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March 12, 2018 10:18 PM

This is true. Is now when I admit I browse Facebook for names that are common in my child's birth country and look for those that feel they'd do well here in the States also?  ;) Surprise! Ruby!! Not even CLOSE to as common as Ruth, but I did see it! :)

March 12, 2018 10:16 PM

Thanks, EVie. Excellent point.

March 12, 2018 10:03 PM

Rosalie is a clear winner to me! I don't think it's too obscure at all and Rosie or Ro are so cute. I agree that Scarlett doesn't have a natural nickname - I think of the same often so I totally get that! And I know a ton of Evelyns, plus it does feel "too" tied to Ava, in my opinion. 

Go for Rosalie! It's so lovely. 

March 12, 2018 04:38 PM

She is older than a few month... hence Celeste is her middle. ;) I think the unfamiliarity of Amaris rules it out. 

March 12, 2018 04:36 PM

Thanks! I'm curious what it is you don't like about Lilia? Too frilly? 

March 12, 2018 04:35 PM

Really great thoughts on Amaris, thank you! That's the kind of feedback I was hoping for. I think it's "out there" to be what we want. 


I'll bring Serena back up to my hsuband tonight. :)

March 12, 2018 04:33 PM

I have definitely considered the two N's and it makes me want to avoid Nora. Also our last name starts with R and I find it a smidge bit of a mouthful to go from Nora to our last name. My husband still likes it and I'm not opposed, so I left it on the list. I really love Lilia but I'm not sure he'll budge... and I also love Ruby but we know A LOT of little Rubys in our area and, surprisingly, no Lily's! I know that in general in life she's more likely to be among a crowd of Lilys than of Rubys... so maybe I let it slide... I'm torn. 

With Lucia, she could choose to just be Lucy if she didn't want people to assume herritage based on Lucia, right? That's sort of what I'm thinking. I hate choosing a compromise name though... 

February 18, 2018 10:44 AM

Thanks everyone. We like names that are unique but still recognizable- preferably with a solid foundation. Nothing creative or made up. Also, a very strong culrural association is something we need to be aware of. (Ie “If I meet a Talia, I assume she’s Russian.”) For a measure of preference, our other daughter is Mabel.

I fell in love with Calliope! But I fear it’s too ‘out there.’ I was hoping Cleo was more recognizable and get would fewer sideways glances, but the responses so far have me not so sure. 

Other suggestions for relatively uncommon names that still sound somewhat familiar? I like feminine with spunk. And if it‘s long, we like a good nick name. :) 

February 5, 2018 12:58 PM

What do you all think of a Lydia going by Lydie?

February 5, 2018 12:45 PM

I LOVE Maribel... but I basically used it already. My bio daughter is Mabel! Haha

February 5, 2018 12:19 PM

You guys are awesome! This dialogue is definitely what I was hoping for when I posted. I know one person saying "I'm confused by what you're going for." Well, our situation is fairly unique... 

We have been in an adoption process in a Latin American country for years now. And we were finally officially matched!!  This little one will be getting a new first name from us, her new family. We will be keeping part of her existing double barrelled first as her middle - Celeste. 

I'm in crunch mode now as we have to know her name before we travel (or within the first week of arriving in country), which is due to happen in a few weeks. Since we've been on this journey a while, we've been through list after list of names. I think I've "listed" myself into parallysis. 

Calliope surfaced out of no where and immediate felt right! Little One isn't speaking yet (she has some delays) and the name Calliope fits our hopes and prayers for her perfectly. But I have icky feelings about giving a child with her herritiage a name that is so decidely not Latina. She will have a tough time in life processding her identify as she balances cultural herritage with our white, rural community. (We have other internationally adopted children. This isn't a new road for us.)

That leads to Beatriz. Also an incredible meaning for an adopted child!! But I wonder, if I give her a decidedly Latina name, might there may be an assumption or pressure for her fully embrace being Latina, language and all? I'd prefer she be free to identify however she chooses. I hope that makes sense. 

So we have Elena. A more ethnically ambiguous name that moves freely in and out of Latin America. It's lovely, and my husband's current favorite. Too be honest, it just feels too expected to me... maybe even a little boring compared to my usual taste. And the meaning is also lovely, but nothing specifically fitting for us. It feels like a compromise name? I prefer Lena, but I would think of her as lay-na and I know everyone would say leh-na or lee-na and I just hate to do that to her. I also enjoy Laney (I think? still chewing on it), so maybe she is Elena and could go by Laney? Sigh, I just can't decide.


I guess I'm stuck with "safe" vs. "risky." That's how I'm feeling anyway. I'll take all feedback!! And other suggestions! I seriously need help. 


Some other names we've considered (many DH likes but I don't or vice versa):

Lucia/ Lucy
Lydia/ Lidia/ Lydie
Talia/ Tahlia/ Thalia



January 2, 2018 05:51 PM

(Migrated from duplicate)

I have a niece named Logan! If you have  the same personal taste as her Mama, perhaps you'd like her sister's names, Reese, Avery, Quinn

In a similar style, I think, would be: Aubrey, Riley, Kerrigan

More similar to the "classic" Anna, maybe: Lucy, Hazel, Mabel

And just to get the creative juices flowing...

Anya, Celia, Calliope (my current crush) :)