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For me and my family it would be too close, but I don't think it's horribly so and I think the more important point is that you and your husband are comfortable with it. Depending on your daughter's age you might ask her opinion too and see if she would mind as she's the other person really affected (but if she's under about 5 that probably won't work). You might want to consider if you like Ian because of it's similarity in sound to the end of Lillian, often that's the case when choosing names for subsequent children.
I do agree with what cm said that if you have a few options you're considering I'd eliminate Ian on the basis of similarity but if it's the only name you agree on or the one you both love above all others then go for it.
Like many others my first association is with the Frasier character (which is not necessarily a good or bad thing, and at any rate is an association that wouldn't be relevant to her peers), and I also agree that if you want a Lil- name it makes a nice change from all the Lilys, Lillians, Lilianas etc.
However as you asked for our opinions purely on the sound of the name I'd have to say I don't really care for it. For me the -ith names (Judith, Edith, Meredith) are a bit too far on the fusty side of the fusty-vintage scale and I don't love the Lil- family of names either (I think just because of over-saturation in my area it's hard to be excited by them) so overall the sound of it doesn't appeal to me. Having said that I do think it would fit in pretty well with current naming trends and if I liked the name then the religious connotations would not put me off.
Congratulations! I am also selfishly excited that we get to help, and very pleased June Joanna is the front runner.
I agree with rfb and EVie; criteria can be useful if you have a whole load of names but in your situation where it is so difficult to find a single boys name you can agree on I would have only the most basic criteria (eg initials don't spell something awful).
I feel like Silas fits well with the set stylistically and I don't think I would ever notice the syllable difference. I also agree with what EVie said about the nickname, one will happen organically or if not there's nothing wrong with him just being Silas.
Having said that I don't think you need to agree now and be done, especially as you're not completely sold. I'd say put Silas on the list as a strong contender (or even as the one to beat) but there's not reason not to also keep looking at/thinking about the other names you like.
Oh my gosh yes the Kreg thing is also confusing: 'ai' does not = e people! :p
My other one is Aaron and Erin being said basically the same, again with watching tv shows I will sit confused going 'wait is that man called Erin?? That's just weird' and it always takes me a minute to remember that it'll just be Aaron. (I say Ah-Ron and Eh-Rin where the Ah is like the start of Apple and the Eh is like the start of Elephant)
For me it's better than your previous Selena Lana/Lana Selena question but still not great on flow together due to the repeated l/le and n sounds. Seems like you like Selena more so I'd say go with that for the first and pick a middle with more distinct sounds. It would also be worth considering the last name for the overall sound.
Yeah see Violet is three for me the same as Violette and Viola (VIE-oh-Let), I don't think there's any real rhyme or reason to it.
Getting more off topic but at the top of my list of 'American name pronunciations that are baffling' is Graham, I have no idea how anyone can look at that name and say it in one syllable. Honestly for years I thought that the things for making s'mores were gram crackers as I only ever heard it said on TV/movies and never saw it written down, I was so confused when I finally visited North America and tried to find them in a shop. (Here it's said GRAY-am, with the h kind of voiceless at the start of the second syllable, I don't know the technical term for that.)
June Joanna is a great choice, I've only come to like it more the more I've read through this thread. You have to update us when you find out the sex.
I don't know if the OP is a nickname/use middle names person but I actually think Junie Jo could be a very sweet family nickname, and June Joanna works for me said in a stern 'you're in trouble now' voice which is really the most important use of a middle name imo ;)
I think you have a very strong shortlist there, can't go wrong! I love your alliterative middle name tradition.
As far as personal preference I really like Freya and Beatrix is great for the number of nickname options. I'd probably go for Emrys from the boy list as I have a soft spot for that name but all are good choices, hopefully baby will look completely like one of the names upon arrival; I look forward to finding out what you go with. :)
British accent here and I'd say Adelaide with three syllables (Add-UH-laid). Beatrix would be three syllables if I was saying it "properly" (Bee-uh-trix) but honestly I would have to make an effort to do that in normal conversation because my lazy inclination is to squash the first two down to one (Beer-trix). As a further question is Beatrice also three syllables for you then?
I don't think Selena Lana or Lana Selena flow particularly well, for me the repeated 'l' and 'n' sounds make it too choppy; Lana Selena works marginally better for me because then you have that 'Se' syllable in the middle to break them up. So I would not use both, although an argument could be made that for the majority of people middle names disappear or are reduced to an initial in daily life and if both names have a lot of significance to you that could trump the fact that it's not the best sound. But if they're just names that you like I'd say pick your favourite for the first name and find a different middle.
Of the two I much prefer Lana, although not for any objective reason, I just like the sound/feel of saying it better. The only objective reason I can think of is that Selena has a couple of pronunciation options (LEE or LAY in the middle) whereas I've only ever heard Lana said one way. Not a deal breaker at all but something to consider if it would annoy you to have to correct.
