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I agree about the noun names, Georgia Leech sounds like a leech from Georgia, and Ruby Leech conjures images of a red, engorged leech-not exactly pleasant. However, something like Dahlia Leech is fine. I don't see an immediate connection to the plant & the leech, so I don't imagine anything unpleasant. Along the same lines, I think virtue names would probably also be fine.
I like all of the names on your list except Cliona, though I don't really care for Cliona on it's own so my opinion has nothing to do with the last name.
If your husband likes Sarah, I wonder if the 2 of you could compromise by choosing a classic name with a more modern or unusual nickname or vice versa? Sarah with the nickname Sadie, or Serafina nicknames Sera? From your list, I imagine Diana probably comes closest to your husband's style.
I'll also suggest Aurora, Elsa, Sophia, Miriam, Fiona, Daphne, Gemma, Talia, Maeve & Tamsin.
I agree with other posters that Crystal strikes me as very dated to the late 60s/70s. I knew a ton of them growing up.
That said, I don't think there is anything wrong with the name. It's certainly familiar so I don't see spelling/pronunciation issues. She'd likely be the only Crystal at school, and a lot of people would consider that a plus. If it does feel too "mom" for her, the nickname option Crissy could help it feel more youthful.
As a first name, I'd probably avoid the filler middles that were popular when Crystal was at it's peak (Lynn, Elizabeth, Michelle, Marie, etc) as well as other names that peaked around the same time (Jennifer). I think names like these would only emphasize the datedness. Instead, I suggest you go for something fresher/more popular currently, but classic (not a recent invention). Crystal Madeline, Crystal Evelyn, Crystal Louise, Crystal Emma, Crystal Abigail. If you decide you like Crystal better in the middle spot, I think most of those still work if you reversed the order.
My first thought was maybe something like Oliver Joseph, Ollie Joe. Though that's probably out because of Sammy Jo.
Oliver Ray, Ollie Ray
Oliver John/Jack, Ollie Jack
If you don't want Billy Bob, I assume names like Billy Ray or Willie Mac are probably also out? Perhaps you would like something fresher, along the lines of Liam Ray or Liam Jack?
For girls, you've not really given us much to work with. Are there any family names or just names you like being considered for a girl? If not, I'd suggest Olivia. Olivia Jean, Livvy Jean. If you wanted another boyish nickname like Sammy, something like Olivia Jean could also give you Ollie Jean.
I agree. I also think the name Sean could be used as a reference point (in addition to Seamus Finnegan) to help people with correct pronunciation.
Do you plan on havng more children later? I feel like your names are really all over the place style-wise.
Looking at your list, I see a wide range of styles and a few that might seem odd if used together in a set of siblings. For example, sisters named Brooklyn and Bernadette would seem very mismatched to me. If you group your names together based on style, it might make it easier for you to eliminate some of them.
I might start with a category of modern/trendy names, which would include Brooklyn, Cadence, Brielle & Hayden. You also seem to have a lot of French inspired names, Colette, Vivienne, Chantal, Margeaux.
If you don't already have the Baby Name Wizard book, I'd suggest you take a look at it. It does a great job of categorizing names by style.
I lke Lauren Savannah quite a bit. If Savannah is the first name, would you move Lauren to the middle, or change it out all together? Savannah Lauren doesn't flow as nicely to me.
The name Savannah always reminds me of the movie Savannah Smiles. Sweet movie and the lead role was a cute, very spunky little girl.
I like Savannah. Do you mind sharing the first name you are considering? It think it'd be easier for us if we knew how first/middle flow together.
1. Of all the Elle/Belle names, Annabella strikes me as the one least likely to become date stamped. It does not seem as currently popular as the others & she would have Ann/Anna/Annie as a nickname, which would stand out much more than Belle or Bella. And really, there are no names these days that are as popular as Jennifer & Jessica. Even the #1 name today doesn't rank as high in actual babies as Jennifer or Jessica did.
2. I've learned to love names I didn't initially like. Quite a few of those names were because of conversations on this site. However, I would hesitate to pick a name in the hopes I grow to like it later. If you haven't warmed to it by the time she's born, I'd probably suggest you pass.
3. Fiona makes me think of Phoebe. Similar sounds, but maybe you'd like it better. Fi & Bea are both adorable as nicknames. I will also suggest of Veronica, Vanessa, Viola, Vivian, Arabella, Gabrielle/Gabriella, Natalie/Natalia, & Cassandra.
I'd probably go ahead and eliminate Jocelyn Elizabeth since you both ranked it as last.
That leaves you with only 3 choices. His #1 choice is now your last choice, so I'd eliminate Jolene. Your 2nd choice ranks last for him, so that would eliminate Raquel. That leaves Michelle Lynn, the only name that makes the top 2 for both of you.
