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Maybe Molly Bernadette, by a minuscule margin. But I think you could do Matilda Bernadette too. Are you pronouncing it BER-na-dette or Ber-na-DETTE? That might change the flow with Matilda, and possibly your last name too.
Very nice. I think the pronunciation you want is intuitive with the spelling you’ve chosen.
The name isn’t my style any which way it’s spelled, but I don’t find your spelling of it particularly bothersome. I think it might frequently be misspelled but it’s not the end of the world. My daughter’s name is Emelia, which is a very old name/spelling, not terribly uncommon in Europe, but it’s constantly being confused with or misspelled as either Amelia or Emilia. I find myself feeling similarly to you in not wanting to be lumped into the “creative spellers” category but, in the grand scheme of things, I don’t think it’s that big of a deal.
In my opinion Beau and Bear are too close for siblings. (I’ve also met a number of dogs named Bear, so it’s kind of doubly not a person name to me...) I agree that it could be a nickname. Of your list, I like Blake best.
Bastion, Bennett, Brant, Bram, Benson.
I’m in somewhat rural BC. Ditto Jackson and other -son, -ton names for boys. Seems to be a theme of word/nature names for girls, such as Ember and Nova. Oh and place names for girls and boys alike.
I used to feel defensive about my name because people would always call me Christina, or they wouldn’t hear me right and think it was Christie. (Christina keychains, magnets, and other personalized stuff abounded, but rarely a Christine.) I got the impression people either didn’t like it or that they didn’t think it was a real name. As a teenager I had some angst about it because I felt no connection to it, but I’ve mostly gotten over that now. My middle name is a classic name that I used to find an “old lady name” and therefore embarrassing, but I’ve come to appreciate it as I’ve gotten older.
I didn’t know that Jemima was considered unusable in the US. Being Canadian, I’m familiar with Aunt Jemima and can understand why the logo would be offensive. But seeing the name compared to Adolf is a surprise to me. Maybe Canada is more in line with the UK on this one? Not that it’s a common name here but I don’t think you’d receive any backlash for naming your child this. My main association with Jemima, or at least equal association, is the Beatrix Potter character Jemima Puddle-duck. On a side note, my mom read this book to us as kids and I vividly remember her pronouncing it like “JEM-i-ma” with emphasis on the first syllable and a short “i” in the middle. I’m assuming this was just her being unfamiliar with the name and no one else has heard this pronunciation before? I sometimes find myself defaulting to that pronunciation by accident!
(Hope no one minds me bringing up such an old thread!)
I would say Or-EE-lee-ah.
I don’t think you can go wrong with any of the three names you both like. Jack as a nickname for John seems to me to be from a bygone era (The Importance of Being Earnest comes to mind). I don’t think many young parents today are concerned with or even aware of it being related to anything other than Jack, Jackson, Jaxon, etc. And I don’t hear any kids with those names being called Jackie so I think you’re ok on that front. Similarly, to me Conan fits into the Declan, Ronan, Rowan group of names that are currently quite popular and I don’t think he’ll be associated with either the Barbarian or the talk show host. Charlie is pretty classic, doesn’t really ever seem to go too far out of favour.
Hopefully the “right” name will be obvious when you meet him, but you could also consider which name has the best sibset options for future children to help narrow it down.
I like Ennis. It works well with your other kids’ names. I like Asmund. It doesn’t fit as well with Alastair and Declan which are Celtic (ditto for Soren, Ambrose, Silas, Simon and Felix) but maybe that doesn’t matter to you. I think Emrys is good, although I’ve seen it mentioned on this forum before as a name that people often pronounce differently/incorrectly. I’m sort of luke warm about the other names on your list but I don’t think any of them would be bad, depending on your priorities (all 3 kids’ names “matching” stylistically or culturally, having different initials, ease of pronunciation etc.).
I’m not familiar with the name but I guessed the pronunciation correctly. It does seem very unusual but doesn’t have that “made up” feel to me, even having never seen it before. The “as” beginning doesn’t bother me because as someone already mentioned it sounds more like A-stil-be. I’m less keen on Asphodel as it starts off a lot like asphalt...
Oops, old thread. I wonder if they used the name...
I would use it as a middle name because I think it’s more in keeping with your other girls’ middle names than their first names. (For spelling I prefer Alisha or Aleisha.) Anneli and Temperance both have an old-fashioned, sweet feel to me. Names with a similar feel: Constance, Beatrice, Evelyn, Dorothea, Hazel, Cora, Leonora, Mabel.
I like a lot of Suzannembrown’s suggestions (Callum, Malcolm, Rhys). You seem to like Celtic/Gaelic names. Some other suggestions: Finnian, Clancy, Rory, Niall, Carrick, Macaulay, Keane, Brannon/Brennan, Sullivan, Broderick, Connall, Kincaid, Lennox, Ronan.
I agree with the others. I’ve never watched the show and have no other adverse associations with the name. And even if I did, it’s hardly a name that’s synonymous with evil like Hitler or Lucifer. Even people familiar with the show would probably be able to disassociate your child from the character in a highly fantastical (I think?) show.
I don’t love the sound of Elsie Stephanie. What do you think of Elise? It’s also more distinct from your name, but the ending kind of runs into Stephanie. Elise reminded me of Liezl? On the other hand, if you really love Elsie and want to use the family middle name, I don’t think the rhymey endings matter too much.
I agree that the -a ending and a- beginning is a bit awkward, but I also prefer Luca over Lucas and would probably go with the name you like the best. Most of the time he won’t be called by both names and, when the full name is used, his middle name will separate them.
Everlie and Rowan go nicely together in my opinion although Everlie is fairly girly and Rowan more unisex. I like Esme as a name and pronounced Ez-may I don’t find it too similar to Everlie. Pronounced Ez-mee, it‘s getting too close for me.
I like it. Do you have Basque heritage? It seems like it’s not very common, basically anywhere from what I can gather, so you might get a lot of questions about spelling and pronunciation. For some reason it reminded me of Hepzibah. Other options, some Basque, some not: Tirzah, Jakinda, Amarande, Zuria, Talitha, Joska, Irune.
I like Luca. Ryan is inoffensive. Not a fan of Greyson or Landon for similar reasons mentioned above. Not sure if I just live in a Kai pocket, but I live in a teeny tiny town and there are three boys under 3 years old with the name Kai. Similar names or middle name suggestions:
Sebastian, Mateo, Dante, Nico
Malachi/Malakai, Kian, Koa, River
Hayden, Mason, Gavin
I think they’re too similar. Is there a particular reason you want both names to be 3 syllables with an -ie ending? In my opinion any two names like that runs the risk of being too similar, but that’s just my taste. I know two sisters named N@t@lie and @very, which works ok to my ear. Marjorie/Marjory, Adalie, Bethany, Emery, Coralie, Leonie, Mackenzie.