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Mum of four: Matilda, Maisie and fraternal twin girls Charlotte and Leonora

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January 10, 2019 06:56 AM
In Response to Do You Prefer...

great game, might help me with my spelling issue :)


Terrence! Terrance makes me feel like it’s terrace spelt incorrectly

Anneli, Annelie or Annali? (pronounced ANN-eh-lee)

January 10, 2019 06:53 AM
In Response to Love, Like, Lose girls

Love: Scarlett (i LOVE Scarlett Johansson!), Yara (I had a really lovely friend named Yara when I was younger), Roselyn (lovely name!)

Like: Addie (i like it better as a nn for a longer name like Addison), Arden (it’s cute), Alessandra (i don’t love it 

, but i don’t hate it either)

Lose: Tova (I can’t say why, but it doesn’t really do much for me); Persephone (again, I don’t know why, but it makes me think ’telephone’), Layla (too overused where we live)


Scarlett, Yara, Roselyn, Addie, Arden, Alessandra, Anneli, Amelia, Milla

January 10, 2019 06:44 AM
In Response to Drop 2 Add 1 - Girls

Drop: Delilah (i always think of what Rachel says about that name on Friends after her baby is born), Aviva (there’s a Charmed episode with a strange girl named Aviva) ...and I just realised I watch too much TV

Add: Anneli

Ada, Adelaide, Anneli, Astrid, Auden, Beatrix, Bianca, Carmen, Caroline, Carys, Cassandra, Catherine, Clara, Clare, Clementine, Ellie, Estelle, Eva, Evelyn, Grace, Gwendolyn, Hannah, Hazel, Helen, Juliette, Kate, Layla, Leila, Lilia, Luna, Lydia, Mara, Melody, Sadie, Samantha, Sara, Scarlett, Selah, Sophie, Talia, Tessa, Vivian

January 10, 2019 05:40 AM

we pronounce it ANN-eh-lee. I’ve seen spellings like Anneli, Annelie, Annalie... but since it’s such an unusual name (at least where we live) I couldn’t possibly tell shich spelling is the most common or most intuitive one. 

I also get a different vibe from it compared to our daughters’ names, but it’s a name we both seem to love equally (which is rare), so we’ll keep it on the list for now. 

January 9, 2019 12:33 PM

Actually they go by nicknames based on their first names. I know it sounds like it doesn't make a lot of sense. The tradition of using the same initials for all of your children is actually from my husband's side of the family. My mother in law is very sweet, but I still don't want to offend her or be the only one who is not carrying on the tradition while all of my husband's siblings are. I guess in my mind I already decided we'd be breaking or say... "adapting" the tradition once again, but I think I sort of needed reassurance that it'd be okay! haha

January 9, 2019 12:18 PM

I really like the idea of using a name that leads itself to a nickname starting with an M! This way we have two kids whose first name start with an M, two with a middle and one with a nickname. My husband joked if we have another, we could have two "of each" and it'd be the perfect pattern. I didn't laugh!! This one is my last! 

The reason why my husband nixed Milla was mainly because he said it felt incomplete to him. So he likes the idea of using Milla as a nickname. I think my favourite off the ones you have suggested is Amelia! I've always loved that name. My husband likes it a lot, but isn't sure if it's "the one". I think Amelia nn Milla is really sweet and I think it fits well with our daughters' names.If we can't find one we love enough, I think we'll just go back to using an M name in the middle name spot like we did with the twins. It still honours the tradition and I'm getting to a point where I just don't want to make this whole naming process any more complicated than it already is. Anneli has really grown on us. Do you think it's too different from our girls' names? I've also seen various spellings and I'm not sure which one is the most intuitive

Oh and using an Em name was also a great suggestion! Emmett is a lovely name, the only thing bothering me is that it sounds so similar to Charlotte. Theo is also a beautiful name... does Theo Maxwell flow well? I'm not sure, but somehow I really like it

August 8, 2017 05:58 PM
In Response to Names for me

Oh I didn't even realise that! I was wondering why Felix immediately popped into my head... that must've been why

August 8, 2017 05:50 PM
In Response to Names for me

Welcome Oskar! I like your taste in names! Paired with Oskar, my favourite off your list is Sebastian. It's a lovely name that I think flows very well with your first name. That being said - is any of the names on your list of significance to you? I am all for honour names in the middle name spot. So if any of the names you mentioned honour a special person in your life, like say your father / grandfather / uncle etc then that would trump flow for me, especially since middle names are usually not being used on a daily basis. 

Thomas: very pretty, classic name. always a solid choice. Oskar Thomas sounds great and is my second runner up

Edgar: I'm not too fond of first and middle name ending in 'ar'. Oskar Edgar is a bit too much for my taste

Oskar Oliver: I like Oliver, but again, I'm not keen on the flow of these two names together

Sebastian: my favourite as mentioned above

Jaxson: I like it a lot, also paired with Oskar, although I do prefer the spelling Jackson. Or if you wanted to spell it with an x I'd leave out the s and simply use Jaxon. Jaxson is a bit much for my taste (but that's just my personal opinion)

Henry - I like this one a lot too. I'm a big fan of Henry and Oskar Henry sounds pretty cool

Salem - makes me think of the cat from Sabrina The Teenage Witch and I can't get over that one

Noah - I like Noah, but not paired with Oskar (i think it's the 'ar' /  'ah' ending - although this may depend on where you live and how you pronounce the 'ar' in Oskar. I'm from the UK and the way I say Oskar and Noah, the endings are very similar...)

