Need help for 3rd child

My wife is due with our third child in December and we are stuck for a name for the upcoming addition. We have an 8 year old girl named Zoe along with a 3 year old boy named Declan.  Like the other two we have opted to not find out the gender prior to the birth so we would like to get our lists down to top 5 for each gender.  We just moved back to the US after living in Europe for 3 years so i personally would like to have a more European influenced name for the baby. My wife says she does as well, but she trends back to more English names (so I guess technically European) than I do, who am looking for more Germanic names. Our last name is Castro, and we have a couple of names tossed around for a middle name but nothing solid yet.  Middle names we have in mind are Reed or Slone/Sloan (both surnames on my side of the family), Cruz (in honor of my grandmother who lost her fight with breast cancer earlier this year) or Marie/Michelle (family names on my wife's side).  

We tend to prefer more quirky names and try and stay away from names that are "too" popular, although as we all know it's pretty tough to avoid name trends sometimes.  Any help would be appreciated, also feel free to ask follow up questions and I'll try to answer if I can. Thanks in advance,

 

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October 19, 2014 2:28 AM

I'm not real clear on what you're looking for so I'm just going to toss out some ideas of names that seem like they could work equally well in Europe or the US. I've never been to Europe, so I apologize if I'm off the mark. I tried to sway towards Celtic/British/Germanic styles.

Alice (or Ailish?)

Adelaide

Lucy (or Lucia?)

Grace

Molly

Charlotte

Colin

Connor

Kieran

Oliver

Henry (or Henrik?)

Alexander

 

With Zoe and Declan I'm thinking Alice or Colin would work really well for you. They're both recognizable in the US and also charting well in European countries, including Germany. Since Declan was on our list for our last child, I will also offer my own kids names - Ronan and Elena. I hope something in here is useful!

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October 19, 2014 2:49 AM

Zoe and Declan are super cute!!!

I like unique names too. Some that we considered are:

Piper

Rhiannon

Jayla

Mackenna

Mikayla

Eliana

Jersey

Johanna

Rylie

Regan

Boston

Brielle

McKinley

Sienna

 

and for boys:

Huxley

Oakley

Cohen

Maddox

Jaxon

Eli

 

Hope at least to spark some interest!

 

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October 19, 2014 11:02 AM

You children's names are lovely and seem to go on the shorter side. Here are a few European names I love:

Livia, Lucia, Marion, Leonie (quite common in Germany), Julia, Elena, Isabel, Wilhelmina (nickname Willa or Mina), Johanna, Sylvie, Silvia, Flora, Ana, Anita, Cecilia, Ophelia, Eva, Odette, Ottilie, Emilia, Irene, Iris, Aurea, Aria, Miriam, Maria, Heloise/Eloise, Nina, Noor, Maeve, Mavis, Avis, Ava, Adele, Adelia, Margot, Annalise, Vianne and Vivian.

For boys:

Felix, Hugo, Franz (love this name because of Franz Liszt), Oscar, Otto (so cute!), Paul, Peter, Pedro, Tobias (common in Germany), Leo, Victor, Yuri, Ivan, Wilhelm, Johann, Amadeus, Sebastian, Bastien, Eric, Antony, Ulysses, Bruno, Theo, Theodore, Gustave, Igor, Xavier, Oliver, Marco, Marcos, Amos, Leopold, Arthur, Simon, Sven, Soren, Henry, Octavian and Louis.

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October 19, 2014 11:54 AM

Funny enough, but Felix is a name in my family (a bit too common in the family, my mother jokingly petitioned us to not bring another Felix into this world) I really do like the list ot names you've given though, I will have to show these to my wife.

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October 19, 2014 7:02 PM

I like Cruz as a first name for a son ( in honor of your grandmother). 

Boys:

Cruz

Fitz

Louis

Francis

Callen

Callum

Sullivan

Alistair

George

Fredrick

 

Girls:

Leona

Heidi

Laine

Juliette

Simone

Renee

 

Good Luck! 

 

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October 19, 2014 11:25 PM

German name ideas: Annika, Elsa, Marina, Mia, Selma.

Marina could be a more quirky/fresher version of Marie.

Britta isn't German but is similar to the German Brigitta. Might be a good compromise?

I think Cruz is an awesome name. I will point out I think it reads very Victoria Beckham (imo).

I think August is a nice German name that fits well with Zoe and Declan. I might also throw out Elias, Julian, or Luca for German name ideas.

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October 20, 2014 1:01 AM

I really enjoy your children's names. I can see what you mean by quirky names - both Zoe and Declan are names that I'd qualify as quirky, even though they're not unpopular. Names that share that feeling for me are Xavier, Quentin, Ronan. More European-trending verisons of the same Valentina, Joaquin. In the Germanic but British-feeling category, Fabian? Tobias? Conrad? Rupert? And I've recently encountered Odin on a child and I thought it worked surprisingly well.