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November 8, 2017 01:00 PM

She narrates the audiobook versions of the Outlander books. I haven’t listened to them myself but she’s said to be wonderful. 

November 7, 2017 07:34 PM

I’ve always loved Sebastian buuuut it happens to be my husband’s name and we wouldn’t do a junior. In fact I’m glad he has it so it can be in my family somehow, because I’d never have used it with the surname also starting in S and ending in -ian. I love Alistair but I’d be more inclined to use it as a middle name. Sterling and Dashiell aren’t for me. Thanks for the suggestions!

November 7, 2017 07:29 PM

Haha thanks! Doctor’s orders seem sound; will follow!

November 7, 2017 07:26 PM

Argh. I guess I know the first syllable should be pronounced to rhyme with wall, but I look at it and I just want to say role-oh. I was just trying to remember Ian’s dog’s name the other day actually! I remembered it was something cool but I didn’t remember that it was Rollo. 

November 7, 2017 07:21 PM

Yep, I know it’s just me being pedantic but there it is.

Thanks for the -o list! Arlo and Leo I love of course. I wish I could use Hugo but it’s off limits due to an unfortunate family situation. I’ve been toying with Rocco but I’m not sure if it’s just too much. I like Diego, Carlo, Franco, and Nico but they’re all just too Spanish/Italian next to Jasper. My husband was born in Argentina so we certainly could have gone that route but I like a more cohesive sibset. The 3+ syllable ones and the -ow endings unfortunately don’t do it for me. 

November 7, 2017 07:09 PM
In Response to Girl options

The pronunciation of Heur@ sounds so lovely! So fun to get two beautiful names in one. (I didn’t mention before that Ivy is my favorite ever girls’ name.) That makes me wonder if there’s another set of “translation names” that you could use this time but that probably just unnecessarily complicates things, especially if you plan on having more than two children. 

I’m right there with you, alliteration and gin would turn me off those names too. I know that Ginevra is connected to gin by way of juniper, but at least in English it’s not the exact word for gin. Oh well, with so many other wonderful names to choose from it’s no great loss. 

November 7, 2017 09:58 AM

So, please all of you tell me I’m crazy, but Leon and even Leo are starting to sound to me like a donkey braying! EE-aw, EE-oh! Obviously I need to take a break from all of this overthinking but I think it’s the two vowel sounds together without a consonant to break them up that’s bugging me. All of the other names I like have clearly delineated vowel sounds, with tidy consonants to separate them. 

November 7, 2017 09:42 AM

I do like Rollo and am also pro-wolf names. I’m just not sure if it’s too... roly-poly?

November 7, 2017 09:03 AM

For me, part of the appeal was that Jasper can go equally well (in my opinion) with names like Edmund or names like Roscoe!

November 7, 2017 08:51 AM

Beautiful! Congratulations!

November 7, 2017 08:49 AM

We discussed my hangups with Theo names ad nauseum here last time. In the end I’m not sure I can get past it because of common English words such as theology. It just feels like the derivation of Theo is more obvious and more transparent to the average person than that of any other name. While some rare and wonderful name enthusiasts know of the existence of non-God Theo names, the fact of the matter is that I look at the name and see “God” and I’m not going to name my child after something I simply don’t believe in, no matter how much I like the sound and style of the name. 

November 7, 2017 06:37 AM

You’re very right and I’m leaning more towards Leon myself after learning about Milo Yiannopoulos. All of this discussion is helping me get more on board with it. It’s still early and we’ve agreed to sort of start from scratch and each come up with a list of names again as if it were our first. I think that’s a good way to make sure we explore all the options and really figure out what we love this time rather than just defaulting to the runners up from last time. In practice I’m sure we will end up with one of the runners up but I think it’s a more fair way of getting there because we’ll have to fall in love with it all over again. 

November 7, 2017 06:30 AM

I do like Bram and Roland! I think they were both dropped from the list early on last time when my husband didn’t star them. I like Cyril, Cecil, and Basil theoretically but not practically. I wish I could find another -o name that I love!

November 7, 2017 06:23 AM
In Response to Girl options

I know nothing about Catalan names but they seem fascinating. How do you pronounce H3ura? Is she always called Ivy or only by some people? Is Ivy a translation of H3ura or did you arrive at it some other way? 

I think my favorites from your list are Octavia and Sybil/Sybil•la. I have always loved Octavia and I really don’t think you need an 8 connection to use it. Your partner loving Octavia E. Butler is all the “excuse” you need. Sybil does go very well with Ivy and Sybil•la is lovely. 

Elionor is beautiful but if it’s too politicized I would steer clear. 

I love Florence as a middle or a first name, and I love Flora even more as a first name. Would you ever consider that?

I’ve always loved Isolde/Iseult for Arthurian reasons but the pronunciation ambiguity/difficulty bothers me. 

I adore Rosemary but I agree it may be slightly too much with Ivy. 

I’m not a huge fan of Flavia or Ursula. 

I like most of your names that he nixed and from his list I think Tanit is really cool (a form of Tanith?) and Ginevra is one of my favorite names (not keen on the Ginebra spelling though). I’m curious what your thoughts were on those two and why you vetoed them. 

Such a fun list of names overall! I can’t wait to see what you end up with. 

November 7, 2017 06:02 AM

Agreed. Another heavy-R American here and it never would have occurred to me that Larni=Lani!

November 6, 2017 03:54 PM

Oh how interesting! I experimented with saying Anton a bit and it doesn’t bother me at all. Apparently the consonant between the two syllables makes it better for me and worse for you haha. But yes, I’m sure it will become more natural for me with use. 

November 6, 2017 03:51 PM

Yay, Forvo finally works on my phone! I listened to the individual pronunciations and cringed at most of them haha. I’ll have to listen to the combo pronunciations soon.

November 6, 2017 02:33 PM

I’ve been doing more reading and I just don’t understand anything about him or his views. I’m just... perplexed. And disgusted. And saddened. He must really have a lot of self-hatred. 

November 6, 2017 10:51 AM

Maybe that’s my issue. For me, it ends up as LEE-ON, not LEE-on, and I recognize that it shouldn’t but I can’t help it. Now I’m going to have to ask a lot of people to say it for me so I can hear how they say it. 

November 6, 2017 10:48 AM

Hi nedibes, good to “see” you!

Thanks for your thoughts! Glad to hear the “old Jewish man” association is weak for you even though you actually know one, haha. 

I love that you know a slightly older Jasper! I’d imagine it was quite uncommon in his birth year. A++icus is one that has never really appealed to me though I like hearing it on other people’s kids. 

Funny that J and Roscoe would be the ultimate hillbilly pair of brothers to some people!

Leo is starting to sound awkward to me, believe it or not! Something about that ee-oh without a consonant in between. I think I have a problem, lol. All the same, while I like the idea of using it as a nickname for Leon, I’m not sure I ever actually would. They’re both two syllables and nicknames don’t seem to come naturally to me anyway.