Baby Number Five

We are expecting baby number five!

Our boys are Finlay & Jasper, and our girls are Brontë & Emogen.

I have been coming back to this name board for help since our second pregnancy, and I am so excited to be pregnant again. We don't know if it's a boy or a girl, but we are starting to think about baby names because it's part of the fun!

We tend towards old-fashioned names that have a good contemporary sound, but not too trendy. This time around, for boys we are looking at: 

  • Gilbert
  • Oscar (maybe too grouchy?)
  • Isaiah (maybe too popular?)
  • Josiah (maybe too popular?)
  • Gordon (maybe too recent?)

And for girls:

  • Beatrice
  • Esther
  • Anneliese

That's all we've got, so far. Any suggestions would be most helpful!




September 23, 2014 2:51 PM

Not clear as to why Gordon might be "too recent."  Gilbert has the traditional nickname Gib which might appeal.

September 23, 2014 3:43 PM

I thought Gordon may have peaked too recently. Most of my names have peaks in the 1880s - 1920s, but Gordon's peak is much more recent. It makes the name seem more like Grandpa or Uncle. Not quite old enough to be new again.

I like the nickname Gib. I hadn't thought of that, but it's cute.

I've been thinking of some more girls' names -- thanks to Nymbler, which I understand is also associated with Laura Wattenberg.

  • Jemima
  • Winnifred
  • Dulcie
  • Fiona (maybe too similar to Finlay)
  • Jemima (Biblical name -- one of the three beautiful daughters of Job)
  • Anneliese
  • Cecily


September 23, 2014 3:45 PM

Sorry, you probably already know the Biblical reference for Jemima. I copied those names from an email to my husband, and I had put the parenthetical note in for his benefit.

September 23, 2014 3:56 PM

Congratulations!! I love love your taste, gorgeous!

From your boy list, I love Gilbert. Gil and Gib are both great nicknames.

From your girl list, there are few names I love as much as Jemima!! It gets my vote because it's popular-ish in England, and your names have a British feel to me -- it fits so well with your other kids imo! BUT .... there is that American association with Aunt Jemima, which started as a stereotypical Mammy-type character, and most people seem to think the name is still too tainted to use here. I would love for someone to reclaim it though!

From your original list, I think Beatrice might be my favorite. Have you considered Juliet? I think it would be smashing with your other kids!

September 23, 2014 8:12 PM

My husband is concerned about the syrup connection with Jemima, but I love it. It just takes knowing someone with the name, and those connotations melt away, in my opinion.


Juliet is a beautiful name.

Want a little story? I took theatre in university, and my Voice prof was such a stickler about pronunciation. He insisted that the proper pronunciation is JOOLiet, with the accent on the first syllable (Think Harriet). And somehow, I don't like it as well with that pronunciation. But a little knowledge is a dangerous thing. Armed with that knowledge, I just can't name a child with the "wrong" spelling or pronunciation.

If I wanted JuliETT, with the accent on the last syllable, I would have to spell it Juliette, just so that it would be "right." (I know, there's something horribly wrong with me -- I'm such a nerd).


September 24, 2014 9:32 PM

I'm the mother of a Juliet, and I've never heard someone insist that JOO-li-et was correct (of course, she's still an infant so we have plenty of time). We chose that spelling because Juliette seems a little frilly for our taste, and it makes me want to kind of yell that last syllable. We were a bit worried when we chose the name how locals would pronounce it because we live near a city called Mount Juliet, and people around here (in the South) say Mount JOOL-yit. Yep, two syllables. But we haven't had any issues with people pronouncing it incorrectly. I'd say for the most part, we almost stress all 3 syllables equally, as much as is possible. A slight stress on the ET but not a strong one. Anyways, obviously I think it's a beautiful name so I'll second the suggestion.

I love Gilbert for you! It has romantic and literary ties for me due to Anne of Green Gables, and I think it fits great with your set. Everett comes to mind when I see your set, but it might be trending up too quickly for you.

For girls, Anneliese is lovely, but there always seems to be confusion over the pronounciation and number of syllables (ah-nuh-LEE-zuh, a-nuh-LEES, a-nuh-LEEZ), so it would be too much trouble for me personally, but if it doesn't bother you, it's a great name. Maybe Rosalind, Verity, or Gemma?

