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My name is Abbey -- and for some reaons I get called Amy alot, inclluding in my wedding vows by the priest...if you can imagine. That caused some confusion among me then "new" inlaws.
I am firmly in agreement on the no weird spellings in an attempt to "reach" a nickname or something else so feel your pain there! When we named DD Marguerite, my husband was a bit confused about why we spell Maggie with two "G's" when there is only one in the root. I felt fine telling him that that was just the way we (and most others) were going to do it.
I do like Desmond too, actually, hadn't considered that it might work with a Dex nickname as well. I think I'd be OK with Dezi as the nickname too though..hmmm so many choices!
It isn't quite the same, but I keep thinking Able (my brother's name) might have the same sort of combination and feel, without the C/K.
Thank you all for the additional suggestions. My husband's name is Brent. This means my son and his name ar fairly similar and I'd not want anything close (like say Brett). It leaves me a bit torn on B names generally. On the one hand, all the guys would have a B name, which could be cool, but on the other the two of their names already get fairly confused. I think the critique of the "t" endings is fair as repetative of both my husband and daughter's names, but somehow it bothers me less than ending in "n" for another boys name. At the moment, I'm leaning slightly towards Emmett, but Tristan and Ian are definitely strong contenders too. I did like the list of suggestions of other name endings like "d" and will run them past my husband. He is just starting to get a bit more engaged in the name search, but his initial ideas haven't been that appealing so we shall see.
I wonder - what about looking for names ending with that "tt" instead of starting with "e" -- does something like Truett work? It sounds fairly different from Brendan & Maggie to me, but not sure...
I tend to agree with most of the Bingham comments and was pleasantly delighted at the response to Emmett. I'm, at the moment, leaning towards the Emmett, Everett options, but husband isn't particularly sold. Our search continues to wander, but all of your comments have been quite helpful.
Oh, and for the person recommending Edmund -- my husband is very much with you in that he wanted to name all of our kids for places we've lived and we currently live in Edmond, if you can believe.
As to the thoughts on "E" names, they are super popular in Oklahoma, where I live, so that is one of our concerns too. There are so many things to consider. It may be that we're in an age with too many options and too much information in the naming process as there are just so many things to consider. I admit I do like the hung though!
Oh, and any thoughts about Bingham for a boy? It is a surname in my family that my mom recently suggested. My sense is that it is too close to Brendan?
My name is actually "Abbey" so kind of neat to be in the subset with my name!
Thank you all so much for these ideeas! We remain torn on the "WAR" issue, mostly because it bothers me, but not my husband who is very in to W names just now. I really do like the celtic names and appreciate the additional suggestions. We do call her Maggie, not Marguerite so the "t" endings don't bother me much. Any thoughts on Emmett? I know it is a twighlight name, but not sure it will matter in 5 or 10 years. I also like Cael, but most people seem stuck on visions of green leafy vegetables. Thank you all again for the suggestions. I will share with my DH.
I think Zeb would be very cute in this set, but have never met one (if that is an issue). Finn is getting to be fairly popular, but is a name that I really like. Ezra does feel a little close to Eli, but we've been pondering our sons having the first same letter of their first names (daughter's name starts with another letter) not sure if it is neat or too cute.
I think Ciara or Penelope work best soundwise, but just my two cents.
I'm not sure it is delicate, but I do like Kate for a timeless feminine touch that isn't too long. I do like the suggestion of Ruby from a sound perspective, but Ruby & Rose might be almost like a color modifying rose. Maybe Pearl or Opal? I think Clara and Alice have a very femine feel too and is a similar length/style.