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For boys Byron comes to mind immediately, Booker is also a nice option, Bowen, Baxter, Benjamin, if you're looking for something a bit longer though it is pretty common if you combind it with all the Ben- names, Brayden, Brenton, Blaine and Bodhi for consideration.
For girls Beatrix/ce is always something I'll suggest. Bay Brooke, or Brynn if you're looking for something short. Maybe Blakely, Briony or Bella.
I love Casmir, I think the nickname Caz is adorable, I love the history, it was my great grandfather's name and everything, but its also my uncle's name. That's a downside because he and my mom haven't spoken in nearly a decade and he is the center of a deep hatred among many of my relatives. I can't use his name, no matter how much I love it.
I prefer Robin, I don't think that Robyn is any more 'feminine' than Robin, of course I grew up with a girl named Robin in my class for 7 years through elementary and middle school. So, I see Robin as unisex and Robyn as an unneeded feminine form. You also might get people, acting like buttheads, 'kindly' correcting you about the spelling and having to explain why you used a different spelling.
Its not something I would pick out, but I don't think it sounds overtly weird, though it seems like a lot of people have associations with it that might not be what you want. If it has special meaning to you, its a family name or a name your really in love with, go for it, but otherwise you might want to try something else, using Destino as a middle name.
Oh, I was supposed to suggest a new starter name! How about:
I was thinking about Asher or Ashton and then using Ash as a nickname (as in Ash gray)... Because Grey will also be a nick name.
Frenchie(g), Fantasya (g), Sebastine(b), Peternella(g), Eustache(b), Stephine(g), Anatase (b), Phylesia (g), Carnealius (b), Charista (g), Taliatha (g) and
I like both of these names, they're beautiful but for me it comes down to the ageing well thing. Eden seems like a child's name to me, maybe that's just my perception though. Juliet seems like a grown up name, and is also child apropriate with the nicknames, and I could even picture a little kid in kindergarden introducing herself as Juliet. So, yeah. My pick is Juliet Skye
Mamie is also something children call their grandmothers in some families (pronounced differently, MAM-ee). This is how I came across it, and having grown up with Mamie=grandmother, it is sort of strange to think of it as a baby name.
What about the option of switching the gender? I mean, I have an uncle who is very important to me, as a child due to a speech impediment, I called him Ellie. If I had a daughter, I would consider nameing her Eleanor in his honor (usin Ellie as a nn). But for people who wish to honor a relative but aren't sure if you will have another child of the correct gender, using a feminization or masculinization of the name could be a interesting option. And it would be a great surprise for grandma Martha to find out that Baby Martin's name was inspired by her.
I also read Katrina before I realized it was Katarina. It probably won't be an issue when introducing your child verbally, because Katrina and Katarina look much more similar than they sound, stress on different syllables and though the spelling is only off by one letter, the sounds are much different.
I don't see any obvious teasing potential in Katarina Rayne, but then again I'm not a school yard bully, so there may be somethings I'm missing. I love the nicknames you picked, but when ever there's a homonym there is the possibility that someone will play with that. If your child goes by Kat at school, any number of 'cat' based teasing or even rhyming taunts could come up.
I don't think that Katarina is dated. Though it did make a big looking spike, it was never very popular, and that spike wouldn't have even been detectable in a more popular name.
Hmmm, I agree that as far as middle names go, Grey tends to flow better with the first names you chose. I don't think Henry Raymond or Augustus Raymond sound bad though. My favorite combo overall for boy names is Oliver Grey. I think Finnegan, Theodore, and Oliver make a great sib set.
For girls names, there seems to be a lot more options for first names. Your names are essentially classics and any of them would work fine with Ann. Considering sibling sets, I think Molly goes best with Finnegan and Theodore. Margaret and Olive also stand out as particularly nice options. I like Margaret because of the abundence of nickname I options and I love using nicknames, so I would be attracted to it for that reason and Olive just has such character and spunk to it though the only nn options are Liv, Livvie and Ollie (if you're willing to use a 'boy' nn on a girl) and that seems a little sparce by comparison.
My least favorites are Lillian and Eloise. Lillian is getting a little popular, and where I am there seems to be a lot of Lily/Lilly/Lilla/Lillians. That said if popularity or rather potential popularity doesn't bother you then go for it, its a prefectly nice name. Eloise always brings to mind the main character from those "Eloise" movies/books and I hated the character even as a child, I thought she was obnoxious and irritating. I don't know if anyone else shares that opinion, but you should be aware that there is a fairly well known character associated with the name you are considering.
Okay, I rolled a 4, so 5 pregnacies. I'm not really satisfied with the last boys' name. I prefer Xen spelled Zen, and I would never use it for a first name, I feel like that list needs more boy's names.
1-Girl—James Alice, nn Jamie
I like it. It does seem slightly odd, but also refreshing, seeing Harper for a boy because I've never seen Harper on a boy, but I don't think that should stop you. If you and your husband both like it, go for it. Harper is great and though it currently skews 'girl' for me, I hope I start seeing it on boys and it becomes more unisex.
Keep: Elijah Nathaniel
Switch: George Maxwell
Change 1st: Samuel Jasper
Change 2nd: Alexander Steven
Keep Initials: Martin Fredrick
Hm, some of the many Bradys might go by initials or by some nn, though most of the initials would seem weird as names, the only one even somewhat appropriate is BJ, and those initials are shared by two Bradys. Most of the names, while not my style, are nice and seem fairly cohesive when separated into full-sibling sets.
But that many bradys thing is just odd to me. I really don't like the idea of having people in the same family sharing names. Maybe its because I was called by my sisters' names so often growing up (I'm 1/5 of a J sib set, and our names did not pass the holler test) but I feel like it would make me feel like I didn't have my 'own' name, or identity, and I would hate to do that to a kid.
My niece is a 'just Camey' and I've never really thought of it as a nickname. I've always thought of it as pretty unique but I wonder now if my niece might have a different experience, with lots of class mates using a homonym nickname. Its a great name, but knowing that my sister specifcally picked it because of how unique it was, combined with how well it flowed with the last and middle name they chose, I feel like she would be disappointed to realize how many similarly nicknamed children are possibly out there.
I like Vera and Celeste, maybe Celeste a little bit more. But Celeste Sun sounds... I don't know silly? Weird definately, to me so I think I like Vera Sun better, though it does look a little short.