Catholic mom of seven.
I was thinking the same thing. Both are fantastic names and generally I'd prefer Katherine but the flow is better with Molly because of the ending sounds. Of course if she uses Kate or one of the other short forms of Katherine then it will matter less. I also just realized that I know sisters Molly and Catherine.
Congratulations on your baby! Nicholas is such a handsome name. I agree with the previous poster that names can take a while to click with the baby and nicknames also can take a while to emerge. Sometimes "the baby" or various assorted nonesense names come more naturally in the early months. Some nicknames seem to fit older children better and sometimes nicknames that seemed unappealing initially end up clicking in the end. For example, my nearly 9 year old has cycled through several nicknames and currently answers to an embarrasing number of appelations where as no-nickname has clicked for my nearly 3 year old son.
I definitely felt weird when we tried to use the name Gabriel for our son before he was born. So much so that I decided I didn't like the name at and we started over. I finally decided that any name was going to feel odd to use on a person I hadn't yet seen. Even now Gabriel still feels like a lot of name amd we call him the baby or baby bear.
I was surprised not to see Leo or Eli on this list.
Wasn't sure if you wanted nicknames for Greer or names that lend themselves to the nickname Greer. If the later is the case, I'd recommend Gregory.
I second the vote for Jay!
Elizabeth and Charlotte are lovely names for sisters!
Maybe silly is the wrong word. I think she finds it too personal. She always introduces herself by her full name. Recently she was given a soccer ball and since Katharine seemed too long to write on it, I suggested Kat. She was horrified and had me write Kate even though no one ever calls her that. I've been pointing out real life Kats in the hopes she'll be more comfortable using it if she wants.
Congrats on another well-named baby!
I read them the exact same was as the other responses. I'd go with Sofianne!
Yeah its number 4 in my state which isn't ideal but James is pretty popular as well. I passed on Grace in part because of popularity and I wished I hadn't.
I do like the idea that Henry unifies our girls names with our boys!
I should clarify that my husband really likes Peter and Gabriel. Beyond just fitting the theme these are the names he's pick to use. And I see the appeal behind these names particularly Peter which 15 years ago was on our list for our first son. I'm just not loving it. It's more of the question do I break the theme to use a name I love or stick with the theme and use one of the names my husband loves (though he doesn't love them quite to the extent I love Henry.)
Peter frequently feels like its the "right name" but I haven't been sure if that is because it's meant to be or just because thematically it fits into place perfectly. When pulled out on it's own I definitely prefer Henry to all other names. In school he'll mostly be known in isolation or as @ndrew's little brother.
For sure, there have frequently been names one of us likes more than the other. My husband in fact made the same point as you that as this is our fifth boy to name having us both adore his name is much harder.
His initial response to Henry was more of a strong dislike (he didn't like the Henry VIII association or the silly song) which neither of us had with the other kids' names. He has mellowed though towards the name though but I know I've pushed him this time.
The difficulties with being an older pregnant mom has definitely made me feel like maybe it's not crazy that I should get more of a vote in the baby's name.
Just wanted to update you guys and get some more feedback. We're still basically deciding between Peter and Gabriel - with occasional talk of Jude (and I still crush on Henry from time to time but my husband isn't a fan).
Instead of using Thomas as a middle name for Gabriel I've been thinking it would be nice to use a family name from my mother's side. If we go with Peter we are thinking we'll pick Gregory (my mother's brother who died in the Korean War), but that won't work with Gabriel. So our top contenders are Timothy (my maternal grandfather) or Anthony (after my maternal grandmother Antoinette). My middle name is Antoinette after the same grandmother. Any pros and cons of Anthony vs Timothy as a middle name? Or should we stick to Thomas which is a mutual favorite name that we both don't care to use as a first name because of how it flows with our last name? A couple of our kids have family names while most don't so there isn't really a precedent one way or the other.
This site lets you enter in a lot of names http://www.magicbabynames.com/?name= although I'll be honest I sometimes feel that no matter what names I enter I get pretty similar results.
Those are gorgeous names!
I was on retreat this weekend and the priest referred to St. Ephrem the Syrian and pronounced it just as you described with the long E and 2-syllables. I immediately thought of this thread!
I had thought the combo Gabriel Peter or even brothers Gabriel and Peter might be too close to the singer Peter Gabriel.
One combo we had been thinking about is Gabriel Thomas. We both love the name Thomas but because of our last name we've never used it as a first name. I still hesitate just a bit about not saving it for a first name especially as it meets the requirements of a unique initial and classic New Testament name, but as my husband points out if we've not used it for 5 boys then it seems silly to keep saving it.