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Hahaha! I like Bertha, too. It would be quirky on a little dog. :)
My thoughts so far if the baby is a girl.... :)
I'm thinking they may use Frances and Elizabeth - Diana and Kate's middle names. I wish I knew Kate's mom's middle name. I do know her first name is Carole, so perhaps Caroline could be another mn possibilty to honor her mom?
So.... Frances Elizabeth Caroline
or.....Elizabeth Frances Caroline
I'm not sure about boy names. I'll have to do some thinking on that.
Thank you, everyone! Edmund Wilder is the stand-out to me, too. Now I just need to decide on sibsets. We're still planning on trying to be surprised, even though with twins we're having more ultrasounds. I'm thinking for 2 boys, Edmund Wilder and Walter Morgan sound good, and they go well with Solomon and Mabel. Of course, I need to see what DH thinks. ;)
Thank you! Jewel is another great-grandma's name. I never could find a name I liked it paired with, though. However, I've loved Agnes for a couple years now - it has gradually worked itself into the #1 spot on my list, and I have found that I really love Jewel with it, so it finally has a place. :)
Thank you! I do have a soft spot for that combo b/c Bess is after my Great Grandma Bessie, and I'm a lit lover, so Louisa has a warm, intelligent feel to me - probably due to Louisa May Alcott. It's a long-standing favorite.
Thank you, ladies! :) Of the names you've listed, my favorites are Cora and Agnes for girls. Agnes has long been a favorite of mine, and I think DH is starting to come around to it. My favorites from your boy names lists are Gus and Edmund, though Gus wouldn't sound good with our last name unfortunately since our last name begins with an 'S'. Edmund has long been a favorite of mine, though I do sometimes worry about it sounding too formal.
Once I'm feeling more at ease about everything looking good with this pregnancy, I'll sit down with DH and talk baby names so I can get a name list posted.
Kalmia, you hit on many of my concerns there. With Walter, I think it is the blend of letters that makes it feel less moder, more nerdy, etc. And with Edmund, I have wondered also if the -nd ending with Solomon's -on ending might not be the best match. I do like the name Wilder for a FN, but I don't know if I'd have the courage to use it - first because not a familiar FN to people and second because my son Solomon has ADHD, and if a little Wilder ended up having ADHD, too, that could be some possible teasing potential. I've actually wondered if this should keep me from using it in the middle name spot, too. What do you think?
Thank you all so much for the helpful replies. You've all given me a lot to think about. And for those of you who were asking, Wilder is a family name also. It's not one I had ever thought about using until I saw it on a friend of a friend's baby boy, and I fell pretty hard for it. :) I love that it also brings to my mind Laura Ingalls Wilder and even reminds me of Oscar Wilde - I've always loved literary names.
Hmm...you know, Edmund is one I tried pairing Wilder with in the past and pretty quickly dismissed it as being too '"d" heavy. Now, though, that you're all mentioning it, I'm mulling it over more and more, and I think I really like it!
Thank you for all the replies. I've been thinking many of your suggestions over. I don't know why it never occurred to me that "Louisa Bess" sounds a lot like "Elizabeth". Now I can't stop thinking about it, though. I could use Bess with a different FN, but I have long loved Louisa....still not sure.
A few of you mentioned the name Penelope. It's one of those names that I know I *should* really like. It certainly fits my style, and yet I never have warmed up to it. As funny as it sounds, I for some reason hear "jalapeno" when I say the name. Snicker snicker.
And voxverve, that is crazy that your friends' kids are Solomon and Mabel, too! I have never encountered either of their names on another little person, so to hear the same sibset on someone else's kids....wow!
Great post! That is so weird that some names are acceptable while others are not. I agree with Lisa in TX that it may be due to lawyers. It's the only way it makes sense to me, anyway.
I need your help. A friend of a friend contacted me, requesting my help in naming the baby boy they're due with in a couple months. Here's the couple's criteria:
-She wants uncommon
-He doesn't want weird
-Cannot be in the top 50 and would prefer not to be in the top 100
-Their last name starts with N so they don't want it to end with and N
-The names currently under consideration:
Vale (she like it, but he doesn't)
-If they had the baby today and HAD to pick a name he'd be Locke Adler but...they're not thrilled about it.
