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1
April 2, 2018 09:54 AM
In Response to Name+Surname

I don't have a problem going from Em-ma to Mon but I don't like the slight rhyme of Emily Montgomery. Of course that's a very subjective thing. 

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April 2, 2018 09:49 AM
In Response to Name+Surname

I like Emma Montgomery. It's such a long surname that having a shorter first name balances it well I think, I would say it was on the pretty/feminine side but without being frilly. Emma is one of those names that for me has so many associations it's basically the same as having none (because there is no one overwhelming association that comes to mind). 

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April 1, 2018 01:58 PM
In Response to Eliza or Elisa?

I prefer Eliza to Elisa, although I'm not sure why really; possibly it's because I don't really care for the name Lisa, although I do like the Elise variant. They are both fine names though. Elisa is less popular if that's something you care about, although I would guess it's also the one more likely to be mis-heard/pronounced/spelled. 

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March 31, 2018 05:14 PM
In Response to Due in a few days

I think you have a very solid list there. All the first name options sound good with your last name and with your older boys. The only first-middle combo I find problematic is Violet Skye; to me that makes it sound like you are describing the sky or like it's the name of a paint colour or a brand of something. If you want a second middle name option for Violet I'd suggest having Beatrix again or just Mae ("Violet Mae" is a super cute call name too). 

Of the first names I personally prefer Violet and Hazel to Lily, for me they both have a feisty, adventurous feeling in addition to their prettiness whereas Lily is just soft and pretty.

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March 30, 2018 05:00 PM

Congratulations! She has a great name and I love your completed sib set as well. Thanks for the update. 

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March 30, 2018 03:25 AM

Honestly I do find Lind slightly odd as a name, probably just because it's so unusual BUT I do think that the middle spot is the perfect place to put an unusual or more creative name, especially if it has significance to you. That's because unless you intend to introduce her by both names/use it as a double barrel call name a middle name will be completely hidden or reduced to just the initial in almost all situations. People are only going to know what it is if she chooses to share it with them so it really doesn't matter what general opinion of the name is because she won't be faced with comments on it/have to explain it in daily life like she would if it were a first name. Basically I think you have to go pretty far off the beaten track to get a name that's "too weird" for a middle name.

Having said all that the same argument could be applied to just using Linda in the middle spot; the fact that you won't actually use it very often plus the fact that it honours both grandmothers could trump the fact that you don't love the sound/feel of it. Especially given that it sounds like your husband would prefer Linda to Lind (if you both preferred Lind and your only concern was it being unusual I'd say absolutely go for it). You could try looking at slightly different versions of Linde/Lin/Lyn names as suzannembrown suggested and see if there's one of those you both love but otherwise one of you is just going to have to give in and have the version you like a little less. 

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March 30, 2018 02:52 AM

I agree with you about Cora being on the fusty side; I actually find Cora and Enid to be a good match for each other and would not think that one sister got a "prettier" name in that set.

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March 27, 2018 05:59 PM

There is always a chance that she will dislike any name you pick for her (how many adults do you know who like absolutely everything about their name and never once wanted it to be something different growing up?); I would not let the fear of that put you off using a name you like. Enid might not be very highly ranked but it has the advantage of being easy to say and spell so it will avoid the pitfalls of unusual names that have tricky pronunciations/spellings. I'm slightly surprised that your husband considers Margot an old lady name while liking Enid, to me they are both 'old' names and Margot is currently more popular than Enid.

Other suggestions: Sylvia, Rosalie, June, Violet, Erin, Lydia, Cecily, Ruth

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March 27, 2018 05:33 PM

You say you are having a hard time coming to a consensus so it might be helpful if you tell us what you like/don't like about your husband's picks and what he likes/doesn't like about yours because pretty much all four names you listed meet the criteria you gave, so clearly there is more going on. To me your names seem a little more down to earth, feminine-but-feisty whereas his are a little more frilly floaty-princess feeling. 

Have you considered just Thea (or Althea nicknamed Thea)? I think that removes some of the frilly-ness and puts it more in line with your picks, and it sounds great with your boy's names. Or perhaps your husband would like one of the longer more flowery feminisations of George better?

Other names that might work for you; Charlotte, Ella, Willow, Emily/Emma, Ruby, Lillian, Stella, Clara, Alice, Abigail

As for middles is there any significance to your boy's middle names? Or are they just names you liked? If the boy's have more meaning in their middles then it would be nice for this baby to have the same, if not then I'd suggest settling on a first name before looking for the middle. You have two very classic names in the middle spots with the boys so it might be nice to continue that with your daughter, although I am also a fan of having some contrast with first & middle names. Perhaps you could let the older two have a say in the middle name (either take their suggestions or let them pick from a list you provide)? That could be a really sweet thing for them to be able to get involved with.

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March 26, 2018 03:28 AM

Thanks for the update and congrats on choosing! Lorelai is a great choice and pairs nicely with your older daughter's name too. 

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March 22, 2018 04:14 PM

I love both Elias and Nate/Nathaniel, great names! Of your list I like Theo, Felix and Leo best (in that order). Other suggestions you may like: Leon (I think this fits better with the older boy's names than Leo does, and it has the bonus of being less popular but just as international), Jude, Arlo, Sebastian (this is maybe more popular than you would like, but I feel it fits perfectly with your 'names we can't use' list and meets your other criteria). 

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March 22, 2018 03:57 PM

I have also missed seeing Miriam's replies. Please do tell her that we're wishing her a very speedy recovery.

