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No kids yet, but I love names.
This is a good opportunity to embrace what you love. Like Simone7 said, most European surnames are derived from occupations, places, and parents' names.
I think places are going to be your best bet. They're very simple, commonly used, and you can still put a lot of meaning into them. I've known people with the last names of Beach, Sands, Ocean, Clearwater, Fields, Greenfield, Forest, Cliffe, Pine, Hill, Brooke, Orchard, Grove, and Pond. Was/is there a beautiful place that holds a lot of meaning for you? That might help you find the path to a good name.
I think you should go for Patrick Leo. I wouldn't worry about nicknames. I'm in my late 20s, and I grew up with two Patricks, both went by Patrick only. Additionally, I think you'll find that children are far more likely now to not have a nickname than in the last several decades.
Agree with all of this 100%
I concur throroughly with everything MadelineH said. I very slightly prefer Florence over Genevieve, though.
Jonathon -> JonashonElspeth -> Emspeth
Isla is by far my favorite. I'm neutral on Chelsea and Hayden, dislike Hadley.
My first suggestions on reading the title were Ramona and Ruth! I love those names; it's a shame your husband can't get on board.
This are some left-field options, but maybe one will fit:
Honestly, pickings are pretty slim at this point, and I suggest you have you husband make a list himself.
I never cared for Daphne for personal reasons, and I do kind of think that Eloise gets swept into the Ell-tide of girl names at present.
My favorite by far is Margo for you. I don't think it needs the T at the end at all. I agree with other posters that it might need a more substantial middle. Jane is lovely but to me it feels like a filler, especially next to your other children's names. Maybe something like:
Margo VirginiaMargo CelesteMargo SusannahMargo FelicityMargo FrancesMargo Josephine
My list is pretty wild:
Now: Mary2000s: Juliana1990s: Ariana1980s: Kerri1970s: Jackie1960s: Gayle1950s: Alma1940s: Melba1930s: Olga1920s: Cecelia1910s: Virgie1900s: Veronica1890s: Lura
It's bizarre how the one name that seems the freshest is Cecelia, which really proves that name trends come in cycles. I can't imagine Lura, Olga, Melba, and Gayle coming back any time soon, though.
Seconding all of this. Delaney Juniper is great.
Of your choices, I like Storm the best. It contrasts really nicely with Madilayne, in my opinion.
I agree with all of this. Stylistically, I think Juniper is a great fit to the point that I don't think you should look any further. From the rest of your list, I like Allegra, Fiona, and Imogen. I'll also throw my vote in for Jessamine.
I tried to go for a first-half-of-the-20th-Century sibset with more adventurous middles.
Alice AndromedaBonnie BernadetteCaroline ChristabelDelta DorotheaEdith EleanorFern Francesca Gloria GreerHope HepzibahIrene IsadoraJoan JessamineKathleen KerithLoretta LisetteMarjorie MaudeNancy NightingaleOpal OlympiaPamela PaulineQueenie QuintessaRamona RosalindSally SuzetteTamora TemperanceUrsa UtopiaVirginia ValancyWilma WisteriaXenia XanthisYolanda YsabeauZella Zephyrine
Amos AberforthBeauregard BertramCarl CourtneyDean DouglasEdmund EarlFranklin FitzgeraldGeorge GroverHarvey HoratioIvan IshmaelJosiah JupiterKenneth Klaus Lionel LorenzoMorris MakepeaceNeil NicodemusOtto OdysseusPeter PadraigQuintus QuartzRobert RudyardSaul SylvesterTruman ThurgoodUsher Utah Virgil ValentineWallace WolfgangXavier XenophiliusYork YeatsZebediah Zeus
Alexander-> AlevanderKatherine-> Kathesine
Boy: OttoGirl: Justina
This is a very mixed bag in terms of taste. Most of your choices are creatively spelled or modern inventions, and I think these categories are going to get the least amount of approval here, if only because of the hassle the child will deal with throughout its life having to spell it over and over and getting it mispelled anyway. You really have to weigh the pros and cons of whether it's more important for the name to be special but difficult or to be a little more conventional but much easier.
Of your girl names, I like Darcy, Ellianna, Laurel, Lux, Scarlett, Temperance, Cordelia, Zella, Lydia, Jessa, Blaire, and Ellery.
For boys: Daniel, Grant, Graham, Samuel, Vincent, Sebastian, Donovan, Luca, Isaac, and Lawrence
In addition to these, there are others I would also suggest if you went with the established spelling. Some of these almost look like typos, and I worry that everyone will assume that that's what they are.
Frankie and Remy are adorable together!!
I'm going to go with Ben, mainly because it's the only one starting with its own sound. Your taste is simple and classic, so the sound thing is really the only thing that makes Ben stand out as the true winner for me.
Notice that the names that are "going girl" have largely been prep school names, that is, names that some would call sissy. It's not a coincidence that these names are popular in areas that have a strong anti-intellectual culture.[...] I didn't have a problem with it until my some of my favorite boys names that I considered strong and sensitive and smart were now considered feminine because of those traits.
Oh, wow you hit the nail on the head with why I dislike it when boy names go girl, without me realizing exactly why. This is precisely it! Thank you for articulating this.
I prefer Kellan, mainly because of the clear pronunciation. I wouldn't worry about Kel sounding like "kill". If anything, it strongly reminds me of Kel Mitchell, a child/teen actor from the '90s (the shows All That and Kenan & Kel). This is a very positive association for me, and probably will be for many adults in my cohort (mid 20s to early 30s).
I don't really care for Callan, unfortunately.