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Thanks! I looked at behindthename before I posted the original question.
I have no suggestions, but I did want to caution you that the first thing that popped into my mind was not the Roman Cato but the Cato Institute, which was founded by the Koch brothers to advocate Tea Party economic principles and is alternately loved by Republicans and reviled by Democrats. (In fact, I saw the title of the post and clicked on it because I thought this was a political name choice.) Since the Cato Institute is one of the best-known political think tanks at the moment, I am probably not the only person in the world who will wonder this.
I'm not necessarily for or against Cato as a name, but I thought you might want to know of the association.
Part of the difficulty in finding names, and especially girls' names, for us is that our last name (Li) combines with a lot of other names to either form adverbs (Clara Li = "clearly") or sounds repetitive (Phoebe Li = EE EE EE) or sing-songy (Lucy Li = L L and EE EE!)
Bridget and Stella are both good suggestions and work okay with the last name, but they are not really my style. I like the name Nina okay, but I usually think of it as meaning "small," as it does in Spanish.
What do you think of Eloise or Louisa? (Louis was the sun king. Too much of a stretch?) I am not in love with either. Are they too matchy with Elena?
And are there any other ideas? I know there is someone creative out there!
I agree that Cody sounds softer and more childish than Drake... and I also agree that Rex does sound kind of like a dog's name. (But my neighbors also have a dog named Cody, and my parents have a dog named Jake, so... I guess there's no real dividing line sometimes!)
I think you have some great suggestions here already. The only two I might add to the list are Clark and Grant, both of which I think have a similar feel to Drake in that they are masculine, snappy, one-syllable names. I think they are underused and elegant too; I think of Clark Gable and Clark Kent, or Cary Grant, when I hear them.
With things like social media sites like Facebook, I've discovered that Google can list your comments and likes on other people's pages, depending on what they've set their privacy settings to... so in many ways, it doesn't really matter much what you've set your own privacy settings to. (I've set mine very carefully!) It's made me cautious about commenting on friends' statuses, and especially about commenting on, say, a newspaper story or whatever, especially now that many newspapers are using Facebook for comments, rather than allowing you to create your own anonymous login. I never say anything that I'm not willing to stand behind, but I just don't like how much info is out there. There is just no reason for, say, an employer to know that I liked a particular politician to follow their updates or to see the pictures of my baby shower that a friend, with lower privacy settings, posted on her page. (Even if I untag myself so it doesn't show up in my feed, my name is still on the photo and searchable.)
Privacy issues will only get more vexing, I think, not less.
The unusual name definitely made genealogy easier for my family, that's true, except (of course) there were some common names in there as well that are not easy to research. But Koreans don't have this issue, even though there's not much last name diversity, because the family clans have been keeping genealogical records since the founding of each clan. My husband (the future head of his clan) will inhereit an encyclopedia-sized set of books called the clan register that lists every single male clan member, going back to 800 A.D., when his clan was founded by a Chinese emperor who fled to Korea when his brother staged a coup. (The women are partially listed... just their last name and clan origin, but modern women have their full names included.) There's a professional organization in Korea that keeps the registers up to date and reissues them every generation to the clan head--this is actually why we need a Korean name for our daughter as well, because that's how she'll be listed in the register.
* And both those posts are by me. Didn't realized I was logged out. Sorry, it's midnight and my brain is apparently getting foggy!
I agree that Caroline is -LINE and Carolyn is -LYN... I feel like Caroline is much more elegant-sounding than Carolyn for some reason. One feels like it has royal associations and the other feels sort of 70s/80s to me.
Oh, yuck... that is not the picture I had of a Magdalena at all... I picture my great-grandmother and Mary Magdalene. It feels really Catholic to me. (We are not Catholic, but one side of my family is.) Maybe that's just me?
What do the rest of you picture when you hear the name????
I agree that you should stick with Elise, the classic spelling. I don't think people will confuse it with Elsie very often at all.
Pascal is a great suggestion! I think it works great because it has that double identity too--it can read as a "normal" name AND have that science/math connection.
I actually really like Kelvin because it sounds so close to Calvin... it's subtle enough that it will read as a "regular" name to almost everyone who hears it, but it still has that science flair that the "nerds" among us (LOL!) will get and appreciate. I think it's a much easier name for a child to live with throughout life and to use professionally.
I like it and the sentiment, and I agree that Georgia is the prettier of the George names!
If you wanted two names instead of three, maybe you could consider Lily Georgiana (George + Anna)? Not the same as Jo, but it avoids the J-J-J if you are concerned about it. I agree that it's rare that the whole name will be said out loud though.
I liked several of those. Hubby's reactions to the ones I suggested:
Genevieve - "Ugh. That sounds pretentious."
Elena - "Eh. Okay."
Audrey - "Okay."
Sabrina - "Eh... not really."
Caterina - "That sounds too Russian. Why not just Catherine?"
Vivian - "Okay, but not with our last name."
Marina is my cousin's wife, Theresa is my grandmother, and Arianna is very similar to my SIL's name.
He likes Irene, but I think it's mainly because for years he had a crush on an actress named Irene... so that's out for me. Sigh. We are going to end up with a baby with no name.
Hmmmm.... what do you all think of Audrey and Elena? I like both. What else is in that vein?
I like all three choices and don't think you can go wrong here, but I like Elise Victoria the best. My second choice would be Laura Juliet.
I'm sorry to say this, but I think I have to agree with the others... I think giving a girl a boys' name sends the girl the wrong message, and I think a name like Charleigh would be frequently mispronounced and misspelled, which might be difficult for a child. As a teacher, I meet kids with all kinds of names regularly--I think I've had more than 1,000 students in my classes alone at this point, and I've probably met three times that amount over the last several years--and I often hear kids say that they don't like their names. Usually, it's a girl who has a male name or someone with an unusual spelling who is frustrated when it's misspelled or mispronounced.
I do very much like Charlotte Grace (nn Charlie or Charleigh) or Charlize Grace, though, and I think it would let you call her what you wanted while still giving her options. Ella Grace (or any of the other Ell- names suggested above) would also be nice. I would also like the names reversed: Grace Elliott or Grace Charleigh would both be pretty.
You know, I think you are right! He doesn't really know any kids at all except for a handful in our families. We don't really have any friends with kids, either.
I tried showing him the SSA website to show that names like Ruby and Caroline, etc., were in the top 250 and actually more common than either of our own (very "normal" 70s names) today. He didn't seem very interested; it's hard to engage him in much conversation about names. I'm not sure it's possible to "update" his taste. Any ideas?
I agree, I like the name Mary well enough and think she will be the only one in her class (even if you send her to Catholic school these days!), but I think I'd pick an alternate form of Mary or a double name to dilute the effect because of the brother's name.
To add to the list above: Maria, Mari, Miriam, Malia, Mariska, Maura, or Mimi.
Shoot, I wasn't logged in when I posted that!
Also, I am liking Elena at the moment as well. (For some reason, I like it a lot better than Helena.)