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December 17, 2018 01:46 PM

I think that if you love Mabel the best, and your DH is letting you choose, then that might be your girl's name. But I understand that feeling of not wanting to make a final choice - I felt like that with each of my kids' names. It always takes me a little while after they're born to get used to the name, too.

I do like Alice for you as well (in fact, I vastly prefer to Alice to Mabel personally) and wouldn't worry too much about how common it is (for what it's worth, I'm in Australia as well and the only Alice I know is my husband's 96-year-old great-aunt). I feel like it's a better fit with your boys'names, too.



December 17, 2018 01:29 PM
In Response to Sibling name help!

I quite like the names Natalie and Calvin - they're both good, solid choices, classy but not trendy. So perhaps you want to find something similar for your 3rd child?


Girls: Hannah, Erica, Alison, Joanna, Fiona, Tara, Philippa, Claire, Rebecca, Andrea, Laura or Lauren, Julia


Boys: Stephen, Robert, Adrian, Gregory, Marcus, Luke, Jonathan, Simon, Owen, Xavier, David, Paul

December 12, 2018 11:37 PM
In Response to Brother for Nolan

Are there any names that you do like? I'd probably avoid using another "ends in n" name, especially if you're using John as a middle and your last name ends in n also.

Nolan is a surname-name, so I'd perhaps either use another surname-name that's solidly masculine (i.e. not something like Riley or Avery that could be a girls' name) or a traditional boys' name. Cooper, Archer or Fletcher come to my mind, or something like William or Edward depending on which direction you would want to go. Pretty much any name will sound good with John as a middle, so I don't think that should be a huge concern.


December 12, 2018 02:27 PM

Have you thought about using Raphael, but spelling it Rafael? The sound is obviously still the same, but it's less TMNT to me, and even less so if you use Raff or Rafe as a nn.

December 12, 2018 02:35 AM
In Response to Help with dog name!

No, wait, not Quincy - Quimby! I see you put Quincy in your original, but I assume you meant Ramona Quimby (unless there is a Ramona Quincy in children's literature?)

December 11, 2018 02:08 PM
In Response to Help with dog name!

She sounds beautiful - I just love border collies. I really like the suggestion of Fern - that seems to suit your dog's calm, maternal nature (I don't know why, I just see ferns as being soft and gentle plants). Otherwise Ramona is a great suggestion - or you could use Quincy (or Beatrice - maybe "Queen Bea" because of her regal nature).

December 10, 2018 05:58 PM
In Response to Twin Girls Names!!!

Well, your situation is already different to mine, so what has worked for me may not for you. But in answer to your specific questions, my twins are in the same room. They spent 9 weeks in NICU/Special care, and I think they must've gotten used to all the noise and bright lights, because they're pretty good sleepers. Also, I was still breast-feeding (with formula top-ups)  when we brought them home, so it was easier to have them in the same room with me for night-time feeds.

Now they're just on formula and have just started sleeping though the night (at 6 months corrected) so when my husband has some time off over Christmas, we're going to move them into their own room.


As for your son, it will depend a lot of his age and personality. My first two were 4 & 5, one at school and one at kindy, and they've coped quite well. And my son, aged one and a half when his sister was born, also coped quite well - but then he's very independent. My daughter has enjoyed helping with the babies - holding bottles, choosing their clothes, things like that, and my son just likes playing with them. They've both also liked having special time with grandparents, aunts and uncles and other friends who take them out (and spoil them rotten!) so I can have a break, especially during the school holidays.


As for the names, Ella and Lina would work well. I'm not sure about Izzy though - maybe Bella is better as a short form of Isabelle?


And I know you already explained about Pheobe, but I just wanted to point out that I didn't even realise it was misspelled in your first post - I just read Phoebe. I think if you do decide to use it, you should be prepared for it to be misspelled a lot.

December 10, 2018 02:08 PM
In Response to Twin Girls Names!!!

Wow - you are brave! I had twins earlier this year and while they are actually really good babies (much easier than my older two were) it is a huge job for my husband and me. I can't imagine doing it on my own, and there's no way I'd entertain moving overseas so soon after. I hope you have lots of support, both in New York and then in Paris.


I think you have some lovely choices for the names. As far as I'm aware the trend in France is for short, sweet and international names, rather than traditional French choices, so I don't know how names like Isabelle, Adeline or Eleonore would be received there. But certainly in an English-speaking context, they would work beautifully.


The only thing I would avoid is using a name like Mackenzie. If I met a sibset with names Ben, Mackenzie and Adeline (or Abigail, Rose etc) I wouldn't be certain whether Mackenzie was a boy or a girl.


December 9, 2018 11:28 PM

Hmm, my original reply seems to have disappeared? But you must have seen it because you replied to it!


I think you can definitely use Ian as a nn for Gideon. But Eon is actually not too bad, I think ... I could see it working as a word name. You could also use Deon - or Deo? But Ian is certainly not too much of a stretch.

December 9, 2018 08:43 PM

I was thinking of you the other day and Gideon popped into my head as a name that would complement your sons nicely. So it's good to see it on your short list.

I think Elliott is also a good choice for you - I've also seen Lio as a nn for it, I wonder if you like that - otherwise Otto is a pretty great nn. If you don't mind the alliteration, I also like Dominic for you. Along those lines (i.e. a D name!) have you considered Dashiell? That seems like it might be a good fit.

