I love the name Cohen! I love it! Cohen is sleek and modern. It flows well with my other boys names: Anson, Nathan, Cohen. See. All 2 syllable names ending in "N." But the people in our lives have a lot of trouble pronouncing it. In the first 2.5 weeks of life I have heard my son called: Co-HEN (like a chicken), Cow-en (moo), and Colon (oscopy).
Let me pause here and rant. Except for Collin Powell, I don't know anyone who likes to be called an internal organ that poop goes through. I mean, who would name their kid after an internal organ? This is my son, Liver, and my daughter, Esophagus. It's simply a bizarre thing to do. I'd name my kid Large Intestine sooner than Colon. But where was I...
Ah, yes...names my baby has been called... In addition to the (massive) mispronunciations, I've also heard people mix his name up with others like Collin or Conan.
Wendell loves the name Beck! He loves it! To me, it is rural and blunt and it lacks flow. Anson, Nathan, Beck. See. No flow. But it absolutely cannot be screwed up. Beck, Beck, Beck. Only one way to pronounce it. It's easy to spell and Annika can say it.
So, to answer Nortorious' question, this is why we call him by his middle name rather than his first. Plus, we'd been planning on calling him Beck from the beginning.