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Hmm, sounds like you your husband is extremely wary of trendy or more uncommon names. Since you're Catholic, there's a wide variety of saints' names to look into. I would normally suggest the name of a saint that is of yours or your family's devotion, or with a life story/philosophy that you admire.
I'm Orthodox, so there are quite a few saints' names we have in common, even though there are Catholic saints such as St. Teresa and St. Francis of Assisi that I admire.
I personally love the name Joseph. The nickname doesn't necessarily have to be Joe or Joey or even Jay. I have a friend who wanted desperately to name her son Zephyr, but her husband vetoed it. Instead, she named the boy (adorable by the way) Joseph, with the nickname Zeph. I am even considering it myself if I have a boy in the future.
As for other saint names that strike me as attractive and meaningful are: Xavier, Thaddeus, Jude, Peter, Andrew, Dominic, Nicolas, Vincent (St. Vincent de Paul was known for his social work and taking care of young and poor boys as well as educating them), Paul, George, Patrick, Antony/Anthony, Gregory, Cyril, Louis/Lewis, Luke/Lucas/Luca, Diego/Diogo, James/Jack/Jacques/Tiago/Santiago, Henry, Adrian, Ambrose, Augustin/August, Basil, Blaise, Benedict/Benoit/Bennett, Bruno, Damian, Fabian...
Here's a website I found of a parish, with a wide list of saints' names, meanings and what the saints were known for:
As for girls:
Maria/Marion/Marianne/Mariana/Marina/Mary/Marie, Clara/Clarice/Clarisse, Therese/Teresa/Theresa, Rose/Rosa, Cecilia/Cecily, Adele/Adelia, Agnes, Alba, Audrey, Beatrice/Beatriz/Beatrix, Catherine (my favorite), Helen/Helena/Elena (love all three of these!), Emilia, Eve/Eva/Evelyn, Flora, Genevieve, Gloria, Margaret/Margot, Harriet, Isabel, Irene/Irina, Josephine, Lillian, Lucy/Lucia, Lydia (the apostle Paul's first convert), Matilda/Maud/Maude, Nadia/Nadine, Olivia, Ramona, Sylvia/Sylvie/Silvia, Theodora, Valerie/Valeria, Vivian/Vivienne, Wilhelmina (adorable nicknames Willa and Mina) and Zita.
I pronounce it the same way you do, traleerose!
I have heard others pronounce Iphigenia as Iph-ih-GEN-yuh, which I hate, because of the nickname Jen.
I love your suggestions!
May I also add:
Constantina, Valentina, Alexandra, Alexandria, Alexandrine, Tatiana, Marina (after the poet Marina Tsvetaieva), Susanna, Zuzanna, Polina, Caterina, Raina, Olga, Juliana, Yuliana and Theodora
Julian Vincent or Vincent Julian would be perfect!
Wow, two names I love oh so much on one precious baby!!!
Out of your girl names I prefer Joanna, but may I suggest:
Helena, Johanna, Heloise, Elena and Phoebe (a light name just like Helena).
I also love Rosalie, Rosalind, Rosa, Rosamund and Rosemary, based on your family name Rose? Also, Rose as a first name is gorgeous, but too common in the middle spot!
Zélie, is the name of the baby girl in the French film "Comme les Autre", which focuses on a relationship between a gay couple, where one wants to have a baby and the other does not. It's a great film!
I love Coralie because of the singer Coralie Clement! It's soft, gentle, yet playful and strong and could grow very well on a little girl. I much prefer Coralie to Coraline and Caroline!
I love Vivian for the meaning and for the history behind it. Viviane was the mystical aunt of Morgan Le Fey and Arthur in the Arthurian legends. It's also a very classic, strong and elegant name, that also has a certain dose of playfulness with the nicknames Viv, Viva or Vivi.
I love the suggestions of Cecilia, Natalie/Natalia, Nadia, Rosalie, Julia, Juliet, Ottilie and Coralie. I despise the names Cornelia and Cordelia though.
I would also like to suggest: Clarice, Emilia, Louisa, Elinor, Lydia, Livia, Lyra, Lucia, Lucy, Lucille, Alice, Alicia, Amelia, Amalia, Catalina, Lysandra, Audrey, Mirella, Mireille, Mira, Mina, Wilhelmina, Zelia, Zelie (just saw this name in a film and am in love with it), Eloisa, Vivian, Violet, Marina, Eva, Eve, Edith, Helen, Helene, Helena, Selene, Selena, Adeline (I was reading Virginia Woolf earlier today), Dolores, Lola, Lourdes, Layla, Leila, Laila, Salma, Lavinia, Laurel, Laura and Lisbeth.
Oh, and Celia and Celeste too!
Oh I love the name Alice! Whichever way it's pronounced! AL-ISS or UH-LEESS.
Yara, Valentina and Diana are lovely!
Dax and Calix? Wow... sounds like names straight out of Matrix or some crazy action, sci-fi thing. Hopefully the next brother (if there will be one) won't be a Polux.
And I know what you mean about all of the Bellas... Where I live there's a bunch of Sophia's.
I love Lydia, Charles, Elliot (Walter Elliot), Diana (from Jane's last unfinished novel), Elinor, Mary, George, Susan, Isabella, Eliza (rather than Elizabeth), Collin (Mr. Collins), Harriet, kitty (from katherine, although I much prefer it with a "c"). I don't know enough of Jane Austen (I read a few of her books a long time ago), to know whether the names I mentioned wont work for your kids. They are all lovely though. Personally, if I had to choose for a girl, I would go with Lydia or Eliza. For a boy, Elliot.
