In the summer, I found out that I was unexpectedly pregnant. After the initial, "What?", we've settled into being overjoyed and excited and can't wait to meet our little baby boy due in early Spring. With our two girls, we've given them names that either reflect their unique heritage (Korean-Italian-Irish-English-German mix) or family names as a tribute to a beloved relative. This means that each of our girls has two middle names to accomodate our crazy naming criteria (but so do I and so does my husband).
We'd love to give our boy a Korean middle name, but having grown in Hawaii, being half-Korean and being a 5th generation American, I don't speak Korean. Nor was a raised with any cultural understanding of how Koreans are named. My relatives have names like Wilbert, Catherine, Esther, Miriam, Evelyn, James, and Flora—arguably traditional English names. And my family surnames are Kim and Choi. I don't want either of those to be a middle name for our boy.
I know that Korean names can be loaded with meaning. I know people might consult naming specialists to ensure the best name possible. I know Koreans give their children names of virtues they hope their children will have. I know families have a lot to say about it. That's all well and good, but not so important to me. We just want a nice name with a meaning that speaks to us.
Can you help? What are your suggestions for a boy's middle name? Do you have any favorite combinations of words? Any favorite virtuous names that won't be too much a burden for a boy to carry? Please help or else we might be naming our boy after Rain/Bi. (I don't mind the association, but my husband might!) We'll consider them all, I promise!
—Stefania Pomponi Butler