Baby Name Needed for Brother of Saylor and Clover

A couple of years ago, we helped reader Michelle brainstorm for a baby names for her second child, a baby girl named Clover. (Michelle already had a son named Saylor.)

I heard from Michelle not long ago, and she’s now expecting #3 (congrats!). The baby is a boy. So far, the favorite name is Caspian but…well, I’ll let Michelle explain:

we really like the name caspian. i like that it’s a literary character [like saylor’s middle name dorian] and even more so i like that it’s a ‘noun’ name so it matches saylor and clover. also being the name of a sea it matches saylor without being too matchy like the name anchor or navy or something.

so that’s the name that i keep going back to but i am having the hardest time with it being 3 syllables. i feel like it doesn’t flow that well- it feels long to me so i KNOW i would want to abbreviate it. and so then he would be cas, casp, or caspy or casper.. which i’m not crazy fond of any of these. plus then you lose the name… i don’t like naming a kid something knowing they will never really go by that name. so i’m looking for a name like caspian.. but looking for a 2 syllable name i guess! i prefer 2 but would use a 1 syllable name if we loved it.

other names we’ve looked at-

cannon- but i feel like it’s forgettable and sounds like a bunch of other names- caiden, cohen, etc.

shepherd- i do like this name. not sure how well it matches our kids but i think i like it?

sage- considering this as potential middle name tho it’s way more popular for a girl’s name now!

my husband suggested voyage today but i feel like that’s too out there/trying to be crazy. i’m open to virtue names but not many good boy ones. not a fan of loyal.

i’ve chewed on booker, shale, atlas and cedar but not feeling it…

a friend also suggested oxlee which is kinda cool but kinda a made up name which i’d rather have a real word.

basil is a family name and i like it but not enough i don’t think..

i’ve spent countless hours thinking and looking and considering… i want to find a name that isn’t in the top 1000 as well. for sure forget it if it’s in the top 500 [i do like the names kingston, river, maddox etc but do not like how trendy they are].. sorry i ramble. :)

so, should i just go with caspian and try to get used to saying 3 syllables all the time? do you have any other suggestions??

Some of my thoughts:

1. Caspian

If you know without a doubt that you’ll shorten it, and you don’t like (and won’t grow to like) any of the shortened versions, there’s no point in forcing it. Picking Caspian would be equivalent to picking a name you don’t like.

That said…when someone tells me he/she “keeps going back to” a particular baby name, I tend to see that as a sign.

Caspian may have 3 syllables, but it’s not that long–especially since the first syllable gets the most stress and the last gets the least. This makes it easy for the name to roll off the tongue.

We all know people with even longer names (e.g. Alexanders, Ariannas) who go by their full names. It’s not strange or outlandish or anything.

If you like Caspian that much, try testing it out. Call the baby Caspian for a week or two and challenge yourself not to shorten the name. Maybe it’ll be easier than you think. Much like picking up a new habit — you have to put in some effort at first, but once it sticks, you’re good.

2. A few more name ideas

All have 2 syllables and are not in the top 1,000 right now.

  • Ansel – Makes me think of nature/the outdoors, thanks to Ansel Adams.
  • Bering – From the sea and strait, both named for the explorer.
  • Canyon – More memorable than cannon, as it gives people a visual.
  • Crispin – Sounds a lot like Caspian.
  • Murray – From the name of Australia’s longest river.
  • Radley – From the character Arthur “Boo” Radley.
  • Rigel – From the star Rigel.

3. Your turn!

  • What are your thoughts on Caspian?
  • Which of the above names do you like best with Saylor and Clover?
  • What other names would you suggest to Michelle and her husband?

16 thoughts on “Baby Name Needed for Brother of Saylor and Clover

  1. Crispin was the first thing I thought of, too.

    Brainstorming along noun/place/literary lines…

    Bretton?
    Cabot?
    Carden?
    Marlowe?
    Orson?
    Walden?

  2. ARGH … Forget about Bering immediately. It’s (almost) the middle name of the Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik.

    For sailor themed names, what about Nelson, Erik or Leif?

  3. Sage is my favorite from the names she’s considering, goes super well with Saylor.

    Other names:

    Oakley
    River / Rio
    Kai
    Bay
    Ocean / Oceano
    Zephyr
    Azure

    all nature names, most are water inspired.

  4. Caspian is one of my favorite male names. Have you considered Cash a nickname for Caspian? I also love Basil, Cannon, Cedar, Voyage and the suggestions of Rigel, Canyon and Crispin.

    Other ideas:

    Bay
    Cedric
    Coriander
    Dag
    Elm
    Finch
    Frost
    Grove
    Houston
    Indigo
    Kai
    Lachlan
    Magnus
    Nile
    Oak
    Odin
    Pine
    Quince
    Rex
    Sparrow
    Timber
    Varg
    Viking
    Wolf

  5. Saylor brought to mind travel, so here are my suggestions:
    Traverse – “cross over, travel”
    Palmer – “pilgrim” – so another traveler name.
    Ryder- “messenger”
    Ritter- “knight”
    Romeo – meaning “a pilgrim to Rome”.
    Yeager – As in Chuck Yeager , the test pilot. So you’d have a pilot and a sailor.
    Fraser- As in Simon Fraser, the Canadian explorer.
    Kit – As in the American explorer Kit Carson.
    Ace – as in a Flying Ace.
    Victor- just an strong name, that’s also a strong noun.

  6. @Julie – Palmer is a good one!

    The palm-branch etymology gives it sort of a botanical connection to Clover as well.

    Plus, it’s another -r ending. (The consideration of Booker and Cedar makes me think Michelle & hubs might like this.)

  7. Aiken
    Arden
    Alvar
    Archer
    Arber
    Baxter
    Bergen
    Birkett
    Brixton
    Colton
    Dalen
    Daxton
    Draven
    Fletcher
    Ferron
    Fielder
    Forden
    Foster
    Hayzen
    Hunter
    Ivor
    Jagger
    Kiefer
    Kemper
    Kesler
    Kester
    Kyler
    Laken – Laiken
    Lander
    Landis
    Lester
    Linden
    Lowell
    Marden
    Marlow
    Miller
    Neville
    Ogden
    Orrick
    Osmin
    Parker
    Quiller
    Raven – Reven
    River
    Rowell
    Ryder
    Tanner
    Taylor
    Tayten
    Thaxter
    Tinder
    Turner
    Tyler
    Walden
    Welton
    Wyndal

  8. What about Vesper?

    It means the evening star, which seems to go well with Saylor, as well as the traditional church service. I also think the -er ending works with the older children’s names.

    It also seems to have a trendy edge without being obvious or overused.

  9. thank you so much for all these suggestions!
    we had talked about radley and canyon. we know an archer, kye, indigo and marlo so those names are great but can’t use. and i love grove/grover but can’t do that with a clover :) i had long ago mentioned oakley and my husband wrote it off because of the clothing brand. well now we are considering it again. not sure if it sounds trendy though and i don’t like the idea of people always bringing up sunglasses and annie oakley… but otherwise we really like it…?! couple weeks left to figure it out….!

  10. Would love to hear what name you chose! Saylor and Clover are wonderful names and sound really cool. I love the name Caspian but i also understand needing the name to go well with your other childrens names. Congrats on your baby boy :)

  11. our son Caspian Sage Adventure was born june 11th! we debated all these other names but like nancy said we just kept ‘going back to’ caspian.. it just fit what we liked best/matched saylor dorian really well. it fits him well.. we are in love! :)

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