Top Three Names:
1. Corinthia Blue nn Cora (my favorite)
2. Iphigenia Blue nn Iphie
3. Heliodora Blue nn Dora
I totally agree! Magnolia is a lovely, fun and bright name!
The spelling of Weylin looks made up or of a kr8ive spelling (even though it might not be). Bentley reminds me of motorcycles and automobiles. I love Winston though, to me it sounds much more like the funny, naîve guy from the series "New Girl" than Winston Churchill, former prime-minister of Great-Britain. I imagine a cute, conversational and creative little guy carrying this name.
I love the name Iris! Faye, as much as it has meaning and history behind it, sounds plain and boring. Iris is more dynamic, classic, floral, colorful, has several different meanings and is easily recognizable and pronounced all around the world.
Iris Lorene or even Iris Lorena sounds beautiful! Very elegant and will grow well on a child.
Raina reminds me of the Queen of Jordan, so how about some Arabic names?
Noor, Nuria, Laila, Leila, Layla, Iman, Farah, Amira, Amina, Salma, Shakila, Elif and Soraya are beautiful names!
Noor, Nuria, Laila, Layla, Iman, Farah, Amira, Amina, Salma, Shakila, Elif and Soraya are beautiful names!
You children's names are lovely and seem to go on the shorter side. Here are a few European names I love:
Livia, Lucia, Marion, Leonie (quite common in Germany), Julia, Elena, Isabel, Wilhelmina (nickname Willa or Mina), Johanna, Sylvie, Silvia, Flora, Ana, Anita, Cecilia, Ophelia, Eva, Odette, Ottilie, Emilia, Irene, Iris, Aurea, Aria, Miriam, Maria, Heloise/Eloise, Nina, Noor, Maeve, Mavis, Avis, Ava, Adele, Adelia, Margot, Annalise, Vianne and Vivian.
Felix, Hugo, Franz (love this name because of Franz Liszt), Oscar, Otto (so cute!), Paul, Peter, Pedro, Tobias (common in Germany), Leo, Victor, Yuri, Ivan, Wilhelm, Johann, Amadeus, Sebastian, Bastien, Eric, Antony, Ulysses, Bruno, Theo, Theodore, Gustave, Igor, Xavier, Oliver, Marco, Marcos, Amos, Leopold, Arthur, Simon, Sven, Soren, Henry, Octavian and Louis.
I'm very surprised with myself that I actually like Scout. I don't know if you know but the traditional spelling is Yvonne. Maybe you could alter the spelling of your nanna's name just a bit.
Scout Yvonne is actually nice, not something I'd choose as I prefer more feminine and dramatic names.
Hazel is a beautiful names but becoming extremely popular. Selah is a good name, but I automatically thought it to be made up and similar to cellar.
Caroline I like, but I don't think it matches your other children's names. As a middle name though, it'd be fantastic.
I love the names Flora, Minnie, Birdie, Maeve, Mavis, Mauve, Audrey and Juniper for you. Lavender, Lilac, Marigold, Lark, Laurel, Daisy and Gaia are nature names that I love and think would sound great.
Cash imediately reminded me of Johnny Cash and rock, country, folk and blues. Etta, Billie, Nina, Simone, Dolly, Joan, Baez, Loretta, Carmen, Ella, Esperanza, Ethel, Josephine (nickname Josie), Mabel, Petal and Blossom imediately came to mind.
Nadia is a beautiful name! Nora I prefer as a nickname for a longer name, perhaps Leonora or Eleanor?
Are you looking for a name with matching initials? If yes I think Lilia could be a good compromise between Lilly and Nadia.
Other L names:
Laurel, Lucia, Lucy, Lucille, Lavinia, Layla, Laila, Lorena, Leticia, Leda, Lara, Larissa, Lilac, Lavender, Lilian, Liliana, Lisbeth, Louisa, Louise, Luisa, Leonie, Lyra, Luz, Lydia, Ludmila, Lourdes, Lotus, Lelia, Laura, Leia, Liana and Livia (my absolute favorite!).
As for names with different initials:
Maeve, Mavis, Aurea, Eliza, Margot, Pearl, Celeste, Harper, Julia, Juliet, Juliana, Catherine, Ophelia, June, Opal, Iris, Daisy, Margaret, Erica, Eloise, Josephine, Adelia, Adeline, Veronica, Victoria, Susan, Susanna, Esther, Rosalie, Rosalind, Sylvie, Silvia, Felicity, Alice, Alicia, Alexis, Alexandra, Augusta, Amelia, Amalia, Jane, Juniper, Soraya, Gloria, Wilhelmina, Audrey, Adriana, Carole, Caroline, Carlotta, Charlotte, Violet, Edith, Agnes, Ellis, Elise, Ella, Etta, Emilia, Eve, Evelyn, Flora, Frances, Astrid, Indigo, India, Ida, Ada, Isla, Aria, Annalise and Georgia.
Thank you! Heliodora, Corinthia and Zephyrine (with -een) are my favorite names right now.
Someone suggested Mazarine as a name on Nameberry ( I hated it), but the color Blue got to my head and I was instantly reminded of how Blue is THE Greek color. Everything seems to be about Blue and I would love to use it as a middle name for either of the names above. My favorite though is Corinthia Blue, as a nod to the province of my grandparents' births.
It will take some effort to convince the dad of it, though.