Baby boys name

Tonya - posted on 03/28/2010 ( 128 moms have responded )

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My husband and i disgree on names for a boy, my husband wants Cassius, my daughters wants cypress, and i like rayden please help

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Amy - posted on 04/02/2010

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Hi Tonya,

All the names are nice. I'm having the same sort of problem myself.
Food for Thought: The Great Mohamed Ali's real name is Cassius Clay.
Cypress Hill is the name of a band (Insane in the Membrane)
Rayden is neat, but look out for kids teasing especially with the last
name.
Our last name is Carr, so I wouldn't want to name my child Parker, Austin or Mercedes.
Hope this help some what, but ultimately it is up to you :) Best of luck!

Ashley - posted on 04/02/2010

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I think if you let the kids help name the baby they will feel closer to the baby. They also won't feel so left out. We gave our boys to options for our girl Allison Marie and Madeline Rose and they went with the second and they call her Madi Rose. It makes the older child not feel left out with a new baby coming into the house.

Emma - posted on 04/01/2010

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Kids are kids they will find a way to tease if thats what they want to do. So you could have a son called john or steve and he will still get teased. Its the way kids are. As I said earlier my son is called Cassius and we pronounce is Kas-see-us instead of cash-us. We all shorten it to Cass and he goes to school and there has not been one problem with teasing about his name yet. I honestly think you dont know what name suits until you meet your newborn and then you just realise what suits

Lisa - posted on 04/01/2010

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WHy does everyone think Cash would be short for Cassius? I'm confused! Isn't it pronounced: kas - see - us. I would think the shortened version would be Cass.

Emma - posted on 04/01/2010

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My son's name is Cassius :) Everyone doubted it when we first suggested it as it was so unusual but as soon as he was born there was no other name suitable. So once baby is here you will know the right name for sure! My son is now 4 and goes to Kindy and does not get teased for his name everyone calls him cass for short :) Goodluck.

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Lisa - posted on 04/19/2010

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I say start over i dont like any of them and who ever never heard the name cassius where have u been u never heard of Cassius Clay.

Zaidee - posted on 04/19/2010

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I don't like either of them. He is neither a boxer or a tree. And Rayden sounds like a poison gas in old houses.

Shaky's - posted on 04/09/2010

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Remember, your baby boy will grow up to be a man.

Of all the names you listed, Cassius is the only "real" man's name. It's a classic Roman name & also the name of one of the world's greatest boxers (before he changed it to Muhammad Ali due to his religious conviction, of course).

I'd also like to suggest instead of Cypress, how about Cyrus? I have a good friend with that name & he's a great man & a national hero.

I suggest using "the test".

Speaking out loud, precede the child's whole name with any one (or all) of these titles & ask yourself if it sounds "right":

"General"

"Vice-President"

"The Honorable"

Or, in the case of my friend "Sergeant First Class Cyrus Pelton". See? It sounds like a hero's name, doesn't it? :)

Kristen - posted on 04/08/2010

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I think I would go with Rayden b/c its not as unusual as the other ones. You have to remember that he will grow up with this name and have to get a job later in life.

Theresa - posted on 04/08/2010

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I am wondering if your husband chose Cassius because he is into boxing...Cassius Clay is also known as Muhammad Ali...if it were me, I'd wait to see what the child actually looks like before deciding!

Jessica - posted on 04/07/2010

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Don't forget to consider what they will likely be called for most of their life and the teasing they will endure throughout childhood which would make them choose another name to be called by anyway. Cassius will likely end up getting shortened to Cassi - which is a girls name and could lead to much teasing. Cypress will get a lot of tree jokes and maybe have the nickname "Ci". Ray will probably not get jokes... but Rayden will end up being Ray.

Linda - posted on 04/07/2010

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Since you asked I don't like any of those names, yours would be the best of the 3

Lynne - posted on 04/07/2010

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You will never get everyone to agree on one name. The best advice I have seen is go with a name that can't turn nasty later, that your child will be proud of. Remember that it's not you, your husband nor your other children who have to live with that name for the rest of your lives. I think it's great that all the family are making suggestions. Just be glad that unlike my friend's little girl, yours did not decide on, "Pizza" :o)

Amanda - posted on 04/06/2010

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I like Rayden. hubby and I had the same problem with our last one,we would fight about names and one day he yelled Colton James and i thought wow i had never heard that name so i agreed to it. We went to PA and everyone had a kid named Colton, it seemed, I was peeved to say the least. I can tell you I have never heard the name Rayden

Michele - posted on 04/06/2010

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By the way, I like all the names chosen. They are all unique. I love unique names.