I have some ideas, but I'd love to hear what you think! Thanks!
Hi everyone! I don't have a lot of time to post, but I just wanted to quickly pop in and let you all know that our baby girl is here! Mabel Susannah arrived Oct. 11, joining big brother Solomon Grey. Thank you all very much for your naming help!
What a very interesting post! My husband and I choose uncommon names for our children b/c DH and I both have common names and never really liked having five other kids with the same name in our class. This article does make me think more about choosing uncommon names, but I don't think that being easily traceable is a reason not to use a rarely used name you like. Like another poster mentioned, if you lead a good life and are a good person, people aren't going to find anything against you online. My husband and I have always strived to be good, responsible people and will raise our children to be the same way. Again, a very interesting post! I really enjoyed reading it and thinking it over some. :)
On to names...hehe. Our little girl will be here 6 weeks from today, via c-section. As many of you know, the name we have chosen is Mabel Susannah. But we are taking a list of "just in case" names to the hospital with us in case Mabel just doesn't seem to fit her or in case "she" turns out to be a "he". I thought I'd share some of these names with you all to get your take on them. Like I mentioned, we like our kids to have uncommon names, and it seems these days like everyone else is seeking the same thing when naming their kids. So I don't really feel safe with any name b/c I feel any rare name is just destined to be re-discovered and become popular again (like Evelyn did). So here they are...
Edmund Grant (or Edmund Pierce)
Gregor Elias (or Gregor Malachi)
Lawrence Asher - our last name starts with an 'S', so this could come across as "Lauren" :/
We have a son named Solomon.
Thanks for your help, everyone! I'll let you know if I find out what name they choose. :)
A friend of mine contacted me today seeking baby name help for another friend of hers. Her friend has twins - a boy and a girl. Their boy's name is P0rter Kent0n, and they're girl's name is PIper KaYlyn. Their surname begins with a P. They are expecting again and just found out they're having a boy, and they want his name to be the same initials - P.K.P. I thought you all may enjoy this project, too. Can you help me to think of some names with those initials and fit in with their style? Thanks in advance for your help!
We have a name! I talked to DH, and he said his favorite combo is Mabel Susannah, and I was delighted b/c that's my favorite, too. I don't know why I didn't think of it before, but an added benefit of using Susannah in the mn spot is that it kind of honors my mom b/c her name is Karen Sue. Okay, so they're both in the mn spot, and they're not exactly the same name, so it may be a stretch, but it's still a nice thought given how very close my mom and I are to each other.
KRC, I'm pronouncing Mab and Mabs with a long A - just like in Mabel. If given an occasional nn, though, I'd say we'd *probably* call her Mae. But Mab and Mabs are so cute that we may not be able to resist!
Thanks, everyone, for all your comments! You've all helped a lot. I really love Mabel Susannah, but as I shared with you all, I was afraid it may come across as country bumpkin or homespun. But it sounds as if that wasn't the majority of your first impressions. I'll have to see just how much DH loves it. Next in line for me would be Mabel Eloise, Mabel Violet, and Mabel Caroline - I can't decide which order, though.
EVie, yes, we have a 1-syllable last name. DH doesn't like 1-syllable mn's with Mabel, and he says if it's 2 syllables, the emphasis should be on the second syllable. (It's nice to have a DH who thinks about these things!) But since so many of those 2-syllable mn's are French, it tends to turn me off b/c I just don't think a French name and Mabel go together all that well. Thus, our list consists of 3-syllable mn's. We are a picky pair!
Zoerhenne, Gee thanks! Now I also like Mabel Juliet. :D Ha! It's one I said in my mind many a time and liked the sound of it, but I wasn't sure if Juliet matched Mabel in style. And then when I saw the name written out in your post, it looked nice.
Larksong, in reference to your accent, do you mind if I ask if you're from the U.S.?