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I'm not a moderator, but I do tend to read my sister's emails. :)
Sis, there's spam from "JamesGrasy" on the Alfie & Anna thread.
Can you post a masked version? You know, @ for a, ! for i, that sort of thing? The curiosity is killing me...
The captchas-out-the-wazoo approach is clearly not actually preventing any spam...
"Latin is full of lovely-sounding words with less than lovely meanings." ... and, um, less-than-lovely words with lovely meanings, pulchra being the quintessential as well as literal example.
I would echo other posters about not using a misspelling of a name just to fit the pattern. If you like Eden, use Eden, not something that looks like Edwin with the w left out.
But speaking of Edwin, I really like it for you on the boys side. Martin would also work wonderfully for the brother of Calvin and Griffin, but not so much as the brother of Marin. If you want to stretch the pattern just a little bit, Benjamin might work - same ending, but three syllables, not two. If you want to stick to the two syllables, there's Kevin and Dustin, or if those are too "ugh" for you (or more likely, your husband), try Tobin or Alvin.
Unsurprisingly, there are much fewer choices on the girls side - the name finder comes up with mostly boys-names-on-girls, surnames, and misspellings, none of which match the style of your three kids' names. Really, the only ones that I would consider to be traditional female names that just so happen to end in -in are Elin, Erin, Katrin, Kirstin, Kristin, and Tamsin. (And yes, I know Tamsin is traditionally a nickname.) Note that a Kirstin will be fighting all her life not to be spelled Kristin.
But really, since you said that you arrived at your pattern unintentionally, the only actual pattern in your kids names is "names we liked" - any further similarities between them are just coincidence. Just make sure the name you pick continues *that* pattern, and you should be all set. :)
I have to say, I'm as surprised (or more like astounded) as you are that people have trouble recognizing the name Rosalie. I can understand asking for the spelling - it could be Rosa-Lee, after all - but mixing it up with Roselyn, Rosie, or thinking it's made up? In what universe is Rosalie a newly-invented name?
What she said!
The regulars on this forum have probably heard this story before, but we have friends who named their son a, let's just call it nonstandard spelling of a classic name, so that the name would "contain" the nickname they wanted, despite the fact that (1) said nickname arose from the classic name without anyone being bothered by the spelling mismatch, and (2) said nickname has an alternate spelling which *is* contained in the classic spelling of the full name. The kicker? Once their son was born, they realized they didn't like that nickname all that much and/or it didn't suit their son, so they use a different nickname... which, courtesy of the misspel[ahem, sorry] nonstandard spelling of his full name, is not "contained" in it.
Nicknames are a LOT more flexible than modern parents give them credit for. Just look at all the traditional nicknames out there: Bob for Robert, Harry for Henry, Nancy for Ann or Agnes, Polly for Mary, Buffy for Elizabeth, Peggy for Margaret, Patsy for Martha... the list goes on.
Are people not aware that Charlemagne is called Carolus Magnus in Latin? Because to me, that makes the connection between Charl- names (Charles, Charlotte) and Car[o]l- names (Carl, Carol, Caroline) totally obvious.
(My problem with sisters named Elizabeth and Isabella is, what're you gonna call a third sister if one comes along? Lisa?)
Are people really thinking Caroline is a contender? That'd be giving two kids the same name, wouldn't it?
I mean, yeah, my niece has a classmate James with a brother named Jacob, but their parents didn't have royal advisors around. And Charlotte and Caroline are way more obvious than James and Jacob.
I'm hoping for Alice or Arthur, but I'm sure they'll pick something lovely - they have a good track record so far.
Possibly-amusing factoid to take to your next scan: they didn't know we were twins until our mom had been in labor for 12 hours, and even then, they didn't do an ultrasound, they just did an x-ray. I'm not sure the hospital where we were born *had* an ultrasound machine. (This was in the early 1970's in southern California.)
Another fun fact: Mom always said Dad wanted one boy and got two girls instead, but when we asked them what that one boy would have been named, neither of them had the faintest idea. They couldn't even list the possibilities they might have had in mind.
(I swear I clicked "reply" on jacaranda's post, not Karyn's...)
Thank you for the update! I love that you finally got to use your girl name, "third time's the charm" style. :)
According to my mom, my grandmother would just rattle off "Évajulimárti" and hope that the appropriate offspring would respond. :)
(Side note: unless you're Humpty Dumpty [http://www.bartleby.com/73/2019.html], LOL means "laughing out loud".)
Another "what she said" from me.
Did you deliberately misspell million, albatross, and Iliad, or have you actually encountered those spellings as names?
I can't make heads nor tails of Nuchatel, can you tell us more about it?
Lorna is traditionally a feminine name - I don't think it has ever "charted" as a masculine name. What made you suggest it for a boy?
I'm also a bit puzzled what any of that list has to do with Zinnia.
The boss' wife is Izabella-with-a-z, but other than that, I totally agree with what my sister said. :)
Many, many cultures had the "name the kid something unpleasant to ward off evil" custom. Even as late as the 11th century, you can find names like "Nemel" = "isn't alive" in Hungarian records.
What I don't get regarding inappropriate borrowing of names is, most cultures have sooo many names to choose from already. Why make it even harder by going further afield? (Same goes for the ubiquitous surname-as-given-name trend: are there really no given names in the family tree that those parents could use?)
/so-FYE-uh/??? Oy. That's just... painful.
The Beauchamps/Beecham thing is a plot point in the first book, isn't it? Or at least mentioned as part of the narrative? I would've never guessed that pronunciation for that sequence of letters, so it kind of stuck in my mind.
I'd be interested to know the year(s) of top popularity (well, for some value of "popular") for each of those names. Yes, I know I could look it up in the SSA data myself, but I'm lazy.