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I have always loved names a little more than the average person.
I second Karyn. If you’re not in an area where French is spoken, then I think Isabeau is a nice alternative to Isabel(la) and its many variant spellings.
I think Genevieve has more international portability, and more options for her as she gets older. I actually have an easier time picturing a Chinese Genevieve than a Jenna.
ETA: I think Jenna will be easier for Chinese people to pronounce. Also, I think it‘s great you’re keeping the Chinese name as the middle. I suggest you research the contexts for which it is used (there are cultural norms and folklore which might be at play as to Chinese name use).
I like the suggestion of Isabeau for you, just be aware “beau“ is the *male* French word for beautiful (the feminine form is “belle.”)
I second Miriam. Also happen to prefer Lucy, however if you for whatever reason are around a lot of French people often, then Lucie is one to consider for that reason (although since you specified the UK, I imagine English would always be the most prominent language).
Oh, I agree the Pulse shooter isn’t a strong association for the name, and that there are many more Omars to counteract that. I don’t think I worded that as well as I should’ve. I wouldn’t immediately think of the shooter upon being introduced to an Omar (unlike Dylann, that spelling). It’s just you mentioned not wanting negative associations, so I thought I’d bring it up. I think it’s a name where it doesn’t have to be an issue if you feel comfortable with it (which it sounds like you do).
I’m going to be the middle ground between Suzanne and your concerns. I don’t think 2 OT children names are necessarily too religious, but it really depends what names you’re using. I know Asher’s out, but I think that’s a good example of a name that‘s “OT but not too OT,” because it also has origins as an English surname. I also think 2 parents + 2 kids registers differently than 4 (or even 3) kids.
If you choose an OT name with a reasonably “in style” sound, I think it could still work. If you choose a particularly unusual OT name, then yeah, I’m going to assume you’re religious.
I do think Omar reads as non-white, and I’d be pretty surprised to see it on a white, blonde-haired boy. Also, the first thing that pops up for me online (Siri) with just “Omar” is the Pulse Nightclub shooter. To me that’s a huge no, but you might feel differently.
Suggestions: Lucas (too NT?), Solomon, Zachary, Alexander, Miles, Jasper, Harrison.
Cece in more intuitive for Grace IMO but either could work for Lucy. I think Cece is the most expected spelling, though.
I like all three options. Amelia Kate called Millie is my favourite for you, because it would, presumably, allow you to use 2 names you love, Amelia and Millie, as opposed to just one.
I think Clara is great, especially with the much less popular Geraldine. As others have said, Clara may be popular but it doesn’t sound trendy to my ears. If you need more reassurance, it might help to check out my recent thread “Name Mystery: Jeremiah“ where the popularity of Jeremiah is being discussed (it’s #58 on the SSA stats).
Also, despite its popularity, I do consider Clara quite name-enthusiasty, if that can be considered a quality. It sounds equal to S1mon, if admittedly more common than H3nrietta/H@ttie.
I’ve seen A LOT more popularity disparity in other sib sets. Such as a set with a Jacob, Chase and Asa (except not actually Chase or Asa, but similar to those in style/popularity).
I know 1 Ezra and no Ashers, and I think the former is somewhat religious. I picked those names based on what I’ve seen to be popular online. I couldn't think of any popular Biblical names in my area besides the ones in the Top 10, which wouldn’t really illustrate my point.
I agree Jeremiah seems like an updated Jeremy, and although I wouldn’t personally use it, I see the appeal. The African American association is lost on me too, but then I’m not Laura, and I’m inclined to trust her name judgement better than my own. ;)
If you’re looking for something gender-neutral, I would say Tobi. But I think you could reasonably use Mars as a nickname for a (more) unisex name. As others have said, Mars is a male mythological god, so if that’s something that would bother you, go with Tobi.
I personally find Tobey to be the most unisex spelling. If you have a compelling reason to go with Tobi, or just like it best, then that’s good, too.
I guess the mystery to me is just how high Jeremiah ranks, which I really didn’t expect. I think it’s definately a regional thing, because my name encounters have varied a lot from the SSA stats in general, not just in this case.
I personally see Jeremiah as quite similar to Jedidiah, although if I was around a couple Jeremiahs and no Jedidiahs, I might feel differently.
Interesting! I wonder how the stats differ in Australia.
The name ranks I listed come from the SSA stats, to be clear.
I think that sounds good!
I tend to agree with others who think the issue with Wren and Rose is the syllable count. I noticed the nature theme right away, but it's not overkill IMO. Could I interest you in Wrenna? Others have already made great suggestions, so I don't feel like I have much to add.
ETA: I just realized you want to avoid names that end in -a, so Wrenna wouldn't work.
I haven't read A Song of Ice and fire or watched GoT so take what I think with a grain of salt. I like both Allyria and Valeria, but I can't comment about what sounds better in-universe. Valerie is plain in my opinion next to Valeria.
I don't think Allyson works particularly well, I think it looks like a creative respelling of Allyson (unless that's what you were going for).
My favourite for you of the boys' names is Edric, but I like Abner too, Arthur is less interesting to me but still nice.
You could make something up, like Lunabelle or Lunabeth.
I like the suggestion of Offred, although I'm not sure if it's NOTY quality given that The Handmaid's Tale was published well before 2017.
If your SIL's ex husband was Benjamin and not a Benedict, etc., you could use an alternative. Here are some ideas:
Benedict, Benicio, Bennett, Benno, Bentley, Benton, Benoit, Benson.