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Well, when my best friend was pregnant with her 2nd child, her oldest daughter (4 at the time) insisted on naming the new baby "Pudding." Obviously this was not in consideration at all, but the oldest daughter insisted on calling the baby this name until she was born. Now, she has NO recollection of even liking that name or calling her sister that.
All of this to say: I think it's very sweet that your son likes Alice, but you really have to decide on a name because YOU love it. In a few years, he won't even remember liking it or suggesting it and will only remember the baby as whatever it is actually named. I think if you loved the name anyway and wanted to use it, that would be a different story... But don't use a name ONLY because of this!
I agree with much of what has been said above- people will ALWAYS mispronounce regardless. It sounds like you will be introducing her as Evie, which eliminates a lot of the issue, IMO. There seem to be very few scenarios where people will think of her as Evv-ee.
As an aside: my friend has a daughter named Everly that she primarily calls Evie, pronounced Ee-vee. I don't think it has been an issue for her.
My friends have a 3 year-old daughter named Emmeline, and they have this same issue. We are in the Southern part of the USA. I personally do NOT understand how people get this wrong, either... You are definitely not wrong!
I vote for Stellan. I have negative associations with both Orson and Roland, so they are just personally NMS. When I hear Orson, all I can think about is the pig from Garfield- weird, but true lol. I think Stellan is very strong and also unique. But ultimately, I think it should be what YOU love most.
I personally like Lana best. I don't think that there is anything wrong with Selena- it is just really NMS. I will echo the above posters and say that I don't think the flow of Lana Selena or Selena Lana is quite right... But, at the end of the day, middle names aren't really used that often, so if you love it, you should go fot it. Do you have a preference or one that you are leaning toward more than the other?
I like Adelaide, Matilda, and Hazel best from your girl's list. I have personally never been a fan of Freya- not sure why, but I just don't like the way it sounds. Beatrix is heavily associated with Beatrix Potter to me. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, but if you are looking for any reasons to narrow down the list, that would be one for me. I also feel like Beatrix would be misheard as Beatrice quite often, so you may have to do a lot of correcting, as I would definitely think Beatrice is more familiar to the average person's ear. I like Matilda best because of the nickname possibilities.
For your boy's list, none of them are my own personal style, but I would choose Alistair over the others, mostly because it is the most familiar to me. I feel like you may run into the same issue noted above for Beatrix with Colwyn and Tobin.. People may not be used to hearing them, and therefore, will hear other names (Coleman, Toby, etc.). I honestly find Emrys to look SO feminine in writing that I just feel like he would be mistaken for a girl super often in this naming climate.
Yes! I am in Raleigh. I did the Sneak Peek DNA test, so I already know I am having a girl ;) Her name will be Audrey, middle name is my maiden name! I love June, so I am sure whatever you end up choosing will be perfect.
I guess I will be the outlier here. I personally would not use a name that is similar to my own because I like distinct, separate names. Although I know you aren't doing a "Jr." by any means, it feels like the same principle to me as to why I am opposed to naming a child after another person. However, that being said, I think you should do whatever YOU feel is best for you and what you and your family are comfortable with.
Congrats!! Sounds like you may be close to me- I am due April 1 with my first, as well :) I have also struggled with the middle name but ended up deciding on a family last name.
For yours, I really like the flow of June Elizabeth and June Annalise. I agree with you that the flow of June Joanna is definitely NMS. I wonder if you have considered just June Anna? I think that sounds perfectly fine. I also like June Annabelle, although I suppose it could be heard as a bit southern or campy. I also wonder if you would be interested in Leona or Lenore instead of Leora. I also like the above suggestion of June Eleanor.
I personally do not like alliteration, so I would go for Frederick Robert if it were me. That being said, I think you have to make it work for YOU. It seems like you aren't 100% sold on any ofthem, so do you have any other options? Or any family names here that are more significant to you than the others?
Hi and welcome! I love your older daughter's name- it is very classy! Congrats on #2.
I have a friend named Taylen (female, late 20's) and have never heard it used anywhere else. Because I have a positive association with it, I do like the name, although it isn't my own personal style. I agree with some people above that Elle Vivian has a strong, feminine feel, whereas Taylen Lively has a different vibe to it all together. I wouldn't necessarily say I think it sounds masculine, but it certainly doesn't have the softness of Elle Vivian. I also think of the actress Blake Lively when I hear Lively, so maybe I'm having trouble getting past that, too?
All of that being said, I really think there is nothing *wrong* with this name at all, and if it the name you really love, you should go for it. If you feel like you're not 100% on it, I'll throw out some names that came to my mind for you: Kaya, Alana, Mila, Lyla/Lila, Carys.
Full disclosure- I haven't read the above comments, so I may have missed something important about these names and their significance to you. Purley based on my own opinions, I like Parker Bennett. Austin to me is kind-of blah, and I think Sage is very feminine ( I know two girls named Sage). I like Dylan best as a first name, but Dylan Austin is a bit repetitive IMO with the ending sounds. The only thing I don't like about Parker Bennett is that it sounds like two surnames.
Personally, this would never be something I would notice. I don't ever think about length of names- to me, it is more about style. It would only be weird to me if your other kids were named something COMPLETELY off base from Ian, like Ocean and Rainbow.
The name that immediately popped into my head for you is Conrad for some reason. It doesn't have a lot of nickname options, but I still think it fits your general "style." Or maybe Damon, Desmond, or Roman? I agree that Elias is too close to Isais- that could get very tricky when calling out their names.
For girls, I like all of your suggestions. Are there any that you like more than others? It doesn't seem like you are really enthused about any of them. Maybe try messing with the Name Matchmaker tool to see what comes up when you type in your list to see if there are similar styles that may appeal to you?
I actually agree a bit with Suzanne... I think I know a few too many Amber Roses (including the famous one) that this honestly just reads as super feminine to me. I even know a male Ambrose but still don't really find it to be masculine. Just my opinion, though. Like others have said, I don't think there is anything necessarily *wrong* with the name- just not right for me.
Wonderful news! Congrats on your baby girl- she has a beautiful name! :)
I see you have a few "nature"-ish types of names (Dawn, Aurora, Haven, Winter). Most of the others I would categorize as being pretty trendy. I am personally not a fan of the last name sounding type of first names (McKinley, Atlee, Anniston), but it really only matters what YOU think. Are there any front-runners for you? Is this list in any type of special order?
I hand-wrote lists... I still have a bunch of them. I also bought my own baby name books- I think my first was in elementary school! I still have two of those, as well.
Hey Charlotte/AveGrace/VryVry... It is getting really old.
I am in the US, and I have never met anyone named Rosabelle. I can't speak to the naming climate where you are, but to me this sounds like an old, Southern name.