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Thank you for the combos, and the compliment to Alistair's name; loving his name so much is making this time around much harder!
Your comment that Harriet could serve as a tribute name to Harold has me thinking...perhaps if I think of the "Joann" name as a subtle tribute to Harold Joseph then choosing that part of the middle will be more appealing to me. If I think of it that way I think I'll be happier about it and can move on to actually picking the best way to honor her. Thank you for the change in perspective!
You make an excellent point, and I've definitely considered it and it does make me pause. I'm assuming that is probably part of the reason it is so much less popular than other similar sounding/feeling names. Meaning/history aren't the most important thing in a name to me, but it's definitely something I want to keep in mind, so thanks for the reminder!
I think Guinevere is the one I keep returning to most lately, but you're right, it's a bold choice and I'm not 100% sure we're ready to be that bold. Fiona seems safer, but I don't know that safe is what I want either. I think it's going to come down to meeting the baby and seeing what fits (and then being surprised when it's something we never considered before, probably!) But thanks, your suggestions are a help too!
Yeah, I worry at times about Guinevere being too much, both because of the mythological feeling and the actual length. And it has such strong sounds as well, which I love, but also know can make it a harder name for people to deal with. I always loved having an unusual name, but Rhiannon has much softer sounds than Guinevere, which makes it easier I think. But I think having Guin/Gwen available helps a lot with that, like you said. I like Gwyneth, but DH was put off by the Gwyneth Paltrow issue. I don't know that it's as big a problem as he thinks though, so it's definitely a possible contender if we feel like Guinevere might be too much, but we want something similar.
I agree that Fiona feels more modern, not because it actually is but because of Shrek and its popularity. I've loved it forever and it goes so well with Alistair that I haven't been able to let go of it, but I do have those concerns. I have similar popularity concerns with Penelope, and I love most of the nickname options, but am not a huge fan of Penny, and I think it's the most common/likely nickname choice.
As for Gwendolen, you're right, the multiple spellings is an issue. We've gone back and forth on the y versus the e, but I'm thinking this probably isn't the one for us anyway. And I love your description of Harriet too, I can picture it now!
And thank you for the suggestion of Johanna, I'm going to have to run that by the husband! I think the whole middle name thing is making me crazy because not only do I not care about honoring Joann herself (which sounds more callous than I mean it - she's great, but I think there are other people in our lives with more "claim" to an honor spot. But with two middles I think it's fair that I get one and Jason gets the other, and his choice is his mom, so I need to stop being whiny.), but I also don't particularly like her name. You're right, it doesn't fit with the rest of them, which is why we were trying out different parts of it, but none of those seem right either. Johanna wouldn't normally be exactly my style, but I like it so much better with the rest of our names. Here's hoping I can sell the husband on it. Thank you!
Thanks for your thoughts, I'm glad to get agreement that 2 middles is the way to go. Harold Joseph was named after my grandpa and my MIL's father. She was named after him, so in a way, the Joseph could honor them both, but I don't think my husband sees it that way, which I understand.
I should probably also mention that Harriet is a name we both love, but my husband is far more into it than I am. I think it is too close to Harold, and I don't want our daughter to think we couldn't come up with a name that is enough her own, if you know what I mean, but my husband doesn't see that as an issue.
We don't choose a final name until after meeting the baby, so I'm willing to keep an open mind - maybe she'll just turn out to be Harriet. If that's the case though, I don't think I could go with any of the Jo-related middle names, since they're way too close to Joseph.
I'll have to share these comments with my husband! Fiona has long been a favorite of mine, but he is far more on the fence about it. Maybe this will persuade him. And thank you!
I can see why wou're having a hard time deciding, because you have two really good choices here!
I love Grace as a first name, and Gracie can be adorable on a little girl.
But I really like that Kara echoes your names, but feels like a solid name on its own. I like Karaline and Karoline, but I don't think Kara needs to have a longer form - it feels like a full name by iteself if you prefer it that way.
Sorry, I'm not much help because I like them both! Does either flow better with your last name?
Thanks, that is all really helpful, and you helped me figure out why I like Gwendolen and Penelope but they haven't felt right - I can blame my husband's last name!
