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You usually only get one chance at a name

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By Bryan Marshall

What’s in a name?

Well, a lot when it comes to picking out the name of your child.

They will have that name for the rest of their lives and you’re responsible for it.

That’s a lot of pressure, plus you want something somewhat unique without it sounding bizarre.

No offense, but Bob, Ted, Tom and Frank are too common.

When my wife and I had our first child, picking out names seemed a lot easier.

She was determined that if we had a little girl we would name her Isabella and call her Bella for short.

That name was axed the second time around for a girl’s name thanks to a certain popular vampire book series.

After we found out we were having a boy, we agreed on my preferred name of Austin.

I simply loved everything about the name, including the fact that it was the name of my favorite city in the world.

It felt perfect.

As we rack our brains to come up with a name for our second child, we are struggling.

We were fairly confident that if we were to have a daughter this time around that she would be named Ava.

Well, that didn’t work out after the ultrasound showed an extra body part notifying us that Austin would have a baby brother in December.

So far, we’ve come up with 10 or so names, but we cannot really agree on any of them.

I initially liked Luke because it sounded nice and was the name of a character in Star Wars.

My wife was partial to Landon, which I like but it did not hit home as much to me.

She decided to e-mail our friends and family to see which of the two names they liked the most.

Overwhelmingly, Luke was the winner.

Of course, that meant that our son would not be named Luke.

So, the search continues as we scavenged through countless Web sites and baby books looking for that perfect name.

There have been some pretty good names like Brayden, Logan, Jordan and we’re stilling kicking around the idea of Landon.

However, we have not been satisfied with a name that just fits perfectly like Austin did.

My wife would like a name that ends, if possible, with “an”, “en”, “in” or “on.”

That way whatever name we choose it will go well with Austin.

Now, I personally don’t think that’s important at all, but my wife, Kelly, has siblings named Timmy, Tommy, Robby, Casey, Ronny and Christy.

We still have around four months to come up with a name, so the pressure is not on yet.

But, I do not want to be like my good friend in California who still did not have a name to put on his son’s birth certificate two days after his birth.

Therefore, I am asking for your help.

If you have any good ideas for boy names, please e-mail them to me at bmarshall@grantky.com.

It is always helpful to get a fresh perspective from real-life people instead of going over name after name in books.

Hopefully, one of the names submitted will strike a chord with my wife and I or at least help jog our creative juices into coming up with one ourselves.

Thanks in advance.

(Bryan Marshall is the staff writer for the Grant County News. He can be reached at 824-3343 or bmarshall@grantky.com.)