Expecting #3 - a sibling for Maxwell and Eleanor

We have 2 already, Maxwell and Eleanor.  Our intentions were to have a Max and Norah, but names have a way of becoming the child's. Max loves W's and Eleanor just never morphed.

We are now awaiting #3 and can't seem to agree on anything.  Below are some ideas we have floated around to give an idea of style.  I don't know, Maxwell was the name I knew I would use since I was a little girl and Eleanor was wasn't a name either of us had selected before she arrived, it just seemed to fit once we saw her.  Maybe we'll go in with the same plan again.

Girl maybes: Lucy, Julia,

Boy Maybes: Simon, Clark, Alistair

Ideas?  Suggestions?




April 19, 2012 7:00 PM

LOVE Maxwell, its always been one of my favorites and it goes so well with Eleanor. It's great that they are both using the full names as it gives a defined style to follow. In between length and sort of British feel. Pronounceable and not too popular. If they were using Norah and Max that would also work though. I like Simon a lot. Looking over my favs in my profile for others though I find that there is nothing that seems appropriate. So resorting to Nymbler I give you these ideas:

Josephine(although its coming up in the ranks); Beatrice; Gwendolyn; Charlotte; Audrey; Penelope

Nathaniel; Gregory; Wesley; Theodore; Benjamin; Isaiah; Sebastian; Garrett

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April 19, 2012 10:37 PM

I like Alistair, and Simon is also nice.  What about Alexander, Everett, Clayton or Harrison?  For girls, I love Lucy and Julia-you could expand them to Lucia/Lucille or Juliette if you wanted to better match the length of Maxwell and Eleanor.  Josephine is a good suggestion-I'lll also throw out Margaret, Ginevra, Annabel, Henrietta and Annalise.

April 20, 2012 12:40 AM

Oh--these were both on my list! (DH didn't like them--he liked Maximus instead. Bleck)


Amelia (with multiple nn's should she chose them), Charlotte, Lydia, Margaret, Violet, Olivia, Audrey

I do like Julia and Lucy (although Lucille might be better for a full name)


Oliver, Spencer, Edward, Alexander, Samuel, Theodore, Sinclair

I do like Simon and Alistair (although I currently know 4! baby Alistairs in the last year!).



April 21, 2012 2:31 PM

Two downsides to consider: Alistair sounds very close to Eleanor. With both sounds and cadence so similar, i personally wouldn't use both in the same family for fear of confusion. Clark sounds great with Maxwell ... because I'm thinking of Scottish physicist James Clerk Maxwell, who pioneered the study of electromagnetism. (But probably only other nerds would make this connection.)

Other than that, I think your names fit well together and have a similar style. I like the suggestions from other posters and your longer list as well. At the moment my favorites for you would be Simon and Juliet.

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April 22, 2012 6:41 PM

Henry and Alice leaped to mind for me.

Love both your girls' choices, especially Julia, which has the same dignity as Eleanor.

Adore Simon. Same charm as Maxwell, I think.

Clark is a 70s name for me for some reason.

I'm not an Alistair fan, though my son goes to school with an Alaric.

Other possibilities: Malcolm, Duncan, Oliver, Theodore

By Guest (not verified)
April 25, 2012 1:25 AM

We'll keep looking but right now I think we're leaning towards Simon or Clark (I love Simon, husband loves Clark) and we both really like Juliet vs Julia. 

Lots of the names suggested have been used by friends and family; Elliot, Oliver, Amelia, Alexander, Theodore, Adelaide, Duncan, Vincent, Henry.  Makes picking a name a bit more difficult.

April 25, 2012 9:17 AM

On the Juliet vs Julia question, consider that you can easily use Juliet as a nickname for a Julia, but it doesn't really work the other way around.

(Speaking as a Julia, daughter and granddaughter of Julias, great-granddaughter of two Juliannas, and mother of Julianna. Can you tell the family likes the name? Also, we know all the possible nicknames.)

April 26, 2012 12:37 AM

I vote for either Simon or Juliet. I do like Clark but it kind of depends on your surname. I've met a couple of Clark's that had their full name read like a product rather than a person.

I adore Juliet and think it has a more classic vibe than Julia. I know a young Julia and she is a cutie but most of the Julia's I know are now 40+.

By hyz
April 30, 2012 12:16 PM

I think you have all good choices on the list so far.  I would probably (sadly) rule out Alistair because it does sound awfully close to Eleanor.  I prefer Simon to Clark in general (Simon seems sweet and smart to me, while Clark has a lot of hard consonants which makes it rather abrupt), but Clark does have a kind of vintage movie star appeal (a la Clark Gable, Clark Kent) which makes it pretty cool.  On the girl side, I agree with you in preferring Juliet over Julia.  I really like Lucy with your two, though--brings out a kind of C.S. Lewis/Narnian vibe to the set, rather than just a classic nice name set, which is what I'd feel with Juliet.  Ultimately, though, of course you have to go with the name you guys like best, since they probably won't be part of a clear sibling set once they get past childhood.

If you are looking for additional girl suggestions, I'd add/second Josephine, Claire/Clara, Beatrix, Fiona, Matilda, Johanna, Rosalie or Rosalind....

April 30, 2012 1:56 PM

I like Juliet over Lucy as well. What about Ruby? It's got that same U sound.

By Guest (not verified)
April 30, 2012 5:24 PM

I really like your names, especially Simon and Lucy (have you considered Lucille?).  I also second the suggestion of Ruby; such a pretty name!  What do you think of Ivan or Florence?