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I like Eli. I find it very traditional and yes, I would consider it a "strong" boy name. Having 3 letters and 2 vowels doesn't make the name read as feminine.
Other 3 letter/2 vowels names that read as all-boy to me include Ian, Asa, Leo, Ira & Kai.
I really like Clara for you, by far my favorite from your list.
Since you like Clara & like the "y" ending sound, maybe something like Chloe?
I'll also suggest Nora, Hazel, Lucy, Molly, Ruby, Audrey & Eliza.
I like Abraham and I think Abe is great with the sibset.
I've also always loved Araminta.
Husband could never get on board, so I used it on one of the woodpeckers who visits my feeders. I named her mate Rupert. :)
I think Evelyn Arabella works better as far as flow. For me, the ending of Arabella smooshes into the beginning of Evelyn. However, I think this is one of those subjective things. If you like it, use it. They are both lovely names. I've had a longtime name crush on Arabella and would love to see it get some more use.
Yeah, I'm also curious to see how the royal George affects the name. So far, nobody has commented about it to me like I expected. My oldest is William and I specifically ruled out Charles & Harry when we were expecting the 2nd. Guess the joke is on me. :)
Pets named George could be a sign of things to come. Once people get used to hearing it more, it should start gaining some more momentum.
Most of the names you mention aren't really unusual. Kessler and Alem would be the only ones I'd consider unique or unusual. Honestly, I'm not really a fan of either of them. My favorite for you is actually Everett. It is rising, but it's not quite as high as Harper. If it does become really popular, you'd be ahead of the curve if you used it now.
What do you think of Bennet, Sawyer, Arden, Emmett, Garret, Griffin & Drake?
The Logan/Dalton pairs I know are all a bit older, pre-teen to young teens I guess. But both names are really popular here for that age group, so I guess it's not too surprising to find them paired up frequently.
Henry is moderatly contrarian in my area. I suspect it's about as out there as most people are willing to go. I would love to see a Henry & George! I have a George and based on comments we've received it is very contrarian here. Still too far out there for the Henry families I guess.
Logan & Dalton always seem to go together.
And Henry, Charlie and Sam always seem to go together. If I know a boy with one of those names, I'd bet money his younger brother will be called one of the other two.
I also know quite a few Alex(ander) and Nicholoas (Nick) pairs.
This is funny because I knew 2 Rachel & Leah sibsets (and one Rachel & Leah BFF set) growing up. I also knew 1 Rachel and Rebecca set (twins), but no Rebecca & Leah sets.
1 of the Rachel & Leah sets were friends with my youngest sister, so a few years younger than your son. The other Rachel & Leah sisters & the BFF pair were my age (early 40s). The twins were a couple years behind me in school.
In the case of Sayer, my first thought is that it sounds like "say her" as in "say her name" or something. Not sure if that is an issue for you or not, but that was my first thought.
I could also see some potential confusion with people assuming it is a typo for the much more common Sawyer.
Elene is eh-lay-nah.
Based on the title of your post, I assumed you were looking for names for a girl. I was not sure if Sumner was a typo or not.
Easton strikes me as a boys name, but the type of boys name that I could see parents who like boy names on girls using. It's honestly not my style, but I think it would fit in fine with current trends. If you are worried about the ends in N trend, perhaps you could just name him East? It is certainly unusual, but there are babies named West and North (even North West) so East could work. Again, it's not really my style, but I don't think it would be so unusual sounding that it would be problematic for him. Less unusual names with a similar sound include Ian and Ethan.
Harper is a girl's name. It has been on the rise for both sexes (last year it was ranked 605 for boys) so it's not like he'd be the only boy named Harper, but you'll need to be prepared for the confusion. If you like the musical connection, maybe something like Bard or Reed? You might also want to consider names of musicians or composers that you admire.
Sumner confuses me. It's so close to Summer that it reads as girl to me. However, Ft. Sumner lends the name a very masculine quality, so I can also see a boy named Sumner with brothers called Colt and Cannon. In that case, it becomes very aggressive/macho sounding. Maybe you'd like Sutton or Sullivan? For something a little less common perhaps Summit.
Lilah-Azalea has a kind of sing/song sound to it that makes it fun. It reminds me of the banana-name song or characters like Georgie Peorgie. It could work as her legal name, but I can also see it being an in-family pet name.
I'm not sure I would actually make the change to Lilah-Azalea legal, unless you are dead set on everyone calling her by both names. Even if you do change it, a lot of double barrel first names get shortened to one or the other. In this case, I imagine a lot of people who know her now will just keep calling her Lilah.
