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March 31, 2018 11:31 PM
In Response to Due in a few days

I think all three first name options are lovely and work well with your surname, so you can't go wrong there. 

Of your first middle combos Hazel Margaret is far and away my favorite.

Violet Skye falls into Adjective Noun territory, which is a no go for me name-wise. Violet June, Hazel June, and Lily Sonnet are bordering on the same problem - enough that it would stop me using them but not so much that I feel compelled to tell you not to use them. Are you willing to consider just Mae as a middle name? Because I think Violet Mae could work for you.

My choices for you would be, in order of preference;

Hazel Margaret

Lily Beatrix

Violet Mae

Lily Margaret

March 22, 2018 12:29 AM
In Response to Brother for Bastian

Oooh, that's a fun theme for a sibset! I can offer some names that have been on my list but vetoed by the husband:

Caspian, Thorin, Olivander

I think they're identifiably fantasy but still wearable, if that makes sense. I'm sure there are others here with more suggestions. Are there any books/series that you're particularly fond of? 

March 22, 2018 12:16 AM

Yes, the Diti in question was part of a Hasidic community that was largely Ashkenazim, but her mother was Russian. I don't know if that influenced the Hebrew v Yiddish pronunciation of her name. Thanks for explaining!

March 21, 2018 02:12 PM

I can't think of any reason not to name your baby Judith. I know several, most of whom are baby boomers, but one is a former student who would be about 20 now. She was part of a Hasidic family and went by Diti as a nickname. I might assume a young Judith was Jewish but that's likely just due to my personal associations rather than a broader cultural one.

Other J names that might work; Jillian, Jocelyn, Josie

March 20, 2018 04:02 PM

Yes! I totally agree with what Natasha-Rhiannon and the Hungarians are saying here. Case in point - my middle daughter uses a nn that is contained in her full name but neither of my other children do. I have E1ena nn Lulu and Ju1ian nn Jude. 

March 20, 2018 03:50 PM

I too have been wondering about Miriam, thank you for updating us. Please let her know that we are thinking of her and wishing her well. 

March 15, 2018 04:33 PM

It was just a name I liked. We live in Oregon, I don't think it's terribly popular here. As I said we've met two other Rosalie's that were generations apart. My daughter is 4 btw.

March 14, 2018 08:02 PM

I have a Rosalie who mostly goes by Rosie. We haven't had any confusion over her name and comments are always positive. There are two others we've met in our mid-size city, one who is about 7 and one in her 70's. It's a great name and seems to fit your criteria.

I agree with what others have said regarding Scarlett and Evelyn, though they are nice names they don't seem to fit your criteria as well.

others that might work for you and have been on my own lists; Emilia, Eloise, Eleanor, Lillian, Jocelyn

March 14, 2018 07:13 PM
In Response to Twin Name Help!!

Um, I think it may be a creative spelling of the cheese? If remember correctly it's spelled Neufchâtel.

March 11, 2018 10:45 AM
In Response to Theodora or Meredith?

I just want to say that I think Theodora Eve is lovely!

March 8, 2018 11:37 AM
In Response to Twin Name Help!!

Congrats on your twins! I also want to say that I think your son has a fantastic name. :)

With an unusual name like Zinnia I would be inclined to use something more classic for a middle. I think Zinnia Catherine is beautiful and gives her lots of options as she grows.

For your boy twin, I think Alexander is totally usable (and a wonderful namesake) especially if you go by Sasha. Around the house I assume your name is mostly Mom anyway. If you want to stay away from Alexander as a first name you could use it in the middle slot and follow a similar pattern as for your girl - a more unusual first name followed by a classic middle. Raphael Alexander? Or even Romeo. I think use of this a given name really varies depending on culture. I have met more than one Romeo so even though I was an actress for years (and played Juliet more than once) I think it is not too Shakespearean to use.

February 25, 2018 11:55 PM

I agree with others, you don't sound nuts. Not here! :)

My primary association for Delilah is biblical, even though I'm an atheist raised by atheists. You may want to avoid that one if you don't want bible names.

My faves from your initial list are Fiona and Gemma, both have been on my own lists and either pairs nicely with Harriet and fits with your existing children. If you don't find a name you really love that jumps out as THE ONE, either of these could be a good choice.

Some other ideas for you: Helen, Elena, Eleanor, Nora, Rose, Iris, Dahlia, Delia, Adelaide

February 25, 2018 11:30 PM

Katherine for me is a classic name with a slightly posh imperious feel. Primary associations - Katherine the Great, Kate from The Taming of the Shrew, the Duchess of Cambridge, and my mother. Much like Elizabeth it is too common and classic to have a single overriding association, has many nickname options, and will age well.

