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Alright, so I live near a small community that is primarily Dutch (in Canada), so if I saw these names here, I would probably assume I should attempt some sort of Dutch-ish pronunciation (the little that I know about what makes a Dutch pronunciation).
Jurre - yur-ree (I would feel fairly confident about that)
Michiel - this one is a bit tricky to me, as I feel like it could go many different directions, and without context as to whether it was male or female I would guess Mik('ich')-eel
Imre - im-rey (but would be guessing)
Imri - im-ree (again, guessing)
Merijn - like Marian (and I would feel pretty confident about that one, although I may be making a fool of myself there).
This would be my instinct as well.
Interestingly, my younger sisters both share with my mom, middle sister having the same MN as mom, and little sister having mom's FN as MN (named in late 80s early 90s). My brother, like me, has a middle name with more historical family ties. I have always loved my MN, and if it happened to flow better with my daughter's FNs (or not created initials like A.S.S.) I would have used it in a heartbeat. I would never consider my FN as their MN, but that has a lot more to do with me hating it than feeling awkward about it. I think Kate or Katherine would be a perfectly suited MN.
Oh, I LOVE Sylvia/Silvia, it is right around the top of my girls list. It is Sylvia on my list, because her nickname would be the Finnish Sylvi, but I love it either way, and I agree that no matter what name one chooses, you will be asked to spell it out.
Thanks Miriam. My husband comes from a small community that is almost exclusively Dutch (if they aren't Dutch, they married someone Dutch) community, so I am familiar with several of those, but some are new to me. I like Arjan, Bram most from that list. I would love Gerrit if I didn't have an anti-namesake Gary floating around.
Well, you had our thought process down for the two girls! We actually pronounce Anneliese like Annelies, but I liked the symmetry of the spelling Anneliese. Ottilia was spelled the Swedish way because I liked the German pronunciation, and demanding an E to be pronounced A on one child, but NOT the other, sounded pretty ridiculous.
AAAHHHH, I think I LOVE Torsten. We'll see what DH thinks about that one. It has that very familiar/unique/antique/modern feel that is just perfect.
This is a pretty great list! Matthias is a favourite of mine, and a family name (Mattias or Matias) on my side. Totally out of contention though, a very dear cousin lost a baby born too early with a name from this family of names. Also, I think that the -s blending with the S-man may have been a bit sloppy anyhow.
Anselm seems very interesting, I was pretty much unfamiliar with this name aside from a very small community in my province called Anselmo. I might let that one stew for a while. I think I like it.
Hendrik is a family name for DH, and while I had initially pointed it out (pre-children) on a family tree, I have been pushing back against it ever since. I don't really know why though. Maybe because there is a living uncle by that name (goes by Henry). I definitely prefer Henrik myself (and I don't mind Henry for a nickname at all, except that I don't like shared names). Maybe it's worth conceding to that one, since I have always kind-of liked it.
Most of this list is at least worthy of running by DH, I think that Konstantin, Leopold, and Maximilian are out, but the others are worth consideration.
Ahhh, you've done your homework (or just have an awesome memory!). I have fairly strong IRL impressions of Carl/Conrad that sort of rule them out for me. Funny enough, I actually find Wilhelm to feel more fashionable, but perhaps I just have odd taste! I would lean Dutch on that one though, I think Willem could(?) be a contender.
Albert is also a family name for us, on both sides, so that could be a good option. I was planning on using it for the middle slot, but for some reason I just never considered it for a first name. I am NOT a fan of Al or Bert though, but would people really go THERE in this day and age? I like August, but have never really considered it for a real little person. I would prefer that we weren't due mid August... makes it seem much more like a month than a name.
Oh, and I do not want to share my girl name just yet. People IRL can find me on here... Thanks!
of these, Isaac and Benjamin
Preferred suggestions are Emmit, Isaac, and Jarret. not sure that any of those are the one though. Thanks for the insightful help.
Like but can't use... Elias, Erik, Jasper. Would be so-so about Simon if he wasn't Simon S-man.
Alright, so if it is of any help, the boy name that we had picked out last time was Alden, although now I am just feeling kind of "over it". The whole 2 syllable ends in n thing. of the suggestions, I LOVE Elias, but I think that the ending blurs in with the s-man last name. I personally love Jasper as well, but we live in Alberta, Canada, so it feels like too much of a place name here (or place of conception). Also, DH doesn't like it anyway, ao that clears that up. I am still open to Isaac/k, and had considered it before, bit I guess it just didn't stand out too much.
I would prefer Asa, which seems to me stylistically more appropriate with your other sons names. I would tend to share the impression of an Axel as being a very harsh, macho name (my mind, too, goes to a Vin Diesel type character), while Callum and Dashiell seem much more gentlemanly. I have never met an Asa, but I would picture him as quite the gentleman as well, and the NN Ace gives him just enough edginess to suit your other sons NNs.
Hmmm, I must be the only one who assumed you were thinking "boy" when you asked about Emery. Then again, my closest associations IRL are two (male) Emersons, one of whom I grew up with (would be about 26), and one who is almost 2, both in rural/semi-rural Alberta, Canada. I work in public health here, and have yet to see a female Emerson or Emery on our lists, but that said, I don't see many males with these names either. I quite like Emery for a boy (I have like Emerson & his brother Elliot's names for years), although I suppose that I can see it's appeal to those naming girls. I think that I would feel comfortable choosing it for a boy, but again, that will depend on the circles you run in. I feel like an Emery could grow up to be a football player or a professor, it seems quite versatile in my mind. I won't bother offering up any alternative suggestions, the others here are much better at that than I, but I do support the suggestions of Emeric as a more "masculine" (as in less-likely to be borrowed by girls) alternate.
On a related note, we did recently have a baby boy in who I mistakenly referred to as "she" upon seeing his name, Avery. This is on top of the fact that one of the ladies from work has a 20 yr old son with the same name. All the online presence of Avery-as-a-girl has clearly swayed my perception of this name, so it is possible that Emery could be on the same track.
I too suffer from the "in excelsis deo" phenomenon, which is probably the reason I can't imagine actually using it. The song where it is spelled out is Van Morrison/Them, which I have heard, but had completely forgotten until I you-tubed it. Pretty catchy, which is where I can see her point that it would get annoying, even if it was only the odd member of the parental/grandparent generations who made the connection.
Yes, I can see that getting old!
Thanks everyone for your input! I think that I am leaning towards Sylvia again now, so we will just have too see how DH feels about it when baby arrives.
I have had Eleanor on & off my list, and I can't really put a finger on why I keep taking it off. It will probably go back on the list today, but who knows if it will stay.
Honora is pretty too, I will let it ruminate a little more and perhaps it will be joining the contenders.
"I can't help noticing that a lot of the same sounds come up in your favorite names" - Tell me about it. I can't even count how many names I've nixed because they either sound exactly like Anneliese, or because they sound exactly like another name that I like a little better. Unfortunately, I will never be able to use a name like Eloise. This was quite a struggle in the preliminary name searching. I am glad that I have found a few that I like that are somewhat distinct.
On another note, my guilty pleasure name that I have been loving lately but don't know if I could actually use is... Gloria. It is just so cheerful, it makes me think of sunshine and flowers. I think that for the -ia names though, Sylvia is still my favourite, I wonder how DH is feeling about it these days. I have made a resolution to try NOT to mention names to him until after the baby arrives, since I know that he just can't get into that mode until then. Thanks for being my outlet!
My first instinct would be A, but I may second guess myself afterward and think that you were going for D.