Another thought is that as she gets older, she might decide she prefers just Lilah. How would you feel if you went through the hassle of making the change legal, only to have her decide to drop Azalea later?
I hope I don't sound too pessimistic. My intent isn't to poo-poo Lilah-Azalea. I guess I just see some practical issues that might make a legal change difficult. If it is what you really want and you're determined enough, I think it can work.
Yes, exactly this. I read down this far, trying to decide which name I liked better (they are both very pretty). Finding out your son is named Isaiah really rules Azalea out for me.
I am also not a huge fan of surname or place names, so I would also prefer Britain in the middle position.
As a first name, I would be unsure if it was a male or female name. But, I do prefer it for a girl. I don't think there is much a boy could do with it for a nickname if he decided he prefered something a little more mainstream. If a girl decided she wanted a less uncommon name, she could always fall back on something like Britta or Britney as a nickname.
I agree with almost all of this, I differ on only a handful of points.
I would have named the British Isles traditional category something more like Vintage Traditional. For me, the British Isles group would include names that have always been quite rare in most English speaking countries, but with a fair amount of current and/or historical use in the UK (think Verity).
I'd group Hazel as Vintage Traditional, it does not read as "offbeat" to me at all.
I'd place Grace as vintage traditional. However, I can see why some would place it with the short/pretty/modern names. Grace actually seems like a really good name to use if you'd like to bridge your styles in a sibset. In addition to short/pretty/modern & vintage traditonal, I can also see it working with some of your flowey continental names.
And finally, I would group Luna & Willow together in a single category. I might call the category Offbeat Nature. I think they both have a bit of a free-spirited/hippy/artsy vibe missing from your other names. Grace could also work with either Luna or Willow, though then I think the category would start to read more as noun Names. In which case, Rose would also work as a noun name.
Yikes! I must be getting old, because I missed a lot of those pop culture references. I knew there were associations for Spencer & Leighton, I just wasn't sure what they were. I had no idea about Aria. Isla Fischer I know, but it isn't a particularly strong association for me. Luna is Luna Lovegood, but also Stella Luna the children's book (both associations are pluses for me). Willow is Willow Rosenberg, Alyson Hannigan's character from Buffy (again a positive association). Rosalie did make me think of the Twilight character, but that association is fading rather quickly now that all the hype about the movies is starting to die down.
They both seem a bit off with a brother names Lucas, but I think that the difference in style is more apparent with Camden.
Though, some of that could be because I do like the name Griffin but have never really cared for Camden.
Adair is all boy to me, so I have trouble seeing it on a girl. Adaira just sounds made up.
Alice Caroline is lovely.
Aria Elise is pretty, but I don't think it is ideal in terms of flow. The "ah" ending Aria kind of smooshes into Elise. In my accent, Elise sounds kind of in between ah-lees and ih-lees. Maybe Aria Grace, Aria Caroline or Aria Jane instead?
Amelia Mary is also very pretty, though I don't love it quite as much as Alice Caroline.
Asher-reads as a boy name to me.
Audrey & Aurelia are both very pretty. I do prefer Audrey though.
Caroline Elise very pretty.
Charlie Jane is a cute nickname, but I think the full Charlotte Jane would be better on the birth certificate.
Emerson Jane don't care for it very much. Emerson strikes me as much more trendy than most of your other names.
Hazel Grace-love this one. Alone with Alice Caroline it is one of my favorites.
Isla is very pretty. Pair it with Jane for the middle and it would make my top 3 or 4 for you.
Leighton & Spencer feel even trendier to me than Emerson. Aren't they both names of characters from some show? The Hills or The O.C, One Tree Hill, Pretty Little Liars? I've never seen any of them, and can't quite place the actors/characters. For me, these names have a very strong association with that type of teen drama. Just seem a bit like outliers compared to most of your other names. Spencer also strikes me as all boy.
Lila Rose is nice, but it does seem very floral because Lila reminds me (visually) of Lily. Lila Jane is great.
Lucy Caroline, another one of my top picks from your list.
Luna and Willow are both very pretty. They feel more modern/less classic than a lot of your other names, but are still feminine and not super trendy/faddish sounding. I think these would be nice picks if you decide you'd prefer to go with something a little more unexpected.
Rosalie and Vivianne are both pretty, though I do prefer the spellings Vivian or Vivienne. Vivianne makes me want to say Vivi-ann (like Maryanne) instead of Vivi-ehn
Rowan Elise, don't care for this one much. I know Rowan is starting to get used on girls, but it always strikes me a bit odd on a girl. Though, I am pretty conservative when it comes to using traditionally boy names on girls.