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November 21, 2016 01:05 PM

Having worked in several schools within the same district as a school counselor, it was always important to me to ensure that students' names were spelled properly by all involved (and obviously that their permanent records were correct).  If you are moving into a new school, be sure that whomever is on the enrollment end of things is aware that his preferred name is his entire name (there is usually a spot for that on most school forms).  If the relevant office staff are aware of what his correct name is, it should trickle down accordingly on all student lists that staff members receive based on whatever is in the computer system.  

(I'd also ensure that the correction is made if it hasn't been already with his initial school so that there is consistency if/when he transfers - if names aren't identical, there can be additional confusion that it sounds like you don't need.

I think it also depends on the student's age as to whether staff members "trust" that the info they are receiving from the student is correct.  Best wishes - hope you've been able to make significant headway in sorting things out by this point!

November 21, 2016 12:52 PM
In Response to Milana ?

What about something a little longer with it, like Milana Evalyse or Milana Emmaline?  Personally, I don't associate Melania with it, but that's just me.  

November 21, 2016 12:24 PM

Ohh- I really like that.  :)  Great suggestion!!  


November 21, 2016 12:11 PM

:)  It's awesome to hear from you and another poster about the positive attributes of the character.  (And I love that it was in your top 2 names - I do think it's beautiful.  

I've not actually read the book nor seen the movie, but when we stumbled upon the name for our last child and really liked it, I read up on both a little bit and was struck by how dark some of it seemed and I guess I placed a more negative spin on it.  Hubby reminded me that while my first name is Marnie, I don't really think that too many folks nowadays associate it with the Alfred Hitchcock film (and if they do, I don't think it's the only association that they have).  



November 21, 2016 12:06 PM

Clementine was my great grandmother's name (Adeline's mother) - neat that you suggested it.  :)  I went ahead and purchased the Baby Name Wizard book this time around (after having renewed it several times from the library with our last child).  In flipping through last night, I thought it neat that they listed Clementine, Adeline, and Coraline all beside one another in a particular paragraph.  It almost seems like choosing Coraline is meant to be. 



November 21, 2016 12:02 PM

I can't thank you all enough for your input - it has been truly helpful.  I think we are leaning very strongly towards using Coraline as our daughter's first name, and are just tryling to narrow down the middle (though we certainly still have some time at this point).  

I am leaning towards Elise, but I also like Eliana, Eliya, & Eliora.  (My husband thinks that the repeated "ora" combination would be a bit much if we used Eliora and after considering it more closely, I think I age, though I did like the idea of tying our 3rd and 4th children together using similar middle names).

Any other ideas for middle names in that same vein?  (beginning with El and having an attribute of God as the meaning?)



November 20, 2016 07:31 PM

Eh... not a fan of Celestine exactly.  Reminds me of the book title, the "Celestine Prophecy." Always good to hear suggestions though, so thank you!!

November 20, 2016 12:19 PM

I definitely like Coralie, and "Chelle" is certainly a less conventional way to incorporate Michelle that we hadn't really considered.

I also like Clara, though again, I think it's a bit popular around here (or at least Claire is).  Eliana and Eliora are great suggestions.  Since our eldest two sons have the middle names of Elias and Eliah (which are super similar and have the same meaning), it may be neat to use Eliora for our daughter's middle name, since our third son's middle name is Elior.  It would connect the two sibilings together similar to my older sons.  



November 20, 2016 12:14 PM

That is definitely a good though, having the "El" multitask - I hadn't considered that.  :)

While a good suggestion, I'm afraid I'm not such a fan of Celeste.

November 20, 2016 12:13 PM

We really like the name Cora, but feel like it's a little too popular or common (at least around where we live) - at least Coraline is a bit different (though could certainly be shortened to Cora for a nickname).  I also like the "-line" ending, since it's a nod to my grandmother's name, Adeline.  While we don't dislike Camille, there's a neighbor girl whose twin brother is named Caden, so having two sibling sets right across the street from one another with the same names could be a little much.  :)


November 20, 2016 07:58 AM

Thanks for the link re: meaning of Corisande.  It's funny to me how some of the seemingly reputable sites seem to differ considerably in their reliability from name to name.  

(That's why I am so appreciative of the posters on this forum!  It's always great to hear some additional perspectives who are no doubt well versed in their knowledge!)


November 19, 2016 01:39 PM

Sorry - I meant the boys' first names have two syllables.  The middles definitely have 3.  ;)  

You are so right about the pronunciation ambiguity with Corryn.  We actually considered Corin if it were a boy (and considered it for son #3, but went with Ciaran instead) - I remember you mentioning Corin from the Narnia books when I asked for help with #3.  ;)  We both like the name, and while I was working, I had a student named Corryn and I was really struck by it then, too.  (I also have a good friend named Corinne, (co-REEN), but she gets all kinds of pronunciations, too.

I like Corisande a lot - definitely an uncommon one (at least around here) and one I've never heard.  Just mentioned it to hubby and he made a face, but he's repeated it a few times out loud - maybe it's growing on him.  ;)  Any ideas as to the meaning?

We definitely have a few more months to figure out a name - at this point, knowing she's a girl certainly helps narrow things down and personalizes everything further.  :)

November 19, 2016 04:44 AM

These are all great suggestions/insights - thanks so much for the replies! Another name we like is Corryn.  (Maybe something like Corryn Elise, which shortens the form of Elizabeth for the middle name). 

