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Alessia- very much not my style, so I have a hard time giving any feedback.
But as far as Eliza and Elizabeth- I think Eliza stands on its own no problem, and can easily be taken seriously (it has actually always struck me as a very serious name), though I have always preferred Elizabeth/Elisabeth.
If you went with the longer version you would have the option of Eliza as a nickname. If it was standing on its own, I prefer Eliza to Elisa for intuitive pronouciation (I can think of multiple ways to pronounce that).
George is definitely classic, but with David Lee in the middle the whole name does sound a little... dissapointing perhaps? Especially with sister Eloise. But with a taste in vintage/retro there should be plenty of options with flair.
Searches for vintage and retro names for boys included-
Calvin (one of my personal faves)
Linus (my husband thinks I'm crazy for liking this one, but I do)
Ernest (I am fond of this one too)
Just some ideas for inspiration :)
I agree with the previous poster- both seem like a solid choice and both go well with Rosalie in my opinion.
Rosalie and Mariella sound good together. Emberlyn seems like an odd choice for Rosalie's sister- its quite a different style- like the pp mentioned it is a very modern name.
I like it. It flows well. I can see Arlo aging well- being totally adorable on a baby and distinguished on an adult. I also like James in the middle slot with its classic style. I think its a solid choice.
Thank you all for your suggestions and encouragement!
Embarassingly, I found out tonight that I misunderstood DH about Geneva- he actually is not fond of it (which actually means that it would not have been the pick if it had come up last time). Its good closure anyway. Onward and upward in the name search! Hopefully I will be able to get a backup option in addition to Louisa. (Not to mention we may not need a girls name at all).
You don't sound nuts- not even close. Everybody has their own naming preferences, and they are not always even consistent (mine feel like they are never consistent). This is a decision that you will deal with for the rest of your life- any sane person would take that seriously.
I am no naming expert so I will leave the suggestions to the wise and knowledgeable gals here, but I just had to tell you that. Also to wish you good luck- I think finding the right name sometimes takes a little bit of luck.
Yes, I noticed that in the thread and would have edited my post to reflect that but I could not find any option to edit.
But it is amazing all of the name knowledge on these forums- I am learning new things already!
I have a name with 2 common spellings (and a variety of alternative spellings)- Sarah. I am always asked about which way I spell it everytime anyone needs to write my name down (well, not the pizza place...), and it does not bother me at all to say "with an H". Occassionally someone does not ask or still gets it wrong and while I feel disconnected from it, it is not a big deal (and usually very easy to add an h at the end). It actually bothers my Mom a lot more than me. If someone wrote my name as Cera that would definitely wierd me out but for the most part my odds are 50/50 they will get it right even without asking.
I also think there is something to to the idea that having your name look incomplete feels very different than having it utterly misspelled. Incomplete just doesn't feel as big of a deal.
My daughter has a name that nameberry describes as having a "musty 1940's feel" that has only one standard spelling (and I have never met or heard of another with her name that spells it any differently), but I am *always* asked how we spell her name (which is a bit of a hassle since it is 9 letters long). But, I wonder if the popularity of more unique spellings has made the question a standard one for all of those settings in which spelling a name correctly is important.
I actually shared your whole post with him and I think it got him thinking- thank you! Having a solid relatable example with Luna seems to be making a difference.
Thanks- that is what I suspected. I saw the movie once, but I did not remember the name from that. And really, as I recall its not like that character was evil or awful or anything anyway. I am just trying to convince DH that it does not have to affect anything.
I like it. It flows nicely and I have always had a soft spot for the name Theodore. Sounds like a winner to me!
For a person? I prefer Talia. It feels different but not too out-there. Looks and sounds lovely.
Personally, I associate Cleo more as being a name for pets though that may just be me. Also it has a diminutive feel to me, like it must be short for something. Chloe avoids that but has a slightly different sound. I have seen the spelling Clio before and while I am not usually fond of non-standard spelling, Clio also avoids the must-be-short-for-something vibe for me.
I am a little surprised no one brought up the association with the brand Ajax of all-purpose cleaners, it was the first thing I thought of when I saw that in the name.
The contrast of classic inital pair with the bold unexpected name in the 3rd slot was kinda fun though.
Names that have a similar feel to me as Ajax would include Axel, Diesel, Ace, Colt, Tiberius, Gauge, Magnum, Wesson, Harley, Huck, Viggo.
Sonnet is beautiful and I think the nn Sunny is adorable! It is rather different from your sons, but I think its legit to have different styles for girl names and boy names and that can be reflected in a family.
You should probably be prepared to initially get some raised eyebrows, though. I noticed some threads in which people initially balked when they met a child with the name or saw it on a birth announcement, but it grew on them. If that idea makes you uncomfortable, then it would be better in the middle, but if that works for you I say go for it!
Not sure how to convince a husband of that, but it may be worth a shot.
Im not the OP, but I just wanted to note that I appreciate the reminder.
And to add, as far as teasing goes, this diversity of names also translates into much less of a unique name causing teasing. It certainly won't eliminate it (some names *invite* teasing, like a baby girl named Smella), but in general I think it is less common. Not to mention that mean nicknames don't have to be related to a persons actual name at all- teasing may happen no matter what you name your kid, but unless you pick a particularly teasing-friendly name, I think the odds are low that the name itself will cause the teasing.
One other risk with the situation is if you end up having a falling out of some sort with the company it may color the way you feel about your child's name. I would say once your relationship with the company is over would be a much safer time to use it.
Are any of these on the right track?
Laszlo (does not rank in the top 100, same -o ending as Arlo and Oslo)
Odin (#383, strong O sound at the beginning instead of the end, another mythical choice like Ares)
Cassius (#602, can be pronounced with 2 or 3 syllables)
Cormac (does not rank)
Since I know someone in this exact situation, I just have to chime in. I have a dear friend who has a daughter Ana and a new (6mo) baby Emma. In practice the names are so similar she is now trying (in vain) to get her husband and older daughter to call the baby by her middle name as it is very subtle to hear the difference especially when you can't see her face (I never know which child she is talking about on the phone without context clues). I get the strong impression she has some regret about the situation.