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December 14, 2018 07:34 AM

Yes, the Maria-Mercè Marçal ones! It's a shame, but it really rules out Marçal should I ever have a boy, and I like that name. 

December 13, 2018 03:05 AM

I would love to see this picture too! (I've written to the mod group before so you should have me there, if Chimu doesn't mind).

December 13, 2018 03:04 AM

I think one of the pleasures of a less common name is that you are excited rather than burned out when you meet another. We ran into another Heur@ (one of the first, whose mother wrote the poem that put it somewhat on the name map) and while I was excited she was completely gobsmacked, having never met another.

December 11, 2018 08:24 AM
In Response to Twin Girls Names!!!

I have to disagree. Europeans are no more plugged into ancient culture than Americans in my experience. As the mother of a S!byl, I have had to explain the mythical association about 85 percent of the time, and I'm thinking the 15 percent I get away with is from hanging out with a bunch of writers. We've also been asked if we made it up, and if it's a boys' name, though I'm guessing the last one wouldn't happen with Lorelei. 

Snow White is an extremely famous story popular throughout the west, and I would expect most people to know that character, though not necessarily her English name. I don't think Lorelei is in the same league at all, and it fits into the "liquid, pretty, starting with L" trend around where I live.

December 11, 2018 02:33 AM
In Response to Creative honor-naming

I have friends who just named a son Viero (diminutive of Oliviero), which opens up some intriguing V names, from Viera to Vera to Via (I actually know someone with this name). Livia and Liv are unrelated but clearly sound alikes. Olivet is very pretty.

December 11, 2018 01:24 AM

TNMT is still on??? In any case, he's a positive character right? Another name I always think goes with Raphael is Gabriel.

December 11, 2018 01:19 AM

I've been reading Dan Savage for years, and in isolation I have the same response to dom... however, I do actually know a Dom, and this does not happen to me at all in the context of his name.

December 10, 2018 03:00 AM

I love it and would be very excited to meet sisters with those names!

December 10, 2018 02:59 AM

I may be an innocent, but what's the problem with Raphael?

How about Lionel to get to Leo/Lio. I feel like Messi has gone a long way to make this name cool again.

December 10, 2018 02:52 AM

I really think that Beatrice will never, never notice being the only one with eight letters if you never bring it up, and I think restricting yourselves to such a formula is just going to make naming harder. Especially if you put the names in a wider context: "dad has four letters and mom has five letters, little brother has six letters and Colette and Liliana seven and Beatrice eight (and Grandma Ann has three, etc.)

If you were not restriced by any letters, what boy names do you like? I actually love the recommendation of Sinclair, but if I were not restricted to eight letters I might suggest something like Jeremy, Victor, Daniel or Mattias... but it would be better to get a sense of your male style and work from there.

December 10, 2018 02:33 AM

I differ from the others in not thinking that Violet and Rose is too themey. It helps that they are both classic names with a longstanding history of use and which have been historically popular; I would likely feel that sisters Dahlia and Marigold were establishing too much of a theme. Also, I'm surprised how many posters think you would have to give a potential third child a botanical name, given that our usual refrain is "two is coincidence, three is a pattern." If these were sisters called Constance and Catherine, we would not all be advocating for a third C name. In the event of a third child, I would personally not blink at sisters Violet, Rose and Clara, or Ingrid, or Audrey, or, on the boys side, Jasper, Theodore, Frederick.

I don't like Rose Mary though... it does seem VERY cutesy in a "oh, look what we did!" way. I think Rose Maria could sound fine though, if you're trying to honour a Mary, or even Rose Marie, Rose Marian, Rose Miriam...

December 10, 2018 01:20 AM

Love it! Congratulations again!

December 3, 2018 02:03 PM

One of my daughter's has Florence as a middle so I'm biased, but that's my favourite! I do think Katherine-Taylor is nice too though.

As a matter of interest, why do you not want to just use Taylor as the middle name? It would still pay tribute to the inspirational namesake in the middle slot, you could still use it in combination with the first name if you so desired, and there would be no issue with hyphens. 

December 3, 2018 01:25 AM

I definitly think that honouring your mother is more important than a supposed style mismatch. I think they go together just fine anyway; I get a strong American vibe for the most part. If you were proposing a pair like Ebenezer and Britny I might hesitate, but Georgia and your son's name are fine. I also think it has a pleasant flow with your surname.

Your husband may have other reasons for not liking Georgia and simply be hiding behind the idea that it doesn't go with your son's name. It might be worth a bit more of a talk on the issue, and perhaps moving Georgia to the middle spot if that is the case.

I think any of your other shortlisted names are also perfectly nice, but if you can get your husband on board, Georgia certainly wins for personal significance.

December 2, 2018 02:30 PM

I think Tayla for Taylor in many parts of England would be just fine (only you can say how similar they sound in your accents). I also think Tayla is great for honouring a Taylor even if they don't sound the same.

My favourite is probably Catherine-Taylor. I feel like a double-barrelled first isn't automatically a problem in the UK, but they do seem to usually be make with shorter names (Evie-Rose, etc.). If you wanted that kind of rhythm, you could always use Taylor-Kate, which doesn't sound like a surname and has no gender ambiguity.

December 2, 2018 02:21 PM

Great news, and great names! Congratulations to you all and best of luck with them in the NICU.

November 29, 2018 02:51 AM

Wonderful! I love Eva!

November 28, 2018 04:54 AM

As an atheist who sort of tries to avoid religious sounding names but wouldn't blink at using Gabriel or Theodore, the only one that would be a total no-go from your list for me would be Jonas (I'm not clear on the Jonas/Jonah distinction but it just SOUNDS Biblical). Ambrose sounds a little religious but its positives as an unusual, gentle-sounding masculine name override that for me.

I think you have some really nice choices in a number of different styles. Since "gentle" is probably the chief thing I look for in boys names I unsurprisingly gravitate to Theodore, Ambrose, Gabriel, Adrian, Julius, and Calvin, with honourable mention to Linus and Arthur.

Joel, Ross and Warren and Grant sound much more contemporary to me and Albert more fusty-clunky, though the nickname Albie is quite adorable for a toddler.

Leo is an objectively nice name that I have sever burnout with. It seems the go-to name of choice for people in search of liquid, international names. I find it used frequently in the international community, but also among yuppie parents in decor magazines (not intrinsically a bad thing, but I find it stereotypes it).

November 26, 2018 04:06 AM
In Response to A middle name for Rose

I love Rose as a first name and think it goes well with a range of middles, giving preference to naems with more than one syllable. I personally know a Rose Frances, and think Rose Francesca has a nice ring to it too.

If you frequently use both as a call name, I suppose "good flow" partly depends on whether you're going to be using Rose or Rosie as the first element. For example, I think "Rosie Grace" sounds nice, whereas I'm less keen on the choppiness of "Rose Grace."

"Sounds good" is pretty personal, but I like Rose Charlotte, Rose Elise, Rose Louise/Louisa, Rose Olivia, Rose Catherine and Rose Victoria. Ranging further afield, I like Rose Valentine, Rose Diana, Rose Octavia, Rose Cordelia, Rose Eulalia (basically, Rose followed by a multisyllabic romantic sounding name).

My personal preference would be not to use a name that can typically be combined with Rose into one name -- So no Rose Mary, Rose Ann, Rose Linda, etc., and also not to combine Rose with other florals or botanicals (but I know Lily Rose is a popular combination so this is clearly not an accross-the-board preference).

I do also like Rosemary very much as a name in its own right.

November 26, 2018 03:49 AM

Zinnia all the way!