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From your list I love Otto, Rupert and Clement.
Augustine, Augustus, Clayton, Jasper, Titus (Tito?), Albus (maybe too Harry Potter) or Albin, Linus
Colin, Cedric, Cecil, Cyril
Darwin, Desmond, Dunkirk
Leonard (Leo), Leif, Laird, Leith, Lance
Martin, Milo, Miles, Malcolm
Oscar, Omar, Otto
Theodore, Titus, Titan,
My husband and I (both Chemistry majors) had a secret desire to name a boy Linus (Pauling), but at the end of the day we didn't have the guts. I still hope for a pet with that name.
Caleb or Calvin fit nicely into your set, but Cal seems too close to Kai.
Malcolm nicknamed Mal? (It'a a bit close to Malakai).
Ira, Asa or Ezra?
Max (Maxwell, Maximus, Maximillian?)
Kip, Chip (Christopher or almost anything)
I like Gus from Augustus and suspect the 's' won't be an issue.
Leo (Leon, Lenard, Gallileo)
Ben (Benedict, Benjamin, Bennett)
Win, Ed (Winston, Edwin)
Walt (Walter, Walton)
I had a large, speedy, football player named Ambrose in my class about 20 years ago. For this reason, the name does not seem at all feminine to me.
In today's world, where duplicate names are less common than they once were, this one blends in. And you can always pull up Ambrose Bierce quotes from the "Devil's Dictionary". They are hysterical.
Emma is more popular but easier to say and spell.
Alicia is less common, but harder to pronounce (as mentioned above).
Both are lovely, classic, feminine names that travel well.
Of the two, I prefer Emma, but only by a narrow margin.
I have thought about your previous column a great deal with the amount that politics has divided the country in recent years. (Trying very hard to write a reasonable apolitical comment!)
I think about it when I see the stats on marriages and who gets married. I bet if you could parse this data by parental age or education, you would see similar trends.
But you hafta show us the girl data too!
Maeve, Grace, Elise, Olive, Lauren, Maren, Lois, Ruth, Jane, Penelope
Wow! You've got lots to choose from!
Of this list, I'm partial to Navy Alyssa, Nora Jean and Violet Marie. Navy is a little out of my "I like fairly traditional names" but I LOVE the color blue. One of your pairs is acutally my cousin and her mother! I'm also a big fan of Alice and Pennelope/Penny.
To help you narrow it down: are there particular family members you want to honor? (For example: a beloved grandmother as opposed to the name of a distant cousin you've only met once or twice.) Do you have a partner who has an opinion? Will your "Atlee" be the third at a regular family gathering - is it too much? Do you have a sense of your style for boy names if you have another later on? (I think all of thes are girl names).
I suppose you could get to Johanna from Johna. Possibly Joab.
How about Romeo (Montague) and Juliet (Capulet) for a challenge?
Silas, Eli(jah), Elias, Dorian, Kurt, Isaiah, Isaac, Nolan, Oliver, Sawyer (Stylewise, I like Caleb and Calvin in this set, but no 'C'.)
In my workplace, the 'Susans' are retiring, one by one. They are being replaced by Chrises en masse. (The Chrises are split M/F, not so much the Susans.)
I tend to think of Robin as Batman's 'spare'.
Totally usable. Jackie Kennedy Onassis' daughter (stepdaughter? I'm unclear) is name Athina.
Of the two, I'd encourage you to go with Harlan. My name isn't pronounced the standard way (I use a long E, rhymes with begin) and it has caused no end of trouble. Thus, I'm not enthusiastic about a name that you aren't sure how to pronounce.
Neither of these names is really my style, so I'm not sure my opinion is the one you want to hang your hat on. If you are going to call the child Harley, why not name them Harley?
How about Ronan?
I'm guessing from the comments above that these names are from a book/movie/tv show I'm unfamiliar with. Are there other names that grab you from this series?
Ordinarily, I'd prefer Katherine, but in this case, I do think Kate sounds better.
No it isn't narcissistic to give your child her mother's name. My middle name is my mother's first name, and I'm the fifth one in a row to have that name. If I'd had a girl, she would have been the sixth.
So many questions come up when naming a twin (or subsequent sibling).
Do you want matching or non-matching syllables? Rhymes? Initials? Are you more conservative/traditional naming boys than girls? Anybody you'd like to honor?
I confess; I'm a fan of all of these; I'd add Elizabeth and Katherine (any spelling). Ruth made the short list for our kids, but we had boys!