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I definitely agree with your no. 3! It bothers me too when multiple characters have names that start with the same letter. It's more difficult for me to sort them out and keep them straight. So frustrating.
I think Mila Penelope would be cute too!
It seems you like boy names that end in "n" or "r" so how about the "J" names Jackson, Jepson or even Jetson? You could be one of the first with a little Jetson :) I think those all work with Paul.
I really like the already-suggested name Jasper a lot, and I'm thinking it's going to be pretty popular soon.
Although it's only one syllable and it doesn't have the same "n" or "r" ending or surname-sound, I'd like to suggest the cool and rare "J" name Jove which is another name for the Roman god, Jupiter. Unfortunately though, I don't think it sounds so well with Paul as a second name. Jove Paxton sounds nice though.
Here are some more ideas:
Daniel, Jasper, Jonah, Ian, Lyndon, Morley, Rowan, Geoffrey, Anson and Errol.
How about Walden or Walker as alternatives to Wilder?
To me, the name August hints of a guy who is pretty proper and serious, while Tanner seems like he'd be more energetic and impulsive. Cedric is too much on the serious side and Wilder too much on the impulsive side. Walden or Walker would sort of fit in somewhere in the middle.
I just wanted to emphasize that, as nedbes pointed out, the pronunciation of Mette (at least in regard to the Norwegian princess) is more like this:
Her full name is pronounced like this: MEH-teh MAW-reet
The name Leonore is what Princess Madeleine of Sweden just named her baby :) Her sister, the Crown Princess Viktoria, named her baby Estelle. I think that's pretty too - as a first or middle name.
Anyway, good luck! I'm sure you'll pick a very nice name. Don't pay too much heed as to what your family members think at this point. Once they associate your little girl with her name, they will love it! My inlaws also seemed to have a hard time accepting our name choices at first, but they came around.
I vote for Kellen, just because the association between Decker and Black&Decker and "deck her" is stronger than the association of the name with the musician - at least for me.
But I would have voted for Desmond had you suggested it. Dez would have been a great nickname.
Right. The name is very "butterflyish".
I was thinking along the lines that Aurora is the goddess of the dawn, so I think that Aurora Dawn actually works nicely, but to each his own. Aurelia is pretty too, but it's quite long with an extra syllable.
I think Audrey Grace is beautiful, and Ruby Claire is extramely cute! Although I love both the names Ruby and Claire, I don't know why, but I would want to lengthen Ruby's middle name. For some reason, Claire seems kind of short after Ruby, but the overall effect of "Ruby Claire" would lead me to believe she is very cute and spunky.
There are lots of pretty "m" names for girls. Marielle is one of my personal favorites. I just thought I'd mention that you could also use a name that starts with "am" or "em", for example:
Such names go well with your two "m" boys, I think. I really like the name Esme too, and I think that also sounds great with your boys' names.
Just wanted to add the suggestions Melina and Martina as first names.
As a middle name, I wanted to suggest maybe varying Marie and Kate a bit.
I think these names, for example, sound pretty:
Melina KatrineMartina Kathleen
Or maybe Rainie Amara.
Are you for sure having a girl?
I really like Laurel (and Lauren), but I'm honestly not crazy about the others.
Lara is also quite nice.
What about Lorelai? It's not really a variant of Laura I guess, but it's a beautiful mermaid name!
Eliza is a pretty name. (I am also currently hooked on another name beginning with "El" myself.)
I think Eliza Marie or Mary Eliza flows a little better than Eliza Mary. Eliza Marina or Eliza Mariel maybe?
I don't think two 3-syllable names are too much, but I would also try to avoid the feen-feen repetition. Alternatives might be Eliza Joanna, Eliza Joanne or Eliza Joelle.
Eliza Adeline is very pretty. An alternative is Eliza Adele or Eliza Antonia (since you like Anthony too).
Have you considered Elias as a boy's name? Elias would be a nice middle name to the boys' names you listed too. I really like Jonathan Elias, for example.
