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April 23, 2014 05:49 PM

Adeline Mae or Emmaline Rose or Gabriella Rose

Girls first: Emmaline*, Willow, Samantha, Paloma, Rose, Jade, Shiloh, Adeline, Gabriella

Girls middle: Elizabeth*, Mae, Sarah, Chelsea, Cristina, Angelina, Jade, Rose, Colette

Jasper William or Sean William or Sean Edward or Peter James

Boys first: Jasper, Sean*, Leo, Jude, Peter, Lennon, Hudson, Daniel, Pax

Boys middle: Jack, William*, Edward, Moore, James, Leo, Lucas, Carson, Brandon

April 23, 2014 05:44 PM

Ditto. Only no African language here. ;-)

Same pronunciations, only for Merijn, I would say in my head (because if I saw it on someone, I would ask how it's pronounced instead of guessing): Mare-een 

April 23, 2014 10:21 AM
In Response to Stuck

Shots in the dark:

Ava, Audrey, Clara, Carissa, Ruby, Hazel, Augusta, Iris

If you are okay with repeating the "s", I would throw out Stella Madeline as a possibility.

April 23, 2014 10:09 AM
In Response to Malia or Cecilia

Emilia also can work with this criteria (which I love) if you do the Eh-MEEL-ya pronunciation. It's close to Malia too.

April 23, 2014 10:01 AM
In Response to Initials: S-A-D

Gorgeous! :-) 

April 21, 2014 11:11 AM
In Response to And baby makes 8

Congratulations! I call my son my brother's name frequently (they have similar personalities). :-)

Welcome Baby Andrew!

April 21, 2014 11:02 AM
In Response to 'too' Scandinavian?

I go Greek for Alexander, not Scandinavian at all.

Magnus, yes, but Alexander, no. 

I think Alexander Magnus is a fine name.

April 18, 2014 01:14 PM

It just made me smile to see the combo. :-)


I like Violet Annelies better also. 

April 17, 2014 08:19 PM
In Response to Names Ending In H

I guess I've read it multiple times and can't see where it is asking for only names that sound like "a" with an "h" on the end (the original sentence was, "I am wondering if you can add to my list of girl names ending in H."). I try very hard to not read between the lines and add things though as when I assume things tend to get messed up. Then the next paragraph is about the names she has come up with so far and a comment about how they all end in the same sort of sound. Which I then read three times to see if she wanted only those, but there is no indication in the actual words that she was *only* looking for those.

Looks like you read into her intent more correctly than I did. 

April 17, 2014 05:32 PM

If DH had had it his way, DD would have been Ev@ngeline Annel!ese (4 syllables, 4 syllables). I had to put my foot down on that one simply because it was too much of a mouthful. Depending on last name, Evangeline Annelies might be an okay flow. :-)

April 17, 2014 05:24 PM
In Response to Some name sightings

Sibsets who are also cousins (oldest in each sibset to youngest):

All3n Z@chary, Ezek!el Th0mas, S@shaFay Je@nne, Gl0ria R0se 

Natal!e & Delan!e

April 17, 2014 05:16 PM
In Response to Names Ending In H

So to amend my suggestions, You can go to the Advanced Name Finder, click "girl", then under "Must end with" put in "ah". You will get a long list. :-)

April 17, 2014 05:14 PM
In Response to Names Ending In H

I read it as "what names end in 'h'?" Then "so far all the names have the same sound at the end."

My apologies if I misread it.  

April 17, 2014 02:12 PM
In Response to Names Ending In H

There are also all those ending in "th" (so Elizabeth, Meredith, etc.), "sh" (Ailish, Trish, etc.), and "gh" (Hayleigh, Aubreigh, etc.--although these are variant spellings).

If you go to the Advanced Name Finder, click girl, then under "Must end in" type "h" and hit enter. You'll get a long list of names ending in "h".

April 17, 2014 09:40 AM
In Response to Some name sightings

I told them flat out that they had great naming style. :-) I didn't find out about where they chose R0ok from, but I was very thrilled to hear the set. :-)


April 16, 2014 07:12 PM
In Response to Too close for cousins?

