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Congratulations!  May there be many more decades!

February 25, 2014 12:06 PM


February 25, 2014 12:05 PM
In Response to Juliet is here!

Congratulations! :)

November 7, 2013 03:18 PM

Big congratulations!  It's a lovely name, well worth waiting for, and I hope you've been enjoying getting to know him so far.

November 7, 2013 03:13 PM
In Response to Welcoming Th0masina!

Many congratulations!  Such a beautiful name, and I hope the first few weeks have gone well.

September 24, 2013 04:23 PM

Yay that it's a girl!  A little Cordelia would be awesome, if that's who she turns out to be.

I can't comment on Hebrew names, except to say that, to my completely untrained ear, Shimona doesn't sound "weird" - but then I do rather like sound-alikes like Ramona.

I agree with you and your husband on Bronwyn: happy to accept it on other people, but I've had far too much exposure to Welsh to use it myself.  Of course, names with the Old English -wynn are all dandy...maybe you could justify it by pretending it's some kind of Welsh/Saxon mashup?!

September 3, 2013 03:33 PM

I'd put them in the "not ideal but definitely doable" category.  I know a family with girls called Tilly and Molly.  Ok, the vowels are not so close to each other as Tillie and Nelly, but it seems to work fine for them, and I doubt many people think twice about the names sounding similar.

September 3, 2013 03:14 PM

I enjoyed the boys so much I'll have a go at the girls too :-)

Switch first and middle: Louise Sophia

Change first: Stella Jessamine

Change middle: Olivia Ellen

Keep initials: Meriel Robin

Keep name: Leah Anne

September 3, 2013 03:03 PM

Sounds fun!

Switch first and middle: James Alexander (sorry, Alexander!)

Change first name: Reuben Peter

Change middle: Stephen Mark

Keep initials: Frederick Gabriel

Keep name: Theodore Daniel

September 1, 2013 12:22 PM

My mind also went to frillier names that could have Eva as a nickname.  Apart from the ones already mentioned, there's Evelina, Evita, Everil, or perhaps Evonne or Evette.  Good luck!

August 28, 2013 12:35 PM
In Response to Name for a girl

Congratulations!  Lovely name.

August 21, 2013 01:50 PM
In Response to Is this awkward?

If I were "James", I'd be flattered, but would prefer it if you mentioned it to me (assuming you're still in touch) before publication to avoid any awkward surprises.

I'd say it also depends on how common the name is: something well-known like James is fairly safe, as there are lots of other people associated with it too, but if your friend has a less usual name, it'll be hard to disguise where you got it from.

August 6, 2013 01:35 PM


August 5, 2013 03:23 PM

Hooray!  I'm a bit dry on comments at the moment, but just want to chime in with the congratulations :-)

July 25, 2013 10:57 AM

Ha!  "DH wants to use family names from his side.  They're quite traditional..."

July 25, 2013 10:53 AM

Hale?  Same root, could be a surname used as first name.

July 21, 2013 11:56 AM

I've had a skim through the Facebook friend lists of friends who move in those sort of circles, and found some that might be suitable.  NB I've no idea if the owners of the names actually come from such a background, or whether these are given names or online pseudonyms.  And a lot of them are perfectly neutral and non-hippyish on their own, but I think add to the overall effect of the list.

Aggie, Amilka, Athel, Bee, Boadicea, Bodric, Brann, Bryony, Cairi, Caper, Cave, Ceiriog, Ceridwen, Coralie, Cormac, Corwen, Dalila, Demelza, Domina, Drika, Edwina, Elenya, Elfed, Elo (almost certainly short for Elowen), Elwyn, Emmerick, Fauve, Flow, Flower, Geraint, Gethin, Gilly (hard /g/ like the flower), Glow, Gorwel, Guinevere, Gwendoline, Havelok, Kaia, Kali, Kest, Leaf, Lotis, Luna, Lynx, Maea, Maia, Matterick, Meirion, Melisande, Memory, Merlin, Merryn, Morgan, Namine, Nephele, Ophir, Pan, Pebbles, Pelin, Persephone, Pixie, Querinna, Reef, Rowen, Rufus, Sage, Sanya, Seraphina, Shade, Somer, Sorrel, Sparrow, Stone, Storm, Tegwen, Telic, Thorn, Tibor, Tristan, Tuesday, Turtle, Velder, Vivacity, Wilfrid, Winnie, Ysanne, Zena, Zenda, Ziggi

I also spotted a few names that were only striking when combined with middle names: Crystal Rose, Joy Flow, Lily Sunrise, Zara Pandora.

July 11, 2013 09:31 AM

Sad times!  Hope you get your copy soon :)

July 9, 2013 10:17 AM
In Response to The Brady Bunch

Lovely suggestions already - I'll just add Miranda and Sophie.

July 8, 2013 09:07 AM
In Response to Ernie ????

Oh, and Winston!