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March 19, 2015 08:02 AM

Since style is important to you, I will say that I don't think you can go wrong with anything on your current list.  They might be a slightly different direction, but they all still work together-and with your daughters' names.  Everything you've got fits within a larger vintage style.    

If your current list was full of modern, unisex style names, I would say that would be pretty jarring with Lilla & Vivienne.

March 19, 2015 07:56 AM
In Response to Help with baby names

I think you'll likely have to provide guidance for how each of these names should be said, simply because most will be unfamiliar to people in the U.S. (I assume that's where you are).  However, most are pretty easy to figure out with a bit of help.  Visually, Faruh is similiar to the name Farrah (fair-ah).  Because of possible confusion between the 2, I could see people having more problems getting Faruh correct.

I can't think of any negative connotations for any of these names, none of them sound like slang terms or anything like that.


March 19, 2015 07:51 AM

I generally prefer the K spelling, since that is the one used in my family, so I'm more used to it.  

I did check the initials & noticed that with the C spelling, they will be ACD-which makes me want to say ACDC.  I don't know that this will come up that often though.  How many times will people actually say all 3 initials out loud?  

March 18, 2015 10:15 AM

I also notice the shared "en" endings-and the fact that most of your sons' names have a modern and/or surname feel.  If you wanted to continue those themes with something feminine, perhaps Payton, Gracen, or Madison.  

If you are OK with something less modern, but still keeping the "en" theme, perhaps Megan, Caitlyn, Lauren or Jasmin.

If you want to keep surname/modern but aren't worried about the "en" theme, Kelsy, Delaney, Avery, & Shelby.

If the themes aren't important at all, then I'll suggest Lily, Nora, Ava, Sophie/Sophia.

March 17, 2015 01:46 PM

If you are worried about names that sounds too French with Vivienne, I would eliminate Eloise & Sylvie (and yes, I think Sylvie and Vivi are too close).

I'd say my top 3 from your list are Beatrix, Cecily & Felicity.  Beatrice is a close 4th, but it lacks some of the spunk I think you are looking for.

I like both Matilda & Winifred, but they seem a bit fusty next to Lilla & Vivienne.  Tess is another name I like, but it feels a bit plain.  I've just never cared much for Penelope.

March 17, 2015 01:42 PM

There's also Cordelia, Constance & Courtney. 

Really, with Coco I think any C name is fair game.  I don't mind something like Gabrielle with Coco as an organically derived nickname that just happened.  But naming a child Gabrielle with the intention of using Coco seems a bit off to me.

March 17, 2015 01:38 PM
In Response to Lia as a first name?

I agree.  Lia/Lea/Leah is a legitimate first name on its own.  There is not reason it has to be a nickname for something longer.

I also agree with the 1 syllable middle name suggestion.  Lia-Jane, Lia-Grace, Lia-Clare.

March 17, 2015 01:36 PM

It's also important to remember that a lot of this is cuturally determined.  There is a large Hisapanic population where I live, and double names in that culture are often Dad'sSurname Mom'sSurname.  Mom's surname would traditionally be dropped when a girl marries.  My former boss was from the DR and he Americanized his name by dropping his second surname (mom's surname).  He did this mainly because he was tired of people who use library practice getting it "wrong." If a name was to be dropped, he did not want it to be his father's.

People used to this system (myself included) will likely file names under the first surname, not the 2nd.

March 17, 2015 08:25 AM

I agree.  While helping out at my son's school, I was once yelled at because I couldn't find child with a hyphenated name in the system.  The surname was something along the lines of Jennings-Lane, so I was searching under J.  Turns out, whoever enrolled her had put Jennings under the middle name, left our her middle name, and then entered Lane as her only surname. As a volunteer, I wasn't able to fix it.  Once mom calmed down, she was able to explain that this happened a lot, so I can understand her frustration (though not her yelling at some random volunteer).

I can see the appeal of double surnames, and seriously considered it myself.  But I think parents need to be aware that this is still not the norm and there will be mistakes.   Every family has to decide if the potential hassles are worth it.

March 16, 2015 05:43 PM

Another option would be to add the hyphen.  In that case, her initials will most likely be listed as simply M.B.  I admit the hyphen isn't ideal, but it does address the specific issue you are concerned about.

And I know parents who choose to use both last names often don't want to hear this, but it's highly likely that without the hypen, her one surname will often be dropped, making her written initials M.M. or M.B.

I'll add that while I am not a huge fan of alliteration, I readily admit this is a matter of personal preference.  In most cases, alliteration does not make a name unusable.  When I sub 2 syllable M-er names, I don't see a huge problem with any of them.  FWIW, I tried M3yer, Mi1ler, Mue1ler, Min3r & M4yer.


