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How about a longer version of Emma so you can use it as the nickname? Emelia, Emmeline, Emerson, or Emmalyn? Not sure if these are your taste.
It doesn't sound bad, but he may have to repeat himself if he talks fast. I don't think it's a deal breaker if you love the name.
I am in the common spelling camp. Sophie or Sophia are lovely, and I prefer the traditionally spelled Sarah. Sylvie or Sylvia would be a nice, less popular alternative to Sophie/Sophia.
I think Naomi Josephine is a lovely combo.
Thanks everyone for your input! My husband suggested Lexington as a girl's first name instead, and I'm okay with it. It's a little tacky for me but it's not very popular so I think it will grow on me. Now I just have to wait another 2 months to find out the gender of our baby.
I agree with what everyone said about Julia. The name appears in the Bible but it's not exactly a Biblical character. Juliana or Juliet is more contemporary but I like Julia the best. I have a neice named Josephine, called Josie, and she's the cutest toddler with a very sweet and bubbly temperment. It's been a favorite name of mine for its Regency feel, literary connection (Little Women) and nickname-ability.
If you're looking for a version of Michael, why not Michaela instead of Michelle? Michelle feels very 80's to me.
I'm a fan of alliteration, and I think Phoebe Phelps makes for a catchy combo. I like the more subtle alliteration of Josephine Phelps though.
Wow, this is a tough one to figure out! I agree with the previous poster that Wild/Wilder is not a good connotation for a girl. You may want to consider other "word" names that may evoke an "all good things are wild and free" feeling, unless its a family name. Wilder may work better for a boy because it is less stigmatized.
Some names that are "wild and free": Phoenix, Liberty, Azure, Calypso, Fable, Jubilee, Lark, River, Tennessee, or Scout.
I find Eleanor very easy to nickname. Here are some: Ellie, Ella, Elle, Nell, Nora, and Lena.
You may also consider alternate forms of Eleanor, like Lenore or Leonora, for the cute nickname Leo.
Good luck with your little conundrum!
I like Theo the best. Leo is great but is a little more modern than Theo and reuses the L initial. I also like Oliver but with one named Charlie I would expect Ollie instead, so I don't think it matches as nicely. Cute names!
I am a fan of honoring naming traditions, but I think it was Lauren Wattenberg who advised against getting hung up on naming siblings as set. In most of your baby's interactions, she won't be associated with her sister but as an individual. If it would make your husband's family upset and damage your relationship with them, then I would value the tradition. I like the suggestion of keeping the middle initial the same. Lucia and Paige don't have too much in common with Matilda or with each other (except they were both dancers on Dance Moms?) so I don't have a good handle on your name taste. However, I think something like Paige Josephine or Lucia Jade may be a good compromise.
I think Violet and Scarlett are too matchy for my taste. Can I make an observation? Both of the names you like have long I sounds. Have you considered Iris, Isla, Lila, or Viola? They actually both have two long vowels in them so you might consider Eloise, Ainsley, Ophelia, Penelope, or Annaliese. Good luck!
I like this suggestion! Also it reminds me of Tesla, which is also sciencey (but may make people think of the car).
Ian Thomas is the name of a Canadian pop singer, just so you know. I think all your names are nice and traditional, though I think Daniel fits in best with this sibset.
That's interesting that you haven't met any Elizabeths, as it is ranked way higher than any of my other name choices.
Nell sounds very sweet and hip. I've never considered that one, thanks!
Thank you for all the suggestions and your feedback! I did mean Hudson for a boy, and it's my fault for not being clearer. My husband is very picky and shoots down almost all suggestions. I think we've settled on Hudson or Augustin if we have a boy.
My name is Esther but I've never heard of using Tessa as a nn for it. Thanks for the weigh in on Reese vs Tessa. I'll have to give it some thought. They rank about the same in popularity right now.
I posted about Teresa/Tessa yesterday! I am having the same problem. I think Tessa is a great way to honor your mom if you prefer it to Theresa.
Both of those names are botanical and colors and they also share an OL and VI sequence. They are so nice together! I see how naming #3 is hard.
The child I knew of named Amalia might have had her name derived from this root. The mother had a very pronounced, sub culture specific New York accent (like Fran Drescher).
hmm I didn't know that! I assumed it was kre8yv spelling. You always teach me something new.