I always love when there's a story behind a chosen name—and reader Kara's looking for another name that has personal meaning. Here's her dilemma:
We are currently expecting our 4th child. My maiden name is Green and married name is Stone and since I am an only child I wanted my maiden name to live on. So I chose the names Jade and Teal...Our 8-year-old daughter is Jade Marie, 5-year-old son is Anthony James (Jr), & our 2-year-old is Alexis Teal. If it is a girl we have it covered but if it is a boy we are totally lost! Any suggestions?
Finding a name with meaning can be tough. Since big brother is a junior, if it's a boy, you might want to consider looking for something in the family tree (or perhaps a variant on your name!) for your son. Carey means "dark," and could be in homage to your name, Kara. Jamison could be an intriguing way to bring your husband's middle name into your son's name. Look at the grandfathers, and see if there's something that might work.
And of course, you can work with the Green theme you started with your daughters. Jasper is a precious stone that's often in green, and it's an up-and-coming name for boys (currently just inside the top 250). Consider it a nice way to combine your maiden name with your married surname! I also like Olivier, which means "olive tree." It's the French variant of popular Oliver—and actually, either would pair nicely with Stone. Laramie isn't just the name of a city in Wyoming—it also means "canopy of leafy boughs." And it might be worth considering for your son, too. One last thought: Forrest. It's not just for the titular character of Forrest Gump—consider Oscar-winning actor Forrest Whitaker!
Tell me: What other meaningful suggestions would you give Kara? And did you choose a name with meaning for your baby?
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