Surprisingly we haven't argued much about this topic. The first girls name (and first at all) my DVHPW suggested I immediately said fine that will do. Now this wasn't due to any male disinterest, I just liked it and the reason she chose it. The name, "Miranda" We then feel in love with the not to distant "Matilda" but after selecting it we discovered its current popularity and started seeing it everywhere. Shame because we really like the flexibility it provides in that Tilly is a fantastic (to our way of thinking) little girls name while as a grown up, Matilda works well. Bummer!
Here is where we currently stand - both our first name choices were due to main characters in movies (feel free to try and guess if you wish).
We know "Lillian" and its related forms are also super popular ATM but it has been used in DVHPW's family and we thought we could shorten the whole name to "Milly" as a cute baby nickname. Is Miranda stale or dated? We have no idea.
OK - Miranda may not be so out there at all but what of our choice if it is a boy?
Baxter is a real name even though it is fairly rare. Not a hell of a long way from "Dexter" which has gained popularity due to a certain serial killer (we do like that show) and I'm guessing most people could spell it right off the bat as I cannot think of an alternative other than "Backster" which just doesn't seem right at all. Yes it has an "X" in it but it looks good written and sounds fine to me. Shortened forms would be "Bax" or "Baxy". The "Clark" middle name also emanates from my DVPW's family and since my family has the surname it only seems fair.
We would dearly love some thoughts as we are running out of time.
Thanks for reading
UPDATED RESPONSE TO ALL
Firstly thanks to the many people that took the time out to read my not so short original post and even more thanks to those that then took the effort to then post their opinions and best wishes. ALL were helpful including those few that were negative and we very much appreciate this as we were not willing to discuss this with family, friends or work colleagues.
Your input has firmed up our two choices and while we are delighted Miranda Lillian met with almost universal approval, we were relieved that Baxter Clark didn't receive the howls (the word "howls" may become ironic as you read on) of disapproval we expected.
Our main inspiration for Miranda was a character in one of our favourite Australian movies. You can see a short clip here. Being avid non-watchers of "Sex and the City", we were totally ignorant of the fact that one of the characters also carries Miranda as a name. Guess there is a downside to every name
We were surprised that the majority of people either liked or could live with Baxter and very few hated it. Some mentioned it was a pet or more likely a dogs name. We fully expected this as the only use of the name we have seen prior to our current research had been as a dogs name and even then only once and in an obscure film. It was an extremely black comedy/drama from France, about a very naughty bull terrier. The dog and the film were both called "Baxter" (1989) We loved the film (even though it is quite disturbing at times) and I always like the name and since the dog narrates the film and we get an insight into his character I guess I never really thought of him as being a mere animal and thus never associated the name with being just that of an animal. Hard to track down and I've never seen it on Video or DVD but check it out if you get the chance; here is some info if you wish to learn more but like the name itself it won't be to everyones taste. The french actually pronounce it BAX STAIR. Here is a clip I found (sorry no subtitles)
It was surprising and comforting to find that people actually knew human males out there named Baxter. We, like their parents will try and wrest this uncommon name back from the canines. Somebody disliked the "Baker" (as in makes bread) meaning to the name but this actually suits us as breads and pastries are our favourite foods.
You might also like to check out this article I found written by a journalist named "Baxter Holmes" that writes for the LA Times and is know by his colleagues as "the name". I have also just noticed a movie called "The Baxter" (2005) where a Baxter is defined as "the nice, dull guy in a romantic comedy who is dumped at the end of the story for the protagonist". A little negative but since this film only grossed US$181,872 and I'd never seen or heard of it, I;m guessing its influence can be completely ignored. There also seems to be a Canadian TV series where the main character is a teen named Baxter McNab.
Once again many thanks and we now just wait and see when this baby decides to make its way into the world. It needs to hurry up as the doctor will induce on Wednesday.
Edited by leepback, 17 March 2012 - 05:44 PM.