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December 9, 2018 01:31 PM

Congratulations! I love it!

December 9, 2018 01:29 PM

Plus Ash, Indigo, Sage, and Moss are both a color and botanical...

Add in:

Aspen, Alder, Oliver, Heath, Juniper, Reed, Rowan, Basil, Hawthorne, Bay, Linden, Oleander, Bud, or Fox (for Foxglove).


December 9, 2018 01:18 PM

Woohoo! I love it! Congratulations!

November 20, 2018 10:45 AM

Congratulations on your little girl! This list is lovely.

My preference (not that this matters) in order:

Zinnia (based on how you describe the name, I get the feeling that this may be her name)

Delphine (Lovely, and fits siblings without being matchy-matchy)

Cordelia (Pretty, but it feels like a name that gets nicknamed fairly quickly, which would be unusual for your family)

Elke (Just NMS, and feels too matchy with sibling and less solid, if that makes sense)


I think Zinnia Delphine or Delphine Cordelia would be lovely combos.


November 20, 2018 10:39 AM

Genevieve, Evangeline, Beatrice, Penelope, Eloise, Ariadne, Gabrielle, Annelies

October 29, 2018 11:14 AM

Evangeline is a lovely choice!

October 29, 2018 11:13 AM

Me! That's how we convinced our oldest that Evangeline nn Ee-vee or Ee-va was a good name. 

October 24, 2018 11:59 AM
In Response to New niece has arrived!

Thankfully, they are 10 years apart, yes. :-)

Yes! I'm finding it difficult to switch from the repeated "r"s to the repeated "l"s in her middle too. Thankfully, last name is J@ckson, so no repeated sounds there!


October 24, 2018 11:57 AM
In Response to New niece has arrived!

No worries; it looks like an "L" without the top and bottom slashes.


October 24, 2018 11:52 AM

Ok--as an Evangeline (Eh-VAN-geh-leen) nn Evie (EE-vee) mama who has a cousin who named her daughter Evelyn nn Evie (eh-vee), I feel like I can comment decently authoritatively here.

First, let me say, Nice naming! Evie (ee-vee) Green is lovely and flows well.

Now to the info:

Part of this is going to be where you are located/your social circle. I find with my UK friends that they default to Eh-vee, regardless of spelling. Some others also default to Eh-vee, but most will say Ee-vee at least in my neck of the woods (PNW). Part of this is the Pokemon Go craze, as when saying DD's name, Pokemon is almost 100% the first reaction. In a positive, my DD loves Pokemon (partly because there is one with her name), and Eevee is a fairly powerful Pokemon who can evolve in a number of various types which are all awesome. There's always a -eon that the kiddo can identify with. (Good gravy, I've learned more about Pokemon than I care to admit since I'm actually just slightly too old to have been into it the first time round in the 90's)

Next, if you love Evelyn nn Evie (Ee-vee) don't let some people mispronouncing her nn on first meeting deter you. Often people are willing to be corrected and most of the time they remember (particularly if they are into Pokemon).

But, if you are liking Evangeline, I vote for that because, well, it's an awesome name. However, unlike Evelyn which everyone seems to know how to pronounce, Evangeline has some pronunciation ambiguity. Is it Ee-van-jeh-leen? Eh-van-jeh-leen? Ee-van-jel-line? Eh-van-jeh-line? Eh-vang-uh-lyn? You have to be ready to correct people, and then realize that they may still not get it. However, this will often get you with people defaulting to your preferred nn more readily. In addition, if you are a -line or -lyn and not -leen pronouncer, then there is no rhyming with Green. 

Personally, I'm not a fan of -leen Green, but -leena Green works for me just fine. 

YMMV with kiddos pronouncing their names. Mine knew both nn and full name easily before age 1 as herself, but she really couldn't say Evangeline until about age 2 (and then it was just stinkin' cute although I'd have to repeat it to strangers because they never got it). At about 6.5-7 she's decided that she is no longer Evie except for family and friends. She introduces herself as Evangeline. It did take a while to learn to spell the full name, but she had it down by kindergarten. And really, we just prefer long names here since DS is Alexander. Yes, it can be a mouthful and take time to get down, but hey, it's not like they were named Chrysanthemum or Konstantinos with 12 letters. Plus with a short nn to fall back on, they can just go by the nn even in school until they are able to get that long name down ;-)

The reality is that with the variety of names now-a-days, you are going to have to correct spelling and pronunciation with almost every name out there. Take a deep breath, and just correct them if you feel the need to. DD has down the gentle correction but acceptance if a stranger just can't get it right the first time. Her family and friends know her name, and really, that's what matters. 



