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April 22, 2017 07:26 AM

I think sometimes finding a meaningful middle name makes it easier to find something you like, as opposed to searching through literally thousands of names looking for something that "goes with" the first name.

It sounds like you don't really want to use Lorraine.  If there are no other family name options available, I'd suggest looking elsewhere for a meaningful name.   You might start by looking at names of literary characters, historical or religious figures you and your partner admire, place names, nature names, names related to a hobby, song lyrics, musicians, virtue names, and so forth.  These can all be great places for name inspiration.  If you can give us some ideas about your interests, the regulars around here are pretty good at coming up with suggestion.

April 21, 2017 04:10 PM

Yeah, the problem with the death certificates is that our Caster may not have been deceased pre-1953.  It's possible he was still alive (or could even be currently still alive) which is going to slow down our search.

April 21, 2017 04:08 PM

I suspect part of the problem is that it's still reasonably likely that a Korean war vet is still alive.  I know my husband encountered that problem when trying to research his father's Korean war service.  Because of privacy issues, the military & sites like avoid making that kind of information public access until the people are deceased.  So unless the family has mentioned it in an obit or something, we may not be able to find out.

It's another thing entirely when trying to look up military service awards or military census data for earlier periods.  

April 20, 2017 06:44 PM

Sophina wins as the most accurate guess!

Sophiaisabelle is just awful.  I know what it is, but it makes my eyes hurt trying to read it.  Can you imagine trying to learn to spell that?  It'd take up the whole page when scrawled in kindergarten print.

April 20, 2017 06:40 PM

Now I have to explain to my husband why I was snort-laughing.

April 20, 2017 01:44 PM

Any mention of military awards or honors he might have earned?  That might give us a lead on something major that might have happend to inspire a bunch of namesakes while he was still quite young.

April 20, 2017 01:34 PM

Perhaps also Sophieleigh & Sophiedora?  What else could work when spliced with Sophie?

April 20, 2017 01:33 PM

I love Casterdell and Deneen for a pair of cats.  Someone should get on an animated version of that.

April 19, 2017 11:55 AM

Oh-and there is a user-submitted name on Behind the Name for Caster.  It says it's a South African variant for the Greek name Castor.  The only hits for South Africa + Caster were for 2016 Olympic runner Caster Semenya.

April 19, 2017 11:51 AM

I tried typing in only bits & pieces, so see what Google auto-suggested.  Caste Del got me a hit on Castel del Monte in Italy.  Wikipedia says that in the 1950s, a bright red compound in the soil around the castle was found to contain a strain of bacteria which was then used in chemotherapy.  Interesting to my nerd-brain, but I don't imagine people in the southern U.S. were naming their kids because of a chemo drug.

I also got a hit on the Castor Delgado Perez residence in Sao Paolo, which was built in the 1950s.  But again, I don't imagine there was much of a fandom for Brazilian architecture in the U.S. south.  

And there is a town called Castor in Bienville Parish, Louisiana.  Its only claim to fame in the 1950s was a deadly tornado that killed a family of 6.  It was the Sullivan-Smith family, so nothing to explain on the DLR names.  Also seems like a weird/morbid thing to name babies after the actual town.  I'd think in this case, any namesakes would have been given honor names after the people who died.

April 19, 2017 11:36 AM
In Response to Allynn for a girl??

I like the suggestion of using Allyn as a middle, I especially like it because of the symmetry of her middle name being a combination of your middle names.  I'm not crazy about it as a first name.  I agree it seems too masculine and I'm not a fan of the whole throwing in a "Y" to make a masculine name look feminine, which is how I think Allynn will look to most people.

April 9, 2017 08:20 PM

I agree.

April 9, 2017 08:19 PM

Simone is French.  & I agree with previous posters that it works really well with Audrey & Camille.

From your list, Juliet seems least likely to be automatically nicknamed, though I could see it being misheard as Julie. 

Victoria & Vivienne make me think of Violet.  I suppose it could be shortened to Vi, but it doesn't seem like an automatic nickname to me the way Mike for Michael or Bill for William could be automatic.

I really like Elise.  It seems unlikely to be nicknamed, though anything is possible.  I also think it works well with Audrey & Camille.  From your list, I'd probably pair it with Juliet or Simone.

