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I agree that Hen would be fine as a nickname for Henry. If he decides it's "too girl" as he gets older, he can always drop the nickname at school/with friends (I would totally still use Hen at home).
Hank is not my favorite Henry nickname either, but I do quite like Hal and Harry.
We had to take Elizabeth off the girl name list because husband and I could never agree on a nickname. My personal favorite is Liz/Lizzie, and the only Elizabeth nickname I don't care for is Beth. Sadly, Beth was the only one husband liked.
People are going to assume she's "with a K" or "with a C" regardless of what her nickname is, so I personally wouldn't be too worried about correcting people because of the nickname. You'll be correcting people anyway, and it's not really a huge correction to make. If you like the combo of Catherine/Kate best, I say go for it. Lots of nicknames don't mimic the spelling of the given name (Robert/Bob, William/Bill, Elizabeth/Libby, Isabel/Izzy) it shouldn't be a huge shock to most people. It certainly hasn't seemed to cause confusion in the case of Duchess Kate, who is actually Catherine.
You mentioned you liked Catherine a little better because it's slightly less common. Another option would be to simply play up the less common aspect, and go with Cate as the nickname, a la Ms. Blanchett.
All 3 names are classic and lovely. I think they are all versatile, I can see them on people of various ages and personalities. You really can't go wrong.
Between Catherine & Katherine, I have a slight preference for Katherine-with-a-K, but only because that is how it is spelled in my family. Either spelling is fine.
If you like nicknames, the names on your list each offer multiple options. Perhaps looking at which nicknames you like would help you to narrow it down.
The easiest thing would be to simply move Kelsey to the middle name position, and pick something you both like for the first name. Have you suggested this to him yet?
What was her middle name? Perhaps that, or something inspired by it could be used as either the first or middle name?
I"m not sure what other K names you've already ruled out, but Kate/Katie/Katherine come to mind immedietly, and seem similar in style to Clara. You could also look at the Katherine variants like Katarina, Katja and so forth. Perhaps these would feel more interesting to you.
You could also suggest names that have the "kel" sound, such as Raquel. Or names that have the "sey" in them, particularly if the "sey" is at the end of the name. Betsy, Chelsea, or Rosie?
I will also second the suggestion of branching out and trying to find other ways to remember his sister. Her middle name, birth month, birth stone, favorite flower, something related to a special hobby or interest she had, a name from her favorite book/movie/song/tv show. Be creative!
I don't normally recommend finding namesakes based on name meaning, but that might be something worth exploring. Behind the Name says that Kelsey is originally a locative surname from England. It originally may be from two words roughly meaning "fierce" and "island." Other names with island related meanings include Iona, Skye (that spelling), Isla, and I'm sure there are others. You could also explore names with meanings related to fierce or synonyms for fierce. If you go this route, I'd suggest sticking with behind the name as it tends to be more reliable than meanings found on other name sites.
However, the bottom line is that for the sake of compromise, he may need to give up on the idea of naming after his sister. If that is the case, then you should prepared to also give up on Clara, so that you can begin looking for something else together.
I agree. I think Enid could work with little friends Eulalia, Harriet & Wilhelmina, but probably not so much in the other groupings. Enid does make me think of Edith, and with the cute nickname Edie, Edith seems more wearable to me for a little one these days.
I also agree that Enid Ethel is a bit much. Even if one or both names were more trendy, I'm not sure I'd be on board with this particlar combination.
I played with it for just a bit, but am not sure how to see more than the top 100 names in each state. If someone wants to point me in the right direction, I'd be willing to give it a go.
Currently, Georgia, Dakota, Virginia, Indiana, and Carolina are not in the top 100 nationwide or in their respective states. I was surprised to find that Caroline is #16 in N. Carolina and #10 in S. Carolina, despite ranking #56 nationwide.
Oh, I really like Leona with Alberta.
Perhaps Ursula, Rosalind or Mavis?
Also sad. If it makes you feel any better, my son seems to be getting more world geography (going to be a HS freshman) than I remember getting at his age. So perhaps things are starting to swing around.
Though, now I think about it, geography is one of his geeky obsessions. It's possible he has learned more on is own and/or just talks about it more than I remember talking about it at his age.
I wish I could say I'm surprised, but I guess I'm really not. I am at least familiar with the names of the Canadian provinces, though I admit I can't place them all correctly on a map. I could manage British Colombia, Quebec, Ontario & Yukon for sure. The middle onces are all kind of a jumble for me, and I'd struggle telling the difference between PEI, NB & NS, but if someone told me that's where they were from, I'd at least know they were Canadian.
Really? This is so interesting to me, because I've come across lots of U.S kids with State names like Georgia, Dakota, Carolina & Indiana, and I have a great aunt named Virginia. As far as I know, none of them have gotten similiar comments/jokes. I could maybe see an argument because Alberta being a bit fusty/uncommon, but Georgia was pretty fusty until recently. Do you think it would have been an issue a few generations back when Alberta would have been more stylish?
I've loved the name Albert for a boy for about as long as I can remember, but honestly Alberta never occured to me until your post. I really like it! I also adore the nickname Birdie, and would probably be tempted to find a name for the other twin that would lend itself to a nature-y nickname.
From your list, I really like Alberta & Josephine. Bidie & Fi, Allie & Josie, or Al & Jo would all be super cute without seeming too matchy for twins.
Some other names I like that would fit well with Alberta include Winifred, Matilda, Martha & Harriet.
Semantic satiation! I've always wondered what to call it. Is it just me, or does this happen most often when the word Mom?
Youngest son: "Mom, mom, mom, mom, mom, mom."
Naga: "What? I'm right here, just tell me already."
LOL! But now I'm intrigued. Whatever happened to the wret ched servant?
Yep, varies by accent. In my midwestern accent, car & far rhyme, but Laura does not. If I try really hard, I can say Laura to rhyme with car & far, but it is not my default. For me, Laura & Lora both rhyme with more and door.
There have been several conversations here about regional accents over the years, and I always find them fascinating.
Somebody should make Gret chen & Flet cher their username.
Yes, I'll 2nd all of this
Seriously? I did put it into word and ran a find for e t c, and that name came up. But I disregarded it as the reason since it was part of a word & not just the particular abbreviation. Ugh
will do. thanks
Theo feels a bit off with the sibling group. I think it's a good match with Max, but then Koa seems a little left out style-wise. This matters to some people more than others though, so if it's not important to you for the names to have a similar style, I think it would fine.
I'd pass on Kai & Koa in the same sibling group. They just seem too similar. I know I'd be likely to get tongue tied pretty often.
Ezra is nice. It feels more like Theo for me, a good fit with Max but perhaps not so much with Koa.
I like Ari a lot for you. Like Koa, it's a bit more unexpected, and I think it nicely bridges the style gap between Max (traditional, popular) and Koa (less common, a bit more daring).
Other suggestions; Asa, Ike, Jude, Rhys, Brock, Sage, Ian, Nico