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I love Violet Jayne (nn Vi), but Ruby Jayne gmv.
Agreed on both counts. :)
I LOVE Edith Magnolia, and if we have another daughter, that will most likely be her name. I like Magnolia as a fn, but not as much as Edith or Iris. Iris just seems to *fit* this time around, and I've promised H it's our final pick. Thanks for your input. :)
True enough. Luckily my feelings about Iris Olivia are mostly unrelated to Io, just think it's an interesting nn suggestion.
I saw that when I looked it up, too. Not the greatest meaning, but considering most people's knowledge of Greek mythology, I think it's probably safe in the quirky category vs. skanky.
Wow, I'd never heard that. I kind of like!
I love the idea of a middle with more significance, and we've tried and tried to think of something, but nothing works. Either it doesn't go with Iris, or there are other reasons it's not usable. I like Elizabeth and Katherine, but my stepdaughter is Kathryn Elizabeth (and SIL is Elizabeth, and H's ex-wife's mn is Elizabeth). Our other top choice for a girl was Edith Magnolia. Magnolia is significant to H and I, but paired with Iris, it's just ridiculously flowery. My grandma's name is June, which I like, but a) I'm not that close with my grandma; b) the double-noun thing kind of bothers me, and it sounds slightly country vs. Jane, which is more neutral. I guess I'm just not big on naming after a family member in general. I do like the idea of a mn with significance, but after 7 months of thinking, we're still coming up empty-handed.
Thanks for the input! I agree with almost everything you wrote, minus the Ris/Rissie/Rissa nicknames. I am NAF, and would prefer she just be called Iris than any of those.
Totally agree that Iris Olivia sounds a bit trendy, and that's very opposite our naming style. It's a shame, because Olivia is an old name, and I hate that it's so IN right now. I had a friend when I was in elementary school named Olivia, and I've always loved it. We wouldn't use Iris Olivia as a double-barrel - that really only appeals to me with a super short middle. I can totally see how calling her Olive/Olli could seem forced, too.
I'm leaning more toward Iris Jane. My main hesitation is that H and I have always felt that a 3+ syllable mn flows better between Iris and J0yce. Maybe it shouldn't be a consideration, though. We'll rarely ever call her by all three names.
We're also big GoT fans, and I love the name Aria. If you're going for the are-ee-ya pronunciation, I'd just stick with the Aria spelling. Arya is fine, and a more accurate nod to the GoT character, but I could see the pronunciation being a little more confusing for some, and then there's the whole Aryan Nation thing PPs brought up (which I never would've thought of, but now can't un-think of).
I love your list. If you're concerned about popularity, I would probably avoid Violet, Ivy, and Eve. Ivy was on our short list for a while, but at #152 in 2013, I definitely see it breaking into the top 100 in 2014. Violet is already #69. Eve is not high on the list, but with variations like Eva (#88) and Evelyn (#20) all sharing the nn Evie, I think you'd find you're hearing it everywhere.
Of your other choices, I really love Heidi, Vera, and Lucia. Heidi is unexpected and adorable, and I don't think it would be weird, even with a Spanish DH. :) Vera still gets you the "v" sound you like, but it's not nearly as popular. It would be darling on a baby, but would grow into an intelligent, sophisticated name for a teenager/adult. You would probably run into some popularity issues with Lucia if you plan to use the nn Lucy (#66), but I can't help but love this full name, considering she'll be half Spanish and this name is #1 in Spain. I like that connection, but I could see it being a con, as well.
Alexandra, Serena, Clara, and April are all fine, just nms.
Hope this helps! Good luck naming!
Hmm. How would you use Io? Eye-oh?
Thank you all so much for the comments and suggestions! Especially you, Edie, it's great to hear from a real-life Edith. :) I've tossed around a few other middle name suggestions that I think flow better, but H is completely sold on Isla. Since Edith/Edie was my pick, and I do love the name Isla, it's just the blend that bothers me, we've decided to make Edith Isla official! It doesn't flow perfectly, but I think it's a lovely, unexpected name. Cannot wait to meet our little Edith!
I just ran my new list by H, and he's still 100% sold on Isla. I guess I did a really good job when I pitched that one to him. :) All things considered, I really like Edith Isla. It took some pushing to get H to agree to Edith, so I think I'll just force myself to stop over-thinking and be happy with our baby girl's name. I love names, and have mostly enjoyed the process of choosing this one, so it's tough to stop analyzing!
Ugh! Just realized Carys is a total no-go with our last name. Last name sounds like "Choice." Too much -s, I think. :(
I'm liking your suggestions. Carys is going on the list!
Edith Anneliese - H vetoed.
Edith Carys - !
Edith Julianna - nms, but H has vetoed all other forms of "Julia"
Edith Francine - nms
Edith Margot (too much Despicable Me?) - love, actually, but H has vetoed. :P
Edith Vivian - like, and listed as an option for H, when he picked Isla. Might need to revisit.
Edith Savannah - the name of H's ex-wife's dog. Deal breaker.
Edith Willow - the name of a town near where I grew up, kind of makes it weird for me.
Edith Olivia - used to love Olivia, but I'm so over it now. :(
Edith Raine - I have a similar problem with this as Isla... just doesn't flow that well, for me.
Edith Lillian - nms. I do like Jillian, but H vetoed.
Edith Harper - the last name of a boy I went to HS with, so this might be weird.
Haha. Seriously... thank you for trying. :) I'm starting to think that with H and I both being fairly picky, yet both liking Isla pretty well, maybe it's going to have to be our compromise. I certainly don't think it's awful.
Thanks for the suggestions. I think my problem stems from 1) being drawn to short names; 2) being drawn to vintage, "old lady" names. Ideally, I'd like something a bit more modern and longer, to pair with Edith, and I keep coming up empty. I think Isla is pretty, but I find it more "adequate" than the perfect middle for Edith. H is on board with it, though, so if we end up with an Edith Isla, I won't be upset. Just wondering if there's a better combo out there.
Edith Annora is actually on my list to run by him. Love Edith Fiona, but Fiona was the name of our recently departed cat. :( H has already vetoed Noelle, and I'm not a huge fan of Bryony or Sloane.
While I have seen Iris discussed fairly often on various baby name boards, I don't know any in real life. It's a gorgeous name with history, and I'd never think to label it "trendy."