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So, this baby actually does have an older sister already named Macy Kate. My husband totally picked her name too. Piper and Macy do go together better than Macy and Cosette, but it is so funny that you mention about picking an outlier for the first child and then having to follow it with another similar name or not because that is exactly what I'm dealing with!! Macy is the outlier and now with this second baby I have to figure out which direction to go. You hit the nail on the head for sure. All that being said- I still don't know what to do? Seems like you understand how I feel very well- what would you do in the same spot?
I personally like Hiroki and Noriko the best. I think they are also the easiest to read and pronounce. I'm sorry to say it, but Cato reminds me of the OJ Simpson trial... Also, I don't think Felix works well for a girl's name. I agree with OP that Beatrix could serve you well- you could call be Bex for short.
Just an idea- what if you asked for some family stories or went on Ancestry.com to learn a little more about GGF and just see how that feels? The other thought I had was that most people either use their first and middle initials all the time- like OJ for example or the Barney character BJ comes to mind or they don't use the middle initial at all unless they are writing all their initials like OJM for a monogram or something. Not sure if that makes sense, guess I'm just trying to say that if you don't call him OJ, no one will even think about it.
Well, I don't want to be a downer, but Sophia, Grace, and Lila are all really really popular right now? Are there any alternatives that you like? What about Seraphina, Louisa, Serena, or Sonia instead of Sophia? or Iris, Daisy, or Lilac instead of Lila? Kimberly is pretty easy to go with.
I agree with most of the other posters in saying that it is too much. It looks pretty written and in theory is a pretty name, but it is very difficult to even begin to think about how to pronounce it. It is very neatly in a fantasy catagory.
I really like Azalea- it's cute and unique. Very pretty- I like it even as a first name!
I vote Callan too- the way they want it pronounced is how I read it in my mind first off.
I couldn't place it at first, but i realized that Caulfield sounds like cauliflower to me. I do like names that are a little on the masculine side for girls like bailey and Dawson, but maybe Caulfield is a little maybe too much. I also agree with the other poster that Jennex sounds a little bit like a company or brand, but if that doesn't bother you, I think it could be cute.
What about Dagmar or Ramona or Althea?
I agree that the times I've heard the name Jules on tv for women were when it was a nn for Juliet. I'm thinking of my fav show- Psych. The leading lady is Juliet, nn Jules but everyone always calls her Jules no matter what. I think it's nice for her to have the option of being Juliet. Sometimes I feel like I might as well be named "Em" because no one calls me Emily, but I like having the option of being either. Oh, best wishes to you! This is such a hard decision for all of us parents!!
What about Blythe Danner's daughter- Gweneth? Kinda the same vibe =)
I really love the name Lenny! Also, and I think very positively of this association, it reminds me of the awesome detective on Law and Order- always hiliarious with the one liners! And he was an older man, so if anyone else had that association, they'd for sure think of it as an adult name as well as a child's name.
I like Reese Annika- if I'm pronouncing your last name right, it seems to go well together. Maybe if you take a break from the names you have and just pretend you're starting over and look through a name book again, it could clarify your feelings? I always seem to remember something I've been trying to recall when I stop thinking about it...best wishes!
I actually really like Ryker! I've never heard that before! Very cool, but still easy to spell and pronounce. I guess the only downside would be any comments you would get about "Ryker's Island" which is a prison- any one who would mention that, though, you could just ignore. Our daughter's name is Macy and people make comments about the store once in a blue moon, but it's never bothered me- I love it.
One of our close friends just had a girl and named her Abigail Elizabeth- I think they go well together. =)