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PJ

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I bought my first baby name book when I was seven years old and I have been hooked ever since. Now the mom of a three year old and a baby I keep an ear out for names on the playground. I am a constant reader, an intermediate gardener and a beginning knitter in the Pacific Northwest.

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June 4, 2016 11:29 PM

My kids have a hyphenated surname. They're in elementary school now and so far, no problems. It is long, but I like that they have options, and that their name honors both sides of their heritage.

As for your first names:

Oscar- this is the most unusual to me. I think it still has different assoications for people- the grouch, but also Monsignor Romero (the Oscar that I know is named partially after him). I think it still has an old gentleman vibe, but in a way that is still cute on a young kid if that makes sense. Along the lines of Walter or Arthur.

Felix- I think this one is a whiff trendier, because the letter X is so trendy right now. It's still a great name, quirky and charming.Along the lines of Milo.

Oliver- this one to me is more British classic formal. Less spunky and more elegant. Along the lines of Sebestian

Max- agree with other posters that this is a stealth popular name. I know several kids who go by Max, with various long forms on the birth certificate. I understand the appeal, all that wild rumpusing, but me personally, I'm a little burnt out on this name.

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June 4, 2016 11:20 PM

A lot of people on this forum will say that meaning trumps sounds or syllable length or all the other rules.

Middles are often a good place to honor friends or family members, include a name that is either too traditonal or too daring for the first name, or has some significance for the parents.

I think if you start thinking about what are the names that are meaningful or important to you, that might be easier than just thinking about the syllables.

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June 3, 2016 10:37 PM
In Response to Baby Nameless any day!

I know an adult Theodora who goes by Theo, which is super cute, just to add another nickname to your pile.

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May 26, 2016 11:43 PM
In Response to Baby Number 4

It seems like your older three have very different name styles. Which is actually great, because it means you won't feel fenced into staying within a certain style family and have more options.

Harper on a boy makes me think- sensitive, literary type names like Jude, August, Ezra

Carleen feels very Southern to me. I think of names like Harlan, Beau, Davis

Adelaide is Old Fashioned revivial. I'd pair it with names like Tobias, Oliver, Silas.

 

 

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May 26, 2016 06:18 PM

Or a surge of Princes!

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May 26, 2016 05:23 PM

Super interesting! My kids were both named after punk songs so this trend makes sense to me.

I have also met kids named: Cash (after the Man in Black), Strummer ( Joe Strummer from the Clash), Mayfield (Curtis), and Fleetwood (Fleetwood Mac.)

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May 9, 2016 03:59 PM

Gloria. So many Gloria songs that are so so catchy, from the 80s pop to the Christmas carols.

I also get the 80s songs about Rosanna and Sarah in my head when I hear about people with those names.

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May 6, 2016 01:01 PM

Not surprised to see Benjamin and Harper there. I've seen lots of little ones with those names in the past couple years.

Benjamin fits the trend of a classic male name that still sounds young

and Harper obviously has the literary connections, the surname sounding style and the seems androgynous but isn't really trend.

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May 2, 2016 10:40 PM

This has actually happened in my social circle. I attended a very small graduate program with a cohort of 16. Over the years we've mostly kept in touch and some of us see each other a few times a year, some more frequently. When we were in grad school only two people had kids and now most of us do. In that group there are two Desmonds, two Sydneys and two Matildas. It's even more interesting given that we live in a place that tends to have very creative outside-the-box name styles.

But, it's never been an issue and it's barely mentioned. Sometimes one of the kids will be refered to as Mom's Name's Desi or Other Mom's Desi but no one has accused anyone of stealing. I think it's kind of cute actually, one more thing we have in common as a group.

Hopefully your situation will be similar.

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April 29, 2016 06:50 PM
In Response to Zara/Zahra

I think it's a lovely name and I also love the deep considerations you are taking in your naming process.

 

Just to muddy the waters a bit, I will add that there's a kid at my daughter's school named Xara, with the same pronunciation that (I think) you're going for.

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April 21, 2016 03:47 PM
In Response to Name help part two

I think you can see from the comments that August as a girl name is going to be somewhat divisive. It's fine if you still want to use it of course, but it's just good to know. This may also be the kind of thing that varies a lot depending on your naming microclimate- some communties are much more accepting of gender bending names than others.

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April 19, 2016 02:19 PM
In Response to sibling to Magnus

Your style strikes me as what Laura would call "exotic traditional." They are classic names with long histories but are also somewhat unexpected and unusual.

Here are some boy names along those lines:

Alister

Lucian

Torquil

Augustine

Balthazar

Lysander

Does any of that ring bells for you?

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April 9, 2016 03:35 PM

I love Juliana and Clara- they are both sweet, not super frilly and have that antique patina that's popular right now.

Similar names: Anna, Beatrice, Dorothea, Eleanora, Flora, Ida.

 

Rose Marie and Annamarie feel a little more old school Catholic to me. But maybe that's a style that works for you and your family?

Similiar: Rosabella, Annabeth, Mary Claire, Bridget, Veronica

 

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April 7, 2016 09:19 PM

Honestly the name Ocean seems pretty gender neutral to me. I could see it on a child of any gender.

Other water related names:

Brooke, River, Lake, Haven, Marina, Rain, Sailor

I like the idea of other nature names:

Juniper, Hazel, Fern, Cedar, Alder, Willow, Clementine.

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April 7, 2016 09:12 PM
In Response to Ranger???

I think Ranger could be a super fun middle name. That gives the kid options, if he's more shy and quiet Ranger could be a lot to live up to.

Theodore "Ted" Ranger Lastname sounds pretty great to me.

Another way to get to Ted as a nickname could be a first name that starts with T and a middle that starts with Ed.

Such as Tyler Edward Lastname.

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April 7, 2016 09:07 PM

Lilah is a great name and I think it goes well with Savannah.

 

Lilah Elise is pretty and you would still get to use the name you love as a middle.

Carissa makes me think of Claire- maybe Lilah Claire?

 

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April 6, 2016 12:36 PM

Totally agree with all of this! I think very often expectant parents are so focused on their lists and saying their name combos over and over that they don't realize how rarely people in the child's life will ever say or even know the middle name.

 

The only exception that I can think of is when the first name is either an honor name or a more mainstream acceptable name but the parents plan on calling the child exclusively by their middle name. I knew several young women in college who were given the first name Mary as a family tradition, but went exclusively by their middles. The flow was often very choppy, ie Mary Casey Lastname, but that was obviously not the point.

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April 5, 2016 09:46 PM
In Response to A name for baby boy #2

Hmm, classic and traditional but not over used...

This is what I think of:

Quentin

Levi

Nathan

Colin

Victor

Patrick

Calvin

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April 4, 2016 08:31 PM

I think Owen might be one of those names that has pockets of extreme popularity and pockets of relative obscurity based on where you live. At my kids' school there's a running joke that if you can't remember the name of a particular boy, just call him Owen or Max and you'll likely be correct.

That said, it's a nice name and it goes well with Charlie. My personal preference would be for Arthur, but again I'm probably influenced by my micro naming climate.

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April 4, 2016 08:19 PM
In Response to A name for baby boy #2

Personally I don't think both siblings are required to have nicknames. I think Beau and Roman would be fine together.

Plus Roman might develop a nickname organically, that's not a variation on his name but something that the family calls him.

Gabriel is a nice classic yet contemporary sounding name but I get the sense that you like Roman better. I say, go with it!

As for the middle names, I think they both have a nice family connection. Is there a branch of the family that hasn't been honored yet? That might be a good tie breaker.