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I know a family that passes the name Hope down matrilineally, but every other generation goes by Hopi. I've always thought that was sweet.
My grandmother's name is Betty. Her mother intended to name her Elizabeth, but somehow the doctor took the liberty of putting "Bettie" on the birth certificate! She uses a -y nonetheless.
Family history aside, I think this is a name that has everything going for it. Elizabeth is classic and versatile while Betty is sweet and vintage. For some reason "Betty" reads as a standalone name to me and "Bettie" is more obviously a nickname...Either way, go for it!
Ah, the Husband Problem. I have one myself!
I just ran the name matchmaker with Liam and Fiona. Lots to explore! Here are some I like from the list:
Rhys, Ronan, Duncan, Griffin, Graham, Colin, Connor...all very British Isles-y!
One of my favorites! Go for it!
I don't think they're too similar in style or "category." While they are both nature names, Roses and Wrens are quite distinctive organisms! And, to me, different in personality. I think the middle name could be a good way to differentiate between two one-syllable first names. What if Wren had a middle that could be flexibly used together with her first?
Both are lovely! I think I prefer Maya Caroline on purely aesthetic grounds. Any family significance or other factors to help you decide?
I had a great aunt Leona myself, and she was lovely, so I'm quite partial to the name. I also had a great aunt Leora (can you imagine what this forum would have said about a Leora/Leona sibset?!). Leora is a little more modern, I think, but still would honor all your "Lee" relatives. Leonora has always felt like a mouthful to me.
Other names containing 'leo' (from the advanced search on this site):
I agree with other posters. it's not serious enough for her to carry with her for her whole life. There's no reason you can't use the nickname Bear with any version of the Isa- names (I love Isabetta!). Or any other name, for that matter. I have a friend whose name is Madeleine but who is exclusively called Bear, even professionally.
Congratulations! What a beautiful name!
So do I!
I wish I were the kind of person who could just not worry about it, but being both name-obsessed and a planner rules that option out. That being sad, I think you're all right that the time to bring it up is when there is actually a baby boy on the way. Thank you all for weighing in!
I love Naomi and agree that it has a similar vibe to Phoebe. Maybe it's the double vowels? Both feel hip and modern but have deep roots.
Agree with others that Margot sounds much younger to my ears, and Enid is less attractive. I love Edith as a sweeter, softer alternative. Also:
Meredith, Eden, Elsa/Elsie, Etta
I think this name exemplifies the sweet spot: it's classic, beautiful, and unusual without being unrecognizable or eccentric. Love it!
It's a pretty name, and certainly a close relative of plenty of "real" names like Alana, Alina, Eliana, etc. I wouldn't be too worried about that part. My only hesitation is the ambiguity between Alley-Anna and Ah-li-ah-na. My best friend is Mariana (Spanish pronunciation) and she was in a constant struggle against being called Mary-Anna. But this is a problem for many names, and probably not a deal breaker, either. If you love it--go for it!
Sterling would be a great choice for either gender!
Beautiful name! Congratulations!
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