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I think Ivy Winter sounds very cute!
Other names that Livia and Ivy make me think of are Islie, Evie, Ava, Iris, Aurora, Viola, and Evelyn
Hi! I really like the name Warner, and I think that if your husband's problem with it is that it's too different, you could point out to him that even though the name itself has not been in the top 1000 in a while, there are similar names that have been. That means that it wouldn't sound at all out of place in a classroom, and I don't think anyone would think twice about it. I think it's a lovely name, you're unlikely to hear many others with the exact name, but it's not going to make him stand out. I think that seems like your best bet!
I do love the name Henry but agree that it is quite popular now. I think the problem with Hank is that although I do find it cute, it doesn't lend itself well to being a nickname for a toddler. I think we tend to want to add an -ie to little kid nicknames, and you don't want a Hankie! But I think it's a charming name. However, if your husband doesn't like the nickname it might be hard for it to catch on. He might just end up using the full name always.
I like Maeve Catherine, it's really pretty! Not everyone likes two one-syllable names, but I think it's OK.
My favorites are Rowan and Gavin.
I would be really surprised to hear someone say they were voting for "Donald." I have never heard anyone call him anything other than Trump. I think Hillary mostly goes by her first name because her last name has already been used in campaigns by her husband.
Sorry, it wasn't very clearly written! I meant, just because the first son has a family name for a middle name, doesn't mean that the second son has to also have a family name for the middle name. I think it's OK to have a family name for one and not the other.
Natalie is currently in the top 50, it's at 27 right now and last year was 23.
I don't think it's that strange. I know a couple sib-sets with the same middle name, although in both cases it's the mother's maiden name. I think it would be fine if you feel really strongly about it, but if it's just becuase you can't think of another name, maybe not? I don't think the middle name has to be a family name just because it is for the first son.
I second the commenter who suggested using Wesley as her middle name. I think it's kind of fun to have a unique middle name and especially a family name.
I tend to agree with the commenters who think boy names used as girls names sends the wrong message but it doesn't need to be the case. If you are coming from a standpoint that you want your girls to be able to be whatever they want to be, and if you talk to your daughter about this, I think it's fine. I also think Wesley has rather a feminine sound, so it would be not hard to imagine calling your daughter Wesley.
I think if you use it as a first name, you should have a relatively feminine middle name, and if she ends up being more feminine, she could go by her full name, like "Wesley Rose" would be cute I think.
Jane is out for me because of the last name H@nes.
Yes, Ira Glass is one of the inspirations for the name for me! I am surprised so many people seem unfamiliar with the name.
I have also never heard Levi pronounced anything other than Lee-vie, that is how it would be pronounced. I am surprised to see so many people suggesting other things! I didn't know anyone had other ways of pronouncing it.
I'm curious whether you actually tested your google images search idea? When I type in "Michael is a big brother" I see a bunch of middle aged men pictures as well, mostly Big Brother contestants.
Wow, thanks for all the advice!
I also think H@nes-P3d3rson sounds nicer or has better flow than P3d3rson-H@nes, but I guess my concern was about the first one with Ira, because of Ira Hayes. I grew up listening to so much Johnny Cash that it's hard to believe there's anyone who doesn't immediately think of that! haha. For me, Ira is definitely my top boy pick right now, although I think it's still early to say that for sure, and my opinions are known to change a lot.
I agree that my girl names are a little less exciting, and I'm not quite convinced by any of them, so other suggestions are welcome!
I would be so excited to meet an Iola, especially with the middle name Rosalie.