December 9, 2018 08:34 PM

I think Gavin is fine with Liam, and if you and husband both like it, I think you have your boy's name!

December 6, 2018 10:38 PM

I can't say that any of the names you like are my style, so I don't know if I'll be much help. One thing I will suggest is to use the most common spelling of a name - some names on your list are spelled differently. Oakley, Tatum, Emerson and Thane would make your child's life easier.


I'm not sure about Creighton - is it Cray-ton or Cry-ton? Leighton I think is Lay-ton but could be Lee-ton? And Zayde - I haven't heard this before. 


I think Sawyer is the best choice from your boys' list - again, not my style, but there's nothing too bad about it. Thane (this spelling) would be good also. For the girls, I think I prefer Tatum or Emerson (with these spellings).


December 6, 2018 10:29 PM

Lovely name, glad you got there in the end! It was fun to share the journey with you!

December 5, 2018 02:30 PM

If there are other names you like, I'd probably avoid having two sisters named Violet and Rose. If you happen to have a third, you'd be limited in choosing a name that complements your first two.


Some ideas for names that have a similar feel to Rose but not the floral/colour associations:

Claire, Alice, Phoebe, Jane, Laura, Fay or Faith, Ella or Bella. I really want to suggest Maeve aswell but that reminds me too much of mauve to go with Violet!


Otherwise, you could use Mary Rose nn Rosie?

December 4, 2018 12:49 PM

Have you considered using Swift rather than Taylor? To my ears, Katherine-Swift would work much better than Katherine-Taylor - the 2-1 syllable flow isn't as jarring as the 2-2 of Katherine-Taylor, and Swift as the second part of the name is a nice balance to the traditional Katherine.


You could do Florence-Swift as well, but the "ce" ending of Florence runs into the S of Swift for me, so it doesn't work as well.

December 3, 2018 09:50 PM

I'm not sure what I prefer from this, really. I think if you really want to use Taylor hyphenated with another name, then Taylor-Jean is the best choice. Then you can use Katherine or Catherine as the middle name, which gives the combo a clearly feminine name to counter the androgeny of the first name.


However, I do still prefer Katherine on its own as a first name, both on its own merits and as a sister to Stella, Jacob and Genevieve. I'm also not keen on initial nns but each to their own. I would pronounce KT differently to Katie.


Florence-Taylor has the same issues as Katherine-Taylor (sounding like fn-ln). I don't know ... I just don't love 2 2-syllable names together. That's why I prefer Taylor-Jean. Florence isn't one of my favourites - I vastly prefer Katherine - but if it has meaning to you, by all means use it as there's nothing actually wrong with it.

December 2, 2018 07:15 PM

I don't see any problem with using Georgia as a sister to Hudson. In fact, I think they complement each other very well - distinct sounds, clearly gendered (although I'm sure some have used Hudson for girls, it's overwhelmingly male), familiar names, currently well-used but not completely modern inventions. If your husband's only hesitation with Georgia is that it doesn't "match" Hudson, I think you have a convincing case to the contrary.


Of course there might be some association of Hudson and Georgia which I'm not aware of!


Edited to add: I forgot about your last name. Georgia Porter is an almost-rhyme, at least in my Australian accent, but it isn't terrible at all - I find the repeating cadence quite charming, actually.


However, if he actually dislikes Georgia, that's a different story. Your other choices are also lovely, although I would use a formal name for Libby (perhaps Elizabeth, Lisbeth, Lydia or Liberty). Stella is great, and I like Britta very much - although I find Britta Porter more problematic than Georgia Porter.

December 1, 2018 09:44 PM

Congratulations on your two! I'm glad you decided easily on their names and realised the extra significance of Robin - what a lovely story you can tell him later on.


As a fellow NICU twin mum I know you'll have a journey ahead, and I wish you strength for the coming weeks. It's definitely not an easy road, especially with an older child/ren. Take care of yourself and enjoy those beautiful babies.

December 1, 2018 12:28 PM

I think Catherine is a great choice to fit in with your other kids' names. However, I just don't love Catherine-Taylor - it absolutely sounds like first name-last name to me. I'd suggest that if you really want to use both names, drop the hyphen and use Taylor as the middle. You can still call her Catherine Taylor if you want, or Katie Tay or whatever you want to.


If you want Taylor in the first spot, Taylor-Jean is your best bet.


FWIW, my first name is hyphenated  (it's a traditional French name) and as an adult I only go by the first part because it makes life much easier.

November 30, 2018 08:20 PM

I'm so glad to hear from you - I was wondering how you were going. I hope everything goes smoothly for you tomorrow.


I like Robin Leszek because I think Leszek is a pretty great name to use as a middle. Aron is fine but doesn't flow as well with Robin.


I do quite like Sascha, but I feel like Willem or Anders probably works best in the sibset. I prefer the flow of Willem Peter, but Anders is a more distinctive name (I think Willem would be mistaken for William A LOT).


And edited to add: Robin and Willem together make me think of Robin Williams. That may not be a problem to you, but I wouldn't do it myself.


So my vote is for Robin Leszek and Anders Peter.