September 25, 2014 2:48 AM

Of the boy names I like Gordon the best and think it is the best fit with your other boys' names. For the girls, I love Beatrice  and think it goes really well with the other names.  Good luck! 

September 25, 2014 2:57 PM

I usually don't advise people that their names are "too popular" but Isaiah and Josiah seem out of step with the rest of your family to me. Most of the people I know with the popular -siah names have Isabella/Aiden type sibsets. Also your girls names are much more uncommon than Jasper and Finlay, so I'd rather see something more uncommon to bridge that gap.

I don't think Oscar is too grouchy, especially for a family that's pulling off a Bronte.  It reads as very "updated Oliver" versus "the muppet". Gilbert is my favorite of these though. Gil is a good nn, or honestly I adore the idea of a baby Bertie. Or maybe consider Gideon? It seems to meet Gilbert/Gordon and modern Biblical right in the middle.  

Honestly I love all your original girls names. Fiona and Finley are too matchy for me. I would avoid Jemima in America not because of the pancakes, but because the syrup was named after a fairly strong racial characture. I might throw out Esme, Matilda, Edith, Ophelia, and Pearl. 

September 25, 2014 3:36 PM

I love the suggestion of Gideon!

September 28, 2014 5:34 PM

I think you may be right concerning Isaiah and Josiah. I actually had no idea how popular these names were becoming. Besides the Biblical prophet, the only Isaiah I can think of is Mr. Edwards from the Little House tv series. Then I looked at the name charts, and polled around. Thanks for the heads-up!


I'm not in the US, so I don't think Jemima has as much of that connotation here, but I'm starting to think it's too matchy with Emogen. (Much like Finlay and Fiona, I guess.) The more children I have, the less I worry about two sounding somewhat similar, simply because there are more names to diffuse the sounds, I guess. But I don't want to go TOO matchy.

Good suggestions! Thanks!

September 28, 2014 7:05 PM

As it happened while I was at the cash register at a convenience store today, there was a mother next to me yelling "Isaiah."  Isaiah turned out to be about 7-8 years old.  My daughter-in-law's 15 year old nephew has Isaiah as a middle name.  Two of my four-year-old grandson's playmates are brothers Elijah and Isaiah.  My grandson's twin younger half-brothers have a toddler half-brother (on the other side of their family) named Isaiah.  Isaiahs are everywhere, and the Isaiahs I know come from a variety of ethnic/racial backgrounds.  I haven't personally run across any Josiahs, but I am sure they are out there.

September 26, 2014 10:50 PM



Beatrice / Beatrix and (H)Ester are some of my favorite girl names, but not in DH's preference lists. :( Henriette might also be a good fit. Anneliese, although different, has so many similar contenders in the "A's" today that it might seem more on-trend than you'd desire.


Personally, I think Oscar fits best with your boy names. Otto seems similar in when / where I hear it, including frequency, even if the origin doesn't quite match. My connotation for Gordon right now is the wacky Sprint commercial. Sorry - I just can't escape from the slightly creepy character there. 

Congratulations and best of luck!

September 28, 2014 5:29 PM

Good to know about the commercial. We don't have television, so we miss a lot of pop culture references, and it's nice to know about so we can look it up. I don't imagine that a commercial will have much staying power in the cultural consciousness, but it's always good to know.


Also, I think you may be right about Anneliese. I really like it, but I am hearing a lot of Annabellas and Annaclaras lately.

September 28, 2014 7:17 PM

I just watched the first episode of a new tv show "How to Get Away with Murder."  The main character, played by Viola Davis, is a prominent law professor and criminal defenze attorney named Annalise Keating (spelled that way and pronounced in three syllables, like a rental lease).  The character, like the actress, would be in her mid- to late-forties.  Annalise, in my memory, was not a likely name choice in the hippie 'sixties, so to me the name clangs a bit on a character born in that era.  The first episode was very well received and there is every sign the show will be a hit, so I think Annalise Keating will soon be a familiar pop culture reference.

September 28, 2014 10:29 PM

Thank you! That is helpful information for sure!

October 1, 2014 3:19 PM

Congrats on baby #5!

A few names to throw out there...


























Leonel, Leonard (Leo)




October 6, 2014 3:18 PM

Thanks! I like Violet a lot. I like Felix too, but I wonder if it's too close to Finlay. And the female version of Felix (Felicity) is a great name, too!