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I'll chime in against Indiana precisely because of the Indiana Jones franchise. If we're in agreement that cultural sensitivity is an important factor in name selection, then you couldn't pick a worse honor name. He's a sleazy adult man with an (at best) implied relationship with a teenage girl. The films have some overtly racist tropes. It would definitley be a turn-off for me even without the Native American/Indian cultural appropriation issues. I love others' suggestions of Lucinda or Rosalind to yield nickname Indy.
This is so sad. I'm expecting, and people keep telling me how much easier it is to raise boys than girls. And yet we are clearly failing our boys! From the moment we name them, we're ignoring their emotional needs and sending the message that only one emotion is acceptable for boys and men: anger. It's no wonder that men resort to violence and ultimately victimize women. Raising boys is clearly not easy--if it were, maybe we'd all better at it.
I agree. You can consider the similarity as one factor in the con column, if you're considering a suite of potential names. In my opinon, it's not a dealbreaker.
We are! I was surprised last night, actually, when my husband asked, "Is June Joanna still on the table? I like that the best." Perhaps I hadn't kept him adequately apprised of BNW activity.
Ha! Me too! I was trying really hard not to post here until we knew the sex and then I realized that if it were a boy, I'd have no need! Which is clearly unacceptable.
I'm thrilled to share that all your middle-naming efforts will not be in vain--it's a girl! June Somebody is on her way!
Great nickname ideas! These really sell it for me.
I'm not sure the name we've pretty much picked for a boy would fit my original criteria, but it feels right to me somehow. Silas is stylistically aligned with your other names. Why not try calling them out in a list and see how that feels and sounds to you? Can you say them quickly (particularly Isaias and Silas) without getting tongue-tied? That kind of practical consideration is probably more useful at this point than your original list of rules.
I like the way your mind works. And I am all too familiar with lianas. I spent about 12 months in Tanzania for research, and was tangled and trapped in vines for a significant portion of that time!
I think I'm leaning toward June Joanna. Thanks to everyone for your insight! This site is such an invaluable resource.
You are right on both counts! My in-laws and my mom's family are all southerners, so the middle names get used a fair amount. Junie Jo is adorable!
Well, I've had many close female friends who have been incredibly important to me, and I like the idea of giving a name that honors the importance of female friendship in general. More than honoring any one person, I want the name to have a story that I can tell my child so she (or he) knows that it's meaningful and a connection to others in our lives.
Oh that is so exciting. I love Audrey!
How fun! Congratulations! Mine is due March 7. Can't wait to hear what you're thinking, name-wise! And I think I remember that you're geographically close to me? I'm in the Triangle area.
Leona is another family name but I find it less appealing than Leora, and Lenore and Eleanor have somehow never spoken to me even though they're lovely names.
I like the idea of naming your son after you, so I think that's a big plus. I think the similarity in sounds would be a little confusing for me, and I probably wouldn't pick a name so similar to my own. However, that's a personal style issue. I am all too familiar with the struggle of finding names that everyone involved likes, so I think that if you have a winner, it's best not to question it! Go for it!
My ranking for girls: Beatrix, Adelaide, Hazel, Matilda, Freya
Boys: Emrys, Colwyn, Tobin, Alistair a distant last.
It's good to hear positive reactions to June Joanna! A friend said it sounded like Jumanji and I've had that in my head...maybe time to forget that criticism. Thank you for your other suggestions. My first name is Emily so I chuckled to see Emilia!
Thank you for playing with these sounds! Annalie is pretty and we did think of Leanna. I'm not as wild about the Mary options. Sorry to say I think you're right about Luisa.
I'm glad you like Peter. It's funny how it's such a classic but also a little unusual these days. And you know Pete is going to be a nice guy.That's a good point that my mom is included through the second middle name! And happy to hear that June Joanna isn't off-putting. Just yesterday I thought about Leanna; it's definitely in consideration. I'm not sure I like the double Ju- sound.
I think Marlee is feminine enough, and I agree with other posters that the associations are deal breakers. However, I do think it lacks gravitas--it's a very casual, fun name. Maybe that's fine, but there are some more serious options that could yield NN Marlee?
Mariana, Marlena, Marielle, Maya Lee, Marina, etc.
I was just musing on Susannah the other day! I like it. I've also come back to Joanna, in the same vein, which shares some sounds and characteristics with all three of your source names.
What about Genevieve to honor Virginia?
I have never loved the Ce- names (Celia, Cecelia, etc) but I realize now that it's the 'See' sound that's unappealing to me Celia your way is beautiful. It will require frequent explanation. My last name sounds nothing like it is spelled, but it hasn't ruined my life. I even decided to keep it when I got married. So it's really not the end of the world. I think Cellia is prettier and more romantic than Natalie, which has a hard sound to me.