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I agree that the names you like are really popular and over-used. This, of course, does not disqualify them if those are the names you love. I do have to say that Jaden and all the other Aiden names get on my nerves. And I have never liked the Jaxson spelling - again, this is MY taste, so go with what you really want.
I'm thinking that it might be nice to not use any of the dominent vowel sounds in your other childrens' names - the "e" in Bella, the "Y/I" in Wyatt, the "A" in Drake.
I played around with your kids names plus Jaxson and Jaden to see what matched. Here are some I found appealing and maybe you might as well. Sorry for any repeats - other posters have given good suggestions.
Easton, Quincy, Owen, Tucker, Connor, Roman, Alden, Vaughan, Maxim, Julien, Gavin, Jordon. Also, tried and true Justin and Jason (but Jason has the "A" like Drake) - names my generation gave to EVERY SINGLE MALE CHILD ha ha. But you probably won't find so many these days.
I like Meredith but prefer Theodora. Also agree with others that the two M names and nns could get mixed up.
Theodora is beautiful. I have a step daughter-in-law (is that a thing!) who goes by Tedi.
Also a Meredith who uses Meri most or all of the time, I am positive will get "Mary" almost always.
I DO like both names though!
This will age me, but Layla is always the Eric Clapton song to me. And all Laylas I've met have been named for that including an in-law of mine who is in her mid-thirties.
I agree about names SEEMING young because of only knowing young people with that name. Ex: Misty was fairly common with my age group (in my area anyway). That seemed like a young name when I was younger. But now I know one who is mid-fifties with the name and doesn't seem weird at all.
I do prefer Layla. Leila is fine, but I can see how it might get mispronounced or confused with Leia.
Somewhere in my memory it seems you and I had a similar conversation about owl, towel, tall a long time ago.
I do think it's the difference in what we expect to hear.
I will say that the many times I've heard Talia Shire's name I never heard "tall" in it.
Canadian v Texan ears, lol?
I do think that Lauren works as being a great compromise and is very cool that she would get a little bit of both parents.
Also, as a feminist, I like the mother's last name being used.
But I have to say Lauren St. Lawrence is kinda cool.
It is pretty straightforward in spelling and also memorable. I don't think anyone would forget it and probably love to say it over and over.
Cool and beneficial...I sorta like it.
Out of your first names, I like Lillian and Cecilia. I guess I like the "lia' sounds. In this case they are pronounced differently, thus not too matchy for sisters.
From your mn list, I like Martha, Hallie, Luna, and Annalise.
I won't try to match them to the first names because a) middle name flow doesn't matter as much as first and last and b) it makes my brain hurt. :)
I really like Talia. My first and only association is Talia Shire, a wonderful actress and good association. She is known for the Rocky and Godfather movies.
I don't understand the pronunciation problem because I've only heard it as something like Towl-ya - I was going to write Tal-ya, but that seems more like the word tall. I hear it as "rhymes with owl."
I briefly knew a Cleo in Jr. High. She was nice and I remember thinking it was neat name I had never heard before. Back then I thought it was short for Cleopatra. :)
Felicity is nice, but not my style because I agree with your earlier comment about it being frilly. But I would be delighted to meet one, which I never have.
Louisa is an long-time favorite of mine. And aside from my bias, I don't think Louisa sounds at all close to Anneliese. Actually, I think Adelaide sounds a bit too similar.
Louisa also has the potential Isa nn (Lisa without the L) if that is something that pleases you or her. I know one who's full name is Isabeau.
I have the same feeling about Emeline that I do about Felicity - I like Felicity slightly better.
Thumbs up for Naomi and Lila!
Just my two cents. Any of these names are winners, of course.
I think any of the names could come from most any culture. Yes, Elena would be my first guess if asked "which is Latina."
Truly, they are all fine names.
Like another poster, Callie from Grey's Anatomy is my pop culture reference. And seriously, do we have to "dumb down" and assume no one knows how to pronounce/spell Calliope? And can't we assume they can LEARN?
