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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.
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.