We all know fanboys and fangirls who picked a baby name based on a favorite character (heck, that explains a lot of the Isabellas and Bellas out there, am I right?). But reader Meghan's husband is taking his superhero love a little too far with his baby name pick:
My husband and I are expecting our first son after three girls. He is very excited, and I agreed to allow him to name the boy, but now I have some serious concerns for my son's future, because the middle name he has chosen could lead to him getting picked on. My husband (named Steven Rogers) would like to name his son Steven Rogers as well, because he likes that he shares a name with a superhero (Captain America). That I was fine with, but he would like his middle name to be "The Great." At first I thought he was kidding, but he is not. I was hoping you might have some alternative suggestions I could offer him that he might enjoy as much, but that would not neccessary lead to my son being picked on, or me having to listen to negative feedback from my relatives. He wants a strong/fun name. Any recommendations?
You kind of have to respect your husband's dedication to his favorite comic book hero—but I think adding in "The Great" as a middle name may take it a little bit too far. (Okay, a LOT too far.)
Maybe he'd be happy with a name that actually means great? Some options: Magnus, Maximilian and Tai. Or maybe he could pick a virtue name? Consider Valor, Brave, Hero, Honor, or Justice. Or what about a name that means brave? Some ones to consider: Everett (love it with Steven), Hardy, or Wyatt.
Maybe he'd be keen to pick another member of S.H.I.E.L.D. to pay homage to—like Nick Fury or Tony Stark? (It's still a little out there, but Steven Fury Rogers is cooler than Steven The Great Rogers.) Or is there another superhero he could honor? Some cool options that work with Steven Rogers: Kent (a la Superman's alter ego), Bruce (Batman), Xavier (X-Men's Professor X), or heck, even Lex to showcase your son's dark side.
Since Steven Rogers is a family name, consider looking for a middle within your families. Maybe your father's or grandfather's name could stand in the middle spot.
If you lose the battle, at least it's just the middle name, which you and your child can choose to ignore on all but the most official documents. Good luck!
Tell us: Did you pick a pop culture name for your kiddo? And would you let your husband give your son a middle name like "The Great"?
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