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What's hilarious is that I bring Luke up every so often too hoping my husband has softened on it. His brother is a great guy and a worthy namesake plus we don't see him often enough for there to be much change of confusion. But I think my husband is just still too competitive with his younger brother to risk honoring him.
Stephen is my all time favorite saint and his courage was very inspirational to me during my conversion. So of course I used his name immediately; its Paul's middle name.
John as a double barrel is an interesting idea and one I had not thought of. I am not sure what I think of John Henry as I would forever be thinking of him dying with a shovel in his hand. But maybe I'd get over that and he might enjoy the connection. I do like the connection to John Henry Newmann. I'm guessing it would help my husband see Henry as a Catholic name and not the man who executed St Thomas More.
I'm guessing John and James are very common brother pairs. Our James is after St James the Less so that should be a vote in favor of Jude.
Nicholas has been on our list in the past but so far our enthusiasm has wained; my husband has wondered if Nick is dated. I had been reconsidering it based on his feast day alone.
I appreciate everyone's ideas.
Yeah, that's obviously the dillema. I asked Paul how he thinks a boy would feel about the break in the pattern. He replied, "Is Andrew in the New Testament?" He's 13. I felt like banging my head into a brick wall. He's a bit in his own adolescent world though so perhaps not the best barometer.
I actually have St. Henry Morse picked out as a patron for a little Henry.
What do you guys think of Henry? I like it a lot. My husband's perception is colored by Henry VIII, but as I said he is open to whatever I say my top choice is.
He has also thrown the name Leo Gregory into the mix.
Yeah I don't love Peter and Paul together either. I wouldn't even consider Peter with a brother Paul for our earlier pregnancies. I do think with 14 years between them that it's less of an issue.
I was going through a list of names with my husband last weekend and he did seem to like Timothy.
Glad to see Jude on your recommend list. We've considered it in the past, but I've wondered if it was classic enough to fit with the other kids names, but your list is so spot on that it must fit!
I also have wondered if I'd get tongue-tlied with Drew and Jude. But since I'm struggling to find names I like I think I'll resurrect Jude.
Yep, I'm Catholic too. Congratulations on Matthew Thomas - very handsome. Interesting all the support for Matthew. I guess in addition to the Kat/Matt situation, I had also worried about Mark/Matt and the similar endings of Matthew and Andrew. But I do tend to overthink names and eliminate names as too close when maybe they are okay.
Our oldest son Paul was initially going to be named John Paul but then we fell in love with just Paul. I do like Samuel, however, my other kids have such nice feast days to celebrate and often find images of their saints in churches that I've hesitated to go to the Old Testament. My husband loves Xavier but the way my mom say's it drives me crazy. We named a baby we lost to miscarriage Patrick. Benjamin is a nephew.
Simon I've added to my list though. It's another one that at one point I had eliminated as rhyming with my last name but I don't hear it anymore.
My husband is Nathan! One of the main things I'm drawn to with John is St. John the Evangelist and so Jonathan would lose that connection.
I do like David. My husband has several good friends with that name so to him it feels odd to use, but I have wondered if I should push for it.
I do like Silas. I just don't love it with our last name.
Pierce and Piers are intriguing nickname options. Not sure if they would feel natural to me but maybe.
Yep, I still love Theresa as well! I also have several other great girl choices so I'm pretty confident that if the baby is a girl it will be more the dilemma of which favorite I get to use. (I'm sure I'll post on that as well.) With the boys I feel like I barely even like the names on my short list.
So what do you think of Timothy or Thomas with Tys0n?
Philip is one of my boy's middle name and even at the time my mom thought we should have saved it for a first name. I was thinking about Matthew again this weekend. I do like it, but Matt and Kat in one household might be a little rhymy.
Although we don't spell them the French ways, I know that my husband's aunt who is French likes that are daughters, Clare and Katharine, have "French" names.
First I have to say I adore the nickname Nell. It's one of my all time favorites.
I also think Agnes is a great name; I've brought it up with my husband every couple of years since 2010. I was looking at the beyond 1000 data recently and the usage for Agnes has really increased. Like an early poster, I think it's likely to break into the top 1000 soon. For anyone who's interested:
2006 - 68
2007 - 65
2008 - 61
2009 - 81
2010 - 67
2011 - 96
2012 - 122
2013 - 123
2014 - 187
I really like Julia as a sister to Grant. I also was wondering since you are considering Sadie as a stand alone name what about using Josie and skipping Josephine?
The 2nd edition also had Madeline, Claire, and Daniela listed as sisters for Caroline.
I think Ezra is fantastic. it doesn't sound feminine at all to me though I do know it is used some for girls.
Eve is another one of my crushes. Hubby dislikes it because of Adam and Eve.
I adore Nell but all the longer names (Eleanor, Helen, Penelope, et al) leave me cold and seem so far removed from Nell. I can't bring myself to use a nickname as a given name especially since I haven't with my older children.
I don't think Caroline and Kathryn are too close for twins. Those are my favorites.
I think your names are gorgeous! I have Rosemary, Josephine, Elizabeth and Theresa on my list of favorites. I do think Rosie and Josie would be too likely. I thought of it as soon as I saw them. Since you have several other equally gorgeous choices I would let one of them go. For me I'd prefer to use nicknames with all of the girls or none of them. So Bernadette doesn't need a nickname but if her sisters are Josie or Rose or Tessa than it would be nice if she had Etta (or another option). To be honest compared to the other names on your list Winifred leaves me a little cold.
Both of your boy choices are handsome. I slightly prefer the rhythm of Patrick James.
This is toughie! We went with Katharine for my daughter because we intended to call her Kate. Maybe someday she'll be a Kate but at 7 she's happy to go by her full name and Kat. Since Kat/Cat is equally appealing to me, I've occasionally wished we used Catherine since it seems more romantic and since that's how my mom spells her name. But my mom just told me that she likes that Katharine has her own spelling of the name.
Kit is a great nickname! We occasionally call our daughter Kitty and I've called her Kit a time or two. It makes me think of Witch of Blackbird Pond.