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Yes, I'd say they are too similar.
Some other sugestions that might go with Berkley:
Aubrey or Aubriana
From this list, I think Andrew (Andy) and Luciana (Lucy) go best with your other children.
Trevor, Isabella and Andrew
Trevor, Isabella and Luciana
Second choice for a boy would be Joseph (Joey).
For girls, there are a lot that go with the siblings, so it would be hard to go wrong.
My favorites from your girls names are Scarlett and Stella. I have never heard of Zaylee before, but I like the sound of it. I would hesitate to eliminate any myself, since I would just be eliminating based on my own personal taste. Maybe Hurlie would be the only definite "no" for me because of, well, hurl.
From your boys list, I like a lot more. I like Griffin, Graham and Donovan in particular.
You might want to consider a middle name with a personal link, like a family member or other namesake, or something based on a favorite book, place, sport, etc.
Congratulations on #3!
These are my thoughts on your names:
Beatrice: a good choice with this sibset, especially if the nickname was Bea or BibiBeatrix: same as above, but I like it slightly more for you, as the x makes it seem a bit more spunky to meCecily: I think it's maybe more in the "pretty" category than spunkyFelicity: same as above (by the way Cecily and Felicity were sisters in L.M. Montgomery's The Story Girl so the names have a prim connotation for me)Eloise: No. especially if you would use any kind of El- nickname--it's too close to LillaMatilda: I would love to hear of this name being used on a real baby. I've only ever read it in books! I think it matches your style. Any thoughts on nicknames?Penelope: I love this name and I think it would match.Sylvie - too close to Vivi? Yes, I think it's too close to Vivi.Tess: spunky, but in a different way from Lilla and Vivi. I'm not sure I like one syllable names with your other two.Winifred - nn Winnie: Matches in style. Would it be too close to Vivi if said fast? I don't know.
To recap: In order I like Beatrix, Penelope, Matilda, Winifred
I would also bring back Juliet/te from your previous list. I think it matches in style and could be kind of fun and spunky, especially if the nickname was Ju Ju or Jules etc.
After reading through the discussion of this name, I am really loving Zenaida. I don't know if I would be brave enough to go for it, though.
OP, I hope you come back and tell us if you end up using it, or if it at least makes your short list!
Hmm, I think with Roland you could either go timeless or a bit more quirky.
I like Roland and Dominic, or Roland and Jude.
Was anyone else reminded of the Ramona Quimby books by Beverly Cleary? In Ramona Forever, we have the fun line: "Ramona preferred Gwendolyn for a girl because the name meant “fair.” If she had to have another sister, she wanted one who always played fair."
I actually love Auden! But maybe because I love the poet!
Some other suggestions:
There are a number of French names with this sequence, if you would want to consider those.
Also, there is good old Paul.
For "ash" names, if you like Cashel, what about Dashiell?
Hmm, maybe give these a try. I think they're similar style to Hudson, and go well with Drake:HarlanHoldenSawyerBaxterEverettBennettWestonQuincyHugoGood luck!
Yes, thanks to all the moderators! And thanks for starting this thread. I guess we've all been ranting to ourselves, and now it's in the open! :D
If you like Sawyer for a boy, would you like it for a girl? I have a niece with that name (sister to J@ck).
It seems your husband likes andro-girly names and you like pretty classic. I think it's challenging to find overlap, but not impossible. I'm trying to picture names I could see on both a rodeo star and a tea-party hostess. Here are a few ideas:
And Pooh-bear was apparently named after a real bear in the London Zoo who was in turn named after the city of Winnipeg in Canada where he first came from during WWI. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winnipeg_the_Bear
So the origin is quite different, even if the nickname is the same. :)
Just a thought on the Allah names. I thought one of two things might be happening:
1. The name is actually another name that got transliterated as the same as Allah. For example, I know a Muslim family living in the U.S. in which the husband is named Ala (where the last sound is a glottal stop, considered a consonan in Arabic) and the wife is named Ala (in which the first sound is kind of a choking sound that is a consonant in Arabic, but English speakers might hear as a vowel). English speakers heard those two names exactly alike, and would ask, "Why do you both have the same name?" Others would ask, "Why are you both named God?"!
2. The name was a compound name. There are a lot of Arabic boy names that have Allah as the second part. For example, Abdullah is really Abd Allah "servant of Allah". There is also Noor Allah "light of God", Najiy Allah, Najib Allah, etc. So maybe the name got recorded backwards, or one name left off, or some other such error.
Then again, maybe that is reading too many errors into the process.
I agree with the others that more info would be helpful. But if you "like the Q" then maybe you would like Z. For a boy, what about Zane? Zayna for a girl?
I love your other girls' names!
Olivia would fit right in, but maybe it seems bit trendy. So what about:
As a random name, I love Seraphina, but in terms of what I would actually name a child, I like Evangeline.
btw, my first association with Evangeline is the poem by Longfellow. It is tragic, but in a beautiful way.
Sometimes people associate beauty and elegance with names that have lots of vowels and the /l/ sound. So along with wanting an -a ending, maybe:
And some without /l/:
Persephone is a great suggestion. I feel like it has all the fun of Penelope, but is a little softer since it lacks the second /p/ sound.
Yes! Mma Ramotswe was my first association. And you said it perfectly: "names I love, though it would not be the right name for my family."