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January 10, 2014 12:23 PM

Lydia Caroline Bell is the best to me. I love all the middle names with Lydia. I feel like Mary and Lydia are the same style and are equally beautiful and timeless. I feel like Ruth Bell isn't enough syllables, and I don't really care for Florence or Frances as first names. 

January 8, 2014 08:46 PM

Annie could also be short for Annika. I love Margot, Julia, and Clara from your list. I think nutcracker when I hear Clara, not the cow :)

January 8, 2014 08:39 PM
In Response to Emerson- girl or boy?

It sounds boyish to me, but I think it has become mostly a girl name to most. It could really go wither way. I would suggest a clearly masculine or feminine middle name if you go with Emerson. I love when people use their family last names for first names! I don't like it so much when people use unrelated last names as first names.

November 25, 2013 03:43 PM

Both are great names, I think you are overthinking it :) With a world of possibilities, committing to just 2 is so hard.

October 17, 2013 12:12 PM

I think Hannah Andrews is a gorgeous name. I don't find it too matchy at all, if anything the first and last name compliment eachother. The hard part is choosing a name with another person. I have had to let go of favorites because I couldn't get DH on board. Good Luck!

October 17, 2013 12:09 PM

I do this everytime I am about to have a baby, and I am having my fifth. No name is "perfect". Cassidy is a beautiful name that goes with your other daughters names and it is seasoned, so you know you have liked it for a while. I think you are more likely to regret choosing another name last minute than going with the one you have liked for a while.

It helps me to stand back and realize that in the grand scheme of things a name won't affect their life or destiny that much as long as it is a good name. I am really happy with all of my kids' names even though I got cold feet every time, even after the birth. There is just so much pressure for the name to be "perfect"

I really do like Avery, Sydney, and Cassidy together. They are all the same style, but distinct from eachother. Good luck with your decision!

October 2, 2013 11:31 AM

My friend had this same debate with her husband and her daughters are Naomi and Natalia, both of which are beautiful. I also like Lydia, Lucia, Gabriella, and Mary.

Good Luck!

September 30, 2013 12:37 PM
In Response to It's a boy!

I just wanted to add that Thomas is still a family name that means a lot to me so first name is my first priority

September 30, 2013 12:35 PM
In Response to It's a boy!

Thanks for your input. I am planning on using my maiden name as a middle. I love how family names tie the generations together. However, if I do go with Gideon I would go with Thomas as a middle, just because the initials would be unfortunate. I don't think Gideon is common enough that it should matter too much, and a more common name might balance it out.

I really think our two favorites that we can agree on are Gideon and Quentin. Deciding between those two is proving nearly impossible.

September 30, 2013 11:10 AM
In Response to It's a boy!

I don't mind the Old Testamnet connections, in a way I like it. I have vetoed any names that are other tribes of Israel though so no Benjamin or Levi!

September 30, 2013 10:37 AM

I love, Soren, August, and Silas. I feel like they are strong and not common, and go well with Astrid.


I adore Claudia! It has always been one of my favorites. Out of your boy names, I like Milo and Felix the best. Milo slightly better than Felix, but it's close. Good Luck!

May 7, 2013 10:57 AM
In Response to Fourth Daughter...

That's funny, I always considered Madeleine and Lydia to be more similar because they are such old, classic names and Annika to be the outlier because it is relatively new. Madeleine and Annika both come from our Scandanavian heritage so I considered them similar in that way. I never thought Lydia and Annika would be grouped together. It's funny how much your own view colors your perceptions.

May 6, 2013 02:15 PM
In Response to Fourth Daughter...

I have suddenly fallen in love with Clarissa, do you think this name sounds good with my other daughters? I know it ends in a, but it is so strong and beautiful to me.

March 26, 2013 09:21 AM
In Response to Fourth Daughter...

Thank you so much for your help everyone! I still feel so up in the air about this, but have a while to decide. I want to find a name I love for the individual too, not just a name that "goes" with her sisters.

March 22, 2013 12:49 PM
In Response to Fourth Daughter...

thank you for the suggestions! I love several. Many are the same as my neices. I do like Vivian, but I have a hard time imagining a child with that name, it could grow on me though. I also like Juliet, but Romeo and Juliet is such a tragic story, it almost feels like bad luck

March 22, 2013 11:43 AM

I love both, but especially Bianca. I would so use it if my husband liked it!

September 21, 2012 02:16 PM

I also wanted to add that Will Smith is also a Willard. He even named his fist son after himself and his father.

August 17, 2012 03:04 PM

I really like the Ahn version too, so I really don't mind when she gets called Ahnika, I find Aneeka to be truly grating, and her doctor's office so many people have said it that way! I never thought that would happen.

I even got asked yesterday if we chose it because of star wars. Yes, I like Darth Vader that much :)

I really do love the name and I feel like the good outweighs the bad.

I have thought about saying it is the Danish version, but I feel weird going into a long explaination about name origins and pronounciations. I find names fascinating, but a lot of people just go with their first impressions.

Thank you, everyone for responding.

August 17, 2012 12:06 PM

Thank you so much for all of your help. I really try to name my children with great care and it helps to have the opinions of others who do too.

I like the idea of letting her choose how to pronounce her name, I agree that pronounciation is a fluid thing. My husband is named Paul and it is pronounced differently all over too.

My daughter Madeleine gets called Made-line all the time, and for some reason it doesn't bother me. So far she STRONGLY prefers Madeleine to Maddie which really surprises and delights me.

I guess it's a good thing we have a super common last name :)