Should be okay especially with the distance. We have an Evangel!ne and an Ev3lyn 5 weeks apart in our family. Originally Ev3lyn's family wasn't going to use a nn, so we decided to go with Evie (Ee-vee). Lo and behold, they've nn'd Ev3lyn to Evie (Eh-vee) now (and started with Evy then moved to Evie). If we'd known, we would have likely used Eva or Lena instead. Oh well. Now poor grandma is totally confused which girl is which pronunciation (they're even both strawberry blondes, but one with brown eyes and the other with blue).

April 16, 2014 02:43 PM
In Response to Baby brother for Norah

Sometimes it was at the ship's manifest when buying tickets or boarding that the name changes happened. My great-grandmother was Catherine, but was listed as Katherine on the manifest, and it stayed because she was "taking on a new life in America". Her husband was told he *had* to have a middle name to go to America, so he took his mother's maiden name as his middle for the trip. 

How many had their names changed at the ship and didn't understand when they came into America that they could still go by their original name and not the one "assigned" to them at some point in their journey?

Of course there are tons who changed their names to not stand out or to simplify. Our last name is a great example. In the Netherlands (we've managed to trace it), it was originally Schaeffre. Now we're the simplest way to spell it (no "c", 1 "f", etc.). It's difficult to trace the progression as the family went from the Netherlands to England to Ireland to England to America because of the multiple spellings. I'm sure it was even more different when the family was originally from Germany (we're assuming this part). 

I had a teacher with the last name of Burkland whose grandfather changed it from Bjorklund (with the funny "o") as he got tired of people pronouncing it "Buh-jerk-lund". But it wasn't at Ellis Island; it was as they moved West.

April 15, 2014 11:15 AM
In Response to Baby Girl Name

I agree. 

With Parker as a second choice--although be ready for people to think they are both boys with this choice. :-)

April 15, 2014 11:14 AM
In Response to Middle Name for Eli

Last name?

April 14, 2014 10:31 AM
In Response to Theodore nn Teddy?

Yep! That's the thing with longer names that can be nicknamed: they can have multiple nn's that you may or may not like. At some point, the name is truly the child's to do with as they please. This fits some people's naming style but not other people's. You have to figure out if you can deal with that one nn you just can't stand if the child chooses it later.

I have an Alex@nder. I'm not fond of the nn Al. I wasn't sold on Xander like my hubby was. Alex, Alec, Sandy, Sasha, I was all cool with. I decided that my dislike of Al wasn't a dealbreaker for me. If he chooses to be an Al later in life, that's his choice. FYI--he turned out to be a Xander. ;-) That's just who he is, although as an almost teenager, he's opted to switch to Alex as he's discovering who he is. I try to remember, but I slip frequently as he's been Xander for 12 years now.

Our DD is similar in that Ev@ngeline can have many nn's also. I grew up with a ton of them, and I'm not fond of the nn Angie. Just not my style. However, all of the other potential nn's, I do love. Evie, Eva, Vangie, Lena, etc. She is currently an Evie (Ee-vee) who refuses to acknowledge that her full name is Ev@ngeline. But she's 2. It'll likely change as she gets older and has opinions about her name even more so.

As a parent, you have to be okay with that. My DH's parents were not okay with it. They still call him but his legal first name--James. Never any nn for it either--that was forbidden. His friends in junior high gave him a nn: Gryph0n. When he left for college, he chose to go by that nn as his first name. On our wedding invites we had to list both names as he had people who would have had no clue who "Gryph0n" was and others who wouldn't have had a clue who "James" was. We horribly offended his mother, but really, she *gave* him a name, and it's his to choose what to do with.

That's what we as parents do--we gift them a name, and once given, it's theirs to do with as they please.

As to Theodore nn Teddy vs. Theo. You may have some people who end up calling him Ted. Either you or he corrects them until he's claimed the name as his own. You will likely get more Ted if you call him Teddy, but switching from Xander to Alex (two very not-sound-alike names) really wasn't hard for DS, just hard on me to remember.  And a pet family name is not a terrible thing either. Oh--and only one person every called him Al. And she always called him "Al my Pal" which he dearly loved as it showed her fondness for him (in preschool). He never insisted on it nor did it spread to other people. It is now a distant fond memory for him. :-)