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I really like C@spian P@ul. I like Caspian better than Hir@m & I really like the repitition of the Ps in C@spian P@ul.
I agree with all of this.
FB can provide some interesting name data, but it's not what I would consider a reliable source. Not everyone uses their actual names on FB. Callen is also a surname, and I know of a few people who use an inverted version of their name on FB (think surname first + nickname or surname first + middle).
The Social Security baby name site shows Callen didn't chart until 2010 (I believe this is consistent with the NCIS character) and has only ever charted for boys. Doesn't mean there couldn't be a handful of girl Callens out there, but not enough to make it anywhere close to a unisex name.
What about Stasia instead? Gets rid of the Anna issue & is a more direct link to Stacy
I have it on good authority that Alyssa gets mistaken for Elizabeth quite often. I think it is still a name that not every one is super familiar with, it seems that they hear the start and then their brain fills in the rest with something they know. So I think it could work as a namesake, but might need some explanation.
The Elissa spelling seems more direct. FWIW, I know an Elissa and she does not seem to have too many problems. She needs to spell it for people, but does not seem to have issues with people not getting it right when they read it.
Do you like Bette (as in Ms. Midler) better then Beth? Alyssa Bette could also work. Or perhaps Alyssa Belle? Though that might still need explanation for people who don't know the Elizabeth/Isabelle connection.
I don't think I'd worry too much about it being a "mom" name. Yes, it peaked in the 90s, but it was still in the top 100 just a couple of years ago. For something to be a "mom" name, I think it needs to be more date stamped to a certain era. I also think the name continues to fit well with other on-trend names, so it's not going to sound dated in the way a name with less fashionable sounds might.
The only reference I can think of is Alyssa Milano, which is pretty neutral as far as associations.
Personally, I prefer the "i" spelling. However, that spelling is much less common, so I feel surprised that you are encountering a lot of Alissa with an i. 2016 rankings listed Alissa at 945 while Alyssa was at 120, so the Y spelling is considerably more popular. If you prefer a more standard spelling, Y would be the way to go. But honestly, I don't think it matters much one way or the other. Clarifying "Alissa with an I" is not a big deal.
If you aren't 100% certain on Alyssa, you might want to consider similar sounding names like Alison, Alice, Elizabeth, Alicia, Elise, Melissa, Marissa, etc.
I agree that Judith seems more boomer while Helen seems a generation further back. Ellen actually seems closer to boomer to me than Helen, but I think it was actually more on the cusp? I knew a couple of moms in high school named Ellen, but most of the Ellens I've encountered are closer to my age or just slightly older (mid-40s to early 50s).
I think of Judith as being not quite ready for a full comeback. In certain circles, it would fit in perfectly. For everyone else, it'd simply be a bit ahead of its time. Like other posters, I have known just enough Jewish Judiths that I might wonder, but I wouldn't necassarily assume a young Judith was Jewish.
For other options, I do like the previous suggestion of Juniper for you. Juniper/June/Junie share enough of the sounds of Judith/Jude/Judy that the namesake quality isn't lost.
Z names for boys: Zach/Zachary/Zachaiah, Zane, Zeke? For something more unusual, Zenith, Zeno or Zenon?
I'm so happy to read that Miriam enjoyed it! When I first read this post my first thought was that I hoped Miriam would chime in. :-) Please pass on my good wishes to her. I hope she knows how much she is missed around here.
I agree that Chance doesn't seem too "weird." I actually went to high school with a boy named Chance, so it seems perfectly normal to me as a first name.
I agree Bennett is likely to be shortened to Ben. You'll have some control over it when he's young, but as he gets older probably not so much.
Can you give us a clue about what your last name is? Sounds like/like/number of syllables/etc? Perhaps Jude isn't as bad of a fit as you think. We could also try to offer suggestions similar to Jude that would be less problematic with the surname.
Similar to Chance: Chaz, Chase, Charles, Clancy
Similar to Jude: Judd, Justin, Rudy, Luke
Similar to Bennett: Benedict (same Ben issue), Beckett, Everett
More random suggestions: Curt/Curtis, Levi, Cole, Rhett, Pierce, Jett, Cade, Moss, Asher, Reed, Ruben
I agree that you seem to like ultra-feminine sounding names. Rosalie strikes me as more vintage than the other names on your list, so I wonder if you'd like other names with a more vintage feel?
Linnea strikes me as similar to Liana, but more classic and less common.
Some other ideas include Vivienne, Viviana, Sylvia, Lisette, Anneliese, Genevieve, Colette, Felicity, Gemma.
FWIW, I believe Rosalie & Bella were both characters in Twilight, so I'd expect some comments if you use these names together.
Oh I agree, it's a very obscure book reference ;-) But yes, I also thought of Parseltongue.
I also kept reading Philomela as Philomena, even though I knew Philomena wasn't the name being discussed. I think both names are fairly obscure, but perhaps Philomena is more familiar in general? Not sure if this is an issue you'd encounter regularly, or if I'm just particularly prone to confusing these two names. Regardless, I agree that the story of Philomela is problematic.
I would also help if you could give us a few names that he likes. The regulars on this site are usually pretty good at offering suggestions for names that would appeal to both parents, but we need a bit more to go on.
I do prefer Theodora to Meredith. Meredith strikes me as a wee bit dated, while Theodora does not. Like you, I also prefer the nicknames Thea and Dora over Meri.
To answer your question about Meri/Maddi being too similar to use together, for me they are. However, I am easily tongue tied. If this isn't an issue for you, I see no reason why you couldn't use them together. I certainly have encountered families with names that sound more similar than Meri/Maddie and they seemed to manage just fine.
I agree. I'll add that any R name chosen because of the shared initials thing would technically be a family name. Any chance of using dad's first name as the middle? You'd have a stronger argument for it being a family named & you could keep the shared initial pattern.
I agree that Sarah seems pretty timeless and it fits well with your other children's names.. I've several in my family, some going back 3+ generations and some as young as late elementary age.
I also thought of Sadie as a nickname that seems fresher, if you wanted something a little less "boring." Though I really don't think you'd need it.
Many of your names are really more nicknames in use. I'd suggest looking at more traditional names that could lead to a cowboy nickname as a compromise. Some of the nicknames seem to be more of the organic type, and wouldn't be associated with a specific given name (Rusy, Curly, Rowdy, Doc) while others are traditional nicknames associated with a specific given name (William/Willie, Isaac/Ike). If you can give us examples of names your wife likes, we can try to see where the common ground might be.
I will second the suggestion of looking at Biblical names. Many of them tend to have a Western or "cowboy" vibe that might appeal. Solomon, Elias, Ezra, Wyatt, Levi, Caleb, Abe/Abram, Tobias/Toby.
You could also consider looking at real cowboys for inspiration. Boone, Cassidy, Carson, William/Bill/Billy (the Kid, Buffalo & Hitchcock), James, Jesse, Robert/Butch (Cassidy), etc. Or more cowboys-by-style Henry/Hank (Williams), Wayne (John).
Other suggestions; Cole/Coleman, Porter, Cooper, Colt, Austin, Dallas, Jasper, Sterling, Jack, Fletcher, Archer,
I was wondering the same thing.
I think the immediate associations are quite nice. Sunsets, nature, etc., and I want it to be another more modern nature name (like Sky, or Sage) but I think it also has some problematic associations that prevent more people from using it. In addition to the sunset/ending type associations other have mentioned, I also thought of the Sunset Strip. Actually, I thought of that before the ending association. For me, the Sunset Strip brings to mind images kind of a Guns N Roses type sex/drugs/party association.