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The one Camilla I knew in real life as a kid (she'd be early 30's now) was nicknamed, Cammy. I think Camilla Maxwell is a lovely name and there's no need to get locked into the Milly/Milla nicknames.

May 28, 2013 06:00 PM

I don't mind Emily Ellen, however, Emily Miller (which is the combo that will get used most often) is a bit strange to me with two 'mill' syllables. For the flow with surname, I prefer Adeline or Annalise in the first name spot.

May 3, 2013 11:00 PM

I have a Xanthe and the emphasis is definitely on the first syllable but I believe it spelled Xanthia if it ends in 'a'. I don't think it looks as nice as Xanthea but I don't think Xanthea is a real name, if that bothers you.

May 2, 2013 03:05 PM

Just a bit of info for all you language/name enthusiasts: In New Zealand, kai is Maori for 'food' and used by English speakers quite a lot as slang for food too. "Let's have some kai". It is very unlikely to be given as a first name here for this reason but you do hear it occasionally as a more Nordic-based name from families with European ties. I think, from memory, in Hawaiian it has something to do with the sea? There are a lot of shared sounds between the two languages but I don't think there's a lot of shared meaning.

May 1, 2013 08:39 PM

That's lots of positive feedback for Olive. Maybe I'll have to go with that to please the hubby since (let's face it) I have had almost 100% creative control thus far - with his approval. Although, I don't know why Celeste Violet isn't on the list since we have discussed Violet. So, I may broach that one as well. I've decided hubby likes names with a v sound which is why he maybe liked Olive so much (Verity, his most despised name of all time, being the exception to that rule).

I had noticed the COP initials but figured there are worse initials to be stuck with. It's not enough to put me off.

I thought some of you may have been wondering where I was up to with this name choice. I quite liked Briar but hubby didn't go for that one at all. I also decided I liked Ingrid as a first option instead of Celeste (after a lot of you convincing me it was a good choice) but he rejected that too ;)  It's only 7 weeks until the due date now and I'll probably find out this one is 'blue' and all of this dithering would have been for nothing - but at least it's been fun!

I should probably clarify what I meant about Hazel being the outsider in terms of prettiness. It's not the name (I actually think X@nthe H@zel is my favourite name, so far) that isn't pretty - rather the hazel plant is not as pretty as jasmine or the generic 'flower' of fleur. So, I thought having another tree (Olive) would round the set out nicely. The oldest sister already likes to tease her (admittedly crazy a lot of the time) sister that she is named after a nut!

Also, I know how to pronounce Fleur - I took 5yrs of high school French. But in my accent from the opposite side of the world to most of you, the 'er' of Fern is virtually identical to the 'eur' of Fleur.

April 29, 2013 08:46 PM

Fliss and Flick are both nicknames I've heard on ral life Felicitys.


I really like Felicity and we had it pencilled in to use for a future daughter until another family member used it! I also like Verity and find them similar but hubby agreed to Felicity, while Verity is his number 1 most-hated name - go figure!

Felicity Iris is my pick.

April 5, 2013 01:19 AM
In Response to Sibling for Astrid

I, of course, really love Xanthe but I also love Zinnia (on my list but ruled out as a hybrid of Xanth3 & K3zia). I think that if you're stopping at two babies and they are both girls, then having one A and one Z is another really cool 'bookend' factor (but they're great names in their own right and weren't picked just for that cute link).

March 13, 2013 09:41 PM

A lot of the names from your original post are on our long list of boy's names (but have 3 girls so far) so I thought I'd let you in on our #1 boy's name, Vincent. It might be slightly more popular than you'd like but I think the v sound goes really nicely with Sylvia without being too matchy.

Good luck!

February 21, 2013 04:01 PM

Congratulations! While using your Dad's name might be a little weird at first, as another poster said you probably called him 'Dad' so while you know it was his name it probably won't take too long to get over the 'weird' feeling. Also, since it was your father's name and not your father-in-law the first name/surname combo that you will use to make doctors appointments etc will be different to your Dad's name so I think that makes it easier.

If it's a name you can both agree on, I'd definitely use it and LEARN to get used to it and worry about a potential second son if you ever have one and forget the rest for now! Like you said, there's too many other things to worry about being a first-time parent!

