Chris just posted a list to the comments field of my previous post, but I thought I'd bring it front and center:
Malcolm (Malcolm or Mal)
Alexander (Not sure)
We've been chatting a bit... and here are some thoughts on these that we've already discussed:
I have an issue with a first name that ends in "N" since our last name also ends in "N." This bumps Gavin (one of my personal faves), Ian (another name I love), and Donovan to the bottom of the list. The pisser is... all of these go GREAT with my maiden name. If only Chris had changed HIS name instead.
Malcolm - In the years following naming my dog Murphy, everyone who learned it commented "Oh, like Murphy Brown?" dammit. No TV names.
Alexander - I love this name and have lobbied for it since Baby One was of an unknown sex. However, even though it is a family name (Chris' side), he already has a cousin with the name, who may very well go on to be a professional football player. So this violates our "no names of specific family members" policy. However, that is not enough to eliminate it. And wouldn't a kid named "Lex" be the coolest kid on the block? It should also be noted that it's a very popular name at the moment, although the tendency is to spell it weird since people think that's the best way to justify the nickname "Zander" or "Xander."
Philip - Let's just say I know a Philip, and ... well... no.
Andrew - GREAT name. And millions of others think so too. I can't mark it off the list yet, though. I do like it.
Marcus - Great classic name. And we'd have a Roman to go with our Greek. However, it's not my favorite.
This leaves Bryce, Nash, and Drake. I like them all, but I have to say that Drake is really speaking to me. It means "dragon" and it reminds me of that great character from that series of books... you know... the one with the wizard... oh, what's it called? Yes, currently Drake is my favorite. How about you?