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September 18, 2018 04:44 PM

Yes, this was my first thought too. I once taught a little boy named Senna (as in Ayrton Senna, the racecar driver) and knowing the reason behind his name made me like it more, but my first association is still the laxative.

September 18, 2018 04:33 PM

Another one here who loves your girl list - I really love Lorelei in your sibset, but any of them would be lovely (although Xiomara is a bit out there for my taste, she could be Mara for short, which is sweet).


If Finn can agree on any of them, I think your boy choices are solid too. I actually like Dominic Dillon and find it quite fun to say. I agree that Isaias and Elias isn't a problem if you use nns most of the time. Alternatively, if you like Eli, it could stand on its own, but since your other boys have a longer name + nn, it might be odd to just use Eli.


Abraham is a good choice too. It's familiar to me from the Biblical Abraham, but I don't think I've ever met one. Ezekiel is more common but also a good choice.


Donovan and Sullivan feel a bit different to your boys' names, and also not perfect with your surname. But there's nothing objectively wrong with them, and both give you the nn option of Van (or Dono, or Sully ...)


Some other suggestions (maybe you've considered these already): Theodore (Theo), Everett (Rett), Vincent (Vin or Vince), Oliver (Ollie), Sebastian (Seb or Bas), Benedict (Ben or Ned)

September 18, 2018 04:15 PM
In Response to Opinions on Adeline?

I've never heard it pronouned A-de-leen, only A-de-lyne or A-de-lyn. I'm in Australia and I'd say Adelyn is getting fairly popular - when my twins were in NICU earlier this year, there were two Adelyns at the same time (that I know of, there may have beenmore!) So I would probably assume an Adelyn pronunciation here, but I don't know about the UK.


From your options, I like Lydia, Victoria and Julia - all classic, timeless and beautiful names.

September 16, 2018 07:21 PM

I personally prefer the middle name list to the first name list; Elke, Theodora and Saskia (especially Saskia!) are some of my favourites, and Agnes is a big guilty pleasure. Of the first names, I do quite like Xanthe, and I don't dislike any of the others, I just wouldn't choose them myself.


I feel like I'm hearing Juniper more and more, so if you're concerned about popularity, that's something to consider. I'd strike Ariadne off the list for the repeating initial (if you need a reason to narrow down), and it also is similar to more common names like Aria and Ariana.


Octavia is jumping out to me as the best choice for a first name. I like it in the sibset, and I love vowel names together (i.e. Astr!d and Octavia). I've never heard it in real life, but it's familiar, easy to spell, and fits in without being too out there (similar to Astr!d and S0ren, I think). I'd pair it with Agnes as a middle, so then all your kids have an "A" initial. Or, Octavia Delphine or Octavia Juliet.

September 16, 2018 07:06 PM
In Response to Name flow ?

Eliana Reyna sounds fine to me. If it's the only middle name that feels right to you, then it's a great choice. One of my daughters also has a "4-syllable ends in a" first name and a "2-syllable ends in a" middle name (which has family significance), and it's caused absolutely zero problems.

September 16, 2018 07:02 PM
In Response to Updating for girl #4!

Lovely to hear, congratulations! Enjoy your four girls.

September 12, 2018 02:56 PM

I'm already hearing a few of these on little boys around me, particularly Arthur and Albert (with Albie as a nickname), and we had Edmund picked out if we'd had another boy. I quite like Frederick (my grandfather's name) as well, but one of my cousins has already used it.

September 10, 2018 07:12 PM
In Response to Middle name for Zeke

Maybe it's an accent thing? William is to me a 2-syllable name (and Liam is exactly the same length, so I find it funny as a nn). I'd say it Will-yem, and Williams is the same just with an "s" on the end. But I can definitely see how it could be Will-ee-um.


Anyway, tangent over!

September 10, 2018 02:55 PM
In Response to Wynter???

I wouldn't do Evelyn Winter Wilde because then her initials would be E.W.W. - not so nice for a little girl! But any non-E name would be fine and I do think Winter would be a fun middle name, even more so with Wilde as the last name. (Ada Winter Wilde would be A.W.W. which is sweeter - aww!)