Since our sons' names are all two syllables, I'm wondering if it sounds nicer to keep it consistent, or whether as the only girl, she should stand out a bit (as she already, no doubt, will).  ;)


I do like that the suggestions offered so far have a different beginning sound from the boys' names - (Co, Ch, Cl) - that was one of our intents as well, since it makes things *slightly* less tongue-tie-ish.

May 4, 2015 01:36 PM
In Response to Anthony or Anton

I think Anton sounds great with the first and last names, and prefer it given the -y ending of the first name.  :)

April 28, 2015 09:18 AM
In Response to Alternatives to Ciaran

Just a bit of an update...I think hubby and I are *just* about in agreement with Ciaran for our third little guy.  It becomes more solid with each passing day.  Thank you all so much for all of the suggestions and input - it was extremely helpful to us both.  I'll update the thread when we're more certain and also reveal the middle name (we have several in mind that we both agree on).   

I also wanted to apologize for posting multiple similar threads (hubby scolded me and told me that was poor form, since evidently he posts on various forums and is better versed in the etiquette).  My intention was to change the topic so as to better reflect the question as things were evolving - hope I didn't annoy anyone too much, and I promise not to do it again!  :)  




April 28, 2015 09:03 AM
In Response to Saving my nephews?!

You are a brave aunt, being willing to help in a task that can be so emotionally charged, though I realize your SIL asked for your help - she must think quite highly of you! We have purposely left family and close friends out of our naming choices for various reasons. :)  

I second and third a lot of what other posters have already said.  Both names come off as more feminine to me, but folks have made a lot of great alternative suggestions that you can relay to your brother and SIL.  Not to sound like an advertisement, but I would highly recommend the Baby Name Wizard book as well (for me, personally, searching lists online is more dizzying than having a physical copy of a book in my hands) - maybe suggest that your brother and SIL check it out from their library or even purchase a copy.  

In that my husband and I are following a naming tradition involving the same initials for three boys, I can empathize with the challenges that brings (if your nephews will definitely have the same first initials) - it IS tricky to settle on names that pass the "holler test."  

Best wishes!!  

April 28, 2015 08:48 AM
In Response to Middle name Lorne

Just did a quick MatchMaker search, as QLexE suggested...without having much to go on, Mitchell and Eliott both came up - I think those sound pleasant with Lorne.  (Though not sure if you like the "L"'s at the end of Mitchell leading into the "L" in Lorne).  Like QLexE said, more info would probably be helpful for folks to be able to offer you more concrete suggestions.  It is a daunting process, isn't it??  :)  I do like the name Lorne and it's a great starting point to have something to work from.  Post back with additional details and I'll see what else I can come up with (and surely others will as well - I've gotten a LOT of great feedback from the folks on here).  Best wishes!!  

April 24, 2015 06:23 AM
In Response to Alternatives to Ciaran

Thanks for your input!!  :)  (Especially coming from someone who's been down that road with their own child).  I feel like my own first name (Marnie) shouldn't be difficult to pronounce or spell and is pretty straightforward, but it's amazing what folks have come up with through the years, so I guess it's just something that many people encounter and get past).  

Cato isn't bad, but has the same beginning sound as Caden and could get confusing...and while I like the name Connor, (and that it starts with a "Co" as opposed to a "Ca," I feel like it's a bit too common.  

Hubby said before he left for work this morning that one of his goals for the weekend is to settle on a name for our little guy (since he sees how much thought and deliberation I've been putting into it) - though I fear his goal may be a tad ambitious.  Not sure if it's a good thing or a bad one that we still have until July to figure something out (unless Baby has other ideas and comes early - haha).

Thanks again!!

April 24, 2015 06:19 AM
In Response to Alternatives to Ciaran

Thanks for the suggestions!  Hubby and I have been through SO many lists of baby boy names that begin with C and have nixed SO many of them - it's dizzying.  (It seems like everything has an association with something/someone, is too popular, etc.)  We are almost in agreement at this point on Ciaran, but just have slight reservations.  (And with the meaning, if baby comes out with light hair and eyes (though we realize that could change as baby grows), naming him Ciaran might be a tougher sell, based on meaning ("little dark one" or "little dark haired one" - haha).  It's definitely more challenging having to try to complement existing sibilings' names, too.  

I like the idea of a different spelling like Cieran, but I'm wondering if folks would then completely mispronounce it and change the C sound to an S?  (In that case, I think we'd be better off with going with the more traditional Ciaran spelling in the first place, but it is definitely a consideration.

The MatchMaker names that you came up with are spot on, in that we are trying to use a different beginning sound than "Ca" that our other two sons have.  "Co" is our other alternative at this point, and I also like the sound of Cillian (though again, I wonder if we setting ourselves up for mispronounciation given that it's different spelling/sound than what many here in the U.S. are more familiar).

Again, thanks for the input!!  :) 

April 24, 2015 06:05 AM

Others have posted some great ideas...

I like the idea of a one syllable middle name with Madilayne - are there any initials you are trying to go with or family names you'd like to include?  I'd start there, but otherwise, any of the ones that QLexE suggested seem like they would be fitting.  Eve, Jane, June, Paige, quinn all seem to jump out at me as flowing well with Madilayne (which is beautiful, by the way - I like the spelling and pronounciation).

As for Damon, are you set on a one syllable middle name?  If not, maybe something longer, like Damon Alexander?  Again, I'd start with family names or a name meaning/characteristic that you'd like to impart.  A one syllable or three syllable middle name seems to flow nicely as opposed to a 2 syllable name, but if there is something that you absolutely love, that has 2, then go for it.  

Best wishes!  Such tough decisions!