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Do They vs. Sound Silly?

Hey everyone! We are going to be welcoming two little boys into our family but we’re having some concerns about their names. Our first is about their first names, we love the names Nolan, Mason, Ethan, and Gavin but we don’t think any of them flow with our last name, Sagan. Do you think any of them flow or should we completely start over? Our second concern is about their middle names, we are using my father’s name as one of their middle names for sure but we are running into some problems with a middle name for our other little one. My husband and I had planned on using his father’s name (it is also my husband’s middle name) however his mother and step-father think we should use his step-father’s name as he has been in his life for a long time. We don’t want to cause issues with our family, should we consider using two middle names for both boys? Or just drop honoring family members in their names? Sorry about the lengthy post but thank you for your comments! ~Shannon

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Do They


Sound Silly?


Poll created: Dec 01, 2013
Total Votes: 0


I think your first name choices sound fine with your last name. I would name them after your and his father. If you were to have another boy then name him after the step-father. Don’t let his mom or step-dad pressure you.
posted by guest :: 4 years ago | report
Gavin Sagen and Ethan Sagen sound nice. It’s not like everyone will be calling them "Gavin Sagen" and "Ethan Sagen" For middle names I would go your husband’s fathers name and your father’s name (or husband’s name) Don’t listen to your mother in law. It’s your child not hers.
posted by guest :: 4 years ago | report
The first names are fine - no more awkward that Shannon is the Sagen (meant in the nicest way possible!).

Are you honouring his father? Or are you using his middle name?
I think if his step-father helped raise him he as almost as much claim to the middle name spot. To get round it, you could use your husband’s first name as a middle name - just don’t honour either the father or the step-father.
If it’s because you WANT to honour his father (as opposed to it sort of honouring because it’s the same as your husband’s middle name) then honour his father - don’t let them tell you what to do.
If it’s coincidence and actually the step-father has been more of a prominent figure I’d use your husbands name as the middle name or just honour the step-father.
posted by guest :: 4 years ago | report
I would use your father’s name and your husband’s FIRST name for their middle names. And I like Nolan & Gavin best!
posted by guest :: 4 years ago | report
Personally, I would not use -n ending names with your surname. As far as middle names, maybe you could use your husband’s first AND middle names as the boys middle didn’t give those names, so I’ll just give some nice first name suggestions:

Thomas Sagan
Graham Sagan
Oliver Sagan
Reid Sagan
Miles Sagan
Ezra Sagan
Lucas Sagan
Joel Sagan
Jude Sagan
Maddox Sagan
Isaac Sagan
Elijah Sagan
Joseph Sagan
Drew Sagan
Dexter Sagan
Clay Sagan

posted by guest :: 4 years ago | report
I think they sound fine with your last name. I personally would just not make the middle names after any family members just to avoid any arguments or anyone being upset. I’m also not a fan of a double middle name. But do you what you feel is best, ultimately it doesn’t matter what anyone thinks. They’re your children, you name them what you want to.
posted by guest :: 4 years ago | report
I agree with poster 4, my favorites are Ethan and Mason
posted by guest :: 4 years ago | report
Two middle names sounds like a great compromise to me. Maybe you could use a masculine version of your mom’s first or middle name for the other second middle name. Or her maiden name.

If you really love one (or two) of the names you’ve listed, go for it. That’s more important than flow. But here are some ideas that might flow better.

posted by guest :: 4 years ago | report
No offense taken, I do think my name sounds silly with our last name! We were honoring a little of both (meaning my husband and his father)? His mom and step-dad were married after my husband had left home so while he didn’t raise my husband, he had been around a lot and did raise his sisters. We kind of liked the idea of our boys having their grandfather’s names as their middle names, but we didn’t think about the fact that they will have three grandfathers.

From the suggestions that were given I like Reid, Miles, and Jude! I’ll run them by my husband!
posted by Shannon (Poll Creator) :: 4 years ago | report
If we use two middle names for boy boys, we would use my grandfather’s name. He passed away when I was young, very suddenly, and I was always close with him. However, I am concerned about two middle names making their names long. I like Asher and Jasper from the suggestions!
posted by Shannon (Poll Creator) :: 4 years ago | report
Miles and Jude would be adorable! Then you could have 2 middle names because the first names are short.
Miles (Your grandfather)(His father) Segan
Jude (Your father) (His step father) Segan
posted by guest :: 4 years ago | report
My daughter has two middle names. It does make the name longer, but it’s usually only used on official forms. And even then you can often put just the initials. Like Jasper JD Smith, for example.

My husband has also noticed that it gives her an extra layer of warning when I’m getting upset with her. I’ll say her name and first middle name if I’m annoyed but if I get more irritated I use her name and both middle names before moving onto using the last name, too. I hadn’t realized I did that, but he was right.
posted by guest :: 4 years ago | report
I like Nolan or Gavin with it.

Don\’t listen to your mother in law and step father in law, its your child. Besides if your husbands father is still a part of your life now then it makes sense because he will be the biological grandfather
posted by guest :: 4 years ago | report
When you have two middle names, most "official" places (like school rosters, or credit cards) just give the first middle name or the first initial of the first middle name. Just an FYI. Personally, I like the double middle name!
posted by guest :: 4 years ago | report
Thank you for all of the great responses, everyone! To be honest, I do think I love Miles and Jude more than the names we had originally liked...I just hope my husband will agree!

Not sure if it makes a difference at this point, but the names we would use (if we were to use two middle names) are Robert, Paul, Frank, and Jeffrey.
posted by Shannon (Poll Creator) :: 4 years ago | report
LOVE, love, love Miles Sagan and Jude Sagan! So classy and classic- yet not worn out. They also will sound great on any age and professional as well.
posted by guest :: 4 years ago | report
Jude Robert Paul Sagan and Miles Frank Jeffrey Sagan. Adorable!
posted by guest :: 4 years ago | report
Paul and Frank are both one syllable, so it might be best to use one of them for each child. Robert and Jeffrey are only two syllables, so that way the whole double middle name would only be three syllables. No different than if you used Sebastian or Gabriel for the middle name.
posted by guest :: 4 years ago | report

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