Name help needed

Can you please suggest more names that might appeal to me based on the ones I have on my list?

 

Girls:

Lilia/Lilija Genevieve

Lilia/Lilija Janet (Janet is after my mother)

Paulina Rose (Rose is after my maternal grandmother's cousin)

Maia/Maija Elizabeth (Elizabeth is after my maternal great-aunt)

Zoya Elizabeth (Zoya is after one of my favorite Danielle Steel novels)

Stephanie Anne Elizabeth (Stephanie is after a family friend, Anne is in honor of Anne Frank)

Stephanie Margaret

Geneva Catherine Rose

Irena Judith (Judith honors one of my favorite late child actresses Judith Barsi who voiced Ducky in The Land Before Time and Anne Marie in All Dogs Go to Heaven)

Vera Emily Josephine

Katarina/Katerina Rose

Noelle (Not sure of a middle name)

Thea Rose

Arielle

Martina

Helena Mary (Hel-ay-na.  Helena is a form of my maternal grandmother's middle name and a paternal great-aunt, Helen and Mary was my maternal grandmother's given name)

Helena Genevieve

Annika Mary

Fiona Audrey

Greta

Vada Gabrielle

Xanthe Rose (Zan-thee)

Hana Giselle (Ha-na.  Giselle is after one of my favorite characters in the 80's cartoon Jem)

Susanna/Zuzanna Audrey

 

Boys:

Eamon William (William is after my maternal grandfather and my brother)

Eamon Francis

Rhys Alfred (Alfred is after my paternal great-uncle and paternal great-grandfather)

___________ Jesse (after a paternal great-uncle)

 

 

My last name is McDonald.

 

I prefer names that reflect my Irish/Latvian heritage, but they don't have to.  I'd also prefer something not in the top 200 or too trendy or weird. 

 

I especially need more boys' names, but feel free to suggest more girls' ones. I'm not sure I like Eamon as much as I used to. It feels a little close to the -aiden names which I hate and I'm on the fence about Rhys because the Reese spelling is popular for girls. 

 

Please suggest middles that are not Marie, Lynn, Grace, James, Michael, etc... Also, is Vada too weird?  I love the movie My Girl and I always thought the name was pretty.  What middle name sounds good with it?  I like Gabrielle, but not sure about the flow. 

 

Thanks! :)

Replies

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July 31, 2016 9:36 AM

Hey!

Girls: Lia, Lena, Rosina, Hera, Cleo/Clio, Zara, Zora, Brittany, Courtney, Paris, Aurora, Catalina, Josephina, Josepha, Marya, Lyric, Harmony, Violette, Bria, Sella, Sora, Nora, Brielle, Rhiann, Miranda, Taylor, Reba, Penelope, Nadia, Alisa, Melia, Zavanna, Arya, Yaris, Abigayle, Jeanina

Boys: Reesen, Brysen, Amos, Jac, Gabe, Maks

Hope this helps!

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July 31, 2016 1:10 PM

Love:

Lena

Zara

Zora

Nadia

Alisa

 

I like Aurora and Nora too.  I wish they weren't too popular.  Rosina is pretty too.  Don't know if I'd use it as a first name, but it's really growing on me.  Maybe as a middle name.  I love Rose and Rosalie, but Rosina is more unusual.  :)

 

Not crazy about the boys' names.

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July 31, 2016 9:54 AM

Have you tried the Name Matchmaker on this site? Based on Eamon, Rhys, and Lilia, the suggestions start off with Declan, Rowan, Finn, Ronan, and Callum. I suggest plugging in your three favorite girl names and asking it for boy names.

No, Vada isn't too much. Its graph in NameVoyager shows that it's in prime "vintage revival" territory: most people have never met a living person with this name, so they will find it a refreshing choice, with no preconceived notions or strong associations to cloud their perceptions of the name.

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July 31, 2016 12:56 PM

I like Ronan from the Name Matchmaker thing so far, still looking.  I'm just hoping Ronan doesn't get too popular.   I have a really common name and hated being one of 3-4 in my classroom so I couldn't do that to my kids.  I love Audrey, Olivia, and Victoria for girls and Andrew, Dominic, and Eric for boys though.

I love a lot of girls' names, but when it comes to boys' names I'm really picky.  lol  Finn seems like it's rising too fast (add in Finley for both genders and it feels even more trendy) and I'm not feeling Declan, Rowan, or Callum.

Vada is awesome.  It's definitely a nice change from Emma, Ava, Isabella, etc...

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July 31, 2016 6:52 PM

Keep in mind that name diversity is so high nowadays that baby name frequency utterly fails to predict repeats within any specific group. It's all just random chance, and you shouldn't let the possibility of repetition deter you from using any particular name.

(At preschool last year, my daughter's name had a near-repeat [one letter different]. Both names were barely in the top 200 for their birth years.)

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August 1, 2016 3:20 PM

Found a few other boys' names I like (Thanks for the suggestion of Ronan), but still need more suggestions.

 

Dmitri

Ronan Jesse

Ronan Alfred

Darius (I like Darien too, but does it feel too Sailor Moon-ish?)

 

True, there is a lot more diversity when it comes to names now than when I was in elementary school back in the 90's. 

I still don't feel right using a top 200 name in the first name spot but would happily use it in the middle, particularly if it's a classic name or honors a family member or friend.

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August 2, 2016 10:49 AM

I went to school with three girls who were born in Latvia.  One was named Inara and the other two were named Dacy.  I would consider them both usable today.