All your name suggestions sound fine to me! Are you perhaps from Scandinavia - Sweden maybe? I just have this hunch! You've chosen very classic names. The name Anna has always been around, but I think it will become even more popular now given the worldwide popularity of the Disney movie, "Frozen". It's very pretty.
You might consider spelling Klara, Katarina and Jakob with a "C" if you want them to appear a bit more English, which will distinguish them a bit compared from the more traditional Scandinavian spellings if you should live in Scandinavia. It's nice to stick out just a tiny bit to show a unique heritage! And if you live in England, you might want to keep the "k" spellings to distinguish the names from similar names in England :)
What I notice about first names and second names is that there seems to be a different sought-after rhythm in Scandinavia as compared to England and the U.S. For example, whereas "Sebastian Jakob" might sound better as a Swedish first and middle name combination, it seems to me like "Jacob Sebastian" would be the more rhythmic combination in England and the U.S. The same goes for "Samuel David" and "Katarina Eliza".
Anyway, I don't think you can go wrong with the classic names you've chosen. If you are from Scandinavia, I think you should strive to find a beautiful name you love, whether or not you think others will think it sounds "normal" at first or not. They will adapt. If you do come from Scandinavia, you have so many great names to choose from, so you can dare to be a bit different if you wish.
Good luck :)
Since you really like Marianna, but you aren't thrilled about the "bitter" meaning, what about the similar and just-as-pretty-if-not-prettier Marietta? Marietta supposedly means "star of the sea", which goes very nicely with your first little "star" baby Stella. (Marietta was actually the name of my own great grandmother who immigrated from Italy.)
I think the name Aurora Dawn Willow sounds very pretty, so there's another suggestion for you. Aurora is another beautiful celestial-sounding, princessy name that goes well with both Stella and Dawn. Besides, you can have a cute-sounding little "Stelly" and "Rorie" to call in for dinner.
Topanga is not a bad name at all. It's very spririted! But personally, I think you should save it for the family pet. It would be perfect.
Of the other names on your list, I think I like Nadia and Vanessa (which actually means butterfly) best. However, I might consider shortening it to Nessa, which sounds like a great name for a sister to Stella.
Since you are looking for less common, biblical and on the shorter side, and your last name possibly also includes the letter "u", how about Uri as a middle name? It supposedly means "my light" or "my fire". I personally think Uri brings Julian a bit more manliness, and it's less common than Eli nowadays but similar in sound and quality.
Let us know what you decide :)
Your name list looks great to me. I think the three-syllable names Evelyn and Miranda sound best with your shorter last name. The only problem is that it would only be natural for me to want to call a child by a shorter nickname if their given name were three syllables long, and I don't know what a natural nickname for Evelyn or Miranda might be. Evvie sounds cute for Evelyn perhaps, but I don't know what one would call a little Miranda. Randi maybe?
I think your husband may sooo be looking forward to having a boy and adding some testosterone to your household that he can only consider the toughest of names at this time, but I think you and your husband will be able to agree on a slightly less tough boy's name once you find out that the baby is actually a boy. Maybe then he can calm down a bit. Either that, or you will have to get a pit bull puppy and he can name the puppy while you name the baby :)
I'd like to suggest the names Samson, Evander and Ivan, which sound like formiddable opponents in the wrestling ring, yet don't quite sound as pitbullish and offputting as Ryker, Striker and Charger. Since your first two babies have gemstone middle names, you might consider the tough, stony name "Flint", although it's really too short to go with Dodge as a first name. Maybe as a middle? The first name Jasper is a gemstone and really great. Jasper Lee Dodge sounds very cool.
It would be a bit sad not to have a gemstone name for your third daughter too if she is a girl. How about Jacinda, Opal or Gemma Suzanne?
Good luck and keep us updated!
The world is becoming smaller and smaller, and the baby names that are popular in different countries around the world have so many international influences nowadays. Besides, if you live in the U.S. you don't really have to pay homage to your nationalities and anything goes - so why not Brooklyn? I like the fact that Brooklyn and Steenekamp both have K's in them :)
For a boy, how about Kelvin, which ends in an "n" like Dylan and Mason, but isn't as common. Besides, it has that neat "K" to start it off.