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July 5, 2015 07:52 PM

Vivian, Sylvie/Sylvia, Ivy, Guinivere?  Sylvia seems really similiar to Sophia.

If the V doesn't have to be in the middle, you'd also have Violet, Veronica, Valerie, Victoria.


July 5, 2015 07:42 PM

I hope this doesn't sound too harsh, but it may not be possible to find a name you both love equally.  A compromise might have to happen, especially since you have 2 langauges to work with and you have ruled out nicknames.

My first thought is that since double first names are common where you live, perhaps you could create a double first name using one name from each of your lists.  Something like Emma Ines? FWIW, that was the name of my grandmother, so I happen to to think it's pretty great.  Clara Ines, Sophia Teresa, Emilia Jane, etc.

From your list, I think Emilia, Aurora & Flora are all pretty on-trend in the U.S.. Heloisa, Irene, Barbara, Ines & perhaps Gloria are likely to seem dated/old lady to American ears.  These are the names I suspect your husband has the most resistance to. 

I also see some possible crossover appeal between your list & your husbands, so I suggest starting there.  Emilia/Emma, Teresa/Tessa, Margardia/Margaret.  Since you don't want nicknames, you could consider variations of these names. Emily instead of Emilia/Emma or Margot instead of Margarida/Margaret.  

Carlota, Coral & Clara also have a lot of sounds in common, so perhaps that is a place to start.  Cordelia, Cora, Carmen, Carla.  Maybe you could agree on another variation of Carlota/Charlotte-Caroline or Carolina perhaps?

Alyssa & Aurora makes me think you both might like Alicia.  Addison & Alicia make me think of Adelaide/Adele/Adela.

Eleanor & Aurora makes me think of Leonor/Lenora/Nora, Lorelei & Honora.

Valentina isn't very common here in the U.S., but maybe your husband would like something along the lines of Valerie?  Or Veronica?

July 5, 2015 02:54 PM

Dad doesn't like Oliver, mom doesn't care for Ian.  I'd vote for eliminating both of those.

Caelan has some pretty serious spelling & pronunciation concerns.  Since you mention you don't like Oliver because it isn't as masculine, I'll point out that Kaylynn/Kaelyn/Caylin/etc.  is popular for girls.  People may assume Caelan just another variation of the girl's name.

You both like Liam & your only concern seems to be popularity.  All that means is people will think you have great taste in names!  Popular names aren't what they used to be back in the days of Jennifer & Michael.  I say go for it.

July 5, 2015 02:47 PM

I prefer Laurel, it was a name on my long list when I was pregnant with my first (a boy).

For a middle, I like either Juliette or Gabrielle the best with Laurel.

Since you've got it narrowed down to 2, I also think it would be prefectly acceptable to take them both to the hospital and see if one "fits" her better.  There's no rule that says you have to have a name picked out before baby arrives.

July 4, 2015 12:29 PM

I do not think Juliet has to be nicknamed to Jules.  If you want a nickname, you could also do Julie or Ette/Etta.  If you don't want a nickname, just use the full Juliet.  FWIW, I know a Julianna who only goes by her full name.  I do see a minor issue of flow, depending on what the last name actually is.  The ending T of Juliet could potentially run into the start of the first name.  Something like Juliet Thompson said quickly could sound like Julia Thompson to some people.  If you don't mind the fact that you might occassionally have to clarify, or remember to leave a decent pause between the 2 names, it should be fine.  If the last name is something like Juliet Thorn it will be fine, as the ending "t" and starting "th" will sound distinct.

Emilia is fine, though the Emme/Emma/Emi style nicknames are really popular right now (even if the full Emilia isn't).  

Evelyn is also nice, and (at least where I live) is not as common as the "Em" group of names.  

Despite the possible issue of flow with Juliet, it is my favorite for you.

July 4, 2015 12:18 PM
In Response to Baby Season?? Part 4

Hmm, again I have to say to each their own.  But I can't help but think a more reasonable compromise would be for the mom who didn't carry the baby to get more say in the name (use her initials).  If they have more kids later, perhaps Stephanie could carry the baby and then your sister would get a more say in the name.

July 4, 2015 12:04 PM

Yes, I'll 2nd this.  

I also agree that Heidi Camille has a nice flow.

July 3, 2015 11:04 AM
In Response to Baby Season?? Part 6

So if you've read my comments on the other threads, I'm sure you expect that I'll urge against all S names for triplets.  I also notice your boys all have their own initials, which makes me want to give the girls their own initials too.  Why should your daughters be named as a set, when the boys got to be named as individuals?

If you must do all S names,  I will strongly suggest against using Shania & Shaliene as I think they are both too similiar to your daughter's name.  I will also suggest against Serena & Serenity together.  Too similiar in sound & they are really just variations on the same word, with the same meaning.

From your list, I would probably go with Sasha, Stacy & Serenity as they have the least sounds in common.

