Thoughts on our short list?
You all helped when my partner and I initially started discussing names earlier this fall for our due-in-March baby. We are now down to a very short list and I was hoping to get some additional thoughts. We are not sharing at all in real life, so this is where I come when I need some outside thoughts. I'd love to hear which you like best and also any comments on associations, concerns, dislikes, etc. Don't worry about offending me, if I wanted a name that (statistically) most people would like, I would just choose from the top 10. Last name starts with L, one syllable. Think Shakespeare king.
Girls: Middle name likely to be Elizabeth or Ann
Phoebe (nn Phee)- Love all the history. Haven't found a reference that really bothers me. Somehow sounds very distinguished to me, but I do worry a bit that it sounds silly/sing-songy to people who might not be as familiar with it.
Fiona (nn Fi)- Love the sound and the nickname. Concerned a bit about popularity in my region/ neighborhood (I'm in Portland, OR). Also oddly slightly bothered by the fact that "Fionn" is pronounced "Finn" and that (from what I have been able to glean) Fiona is a more made up feminization (albeit made up 300 years ago.) I actually do like Fionnula (Fin-oola) but my partner does not.
Boys: Middle name likely to be Edward
August (nn Gus)- Like both the formal and the informal names for daily use. Worried a bit about popularity in my particular neighborhood. Also feel like it kind of blends in with a lot of the other "old man" nickname names today. (Hmm, was that little boy I just met Sam or Max or Charlie or Gus?)
Tobias (nn Toby)- Like both the formal and informal but it seems like there is a big gap between the two. Would there be times when Tobias would be too formal but Toby would be too childish/informal? Also wondering if, in your opinions, having a Toby would rule out having a Phoebe later?
Thanks in advance for your thoughts!
Wed, 12/12/2012 - 2:02pm