My kids are Paul, Clare, Mark, Katharine, James and Andrew.
I can't believe it just occured to me to check in and see if you had had your baby! Congratulations! I love his name!
I must admit that sitting here big as a house with my back killing me, I'm a bit jealous that I'm still waiting on my number 6 to show up =)
Thank you everyone for your responses. I think we've bonded with this little one as Andrew. Looking forward to meeting him soon.
I really like Eli and I find it a very strong boy's name.
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I do find Kathryn a bit too close to Karen. If you like Lauren better then Laura by all means use it. I think it'll age just fine. I like all three of your other choices -- Isabel, Eleanor, and Charlotte. So then I jump to the nicknames you are considering and I find Elle the most fun so that would be my choice.
I have a Katharine so I'm biased in favor of Kathryn. However Kara/Cara strike me as such a lovely nickname for Caroline. Like Kathryn, Caroline is a lovely classic. If your falling for Kara, I'd consider naming her Caroline rather than Kathryn. There are so many nicknames for Kathryn that it does seem a bit unusual to create a new one.
I think Sarah is a great fit for your family!
I'm not normally a fan of alliterative names but I really like them when they start with "M"s. I find that if the number of syllables between first and last differs the alliterative name tends to work better and sound less cartoonish.
I totally agree that Simon would be a lovely fit. I just haven't been sure of the repeated "on" endings. It's interesting that you think Levi is a good fit because I really like it but thought it was pretty different. I also like Peter a lot and we considered it for Paul. I've questioned using it since then because having a Peter and a Paul seemed a bit much -- not because of the repeating initials just because they are so closely associated with each other. I've also wondered if Peter Tys0n has a bit of a flow issue because of the two "t"s so close together.
I also like Nicholas a lot but so few people know that it's in the New Testament that it doesn't feel like a Biblical name.
We actually would have used Jude Lawrence had Katharine been a boy so it's a strong contender. It wouldn't take much to convince dh at all. We considered it for James but at the time my mom's dislike of the name turned me off a bit.
I like Gabriel well enough and I think it's on both dh and my long list. Matthew is a great name and I wouldn't mind using it with Tyson. I hesitate only because I find Mark and Matt a little close. Although Timothy is a family name, I think if we're going to do a "T" name we'd have to go with Thomas as it's a long time favorite for both my husband and I.
Great suggestion! Problem being that my husband is Nate although he is a Nathan not a Nathaniel.
I'm always open to possibilities. I should state that I used up Stephen, Joseph, and Philip as middle names...oops! Hubby and I love the handsome Thomas but hubby dislikes the alliteration with our last name. John and Luke are also out because they are used in the family; I also think we should avoid another 1-syllable name so that Katharine's name doesn't "stick out".
That is a great question, and I was surprised by my answer to it. It turns out it would be most meaningful to me to use another New Testament name. That's probably why Andrew rose to the top even though my heart doesn't do somersaults when I hear it. There are a couple New Testament names that do produce somersaults but they been ruled out for various reasons - mostly due to conflict with our surname or duplicating use in the family. Maybe I should revisit those with my hubby before baby makes his arrival.
Total side note, but I've been super curious as to what name you end up picking.
My dad's full name is Lawrence Elias so he'd be pretty much through the moon if we went with that. I don't think my hubby is up for that much honoring of my dad =) Besides, Lawrence has always struck me as a bit formal for daily life.
Since Anders is 10 and in a different city, I'm not too bothered by how close it is. I wish we saw them all the time but as it is we only see them a few times a year and our Andrew is very likely to be called Drew much of the time. I'm sure there will be some confusion but we've survived worse. My daughter Clare's name ended up being very close to the name my mom and husband use for my dad, Lare (a shortening of Larry his standard nickname). So far everyone has survived even though we see my parents quite a bit. We didn't even notice how close it was until Clare was old enough that we'd call for her in the house.
I have considered Jonathan as I'm quite smitten with Johnny. My FIL is John Lawrence so I'm thinking my husband would find Jonathan Lawrence too close to his dad's name to use. My husband is Nathan so I think visually Jonathan is strangely close.
In terms of names Eli is definitely my favorite of the bunch, but I think the family history would be too cool to pass up on. Also I like that there are several early saints with the name Elias.
Alexander is actually the name of the only nephew on my side. He actually uses the nickname Anders which is a small strike against Andrew.
I'm actually not concerned about the repeating "s" sounds because of speech problems just because of how the name flows in general. Though both of my older boys are in speech therapy and have struggled with s/z sounds. Actually one of the biggest struggles for Mark has been that people haven't understood him when he states his own name. Those "r"s are so tough. Perhaps Andrew might shy towards Andy over Drew.
Another baby is a possibility but I'm starting to feel old so it doesn't feel like a given. Also, we are overdue for a girl =)
Glad to hear it's not too "s" heavy to your ear. One time I felt James Tyson was too "s/z" heavy but that was when I picked up his first prescription at the pharmacy so it was a done deal already.
I think I'm sensitive to repeating "s" sounds because the repeating "s" worries me a lot and the repeating "i" sound I like.
Andrew Elias isn't a great compromise since it just hits a family name from my dad's side. We haven't really used many family names. So if we do, it should include either one from both sides or one that's used on both sides (like Lawrence).
I have a small group of friends from my parish that get together regularly and two of the last three babies were Blaise and Immaculata. Interesting names seem to be in.