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I briefly considered Matilda for a girl, but I was put off by all the other Maddies running around. A Matilda would disappear in the sea of Madeleines, Madisons, and other Mad- names.
I have a nephew Calob. That's a respelling I've never seen on anyone else, but given the lists above for Christopher and Stephanie, I suspect he's not as alone as I might have thought!
I'm absolutely biased, but Amy (just Amy, spelled like this) is an awesome name. It will suit your daughter as a youngster and as an adult. It's rarely misheard and mostly correctly spelled. Plus, she won't be one of many Amys as I was (born in the late 60s), which is a bonus.
Fascinating! I love this kind of analysis! I wish you'd do more years from other decades.
The idea of having a stage persona and an individual ('real') persona with different names for each is one I like. I do think it could help keep a performer, maybe especially a young one, more grounded. (And with a 12-year-old in the house, we love Lorde!)
I was originally skeptical of the nomination of Francis. However, after reading the compelling arguments in favor of it and particularly those that address how it fits the criteria, I'm casting another vote for it.
Congratulations, Chimu, and a very warm welcome to Soren Augustus! I admire you for taking your time to really consider your favorites once he'd arrived. I know I could never have been so patient. Soren is a fantastic match with Astrid - a strong, uncommon name. Enjoy your wee one and best wishes to your Astrid now that she's a big sister!
(On an only somewhat related note, we went apple picking last weekend and there was another Astrid there. She was probably 3 or 4. That's only the second time we've met another kid with the name in 12 years.)
Lucubratrix, Thomasina is a great name and I love that your family is already test driving lots of the available nicknames. It's fun to have a name that lends itself to that, especially because it lets everyone have a special connection to the new baby.
Chimu, I can't wait to hear what name you choose.
Enjoy your new wee ones, ladies!
My Astrid's birthday is October 5, so I can recommend that one!
Oh, I'm thrilled beyond belief that you've got Laszlo on your maybe list! You just made my day, even if you don't use it. :)
From your current front-runners, I also like Caspian and Soren. I feel like Laszlo, Caspian, and Soren all match Astrid in spirit and intensity. Having an Astrid myself, it was a hypothetical question I pondered - how to find a name that complements Astrid and shares a similar strength. Finally, I like the subtle repetition of the /as/ sound in Astrid, Caspian, and Laszlo.
Best wishes for a speedy, easy delivery. Can't wait for your announcement!
"... I would still use Catherine and keep the nn as Kit ..." This is what my husband's grandmother did. She was Catherine, always called Katie.
We planned to give our daughter the middle name Katherine to honor his grandmother and mine (who spelled it with a K). I'll admit, I assumed his grandmother was also a 'Katherine' because of her nickname. We found out just before our daughter was born that she was Catherine instead. We opted to go with Katherine. While I do prefer the K slightly, I'm also such a Catherine/Katherine fan that I like either spelling.
Honestly that would be a concern for me with this name. We're not at all religious and we live in a neighborhood with a significant number of Jews. However, I love how it looks and sounds, it's easy to pronounce, and I think it would travel fairly well.
Oh, I do love Solomon with Astrid!
And for me, Remy is all the rat protagonist in Ratatouille. He's a great character so it's a positive association.
Congrats, Chimu! I saw your earlier posts (boy and girl names), but they were already kind of old so I figured I'd wait for your update to comment. So happy to hear your Astrid will have a little brother (or sister, should you have a surprise)!
From your current list my favorites are August, Soren, Ambrose, and Lysander. From your maybe list, for possible first names, I like Clement, Conrad, and Otto.
My only concern with Astrid and Soren is that if you had others, would you feel locked into a Scandinavian theme?
I'll throw out Laszlo, my perennial favorite that I'll never use. :)
Stillwater Mutt Paper Clip or Pixie-Smiled Librarian
I love many of these - Evadne, Ianthe, Xanthe. My husband and I had a cat called Chloe. (In my defense, I named her in 1990!)
I know an Ariadne (she's in her 30s or 40s), a middle-schooler named Chloe, a high-schooler named Daphne, and many Zoes.
Congratulations! Xavier Carroll is a fantastic name! I agree with everyone else on edging grandpa to Xave over Zack. That will probably happen with time. Enjoy your baby!
I was thinking the same thing, PJ. Can't wait to see.
When I consider these criteria:
- A dramatic change in the name's usage or social meaning
- A reflection of a broader cultural theme, or influence on broader style trends
- In the case of current events, "naminess" -- how essential the name is to the story
I'm inclined to cast my vote with the suggestion of Blue Ivy. I'm not sure it meets the first criterion, but I do think the name itself and the desire to trademark it are reflective of a broader culture theme (name as brand) and the name is certainly essential to the story.