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Asa is a cool name! The issue with that is I avoid old testament because my kids last name is M!ller and paired with old testament often sounds orthodox Jewish. (We are not Jewish or religious at all). We also avoid names like Reggie. ;)
My other sons have two syllable names that shorten to nicknames. Axel is nice, I think, but not to shorten.
The Ace thing is just an idea. I still have 8 months... :)
Two that spring to my mind:
Camden is a nice name, but I know 2 dogs with the name. It's a nice park though.
I'm mainly a giants fan now- but can't get my husband to sign off on Buster or Posey. ;)
I know brothers Itai, Ido, and Eran. Those might work for you?
I like Margot Barbara. I don't care for Mabel Barbara - clunky to my ear.
I also have a double initial and love it. I get it at work a lot as a nickname which is nice for a woman in a male dominated field (they usually make up less-than flattering nicknames for each other!) When I got married I didn't change my name for many reasons, but one was definitely because I liked the double initial.
I think Tess Tyson sounds great. And, Theresa Tyson sound nice and could easily be a CEO...
I like Cecilia. That reminds me of Talulah, which I also like. I'm a Caroline, and I have no complaints.
I have a Callum (Cal) . I love Maeve, btw! My two bots have Angus and Magnus as middle names, which are Scottish/Celtic.
Quinn is nice, I think. Rhiannon is a name I'm considering for a girl. Keeva is nice for a girl, but I forget the spelling. :)
Do you want an Irish spelling?
I like all of the names and Lucinda is cute too.
How about Natalie Lucinda and Annaliese Johanna? ( I like the two German names together.)
Im truly Sorry for your loss. You really can't go wrong with the names though!
Thanks for all the suggestions - lots of good ideas. Beckett is way too common here in San Francisco sadly. There are 2 in my kids' preschool alone...
I love Declan, which shortens to Dex, but my husband (and my mom ) don't care for it.
By the way, my first son had to have a name that shortened to Cal, because I think cal Ripken is the bomb. :) I love boys names that, when shortened, sound a bit "farm-league baseball"....our last name works for that.
For girls, I also love Rhiannon and hubby likes Talia. Carys Rhiannon? Carys Talia? Talia Rhiannon M_?
I like Bennett for a boy. Too boring?
Oh, I like Bryony, but husbands bro is bryan, and that guy isn't exactly someone to name a child after. Poppy is sweet - but I'd need it to be a nickname or a middle name so a daughter could be a CEO if she wanted. ;)
Yes, we do like a punchy nickname -- at least for boys... Really, I like mono-syllabic tough-guy nicknames for guys. I'm English, husband is American. (I'm from the NE of England and we love Scotland.) dash's name came from Dashiell Hammett, an author from our current city.
The middle names are feisty Brits. I'd like to continue that trend. or even a feisty Roman name would fit. Hadrian?
We both love Carys for a girl (it's welsh, but means love, which is my MIL's maiden name. which need a girl to have a nickname... Could I do Clementine for a middle name? I'd like a tough middle name like her brothers. boudiccea is too crazy, but I love it's fierceness...
But, back to the boy... I know too many Duncan's. I love Rhys, husband says no. (Rhys Hadrian M_)
Oh, my kids have a boring last name but paired with the wrong name can sound Jewish (which would be fine, if we were Jewish! Lol ) So, really old testament is out. Reggie M _designer Nicole M_, arthur M_, etc. (sadly, no relation...) ;)