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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!
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.