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May 28, 2015 03:33 PM

I'm not sure if you mean for Hallie to sound like Hay-lee (as in Hayley Mills) or Hal-ee (as in Halle Berry).  Either way, I do prefer it to Emerie.  My only suggestion would be a change in spelling to help avoid possible confusion. 

Hallie Quinn is a bit too much like Harley Quinn for my taste, so I prefer Brynn as the middle.

May 26, 2015 02:41 PM

I like Shane, but don't really care for Taren.  It feels really off with sisters named Melody & Natasha.  For other S & T boy names, perhaps Seth, Sean, Scott, Sage, Sterling, Sullivan, Terrance (perhaps Taren as a nickname), Tobin, Theo, Tate, Titus, Tristan, Teague. 

Looks like you've got a few S names for girls but perhaps Sonja, Stella, Sienna, Scarlet, Sabrina, Sylvie/Sylvia.  T names- Tamsin, Tanya, Twila, Tatum, Tia, Tabitha, Tahlia.

May 26, 2015 10:36 AM
In Response to Will or Chase?

Yes, this exactly.

May 26, 2015 10:35 AM

Is Alysa supposed to sound like Alisa (ah-lees-ah), Alyssa (ah-liss-ah) or something else.  The spelling gives me pause, which makes me like it less.  However, I could get on board with a spelling that is a little more clear.

Honestly, I'm really kind of over Ella.  It is still lovely, but really overdone where I live.

May 20, 2015 05:08 PM

Elowen Mave Paradise is probably my favorite for a girl.  I don't care for the alliteration of Penelope Paradise.  While I do like Thisbe, Thisbe Paradise is a bit stuttery when I say it.  I go back and forth on Clover Paradise.  I want to like it, but it also seems like it should be a brand name for honey or something.  I think most noun names are probably not going to be the best choice with your last name.

For boys, by favorite is Xander Patrick Paradise.  Again, I don't care for alliteration, so I might even go with Xander James if you are willing to consider swapping out the middles.  Timothy isn't bad, but it does seem a bit bland next to your other choices.  River Paradise is too descriptive I think.  It sounds like it should be the name of a resort or something.

May 20, 2015 05:04 PM

I agree

May 17, 2015 05:43 PM
In Response to Audai

August made me think of the nickname Auggie, which seems like it would work for Audai.  

I do really like the idea of Audie.  As a nickname for Aduai, it seems to follow the more traditional nickname rules, which I think would help make it easy to remember both names.  Audie isn't used a whole lot, but Audie Murphy is a fairly famous namesake, so I think most people would be able to remember it easily.  If the OP isn't familiar with him, I'd suggest a quick google seach.  Audie Murphy was one of the most highly decorated veterans from WWII.

Adair also comes to mind.  Perhaps Dan?  

May 14, 2015 08:35 AM

I really like your taste in names!

From your list, my favorite is Margo Jane.  

I don't think Eloise will sound as dated as the other elle/ellie/ella names so long as you use the full Eloise.  Though there is the risk that she (or her friends) will decide to shorten Eloise to one of those.

I agree Daphne doesn't have much in the way of nicknames.  If that is important to you, perhaps you'd also like Phoebe? Seems similiar but offers the options of Fi and Bea.

Margo is fine and I don't think it looks incomplete. In fact, it's my prefered spelling.  Margot is my second, mainly because that ending T causes confusion for some English speakers (at least where I live).  

I really like Jane, but I have to admit that if feels a little plain next to Magnolia and Bram.  Have you considered using Jane as a first name with something kind of spunky and uncommon as a middle?  I think something like that would better match Jillian Magnolia & Oliver Bram.  Perhaps Jane Verity, Jane Clementine or Jane Lorelei?  Or perhaps you could swap my middle suggestions out and try them with Margo, Daphne & Eloise?  Margo Lorelei or Daphne Clementine?

For other first (and perhaps middle) name options, I'll also uggest Beatrice/Beatrix, Fiona, Juniper, Ruby, Louisa, Lucille/Lucinda/Lucy, Annaliese, Audrey, Sabrina & Genevieve.


