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I agree on not being crazy about the names not just overlapping but one actually being contained within the other.
This might end up being just more of a pain than anything else, but what about using another "-ian" name (Julian, Adrian, Maximilian, Sebastian... There are a ton of them), and then having Ian as a call name? That changes the name pairs to "Lily and Ian" and "Lillian and Blank-ian", which doesn't help with overlapping sounds, but does at least eliminate the issue of one name being part of the other name. One additional issue you might run into, though, is that Ian isn't typically a nickname, which could potentially lead to paperwork or identification headaches later on.
I once wrote a story where I switched repeatedly between Irene and Imelda for one character, and had no idea I had done it until I went back and reread it quite awhile later...
The one situation I can think of where BS might come up would be if he were referred to as B. S. LastName. That's something that's probably most likely to come up in professional or similar situations, though, where people would hopefully handle it more maturely than, say, a bunch of middle schoolers looking at a monogram (where yes, I think the last initial does help considerably, although there aren't really any guarantees when it comes to the ability of grade school kids to come up with creative taunts).
Heaven: Anastasia, Constance, Erika, Gloria, Jasmine, Estelle, Violet, Talia, Zara, Sabrina, Maisie, Iris, Elaine, Emilia, Arabella, Marion, Aria, April, Thea, Penny, Lana, Harper, Isla, Autumn, Hope, Freja, Eva, Monica, Erin, Amy, Gemma, Arielle, Kara, Hannah, Imogen, Lillian, Seraphina, Diana, Hazel, Cora, Elodie, Daisy, Paloma, Tara, Elisa, Jill
Purgatory: Abby, Adina, Alice, Ana, Annie, Blair, Chloe, Claudine, Dakota, Darcy, Demetria, Eden, Gina, Juno, Kate, Kristen, Lauren, Leslie, River, Sonja, Tammy, Winnie
Hell: Carey, Reece, Song, Cassedy, Sailor, Beth, Tia, Megan, Tinsley, Jem, Spencer, Aggie, Jordan, Kelly, Sunny, Sage, Britta, Mckenna, Lorna, Alma, Solange, Misty, Lois, Zoya, Electra, Journey, Dixie, Padma, Honor, Mimi, Yvonne, Liberty, Chantal, Temperance, Presley, Shay, Hadley, Alix, Courtney, Shelby, Amira, Lacey, Paige, Harlow, Cindy
Heaven: Anastasia, Constance, Erika, Gloria, Jasmine, Estelle, Violet, Talia, Zara, Sabrina, Maisie, Iris, Elaine, Emilia, Arabella, Marion, Aria, April, Thea, Penny, Lana, Harper, Isla, Alice, Autumn, Hope, Darcy, Freja, Eva, Monica, Erin, Amy, Gemma, Arielle, Kara, Hannah, Imogen, Lillian, Seraphina, Diana, Hazel, Cora, Elodie
Purgatory: Abby, Adina, Amira, Ana, Annie, Blair, Chloe, Cindy, Claudine, Daisy, Dakota, Demetria, Eden, Elisa, Gina, Harlow, Jill, Juno, Kate, Lacey, Lauren, Leslie, Paloma, River, Sonja, Tara, Winnie, Paige
Hell: Carey, Reece, Song, Cassedy, Sailor, Beth, Tia, Megan, Tinsley, Jem, Spencer, Aggie, Kristen, Jordan, Kelly, Sunny, Sage, Britta, Mckenna, Lorna, Alma, Solange, Misty, Lois, Zoya, Electra, Journey, Dixie, Padma,Tammy, Honor, Mimi, Yvonne, Liberty, Chantal, Temperance, Presley, Shay, Hadley, Alix, Courtney, Shelby
Heaven: Anastasia, Constance, Erika, Gloria, Jasmine, Estelle, Violet, Talia, Zara, Sabrina, Maisie, Iris, Elaine, Emilia, Winnie, Arabella, Marion, Aria, April, Thea, Penny, Lana, Harper, Isla, Alice, Autumn, Hope, Darcy, Freja, Eva, Monica, Erin, Harlow, Amy, Gemma, Arielle, Kara, Hannah, Imogen, Lillian, Seraphina
Purgatory: Abby, Adina, Alix, Amira, Ana, Annie, Blair, Chloe, Cindy, Claudine, Cora, Courtney, Daisy, Dakota, Demetria, Diana, Eden, Elisa, Elodie, Gina, Hadley, Hazel, Jill, Kate, Lacey, Lauren, Leslie, Paloma, River, Shelby, Sonja, Tara
Hell: Carey, Reece, Song, Cassedy, Sailor, Beth, Tia, Megan, Tinsley, Jem, Spencer, Aggie, Kristen, Jordan, Kelly, Sunny, Sage, Britta, Paige, Mckenna, Lorna, Alma, Solange, Misty, Lois, Zoya, Electra, Journey, Dixie, Padma, Juno, Tammy, Honor, Mimi, Yvonne, Liberty, Chantal, Temperance, Presley, Shay
Yes! This is pretty much exactly what I was trying to say, thank you.
One of my siblings has two middle names, and another has a double barrelled first name plus a middle name. The rest of us just have one first and one middle. It's never been an issue of any kind.