Also, I'm not sure why I put down the middle names in that order: I would probably prefer to use my grandma's name as the first middle name, especially if we use Pauline. Mae seems better in a second middle spot, although to me the Pauline or Mae is the primary honoree (if that makes sense). I don't mind Joann, so that is definitely useable too, I just didn't know if it sounded like two names just by itself.
And yeah, I think most any name/set of names we choose is going to be a mouthful, but as someone with a long name myself, it doesn't bother me too much. And Alistair's name is similarly long, but was well received by everyone (or at least no one said anything to us if they thought it was crazy!), so that makes me feel better about it too.
Before today I had been feeling so listless and uninterested in finding a name, but you guys have gotten me energized and excited about naming again, so thank you so much!
Hyz - I think that is a perfect description of my taste, and your list of names is giving me lots of ideas (how did I forget about the name Verity? I love that name!) to go forward with. My husband doesn't think we should use an A or M name, but I don't care either way, and until we have a list at all I'm not so willing to throw out entire letters. I will definitely be checking out britishbabynames.com, thanks for the suggestion.
Zoerhenne - Ha, I hadn't even noticed how much we seem to like S, but you're totally right! We know kids with many of the names you suggested, but I'd forgotten how much I like Phoebe, Lydia and Daphne. And Ainsley is about the only girl name my husband has ever said he likes, but he doesn't want to use it because of the A.
(No Longer) Nameless - Thank you so much, and congratulations to you on Coralise! That's a really beautiful name and it's awesome you were able to find it and that it suits her so well. I love it! Eliza and Matilda are both names I really like, but unfortunately we have friends with both of those names, so they won't work for us. Maybe our problem is that our friends have too good a taste in names so too many good ones are unavailable? ;)
Anyway, I'm looking forward to sharing some ideas with my husband and seeing what he likes and what he throws out. And then I'll definitely be back with a list to get more feedback at some point. If anyone else wants to chime in with suggestions, I'm still open to them.
Oh, and I do love Philippa, mainly because I LOVE Pippa, Pippi and Pip as nicknames (although we aren't real nicknamey), but like many others I was a little turned off by the sudden everywhereness of Pippa Middleton...maybe I should reconsider it though, or at least run it by my husband. Thanks!
Zoerhenne - Thanks for responding - I like both Bridget and Iris more in theory than in practice, who knows why, but they are both good suggestions I think and go well with Alistair. Good question about our other boy names too. Some of the other names we had on our list, or loved but couldn't use, were Linus, Seamus, Declan, Rupert, Sebastian and Jasper. Linus was my all-time fave that my husband wasn't fond of, and Seamus was his first choice, but I worried that a very Irish first name with our very Irish last name might be too much.
Hyz - Thank you as well! Most of your suggestions are right on track, and I especially like Rosamond, Beatrix, Anthea, Eleanor, Sylvia, Fiona and Calantha. I know a few of those have been on my lists for years, but somehow getting them as a suggestion from another person makes them seem more appealing than reading their descriptions in name books. Or perhaps it's just hormones making me crazy that one day a name sounds old and stale and the next it sounds lovely? ;)
Anyway, this is helping. I don't share our names in real life, so I think just being able to get input from actual people will help a lot. Since writing this I've thought of a couple things that might help figure out our style. We definitely are drawn to Celtic and British names. As I said above my biggest concern with Irish names is whether they go too well with the Irish last name. We both have Irish in our backgrounds, but we don't identify as particularly Irish, so a name like Seamus (or Fiona, in this case) seems like it could be too much paired with Mull!gan. Wat do you all think? Also, I love many Greek names, but with no Greek background I tend to shy from them - maybe that's silly to automatically rule them out?
Hi all, I'm a long-time lurker, but this is my first time posting, which of course means I'm looking for some baby naming help.
I am due in June with a girl and we are just at a total loss for name ideas. We have a 20 month-old named Alistair, and had lots of other boy names we loved, but girl names are harder for us, and nothing is catching my eye.
What we both love about Alistair's name is that it is uncommon, but not unknown, and that it feels both strong and soft/bookish. These are the qualities I always liked about my name too, so we're looking for something that hits similar spots I think.
So, thanks in advance for any suggestions you all have for a girl's name that goes well with Alistair. Oh, and the last name is Mull!g@n, which is probably helpful to know.