@leighry the popularity of Owen is def. my biggest con so far with that name. I don't need super rare names but avoid at least the top 10... trying to figure out where my cutoff is. Looks like it is increasing in popularity, ranked 23rd at its most popular in 2016 representing about 1/200 male births... None of our other options crack the top 100, although some are close, its not a concern with any of the others
@AlyLynn07 I am leaning against Micah right now for that reason... Mara and Micah sound too matchy, I don't have anything against double M names, I really like M names with our last name & this is our last baby so I don't worry about starting/keeping up a trend. (our girl name is actually Morgan which I think is a nice sib set with Mara)... but having the same beginning AND ending sound meh I'm not sure of.
@harpseal135 I think of the beer too but it's not really a negative association for me haha
@mamabearcj I really like Harrison too, but I'm somewhat leaning against that because we have a 3 syllable last name & it seems kind of like a mouthful to have more than a 2 syllable first name. I haven't completely ruled it out, though.
I think as of now we've ruled out Oren, Porter and Micah (Micah too matchy with big sister's name).
I'm still uncertain about the popularity of Owen so it's a contender although at the moment I'm still viewing the popularity as a con .
I think the top 2 contenders are Holden and Weston (I also like the nn 'Wes').