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The names you have already chosen strike me as very Irish. I don't know where you are, so can't tell what's popular there, but here are some ideas based on what you already have:
Connor (too similar to Colin?)
from your list my favorite is by far Finn, but where I am it's really popular so I'm not sure if I would use it myself.
My preferred spelling is Katerina, I had a cat with that name for nearly 15 years and she was fantastic. :)
Having been a comedia performer I think the connotations for Harlequin are much different than Bozo. Bozo is also used as a slang term to mean idiot or buffoon, in addition to the name of the classic clown. Harlequin is a different sort of clown and has the added associations of romance novels and comic books to dilute the effect. Another association to be aware of is Kevin Smith's daughter, whose first name is Harley and middle name Quinn as a deliberate comic book reference.
Harlequin is not a name I would use myself, not at all my style, but I don't think any of the associations are deal breakers. Just things you should take the time to consider. If you've done so and the name still feels like the right one to you, use it with confidence. It's not any more "out there" than many other names in use right now.
From your list Graciela is my fave. I'll also offer Beatriz and my daughter's name, Elena.
I get a kind of cute modern vibe from your names, and both end in -ly. Keeping in that vein here are some ideas;
Me too! I have a vague feeling that there's a Shakespearean sibset with those names? But I may be imagining it.
If you want to use another J name maybe Jacob, Judah, Jasper, Joseph, or Jack would suit. Continuing the nature theme for a middle name I like Cedar, Stone, Ocean, Moss. My pick for you would be Joseph Cedar. Hope that helps!
Hi all, thanks again for your help in the naming process. I'm stopping by, very belatedly, to announce the arrival of Julian Josse nn Jude. He was born in April and is as cheerful and chubby as one could wish for.
I agree with the others, you're overthinking this. Either Eloise or Susanna would be charming with sister Lucille. The nicknames you mention don't sound too rhymey to my ear, and are unlikely to be a problem given that there are multiple options for each name.
Katherine and most of its nicknames or variants are timeless. No need to worry about date stamping. I know a Catherine, who exclusively goes by Kate, who is 4. And totally adorable. I think you can use this name with confidence.
Hah! I was wondering if anyone would mention that connection. I actually know Jerry "Tycho" Holkins and his wife in real life. He's a good guy so it wouldn't bother me for people to think we had named after him.
Laura V - Yes! Exactly.
NNames - I was going more for medieval than modern, but that works too. :)
I think Ulysses is totally useable as a first name, depending on your comfort level with unusual names. As a middle name it's fantastic, especially with the family connection to Grant.
A friend of mine named her baby girl Myrna about 6 months ago. Certainly not my style, but apparently it's in use. Little Myrna has an older brother Oliver. :)
I agree with lucubratrix - both about Th0rv@ld being my personal preference, and about the idea of honoring mom's side of the family since the surname is from dad's.
Another idea i didn't see mentioned, using two middle names. St3ll@n Th0rv@ld L3sz3k Surname is a mouthful, but not unusable and you get both honor names in there.
Thanks everyone for your input! I was not expecting such overwhelmingly positive feedback. And in a total shocker when I ran it by hubs he thought it was ok. Tycho is officially on the short list!
lucubratrix, I owe you an email. For now though, baby is doing great & seems to have a distressing talent for kickboxing. Or possibly gymnastics.
as an aside; if this baby does not get named Tycho I will be so tempted to create a work of fiction starring twins Tycho & Tesla nn Ty & Tess. I think their parents are hipsters.
Good to know! I doubt many Americans would know or use the Swedish pronunciation, as I've only ever heard it said TIE-ko. And I don't think it would bother me if someone did say it differently on occasion.