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I have always loved names a little more than the average person.
I really like Lind for you, but if your husband doesn’t like it you should probably still look for alternatives. I kind of wish I had a Linda to honour, now.
Wim is my favourite William nickname, personally.
Glad to hear this!
I think with 7 (going on 8) children it’s impressive you’ve managed to vary the names/initials as much as you have. IMO Grace and Gabe are distinctive enough to use together, even if I wouldn’t do it myself.
I think Gabe and Grace being close in age may be in your favour since Gabe is young enough that sharing sounds/initials with a sister will be his norm.
I don't mean to entirely disagree with or discount EVie's experience, but I do think there's a difference between Hispanic children growing up in a Hispanic family with English names, and a South American-born child growing up in a white family with an English name.
From purely a naming standpoint, a Spanish-speaking family may utilize English/Spanish variants which most people would not be aware of unless they frequented that family's home, or they may have a Spanish middle name, etc. to tie to that language/culture.
It isn't unusual for second generation or later children to have completely 'assimilated' names, but I think in this case I'd err on the side of a crossover name. I'm not a good judge of what would/wouldn't work in Spanish, though I think Ruby might not be the best choice since it's an English word.
I really like Virgil and a bunch of my favourites have been suggested here, so I’ll throw out some names I love, filtering out any that don‘t strike me as at all “cowboyish” (apologies for repeats): Abner, Chase, Walker, Lane, Jem.
The only issue I could see with Sarah would be her sharing the same first and last name with someone else, and having identity mix-ups (not necessarily malicious). But, with Therese as a middle name I think it’s distinctive enough to clear that up quickly.
I agree that Maurice-pronounced-Morris is confusing, but I think it’s a nice way to have 2 names you love in one (if you use the pronounciations interchangeably). I’d just advise against enforcing the Morris pronunciation if you go that route, because I think 99% people (myself included) would use the English pronunciation.
Concerning Cecily/Cecilia you’re not weird for not liking how you say it. I feel the same way about Quincy (I’ve got no trouble with other c-as-s names).
I think just-Sal could work as an honour name for you, without the issues Salvador brings up. Plugging Sal into the Namefinder, other names that might be of interest to you are: Salazar (Slytherin) and (JD) Salinger. I think both are nice literary references, but the former especially does not strike me as 'on the same level' as your Robert Frost homage. If you're willing to extend the namesake to similar-sounding names, one I find pleasing is Sully, and Sly if that's not too far-off for your liking.
My preference is Elliott but Eliot is equally easy to clarify (”1 l, 1 t” or “2 l’s, 2 t’s.”)
My instinct was to say Liam and Callum are too close. But I don’t feel the same way for say, Dylan and Logan for brothers, and they have as much in common. I actually know sibling pairs with more similar names: the 1st pair I didn’t notice until their mom pointed it out (think Kelly and Molly), the second took me years to notice (think Annie and Jenny) — and then only because I was actively thinking about it.
Plus, they have totally different stresses (I’d say Liam has more emphasis on the “-əm” and Callum has more emphasis on “Cal.”)
ETA: Unless your last name starts with “Han-” I don’t think Callahan would sound too bad, but you’re the best judge of that. Ultimately, I think you should just go with what you love best.
I see you’ve mentioned that you like Johanna and Heidi together. I really, really like this for you, and I don’t think the author/book connection is too much. Edmund and Caspian, absolutely, but not that. I love Linus, but I agree with everyone who said nix it with a brother named Lewis.
I agree a lot of your name choices sound stylistically different. I personally I enjoy an eclectic sibling set, but this seems to be something you want to avoid. Understandable, especially with twins.
Some pairing suggestions (sorry for repeats):
Kieran and Pierce
Vincent and Lawrence
Amy and Carla
Mirabel and Catalina
Adrian and Felicity
Christian and Bethany
I think the “Lynn” with the double-n spellings is a bit much. I‘d be much more likely to spell it “-lyn” and I don’t think I’m alone. Just food for thought.
Gracelyn(n) is the most expected of your choices IMO. My favourite of yours is Avalyn(n), but that’s just because I like Ava better than Grace. I think Gracelyn(n) has a bit more of a traditional sound, which I also like. I can think of half a dozen ways to spell Avaleigh, so that’s something to think about before you choose it.
Lauchlyn (not listed) has the benefit of looking like Laura, however I find this option the least aesthetically-pleasing, and you didn’t ask about it anyway. I would probably be most likely to assume girl with this one, though.
Lochlyn - I think the “o” is non-traditional enough the give me a pause from the get-go, and the ”y” reads feminine to my eyes. I like this best for you.
Lachlyn - I’m most familiar with the Lachlan spelling (ymmv), so if you want to keep it as traditional as possible, I think Lachlyn is closest to that.
Lachlan and Lochlan - all male to me, so I think these would be the least desirable for your purposes.
I would just assume Michael and Emma (and Mark and Michelle) was just a creative way to get to the “M” sound without repeating initials. I think you’re safe to go with it without it seeming like an issue of equality!
I know someone here a while back asked if the initials “TBH” were okay to use. I think in your situation, that would be a nice stealth honour name with the first/middle/second middle or first/middle/last combo.
I also think given that your great-grandfather went by a completely different nickname than the given name, you could reasonably use any T name, or any 1-syllable T name. Though, since you see Trudy as a stretch, that option will probably seem too far afield for you.
I agree with everyone who said it depends on personal experience and comfort levels. For example, *I* wouldn’t have a problem with my child’s name sounding similar to a sibling‘s. But, I’ve actually considered naming after that sibling anyway, so obviously I’m biased. There are, OTOH, some names I’m not willing to repeat for whatever reason.
One of my cousins named their child after a relative I would *never* name my child after, ever (and I do like the name). I’m pretty sure it was an intentional namesake. That doesn’t make my cousin (or me) wrong for choosing/not choosing that particular name, we just have different goals, perceptions, and experiences. And that’s okay.
One compromise that occurred to me is androgynous surnames that still sound old (I’m thinking Elliott). I don’t consider Audrey trendy, but it sounds like it really bothers you, which is a good enough reason not to use it IMO.
Have you thought about asking him *why* he likes very different names for girls? Personally, my girl/boy naming styles used to differ more, but now it’s more homogenous. I think part of the reason why it shifted for me was realizing I had certain biases (and not all bad). Obviously, that might not be the case for him, but it might be worth a shot.
ETA: one thing you could try is stop by a few playgrounds and see what names pop up, instead of just relying on stats. It would give you an idea of the local naming trends.
I think if you’re naming after an African-American friend, it’s completely acceptable to use Donte as-is. It‘ll probably get explained more often than Dante, but then, that’s what honour names are for.
I might be inclined to wonder if the child is mixed-race (because mixed race people can look very, very white), but I don’t think that’s a problem at all.