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February 22, 2017 06:29 PM

No problem! :)

February 22, 2017 06:28 PM

Thanks! This is helpful!

February 22, 2017 09:57 AM

So basically, it's close enough? :)

February 22, 2017 08:35 AM

Interesting. I knew you would have good info Miriam! So what do you know about the name Maiwen? Is it a legit name in the Celtic category? And does it mean "beautiful/fair Mary"? I've found the name "Mairwen" that seems to mean that, but I like the sound of "Maiwen" better and am hoping it will work. 

February 22, 2017 08:31 AM

How funny...that's MY post! I'm just trying to find more info on Maiwen as I want to make sure it's a legit name and also means what I think it means.

February 21, 2017 09:12 PM

What's the name of the forum? I'd love to read it but I'm having trouble finding it. 

February 21, 2017 09:00 PM

So Breton falls more under Celtic, yes?

January 27, 2017 07:14 PM

Okay, I'm back again... After testing out the name Claudia, my hubby and I feel like it does sound a bit too similar to Lydia. When shouting it from the shower you can't hear the difference easily. I still like Verity, but I'm feeling OCD about it not ending with an -a like the other 3 kids' names. We're now looking at Tabitha and Julia. Both are in the Bible and both end with -a. Tabitha has a great story about love and generosity. Also I love the nickname "Tabby cat" since I call my other girl "Liddy bug". The only issue is it just doesn't flow as easily or melodically to me as Lydia. Julia is a Christian mentioned in one of Paul's letters. There's no story, so all we know is that she was a Christian. The nickname "Jules" or "Jewels" works fine, and I'm sure I could come up with something cute. I LOVE how Julia sounds..sorta flown and feminine, much like Lydia to me. The only real drawback is it starts with a J- which we already have with our oldest. So I guess my question is Tabitha (great story, not favorite sound) or Julia (great sound, no real story, starts with letter already used)?  I know I'm extremely OCD about this, but I figured y'all would understand my pickiness better than anyone else! Thanks

December 28, 2016 04:27 PM

I personally like Padme! I'm not too afraid of names with geeky connections though. I gave my daughter the middle name Arwen from Lord of the Rings! I say go for it if you love it!

December 27, 2016 08:33 AM

Thank you! :)

December 27, 2016 07:49 AM

Thanks for the suggestion! 

After talking with hubby last night, we've decided to go ahead with our original pick Claudia.  He adores the name and I love how perfectly it fits with our other kids' names.  Our only reservation was lack of good nicknames, but after some digging, he found the nickname "Cali" suggested for Claudia. It's just a little scramble of some letters so I think it works well enough. I also think it will make the name more acceptable to my family. 

What do you think?

December 26, 2016 05:25 PM

I'm counting on that if we do decide to go with Claudia. 

Thats really cute! I've always liked the name Elliott because of the double letters too!

December 26, 2016 05:23 PM

Wow! I'm impressed! That's actually really fascinating. I'm a big LOTR fan (both books and the movies) but I'm by no means that educated about Tolkien's work. I'm proud that I read the Silmarillion! LOL

It was surprising to me how many people weren't familiar with Lydia as a character in the Bible, so I'm sure you're right about Verity. And honestly my husband and I feel there is enough connection to the Bible with the meaning of Verity for it to be a viable option without deviating from the pattern too much. I also like how the name is similar in length to Lydia and shares a 'y' making it at least visually comparable.  

Thanks for the encouragment and for sharing your wealth of knowledge with me! :)


December 26, 2016 03:36 PM

Thank you for the linguistics lesson! LOL Pardon my ignorance on Arwen...every naming site I ever looked at labeled Arwen as a Welsh name. Frankly I'm not all that picky about the history..I loved LOTR and Tolkien's other work enough that I was satisfied with it sounding Welsh-ish.  I had originally planned on giving her the middle name Carwen which IS Welsh but last minute dropped the C and went with my geeky fandom name. MOST people don't know the difference anyway and it's a middle name and thus doesn't come up much. It does follow my other kids' names by ending with -n so I'm continuing that pattern with Maiwen for this baby.  

I'm leaning toward Verity if I can get my husband totally on board. He still loves Claudia. 

December 26, 2016 03:01 PM

My extended family. My husband thought Claudia was perfect. Verity is growing on him. I'm the one who made the mistake of telling my parents and sisters. I honestly thought they'd love it so I was shocked when they hated it. I've pretty much narrowed it down to Claudia or Verity. So the question is Bible name with my first initial, or virtue name with my grandmothers' first initial? So hard to decide because I like both ideas. I'm not sure which name I love better. How would you decide?

December 26, 2016 01:49 PM

Thank you! We love the fact that Verity means "truth" which is a very big Biblical virtue. So you think Verity would fit right in with the others? Thank you so much for your encouragement! :)

December 26, 2016 12:58 PM

Actually Arwen is of Welsh origin and means "fair maiden". Yes, Tolkien used it which I love because I am a big fan of his work. And besides, I wasn't asking about middle names but first names in regards to keeping the Bible character pattern or abandoning it for the fourth child. But thank you. 

October 18, 2016 06:12 AM

Beautiful name suggestions! Thank you! This will be our last baby as we already have three: 2 boys and a girl. Our boys are Josiah and Elijah. If this one is a boy, we'll probably go with Micah to keep the -ah ending the other boys have. Keeping my fingers crossed for another girl though! 

October 17, 2016 10:12 AM

Thank you! She said she once knew a rude girl named Claudia and always thinks of her when she hears the name. And she just doesnt like it. I don't get it. I think it's a beautifully feminine and elegant name. I have one daughter already named Lydia, so I thought Claudia fit perfectly.  My mom did finally shrug and say, "Well, it's your kid, you name it whatever you want." I told her, "That's right!" Here's hoping she comes around if it is a girl. 

October 17, 2016 10:06 AM

Thank you! :)