Michele - posted on 04/06/2010

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Its not uncommon to have more than three names. How about .. Daddy's choice first since its a boy, secondly your choice since your mama and thirdly, the girls choice. I rather like, " Cassius Rayden Cypress ---------------. Sounds very distinguished.

Toni - posted on 04/06/2010

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I think you should both keep looking for a name that you will both like or use one name as the first and the second as the middle name. Good luck.

Jamie - posted on 04/05/2010

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My opinion, right? OK-Cassius and Cypress is terrible! Rayden is a bit better

Lina - posted on 04/05/2010

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I have to agree with some of the others....Cassius does sound a bit feminine...I think it would be cool as a girl's name.,,,,

Charlotte - posted on 04/05/2010

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I'm sorry but I think that you should know that my immediate reaction to all of those names is not good. I am warming to Cassius though, and I agree with another post that it is great for a father to name his son. Definitely not Rayden. Perhaps a slightly less unusual but strong middle name that he could use if he hates it. Find out what is common for children of the same age, and avoid those names, as I thought that Isaac was lovely and unusual but there were three others in my son's Tumbletots class! And you just cannot call a child Cypress Hill, its like being called Led Zepellin, or Faith No More! I would call my next son Leon Alexander if I had another. I got lots of negative feedback on that and ended up going for Isaac instead, but I love that name!

Marianne - posted on 04/05/2010

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I agree with those who say include what it sound like with the last name...I always joke with my daughter, id she was a boy I was going to name her "SUN". Her last name is Burns! LOL She Always says she loves her name and thanks us for naming her the way we did: Kelly (I'd never met a person with that name that wasn't generally a happy go lucky person, also means "warrior woman" in Gaelic) Marie (after my mother) Burns. People call her Kel, KB I call her kelly girl or child. Her dad calls her pumpkin. Good luck.

Christiane - posted on 04/05/2010

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Wasn't Cassius Clay, Mohammed Ali's birth name? I quite like the name Cassius Rayden.

Krystal - posted on 04/05/2010

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Congrats! I like all three names, as they are very unique. Cassius is one of those names that will prob be mispronounced throughout his life. If it's supposed to be "kas-ee-us", they will say it as "cash-us" and vice-versa, just a thought. I like the idea of using one as a first and one as a middle name. Good luck, and who knows, you may come up with a different name all together that makes everyone happy.

Jennifer - posted on 04/05/2010

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I personally almost did Rayden myself but stuck to my "J" theme , Jennifer, Justice& Jovanni. First are you doing a theme ? Is there a special reason he likes Cassius ? Cassius is a strong name think about when the baby is gonna be born as well to see if his astrological sign will match his strong name. Just a thought I took into account when I was picking out names & all my kids fit their names.

Sandra Kooky - posted on 04/05/2010

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Good morning. Names are tricky. We changed the name for both our girls several times before their births. Find out what the name means - Cassius means "vain" - and see if that suits your child. Also put it with your last name - Cypress Hill - and see if you want your child named that. Each child is unique but sometimes being too unique in a name is a curse rather than a blessing.

Melanie - posted on 04/05/2010

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When we were choosing a name for our boy, we decided to name him after my husbands father who died 23 yrs ago. His name was Ian but I didnt like the name so we decided to put a L in front of it. So our son's name is Lian, which is unisex. The male meaning is warrior and the female meaning is graceful willow. No matter what name you choose it will either be shortened or they will get teased. Just go with what your heart says or wait and see what they actually look like before you decide.

Lyla - posted on 04/05/2010

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I like unique names we named our son Kaymunn like caymon islands , cassius sounds cool but he might get called cassie cypress makes me think cyprus hill? i like rayden its like aiden kaiden which have been popular names lately :)

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I don't think it will make a difference what anyone says on this blog (and if you bring it back to your husband it might even anger him), I think you and your husband need to come up with a name you both agree upon and are happy with together. I have two children a boy and a girl --both names took a long time to figure out, but eventually we agreed upon one name that we both liked. I know you want to include your daughter, but if were up to my daughter my son would be named Potato. A nice idea so she feels important/included is to have her pick out the outfit that he comes home in from the hospital (give her 3 choices and she picks). But getting back to names, if one of you really likes a name and the otherone is luke warm about it or worse yet, doesn't like it at all, I doubt over time anything will change.

It's tough..I know I got very frustrated...so good luck! Have a healthy and happy rest of pregnancy and I pray for you an easy labor!

Bonny - posted on 04/04/2010

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I like the name Rayden, it actually reminds me of the video game Mortal Combat, i use to play it with my brothers on the Sega Genisis, lol, but i think the name sounds manly! :) Good Luck!

