Sibling for Gabriel and Felicity

Hi everyone, 

Looking for some fresh inspiration as my due date nears! Our B/G twins are 21 months, and we are expecting baby #3 in just a few weeks! Like our twins, the sex will be a surprise. 

We chose Gabriel and Felicity for our twins' names because those were our favorites for each sex, and they happened to sound nice together. By chance, they both have biblical / religious undertones (with Gabriel the archangel and St. Felicity the martyr). I'm not necessarily committed to continuing that as a theme, but I would like baby #3's name to feel like it "fits" the set in some way. I tend to prefer longer names (3 or more syllables), so that might be one inspiration path to follow. Another potential path is that they are more "traditional" names. Finally, I tend to shy away from super popular or new/trendy feeling names, which, Gabriel and Felicity also fit as being not-often-heard/buzzed-about. 

Here is our short list, but looking for fresh inspiration from all of you! THANK YOU!
Adrienne
Anastasia
Isabel

Augustine (pronounced uh-GUH-stin, not AWE-guh-steen)
Caleb
James
Zachary

Replies

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January 28, 2019 3:58 PM

Lydia, Hannah, Elizabeth, Lucia, Amelia, Katherine, Madeline, Diana

Julian, Elijah, Lucas, Samuel, Felix, Dominic, Isaac, Sebastian

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January 28, 2019 4:49 PM

thank you @ChrissyKP. I totally love Sebastian, but my husband can't get past the little mermaid association. Such a great name!

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January 28, 2019 6:33 PM

There's always Bastian as an alternative, either on its own or as a nickname. That might lessen the crab association. Granted, Bastian is the kid from NeverEnding Story, but I don't think that's quite as ingrained in the pop culture to be an immediate association as The Little Mermaid, at least not anymore.

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January 28, 2019 4:07 PM

Congrats on #3! I love your children's names, so I am sure whatever you choose this time will be great, as well :)

Names that immediately come to mind for you:

Annelise, Julianna, Juliette (or Julietta), Gabriella, Camille

Roman, Dominic, Sebastian, Devin, Elliott

One thing about your current list... I would definitely consider a different spelling of Augustine if you are going for a pronounciation of uh-GUS-tin. Perhaps dropping the 'e' would help there. I don't know where you are located, but I strongly associate Augustine with St. Augustine in Florida (in the USA), which is pronounced as awe-guh-steen. I can see quite a bit of pronounciation confusion if you do go with that option!

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January 28, 2019 4:48 PM

@apblue - thank you for your suggestions. Really good tip on the pronounciation/spelling: Augustin. I'll give that some thought!

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January 28, 2019 5:07 PM

Wow, you've already chosen two of my top names -- you have great taste :) I used longer + biblical/classic as a jumping off point for the list below: 

  • Alexandra 
  • Josephine
  • Lillian
  • Valentina

 

  • Nathaniel
  • Xavier
  • Patrick
  • Stephen
  • Abraham
  • Julian

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January 29, 2019 12:02 PM

thank you @regaleagle ! very nice names

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January 28, 2019 6:37 PM

I think Anastasia and Augustine are great from your list.

 

How about Joanna or Susannah and Caspar or Jasper?

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January 29, 2019 12:03 PM

thank you @mollycatherine ! I do like Jasper...

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January 28, 2019 8:40 PM

congrats! some names that might fit with gabriel and felicity are

BOY

archie, henry, lachlan, luca, lucien, landen, lewis, rory

 

GIRL

adelaide, athena, isla, august, alora, alessia (a-less-ee-ah), annabelle

 

goodluck with bub xoxo

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January 29, 2019 12:04 PM

thank you @kathyjane ! Love Henry and August

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January 29, 2019 4:03 AM

I love Anastasia,  Isabel is nice too

Zachary, James and Caleb go well too

others Andrew, Isaiah, Malachi, Elijah, Josiah, Jeremy, Jonathan, Joshua, Nathaniel, Reuben, Tobiah, Timothy, Matthew, Christopher, Alexander, Jeremiah, Zachariah, Nicholas, Theodore, Simeon, Anthony, Dominic, Julius, Xavier

Susannah, Abigail, Annabel, Annalise, Arabella, Bianca, Calista, Chelsea, Angelique, Cassandra, Imogen, Jacinta, Juliet, Portia, Odette, Vanessa, Natalia, Rosabel, Catarina

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January 29, 2019 12:26 PM

Such nice suggestions @suzannembrown . Thank you. 