October 23, 2018 09:51 AM
In Response to New niece has arrived!

I was thinking that too. Particularly as they plan on calling her R0ry while the mama calls the oldest "D0ry"

October 23, 2018 09:50 AM
In Response to New niece has arrived!

Oldest is an I, not an L.

October 22, 2018 11:07 AM
In Response to Alphabet Drop - Boys

Giovanni - NMS

Gabriel, Garrett, Gideon, Grant, Grayson, Griffin

October 18, 2018 09:54 AM

Leona & Cleo - I'd constantly get confused and call them the wrong names

Claudia & Mariposa, Alma & Quinn, Demetria & Vanessa, Viveca & Elsa, Evangeline & Estelle, Cece & Brenna, Aurora & Halley, Ruby & Jada, Jolene & Lola, Tilda & Karina, Meadow & Marta, Fiona & Imogen, Delaney & Savannah, Tallulah & Anette,  Paige & Elle, Betty & Minne, Devyn & Tessa, Bianca & Violet, Beatrix & Odette, Colette & Brianne, Nadia & Serena

October 18, 2018 09:18 AM
In Response to Love Like Lose Boys

Like: Corbin, Alejandro, Evan (I admire these, but less so than the others

Love: Jameson, Samuel, Walter (These are all on my favorites list)

Lose: Xavier, Bentley, Hayes (Just didn't make the cut, this is a car, not keen on surname names plus sounds like Haze)

New List: Corbin, Alejandro, Evan, Jameson, Samuel, Walter, Donovan, Matthias, Theodore

October 18, 2018 09:14 AM
In Response to Love, Like, Lose girls

Like: Arietta, Sara, Taylor

Love: Caroline, Oriana, Elsie

Lose: Corinne, Kenzi, Colette

New list: Ariette, Sara, Taylor, Caroline, Oriana, Elsie, Genevieve, Briony, Margaret

October 18, 2018 09:11 AM
In Response to Drop 2 Add 1 - Girls

Drop: Carmen (firmly San Diego in my mind), Delilah (I like the sound, but can't get past the history)

Add: Linnea

Abigail, Adrienne, Amara, Anna, Anne, Arianna, Bethany, Cara, Caroline, Catherine, Claire, Colette, Dara, Emma, Estelle, Evelyn, Grace, Hannah, Kate, Linnea, Mara, Oriana, Paige, Penelope, Rhiannon, Samantha, Tess, Victoria

October 18, 2018 09:07 AM
In Response to Alphabet Drop - Boys

Gray - I prefer the other spelling

Gabe, Gabriel, Gage, Galen, Garen, Gareth, Garrett, Garland, Garner, Garrick, Garrison, Garth, Gary, Gaven, Gavin, Gene, Gideon, Gilbert, Giovanni, Glen, Grady, Grant, Grayson, Grey, Griffin, Gunther

October 18, 2018 09:06 AM
In Response to Alphabet Drop - Girls

Freelove - Just no.

Fabia, Fabiana, Fabienne, Fable, Faelynn, Faith, Fala, Faline, Fallon, Famke, Fan, Fannie, Fantasia, Fantine, Farah, Faria, Farrah, Farrin, Fate, Fatima, Fausta, Faustina, Fawn, Fay, Faya, Faye, Faylee, Fayth, Feather, February, Federica, Felice, Felicia, Feliciana, Felcitas, Felicity, Felina, Feodora, Fern, Fernanda, Ffion, Fia, Fianna, Fidela, Finley, Fiona, Fionna, Fiora, Fiore, Fiorella, Flannery, Flavia, Fleur, Flo, Flora, Florence, Florida, Flossie, Flynn, Fortuna, Fran, Frances, Francesca, Francine, Francoise, Frankie, Frannie, Fred, Freddie, Frederica, Freedom, Freida, Freja, Frenchy, Freya, Frida, Fuchsia, Furiosa

October 11, 2018 09:41 AM
In Response to Transgender Boy

I could see that! It's not so much about that first letter, but from 4 syllables to 2, totally different styles, and in my example -- the first syllable sound is *almost* the end sound of the new name, but yet not. Now he feels like this is for sure his new name, so I will absolutely keep trying, but using "him" instead of "her" has been an easier switch than the switch in names.