Baby Robison - We have curated a list of names and would love your feedback.

I would especially like your help coming up with first/middle combinations. Here are the names sorted below:

Male: Arlo (favorite first name)

Middle names: Desmond, Soren, Evan (husband's middle name), Evander, Rowan, Ronan

Female: Lowen, Astrid, Delta, Vesper, Sage, Florence, Noelle, Ibis, Nola, Rowan (No clear first name choice as of now)

 

Thank you so much for your input.

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September 2, 2017 4:29 PM

first of all are any of the middle names family names or names of importance - I like those connections with family

 

Arlo Evan for a boy

 

Astrid Whittney, Nola Whittney   Astrid Evangeline/Evanthe/Evanna   Astrid Noelle, Astrid Nola  

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September 5, 2017 2:26 PM

I'm in love with Arlo Desmond, but I will admit that it's because I love both of those names and my husband vetoed both for our baby. 

For the girls' names, I think it depends what your personal style is. There's a range of nature/boho, classic elegance, and creative/totally fresh stuff so that it's hard to know whether you guys would rather have a Florence Vesper, a Rowan Sage, or a Delta Noelle. All of which feel really, really different to me. I also LOVE the name Astrid and am dying for other people to use it and for it to become more common. So any combination with Astrid gets my vote.

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September 18, 2017 3:34 PM

Since this posting, we have some reservations against using Astrid. I prefer the Swedish/Danish pronunciation "Ahs-trid" vs. the English/French "As-trid" and my husband doesn't want it to be complicated or need to correct people. I completely understand where he is coming from. What are your thoughts on the pronunciation or having to correct people? Our last name is already cause for correction, easily confused with "Robinson". I don't want our child to have to explain themselves all the time.

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September 18, 2017 4:28 PM

By Ahs-trid do you mean for it to sound like AWE-strid? In the most respectful way, I want to note that to me, that sounds an awful lot like Ostrich. Now, there's nothing wrong with ostriches -- they're pretty cool birds -- but it's something that I'd want to be aware of when choosing a name. (Though it seems to have slid lower down your list anyway.) 

For what it's worth, I think that it's the sort of alternate pronunciation that no stranger would guess upon reading her name but that people who know her could get used to quite easily.

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September 20, 2017 10:40 AM

Thanks for your feedback! It's good to hear what everyone is thinking.

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September 18, 2017 4:33 PM

If you can adopt a tomahto-tomayto attitude about the pronunciation, it needn't be a problem. Your child can easily learn to answer to either sound.

Our daughter is Julianna, which in English in that spelling really should be /Julie-an-a/, but many people conflate it with Juliana, /Julie-on-a/. We consistently use the "an" pronunciation in English, but we don't try to correct the people who say "on". She answers to both equally. (She also answers to the Hungarian pronunciation, /YOU-lee-on-nah/, and a couple of nicknames as well.) These are exactly the sounds involved in Ahs-trid versus As-trid, only with the preferences reversed.

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September 20, 2017 10:41 AM

Thanks for putting this in another perspective!

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September 5, 2017 9:26 PM

I would definitely avoid Rowan, which I think is too same-y with your surname. Your mileage may vary; that may be what brought you to the name in the first place. I also would avoid Ibis, which is close enough to Iris that you're bound to get confusion.

I really like Delta, Vesper, Florence, and Noelle for a girl. Arlo Desmond is my favorite boys' choice too.

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September 18, 2017 3:13 PM

That's for your insight! I agree.

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September 18, 2017 3:38 PM

I really like Arlo Evander, because it incorporates dad's name, has a really nice flow, and gives some diverse options if he ever decides he doesn't like Arlo (Evander, Evan, Anders, Andy...).

Astrid and Florence are far and away my favorite of your girls' names, but that's entirely based on my own personal preferences.

I'm not a fan of Lowen - it's pretty, but most people are going to struggle with pronunciation and spelling. (Not a reason to immediately abandon the name, but you have better options)

Delta is a really fun choice, but it's 100% the airline to me.

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September 20, 2017 10:47 AM

I have the same reservations you do about Delta. Also, I don't like that Florence has the potential to turn into Flo as a nickname. Flora is much better than Flo. You make a good point about the versatility of Evander. I wouldn't have thought about the variations you mentioned.

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September 20, 2017 8:44 PM

The good thing about Flo is that the great majority of people are going to feel the same way you do and therefore not use it. The only real danger in this case would be that Flo's associations change for your daughter's generation and she ends up deciding to go by Flo. 

That said, you have that danger with most names to some extent or another. And if you call her Flora most of the time, I doubt Flo is even going to come into most people's minds!

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September 21, 2017 3:12 AM

I personally love Flo, but I agree that if you predominantly use Flora, it's unlikely to come up, particularly as the vowel sound is actually different.

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October 7, 2017 4:50 PM

Love Arlo for a boy. I'm not sure Arlo Evan would work but Arlo Evander sounds like a good, strong name to me.

I also love Astrid an Nola from your girls lists. Simple, a bit obscure but beautiful names.