Is My Dream Name Just a Dream?
I can see why Astro appeals. Having a name come to you in a dream feels like fate: a sign that can’t be ignored, or at least an awesome “How-I-got-my-name” story for your son. Plus it’s got that cool –o ending along with its starry sensibility.
But I’d advise you to keep your head out of the clouds on this one—at least a little. Let’s say you’re the kind of person who believes strongly in finding messages in dreams. Do you take them literally? Or do you believe they offer hints and guidance, but not explicit direction? Suppose you dreamed that you drove a car covered in lizard skin. You wouldn't launch a car makeover, right? Maybe you’d just take the hint that it's time to wash your car. More seriously, you might ask yourself if you've been acting snaky-sneaky with people around you...or if you needed a thicker skin against criticism.
From the tone of your letter, it seems that you wouldn't have considered the name Astro at all if it we'ren't for the power of the dream. If that's so, consider looking deeper and asking yourself what that dream name could represent.
Perhaps you’re dreaming that your baby will be a star, soaring sky-high in whatever endeavor he chooses to pursue. Maybe you hope he’ll be curious like an astronomer or brave like an astronaut. Maybe the shining star represents the light he'll be in your life. In those cases, you don’t necessarily need the name Astro. You could respond to that dream and all it represents in a less literal way.
Some other starry names to consider that would work well with the two classics on your list, Michael and James:
· Orion (a constellation)
· Leo (an astrological sign)
· Sky (or Skyler, or Schuyler)
· Caelum (a constellation)
· Sterling (from the Old English for "little star")
· Stellan (a Swedish name that resembles the English "stellar")