As a lifelong resident of Georgia, I personally find it weird when people from here use it as a name. I have no real basis for this opinion, but I love Georgia as an independent name, and don't particularly care for it as a state name. It's also not at all local style, so even if you lived in Georgia, I would probably be more likely to assume you had moved from elsewhere and already had a child with the name than that you had named your child after the state you lived in.
I don't know if my opinions are likely to be shared by others or not, or if they have any basis whatsoever in reality, but that's my personal impression.
I know quite a few Natalies who are college/late high school age. It feels like a very every-girl kind of name to me, but a bit fresher and a little more feminine than, say, Rachel or Nicole.
I love that connection! I just recently rediscovered Betsy-Tacy, and am finally reading the later books in the series that I originally didn't know existed. Even with that, though, I didn't notice the connection until you pointed it out, so I'd say it's not likely to be a strong association for most people.
My hesitation at pairing Anastasia with the other names I mentioned is not so much that they're bad pairs (some of them are really lovely!), as that Anastasia is much less common than the others, and that has the potential to lead to some degree of jealousy. It's by no means a dealbreaker, just something that jumped out at me, so I thought I'd mention it.
I love Anastasia, and it's a name with plenty of history. Certainly, much of its past usage has been in other countries, but I love that it's becoming more popular in America now.
Iirc, you said in another post that you're having twins, and I will say that Anastasia strikes me as an odd pair with most of the other names you've mentioned you like (Emma, Elizabeth, Sophie, Isabella, Lilian...). That doesn't necessarily mean you shouldn't use Anastasia, but it's something to consider.
I know several Elizabeths who go by their full names, and don't have any trouble with it. The one thing you might run into is the possibility of your daughter deciding to go by a nickname as she gets older. If that happened, would it drive you crazy, or would it be not your favorite but okay? That's a risk with any name, but Elizabeth in particular has nickname options that pretty much any personality type could identify with.
Emma is lovely, and very adaptable. It feels very sweet, and I can picture it on almost any kind of person.
I don't personally love Patricia, but there's nothing wrong with it at all, especially if it has any kind of special meaning for you.
Elizabeth is currently #13 in popularity, so definitely not out of date. Even if it were, though, vintage names are surging tremendously in popularity.
I don't think Sophie really helps with the royalty connection. As someone else pointed out, Sophie is also the name of a daughter in law of Elizabeth, although not quite as famously as Diana. Multiple middle names is also fairly common around royalty. Do keep in mind, though, that most of the time, middle names are not used unless the bearer wants them to be. And both Elizabeth and Diana have a strong history outside of the royal family, as well.
If you love Elizabeth Diana, I say use it! It's an absolutely lovely name with a timeless feel that will wear very well.
Given that the American Z sound doesn't really exist in Spanish, getting people to use it would probably be more difficult than it sounds. From my experience of watching Americans try to pronounce Spanish, I think a lot of people just don't even realize there's a difference between foreign consonant sounds and their own pronunciations.
I'm not really sure what you mean by too traditional - too boring? too prim? too common? Knowing what exactly it is you fear about the name would probably help in assessing whether it's actually an issue. I personally love Elizabeth, and Diana adds a wonderfully classical feel to it. It doesn't feel remotely bland to me
My only hesitation with the combination is that it immediately brought to mind the royal family (Queen Elizabeth and Princess Diana). Given that middle names are typically rarely used, it probably doesn't really matter, but it's something to be aware of.
Sophie Diana is also quite lovely, although from your post I feel like you prefer Elizabeth.
Julian is very much my style, so I'll just throw out my own favorite boys' names, eliminating anything that ends with n!
Felix, Alistair, Benedict, Tobias, Jasper, Oliver, Theodore, Milo/Miles, Ambrose, August/us/ine, Edmund, Alaric, Aidric, Aloysius, Gilbert, Edgar
I'm with you that it can be harder to find boy's names in this kind of style. I'm looking forward to seeing what other people come up with!
Do you have any male family names with closely related female names? e.g. Paul (a;ine;ina), John (Joan, Jane, Jean, Jeanne, Joana, Gianna...), Michael (a)
I would personally advocate for different middle initials if you go with the same first initial. It can be nice sometimes to have a way of referring to your kids without writing out their full names. How relevant this is will depend on how much you actually rely on this, but in my family, my siblings and I are regularly referred to by initials in Facebook posts, calendars, to do lists, random notes, marking items as belonging to a particular person, checking off who's done a task, and a lot more. My mom even refers to us as a group by taking all our initials and stringing them into a single (unpronounceable, lol) word. (I guess that's shorter than writing "everyone"?) And all this despite two of my siblings having the same first initial (but different middles). Now, I have a large family, and so writing out all my siblings' names is more of a hassle than it would be if there were only two of us. But being able to write, say, "RC" and "RX" on clothing tags or in tiny calendar boxes is nice regardless of how many children you have.
This isn't a huge deal - if you end up finding a C middle that you love more than any other name, or if you have a particularly strong preference for the matching initials (which is a sweet tie between sisters), I would say don't worry about it. But if you're just going on a vague idea of cuteness, I thought I'd throw my experience out there. :)
Also: The question isn't just would misspellings drive you crazy - would they drive your daughter crazy? After all, she's the one who actually has to live with the name. I don't think these names are nonintuitive enough that the answer to that question is definitely yes, but it's something to consider. :)