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Neither of us are looking for popular or trendy names - my husband would describe it more as looking for "normal" names, by which he means more traditional - Rachel, Rebecca, Elizabeth, etc. There's a finite set of these names that can't really be expanded by sound.
Like most commenters here, we're trying to hit that sweet spot of traditional yet not too common.
That's a great list! I'm especially a fan of Fiona and Gemma - they're going on the list.
Sarah nicknamed Sadie was one of my thoughts, too. He seemed a bit dubious about Sadie, but then, we don't necessarily have to agree about that - I can use a nickname while he uses the full name, until she's old enough to have an opinion.
And thanks for the reassurance about Dahlia!
I'm not a huge fan of last names as first names, so I would rule out Tait, Tyler, and Spencer.
I work at a university, so I hear Dean as a job title, not a name.
But I love Edwin and Micah. Both classic, easy to spell, and somewhat uncommon. Edwin's nice because you get all of the Edward nickname options - Ed, Eddie, Ted, Teddy, Ned, Neddy - plus Win.
I love Beatrix! But Madeline is a bit over-used. Beatrix Louisa?
Sebastian John is great. Sebastian is a name everyone knows without being too common. I've also heard people use Bash as a nickname, which is pretty darn adorable for a toddler.
I love Vanessa, and Vanessa Faye flows nicely.
What about Rosemary, nicknamed Romy? Alexandra, Henry, and Rosemary fit together well while also getting your husband's favorite in there. (I don't think a Rose middle name for big sister rules out Rosemary for a younger sister's first name.)
For a boy, I like Miles Frederick and Eli James best.
For a girl, I like Gemma. (It's a j sound, like a precious gem.)
For a boy - Griffin?
I love, love, love Sura. (In my head, it's SOAR-ah - is that right? Or SUE-rah?)
You have an easy last name, so it's nice to have something more distinctive for a first name And the meaning is lovely.
I don't care for Savannah. In general, I think place names lack elegance and dignity.
Personally, I love Fiona, but I don't think you can force it. If you really hate it, that should be enough to take it off the list.
I like Samantha, but if your other son's name is the obvious male cognate, then Samantha is pretty clearly not useful for you. :(
I know you said no more suggestions, but I do like the idea of Vanessa. It's originally English, but I've met a number of young Latina women named Vanessa. It has the same flow and elegance as Samantha without repeting her brother's name.
Or maybe Isadora?
From your list of three, I think Annabella is a good choice. The many nickname options will help her stand out from all the other -belles and -bellas.
I really like your suggestion of Asa. I think it goes well with Cyrus, and Ace is an adorable nickname.
I like Jasper, and I think it goes well with Cyrus, but, man, your sister was right on with the Mumford and Sons comment. I like Mumford and Sons, but if that's not the vibe you want, skip Jasper.
Felix is good, too, but I think you should reconsider Edmund. Since 2005, it's been out of the top 1000 names, so it's way less common than Cyrus - a name with some tradition, but not at all ordinary or normal right now. And it has a lot of great nicknames.
That's a really sensible way to go about it.
Jade is pretty clearly a girl's name to me, just like Ruby, Pearl, or Opal.
I would just spell it Jade. Even if you mess with the vowels, a French pronunciation of J is more like a zh. There is no spelling that will cause French speakers to automatically say Jade the same way English speakers do.
If you leave it as Jade, then it looks tasteful and literate to English speakers. And French speakers might recognize it as an English word and pronounce it correctly. If you mess with the spelling, they'll never get it right.
Sadly, I agree with your husband - Hannah Andrews is too repetitive for my taste. And I don't think a middle name will help, since they're used so rarely.
Maybe a clue about the sound of the baby's last name? Or some relatives you might like to honor in the middle name slot?
I agree! I love both. I'd either decide by what sounds better with the last name, or by waiting until he's born and seeing if one suits him more than the other.
I really like Violeta, and I would automatically pronouce it VEE-oh-LE-tah. (But then, even though I'm Anglo, I'm in an area with a large Latino population, so I'm used to Spanish names.) It could also have the adorable nickname Vivi.
Or Zuzu, which is an adorable spunky nickname for Susanna.
I like Henry John a lot! With the first name and last name each having 2 syllables, the middle name sounds best with 1 or 3 syllables. I like Henry John Razor, or something like Henry Elijah Razor, better than any of your other options, just for flow.