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Congratulations! And good job navigating your way to a new name when Emil didn't fit. I'll now think of the word email everytime I see the name Emil.
If I was picking a name for myself I'd want my call name to be my first name. So I vote for Judd Robert. I also think the JR nickname is a huge plus but I'm a Johnny Cash fan (JR was his birth name) and Jay is one of my favorite nicknames around we use it for our son James.
I love Veronica. Angeline and Angelina are not really my style.
I really like Ro and Rosie as nicknames and don't care for Ellie at all. So I'd vote Rosalie. I've had Eleanor on my own list to get to Nell but usually I nix it fairly quickly because I'm afraid she'll decide to be an Ellie at some point.
I agree! Caspian Paul is quite fun to say.
I like Nellie best by far! Such a sweet name. I also like that it lends itself to Nell.
I prefer Eliza but had Elise been an option I would have picked that.
I have been wondering the same thing.
Mary Grace has made its way back on to my short list.
Sarah isn't off the table. I'm just not sure it's the one. I do worry about the fact that I've known so many Sarahs. Lucy is also still very much on the table. And Alice and Rosemary have their attraction too. I'm also a bit tempted by something more adventurous like Stella or Zoe. And then as no name feels just right I'm rethinking my decision to eliminate Grace from consideration.
I'm thinking a Francis probably wouldn't get teased. My daughter (in 8th grade) goes to school with a boy named Shannon and he apparently isn't teased at least not at this point. Interestinly when he started middle school he tried to go by his middle name (Patrick) but his friends from Elementary wouldn't make the transition and so he's remained Shannon. My daughter had no idea that Shannon was even used for girls.
If we were up for a double barrel then we’d likely use Mary Grace, but I think after Gabriel I’m inclined to find a shorter name this time around. (Though husband would likely shorten Mary Grace to Gracie anyway and we’d pretty much end up where we started.)
Andr3w, M@rk and J@mes are a big jumble in my head and particularly when I’m frustrated I run through all of three of names when talking to any of them. K@t and Cl@re are also easily mixed up. But, I typically don’t confuse the names between genders or of children with large age spacings (For example, I am not calling Andr3w P@ul) so if I do have a girl it will be interesting to see if I confuse her with anyone.
Thank you. It is crazy around here. I've laughed that I'm more hormonal than my teenagers which makes for some crazy moments especially when discussing hot button topics like paying for college. Not many pregnant moms are doing that.
I was actually surprised looking at the numbers how many Sarahs and Saras continue to be born. It actually is more popular nationwide than our likely number 2 choice of Lucy which I totally didn't expect. Though now that I look at our state data I see that Lucy is more popular here than Sarah. I also notice that Sarah peaked the year before I graduated from high school so generationally I didn't grow up with near the number of Sarahs that younger moms did.
Before the tech said anything, I realized at my 20 week ultrasound with my last son that my doctor had been very wrong when he guessed girl at the 16 week appointment. I'm considering not finding out this time but I wonder if it's a boy I might realize it without being told. Of course I bet the OP's twin ultrasounds are a lot harder to interpret.
On name forums people will unknowingly suggest my husband‘s name, N@th@n as a potential baby name. It happens even more often than people suggesting Laura. And when we were a young family with just P@ul peoole we met would always get confused and end up thinking P@ul was my husband and N@th@n my baby.
Yes, we like Sarah as a name more than Mary too; Mary just has the emotional pull. I also heavily rely on using first initials in organizing us so I would like a different initial for those purposes.
My 12 year old M@rk has become quite devoted to Mary and now thinks we should name a baby after her. So even if I don't ever have a daughter Mary I may get a granddaughter by that name.
I did terribly in phonics as a child so it all makes my head spin. Clare and the first syllable of Larry and Sarah definitely rhyme for us. My parents actually call me Law-ra which is similar to the vowels in Lawrence but not Larry. I noticed as a child some teachers called me Loh-ra and I learned in French 1 that au says [o] like in restaurant and I adopted that pronounation and it's what my husband calls me.
I think in general the Cl@re and Sarah confusion wouldn't be too bad. She's starting high school when the baby's due. So she'll be in college before this baby even starts kindergarden. Plus lot of our little ones barely use their names at first. Andr3w who is nearly 4 keeps trying to tell us that he's Andr3w not Honey Bear. I had worried about confusing G@briel and J@mes and I was correct there is a bit of confusion when we call through the house because G@be sounds a bit like J@mes but we're all surviving and they also won't share the same peer group.
We're still considering others. My husband would love me to pick a name (any name) and stick to it, but those days of clear favorites seem to be gone.
I didn't mention other names in my original post because I wanted a good discussion about Sarah otherwise it's easy for the commenters just to say I like X or Y better than Sarah. Lucy's been my husband's faithful number 1 choice through the last 3 boy pregnancies. I've been liking names like June, Thea, Alice, Veronica but I'm not sure any of them are the one. And of course I routinely wonder what if any names are too similar to our older kids names (like Grace - G@briel, Anna - Andr3w, Mary - M@rk, Caroline - Cl@re, Rosemary and my daughter's middle name of Rose).