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September 19, 2017 09:00 PM

Possible third option: Zara/Zahra has the familiarity of the former and the relatively straightforward pronunciation of the latter, and it's the Arabic word for "blossom" so it fits very well with your pick for middle.

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September 19, 2017 08:54 PM

I may be wrong here with the data, but Ariana very much strikes me as a name that peaked a decade ago and is beginning its slow descent, while Zaya strikes me as a name that'll peak a decade from now.

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September 17, 2017 08:37 PM

I think Ulysses is a very cool pick, and that you should definitely follow your kids' wishes.

I just want to give you a thumbs up for the name Sibyl! 

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September 17, 2017 05:57 PM
In Response to Sib name

I like that both your kids have names with long histories of usage and a prominent Z, giving you two alleys to go down if you want the sibset to match.

You might even be able to find a name that's both! Lazarus might be too weighty for a boy, but it has plenty of related names that might fit (Eliezer, Lazar, Lazar). Enzo could work either as a nickname for Vincenzo, Lorenzo, etc or as a full name in its own right.

For girls, I think Hazel is a perfect fit. I adore the name Beatriz, personally!

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September 6, 2017 06:45 PM

If you like Reuben but the connotations are dissuading you-- possibly consider spelling it Ruben? I think it loses a lot of its stodginess that way.

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September 6, 2017 06:40 PM

The thing with having two middle names is that the second middle name will probably never be used outside of your baby's birth certificate. As such, while I appreciate the sentiment behind using both names, you really are privileging whatever name comes first de facto.

And in any case, I'm not a fan of June or Louise individually, and certainly not together, where they invariably make me want to start singing "Let Me Entertain You." If you're dead-set on honoring both grandmas, I'd go with a single name that incorporates elements of both. Something like Julia or any of its derivatives (Julie, Juliet, Jewel, Juliana...)

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September 6, 2017 10:19 AM

Anakin certainly sounds feminine, fitting in with both Anna names and having that -in ending. I bet the parents are going to call them Annie.

I actually really do like Million as a name.

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I would definitely avoid Rowan, which I think is too same-y with your surname. Your mileage may vary; that may be what brought you to the name in the first place. I also would avoid Ibis, which is close enough to Iris that you're bound to get confusion.

I really like Delta, Vesper, Florence, and Noelle for a girl. Arlo Desmond is my favorite boys' choice too.

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September 1, 2017 03:01 PM

I'm observing NYC's baby name data. The threshold for publishing name data seems to be 10, which makes this a little awkward.

Ashley is mostly popular among Hispanic girls, and doesn't even chart for boys. Ditto Carmen (duh), but also ditto Leslie, of all names. Courtney doesn't appear once in the past five years.

Jordan is interesting: for boys, the name is overwhelmingly more popular among Black and Hispanic parents; the name only sees non-sporadic use on baby girls among white parents, where it's half as popular as it is on white boys. Then again, this isn't counting kre8iv variant spellings.

I don't think this dataset is going to prove fruitful for proving or disproving my theory, unfortunately.

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August 30, 2017 06:31 PM
In Response to middle name for Austin

I think both Amos and Ames are dicey. Amos is great in theory, but I'm afraid the association with Amos & Andy may have sullied the name permanently. Also, it sounds like "anus." I'm still not sure if Ames is pronounced like aims, alms, or Amos, and if I ran into it in the wild I would probably assume someone misspelled James.

Some alternatives in the same vein: Ambrose? Amadeus? Seamus?

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August 30, 2017 10:18 AM

I seem to recall the OP making a post last year asking a similar question.

My recommendation would be a long name with stress on the third syllable, e.g. Alexander, Giovanni, Santiago, et cetera, because I think it flows best with a short first name with stress on the final syllable.

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August 26, 2017 05:57 PM
In Response to Baby name help!

You seem to like surnames as forenames, and several of the names you've listed are uniséx.

This might be a little out there, but regardless of the baby's gender, I think Armani is a very good fit. It's a surname name that's surprisingly popular for both boys and girls (there are about 200 Armanis born every year, more boys than girls, but not by much), has similar high-fashion connotations to Brooks, and fits with your two boys while sounding totally distinct. And, it begins with the last five letters of your maiden name.

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August 26, 2017 05:39 PM

"Swept Away by the Mediterranean Tycoon's Amnesiac Secret Baby" is a fantastic title. Sounds like a Chuck Tingle book...

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August 25, 2017 08:32 PM

Nah... I doubt it. Why not go with Richard in that case? (Or Leonard, Bernard...) Dave and Reynardo is a pretty odd sibset any way you slice it. I have a feeling traleerose is correct here, and Reynardo is an adoptee.

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August 25, 2017 08:00 PM

I think Egon reads like an odd spelling of Egan rather than a name in its own right, but it's perfectly fine. But I might be biased because upthread you mentioned considering Sagan, and I would personally love to meet a little Sagan.

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August 19, 2017 06:36 PM
In Response to Baby 5.0

Ok, so of the names you've listed here, the only ones which are totally unusable in the Anglophone world are Bento (which evokes Japanese takeout) and Fabio (which screams male model). Malu might be dicey.

Samuel, Amelia, and Evelyn are all very familiar names in English-speaking communities, although you might pronounce Amelia differently than a native English speaker. Benicio, Diego, and Salvador are all very usable (not to mention usable) names, just be prepared to have ignorant white Americans ask "you're like, Mexican, right?"

I rather like Benicio nn Ben for a boy and Yara for a girl.

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August 18, 2017 06:43 PM

Based on Jaxon and Javon (a pair of names I would not recommend for the same reasons as everyone else here), I think you're aiming for names which are

1. obviously "twinned"

2. with a high Scrabble value (containing J, X, and/or Z)

3. snappy.

Zeno and Enzo are names with a history of usage that would make a pretty good pairing. I could also see some "unique" names that stem from exciting words, like Zap or Trick.

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August 16, 2017 10:17 PM

I'd bet money the kid's middle name was Adolph.

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August 16, 2017 10:08 PM
In Response to Wesley or Isaac?

They're both nice names! Personally I prefer Isaac, but I think it's going to come down to whichever goes better with your surname.

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August 16, 2017 10:04 PM

Ah! To be clear, I'm not expecting, nor am I expecting to be expecting for several years. It just occurred to me that the names I like are pretty tough sells and that I should probably have a familiar backup for when my partner vetoes Xiomara.