With only those two names it's quite hard to suggest things, if you tell us what you like about those names and any other preferences you have we can make better suggestions. Just having a quick look at the name tools on this site using only those names would give suggestions like Anya, Luna, Liliana, Camila, Mila, Layla, Simone, Stella, Elena, Alyssa, Lara
Congratulations on having a real baby to name, how exciting!
Elizabeth-This is ok but I don't like it as much as some of your other options, and I agree with jacaranda that she doesn't really need both of your middle names, I think it would be nicer to honour someone else.
Mariana-I like this, it's really pretty and stylistically different from June which I always enjoy contrast in first and middle names.
Joanna-I'm another person who really loves the sound/flow of this; I think it sounds happy and bouncy and I like that you get so many connections in one name (family on both sides plus multiple friends is a hard working honour name!)
Leora-I think if your mom doesn't like the name and it's to honour her family then it's not a good pick. I'd be more inclined to look for a different name if you want the Lee connection as there are so many girls names starting or ending with Lee. (Leanne/Leanna would be the most obvious as it gets the anna honour in there too.)
Rosalie-Really like this one too, and that it honours both sides.
Luisa-Nice but I think not as good as the others in honour terms.
Annalise-Also nice, bonus to have the multiple honours again.
In order I'd put my favourites as; Joanna, Rosalie, Mariana, Annalise :)
I don't think it would be odd or awkward at all, the beginning sounds are obviously similar (or I guess the same depending on your accent) but because of the different endings and extra syllable in Lawrence I don't think the names would really get mixed up or misheard.
As for if people would assume you named him after you I really don't know. It's not something I would think at all but I'm in the UK (so definitely un-merged) so they don't sound overly similar to me. However I don't think it's something that should worry you as I don't think it would be a problem if you did want to have that link. If anyone actually asks you can just cheerfully inform them that it was a coincidence.
I agree with everyone else, I don't think it's a big deal at all. I doubt the Eww thing will really come up and I don't see that there's anything embarrassing about sharing initials with Entertainment Weekly so unless I'm missing something I think you're fine.
I would definitely think of Bob Marley on hearing the name Marlee (Marley and Me not so much), but that is not automatically a bad thing. You could point out to him that for anyone of importance in her life she will quickly become the primary association for the name instead of the musician or the dog. Also it's worth his keeping in mind that neither of those associations will be relevant to her peer group for a long time (and possibly ever in the case of the book/film), and adults are unlikely to make comments directly to her so if you can put up with the odd joke/question about you loving Bob Marley I don't think it's a problem.
Are you looking for other suggestions? Or simply ways to convince your husband? We can help with either. ;)
I had a similar thought to Lturtle about Rhys and Luka making a nice match with $tell@n in that they all have a European vibe even if they're more "normcore". I also thought that if you like Rhys you could consider Idris; the sounds are similar and it's also Welsh but it's far more unusual. In a similar but slightly different vein there's Emrys for that myths and legends vibe.
Sticking with Welsh names for a moment with Wyn there are a few longer Welsh names that end in Wyn, perhaps you'd like one of those and then you could have Wyn as a nickname (although admittedly that would give you another 2-syllable-ending-in-n name), my two favourites are Berwyn and Caerwyn. And one more Welsh suggestion just because it's one I love; Iestyn.
Alexander being on your husband's list makes me want to suggest Lysander, it's another one where the sounds are similar for me but the overall name is far more unexpected and unusual.
Based on Theo, Mikkio and Miro I'll also suggest Elio which is my favourite short-ends-in-o boys name; I like Theo but it's very popular, Mikkio I really like and think it would work well for you with $tell@n, Miro I feel like would maybe have some confusion over saying the first part as either Me or My.
For what it's worth $tell@n and Robin for me are so different in the rest of their sounds that I barely notice they are both two-syllable ends in -n names even when specifically listening for it.
I'd have to agree with this. I feel like the problem with trying to get people to not use the z-pronunciation will not only be that it's so much the default but also that many people may genuinely not hear the difference, or may slip back to the z-pronunciation when using the name in normal conversation even if they know/remember you want it to be with an s in the middle.
I do think that if you really hate the z-pronunciation you'd be better off choosing a different name, although I appreciate it must be hard to let it go.
I'll third this, I think it's a great match and a nice link between the names. Una Lively works well to my ear too. But there's nothing wrong with taking both names to the delivery room and seeing how you feel when she arrives. :-)
I really love Elke and Eirlys (Delphine is pretty too, it's just a bit too flowery and gentle for my taste, I like girls names with a bit of zing). I feel like Elke is the best sib-set match out of all your names and I think it would be not too tricky for most people on the pronouncing/spelling scale. Eirlys I love because it's so unusual and I have a fondness for Celtic names, I think it's a really pretty sound (and would be even better in a Welsh accent). However I think that many, probably most, people would struggle with pronouncing it and spelling it so I think you would need to love it to make dealing with that worth the hassle.
One more thing that occurred to me; if you went with Zinnia your kids names would go from A to Z which is quite fun.