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I think that they sound great together and would not at all be surprised to hear this sibset! They are all a similar style IMO- very classic and strong. I honestly would not have heard James and Leah together and automatically thought "biblical" at all.
I agree with Elizabeth!
There are some really good suggestions a few posts above... A few that I will probably duplicate here, since it was a long list. Some ideas that come to mind for you:
I think Theodore or Maxwell work best with your daughter's name (which is lovely!) and are really great options. I personally like Alexander and Luke, as well. For my own personal tastes, I don't care for the name Robert (just sounds too old to me, as does the nn Bobby). I love Thomas, but hate the nn Tommy- just seems very juvenile due to a lot of associations in pop culture and in my own personal life. To me, Maxwell Thomas flows the best and would get my vote!
Well, my name is Allison, so I am a bit biased on that one. I know a ton of little Evelyns, but not so many Madelines. I guess it depends on where you are from- if these are hugely popular in your area and you want to avoid them, I can completely understand that. I do like both names, though. Some other names that I would suggest that seem to fit the same style of your older kids' names:
Clara, Nora, Eleanor, Cora, Celeste, Cecilia, Isla, Lydia, Maya
As an Allison myself, I can say that it is a name that does work well throughout your life ;) I know the Alison spelling is much more common in other areas of the world, so I am assuming you are outside of the USA?
As for the middle names, I agree with someone above who said Alison Sana sounds a bit repetitive. I much prefer Alison Lia or Alison Mari. Just an idea... In seeing Lia and Mari, the name Mia came to mind as a middle ground there. I wonder if you would be interested in that?
Congrats on #3! I love your children's names, so I am sure whatever you choose this time will be great, as well :)
Names that immediately come to mind for you:
Annelise, Julianna, Juliette (or Julietta), Gabriella, Camille
Roman, Dominic, Sebastian, Devin, Elliott
One thing about your current list... I would definitely consider a different spelling of Augustine if you are going for a pronounciation of uh-GUS-tin. Perhaps dropping the 'e' would help there. I don't know where you are located, but I strongly associate Augustine with St. Augustine in Florida (in the USA), which is pronounced as awe-guh-steen. I can see quite a bit of pronounciation confusion if you do go with that option!
I agree with Kater-ater here... Jack and Leo conjures Titanic for me! However, I don't think that is a deal-breaker, as kids his age are VERY unlikely to make that connection. I like both names, so I don't think you can honestly go wrong with one or the other, but I will say that Leo seems to be more up and coming; if you are concerned about popularity, that may be something to consider.
To me, 'Kaya' seems the most intuitive, as it rhymes with Maya. I could also see it spelled 'Kaia', though. Kyah or Caia could be a big stretch, IMO...
This sounds a lot like what my husband and I went through. We even had similar lists! Ultimately, our baby girl (coming soon) is going to be Audrey.
One name that immediately jumped out at me from reading this thread was Eliana. It is similar to Elaina but maybe meets a little bit more of your criteria. Other ideas: Fiona, Carissa, Juliana/Julianna (I know this has nicknames associated, but I think you will be hard-pressed to find something that meets ALL of your criteria and that you both agree on to be honest).
I see no issues with Georgia and Hudson, and I love Georgia Claire! I think it is definitely a winner, as it is a name you love AND it honors your mom.
Congrats! I like most of your list, and I think they all go well with your older boys' names. If I had to eliminate any right off the bat, it would be Sofia and Charlotte, just because I personally don't like the way that they sound with Summers (especially Charlotte- very repetitive sounds), although I do like them as names on their own. To me, Chloe and Zoe are a bit more trendy- in my area, at least- and stand out a bit against the classic names of your boys. I think all of the others are equally as pretty and classic, but I especially like Hannah and Emily for you. When I hear Benjamin and Samuel, these are the types of names that I think of to "match" them; they have the same type of feel- all very solid and timeless. I will also throw out Abigail, Victoria, Caroline, Naomi, Claire, Julia.
Firstly, congrats! Also, you are very lucky to have such an agreeable husband! Speaking from experience, I think that is rare ;)
I like most of your list, so I can see how this is hard to narrow down. Just based off of your criteria, the ones that stand out to me as being easy to spell and recognize but also not super common are Ross and Joel. I think someone above mentioned a few of the religious names you have here. If this helps narrow it down, maybe taking those off of the list could be helpful. Just for my own personal taste, I feel like Albert, Linus, and Ambrose are very much NMS- they sound a bit old and stuffy in comparison to your others (not to mention I cannot shake the Charlie Brown association with Linus). I think Jonas, Leo, and Grant are becoming much more popular, at least in my area. Julius to me hits a lot of your critiera- it is definitely historical and also recognizable.
One name that came to mind in reading your list that I will also throw out for you is Lewis.
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.