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Elias is my dad's middle name and was his father's first name and his grandfather's first name. The name may go back even further but the family tree I have didn't follow that branch. So for me there is no surname association to the name. My dad's ancestory is English. I like the name far better than Elijah and I like Eli on its own as well.
EDA: My dad's family was from Connecticut too actually.
We call my daugher Kitty about 10% of the time. I love it as a nickname but would not use it on its own. I'd be more inclined to use Kit on it's own with Kitty as a call name.
Majorly crushing on Johnny right now. I'd put John on the birth certificate, but it's Johnny that has me smitten.
Only trouble is that hubby's father is John and my brother-in-law named their nine year old John. To make matters a bit stickier we have 6 children, and my brother-in-law were only able to have the one. My husband sees no problem repeating the honor name especially as we very rarely see his brother and the nephew (like they haven't even met my youngest two children yet). I just hope his brother and the rest of the family would see it that way.
My oldest two boys are Paul and Mark so I give a vote for Paul as a great brother to Mark. I also like Jude and Joel.
I would caution you that my Mark who is old enough to have strong opinions was absolutely HORRIFIED by my idea to name a baby Mary because it's so close visually to his name.
Clare and Katharine
Violet is also a character of Dahl's - Charlie and the chocolate factory.
Adore Grace Elizabeth! It's one of my top picks of we ever have another girl.
Yeah, I guess some might feel like Theresa had been stolen, but I feel like I've gotten my Teresa.
Good to "see" you too. I still read threads from time to time but haven't posted too much lately.
As the misspellings mount, I've second guessed choosing to spell our daughters name Katharine. Seeing it at the top of this list is so great.
I agree that there is no real need to continue the alphabetical pattern, but I would continue the French influence theme. I wanted to suggest Therese.
I agree about with you JnHsmom that there are a few hitches in her theory. I really championned Henry for my 3rd son and both my hubby and my mom were not impressed. Maybe my husband didn't hate it but he certainly mocked it ruthlessly.
I agree with the inclusion of Matt/Matthew. How could you hate Matthew?
Congrats! That's exciting news.
I like Mina best.
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!