I like both Penelope & Pepper, but will vote against using them together.  I've seen Pepper suggestions more than once as a possible nickname for Penelope.  I just can't get on board with naming one child something that could be used as a diminutive of a siblings name.

If you like Pepper though, I wonder if you'd like a botancial or herb theme?  Pepper, Ginger & Juniper.  Pepper, Ginger & Sage.  Again, theme names for multiples isn't my thing, but at least the kids all get their own initials & the names are less likely to get mangled when said together.

July 3, 2015 10:55 AM
In Response to Baby Season?? Part 5

Family 1

I'll second the suggestion of Giselle for the ballet name.  Do the names have to be characters?  Or would they also consider the name of famous ballerinas?  I have no suggestions, but it might open up some options for them.

Family 2

I will vote against matching first/middle initials for triplets.  I'm also not crazy about the ABC/DEF thing for triplets.  It just seems a bit over the top to me.  (I'm sure by now you've picked up on the fact that I'm not a fan of theme names for multiples-or in general really).  With that in mind, Hazel May, Zoe Lynn & Daisy Vera get my vote as being the least subtle theme.  

Personally, I think a compromise on the themes is in order.  Let Dawn get her favorite LA name, as I assume these initials have meaning for her.  Then give the other 2 B & C middle names.  Perhaps babies B & C could also have a first name that repeats a letter/sound from baby A's name.  For example, Lacey Alora, Amy Bliss & Hazel Chloe all have the same "A" sound in the first names.

Family 3

I'll 2nd the idea of trying to incorporate a nod to dad in this baby's name.  Ada, Adele, Adalaide, etc.  If this is something she wants to consider, perhaps you could share the middle name?  If she doesn't like the Adam tributes maybe something from the middle would work.  She could also go for duplicating Adam's first/middle initials.  But just an S name isn't much to go on. I'll throw out Sara, Sabrina, Sally, Selena.  & flower name doesn't give us much to go on either.  She could do a traditional/common flower like Daisy, Rose or Lilly.  She could also go a bit off the beaten path with something like Juniper, Lavender, Calla or Azaela.


July 3, 2015 10:34 AM
In Response to Baby Season?? Part 4

Wow.  A double barrel first with 2 middles is a lot of name.  I'll add that double barrel firsts tend to work best when one or both names are on the short & sweet side.  Something like Anastacia Snow is a lot for everyday use.  They should also consider that she might eventually choose to shorten a double barrel first.  Will it bother them if she eventually drops one of the first names?  Would Alyssa feel bad if she drops the A name?  Or would Stephanie feel bad if she drops the S name?

Samantha is a fantastic suggestion for a first name that contains all the required initials.  Another option might be to use one set of initials for the first & another set in the middle. If they plan on more kids, perhaps they could swap the order next time around?  Something like Amaya Snow for example.

If they won't reconsider the double barrel with 2 middles idea, I think something like Sally Avery would be best, as it's a simple/short combo.  I also notice that Aria-Sophia makes both their lists, so it seems like it has the best potential for them to agree on.  For middle names for Aria-Sophia, I would probably let each mom pick one.  Stephanie has a lot of Naomi & May on her list, so perhaps she could pick the one she likes the best, then Alyssa could pick the other middle name.

July 3, 2015 10:22 AM
In Response to Baby Season?? Part 3

I must admit I was a bit confused about the need for Christmas names.  But to each their own!

I'm also a bit confused about dividing the girl names into "first girl" and "second girl."  It seems it might be easier to lump all the girl names together & then just pick the 2 they like best.  But again, to each their own.

I would prefer a more subtle nod to Christmas.  If they aren't born at Christmas, it might come across a bit odd if all the names are super obvious.  If they are born around Christmas, it might come across as a bit too cute.  Stella Hope & Ivy Faith are both great in this respect (I slightly prefer Stella).  I'd pass on Carol Eve.  Carol by itself strikes me as very dated & the combination is too cute for my taste.

From the 2nd girl names, I agree Juniper Mary sounds too much like Juniper Berry.  Serenity Joy is too much virtue in one name for my taste.  Lucia Joy is very pretty & I've always had a soft spot for Lucia.  Considering the names I picked for first girl, I think Stella Hope & Lucia Joy work really well together.

From the boy list, I like Noel Evan the best.  Just not a fan of either Pax or Jebidiah.


July 3, 2015 10:16 AM
In Response to Baby Season?? Part 2

I'll 3rd the suggest of very matchy names for twins.  At some point, they are going to want to be seen as individuals and not part of a set. Also, super matchy names can get confusing.  Try calling Jocie & Rosie a few times & see if you can keep from mangling them.

