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I think it's a great name source! I had a student last year named Annika, and just having her around, getting familiar with her name in day-to-day usage, made me add it to my list. If I use it in the future, it won't really be an honor name, just a name awakening!
I agree that Rosabel is more classic while Rosabelle trends more towards modern name mash-ups. But it's a lovely sound either way!
I think it may raise a few eyebrows, but I also know more than one Athena, of different ages, and it totally works. It will have stronger connotations for some than for others (I grew up obsessively reading D'Aulaires' Greek myths), but it has the advantage of being phonetically straight-forward and recognizable. I say go for it!
Which means 'star' in Swahili!
I have a friend who named her baby Jemison (nn Jemma) after Mae Jemison, the first African-American woman in space.
June, Annika, Rosalie, Joanna, Tessa
Forrest, Jesse, Reed, Theodore (Teddy), Leigh
That's such a great point--you never know what nicknames will arise! I like the previous poster's comment that Charlotte makes a great middle name with Juniper.
I also prefer Joelle Katherine; like other posters, I shy away from nicknames on birth certificates. And I am 100% in favor of giving her your name! Build that matriline!
I think they are too similar. I knew a pair of brothers named Tony and Turner, and their mom said she regretted the choice. She constantly mixed up their names and was forever tripping over the distinction. Caden and Callan are even more similar!
Since you're already on the fence about Caden, I would take into consideration the surfeit of -aden names we're seeing these days. I think the name will place him firmly in the middle of this very trendy trend.
What about Annabeth?
I work with an Arianna who goes by Annie!
It's uncommon enough that it would rarely be pronounced correctly on the first try. I also think it's truly lovely! Agree with others that Lydia is a safer choice but still unusual.
Clelia Mosher is a historical hero of mine, and I've always been intrigued by her name.
What about Clelia for namesake middle?
You might want to check out this recent thread from this forum: http://www.babynamewizard.com/forum/the-final-two-contenders-i-hope
The poster was debating between Veronica and Natalie--lots of thoughts on the popularity and associations of Natalie!
I like it! And as an Emily born in the late 80s, I can attest to the fact that having a relatively popular name didn't cause me any strife. Congratulations on finding The One.
This is so genius! Thank you for sharing. I think you're exactly right that offering one name at a time leads to knee-jerk rejections. I am going to try your list suggestion when it's time to get serious.
It sounds like he likes more traditional, old-fashioned names, and you have a flair for the romantic. How about something ending in -iana with a more traditional stem?
Juliana, Audriana, Emiliana, Liliana, etc.
I like Mila and Emilia but I do think Sienna and Kendall are too trendy. Paige is rather more terse than your other preferences, but could work as a middle name to offset something more flowery?
I can see the comment coming up occasionally, but it's not a particularly negative phrase, so I can't imagine it would be too terrible to deal with.
Vive les overthinkers!
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!