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I’ve been wondering the same thing. Hope all is well Laura.
I'm a Laura too and my dad's a Lawrence. I experienced zero awkwardness with this. He goes mostly by Larry and my mom frequently calls him Lar (however that would be spelled). I'm not sure if people thought I was named after him or not. It was really more of a happy coincidence my mother's grandmother was a Laura and she had always liked the name and wanted to use it.
Our 4th child, who is now 10, has a long name while the first 3 had short names and I’ll admit that it still does bug me a bit that there is such a dramatic shift in length even though style-wise the names all work together smoothly and babies 6, 7 and 8 all have medium length names. For me, I think my style leans strongly towards shorter names so the long length of her name doesn’t quite feel like it’s a name I should have picked. For her part, she adores having the longest name of our bunch.
Maybe it's become too common to be included on your list, but I've always put Eleanor in this same category. I've always liked these names but my husband is less inclined towards them.
I like Grant best as a name and I agree it pulls the sibset together a bit. My second pick would be Sawyer.
Congratulations! And good job navigating your way to a new name when Emil didn't fit. I'll now think of the word email everytime I see the name Emil.
If I was picking a name for myself I'd want my call name to be my first name. So I vote for Judd Robert. I also think the JR nickname is a huge plus but I'm a Johnny Cash fan (JR was his birth name) and Jay is one of my favorite nicknames around we use it for our son James.
I love Veronica. Angeline and Angelina are not really my style.
I really like Ro and Rosie as nicknames and don't care for Ellie at all. So I'd vote Rosalie. I've had Eleanor on my own list to get to Nell but usually I nix it fairly quickly because I'm afraid she'll decide to be an Ellie at some point.
I agree! Caspian Paul is quite fun to say.
I like Nellie best by far! Such a sweet name. I also like that it lends itself to Nell.
I prefer Eliza but had Elise been an option I would have picked that.
I have been wondering the same thing.
Mary Grace has made its way back on to my short list.
Sarah isn't off the table. I'm just not sure it's the one. I do worry about the fact that I've known so many Sarahs. Lucy is also still very much on the table. And Alice and Rosemary have their attraction too. I'm also a bit tempted by something more adventurous like Stella or Zoe. And then as no name feels just right I'm rethinking my decision to eliminate Grace from consideration.
I'm thinking a Francis probably wouldn't get teased. My daughter (in 8th grade) goes to school with a boy named Shannon and he apparently isn't teased at least not at this point. Interestinly when he started middle school he tried to go by his middle name (Patrick) but his friends from Elementary wouldn't make the transition and so he's remained Shannon. My daughter had no idea that Shannon was even used for girls.
If we were up for a double barrel then we’d likely use Mary Grace, but I think after Gabriel I’m inclined to find a shorter name this time around. (Though husband would likely shorten Mary Grace to Gracie anyway and we’d pretty much end up where we started.)
Andr3w, M@rk and J@mes are a big jumble in my head and particularly when I’m frustrated I run through all of three of names when talking to any of them. K@t and Cl@re are also easily mixed up. But, I typically don’t confuse the names between genders or of children with large age spacings (For example, I am not calling Andr3w P@ul) so if I do have a girl it will be interesting to see if I confuse her with anyone.
Thank you. It is crazy around here. I've laughed that I'm more hormonal than my teenagers which makes for some crazy moments especially when discussing hot button topics like paying for college. Not many pregnant moms are doing that.
I was actually surprised looking at the numbers how many Sarahs and Saras continue to be born. It actually is more popular nationwide than our likely number 2 choice of Lucy which I totally didn't expect. Though now that I look at our state data I see that Lucy is more popular here than Sarah. I also notice that Sarah peaked the year before I graduated from high school so generationally I didn't grow up with near the number of Sarahs that younger moms did.
Before the tech said anything, I realized at my 20 week ultrasound with my last son that my doctor had been very wrong when he guessed girl at the 16 week appointment. I'm considering not finding out this time but I wonder if it's a boy I might realize it without being told. Of course I bet the OP's twin ultrasounds are a lot harder to interpret.