May 4, 2015 04:56 PM

I love that Kate was able to get both her middle (Elizabeth) and her sister's middle (Charlotte) in.  In a "normal" family, this seems like the perfect name to let each side think they got their namesakes, but only the parents really know for sure.  And I love that they did inlcude Diana.  

May 3, 2015 09:58 AM

The first thing I noticed about Oceane Adele & Gloria Lily is that both names have a nature connection.  Perhaps that is a style of name where you & your husband can find something you both like?

Luna, Marguerite, Iris, etc?

Have you considered names that offer nicknames?  Perhaps something he likes with a nickname you like?  For example, Mireille could lend itself to Mira, or he might like the longer Florence and you could use Flora as a nickname. Genevieve is one with decent nickname potential (Eve, Eva, Ginny, Vivi, etc).  Or Josepine (Jo, Joey, Josie, Fi)

Sylvie, Elodie, Astrid, Aurora/Aurore, Elise, Estelle, Felicity, Vivian, Julia

March 29, 2015 07:08 PM

Oh, the nickname Ren is lovely.  Just that is enough to make me like the name more.  

I do agree with your previous statement that Clarence could be just one celebrity baby away from at least a small revival.  At least, in some areas it would be enough.  Where I am, Henry & Arthur are still seen as really fusty and not ready for a comeback.  I've only met one little Henry and no Arthurs yet.  

I also agree with comments about the "ence" ending.  I hadn't quite made the connection to other names mentioned previously, but the "ence" names just aren't happening right now.  I would do Claire or Clara in a heartbeat, but that "ence" just adds a harsher sound to my ear.


March 29, 2015 09:29 AM

I have to admit I'm not crazy about it.  I think some people will assume it is made up (I did at first).  I would also be concerned about how to say it.  My first guess was Jar-ah.  But it seems as if the correct way is more like Jare-ah.  I agree it will probably be misheard for the more familiar Jared.  I could also see some people who aren't familiar with the name guessing girl because it is similiar to Farrah.

If you like the sounds, I think Jared would be a nice option.  Or perhaps Judah, Elijah, Ira, Garret or Gareth?

March 29, 2015 09:17 AM

To be honest, my first thought about Clarence was "that's really musty, kind of harsh sounding."  When I thought about it some more, I remembered Claire & Clara are both on the upswing.  So it's probably not just the sound of Clarence that is turning people off.

I think the problem with Clarence is that it hasn't been gone long enough to be revived.  If you look at Clarence on the SSI baby name site, it's popularity was steady for a really long time.  It's only relatively recently that it has started to really drop. Looking at sound-alike Claire, I notice that it's had more peaks & valleys in popularity.

Clarence also doesn't have the same soft/fluid type sounds or romantic imagery of Henry & Arthur-which is what many parents who like revival names seem to prefer.  It lacks nickname potential and it don't really fit with any current boy name trends.  

Nothing is wrong with Clarence, this just isn't the right time for the name to be really popular.  I don't think I would use it (though I would seriously consider Claire & Clara and Henry & Arthur both made the list for my youngest).  However, I wouldn't find it horrible if someone else used it.  

FWIW, I've known a handful of Clarences in my life. A couple of older Black men & the younger brother of a boyfriend I had in high school (who went only by a nickname based on his initials).

March 28, 2015 07:47 PM
In Response to Sam or Daniel

I agree with all of this.

March 28, 2015 07:46 PM

Vivienne is lovely and unless you come from a family of chronic nicknamers, I don't think Viv or Vivi has to happen.  A lot of kids don't use nicknames.

Violet is nice, but I don't care for it with Scarlet.  They seem too matchy-they share the same ending and are both color names.

Since Vivienne & Violet both start with V, perhaps you'd also like Vera, Veronica or Verity?  I also really like Viola for you.  No obvious nickname and it seems similiar to Violet (without the matching endings or color association).  Or perhaps something with an internal V like Ivy, Olivia, Sylvia, Maeve or Ava?

For some non-V names, I am struggling to think of names that work with Scarlet but don't have any obvious nicknames.  I'll suggest Audrey, Felicity, Lydia.

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.