But have stupidly told people who keep trying to convince us otherwise. We said we loved it before we were even trying for a baby (watched the Ian drury film and when we heard he had named his son that we both thought it was a brilliant and unusual name), and now we are 5 months pregnant we are starting to doubt ourselves. Everyone keeps saying 'its a dogs name' or 'that's a soup'. But we still love it! Should we stick to our guns or cave to pressure? He would be Baxter Sturge if that helps your judgement in any way?
The name is fine, but doesn't go with your surname. Of the others you mention, Edwin is nice, but Edwin Sturge sounds like a book by Dickens. I would go with Walter, it is the best fit with the surname.
Baxter is my maiden name, and I think it would make a lovely first name, and would be a good way to keep the name in the family (only have sisters) but DH has vetoed it, and I can see the point with us, as it would mess up young Baxter's bank security question!
It's reasonably well used as a first name in America... Oh and I didn't get called soup much as a child!
The point is that the bank doesn't know your mmn, and you don't have to use the true one. It's an outdated password system which was fine in pre-internet days, as very few people would have known your mmn. Nowadays this info is readily available online. Unlike, for instance, the name of your first pet, or your first car.
I'm going to go against the grain here and say I love Baxter! I'd chuck a neat little middle name in, like James or something. If he hates it he can use that in future and it would break up the ster-stur thing (which isn't that awful). I can just imagine a Baxter as a teen or an adult, definitely.
Soup related nicknames? Really? If that's the worst you can come up with, he'll be fine