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This is pretty much a list of names I've considered (my daughter Ivy has Edith as a middle name), so I'll throw out the missing link to my list -- Florence.
As I'm in a Spanish-speaking country I likely see it differently, but I have an 80 year old neighbour called Pepita. I assume her mail says Josefa, but everyone of all ages calls her exclusively by the nickname!
Maybe it's because I have a huge soft spot for the name Megan, but I personally wouldn't be surprised. If there is a bump, I think I would expect it to be more of a thing in the UK though where I feel like (maybe a British regular can confirm?) it was neither so overused nor so out of fashion now.
Unless you really want to use your brother's name and keep the family tradition going, I think this could be a great opportunity to honour your brother in the middle name slot. You can always explain to your mom that with a different surname (if you're planning on using your husbands surname) he wouldn't be a real junior anyhow. And while everyone has their own level of comfort with these things, I always feel that directly naming for someone who died young attaches sadness to a name in a way that naming for a parent/grandparent who lived a full life doesn't necessarily.
I agree with this.
I like Tillie (I actually know a baby Tilly Rose) and have long followed a sewing blogger called Tilly. It's funny how perspectives change depending on where you are... it sounds young and English rather than old and Southern to me!
I do actually love Ottilie and Otilia (and Otelia, know one of those too), and think a longer form with Tillie as the nickname would be great, but not mandatory.
I'm emailling the moderator account to find out. And I would love to learn your daughter's name too (I wasn't around when you were naming her and I'm bad with Old Testament names).
I really love Emil (although I can certainly understand being agnostic on Emily), but thinking on it now, it's clear that it's one of those names that certain accents can mangle. It'll be interesting to see if it has a mini-trend though. I wouldn't even be surprised if it's one of those names people start using for girls.
I was also coming to suggest Zara, and I like the suggestion of Margot. I also think Vivian, with its edgy Vs, could be a nice match.
Not all children feel the need to match their siblings and sometimes by insisting on a letter you may actually give the opposite impression: that you consider them as a pack rather than as individuals.
As others have said, they are both perfectly decent names that can be worn well throughout a lifetime.
Despite having many friends named Victoria and being married to a Victor (a name I love), I've always disliked the name, which gives me a stuffy vibe in its full form and has mostly dated nicknames (although I think Vic is okay). Meanwhile, I've known several Natalies I was lukewarm about but have always liked the name for its breezy, relaxed quality. These things really are intensely personal. I second the motion of taking both names to the hospital.
The chipmunk is definitely not my first thought for Theodore. And as a comparison, while it would have been my first thought for Alvin 20 years ago, I then met an Alvin who completely superseded the chipmunk and is definitely the first person I think of when I hear Alvin now. I think pop culture names disappear into the background quite quickly when there's a real person to hold up against them. Which doesn't mean that no one will ever say "like the chipmunk?" upon meeting your son, but that he, as a real person, will then come to dominate the name in their minds.
I happen to live where Xenia is reasonably well used (although pronounced SHEH-ni-a). I'm not familiar with the English pronunciation but would guess ZEE-ni-a? In any case, I think it's a lovely name with exotic flair and probably fairly easy for people to learn, though unfamiliar at first.
I also really like Vera with both pronunciations. Natalie is a nice name, although it feels a little less exciting next to the other two -- I like exciting.
I wouldn't rule out any of the options based on flow with Emma, which will surely disappear into middle-name oblivion.
Despite the predominant view of angels, I don't necessarily associate the names with angelic behaviour. Possibly it's all the un-angelic Angelas I've known, combined with tough namesakes like Angela Carter, Angela Merkel and even Angelina Jolie, who doesn't exactly scream "wholesome." I think the names are so established that they get to disassociate from the meaning/connotations of the word a bit.
I agree with all of this. I also think that Honey is a name not all personality types can carry off. If your daughter ends up going through an extreme Goth phase, I'm thinking she won't be overly thrilled to be called Honey. I also like Nellie the best, but Hattie is nice too.
(EVie, a name I've seen discussed in a similar way here is Birdie. I personally feel Birdie is somewhat easier to wear than Honey though. Another -- more dated -- name in the same vein might be Candy).
I thought it was a lot of name when I first looked at it, then I realized it's actually only one name longer than my daughter's, which is name-middle name-two-surnames, albeit one of our surnames is pretty short.
I don't quite get what you mean by registering Brigitte as the primary middle name... why have the other ones if Brigitte is going to be the only one to appear on the birth certificate? How many letters you can actually register on a birth certificate is probably a legal question for your country/state.
I would like Turscott if it were a fusion of both your surnames and hence, the baby's surname. As it is, I'm not entirely sure why you want to shoehorn your middle name into your wife's perfectly decent surname, when your surname, and therefore existence, are already represented by Waite.
I like Ulrikke Brigitte, and have nothing against Stefanie, meanwhile.
Definitely not. I'm based in Spain, where there is currently a popular singer called Rosalia, but Rosalie reads completely English/French to me on first hearing.
I agree with others that it sounds like you actually prefer Rosalie, and that it's not so obscure that it's likely to cause you much grief (particularly with the Twilight tie-in).
I do think there's no name so familiar that it won't get mangled sometimes. I would expect Eleanor to get misspelled sometimes, despite that being far and away the most usual spelling. I've said it before, but I have a super-successful name which has nonetheless been spelled Emili, Emally, and recently, bafflingly, Emylie, AND people have thought I was a man based on my name. So I do think cultivating a zen attitude to the odd question you get (on either name) is probably not a bad idea.
The time of life when a child is being introduced to new people frequently is pretty short, also. I have sisters with extremely unusual names (we're talking never in the top 1000), and while there were definitely questions sometimes, they now move in circles where people know them, know how to spell them, and it never really comes up.
Anyway, Eleanor and Rosalie are both beautiful names, so I don't think you can really go wrong...I would go with your preferences, accept that you may have doubts in the early days but that it will probably sound right eventually.
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Congratulations! Lovely name and lovely set... and I hear you on any name sounding arbitrary in the newborn phase!
I agree with everyone that Ivy Lind is fine, but also think there's a lot of pleasure to be had in using an honour name as is. Especially because in this case both honorees have exactly the same name -- I could definitely see splitting the difference between Grandma Rosalind and Grandma Linda with Lind.
I have an Ivy with a family middle name that does not flow at all, and it has never come up except in discussions of how we chose her name. Middle names really do disappear, except on records.