March 16, 2015 04:10 PM

I agree with the suggestion of naming him John.  People seem to forget that is where Jack comes from anyway.  JFK is a great example of a famous John/Jack, if people ask or are uncertain about it.


March 16, 2015 01:51 PM
In Response to Help with Huxley

My favorite is Huxley Tobias Lane.  However, if you paired Ignatius with something other than Jove, it might get my vote.  Perhaps Huxley Ignatius Lane or Huxley Ignatius August?

March 16, 2015 01:49 PM

Apollo is a name, but it is also a name with a lot to live up to.  I don't think you are crazy for wanting to use it, but I do think you should consider if you'd want it for your name.  For me, it's in the category of names that I think some kids could pull off without a problem, while other kids (maybe quieter/more nerdy types) could find it to be just too much.

A girl named Tulip is going to hear that old "two lips on an organ" joke a lot.  This will be a problem, especially during those middle & high school years.  It is nice in theory, but definitely falls in the "not a name I'd want for myself" category.  

Do you mind explaining what you like about Tulip?  If it is because of the actual flower, we could help you with alternatives.  For example, Lala & Laleh both mean Tulip (according to  If it is more that you like the idea of unusual botanical names, I'm certain the readers on this forum will have plenty of suggestions.  

March 15, 2015 05:04 PM
In Response to Short list help!

My favorite from your boy list is Arthur.  I think it best matches the kind of familiar but not common vibe I get from Felix.  I also have had a long time name crush on Arthur, so I'm excited to see someone seriously considering it!

My second choice is Laszlo, though I do have some hesitations.  I'm also in the midwest and I get the feeling this name would cause confusion for some people.  You'll likely encounter spelling issues & I think the pronunciation issues already mentioned would bother me.  My guess is most midwesterners would say Laz-low, with the first syllable sounding like Jazz.  I prefer something closer to the already described lass-low, with the first syllable sounding closer to bass (the fish).  

I don't think Violet sounds awkward with Felix at all.  To answer your question about syllables, I normally say Vie-ah-lit; however, the "ah" is barely there.  For me, the name is more like 2.5 syllables.  If I try, or am speaking slower than usual, I'll say Vie-oh-let.

Octavia is lovely & I really, really like Violet Octavia.  From your other girl names, I'd probably rule out Flora just because I don't care for repeat initials (though I do like the name on its own).  Stella is probably my top pick.  I do also really like Hester, though it's probably going to get a few raised eyebrows. It's still pretty fusty for where I am. 

March 15, 2015 04:50 PM

I would not use Tripp & Chase together.  However, you could still use Charles with a different nickname.  Tripp & Chaz seem similiar to Tripp & Chase, but without the same issue.

I don't think Caroline is too long to use.  If you are concerned, perhaps you could use a nickname.  Carrie, Lina, Caddie, Caro, etc.  


March 14, 2015 10:02 AM

I also prefer Leonora and agree that you could get a twofer by using Leonora with Leona as a nickname.

I really like Lachlan.  

I notice both names start with L.  Is that a coincidence, or would you prefer names that start with L?

For girls, I'll suggest Iona, Beatrice, Eloise, Isla, Adele, Adelaide, Audra, Fiona & Nola.  If L is a requirement, perhaps Lucinda/Lucia/Lucy, Lorelei, Lauren, Laurel or Lillian.

For boys, I'll suggest Gavin, Oliver, Declan, August, Graham, Callum, Henry, Ethan, Ian & Malcolm.  L names-Liam, Leon/Leonard/Leo, Lucas & Lyndon.

March 12, 2015 06:39 PM
In Response to Annie=nickname?

Hannah, Anabel, Annelise, Arianna

Any of the Ann-combo names like Maryann, Roseanne or Julianna

March 12, 2015 02:15 PM
In Response to Too many Z's?

I second all of this.

March 12, 2015 08:35 AM

I had this debate with my husband too.  For the most part, I wasn't a fan.  

However, it did sort of depend on the name.  My last name is a tradesman name ending in "er" so other tradesman names were just too much-especially if they shared the "er" ending.  At best, those combinations sounded like a lawfirm. At worst, they sounded like a nursery rhyme.

My last name is also 2 syllables, so names with more syllables were slightly less bothersome to me, though they were still less than ideal.


March 12, 2015 08:31 AM

I agree, I think this is a case where tastes differ.  I wouldn't do Carmen Pay man, but I wouldn't think badly about the parents or child if I saw it on someone else.  

I do like the suggestion of using a variant.  I especially like Carmela.