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Thank you everyone for your considered and thoughtful responses. It’s so nice to be able to talk things through with other name enthusiasts as it’s such a hard decision to name a human being! Especially as we don’t share names with anyone we know beforehand to avoid being put off them.
I think I’m zoning in on the nickname Thea as my favourite - so Theodora is becoming the front runner!
Meredith - I hadn’t realised it was considered dated to 70s/80s. I am in the UK and hardly know any of them. my concerns about two ‘M’ names are shared as well.. it would be particularly tricky as we would use the middle name Eve so both girls would share initials MET...even more confusion ! I also hadn’t considered Meri being misheard as Mary but perhaps that’s my accent.
i do love the other ‘anthe’ names suggested but not sure I dare use one as I know the reactions I would get and confused faces! Never heard of Calanthe before but I absolutely love it. I also love Mirianthe but that is another ‘M’ name! So I might add Calanthe to the list.
So in the meantime I think we are zoning in on Theodora Eve..
thanks for the replies!
I think a lovely name that fits the bill is:
Rosalaine / Rosalind/ Rosaleen
or, if Madeline is not an option, how about Marylin?
I love all the suggestions and advice you have been given by some of the 'regulars' on this site, great stuff! I love Rosalie if you decide to go with that.
i just like to respond with the first names that pop into my head that I think 'go' with a sibset - with Eleanor and Lorelei, i immediately thought of:
Amelie (Ammy/ Millie?!)
all the best x
The first names that sprung to mind , when taking into account sibling names , were:
Girls - Felicity or Abigail
Boys - Noah or Isaac
Thanks for the input!
It's interesting to me to see how my elder two's names are perceived.
I love some of the suggestions. Lucia (nicknamed Lucy) is a contender so it's interesting to see Lucy/Lucille suggested. I also love Geneveive (which I can't use due to family member); and adore Clyde / Samuel.
My front runner names for no.3 are currently:
Theodora, Lucia (too international?), Jemima, Delilah (worried about negative reactions to that one tho).
for boys, i love Raphael, Benedict, Blake (and now Clyde on the list.
How about something like Elise Juliet ? I think the flow is lovely.
I'm from England. Pretty much any Brit would have the primary association of the Brecon Beacon mountains (pronounced BRECK-on here) - but as they are known as being wild and beautiful that is no bad thing!
i suppose it would be a bit like calling an American child 'Appellachian'.
as a Brit, it would strike me as quite an unusual / out there name choice (we tend to stick to 'safer' name choices than North Americans) but it would have a good association so I would actually quite like it.
its not like when Sarah Palin named her daughter 'Bristol' - that's quite a grotty town in the UK so it seems an odd name choice!
Good luck choosing x
Or Silver (as in silver birch )
then you can always use Sylvie for a more mainstream nickName X
How about Fawn? I find it a delicate, girly name that also evokes imagery of woodland.
or if you are unsure about Flora, how about Fleur ?
How about Cedric?
begins with a C, 2 syllables, and popular in Brittany (my parents live there And I've met a few Cedrics!)
I always thought Arlo and Remy would be a good boy sibset
Sticking with the 'lion' theme for the Middle name, how about :
Alexander Leon Crawford
A timeless , classic, handsome name!
I agree with previous poster - my favourite option for you is Alwen though.
have you considered Wynn?
Rosalie Wynn sounds lovely.
the other name that sprang to mind is Elowen which is Cornish female name (I believe) and sounds a bit like Alwyn . I think Elowen is a beautiful name.
since there is a bit of a London theme to your name preferences, how about:
I agree Emma and Anna are too 'normal' to go with Berkely. Other ideas that sprung to mind:
Everley, Amery, Farley, Kingsley
of your choices I like Ione - or even Iona (scottish island so not really meaning a ocean...). The pronounciation is more intuitive for Iona.
I also like the combo:
What was your birth name Susan?
Thanks all for your well considered replies. I do prefer Leonie to the other variants so will keep it on the list.
We would pronounce it Lee-OH-nee; I think. I do slightly prefer the LAY-oh-NEE pronounciation (which I believe is the French way) but a quick poll of some folks on a UK site (where I live ) suggested 90% would use the 'Lee' pronounciation, so wouldn't want to give a child a more obscure pronounciation. Also I am not sure we could use the accent, not having any French roots!
The names that sprung to mind that I wonder if you would like are : Anneliese , Leonie. Two of my current favourites .
Tricky - either Kaarin or Kahren.
Its a good way to start the conversation and get a feel of names he just likes - without having to read the naming book to him. Might throw up some surprises that you can work with!