Calliope is my favorite.
I do like Lydia. Liddie seems more of a pet name to me - shortened by one syllable/letter.
I know an Isa (full name Isabeau). She just says Lisa without the L).
All I can think of is: "Attention Kmart shoppers, there's *a sale* on women's panties on aisle one." :)
I would consider it a popular biblical name (though I'm not sure if parents use it for that reason or because they like the sound).
The reason I know that I've encountered several Jeremiahs is because I always break out into the song when meeting one - of course getting an eye-roll every time!
I think most have been white, but because I only remember one of them, I could have been introduced to a Black Jeremiah or other ethnicity.
The one I remember is a clerk at a store I frequent. He is a 20-something white guy. If I had to guess, he's middle-class and not particularly religious.
In fact, I don't believe I've ever met anyone with the other names you mention. I'm from Texas - regional?
All these names are great, including Ruby.
But my vote is for Calliope Celeste. I think this combo, in this order is fantastic. And you can use any of the nicknames mentioned, including CeCe - cute, but I really like Poppy!
Kendra reminded me of a woman I know named T€dra, after her grandfather Ted (nn for Edgar).
She coincidentally has a brother named Jeff. Both fiftyish.
People who hang out here will be familiar with the first two Tom names.
Jumping in to say that I've known several women named Bobbie. One well enough to know that Bobbie wasn't short for a longer name.
I don't think it was confusing or that anyone thought her name was weird or ought to have a longer form - or not a "real" name.
"Me and Bobby McGee" was written by Kris Kristofferson about a girl.
If you like a longer name well enough and want to give her more options, fine. But I wouldn't use one just because.
BTW - names like this aren't my style, but as you point out, not everyone likes the same names.
I really like your daughters' names.
First, I don't think it is totally needed, but an "E" middle would be nice. No, I don't think it has to be three syllables. Simple, classic Elizabeth could work, especially with the very short Rue.
I do like Rue the best out of your picks. They are all fine on their own, but Mina and Thea do seem a bit close to me. And I do think Lenore sounds borrowed from Eleanor.
Like others, Ruth seems like a good option. Bet you already thought of and like Rue better; I like both.
Ha! Naming Moon Pies Aiden names - I missed that one.
I'm sorry you missed out on Moon Pies. They're made in Chattanooga, TN, so maybe never made it up north.
I was never too much of a fan. I would say because I don't like processed junk, but really it's because I'm not a fan of marshmallows tbh.
Sure am a new follower, though!
Miriam, my maternal grandmother was called Mimi by her grandchildren and everyone else who didn't call her Mrs.____.
I've never thought that name could be mispronounced!
Also, she didn't have any of the Mary given names and I think the nn came before grandchildren, so I have no idea where the origin came from.
Personally, I never would have confused Mamie with Mammy. To me, Mamie is a name or nn while Mammy is derogatory for black slave - kitchen, house, nanny (notice the closeness of those two).
It is always interesting on this site to talk about how words sound and are spoken.
Intellectually, I get Mary Christmas v Merry Christmas - but I still say Mary. I'm still waiting to understand the difference between Mary and marry. Also Jul ee ah and Jul ya are very different, as is Mommy and Mummy someone brought up.
I will never have kids and probably would never had called one Mamie; but if I had, I'd be horrified to learn someone thought her name was Mammy.
I like Offred. It fits with the crazy political year while acknowledging something that affects women of all stripes.
If you want to do a boy/girl noty, my vote is Chuck and Nancy!
I agree with this while adding that any fn with a v in it, along with mn Jean could have Vinnie as a nn. Ex: Olivia Jean.
I also agree with TheBookThief that you should only do this understanding that nn Vinnie might be lost in the future.
Make the change if you can find a name you really love and could live with possible other nns later on.
I don't really have a spelling preference; and if it is to be a nn, no preference at all.
P.S. Even though Vinnie is not my style, I think there's nothing wrong with saying "Vinnie is her full fn."
Not everyone likes every name. At least you didn't name her James or Mark et al.