8th child of blended family. Help!

Hi all,

My name is Andrea, and I am expecting a baby in late May (don't know gender). My husband, George, and I already had kids from our previous marriages, totaling 7 kids. Baby #8 is on its way and we have no ideas for names. 

George immigrated from Cyprus three years ago, and all his kids have ancient Greek names; Agamemnon "Aggie" (11), Euthalia (9), Metrodora "Dora" (8) and Thales (5). My children have very different names; Birdie (13), Ever (10), Trixie (9).

We are totally at opposite ends, the only thing we can agree on is that we want an unpopular name. 

Names I like: 

Girls: Blanche, Lake, Lux, Tansy

Boys: Broderick, Gibson, Vihaan

Hubby wants to compromise with Athena, but I don't like it. Not a fan of names ending an 'ia' or 'a' for girls

Other girls names that George likes: Anastasia, Ambrosia, Doris

Boys: Alexandros, Nereus, Seleucos

Neither of us like the others names. Help!

 

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April 8, 2016 1:49 PM

Girls: Artemis, Demeter, Persephone, Eleni, Calypso

Boys: Artemas, Calixto, Atlas, Osias

Personally, I think Eleni and Atlas would fit the bill. Good luck and congratulations!

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April 8, 2016 3:15 PM

Oo, this is a fascinating situation. My cousins are in a blended family, and I've often mulled over possible names for if their stepmom were to have a baby.

Would you consider Athene  as an alternative to Athena? It's a legitimate form of the name, and doesn't end in A.

Athens or Sparta for a boy would also be interesting choices, and I feel like they would link your naming styles well.

 

Other ideas: (Mostly word names with origins in Greek mythology, though not exclusively)

Girls: Lotus, Io, Onyx, Charisma (ends in an a, but doesn't quite have the feel of a typical -a name), Lyric, Echo

Boys: Atlas, Nautilus, Paris, Zenith, Ares, Orion, Triton

Either: Ocean, Zephyr, Odyssey, Zodiac

I will say that your husband's naming style is closer to mine than yours is, so this list may be a bit skewed in that direction. Hopefully it's at least somewhat helpful, regardless. :)

 

This is a fun challenge, and I'm looking forward to seeing what you end up picking!

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April 8, 2016 8:56 PM

I like the above reommendation of Athene as a compromise that could be betther than Athena.

Because he wants a Greek name, I looked through Greek names and tried to find some that sounded like they might match your style.  

Girls: Calliope, Ariadne, Clio, Demi, Eris, Nyx (no vowels, but it is pretty...), Sybil, Xanthe

Boys: Ajax, Cadmus, Galen, Zeno

Either: Phoenix (not Greek, but has Greek roots)

All of these names are pretty uncommon in the US.  Only Ariadne, Demi and Phoenix are currently in the top 1000.  Calliope, Clio, Nyx, Xanthe, Ajax, Cadmus, and Xeno have never been in the top 1000 in the United States and Eris was in the top thousand for two years in the 20s 

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April 8, 2016 10:46 PM

Aggie & Dora don't seem too far off from your style, so perhaps looking at longer Greek names with nicknames you like could work?  Or a non-Greek name that is somehow meaningful to your husband?  For example, you could consider Biblical, historical, literary or place names.

I like the suggestions of Ariadne & Xanthe.  I'll add Eleni, Selene, Seraphina (Sera/Sadie, Fi), Ionia, Helen

For boys, perhaps August/Augustus, Leonidas (Leo), Gideon, Theodore, Aristotle (Ari), Darius, Lysander

From your list, I could see Lux being the best option-maybe a compromise of Loukios with Lux as the nickname?  Though Loukios is technically masculine.    From his list, I think Anastasia would be your best bet because of the nickname potential. How would you feel about Tasia or Sasha?  Ambrosia also isn't bad, I think it fits well with your kids names, though it would mean giving up on your preference for no ia or a endings.  

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April 11, 2016 6:13 AM

Three girls names come to mind which may suit you both:

 

Daphne:  nymph in Greek mythology, fragrant plant, and recognisable name.

Delphi:  ancient oracle, mystic, and place name.

Delta:  Greek letter of the alphabet, geographical feature.

 

Good luck.

 

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April 12, 2016 5:52 AM

Seconding Daphne! Sounds like it could be a perfect crossover name - it would fit in with either of your sibsets. And it's beautiful. 

 I also liked the suggestion of Atlas. 

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April 11, 2016 6:57 AM

It's not Greek, but Octavia is such a wonderful name, especially for an eighth child!

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April 14, 2016 10:26 PM

Girls:

Lyra

Mette

Aurore

Lydie

Tavi (for Octavia)

Tasie (for Anastasia)

Demi (for Demetria)

Boys:

Anatole

Aristide

Dmitri