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March 17, 2018 12:37 PM

I also see no reason why you can't use the nickname Bella for Mariella. I used to look after a little girl named Ellie and her nickname was Bella (Ellie-->Eliie-Bellie-->Bellie-->Bella) so it seems perfectly reasonable to me that you might go Mariella to Ella to Bella. I'm not really sure when or why the feeling that a nickname has to be contained within the full name took hold but I don't understand it.

If you like both names equally then sure, go with Maribella but it seems silly to me to go with a name you don't like as much for the sake of a nickname that your daughter may one day decide she doesn't want to use or that may end up not sticking once she's born anyway. And doubly so when you could get that same nickname from the name you prefer with barely any stretching. For the record I think they both sound fine with Rosalie although I do prefer Mariella.

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March 15, 2018 11:59 AM

For some reason when I read your post the name August/Gus came immediately to mind. I agree with you about George and your husband about David; they are both good, solid classic names but both just a little too bland for my taste.

Other ideas: Hugh/Hugo (Hugo is far more popular but still below the top 300), Rupert, Benedict, Eric/Erik 

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March 15, 2018 11:30 AM

I think it's a great name, I really like the name Arlo and James is a lovely classic name for the middle spot. 

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March 14, 2018 06:20 PM

Well Scarlett and Evelyn are both very popular (#18 and #12 respectively), so just looking at the top 100 names the ones that seem to me that they match two or all three of your prefered criteria:

Abigail (nn Abbie), Emily/Emilia (nn Em, Emmie), Elizabeth (nn Ellie, Eliza. Elle), Victoria (nn Vicky, Vee), Lillian (nn Lily, Lil), Penelope (nn Penny), Natalie (nn Nat), Eleanor (nn Ellie, Ella, El), Samantha (nn Sam, Sammi), Violet (nn Vi), Lydia (nn Lyd, Lyddie), Vivian/Vivienne (nn Vivi, Vee, Viv)

Looking slightly lower down but staying in the 100-200s (Rosalie is currently #254 for comparison) gets you things like:

Annabel/Annabelle (nn Ann, Anna, Annie), Josephine (nn Jo, Josie, Joey), Cecilia (nn Ceecee), Juliet (nn Julie, Ju, Jules), Jessica (nn Jess, Jessie)

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March 13, 2018 01:49 PM

I think that Rosalie really is the clear front runner for you. I can't see how anyone could consider it an "out there" name (I met a 9 week old girl named Santa today, that is "out there") and I don't think that it would get confused with other rose names often because it's very easy to hear the difference in most of them. Possibly every once in a while someone will hear Rosemary if it's a conversation taking place in a loud environment or over a poor phone line or something, but many names could be confused in those kinds of situations. Rosie is a really sweet nickname (and you'd/she'd also have the options of Rosa or Ro) and both Rosalie and Rosie sound great with Ava imo.

Scarlett is not a bad name but I think the nn Scar is awful, sorry. Also as nedibes pointed out it's failing to meet all of your preferred criteria so it should probably be eliminated if you're trying to get down to a single name.

Evelyn is pretty but for me would be WAY too close to Ava to use, and far more so once you cut it down to Ev and Av. I suppose if you are pronouncing the first part with a long 'e' (like the beginning of the word evening) rather than a short one and used the nickname Evie rather than Ev it would be slightly better, and ultimately only you can decide what's comfortable for your family, but I think it would be nicer for them to have more distinct names. 

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March 12, 2018 04:14 PM
In Response to Hepburn?

Yep, what Emily said. 

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March 12, 2018 04:13 PM

Viviane and Lydia I think are both lovely classic names and would work well as cross-over names (by which I mean I wouldn't be surprised to meet a girl/woman from multiple ethnic backgrounds with the name, and I wouldn't assume anything about spoken languages). Viviana I am less keen on, mostly because it feels a little too frilly princess to me and I don't think it matches as well with your other daughters' names.

Lucia is pretty but I would definitely assume that someone named that (rather than Lucy) had a more foreign background. Which is not at all a bad thing, I'm just saying the picture I have in my head for the name Lucia is very different to the one for the name Lucy.

Nora is a sweet name, again very diverse to me, and I think it fits the tone of your other names really well but you might want to consider if you want a repeated initial. If you don't use initials to name things it's not really a big deal though, the two names are quite diverse in sounds except for the initial letter so I don't think it would be confusing in everyday life.

Amaris is very pretty. I agree that it's the wildcard of the bunch and I do think it would stand out the most from the older girls' names of all your options. I also think it's the most likely to have spelling/pronunciation issues. However none of those are reasons not to choose it if you really love it. As for nicknames you could use how about Ami, Rissa, Mari?

I have to say I really like both yours and your husband's shortlists (although if you're in a stalemate that probably doesn't matter), especially Lilia/Lily and Ruby.

For other ideas how about Lana, Stella, Violet, Hazel, Clara, Ella, Lola

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March 12, 2018 03:39 PM

I love the name Chloe so that would definitely be my pick. I honestly wouldn't worry about popularity, it gets said all the time on here but popularity isn't what it used to be and a top 20 name doesn't mean that she will be one of five in her class. Do you know any Chloe's in your older daughters' circles of friends? Are there any girls named that in their school? Do you hear it much when you're at playgrounds or kids parties? These things will be a better indicator of how popular the name is in your actual area than national statistics.