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I second all of this. I like Elliott Harris.
I think this varies on an individual basis. Some people use their middle names on every email they send; people with common first + last names rely on middle names to distinguish them from other people; some people are called by first + middle as an endearment by family and/or friends. Other people actively hide their embarrassing middle names from others.
What sparked your own yearning for a middle name? How did you envision it being used? Do you need it to be an official, legal part of your name in order to use it the way you want to?
I like Leo on its own, but i LOVE Leopold. As far as the sibset goes, Ronan and Eliana don't really match anyway, though they're both nice names. Leopold doesn't match either of them, which i think is better than matching one and not the other. The three of them can be a cheerfully motley assortment.
Of your boys list, my favorites are Luca James and Elliot Bensen/Benson. (FYI: in the US, Elliot Benson may make people assume you're a rabid fan of "Law & Order: SVU"--not that that's a bad thing! Benson Elliot appears to be a real estate investment company in the UK.) Henry Scott is fine, but a little boring. Harrisssspencer runs together. I don't like Shepley (sheep field?--and Shep is a name for a herding dog) or Leroy (but if you do pick Leroy, please don't make the spelling weird).
I agree with others that Harriet Nancy is a great idea! I would stick to the standard spelling, though (one t). Don't worry about Harriet possibly sounding old--its popularity is growing, so she'll be on the cutting edge of fashion. I like Amelia Monet quite a bit, too. Emerald is okay, although i find Esmeralda much more appealing. Ramsey is very masculine; you could consider it for a boy, maybe in place of Shepley. Ramsey Travis?
I understand your hesitation about Lucy Louise--they are very similar!--but i actually think they sound great together. Lucy Lou is really cute.
It would bother me if they were different forms of the same name, e.g. Lucy Lucille, but Lucy and Louise are unrelated sound-alikes.
I feel neutral towards Fenton; there's nothing wrong with it, but i don't have any positive feelings for it, either. It feels a little rural/old-fashioned. What do you think of Fintan? It sounds similar, but gives a different impression--more contemporary, though unusual. If you guys love Fenton, though, go ahead and use it. (Also: i love Calvin.)
I don't really mean "mean" teasing, so much as "not this again" teasing--kind of the way i imagine people would sing "Oh, My Darling" to a Clementine so often that she would develop a smoldering hatred for the song...
Livian Elizabeth: yea.
Live: nay. Liv is the standard spelling of this nickname, so spelling it with an e at the end makes me assume that you want a long i sound. I know live and live are related English words with different pronunciations, and live with a short i is probably used more often--but even so, the spelling Live would be confusing. Stick with Liv.
Maybe Yolana? I worry that kids would find a way to tease Yola based on her name's similarity to YOLO (you only live once).
I really like Jolanta best, too. Have you asked your mother how much she minds correcting people? Does she wish her name were spelled with a Y?
Agree. Laura is the classic, classy spelling. Lora looks like a cross between Lori (dated) and trying too hard to be unique.
(I would pronounce them the same way, with a long o.)
I would pronounce Klara differently, though. I pronounce the first a in Clara like the a in cat, whereas i would use an ah sound for the first a in Klara. This is a minor issue, but something to consider.
ETA: I clicked on "reply" to HNG, but it isn't threading. Yarg.
Lauren Lovek!n is a little confusing, i think--since the beginning and ending sounds match, i can imagine people saying Laurvekin by mistake. But i agree with Karyn and suzannembrown that you should pick your favorite as the first name--only consider flow and other feedback if you truly love both names equally.
I personally don't really like Silas, but it does go well with your older boys' names. I do like Remy. Emerald Bee has some great suggestions!--especially Sterling, Solomon, and Sebastian.
Other possibilities:Silvan, Basil, Rupert, Barnaby, Reuben, Benedict, Baxter, Roscoe, Simeon, Raphael, Roman
I agree that Sebastian would be a bit of a surprise after Lyla and Abel. But on the whole, it's more important to find a name that speaks to you and your husband than to try to match your older kids. A relatively short name might be good, but i wouldn't worry even the littlest bit about the A and L. (Of course, now that i've said that, i'm suddenly obsessed with finding 4-letter boys' names with an A and an L in the middle. Clay? Gale?) Probably no one else will notice that similarity anyway--and two of something doesn't make a pattern. Also: despite their identical length, Abel and Lyla aren't the same style, so there should be less pressure.
My favorite from your list is Felix. I also like Julian, Julius, and Jethro. I think of Marcus as a little boring/lackluster. Ezekiel and Moses make too strong a religious statement for my taste (not just because they're Biblical--Moses because of Moses, and Ezekiel because it's long), but if that doesn't bother you, there's nothing wrong with them. Odin reminds me too much of Garfield's canine companion.
Other short boys' names:Jonas, Simon, Levi, Ezra, Cyrus, Saul, Owen, Jude, Graham, Xavier, Quentin, Pierce, Edgar, Tristan, Nico, Victor, Cedric, Brooks
Yes, Diana Pauline is pretty.
I was trying to find a have-your-cake-and-eat-it-too solution (Ames sounds like James...the famous edition of the Bible is named after King James...so James is a strong enough association with kings that Rex could be a reasonable nickname for Thomas James). But after thinking about it some more, i think it would be totally fine to stick with Thomas Ames and use Rex as a family nickname even though it's utterly unrelated. I used to know a teenage boy named Neil who was pretty much exclusively called Spike since before birth, and it was a little odd, sure, but in a charming way.
Me, tooooo!!! Clark, George, and Hugo make a fantastic set! And i like Hugo very much for itself, too, not just for how it matches his brothers' names.
I love Oliver, and i have since childhood. I can't use it because it's the name of a young second cousin once removed (i know, i know--but that side of the family is pretty close) and of my family dog (a rescue who came with that name, to my little cousin's grandma's dismay), but i'm excited that you can! My second favorite from your list is Ari...i like it by itself and am not sure about Ariyeh.
I was thinking of Drumstick (along with Nugget) before i got far enough to see that it was in your comment, but, OMG, i LOVE Dinner! That's hilarious. My auntie and uncle have four hens, and the dumb one is named Chicken...
I like Violet, Cassandra, and Phoebe very much. Diana, Zoë, and Elena are nice, too, although my positive feelings for them are milder.
I love Isobel, and Isabelle and Isabel are fine, but Isobelle looks like it's either a misspelling or trying too hard to be unique. I feel similarly about Mikayla--the only spelling i endorse is Michaela.
I like the Shakespearean pronunciation of Paulina (paw-LIY-nə), but it would be an uphill battle trying to correct it from paw-LEE-nə. The latter pronunciation and the name Pauline sound too dated to fit a baby.
I'm a fan of Leo (or, better yet, Leopold!), Jasper, and Dominic. I like Paul, too, though not as much.
Michael and Jordan seem boring (no offense intended to the basketball star).
Although Leigh is unis3x, it looks really girly these days because of all the bell tone girls' names ending in -leigh (Ryleigh, Kayleigh, Kyleigh, Charleigh, Everleigh, Hadleigh, Bryleigh, Marleigh, and Harleigh were all in the 2016 US top 1000). Lee could work, i guess, but it doesn't feel very substantial.
Marcel is interesting--my impression of it is strongly French (i.e., foreign), but also dated...in France. It isn't old-fashioned in the US, though.