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July 28, 2014 04:16 PM
In Response to Opinions on sibset...?

I think they work well together.  It seems you have a pretty consistent name-style.

July 28, 2014 04:09 PM

My favorite is also Bennett.

Spencer & Davis are OK, but seem a bit "meh" compared to Harrison.  I'm personally not too fussed about all the S sounds.

Archer is also nice, but seems a bit short to me for some reason (Davis doesn't seem short, so I could just be weird). I think I would like Archer better paired with Harris instead of Harrison.

July 28, 2014 04:06 PM
In Response to Thoughts on Aven?

I think Aven is fine to use.  Simple, easy to spell (that spelling at least) and easy to pronounce.  I don't think you need the flower or river to make the name more legitimate.  If anyone asks, a simple "It's an Irish name" should suffice.  

My only concern would be that with the current popularity of Ava/Eva/Eve, people will likely mishear the name.  How much do you think this would bother you?

July 28, 2014 03:57 PM
In Response to Safe Name/Unique Name

A nickname option for Garret could be Rhett, which might pull it a away from safe just a bit.

Honestly, I think Capsian is a great name & it won't stand out in a weird way from today's group of kids. I expect some in the older generations won't like it, but they'll get over it eventually.  

Your nicknames options for Caspian are great, and could provide an out for people who aren't crazy about the full name.  My favorites are Kip and Cap. Cap earns bonus points because of Captian America (he's called Cap in the new Avengers movies).

FWIW, I recommend not announcing the name until after the birth.  People who tend to be rude before a baby is born will sometimes keep their negative thoughts to themselves when presented with an actual baby.


July 28, 2014 03:25 PM

You really can't go wrong, they are all lovely names.

Isobel is pretty (I really like that spelling) but it does seem trendier than either Lilla or Vivienne.

Rosalie & Cecily are also very pretty.  It's really hard for me to decide between the two, but I think I lean slightly more towards Rosalie.

July 28, 2014 03:23 PM
In Response to Matilda Lavender Pearl

It's very pretty!  In my accent, the endings of Matilda & Lavender don't sound anything alike.

July 28, 2014 03:22 PM

Yes to all of this!  Aviva is a great choice.


Gelico seems rather made-up to me.  Honestly, I suspect it could potentially be more problematic than Angelico. Angelico is likely to be at least a little familiar, where Gelico is not.

July 28, 2014 08:50 AM

If Orion & River are the names you love, you should use them.  Again, I think most names are going to sound not quite right with Zigmund, so why settle for something you don't love?

If you are concerned about flow, Zigmund Orion and Orion Zigmund sound better to me than River Zigmund or Zigmund River.  I think perhaps the 3 syllables of Orion balances the heaviness of Zigmund a little better.

Some other nature names-Peregrine, Lochlan, Sterling, Jasper, Heath, Linden, Brooks, Kai & Cole.

July 27, 2014 08:50 PM

With unusual names, my preference is usually for something more traditional & familiar. Flow is usually secondary, because a lot of unusual names will sound off with just about anything, just because we aren't used to them.

Can you give us an idea of some names that you like, even if you don't think they work with Zigmund?  It'll help us make suggestions if we have some ideas of your name style.


July 27, 2014 04:59 PM

With Forrest & Ash, I lean more towards River as the first name.  Phoenix & Ash together seems intentionally extra-themey.

What do you think of Heath, Sage, Leo, Jasper, Peregrine or Reed?  

Something like Westley or Westen could give you the nickname West.  The theme would be more subtle with the full names, but you'd still have it for the actual call names.

Or you could look for a nature name that isn't English.  Kai (Hawaiian for sea), Conor (Irish for strong wolf), Colm (Irish for dove), etc. is pretty reliable when it comes to name meanings.

Westley Phoenix, Sage Phoenix, Jasper Phoenix.  

River Leo, River Colm, River Sage. 

Leo Jasper, Heath Jasper, Jasper Sage.

July 27, 2014 04:35 PM

First, I have to say that just because your husband is "dead set" on Amaziah, it does not mean you have to use it. If you don't like it (and it sounds like maybe you don't) the name should be considered off limits.  Or at least moved to the middle name spot.

Does Amaziah rhyme with Jeremiah or does the ending sound more like Isaiah?  If it sounds like Isaiah, the nickname Zaya could also be an option.  I know a couple of Isaiahs who go by Zaya at least some of the time.

In case I've misinterpreted your post, and you do really want to use Amaziah as the first name, I think finding a less unusual middle name is probably a good idea.  Not only could he not like having such as uncommon first name, but a common middle could provide him with some level of anonymity.  A google search for Amaziah Lastname is probably always going to lead to your son, but something like A. MiddleName Lastname might not.  