My only significant association for Gwyneth is Paltrow, but I don't think that's a negative. I second Lucubratrix's suggestion of Gwendolyn as a name that carries characteristics of both names and sits in the middle stylistically. Also, I know a little girl named Gwynne and she wears it well.

A point of interest for my fellow name enthusiasts; growing up I knew a girl named Gwynedd, pronounced just like Gwyneth. I was told that was the Welsh spelling but I have no idea if that's true. Her brother was Dafydd, pronounced David.

February 22, 2018 11:10 PM

My top picks from this list are Caroline and Elizabeth to go with your surname. Runner up would be Julia.

I have seen Bewitched but had no idea about the actress' name until this thread. I don't think that association is worth bothering about if Elizabeth is the name you like. It's not like naming her Beyoncé or something, few people will notice and likely none will say anything.

February 11, 2018 12:10 AM
In Response to Elizabeth vs Veronica

I love Elizabeth, it's my oldest daughter's middle name. Veronica is not my style, but there's nothing inherently wrong with it. I know two Veronicas - one is in her 30's and Dominican and uses Vero as a nn, the other is 7 and white American and uses the nn Ronnie almost exclusively. 

If these are the names you love, use them with confidence. 

As another poster mentioned, Charlotte or Victoria would be a bit much with sister Elizabeth especially in the U.K.

February 7, 2018 12:07 AM

Let's see...

Oliver + Winn + Finn makes me think of Owen, Oswyn, Ollivander, Phinneas/Finneas, Flynn

Everett + Bennett makes me think of Elliott, Brett, Rhett, 

Other names that might appeal - Corbin, Colwin, Simon, Declan, Emeric

I think my fave for you from this group would be Oswyn. It gets you Wynn as a nickname, or Ozzie, and has a similar Celtic feel to Rowan. It's definitely not common, but should be fairly easy to pronounce or spell. Perhaps with a more familiar C name in the middle to go with your other two. Oswyn Charles?

February 6, 2018 12:29 AM

I likely wouldn't assume someone with any of these names spoke Spanish, though I might think twice about Beatriz only because that's the Spanish spelling.

My daughter is Elena and she loves her name. She was named in honor of a dear friend Alena, who exclusively goes by Leni (lay-nee). One person, a pen pal, did ask my daughter if we were Spanish. No one else has brought it up, but my girl looks like Pippi Longstocking - not terribly Latina.

I encourage you to use the name you like the best, rather than choosing a Spanish one just because it's Spanish. You are already keeping one of her birth names to honor her heritage and I'm sure will educate her about it in other ways. 

Calliope is a name that could be a great fit or could be a headache, depending on the person wearing it. I'm familiar with the muse and the instrument but the only pop culture association I have is Calliope Day, daughter of Felicia Day, who was born last year. 

Lidia/Lydia is much like Beatriz/Beatrice or Elena for me, a lovely name with rich history that travels well in different languages. You can't go wrong with any of the names you've listed - so which one do you like best?

February 5, 2018 09:29 PM
In Response to Honor Name puzzle

Thanks Lucubratrix!

My concern with using Tru3 itself is the same as using Theodore. All of the subsequent bearers of the name are problematic and I don't want to distress my dad. I may yet go that route with some explanation. 

Trudy or Truda seem the best options from the suggestions so far - similar enough to be recognizable without being exactly the same. As a bonus; great-grandfather Tru3's wife was Gertrude so it would be a twofer. She was exclusively called Gertie and I just can't go there for a child. 

The other suggestions to use things associated with my great-grandfather besides his name are certainly good ideas but wouldn't work in this case. I never knew him personally even though I admire him. 

thanks for the ideas everyone!

February 5, 2018 09:04 PM
In Response to Honor Name puzzle

I realize that most uses of the word are not going to be name related, my concern was that the word in combination with other family names may come up in a search. And as I said, the family situation is fraught.

February 2, 2018 05:31 PM

Well you've both pretty much nailed our style! We do tend to prefer names with a long history of use, that are familiar but not super common. Many of your suggestions have been on our list before, so I guess sticking to the same style won't be a problem.

When compiling our last baby name list I relied heavily on the Medieval list from Behind The Name. That seems to be the biggest overlap area in the venn diagram between my taste and my husband's. I'm hoping that he'll be ready to be a bit more adventurous with number four if we get that far. 

Thank you for sharing your thoughts!