Holy crap, I’m pregnant

Too early to tell anyone in reality, so you guys are getting my online squeeing. The husband and I are sitting here stunned because it happened so fast this time where to get Stell@n it took FOREVER. But then that raises the question of whether my not-quite-but-almost advanced maternal age ovaries were putting on a fire sale (please dear god don’t be twins.)

BUT in more coherent terms, now I get to think about names again! This time we will probably try to stick in the same popularity “tier” as Stell@n, which might be tricky given only 77 babies were given that name in 2016 and it’s in the 1800s for rank. Also leaning toward a different first letter and different last syllable/ending phoneme. 

Feel free to throw names you like at me. Or not, and you can just say hi! ’ve got tons of time.

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May 19, 2018 5:57 PM

Congratulations, how exciting!

 

I'm shocked Stellan is so low on the charts!  Without checking popularity, here are a couple ideas: Lucius, Hugo, Dashiell, Asher, Magnus, Caspar, Daphne, Linnea, Phoebe, Ingrid, Freya, Astrid.

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May 19, 2018 6:05 PM

I love Freya and think it makes a great set with Stellan, unfortunately it's all the way up at #305 in this year's stats. 

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May 20, 2018 9:15 AM

Yes, I have always been surprised it’s so rare.  A few months ago we overeard another parent at the park calling their son Stellan, and my sister has run into a family out where she lives who used the name, as well. So it’s out there, but I think a lot of families who might have used it went for Soren instead.

Anyway, love Dashiell, Magnus, Daphne, Linnea, and Ingrid. Husband vetoed Magnus last time, alas. My parents just named their cat Freya :)

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May 19, 2018 6:00 PM

Congratulations! 

It's fun to look for more unusual names; for some reason with girls the name Linnea is the first I thought of (perhaps because it's a name that makes me think 'Swedish' in the same way Stellan does, although I don't know if you would want that association) or how about Cecily, Tamsin, Rosamund/Rosalind, Petra, Isolde. If you're willing to deal with pronunciation/spelling issues I also love lots of Irish girls names. Boys are harder, especially if you take out all -an/-en endings. I like Lorcan enough to suggest it anyway, others: Elio, Bram, Linus, Orin, Ayrton (those last two have a different ending phoneme when I say them). 

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May 20, 2018 9:27 AM

Absolutely love Linnea, as I always liked the books about the little girl Linnea in Monet’s garden. Rosalind is also in consideration, as it ticks off both Shakespearean and honoring a deceased family member boxes. Love the boldness of Isolde, which I hadn’t considered before. The husband has vetoed Tamsin, and Petra (and Phoebe, suggested above) are names already used by close family.

And yeah, boys are way harder. We had a heck of a time finding one we liked for S, and I’m dreading going through that again if it’s a boy. Of those you listed, I do like Bram. Orin is just inescapably April Ludgate’s goth friend from Parks and Rc :). Lorcan is a great name And I’d be delighted to meet a little boy with that name. But probably not for us.

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May 19, 2018 8:37 PM

Vaughn  Lucius Phineas Cormac Caius  Kai  Henrik Hendrick  Magnus Roland Axel Erik  Campbell Huxley

Isabeau  Anneli Annika Astrid Clara Beatrice Greta  Heidi  Ida  Ingrid Johanna  Katarina Kerstin Laura Linnea Liselotte Tatiana Ursula Vera Viveka Britta Carin  Eleri Delma Delphine Portia

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May 20, 2018 10:55 AM

This list managed to include both my name and my husband’s name (at least a variant spelling), so well done, lol!

ALSO, Delphine, which has been my newest name crush over the past year or so. I also adore Tatiana but husband vetoed it because he wouldn’t want her to sound like a czarina with his Slavic last name.

I quite like Kai, even though it’s ranked #127, and Henrik, which I hadn‘t really considered previously. Isabeau is beautiful but I don’t know if I could deal with people thinking her name was Isabelle all. The. Time.

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May 20, 2018 10:51 AM

And as a clarification, I think I used “phoneme“ incorrectly, or at least should have said, penultimate phoneme, as from my belated googling, “n” itself is a phoneme, and I’d be ok with Stell@n and Delphine but less so with, say, Declan.

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May 20, 2018 1:38 PM

Congratulations!

I'm just going to throw out a few names ranking at around the same popularity:

Brant, Wheeler, Murphy, Aubrey, Terrence, Bauer, Maddock, Lissandro, Kail, Rainier, Beck, Bracken, Jarret, Oslo, Wylder, Eugene, Casimir, Jakub, Renzo, Dash, Washington, Osias/Ozias, Alessio, Calder, Marius, Ainsley, Cecil, Howie, Kelly, Nikolai, Pascal, Floyd, Cambridge, Wyland, Alonso, Ragnar

Ola, Alva, Yvette, Tyra, Olga, Runa, Tova, Inga, Carlene, Britt, Linnea, Moa, Emelie, Mathea, Thora, Edda, Kajsa, Margareta, Nissa, Rane, Ronia, Tira, Viveca, Anitra, Carola, Frieda, Ingeborg, Karyna, Lene, Marta, Tindra, Agneta/Agda, Aune, Brigitta, Dagmar, Dale, Daleia, Froja, Grette, Mareta, Olva, Valda

 

I think of this list I prefer Beck and Casimir for boys and Marta and Brigitta for girls. Good luck & I hope this helps!

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May 23, 2018 7:09 AM

Thank you! I really like Rainier but don’t know if we could pull the trigger on it. Also love Nikolai but vetoed by husband. This got me thinking about popularity vs familiarity. We may have to slide upward on the popularity scale to find something that feels similiarly familiar to Stellan.

 

I do find it intriguing that Linnea has appeared in nearly every comment so far.

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May 21, 2018 12:28 AM

I also like Delphine! More ideas for names with similar popularity...

Francine
Daria
Talya
Yvonne
Nicola
Nica/Nika
Lux
Juno
Arrow
Gaia
Winona
Alora
Acacia
Marisa
Kimora
Yara
Yana
Vada
Naya/Naia
Montserrat
Magdalena
Lavinia
Prudence
Agatha
Odessa
Inez
Mindy
Candace/Candice
Marlo
Uma
Rina

Marek
Bjorn
Lars
Niels/Nils/Niles
Niall/Nyle
Ira
Irwin
Alaric
Leander
Yuri
Rami
Anton
Tobin
Lucio
Bishop
Avi
Loki
Ernest
Rivers
West
Henley
Amadeus
Lake
Blair
Paris
Ames
Emrys
Clive

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May 23, 2018 7:08 AM

A lot of these have been on my favorites list at one time or another! I was trying to sell Mr. the_lorelei on Niels but he was less than enthusiastic. I fear he will feel similarly about Emrys, which I have really loved lately.

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May 23, 2018 4:25 PM

If he won't go for Emrys you could try for just Rhys, which has a similar soft sound but seems less "out there" (although it may be too popular for your taste; it ranked #477 in the 2017 stats). Or how about Idris which has a lot in common with Emrys in terms of sound but benefits from a boost in familiarity through Idris Elba (much like Stellan does through Stellan Skarsgård) whilst still being very rare like Stellan. 

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June 8, 2018 5:19 PM

Keeping with the Sweden theme:

Boys:  Jens, Viggo, Gustav, Nils, Linus, Arvid

Girls:  Ebba, Tilda, Kasja, Tuva, Smilla