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boy name vs. honoring vs. Wendell

My husband would like to honor his great grandfather Wendell (Win-dell) who he looked up to his whole life. I'm definitely open to it, but I do not like the name itself. I think for a girl we have decided on Wynn/Wyn or Della for a first or middle name. For a boy, we are quite lost. I would be fine with it as his middle name, but in my family, the first born boy has had the middle name John for quite sometime. Would it be weird for a boy to have the two middle names Wendell John? We're open to any and all thoughts, as well as first name suggestions for a boy and a girl (if we use Wynn or Della as her middle name). We prefer more uncommon names. Thanks! -C+M

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Poll created: May 04, 2021
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I personally think two middle names is perfectly fine and Wendell John sound great together. Another option honestly is picking any name that starts with W to honour Wendell. It's the thought and the meaning behind it - the name doesn't have to match exactly.

William, Weston, Wesley etc. would all work. Delvin is another idea.

Other options are if you know Wendell's middle name you may be able to use that.
posted by Guest :: 5 days ago | report
Wyn(n) and Della are both darling. You cannot go wrong with either to honor Windell. I would love to see either used as a first name. For a boy, I see your issue. There are not any great options that come from Windell, unless you're open to using Wyn or Dell for a boy (even as a middle name). I could see Dallen or Dillon working, but they are quite a stretch. Wells could work. I think your best option is using Windell John as his middle names (nothing wrong with two!).

Turner Windell John
Thatcher Windell John
Beckett Windell John
Dexter Windell John
Merritt Windell John
Rhodes Windell John
Callahan Windell John
Rhett Windell John
Seth Windell John
Camden Windell John

Lilia Wynn
Sage Della
Morrigan Della
Ember Wynn
Naomi Della
Ansley Della
Wynn Cordelia
Della Marigold
Wynn Gabrielle
Della Vivienne
posted by Mak :: 5 days ago | report
Second thought, you could use Ellis, Ellison or Elliott to honor Windell as well.
posted by Mak :: 5 days ago | report
Wendell John sounds handsome to me. And Della is darling! Some other options just in case:
Also, the name Wendell means traveler. Some boy and girl names the have similar meaning:
Faer (traveler, preacher of good news)
Kymani (adventurous traveler)
Scott (traveler)
Christopher (patron saint of travelers)
Stian (wanderer)
Doran (wanderer)
Farrah (traveler)
Saira (traveler)
posted by Guest :: 5 days ago | report
Guest, thank you for your thoughts. We haven't thought about just using a W name, but it's not a bad option. I guess I think it might lose its honor (I'll have to see what my husband thinks). I do like the name Weston though.

Mak, thank you. I actually really adore Wells. Why hadn't we thought about that? Dallen is an interesting way to honor Windell, but I like it as well. I also really like Thatcher, Merritt, and Callahan. Lilia, Ansley, Della Marigold and Della Vivienne are super sweet. Oh, Ellis is a great option as well. I love that. Thanks!
posted by C+M :: 5 days ago | report
Guest, I like Winston! I like the option of using a name with a similar meaning, but not sure what my husband will think. Doran is cute. Thanks!
posted by C+M :: 5 days ago | report
I think I've seen guys with the name Dell or Del before. That could be a short form of Wendell for a boy.
posted by Tracy :: 5 days ago | report
Waylon John
Wilder John
Westin John
Winslow John
Wilson John
Adriel John

Wynn Adele/Adela
Wren Adele
Iris Della
Sylvia Wynn
Evelyn Della
Hazel Della
Elsie Wynn
posted by I :: 5 days ago | report
Use Wendell John as 2 middle names. It will keep the full name and direct connection to your husband's great grandfather, and keep the John connection to your family too. Then you guys can pick a first name you love for daily use.
I really like Della as either first or middle. Wynn I prefer as a middle name.
posted by Guest :: 5 days ago | report
I'm assuming you don't like Wendy for a girl? That would be the closest to Wendell.
posted by Guest :: 5 days ago | report
Tracy, I don't mind Dell on a boy, but hubby isn't a fan unfortunately. Thank you.

I, I really adore Waylon, Winslow and Wilson. Wynn Adela, Hazel and Elsie are lovely. Thanks!

Guest, that's my thoughts as well unless we did find something we were in love with. I do really like some of these suggestions, so we'll see! Thanks!

Guest, Wendy is a no go. I think its a little old fashioned and I have known a couple Wendy's that have ruined the name for me. Thanks though!
posted by C+M :: 5 days ago | report
The feminine form of Wendell is Vendela ("VEN-deh-luh"), a Scandinavian girl's name. It all comes from the root "wend" meaning to wander / meander.

I'd use Wendell John as middle names for a boy and Vendela Jane for the girl's. Good luck! :0)

P.S. What was Grandpa Wendell's middle name, if any? :0)
posted by FredaCat :: 5 days ago | report
I think I'd use Wendell John as the two middle names if I were you. I have heard Wynn as a boy name more than a girl name. It's cute. Della is really cute too.
posted by 4kidmom :: 5 days ago | report
Freda Cat, Wendell's middle name was George. Not something we would like to go with. Vendela is a cool option, but I think we've settled on Wynn or Della to honor him in a girl's name. Thanks!

4KidMom, Wyn for a boy is an option we would consider, but I don't think we love it for a first name. Thanks!
posted by C+M :: 5 days ago | report
Fair enough. Thanks for responding so much. Makes this funner for us.

Della is beautiful.

If you are using two middles for a boy (Wendell John) then I'd use two for a girl. Della Jane / Jean / Jeanette / Siobhan / Sian ("shahn")? :0)
posted by FredaCat :: 5 days ago | report

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