Just curious, has anyone tried to shorten Camille to Cammy or somesuch?  My experience has been that people from my generation & older tend to get the automatic nickname treatment.  However, more kids today are going by their full names, so people I've encountered seem more respectful of using whatever name the child is introduced by.  FWIW, I have William and nobody has ever tried to shorten it to Will or Bill.

April 9, 2017 08:06 PM

Cordelia is lovely.  I wonder if suggesting the nicknames Cora, Delia or Lia would help it feel less harsh to your husband.

I would personally eliminate Aurora, but I think repeated sounds is one of those very subjective things.  Some people might love it, specifically because the repeat sound.  But it is very tongue twistery to me.  I'm not tripped up by the "or" sound in Cordelia Morrison.  I think the extra syllables between the "or" sounds in Cordelia Morrison helps a lot.  Perhaps Lorelai?  Seems more similar to Aurora to me, but has some extra syllables to break things up a bit.

People name their children religious names all the time.  I don't think it's a huge deal.  I also don't think I'd worry too much about your friend's daughter being called Evelyn. As you've mentioned yourself, this is a very popular group of name, so she's going to encounter others with something similar. You could always consider Lina as a nickname if you (or she) decide you want something that will stand out more.



April 8, 2017 09:23 PM

Good point.  Perhaps Jeromee?  Or Jeromme?

April 8, 2017 09:21 PM
In Response to Are These Too Close?

For siblings, I would say yes, they do seem too close.  But for cousins, I think it should be fine.  I can see some chance for mild confusion, especially if they will be close in age and will see each other often.  But this is the type of thing that should work its self out-and it's really not the end of the world if people have to clairify once in a while.

April 7, 2017 03:43 PM

Unless it was a family name, my guess is on Jyrome. I can see this as someone who liked the name Romy, but thought it needed something longer/more substantial.

April 7, 2017 03:37 PM
In Response to Boy name help please

I do think you may be overthinking Wes/Wesley a bit.  It's not unusual to have some name regret, especially so soon after birth.  

All that said, if you & your partner agree, I think it would be a lot easier to make the change sooner rather than later. Both Wesley & Henry are really solid names, I think it's just a matter of what will make you happy.  Have you tried using Henry for a few days to see how it feels?  Maybe you'll feel like you've hit on his name and you'll feel more confident about changing it.  Or, you might feel the same about Henry in actual usage that you do Wes/Wesley, which would likely be a sign that you just need to give him more time to grow into his name.

April 4, 2017 12:54 PM

Yes, I realize my perception of Christopher is likely a bit off.  I seem to have been in a serious Chris-name pocket growing up.  If you combine all of the Christopher/Christa/Christine/e t c. names together, it wasn't uncommon for there to be 3 or Chris's in a class.  I also have a ridiculous number of Chris-names in my life currently,  including a sister, step-brother, SIL, MIL, oldest friend (from high school), boss, neighbor, 2 parents-of-my-kids-friends, and so forth.  So it continues to be a name that seems completely over-saturated to me.  The full Christopher isn't quite so bad, it's really the nickname Chris that I seem to encounter in crazy numbers.

April 4, 2017 10:36 AM

Nice to see you posting again EBB!

You mentioned Matthias, which made me think of Matteo.  Then I decided I really liked the sound of Silas and SomethingO, so I'll also suggest Hugo, Nico, Theo & Milo.  Walter + O made me think of Waldo, but that might still be too much "Where's Waldo" to use.

I like Oscar & I'd call it stylistically complimentary to Silas, although I agree not quite the same style.  I used to think the Grouch association was too strong for this name to come around again, but I've changed my opinion over the past few years.  I also don't think the "er-Rau" combination is a big deal.

Love both Walt & Walter (and agree Walt could be used as a stand alone).  I'd say it's closer in style to Oscar, but sitll very complimentary to Silas.

I love Solomon, but it does feel like a LOT of name compared to Silas.  I also find I start to get tripped up sayng Silas & Solomon together.  Something about those repeated S & L sounds.  Perhaps Saul for something similar but less weighty?  Though, Silas & Saul might be even more problematic for me to say.

Some non-O ending suggestions, Abram, Ezra, Owen, Jude, Miles, Everett, Eli, August