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How popular is Penelope, really? Honestly, the popularity of Maddie seems much greater than Penelope. Of course, if you insist on no nicknames, people will respect your wishes (at least, until your daughter is a teenager and decides she WANTS to be called Mattie, but I doubt that will happen). I would go with the name that you LIKE the best and not worry about nicknames or popularity.
Thank you all for your suggestions!
I think we will probably just nix the attempt to name the baby something connected to Ted, because none of the names that are connected to it really resonate with us. And as several people have pointed out, we all call our kids pet names that aren't related to their actual names. I don't even really love the name Ted, so maybe the whole nickname thing will just fade once he's here.
I love, LOVE the idea of naming him Graham and nicknaming him Teddy Graham/Ted. If only I could convince my husband...sigh. Oh, well. There are names I just can't imagine using, too, and so I can't make him use one he really doesn't like.
We will probably call him Gideon Christopher LastName, but I will update you all in 8 weeks when he arrives! Thanks again for all of your suggestions. It's always nice to bounce ideas off similarly minded name-enthusiasts!
I think both spellings are fine. I didn't immediately come up with any references when I looked at the French spelling. I do like the "meatier" spelling of Emmerich and immediately know how to prounounce it, but I do think that you would often run in to "rich" instead of "rick" proununciations.
I don't really think kids are teased about their names very often any more. A plethora of other things, yes. But our naming culture has become so diverse that kids accept even the most "out-there" names (not that this is one) without batting an eye.
John Patrick is a great name. It honors family, it fits your style, and you like it. Why keep looking? However, if you are still looking, I offer you:
Matthew and Mark (the two gospels you haven't mentioned ;))
Paul, Jude, Silas, James, Peter, Joseph, Andrew, Phillip, Simon, Thaddeus, Barnabas, (I'm starting to stray from main-stream, I know, and I don't know how "out there" your tastes run.)
All that being offered, I like John Patrick, and if you love it, don't search any more! You're one of the lucky ones!
^^^Thank you so much for sharing this. I knew when I wrote this post that I needed to double-check my facts before I posted it, and I honestly do know that Levites are priests. I don't know what I was thinking. After reading your reply I did a little more research (on the internet-so who knows how valid it is) from some Hebrew/Jewish websites and one possible meaning of the name Judah is "praise," although some sources say the meaning was ascribed to the name *after* the birth of Jacob and Leah's son. Do you have any insight on this?
Your heritage is amazing and enviable. Thanks again for sharing with me.
I love it! It will never go out of fashion. She might have to correct people on the spelling, which will either be annoying or make her feel special. :)
I love the suggestion of Camille! All of these are great, actually.
I love your daughters' names! From your new list Louisa is my favorite, but since your hubs vetoes it, I will move on. ;)
Take all of my opinions with a grain of salt. I'm not really ordering these, just typing as I think.
I find your concerns with Emilia and Elisabeth completely valid. I personally try to avoid choosing names that will be difficult to spell or have multiple spellings. However, if you love the name, you should go for it anyway. Another thing to note is that both of these names have four syllables, while all of your daughters' names have two or three. If you really want to balance the sibset, you might consider choosing another two-syllable name to go along with Lilah. Also, the rhythm of the names is something to consider. CEcily, LIlah, JuliETTE, CAROlne. Caroline fits with the first two, but leaves Juliette as the odd-girl out rhythm-wise and Lilah out syllable-wise. CLEo and LAURel also fit with the strong first-syllable rhythm you seem to prefer.
What about Lorelai/Loralei? It's Germanic, old-fashioned, and has an L. It reminds me a bit of Laurel, which I also really like.
Linnea-Mixes up the rhythm, and only has two syllables, if that's something you want to do.
Isla-this is one of my favorites and is on my list. It's Celtic and pronounced EYE-lah.
Those are my insights, for what they're worth! Haha. Good luck!
Murf73, I love this idea! My husband vetoes everything I suggest and doesn't bring anything constructive to the conversation. I'm going to see if he'll go for something like this. Great idea!!!
What she said. ^^^
I think Estelle is a great choice. It is from the same antique category as her sisters' names and it is still relatively uncommon. I think other good choices for your sib set would be Hazel, Eleanor, Beatrice, Evelyn (although it is very popular), and Lydia.
I just noticed the request that the names be royal and I haven't checked to see if any of these are. I'll do a little research and perhaps edit this reply later.
No, I don't get that at all. Claire is a lovely name. Go for it!
I agree with a previous poster that family names are great choices for the middle name position. Stylistically, I think that I would avoid something too fluid with Aria. I like short, brisk choices.
Aria Claire (I like the hard, percussive consonant paired with Aria)
OR You could make the whole name flowy and fluid, in which case I likeAria Marie
All three are great timeless choices. I think Jack might be a little more casual than your other sons' names, although I like it a lot. My favorite is probably Samuel Rhett, for no other reason than I just like it best! But you really can't go wrong with any of them!
Cora Jane was my favorite at first reading, but I love the idea of using Elizabeth with a nickname. Eliza Jane is adorable! It reminds me of the American folk song "Little Liza Jane." I love it.
Any of your boy names sound good with David, but I'd stick with the Jason spelling over Jayson.
Everyone, thank you so much for your replies! When discussing names my husband told me he liked Pilot because of what it means to him and because it "sounds cool." So the aviation names have been great at opening up the discussion and moving it in another vein. He likes Jules, although our sister-in-law is named Julie and that's his brother's nickname for her, but we imagine she might be honored with a namesake. I can get on board with Jules, at least it's better than Pilot!
We have discussed every name you mentioned, so if you have more ideas, keep them coming! They don't have to be aviation-themed, but they need to strike a balance between his country/"cool" taste and my traditional/Irish taste.
Okay, a quick Google search turned up a few and I've listed my favorites:
Salem, Salina, Sawley, Scott, Sedalia, Severn, Seymour, Shelby, Sheridan, Shiloh, Sigel, Sloan, Surrey, and Sussex.
I will add Spencer, which is a small town in West Virginia where my husband was raised. :)
Congratulations and good luck!
I really like Graham. I'm trying to think of surnames-turned first names.
Fun exercise! Good luck!
I'm not too familiar with Greek and Iranian names, but I did a quick search on the Name Matchmaker and here are some that I like from the list of suggestions:
Philo (very Greek)
I don't know if any of these appeal to you, but good luck with your search!
I like using a Lolita alternative, like Lola, maybe for a middle name.