.
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October 9th, 2011, 01:52 PM
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I like Jackson and Jack is definitely a strong nickname. I don't think you can go wrong with that name.
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October 9th, 2011, 03:27 PM
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I really dislike Jackson for no specific reason, but I love Jack. You could also name him John and call him Jack, but.. I'll never understand where that idea came from, lol.

I don't really care for Jack James. Alliteration and only one syllable in both names - it sounds kind of harsh and jerky. So I guess I'd pick Jackson James for you.

Also, I love Jonah. And.. the Jonas brothers are already falling out of popularity I think. They aren't exactly the Rolling Stones, and I don't think they'll be around forever, so that the association will always be there. I don't think our kid's friends will know who the Jonas Brothers are.
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October 9th, 2011, 04:06 PM
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Thanks for the feedback, ladies!

SandyBeach - I said the same thing about the way that Jack James flows. I also prefer just Jack to Jackson, but it doesn't go with the James part. James is my husband's name and his father's name, so that's why we want that as the middle name. I also agree with you about the Jonas Brothers thing... may take that into consideration. Thankfully, we still have about 7 months to decide
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October 9th, 2011, 11:36 PM
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I agree with you. I wanted a girl SO bad. I had 5 names picked out that I absolutely LOVED that SO loved as well. Boy names....... nadda.

Now I found ONE that I like, SO doesn't like it. He found one he likes- and I don't like it. It's so frustrating. I like unique names but not WEIRD names. It's so much easier to find that for a girl. lol!

I love Jack- it's a little too plain for my own use. But it reminds me of Titanic (*swoon*) and I think of popular and successful men when I hear the name.

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October 10th, 2011, 09:27 AM
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I agree, boys names were really hard for us to come up with. We still cant come up with a single name we would consider using for a boys first name-until someone posted Truett... that has stuck in my head and my hubby didnt hate it...

I agree that Jack James is a bit harsh and abrupt. Jonah James or Jonas James flow much better.

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October 10th, 2011, 06:14 PM
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I Love Jonah James! What a manly and unique name! I also like Jonas James, I think that would be a nice alternative....but I prefer Jonah! So nice!
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October 13th, 2011, 12:19 AM
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I think Jonah James is a very strong masculine name. Jonas makes me think of oil (heating oil, propane).
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October 13th, 2011, 01:14 AM
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AHHHHHHHHHHH we are the opposite! we cannot agree on a girl name to save our lives. But could picked and name sons for here until eternity.

I love the name James, I think Jackson is way popular but I agree Jack James doesn't go well.

I like Jonah and Jonas too and agree that the connection to the Jonas brothers will fade.
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October 13th, 2011, 04:21 AM
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I love Jack/Jackson

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October 13th, 2011, 05:58 AM
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We are opposite, boys names are easy, girls names are hard, because there are too many I like!!

I do like Jack but I think I prefer Jonah James. It flows better and to me its a less common but still normal name

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October 13th, 2011, 03:30 PM
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I don't like Jackson at all, I hear it EVERYWHERE. It's so common. I like Jack much better, but agree Jack James doesn't flow that great. It sounds to me like you really aren't happy with Jackson, Jack or Jonah. I think I'd start looking at other names, when you find the right one you'll know!

I consider these to be strong boys names -

Easton James
Max, Maxwell, Maxim James
Grant James
Seth James
Graham James
Chase James
Timothy James
Griffin James
Grady James
Ryder James
Jasper James
Isaac James
Hudson James
Ralph James
Walker James
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October 14th, 2011, 08:33 AM
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I like Jonah James.

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