A Sibling for Felix, Raphael, and Xavier
I have a Raphael, Felix, and Xavier, names chosen because speakers of English, French, and Spanish would all recognize and feel comfortable saying, albeit giving Xavier four different spins (the incorrect English "Eggzavier," as Ohio journalists mock people in print when they mispronounce the university's name, the proper English "Zavier," the French "Zahv-yay," and the Spanish "hav-ee-air"). The kids are binational as well as biracial, and I want their names to flow in any of their likely surroundings. They also coincidentally are Top 20 names in Quebec, lol.
Now for #4. Having three boys, I have a couple of girl names I loved and never got to use. But it's been quite a while, and I am not sure I am still in love with them. I am open to your suggestions for something that fits harmoniously with the group and preferably goes nicely with Jane or Jeanne (family names) for a middle name.
Please nothing too French, as the name does need to work for Spanish speakers, too, and the French girl names tend to be oh so pretty. And I'm not sure I want "pretty" to be the first adjective that comes to mind. In other words, nothing too soft or "Frilliana."
As for a boy, many names fit the above criteria but are too common or Old Testament-y (David, Benjamin), the French and Spanish versions are too different from each other (Julian/Julio), or I just don't like them. I found one that has been on the relatively short list the last two rounds of baby naming, has the same spelling in all three languages, and the same pronunciation in Spanish and French: Hugo. I'd rejected it before for seeming too offbeat/quirky, but now I am really succumbing to it. (Yes, the Scorcese family film of the same name and rediscovering "Les Miserables" have helped put the name front and center in my head again.) My only issues are 1) not as religious as the other three (we're Catholic), 2) I'm having trouble finding the perfect middle name (they all begin with J, per my matrilineal family tradition, and we've already burned through three!), altohugh I will note that middle names are much more open about other qualities as long as they begin with the correct letter, and 3) I'm concerned it doesn't sound as good with our surname, which begins with H, too, like Hugo Hendrick (not our real surname). Thoughts? Other suggestions?
Sat, 04/13/2013 - 2:49pm