Alex - posted on 04/04/2010

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Remember this child could grow up to be a plumber, a teacher or the president of a huge corporation, a President or Prime Minister. Give him a name that he can carry well, one that fits with his last name, something people can spell. He'll spend a lot more time as an adult than a cute little toddler, something else to remember.

Annette Ivy - posted on 04/04/2010

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Hi namin baby son Why not bring part of each name given into one meaningful name, this can be done with much fun and love combing all three names into just one 6-7 letter name Annette Ivy

Joann - posted on 04/04/2010

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In all honesty your son has to grow up with this name think long & hard about what you chose they are all horrible names, he is the one that will be at school being teased about the name you choose because you think that it is a great name, would either of you want to be labelled with it?????

Kathleen - posted on 04/04/2010

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I don't think I like Cassius, as someone pointed out that he could get teased and called Cassy. Cypress sounds too much like a girl's name. I think Rayden might be ok. I just know that if there is any way possible, kids will get teased about their names. My children are Michael Amanda and Adam. Michael got teased and called Michael Jordan or Nike because of our last name (Shumaker). Amanda got teased, being called A-MAN-DUH! (pick your emphasis based on personal preference). My youngest is legally Adam but wanted to change to his middle name of Jerald because he got teased and was called "A-DUM" or "Adam 'n Eve". So please take that into consideration. Think immaturely and imagine how the name could be twisted in order to save your child pain from being teased.

Tennille - posted on 04/04/2010

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I say use all three... Cassius Rayden-Cypress (insert last name). We have 2 children with 2 middle names cause we couldnt decide. (Magdalen Elizabeth-Grace, and Andrew Micheal-Mckinley) . :) Congrats!

Margaret - posted on 04/04/2010

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For G's sake, just don't name your kids for cartoon characters. I was in line behind a family at Disneyland years ago who had named their son Peter for Peter Pan (not so bad) and their daughter, TINKERBELL! Think she'll ever run for office or be the CEO of a corporation?

Margaret - posted on 04/04/2010

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Ha! Ha! I love reading those comments that your little child will have trouble spelling "Cassius". Perhaps they expect your child to be an idiot. Or that children required to spell long names read and write faster. Hilarious. Real science there. "Cash" is a great nickname for "Cassius"--any teacher who can't read his name should be required to go back to school. Cassius sounds like a statesman to me; Cash sounds very cool. You're lucky you get to make up your own mind. I was the 8th "Margaret" in a row and hated it. My husband demanded I think up a numerologically perfect name for each of our children--took a long time to satisfy that and not come up with something ridiculous--then he stopped caring about numerology once they were named. People name their kids things for all kinds of dopey reasons!

Margaret - posted on 04/04/2010

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That's a really personal choice that you have to make, keeping in mind that your child is going to carry that around his whole life. But since you're asking for opinions... It sounds like you're trying to find something unusual and unique. You might not want to be too unique, though, or your son may hate it. Cypress is a tree or the name of a place. Are your daughters already picking on their little brother?! The name Rayden sounds more masculine and it doesn't mean anything so your son can define it himself. If you think your son would like a name that has some background to it, Cassius is an excellent name. It was an ancient Roman family name, the name of one of Julius Caesar's assassins, but also a long line of well-respected ancient leaders and the name of an ancient Roman philosopher. There are a couple of saints named Cassius, and also Mohammed Ali's birth name was Cassius. In Christian tradition, although not in the Gospels, Cassius Longinus was the name of the Roman soldier who pierced the side of Jesus on the Cross and is attributed with saying, "Surely this was the son of God." He is traditionally venerated as a Saint. Whether your boy is going to be a saint. an assassin, or a philosopher, "Cassius" is a name with a long history behind it. Or maybe your husband just likes the say it sounds. IMHO, a name that means something has it all over the name of a tree or a made-up name that might become old-fashioned as time passes. But as I said, this is a personal decision. You name your child for your own reasons. Just be careful not to name him something that ends up with initials that spell something you didn't want them to (i.e. R.A.T. or C.A.T.), or a name that lends itself to teasing on the playground. Someday you're going to have to tell him why you chose the name you chose.

Jenn - posted on 04/04/2010

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What most are trying to say is that to be honest those names are all horrible, this child is going to have to grow up with this name, so think about it in those terms. They will be made fun of have this name stuck with them the rest of their lives... Just being honest with you.

Loretta - posted on 04/04/2010

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Rayden Cypress Casccius Hill, it is alright to have two middle names and when you pick a first name think of how his peers will see him in the future. With how mean kids can be Rayden would be better for a first name If Cypress is First or last middle name he will be named after the rappers that sing about being high all the time. Especially having Hill as a last name. Things to think about when naming your son. With Cassius as a first name I can see others maybe calling him Cassie to pick or play at him.