Josef - not really my style, but not in any way a bad choice. flows well with Oskar

Other names I think would sound great with Oskar

Oskar James, Oskar Theodore, Oskar Felix, Oscar Atticus, Oskar Tobias


Good luck!

August 7, 2017 05:09 PM

That's interesting, I actually know a little Leif who pronounces his name 'Life'! Wondering how the OP pronounces it? 

July 31, 2017 05:03 PM

Say: What an unexpected, lovely choice

Think: Quite an interesting twist on the oh so well known Alexandra. Makes me think of Alexandria in Egypt to some extend, but not in a way that I'd only think of it as a place name. 

Next name: Evelyn

July 31, 2017 04:53 PM

Keep: Zane Maxwell

Switch: Henry Andrew

Change first: Declan Tobias

Change middle: Sebastian Theodore

Initials: Philip Vance

July 31, 2017 04:48 PM

Keep: Stella Audrey

Switch: Eleanor Zoe

Change first: Evelyn Maxine

Change middle: Penelope Elise

Initials: Leonora Amelia

July 30, 2017 04:14 PM
In Response to Matilda

Matilda is my daughter's name, so I'm biased. Her middle name is Jane and I've always loved the flow of Matilda Jane. Plus it's an honour name for us. Luckily she loves both her first and middle name, too!

There are plenty of lovely names that would work in the middle name spot, but it really depends on what other names you like and whether you want to honour a family member or not.
Matilda Jade
Matilda Anne
Matilda Elinor
Matilda Eloise
Matilda Amelia
Matilda Eve



July 30, 2017 09:46 AM

I agree that it really depends on why you're thinking about giving yourself a middle name. We've used middle names as a way to honour family members. So if you're thinking about naming yourself after a member of your family or generally someone who is very special to you, I'd say it is worth the effort. 

Other than that, like a few others have stated before, I mainly use my childrens' names when I'm angry, but not on a daily basis. My eldest loves her full name and always introduces herself as Matilda Jane. She often wants us to call her by her first and middle, but other than it being her own preference, there's no real 'benefit' there. Except maybe that it distinguishes her from other little Matildas on the playground. 

Bottom line is if you are not going to use it as a call name and don't want to be called by your full name / use it to differentiate yourself from other people named Lucy aaand also don't plan on using it as an honour name, I wouldn't say it's worth it. If it's just    for the mere reason of 'having a middle name' I wouldn't want to waste time and money on changing your name

July 19, 2017 04:17 AM

First of all: I love your list!

I just named my daughter Charlotte (nn Lottie), so I'm biased! And I love her name, despite its popularity. I almost let it put me off, but I'm glad I used it anyway, because it's just such a beautiful, elegant and classic name with cute nickname options! I personally wouldn't think it's too close to Clara. 

My second favourite is Eliza (which I think works fine with Susanna) followed closely by Thea, Ivy and Louisa! If you're too worried about Charlotte, Eliza and Louise being too close to her sisters' names I think my front runner would be Thea! 

July 19, 2017 04:10 AM
In Response to Opinions, please!

Athough I'm not too fond of Winifred, I do think you've got a lovely list of names. Caroline is my name and I like it a lot! It's a classic name that works on toddlers just as much as on teenagers and adults! :) My favourite from your list is Helena! It feels a bit fresher to me than Helen, but both would work well on a child! In the end the difference between the original honour name and the variant is just one letter, so I'd go with the one you love more)

I'd be inclined to use either an honour name as a first name and one you love as a middle or the other way around. My favourite combinations would be Helena Nadine, Caroline Magnolia, Maren Louise. Since you seem to love Winifred a lot I'd combine Winifred Caroline, Winfred Louise or Helena Winifred. 

From your boys list I like John Ezra and Ethan David best

July 19, 2017 03:48 AM
In Response to Our twin girls!

thank you! I'm so excited that we used Leonora, too! I love both their names so much and never thought we'd get as excited about their names as we did with our first two.

While Charlotte immediately turned into Lottie to most friends and family members, there's not really one that stuck for Leonora. Her oldest sister keeps calling her Leni with a long E 'LEH-nee' (sorry I'm terrible at writing out names - or words in general - as I pronounce them) and I've come to really love that nickname

July 19, 2017 03:16 AM
In Response to Our twin girls!

Why thank you! As much as I adore the name Eleanor I'm glad we went with Leonora! It suits her perfectly! Also this way each of the girls is carrying a direct honour name

July 19, 2017 03:14 AM
In Response to Our twin girls!

Thank you! Yes, Leonora and Marianne are both direct honour names with Leonora being from my side of the family and Marianne from his.

July 19, 2017 03:09 AM

I wonder why it is you're getting so defensive. I wouldn't think it's that big of a deal if someone pointed out they thought you had decided on another name, if it really was just a mix-up.

I'm usually more of a silent reader on this forum, but I too could think of approx. 4 to 5 different usernames with incredibly similar naming issues.