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I've been surprised by how much flak George has gotten. I've perceived it as quite posh in the US for a while now, up and coming and possibly the next Henry. 20 years ago, Henry was an old-man name that was only starting to be picked up by adventurous celebrities and some in the wealthy set. But look how it took off and became popular! I have felt for several years that George was poised for a similar fate. I've met several young Georges in recent years, all in wealthy, stylish families.
I personally love the name and have since my teens. I strongly considered using it, but we had another boys' name we liked better for our first son. Our next child, who is 4 1/2, likely would've been a George had she been a boy, but for our next child, who was born in June, it was already off my radar because I perceived it as being too posh.
I think it's just right for the royal baby, though. Traditional, a family heritage,humble (it means "farmer"), and just posh enough. Add that St. George is the patron saint of England (he will be head of the Church of England one day), and it's a winning name!
(Though I was very much rooting for James!)
I think that your indecision/uncertainty/questioning about the name speaks volumes (the fact that you've been coming back to the question for years). I have only ever once advised someone not to name their child something, and it was because they were choosing the name Lucian with a last name that looks a lot like Malfoy. It was just too similar.
I personally would not use it—and anyway, I like Thomasina A LOT better and think it goes better with your boys' names. Just my way of looking at it. :)
I was going to suggest Henrietta Jane but I like Henrietta Shea better. I agree that Josephine Shea is even nicer, but I truly think that Shea, especially with the cute story of how you chose it, is the best.
PS: I'm also in my 30's, so it's not just older folks who think of Greer Garson!
I also think of Greer Garson. My guess is she's the origin of it being thought of as a girl's name when it was originally a surname.
I could never think of this as a boy's name. Like Kendall, it's a surname that's been used as a feminine given name for too long.
I agree with you about Gwyneth, although for so long I've considered it to be one of my "dirty little secret" names (along with Apple!)—names I like for their own sake but perhaps not as my own child. It will take some stretching for me to picture it as one of our children. (My children are tall and fair with mousy brown hair and green or brown eyes. One, our son, has freckles. So, knowing what my children look like influences it a bit.)
Maria Josephine could be an interesting suggestion! Certainly Jane Austen used the name Maria for characters, so it's not out of keeping with our set.
I think many people don't like Edith, including name enthusiasts. It only makes the 880's on the Social Security lists, whereas Josephine and Eleanor are solidly in the top 200. It may be why I feel fond of it—it's an underdog name!
Genevieve needs a bit of research and a discussion with my husband...I'll report back.
Fiona is not technically Celtic. ;) it was coined by the British author William Sharp in the 19th century. This is why there are no older historical figures or saints by this name. Even the commonly ascribed meaning for the name ("fair") is not completely accurate -- it's made on the assumption that it's a derivative of the name Fionn, which does mean "white", but there is no precedent for creating a feminine name by adding an "a" and changing the pronunciation. (Fionn is pronounced "finn") So, it's not technically a real name at all. :) I think of it as English because most of the people I've known to have it were English (or American). Of course the "s" spelling of Elisabeth is the usual spelling of it in many languages, including French, German, and Swedish. So you're right that it's not English at all. Still, since we pronounce it identically to the "z" version, that is where my "feel" for the name comes from. (The "s" spelling was after a friend.)
Anyway, I still like Genevieve. I need to do some research and talk to my husband about it tonight. I will report back!
I do feel that Genevieve is the first runner up, like the next obvious option. My hesitation on it has always been that it is very definitely French, whereas the others all have a sort of English note (despite the "s" spelling of Elisabeth). I don't know how my husband feels about Genevieve. Alice was another one on the list early on (a name I have always liked), but due to its current popularity, I shied away from it (the same thing with Charlotte). Clementine is one that I feel should be a good fit but I worry about the trendy factor there, too. Helen is my niece's name (same sister who wanted Josephine had her second child been a girl). Georgina & Cordelia are both beautiful. I'll give them some more thought.
It's altogether so hard! I have a strong feeling that this baby will be a girl, too. (Of course I could be wrong.) I guess I really need to find something that I think "this could be my child" about. I guess the three "first choices" are all names I could see being my child, but I just don't know if they are the right name considering the other children we have!
Evelyn is a beautiful name but I don't think I can bear to add ANOTHER "E" girls' name to the list. We are so "E" heavy already.
I have toyed with the idea of Maria as a first name.... I'm not totally sure on it though. This is certainly a naming struggle! Genevieve is one that has popped onto my list quite often, as well as Gwyneth. Maybe they are worth revisiting.
Overall, I wish we could find another alternative altogether. I find it a little odd to have two siblings beginning with "E" and ending with "th" even though they are very different names. And I don't even love the idea of two "J's", although if it's a boy, we're still facing that situation. I fell kind of stuck...we were all set to go with Margaret for a while and then one day I just had a strong feeling that it wasn't right. It felt to harsh and hard in comparison to the "softer" girls' names we already have. Then I considered Susanna, but my husband recently had a negative situation at work occur with a Susanna. We do both like these three names, and boy has it been hard to even get there. But making a final decision is proving extraordinarily hard. We usually like to live with a name for a few months before the baby arrives and I hope we can settle in something soon so that we can feel confident in our choice. It's so not my personality to do spontaneous delivery room naming. Sigh. So hard!
My name sounds like you are saying "Gray S____". It kind of negates the beauty of my first name in my opinion.
I would not do it. My parents gave me an elision nightmare of a name (Grace S____), and it has been irritating my entire life. I find it difficult to pronounce myself and hate hearing other people do it.
My phone and Baby Name Wizard don't get along well and if I type too fast, it creates weird typos. My sister and I have overlap in our naming taste, not ournosing. ;)
I LOVE the name Ezra and have considered using it as a way to honor my father, who has always hated his own name (David), but whose favorite poet is Ezra Pound. However, what put me off the name Ezra is actually its trendiness in recent years! I don't think you need worry about it being an old man name AT ALL. If anything, it's one of the trendy names of this generation.
I love Genevieve for you—I think it's a perfect sibling name with your other two, considering length and style. I feel like it's a much prettier sister name for Madeleine than either Charlotte or Amelia (both of which are names I like, though I did recently eliminate them for my baby on the way).
I have always liked the name Ruby, actually. I agree that it has a sweet antique feel to it. I have so many names that I genuinely like but I still feel like "the one" hasn't presented itself yet. :\
Thank you! What a great list! Genevieve and Cecilia are particularly appealing to me right now.
WhatWhat a sweet family of names. Although I probably would not pick any of those specific names, they are clearly in my naming demographic!