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Names are always shortened once the child gets into school. I guarantee it. My boys are Jeffrey and Michael (Jeff (or Jay) and Mike to their friends). Out of the names you've chosen I guarantee Cassius (pronounced Cash-us) will become Cash, Rayden will be Ray and Cypress, Cy. Out of the 3 nicknames, I prefer Cash. As someone else mentioned, it sounds kool. Cash Hill.........I like it! : )

Amy - posted on 04/04/2010

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I like all the names, but you all have to live with it so maybe keep choosing until you all agree, it may take time ..lol, we chose our baby boy's name when we had not long got together which was 9 years prior to having him ..lol his name is Marley, named after Bob Marley of course we have always loved the music.

Callie - posted on 04/04/2010

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I absoutley love the name Bentley. My sons name is Gage Christopher. Just some ideas. Hope it helps!

Jazi - posted on 04/03/2010

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you're lucky Tonya - it's only you and your husband with your daughter. I had MY family traditions, and the names I had picked out many years ago, My husband's wants and his family traditions, My Wife's wants and her family history. - we spent 4 months arguing last name alone. Argued for 8 months on the first name, how it would be spelled, and just what nicknames would be allowed from family. There wasn't time to argue on middle names so I won and picked it out without giving them time to argue.

as for the three names you've got listed, they all hit as femanine names to my brain. I know SEVERAL people with the name Rayden (couple of spellings though) all of them females. Most nature names (flowers, trees, and plants) tend to be femanine also) and Cassius while it is a male name in history, it's too easy for a teacher in a hurry to read fast and miss pronounce it to sound similar to a "casey"

I'm not trying to say not use them - that's my opinion on those names, YOu and your family have your reason for choosing them. If you want unusual names, go for it. it is just as hard for a 4 year old to learn to write a simple name like joshua as it is to learn to write aleczander. Also children with longer names, while it takes a bit longer to learn to write their name, learn reading and spelling faster.

find what you like - you like those names. but you can also keep looking. find a couple of names to have on hand for when baby comes, and together pick the one that seems to suit Him when he joins you in your arms.

Andrea - posted on 04/03/2010

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I quite like Rayden Cassius - then you have both.
We are having the same dilema!
We are having ......... Rowan McKay
The ......... will either be, Jaxon, Caleb, Max, Zak or Tyler - at least you only have 3 Lol

Leah - posted on 04/03/2010

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What my husband and I did when we dissagreed on what to name our son was we came up with a list of every name we both liked. We pinned the list to the wall and tried the names out for a week at a time. If we found more names we added them. If after a week we still didn't like the name we were trying out one or the other would cross the name off. It took us months to pick out just the right name but in the end we both like the name that got picked.

Donna - posted on 04/03/2010

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Just remember whatever you name him he has to live with it for the rest of his life. You might think these names are nice now but will they suit him when he is older. Out of the three names I would pick Cassius.

Rebecca - posted on 04/03/2010

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eh..i dont really like any of the names (not that it matters lol)
but if i had to choose i like Raiden.
Im pretty big on unique names too, but those are too different that he might get made fun of.
try something different but simple..
examples:
Zane, Grady, Ramey, or if u like "cs'" Cole, Cyprian (mythological name)

just some options lol hope i helped

Lisa - posted on 04/03/2010

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You should do what you feel is right for you. All these negative people telling you to just pick a "normal" name need to MTOB. It's YOUR FAMILY'S choice. And if you want unique, go for it!

We named our daughter Aubrey and most everyone we meet loves the name and says how unusual. I think it's gaining popularity though. I wanted something unique and that showed off her heritage (father's french). I picked it out, the middle name is her great-great-grandmother's name and her last is her father's last name. That way we all "won", and we honored both sides of the family.

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I agree with one of the other responders--consider how easy or difficult it will be for your child to say or write as he goes through school! Keep it simple--trendy names lose their appeal in about one generation, and your child will be stuck with it forever!

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Do NOT name your baby boy Cassius, Cypress or Rayden. He will be saddled with that weird name all his life. His nicknames will be Cass, Cy or Ray, and if you don't want his name to forever be linked with sports figures, don't do it! Don't name your child trendy names like Kaden and Jaden, either! Get a baby name book and really go through it. I am sure you will find a more uplifting and appealing name that will help your child stand out as he grows up. Find a first and middle name that work well when said together. Like, "Henry Louis"--a famous African-American historian. Or John Elliott, or Marcus Edward, more normal names with staying power. Good luck!

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