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January 29, 2019 5:44 AM

Adrienne is one of those names I never know how to pronounce. My French training makes me want to say Ah-dree-ENNE, but I find it quite awkward to throw that into English sentences, and usually when I hear it said in English its said like Adrian, which I love as a boy's name, less so for a girl. Augustine is another that I will never, never be able to say the right way. I agree that Augustin would go a long way to helping with that.

From your list my favourites are Isabel and Augustin (that spelling).

For boys, I'll add Julian, Oliver, Frederick, Rupert and Jasper, which all fall into the gentle but manly category I have Gabriel in.

For girls, I love the suggestion of Susanna. How about Beatrice, Matilda, Adelaide, Rose, Daphne, Cleo or Winifred?

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January 29, 2019 12:28 PM

@Emily.ei really lovely suggestions, thank you. Gentle, but manly--perfect description! I love Daphne. 

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January 29, 2019 4:26 PM

I agree about Adrienne - in theory I really like it because it looks lovely written down, but pronunciation is tricky. I wonder if you've considered Vivienne?

Isabel is also beautiful but I might avoid it if you don't want a super popular name, because Isabella is so well-used. I bet a lot of Isabels get their names mistaken for Isabella. Annabel could be a good alternative.

I like Anastasia for you as I think it meets a lot of your requirements. Otherwise I like the suggestion of Anneliese.

Other ideas: Victoria, Evangeline, Louisa or Eloise, Harriet, Naomi

For a boy, I think Augustine is the best choice for you. Caleb, James and Zachary are fine names, but they have all been very well-used for some time. Augustine is so much more interesting, and I think it takes the sibset in a whole different direction (emphasising the religious feeling).

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January 30, 2019 8:46 AM

Vivienne has the exact same pronunciation problem as Adrienne for anyone who speaks French.

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January 30, 2019 4:11 PM

To me the problem of Adrienne is more so in the first syllable than the last. "Add" in French vs. "Ayd" in English, whereas "Vivi" is more or less the same in both. And if in English you default to the Vivian pronunciation, it doesn't have quite the same problem as Adrienne = Adrian, because Vivian is (I presume) more widely used as a female name than Adrian is.

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January 31, 2019 4:12 AM

I kind of agree with both of you, in that Vivienne pr Vivian still sounds like a feminine name (currently feminine, anyway), but I also agree with Karyn that the whole Vivienne pronounced like Vivian thing makes my brain hurt. 

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January 30, 2019 10:57 AM

Thank you for your input @jacaranda

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January 30, 2019 4:20 PM

I agree with Jacaranda

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February 1, 2019 4:34 PM

As mom to an Evangeline, I'd avoid that with a brother named Gabriel. I had to say good-bye to Gabriel as a possibility due to Longfellow's poem. (Although it was my first thought with Gabriel and Felicity as siblings!)

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February 1, 2019 5:05 PM

Of your girl names, Isabel is going to get lost in the sea of Isobel/Isabelle/Isabella's. While I think it fits best with her siblings as opposed to the other two, you may not like the popularity of it. 

Anastasia takes these names a very different direction than I would expect, as does Adrienne. They both feel either more Slavic/Russian or modern to me (YMMV).

I'd actually go not "religious", but "puritan" in trend, I think. Think Abigail (likely too popular), Susanna(h), Priscilla, Millicent, Miriam, Rosamund, Tabitha. You likely don't want another virtue name for a girl, but I have to say Constance kinda draws me with this sibset.

For a more religious feel: Seraphina, Damaris, Celeste(ia), Serenity

Other thoughts: Cecily, Adelaide, Scarlett, Madeleine, Annabel, Aurora, Genevieve, Anneliese

Ok -- Boys:

I totally concur that Augustine fits perfectly in the sibset. Using the Augustin spelling is more likely to get you the pronunciation you like, but more likely to get spelling errors.

The other boy names on your list mostly fit that "puritan" feel to current siblings. Other suggestions: Zachariah, Josias, Myles/Miles, Solomon, Edmund, Jasper. 

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February 2, 2019 5:09 PM

@sharalyns thank you for your thoughtful replies!