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Cultural baby name drama!!! Help!!!!

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mayah1 Sat 04-Feb-17 14:00:53

I'm British and my husband is African, we have a toddler who is called Orson with an African middle name already. I'm expecting another boy in 3 weeks(ish) and we cannot agree on a baby name at all! We had the exact same problem with our toddler and in the end I basically chose his name which we both (now) love.
We've made baby name lists and literally all the names are being vetoed by each other, for example he likes "Feyi" "Iso" "Basso" but none of them make sense with the name Orson and I struggle to pronounce 😳....I've made so many suggestions, some of which I'm not even keen on in order to find a compromise but we're stuck 😬😬😬😬
This is my current list:

Advise and name suggestions please!!! Looks like I'll be naming him on my own and my head is spinning!!!

Thanks in advance

strawberrypenguin Sat 04-Feb-17 14:02:55

I think of Wren as a girls name so I'd discount that.
I like Amory or Drake best to go alongside Orson

Ilovecaindingle Sat 04-Feb-17 14:08:13

Agree on Drake

KlingybunFistelvase Sat 04-Feb-17 14:10:21

Sol or Beau are lovely. Amory is nice too.

I'm not keen on Drake. I just don't like the ...ake sound. I also dislike Blake for the same reason.

Amory is cool and makes me think of an F Scott Fitzgerald novel.

Wren I think of as a girls name.

Orion is lovely but too similar to Orson for me.

I don't like Ocean or Rui very much and Ocean is also very similar to Orson.

How about River?

booellesmum Sat 04-Feb-17 14:11:38

Sol goes really well.

SnowWhite33 Sat 04-Feb-17 15:13:03

But isnt Sol a girls name? Sun in spanish. And a short from Solange (my friends name)
I really like Orion, but it is too close to Orson
My vote goes for Amroy and Beau

Imissmyboy Sat 04-Feb-17 15:17:42

Is there not an African name you both like that can be shortened to an English version? A friend of mine had a little girl called Omilara. She is know to everyone as Lara.

namesstress2323 Sat 04-Feb-17 15:22:24

i like beau, not drake everyone will just think of the Drake rapper

Allthebestnamesareused Sat 04-Feb-17 15:24:15

I prefer Feyi actually.

Please don't go for Drake - everyone will asume you called him after the singer.

Of your list I prefer Beau.

BertrandRussell Sat 04-Feb-17 15:25:02

Solomon shortened to Sol?

What country is he from? What other names does he like?

fuzzywuzzy Sat 04-Feb-17 15:25:29

Is Feyi a unisex name I used to go to school with a female Feyi, always associate it as a female name.

Niceteeth Sat 04-Feb-17 15:28:44

Seems like it depends on what country he is from, as Africa is rather non-specific. Surely you need to think of a name from his country rather than just 'Africa'.

WhatKatyDidnt Sat 04-Feb-17 15:31:58

Feyi is a Yoruba name - many or even most are unisex. OP, where is DP from? Could you choose a name from his culture that also sounds like a British name?

AuntieStella Sat 04-Feb-17 15:33:26

I think more people in Britain would think of Sol(omon) Campbell when they heard the name Sol, than of a French nn.

Do you like any variants of the names he likes? Maybe Ferdinand, Asa, Isaac, Sebastian?

Beebeeeight Sat 04-Feb-17 15:39:24

Your names are quite 'out there'.

Are you not more likely to agree on a more 'universal' name?

mayah1 Sat 04-Feb-17 16:14:42

Thanks for the feedback, my hubby is from the English speaking part of Cameroon, he also speaks Spanish. Many people from his community have English names (including his parents and siblings) and he has told me names like Theodore, Remy, Shey etc are very common and he has discounted these even though I would be happy for something like these.

I just want whatever name we use to sound nice with Orson.

WheelchairDay Sat 04-Feb-17 16:20:37

Why does it have to sound nice with Orson? It's not like they're a package.hmm

DirtyBlonde Sat 04-Feb-17 16:28:37

Nothing to do with being a package, surely? Everything to do with yelling the pair of names across the park, writing them together in cards etc

itssquidstella Sat 04-Feb-17 16:31:44

Dashiell (Dash)?
I really like Sol, as suggested upthread.

WheelchairDay Sat 04-Feb-17 16:35:45

Yelling the names across a park? Signing cards? I've heard it all now.

minifingerz Sat 04-Feb-17 16:38:49

I like the name Iso and also Issa.

mayah1 Sat 04-Feb-17 16:40:34

I like Issa/Essa but he says it's too popular in his community...😦

DirtyBlonde Sat 04-Feb-17 16:40:49


Do you have more than one DC? Do you never do things with them both?

I'm not suggesting names need to match, btw. Just not clash.

And if OP''s perception is that a particular name doesn't sound right with that of her DS1, then of course that's one off the list,

MagicChicken Sat 04-Feb-17 16:44:48

Names for boys that are used in Cameroon but also work in English and go well with Orson are

Ariel Felix Merlin Miguel Benoit Olivier Hugo

MommaGee Sat 04-Feb-17 16:48:55

I like Sol, really no to Drake (cos i hate rap)

Can you each pick 5 names you like and score your own and then each others 1-5 and see what gets the highest vote?

Or let Orson pick

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