So, with that in mind, I'd for sure eliminate Jocie & Rosie, as well as Hope & Charity.  Hope & Charity also seem problematic with the sister's name.  If a very religious family gave all the children religious sounding names, I wouldn't think much of it.  But to do it for the twins when they did not for the oldest seems a bit off.  Though, if they plan on having more later, it may not be a huge issue so long as Olivia isn't the only one without an obviously religious name.

Looking at the rest of the names, I really like Zoe & Hazel.  They both work well with Olivia & I think they go together nicely.  I like that the subtle connection with the repeated Z.  It's nice but not super obvious or matchy.

If they are willing to mix & match a bit, I might do something like Hazel Renee & Claire Ruby.  I could also see taking one of dad's favorites & pairing it with one of mom's favorites.  Claire Ruby & Rosie Jeanette would give them a subtle "red" connection, but since it is first & middle, it's not too much.  Though, I would probably do Rose as the birth certificate name with Rosie as the nickname.

Hmmm, that makes me think that maybe they should be approaching this differently.  Instead of trying to find a pair of names, perhaps they should attempt to name them individually.  Find a name they love for Baby A & then a name for Baby B.  

July 3, 2015 10:05 AM
In Response to Baby Season?? Part 1

Bilius is Ron Weasley's middle name.  As mentioned earlier, it also has a not so pleasant meaning.  Unless they are huge HP fans & mean the name to be a tribute, I'd suggest eliminating that one.

Looking at the names of their other children, I think Alexander & Isaac fit best with the sibling group.  I'd probably do Isaac Benjamin as a nod to dad, though Quintin isn't bad (I'd eliminate the second "N" unless there is a really compelling reason to use it).  

My favorite first name on its own would be Gavin.  It doesn't "fit" quite as well with the sibling set, but I wouldn't call it a mismatch either.  If she wants something a bit different, this would be a great choice.  I prefer Gavin Joel for reasons of flow. Gavin Shannon is a bit sing/songy.  Some people would also avoid Shannon since it has "gone girl" but I don't think it's a huge issue in the middle position.

Hayden just feels really, really off with the sibling set.  It's a more modern name with a surname feel, while the other first names are all quite classic.  It's honestly just not a style of name I've cared for.  It is also unisex, but growing in popularity for girls and declining for boys (currently #199 for girls & #142 for boys).  If this trend continues it could go from being a unisex name to all-girl.  You sister and her husband may want to consider if this would bother them.

Gary is OK, but it does strike me as pretty dated.  

July 2, 2015 05:43 PM

Eleanor L@ne is a bit sing/song to me because of the len/lane sounds (this is really nit-picking though)

Sophronia just isn't my favorite (I much prefer either Eleanor or Isadora).

I think Isadora sounds best with the last name.

July 2, 2015 05:40 PM

I really like the suggestion of Everett!

Fletcher has the "ett" sound of G@rrett with the F of F!elds.  Perhaps Fielding?  Gillis has the of G@rrett + the sounds of L!ssa

July 2, 2015 05:30 PM

I'm not a fan of Sadie as the given name.  I would much prefer Sarah w/ Sadie as the nickname.  The specific combination of Sadie Quinn also reminds me a bit of Harley Quinn from Batman.

Elise June is pretty, but the Elle/Ella/Ellie nicknames are really over done where I live.

Clarie Juliet is fantastic!  Claire has always been one of my favorites.  It's also short & sweet and pairs well with Paige.

July 1, 2015 09:35 AM

I agree, the family will learn.  My mother in law is German and my name doesn't exist in German.  The spelling is also not intuitive for a German speaker and she really struggled with my name at first.  I'd provide gentle corrections when asked, but mostly let it go because I knew it was hard & could tell she was trying.  She eventually figured it out.

June 30, 2015 04:45 PM

I agree.  I know several families (though not all Spanish/English speaking) where this is the case.  The kids will say their name in English when speaking to English speaking people & they'll say it in the other language when speaking to people who speak that language.  It's really not a big deal. 

June 30, 2015 07:56 AM

I would also avoid the first initial E with a last name starting with Z, especially for a girl.  It might not be fair, but that's the way it is.

Do you mind sharing the E names you like?  Perhaps we could suggest some alternative non-E names you might like.

June 28, 2015 11:23 PM
In Response to Eleanor or Lenore?

I've always slightly preferred Lenore.  

As for middle names, yes, Sophronia is very close to Sophie.  But I can't really say if it is too close without knowing more about why it matters.  If Sophie is the name of a sibling, they are too close to both be used as 1st names.  I would also say they are too close for me to use both as middles or as first/middle-but others will think differently.  If you are just worried that Sophie is popular and Sophronia might be confused with Sophie, I don't think this will be much of an issue.  Most people won't even know her middle name, so any possible confusion won't come up very often.

As for which middle name do I like best with Eleanor/Lenore, my choice is Sophronia.  Isadora is lovely, but I find it too sing-songy with Eleanor/Lenore because of the repeated "or/ora" sounds.