No info yet
Thanks for the update, Karyn. Im relieved Laura isn’t unwell, and hope her new site affords her the freedom she is looking for.
I am a huge fan of Irish/Scottish names, so I‘d encourage you to just go for it! Ignore all the other family members, the only person whose opinion matters is your husband’s - tell him why the name makes your heart sing, and give him some time to formulate his own opinion.
My son sat next to a Saoirse in class last year, and it was considered a perfectly normal name among the kids. However, our small community has several Irish families so we know several kids called Niamh, as well as Malliegh, Siobhan, Roisin, Siofre, Clodagh, Donnacha, and a few others.
As for the honour names, I’m assuming you plan to use these as middle names? To me, the meaning/honouring is much more important than how it flows or sounds. Don’t give up on a first name that you love and will use multiple times every day/hour, to use something that flows with a middle name that you will rarely use.
Thanks EVie! Surnames really are fascinating.
But it still feels a tad harsh as a first name. I do hope their lives were filled with love, because we could use a little more love in this world for 2019.
Also, seconding Rupert and Caspian from above!
To me, these names have quite a romantic, historical or literary bent, so I’d love to know more about how and why they were chosen, so that I could find a third name with an equal sense of purpose and history.
but without that background, I’m thinking along the lines of Miranda, Guinevere (or a variant), or Viola for a girl. For a boy, Alistair, Alexander, Elliot, Robin or Henry.
Are any of our responses along the right line?
Thanks everyone for your thoughtful and positive responses.
A friend showed me her list from her last baby this week, and my heart fluttered when I saw Mabel on there (along with a bunch of other great names already on my list - her daughters are B0bb1e and 3d1th). So I’m very much still leaning towards Mabel, but going to keep my options open until closer to my due date - mostly because I’m very much enjoying playing with names! So if you think of anything, I’m still happily collecting ideas.
Happy New Year to you all!
Haha, thank you! Our own family histories served as inspiration for a lot of the names on my long list. Sylvia is my grandmother’s name and I’ve always adored it, but for various reasons we have agreed not to use it.
We also had a Dot (actually Dora, but you never mentioned Dora if you wanted the good bickies with your tea!), a Mildred, a Muriel Clara, Kathleen, Jessie, Phyllis, Dawn, Annie, Elsie, Elna, Noelene, Rae... I always thought they were a fun set of names.
Great ideas! But sadly we know a Thea and a Maeve - just well enough to make giving our daughter these names a little too awkward...
Tate is also my favourite for you, either with the alternative W middle name, or with the choppier flow of your original T middle (significance is more important than flow, imo).
I know a sibset of three brothers: Julian, Adrian and Christian. I know Christian is a bit polarising, but I’ve always found that set interesting, perhaps it might be of interest?
Also, Bas (Bass) or Bastian could be used as a nickname for Sebastian.
Well, now that is a challenge. I thought perhaps a softer, longer sounding name to go with Basell. I’ve tried also to look for names that speak to strength of character or strength of faith.
How about Nathaniel, Nicholas (possibly my favourite for you, because it also suggests kindness and love), Theodore (I just love it with Basell), Jonathan, or Noah (shorter but I think it still sounds great with Basell)?
Oh my. I misread that as Careless (how careless of me!).
Also, Loveless? Hoping some of them changed their names to Lovemore.
We have a Rafferty called Raff in my son's class. It's a slight style departure from your list, but I think it could still work. That said, don't let TMNT get you down, it might just mean your boys are more likely to dote on their younger brother, which could be a good thing.
Otherwise Elliot or Octavian nn Otto is inspired. Actually, anything nn Otto really gets me excited!
Gus I do like, but I know I would mix Augustus up with Atticus all the time. It might not be a problem for you when they use their nicknames, they might not always wish to do so and you might meet a lot of people like me which could cause them to feel differently about their names. It's something to ponder.
Dom Dillon is fun. There's also the possibility of switching to Nico as a nn if Dom just doesn't work for any reason.
Thanks NamesForDays, I'm not quite sure how I did it. I suspect he thought it would get him out of name discussions (he was mistaken, but now he just has to listen to my waffling without needing to provide as much input). Of course, he retains veto rights for anything that's "too out there" or is too connected to particular students (he's a teacher), so he sure gets a lot of say for someone who has bowed out of the naming process.
Agnes I love. On the list! And Esther I will ponder some more. Essie is quite sweet for a nn.
Our eldest is H@rry, which sadly knocks out Harriet.
For a second I thought you were suggesting Maisie as a name itself, because Maisie was on Tee Cee's list so I said he could use it for a nickname for Mabel.
Sylvia I love, both for its sound and nature connection, but as mentioned above I've agreed to strike it from the list. Sigh!
Edwina is fun. I can just about quote the storybook Edwina the Emu (and Edward the Emu, of course), not sure if that's in its favour or against!
Esther, Ruth, Ada, Ida, Beatrice, Hazel and Cora are good suggestions.
I've always liked Matilda but it's sooo common around here. Evelyn is also great - Eve was our number one girl's name when our boys were born - but there are so many Evas and Avas and Evangelines and Evies around here that it just no longer feels special.
Oh, good luck, I've been following your posts!
Winifred is great - we nearly named our dog Winnie. Hazel we both like, but we would muddle it with our eldest's name. Sylvia/Sylvie I adore but have agreed to strike off the list because of family connotations (my grandma who hates her name vs his mother's horrible old cat). Dorothy is on my long list (Dot!).
No need to apologise for being US-centric - this is a US site and reliable Australian data is super hard to come by. That's why we're all on here chatting to you!
I dug up similar information when I searched out Lyra, but I was not nearly as thorough as you - thanks so much! A lot of the names you mentioned are on my long list, so I will take the time to ponder them some more.
I suspect Mabel is more popular in the US than in Australia right now, although that's just an assumption because: our name data. Most people I've mentioned the name to have looked as though they're trying to hide how horrified they are, which both excites and worries me at different times.
Thanks - that's exactly the direction I'm headed.
Ada is a great suggestion. But our dog is Vada ... I know a lot of people on this site don't see it as a problem, but Vada is very young and and I'm so easily muddled when calling out names! We have also knocked out Vera for this reason, even though we both love it.
Winifred is on our long list, as is Dorothy (Dot!), Alma and Beatrice (Bee! we have just installed a hive too!). Opal I hadn't considered before - it's inspired, but I know I will muddle it with our second born... It feels really Australian too!
Ha! That's pretty much what I said about our list to Tee Cee just the other day!
Bub's middle name will be a family name that has been passed down my maternal line for generations. I didn't mention it before because don't care whether it flows or sounds good with the first name. The history, sense of place and honouring my Mum are all far more important to me.
Thanks - our boys were named long before they were conceived, plus we didn't find out their sex before their birth, so I always kind of felt that nature had a hand in picking their name. Picking one name, instead of a boy option and a girl option, feels really different.
Alice is only in the top 30-something names for last year, but I suspect we will see a surge in our local naming pocket. I think I'm ready to be a little more adventurous this time around, as our boys' names turned out to be far more popular than they were when we chose them, and Tee Cee is a teacher... I still love it though, so it stays on the list!