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June 26, 2019 03:56 PM

It's not my style, but I see no problems here.  If you like it, go for it!

June 26, 2019 03:54 PM

Noel and Sylvia are lovely.  If those are the names you like, go for it!


Other ideas:  Mary, Sarah, Margaret, Ann, Vera

Paul, Conrad, Peter, Simon, Victor

June 25, 2019 12:17 PM

Another vote for Lauren.  Two one-syllable names in a row is jarring to my ear.

June 25, 2019 12:13 PM

In 12 years of teaching where I see an entire wlementary school's worth of children each week, I have not known a single child to be called Willy.  Many called Will, several full Williams, a few who used Liam, but never a Willy.  You really don't have to be worried about that in 2019.  If William/Will is your favorite, go with that.


Your husband likes John, but it's too plain for you.  Might Ian (the celtic form of John) be a good compromise?  

February 10, 2019 08:06 AM
In Response to Twin daughters names










February 4, 2019 04:27 PM

I agree that Peter is out unless you actively want to name your son for your brother.  Reuben Abelyn is far to similar sounding for my tastes.  Titus is a VERY different feel from your other kids' names.  










January 24, 2019 11:47 AM

I like Leo a lot, but when paired with Jack all I can think about is Leo DiCaprio in Titanic.


Of your picks, Charlie is my favorite by far.  In 12 years of teaching elementary school music, I've only known two, so I don't think of it as being particularly popular.  I'll like it even better if it's a nickname for Charles.

January 21, 2019 12:39 PM

I agree with these gaps.

January 21, 2019 12:31 PM
In Response to Andi for a girl??

As an exclusively Kate, I would feel naked without being a Katherine formally and legally.  



I agree with many of the other posters - I prefer a full name legally, with nicknames for everyday.  My choice for Andi are Andrea, Andromeda, or Cassandra.

January 17, 2019 06:39 AM
In Response to Twins due in April

I'll be the voice of dissent.  Knowing they are honor names makes it more acceptable.  My main objection was not the pot reference, but the fact that Maryjane is already a name.  It felt like you were splitting up one name for two little girls.  You have two honor names that stylistically fit together nicely.  While twins start their lives as a pair, for most of their time on earth they will interact with people who have no idea that they even have a twin. 


For reference, I went to high school with a girl whose first and middle names were Mary Jane who went exclusively by Janie.  I don't recall any pot related teasing (though that may well have happened when she was younger). 

I have been teaching elementary school music for 12 years.  In that time, I've had one Mary, a few Marias, and no Janes.  I would welcome hearing more of these old-fashioned, plain names.

January 17, 2019 06:20 AM

I think you have a really solid list.  I like them best in this order:

1.  Sylvia

2.  Cora

3.  Stella

4.  Elaina (though if it were spelled Elena I would prefer it to Stella)

5.  Sienna


Once you find some middle name pairings you like with these, you can always go into the hospital with a short list and wait until actually meet her to see what fits. 

January 4, 2019 09:24 AM

GAB could easily get to Gabe.


My vote would be for Trey.

December 9, 2018 10:04 AM

Congrats!  Your girls' names have a little bit of and old-fashioned, European feel to me, so I tried to think of boys names that give me some of the same impressions.  I also included some 7-letter names.

8 Letter names:  Nicholas, Marshall, Jonathan, Anderson, Campbell, Broderic, Benedict, Matthias


7 Letter names:  Orlando, Ezekial, William, Emerson, Evander, Richard

December 2, 2018 09:51 AM
In Response to Name for a girl

I'm not generally a fan of both names ending in A, but of your choices, I prefer Veronica Laura.  If you are open to reversing the order both Laura Anastasia and Emma Anastasia are more pleasing to my ear.  Potential alternatives: Laurel/Lauren or Emily/Emmaline.

November 30, 2018 05:40 PM


Delphine was my favorite of your original short list, and I think Zinnia Delphine is just lovely.  

November 30, 2018 05:22 PM

I LOVE Robin for a boy!  Of the two middle name options, I prefer Leszek, even though I'm not 100% sure of it's pronunciation.  Robin Aron is too sing-songy for me.


Now for twin two.  All three choices are solid, so I can understand why it's a particularly hard decision.  

Sascha: Has the same traditional/unisex feel as Robin.   Stell@n would share a the starting letter with one little brother, and the ending letter with the other little brother - a nice connection.  But some people prefer a different initial for each child.

Willem:  seems like a good stylistic bridge between Stell@n and Robin.  Would give all three boys very similar endings.  Too similar for my liking, but I know LOTS of families who wouldn't be bothered.

Anders: This is my favorite.  It brings some panache to Peter in the middle name slot.  Stylistically it fits right in with both Robin and Stell@n.


Congrats and good luck!

October 30, 2018 10:05 AM

I personally own three copies, and it's my standard baby shower book.  Librarians are the best!

October 30, 2018 06:20 AM

Each Peach Pear Plum is my all time favorite children's book, and it never occured to me that it's British!  I always just accepted it as a close-enough sort of rhyme!

October 12, 2018 09:00 AM
In Response to Thoughts on a name

Madyn sticks out to me from the proposed sibling names, as well.  And I'm another who would assume it's pronounced like Hayden.  I think having Madyn be a nickname for Madelyn completely solves those problems. 

October 3, 2018 06:46 AM

Abby - two of my all time favorite students are named Abby/Abbie


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