Not sure of gender, but need opinions!!

Hello everyone! My husband and I are expecting in March and we are waiting to find out the gender till the brth!!! Please give me your advice on what you think of these names (and middle names)/ your favorite ones in each catergory! Just to keep on mind my favorite names are Evelyn and Carine for girls and Luca and Sebastien for a boy! Thank you so much!


Carine Rousseau

Carine Lilianne

Bernadette Livia

Clothilde Jane

Evelyn Lia

Anastasia Lily

Addison Larue

Evangeline Shay

Heidi Claire

Saskia Wynn


Lucas Alexander

Luca James

Logan Grady

Beckett James

Fredrick Howell

Gian Ward

Wyatt Aiden

Aiden Wyatt

Greyson Allen

Sebastien Louis


September 26, 2014 9:25 PM

Hm!  I think you have a pretty clear style in the names you like -- does your husband have a style, and does it mesh with yours?  Your girl choices are all feminine and pretty, with a whiff of the antique/unusual about them; your boy choices are a bit more modern, but firmly on the, well, firm side of masculine.  Modern-classic, almost.  Both sets have very pleasant (to my ear) rhythms.  Neither set of names is exactly my own style, so I'm not sure my personal opinions on any individual name are going to be helpful.

The reason I'm curious about your husband's style is that if it's different from yours, it's going to change the look of the list -- what if he likes androgynous girl names, or strongly prefers surname-names for boys, you know? 

September 26, 2014 11:08 PM

My hsband has been super involved in the picking of this list! He really likes all the boys names and some of the girls names he doesnt totally favor, but he knows I've wanted some of them since I was very young! I'm glad you enjoy the ones we've pciked!! Do you have any fovrites it would really help me out.

September 28, 2014 5:33 PM

Well, I can tell you the ones I'd be most likely to use, personally -- Evelyn & Gian.  Evelyn's a family name and was runner-up when our daughter was born, and Gian is unusual around here (very much so) but still immediately recognizable -- it gives me a little happy shiver to hear a name that uncommon!


September 27, 2014 12:26 AM

I'm not sure how to pronounce Carine. I keep coming up with something that sounds like 'careen', i.e. what an out-of-control car does.

My favorite from your girls list is Evelyn, but I think the most *interesting* is Clothilde. Bernadette wins in the "would be the most refreshing to meet on the playground" category. The only one I actively dislike is Addison, which is not only a masculine surname, but also a disease.

From your boys list, my favorite is Lucas, and I also like Sebastian (note spelling). The most refreshing choice would be Frederick (again, note spelling tweak). There are several on the list that really aren't my style, but none of them hit a pet peeve the way Addison does.

September 27, 2014 1:09 AM

Thanks for your help!!!! You're prouncing Carine right in the American way, but in French you just exaggerate the R. I just have to ask which middle name do you like better with that name? Also, thank you for pointing out that fact about Addison. Did not know and is definitely a red flag!!!

September 27, 2014 9:21 AM

I'd only use Rousseau as a middle name if it was a surname on the family tree; otherwise, it just seems ...pretentious? Lilianne, on the other hand, is lovely.

September 27, 2014 2:15 AM

Having spent 25 years in south Louisiana, I would go for Clothilde Evangeline, second choice Clothilde Bernadette.  In addition to what others have said about Addison, I would add that it is time-stamped, and its heyday has already come and gone.  I have long been fond of Saskia--I knew several when I was living in the Netherlands.  I don't particularly see it paired with Wynn though. Some possible middles for Saskia: Louise, Josephine, Joy, Evelien, Charlotte, Fabienne, Amelie, Noelle, Juliet(te), Frederique, Isabeau, Clarice, Alexandra, Leonie, Chantal, Madeleine.

Of the boys' name, I like Sebastien Louis, Frederick (that spelling) Howell, and Lucas Alexander.  Aiden, while on its own is a very nice name, is like Addison, time-stamped with its time come and gone.  And then there are the whole lot of "rhymes with Aiden" names, many of which are made up and not necessarily so nice.  At this point I wouldn't use Aiden unless it was meaningful as a family name or had some other important personal association.

September 27, 2014 10:43 AM

I have my first Addyson in class this semester. She's a college student, but I'm guessing her parents were ahead of their time in choosing that particular name. I expect to teach many more within five years.

October 1, 2014 4:22 PM

My first suggestion would be to choose middle names that honor someone you admire, or in your family heritage. It is uncommon for middle names to be broaddcasted, and someone else would feel so blessed because of that, and your child would have an explanation behind the middle name that would be meaningful. 

For the first names, I think they are all beautiful, but am only going to give some suggestions or red flags

Aiden- it has become so popular lately, paired with Jayden, Braden, Kaeden, Graedyn that I think there are right now just too many aiden's in the world.

logan- It's your only unisex name on the list, so just make sure that's a style you would be willing to continue.