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Baby name update! Baby June arrived 3/10, perfect as can be. By the time her birth day rolled around, I had eliminated Joanna from the middle name--I realized that what I really wanted was middle name Jo, so I decided to hold out for an opportunity to use it in its purest form. The final choice is kind of a funny story: June was born at 10:35 pm in a free-standing birth center, which stipulates that you must stay at least six hours after birth but not more than 12. We figured we'd stay until the next morning to get some sleep. However, we were thwarted by the hard birthing bed and the woman in the next room who was SCREAMING wildly from about 9 pm til the time we gave up on sleeping, around 3:30 am. At that point, we needed to wrap up our paperwork and get home to get some sleep. I told my husband that I wanted Mariana or Elizabeth as the middle name. He said "I like Elizabeth" and I said GREAT let's go. So she is June Elizabeth! It suits her and means that she and I are matching in our two middle names. Thanks for all your fabulous support and insight, you genius namers!
Then you can't go wrong! I'm in a similar place with middle names at the moment. I like our whole shortlist enough to talk myself into anyone of them before remember how much I love the others, too!
Theodore Thomas! I don't know if you're a Little Women fan, but Josephine and Theodore are clearly a match made in heaven.
Congratulations! I have a nephew named Leo Alexander, what do you know.
Something about Leo and Eliza is really charming to me, second choice Violet, Alice I think is less stylistically aligned.
Eliza Claire and Eliza Quinn are both fun combos!
I love this list! Especially Francis, Theodore, and Frederick.
Dorothy or Rory
What a lovely testimony! Thanks for sharing your insights with us!
I think Barbara is ready for a comeback! Keira definitely feels younger and my impression is that it wouldn't wear as well over a lifetime. Bring on the baby Barbaras!
I've thought about June Anna, that's a good one. And never fear, June Joanna and June Mariana are still the top contenders.
I can't think of anything, negative or positive. No associations here. Go for it!
August James, hands down.
I grew up with an Alec. It was really an uphill battle against being called Alex.
Hello again, naming consultants!
With just a few weeks to go (due date is 3/7) we are still undecided about a middle name. Which I'm mostly fine with. I like the idea of doing some active naming on the birth day. Since my original post, I have talked myself completely into Joanna, then completely into Mariana, and now I'm back to feeling open to either of these two likley choices. My husband is leaning toward Joanna.
Then a few nights ago, I started thinking about how fun it would be to have a truly double-barrel name that we used frequently. Neither Joanna nor Mariana would really work in this context. So I thought I'd bring it back to the experts. What are some fun middles that would go with June for daily use? The first one that appeals to me is June Marine.
Send fun ideas! No suggestion is too wacky!
LOVE Genevieve and I think Genevieve Delilah is a fun, unexpected combo.
Re: Leo, we have an NPR correspondant down here in NC named Leoneda (Leo-knee-da) and I absolutely adore this name (and her reporting). Could be a fun way to use Leo even if you have a girl!
I prefer Emmett--it's one I would consider if my own name weren't Emily. I like Leo but it feels a little incomplete to me. Leopold, Leonard, Leonid, etc. would be good formal names to yield nn Leo.
Very pretty! Definitely has a strong femme fatale vibe.
I love Serena, but I think there might be too much repetition of sounds in Serena Aria Raine. What about a middle name choice with some contrasting phonemes?
I'd rank them Anoush, Una, and then Zara.
Hmm, this is a tough one! Of the names you list, it seems like Savannah might be the best compromise. It fits your criteria for feminine ending, length, and nature-theme. I know a couple of Savannah's and have never heard either of them called Vannah. It would probably not have occurred to me as a nickname at all, actually. I also don't think it's terribly trendy, unless trendy to you means non-traditional. It has certainly risen in popularity, but over the course of several decades--it's not overly of-the-moment.
Other than that, maybe it would behoove you both to generate and compare longer lists. I think there's hope for overlap yet!
Some samples from my own long list that I think fit stylistically with Nolan and adhere to your other criteria:
August, Elliott, Gabriel, Graham, Reed, Ross, Tyler
What does the name match maker have to say?
Yay! Congratulations and thank you for sharing your news with us!