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Thank you ... it's easy to start second guessing myself. It also feels a bit unsettling to have basically decided on names and still be several weeks out. Still trying to pick a middle name for Ruth, but if it's a boy, we're going with Arthur James (unless we change our minds in the next few weeks .. hahaha).
Inspired by Laura's latest post and one of the first in this topic --
My 8yo son's best friend in PK was a Wren. I've always loved that name and every Wren I've met has fit the name so well.
To be fair, I think a lot of the "he gets to chose the middle name" includes the unstated assumption that the last name is also his. I'm firmly in the 'whatever works for you' camp but I agree with the overall premise.
For my first two, we used the middle name to include a family name from my side and to give a more traditional alternative, should they chose, to their offbeat first names. If my third turns out to be a girl, her first name will be a family name so her middle name will simply be a gift to her -- something fun and fantastical -- knowing that later on it will likely only really be known to her, her family, and her closest friends.
Congratulations. Anastasia is a beautiful name.
I wouldn't have gender expectations if I saw the name Ocean in a class list.
I'll add Lyra, Acacia, Lavender to your nature name suggestions.
Another vote for Elise Carissa Carroll. I think Elise Alexandra Carroll also sounds good, though. 9
I'm usually slightly against alliteration, but I don't mind Carissa Carroll. I think Carrie Carroll has too much similarity, though. I would probably avoid any name that could end up with the nickname Carrie.
Congratulations! And welcome, Little Aarna.
Kamala is a skin care line in some sort of business relationship with my allergist so I just can't get past all of the advertisements and association ... kind of like Allegra. It's a beautiful name otherwise. *sigh*
I've thought about Beatrix Ruth and just using Ruth. I'm not strongly against calling by a middle name but usually I've seen it when there are shared family first names, reflecting cultural heritage, or something like that. So outside of specific reasons like that, I fall on the side of just using the first name.
Thank you. My one problem with Zinnia is about half the time people hear Xena (as in Warrior Princess). I love botanical names and the flower itself. Plus my mother really loved plants and flowers, mostly roses, but others too so Zinnia Ruth really speaks to me. I love Azalea too, btw.
Everett has stuck around for a long time. It was the "runner up" when we named our eldest more than 8 years ago. It's a nice solid name but it seems less interesting compared with names like Arthur or Calvin. Of course it's a bit more in DH's comfort zone and, while he says he's fine with either, I wouldn't be shocked if he throws a flag at the last minute. :)
I find my names change when applying it to an actual human becomes eminent. I'm due in June and the baby's sex will be a surprise. That said, since we're likely using a namesake, this includes names on my list and a couple of love but can't use.
What about Clary? It's not infrequently used as a person name, but comes from common names used for some varieties of salvia.
Arthur is our current front runner for a boy so it has my vote. I also like Owen -- it's a solid, familiar name and not terribly popular in my area (suburb of a large east coast metro area). The only Owen I know is a teenager though I've heard it once or twice at the playground or at soccer. My eldest is Rowan so I tend to notice anyone calling out Owen.
Since you said suggestion welcome, have you thought about Thomas, James, Edward, Edgar, Calvin, Walter, or Oliver? They're more along the lines of Arthur and Charles rather than Owen. More along the lines of Owen, I think if names like Declan, Craig, Gavin...
I never noticed that. Thank you!
I can't seem to stick with any one favorite, though I'm bouncing back and forth between a couple.
This week at least, I want to stick with Ruth. A friend recommended Ruth Beatrix and I finally realized the reason I'm meh about it is because I thought so long about Beatrix Ruth that changing the order just sounds odd to me. But apparently everyone else thinks it flows nicely. LOL
With boy names my top two are probably Arthur James and Calvin James (Everett was my top pick but he's on the outs this week).
DH has largely ceded name selection to me. He's not enthusiastic about Ruth but can get behind it, especially as a namesake. He seems to marginally prefer Arthur to Calvin. He's the kind of guy who is either okay with a name or not okay with it but doesn't agonize over picking one okay name over another okay name. He's very strange .. LOL
Now why are the last couple of months SOOOOO LOOOOOONG??
What about Eric, Craig, Andrew, James, Nathan, or Henry?
Of the ones you listed my faves are George and Paul as well.
Kilian seems an outlier from the rest of your list and I can't get over the beer connection (Killian's?).
Thanks ... O was one of a list of 5 boy names when he was born. I'd figured we would have a little while until we needed to actually decide. But we had some minor complications and they wanted a name RIGHT NOW and that's the name that just popped into my head. It fits him really well.
Andrasta is a goddess name -- I just love the sound and meaning but there's no connection. MNs are so seldom used, I figured we could go anywhere if we're using a given name that's more plain.
I love the idea of using a tribute name for Ruth as the MN for a boy, but I just always feel like it's stretching when I don't literally use the same name. It's silly, I know. I do like the name Charles and love that there is a bit of a connection, though.
My special characters threw me ... my son's name is Row@n, not Row@an .. lol.