September 10, 2018 02:49 PM
In Response to Middle name for Zeke

All other things aside, I'd choose a 3-syllable middle so you have a 1-3-2 pattern. My first thought was Zeke Rafael Williams.

September 10, 2018 02:46 PM
In Response to Middle name help

I'm so glad to hear you have chosen his name! And it's a great one.

September 8, 2018 05:44 PM
In Response to Baby Girl Mena

I would pronounce it as Mee-nuh. That's probably because I know a Meena (she is from India) and that's what it reminds me of, plus I'd say Philomena with a long "ee" sound as well.


I like the idea of naming your daughter Philomena and using Mena as a nn, but I generally prefer longer names anyway. If you prefer to use just Mena, I think it's fine, but as others have said you may run into some pronounciation difficulties.

September 6, 2018 09:32 PM

Austin Sterling - great choice!

September 1, 2018 02:15 PM
In Response to Taylen Lively?

You should definitely consider Grace then. Elle Vivian and Grace Lively - Elle and Grace. Beautiful. Grace is certainly more common as a middle name (anecdotally) but it is such a shame to leave it in the middle. The only problem is that if you use it with Lively as the middle, you have two word names - but Grace is a very "namey" word, and I think in this instance it works better as a first name to Lively than Taylen does.


Otherwise, it seems like everyone is suggesting Talia, and you do like it. I think it is definitely a better fit with Elle than Taylen is, so you could consider Talia also. I do like Elle and Talia for sisters.

August 31, 2018 06:51 PM

How is Madyn pronounced? I first read it like the word "maiden", but then realised it could also be like the surname "Madden".

August 31, 2018 03:08 PM
In Response to Taylen Lively?

I agree with all of this. I also like the link between Vivian and Lively as the middle names.


If it were me, I'd choose a first name more like Elle than Taylen. Names that have a similar feeling to Elle and are two or more syllables  (I think that almost any one-syllable name would be a good match, like Faye, Jade, Niamh, Grace, Wynn, Blythe) but since Taylen is two-syllables:

Zara, Cleo, Lyra, Talia, Corinne, Mia, Arden, Madeline, Carys

August 31, 2018 02:39 PM

It's lovely to hear that you have chosen your beautiful new cat. If it were me, I think I'd call her Wookie the Tortoiseshell, aka Wookie the Shelly, and then use both names interchangeably (the cats I've had have always been known by multiple names). That way both you and your daughter get the names you want.


I tend to like cat-names for cats, or descriptive ones, rather than people names. I don't mind people names for dogs, but funny/ironic ones - it annoys me when you can't tell which are the kids and which are the pets in a family because they all have names like Sophie, Baxter, Lily or Max.



In the naming landscape that is today, it probably wouldn't surprise me to meet a boy named Artemis. Yes, it would be unusual, and he probably wouldn't ever meet someone who shares his name, but I don't think it would automatically be teaseworthy.


Having said that, however - if your SO doesn't like it, he doesn't like it. I had a girls' name that I had loved forever, and my DH vetoed it straight away. I was devastated! But it turned out he liked my second-favourite girls' name, so that's what we named our daughter. You might have to sit down with SO and figure out where your common naming ground is. If you can win him over on Artemis, great. But if not, you might need to compromise.

August 28, 2018 10:03 PM

Personally I wouldn't go through the hassle of changing it just for the spelling - Isabelle is a beautiful name and a legitimate spelling, and I think that spelling it Isabel is probably not going to help much with the confusion over Isabella, because it still sounds the same. Yes, Isabelle does read more girly to me, but if she really doesn't like the girliness, she can be Izzy or Sabby or Ellie or another nn - at the end of the day, Isabelle and Isabel sound the same.


But it's up to you, of course ... there is nothing objectionable about Isabel.

August 28, 2018 03:16 PM
In Response to Baby girl name!

Exactly what I was going to say!