Baby Name Dilemma 28259

We're kicking off our new In Name Only feature this week by helping reader Nicole with a very timely dilemma—finding a boy's name just before she's due. Here's her question:

Need a boy's name. We didn't find out the sex, baby is due in two weeks and still no boy's name. We tossed around Austin, Logan, Jude, Zander. I hate Zander (hubby loves it so I thought it could be added to the list). I like the other three but I don't love them... Any ideas?

I actually love all four of the names that you've chosen, but I can give you a few other alternatives to add to your list.

Based on the names you've chosen, I'm figuring you want shorter names (one or two syllables), and you like that ending "n." What about a name like Brandon, Nolan or Kieran? All are names that have a bit of uniqueness to them (they currently rank number 47, 93 and 475, respectively), but without being so out there that your kid risks bullying over them.

Names that fall along the lines of your pick Jude would include Joel, Jonah or Luke. Personally, I'm a huge fan of Luke as a name, and that was on my short list of boys' names.

And I know you weren't a big fan of Zander, but if you're looking for a two-syllable name that ends in -er, try on Dexter (a white-hot name currently in England), Oliver (yeah, it has an extra syllable, but it's still an awesome choice), Trevor or even Jasper.

Nicole, let us know how everything goes—and what you ended up naming your little one! What do you think of Nicole's short list (and my additions to it)? If you have a baby-naming dilemma you want to share with me, please feel free to put it in the comments below, or e-mail me at lamilbrand AT

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