I think I would personally lead towards names that are short and familiar to balance a longer/less familiar first name. But that doesn't narrow it down much.  Short names can range in style from John to Milo to Kai.  Can you give us an idea of names that you like?  It would really help us tailor our suggestions to your taste.

July 27, 2014 11:11 AM

I agree that Erin & Ryann seem off.  Ryann more so than Erin.

Caroline & Abigail are both lovely and I think they fit well with the sibling names. I hesitate a bit about Caroline due to the repeat initials.  Would Ben feel left out because he doesn't have the C first initial like everyone else?

Since Christopher & Binsfield are family names, I'm thinking Charlotte & perhaps Ben are closer to your name style. With this in mind, I really like Sarah and Elizabeth for you.  They are both timeless and don't seem out of place with Christopher, Charlotte or Ben.  Looking at the SSA babyname site, Christopher peaked at #2 in the late 70's-early 90's.  Looking at girl names with similar peaks that still don't feel dated, perhaps Laura, Rebecca, Emily or Rebecca?

Some other ideas that lean more vintage but could still work are Clara, Amelia, Lucy, Helen.

Or perhaps a B name to pair with Ben?  Beatrice, Beatrix, Bethany, Bella.  Or perhaps a B nickname Becca/Rebecca, Belle/Isabelle, Beth/Betty/Betsy/Elizabeth.


I agree, I'd say it like Angelica with an "O" at the end.  


While Angel & similar names are male in Spanish, they tend to be female in English.  So you'll probably encounter at least some degree of confusion (though the "O" ending could help).  If you are in an area where there is a large Hispanic population, I think you should encounter less confusion.

If you are concerned about confusion, giving him an obviously male middle name could help.  At the very least, it would give him an option if he decides he wants one.

July 26, 2014 06:10 PM

All of your names have a different feel to me, so I find it difficult to come up with suggestions.

Christopher is more "new classic" for me.  I might pair it with names like Nicole, Michelle or Melissa.

Charlotte is a vintage revival.  I'd pair it with names like Sophia, Isabelle, Olivia, Amelia or Clara.

Binsfield strikes me as more modern than the other 2.  It's very surnamey, which makes me wonder if it is a family name.  With Binsfield, I would expect sisters named Harper, Riley, Addison, or Bailey.  However, the nickname Ben feels more vintage revival, so I'd probably pair it with the same names I suggested for Charlotte.  

Could you give us an idea of other girl names you've considered?  Even they weren't quite right, it would give us a better idea of what you like.

July 26, 2014 06:03 PM
In Response to Hermione vs Penelope?

Hermione.  I've never been a huge fan of Penelope. I think I would also worry that people would automatically shorten it to Penny instead of Nellie.

July 26, 2014 06:01 PM

I really both Lilac & Juniper.  

And I don't find Mae or Belle even remotely nature based, though I suppose an argument could be made for Mae being related to May/springtime/etc.

Some other ideas are Iris, Winter, Lark, Wren, Calla, Clover, Coral & Fleur

July 26, 2014 05:41 PM

For me they are the same.

July 25, 2014 12:12 PM

I really like Helena and Clara.  I can see how Vera fits with them, though it's never been a personal favorite.

I agree that Adrian seems too similar to Alden.  I thought of looking for names that would play off the "dree" sound of Adrian, but those seemed to similar to Audrey.  

Instead of Delaney, why not use something along the lines of Lena, Lane, Elaine or Elaina?  All of these would allow to use the nickname Laney.  You could also go with something like Leia or Leila.

Rowan is traditionally a masculine name that has started to see some use on girls in recent years.  It's still ranked considerably higher for boys though.  I'd describe it as a boy's-name-used-for-girls, as opposed to something truly unisex.  With the sibling names, I would assume Rowan was a boy.   Rowena comes to mind for a girl, though I personally don't find it very attractive.  Or maybe one of the less common "rose" names.  Rosalie, Rosamund, Rosalind.  Perhaps Rona?  If you like it because of its Celtic roots, maybe look in that direction for a girl's name.  Maeve, Fiona, Neve, etc.

Marina & Maren do seem too similar to Marissa, even if they didn't share the same root.  Carina, Sabrina, Erin, Brynn, Lauren, Serena.

Eden & Sydney are both pretty.  I'm curious, how old are the Edens and Sydneys you know?  Where I am, Eden is pretty popular for little ones, but Sydney is kind of on its way out.  Sydney on a little one would be a surprising choice.  Edith, Cassidy, Mallory, Savannah, Sylvie/Sylvia.

I'll also throw out Delphine, Veronica, Elise, Maya, Margot (perhaps too close to Marissa), Melisande, Adele, Nora, Leonore, Cordelia & Viviane.

Your overall naming style seems pretty eclectic, so my suggestions probably seem all over the place.  Hopefully something will inspire you.