For me, I do think it is too much. Hannah Andrews isn't quite as bad as Anna Andrews or something like John Johnson, but it's really close. A middle name doesn't help unless it is a middle name you plan on using all the time. Otherwise, she's still going to be Hannah Andrews to most people.
Honestly, it doesn't really matter what we all think, it matters what your husband thinks. If he's not sold on the idea, then it's probably time to start considering other names-something you both like.
With no idea of your style, I'm not sure where to even begin. Could you perhaps offer some ideas of names you like, even if you can't use them? Maybe names you considered but rejected because one parent didn't like them, or names of friends have used that you like but don't want to "steal"? Anything to sort of give us a starting place.
I do like Everett and think it would be a great fit with Callum & Cecilia. Too bad your husband doesn't care for it.
Along the similar lines I'll suggest Evan (probably too popular), Everest, Emmett, Merritt, Barrett, Bennett, Garrett (I just suggested this for someone, can't remember if it was you or someone else). Maybe one of these will strike your fancy & get your husband's approval?
My favorite is Hugo George & the Chavez connection didn't come to mind for me. Oscar George would be my 2nd favorite.
I'm not a fan of Orson George, the repeated "or" sound is unpleasant to my ear. Though I do like both names on their own. Otto George is OK, I just don't like it has much as Hugo or Oscar.
Love Miriam's suggestion of Marko/Marco. I think Marco George would be lovely.
I'll suggest Nico, Oliver & Felix.
I really like Oliver & Andrew. I also like Walter, but it does feel off style-wise with Callum & Cecilia.
I like the suggestion of Arthur for you, and I also though of Alistair. Perhaps something like Wallace instead of Walter? Unusual, but perhaps less musty compared to the sibling names.
I'm not sure where these names rank, but I'll suggest Graham, Felix, Cormac, Jasper, Garrett, Rowan & Bennett
I do like both Edmund & Theodore, but I agree that the ending of Edmund moving into Theodore isn't ideal. Certainly not a dealbreaker, but I like Theodore Edmund better because of it.
Funny that you mention pen/pin because I do say them the same (both are pin). However, Lev would be Lev, just like rev is never riv. I would also never say unleavened as un-liv-end. Perhaps part of the problem is because some people who blur the way e/i sound don't do it consistently? I can see how that would make people question what they heard, particularly with a name they weren't familiar with. Though, I am surprised more people aren't familiar with Lev. Sounds like the OP encounters a lot of people who have never heard the name.
I don't see why you shouldn't name your daughter for youself, other than the possible hassles. But, for me, the hassles are true even for father/son type namesakes-not something gender specific.
If the possible hassles/confusion of having the exact same name as your daughter concerns you (I'm unsure how you plan to do surnames), I like the suggestions of using a different middle name or somehow using a slightly different version of the name, like Shauna. Probably not going to solve every possible confusion problem (phone calls come to mind) but I think something like this would avoid major hassles like confusion on official documents, bank accounts, etc.
Swapping the positions of first/middle (making her Winter Shauntelle) would also be a very nice tribute to your name and would likley eliminate most, if not all of the possible problems associated with having the exact same name.
I quite like Lev & Max together. It's especially nice since both names work in Russian & English. They are also short & snappy and have high scrabble value letters (V & X). I don't think the populartity of Max should concern you too much (and I am usually one who considers such things).
I'm surprised that people mishear Lev so often. Love I could sort of almost understand, but the "i" in Liv and the "e" in Lev sound totally different to me-and I have one of those vague midwestern accents that seems to slur a lot of sounds into just one. FWIW, I'm saying Lev to rhyme with rev, as in "rev your engines."
I think BP, MP & HP are the ones that I noticed right away (being BP being the most obvious). However, I consider these to be pretty neutral, as none of them seem particularly teasworthy or otherwise problematic to me.
With AP, IP & KP, the associations did not occur to me on my own. Again, I don't see any of these as problematic, so I wouldn't be too worried about them, even if they are very obvious to other people.
PP & TP are really obvious and because they also seem very teaseworthy, I'd probably avoid both of them. These are really the only 2 associations I consider negative.
I agree with previous posters that your name style seems just slightly dated, I believe what the Baby Name Wizard books call "new classics."
I do like Charlotte, but it is very popular right now. If that matters to you, I think one of your other names would be better in this respect.
I like Julianne & Danielle better than Michelle.
Not a fan of Minne at all. I would slightly prefer Minnie, but still not a huge fan. Perhaps Minne/Minnie could be a nickname for something else? Melinda, Jasmine, Carmen? If you are willing to go further afield from your usual style, maybe something Melisande, Jessamyn, Wilhelmina, or Minerva. Or perhaps a sound alike name like Brynn or Gwen?
Using only Ryan & Drew as inspiration, I'll also suggest Megan, Olivia, Elizabeth (the nickname options make this seem like a particularly good fit), Sarah, Hannah, Emily & Audrey.