February 9, 2013 01:15 PM

I definitely prefer Caleb for you too. It looks more 'traditional' which seems to fit with the siblings and I think it sounds really nice paired with your surname.

January 25, 2013 09:33 PM

There are quite a few here I like - a lot of them were already on my list. I've got a VERY long list as I figure if I have every name I could live with to work from, then it will be easier to find something that will get DH's stamp of approval. He is home tomorrow night and I'm still deciding which approach to take (once he's over his jetlag!). Do I bombard him with the very long list and see if anything jumps out at him - drip feed him my favourites a few at a time? I'm still not sure. I tend to say the names aloud to him instead of showing them to him on paper and I usually harp on about my favourites in an attempt to wear him down... It has worked for names he is a bit indifferent about but with some names I can tell instantly it's not even worth trying again.

My faves at this point are probably still Yvette (think a Y initial is pretty cool - this is also sort of botanical the male Yves meaning "yew tree" so maybe a middle?), Celeste, Lenore, Odette, Ottilie, Lisette (have liked this since I knew one as a kid), Raquel(le), Nadine, Vashti, and for some reason I'm loving Tess.

I also like the suggestions of Joelle, Gretchen, Clarisse/Clarice, Genevieve, Harriet, Imogen (husband rejected this 9 long years ago and I haven't brought it up since - he might have forgotten and tastes change...)

Ingrid probably isn't quite off the table after all of your positive feedback either but it does annoy me a bit how the sibset is split into two names with 'z' sounds and two with 'gr' sounds. I know they won't be introduced as a sibset forever but I purposely stayed away from 'z' sounds last time to make things less matchy (even though I really quite like Eliza and others) and having them in perfect pairings like that is not sitting well with me. I'll ponder it some more and if it's the only name DH likes then I'll just do it. I think he might quite like that one.

At this point I'm having enough trouble even getting my own head around which ones I like the best and want to promote - I usually have 2-3 I really push for. If I'm feeling like this, it might be better to sit on it a while longer and clear it up in my mind before I start the battle with him!

January 22, 2013 11:34 PM

Chimu - I feel for you over Xanthe not working for you - I know how much you love that name. X as a middle initial is pretty cool too - possibly even cooler than a first initial as it would be secret from most people.

I was VERY devastated when a family member used Felicity last year just before we got pregnant. It had popped into my head out of the blue having never been on my list and husband agreed he could probably go with it - easiest name choice ever - even though he detests Verity and I think they are similar names. Then about 2 months later baby Felicity was born and while I can't begrudge her her beautiful name it is the first time I have ever felt like a name had been 'robbed' from me (the parents had no idea - our names are always kept secret). My names thus far have been off the wall enough that no one else has any inkling to use them before I can...

January 22, 2013 11:25 PM

I think Celine would be a good fit but my husband is repulsed by Celine Dion so I doubt he'd ever go for it. Something to do with the overuse of the Titanic themesong back in the day... Interestingly there is a Celine (approx 10yrs old) at my daughter's quite small school - it's not a name you generally come across.

January 21, 2013 04:20 PM

Thought I'd tell you a funny tale of the name pondering that goes on in my mind.

I was looking back over my written down long list of every name I don't mind and came across what I thought was the perfect (non-French) name, Ingrid. After a little pondering I was less sure about it because it has the same unusual 'gr' combo in it as Allegra and with them coming in a row it sounds like a set of twins at the end of the sibset (in my head anyway). Kezi@, Xanthe, Allegr@ and Ingrid. I still thought it was a possibility though.

Later on, the next time I was pondering it, I realised that it is one of the only names that doesn't go with our surname. Starts with P, rhymes with bickering. Ingr!d P____ring - 2x 'ing' sounds is a bit matchy-matchy. Our surname goes with just about everything so I don't usually consider it until I'm getting quite serious about a whole name with first, middle, last combos. So, given my initial misgivings about sounding like Allegra's twin, it's definitely fallen off the list.

Does anyone else have random name musings like this or is it just me? FWIW, I think Allegr@ & Ingr!d would make a fantastic set of names for twins!

January 20, 2013 04:53 PM

I, personally, would automatically have chosen a different initial this time but I love the suggestions of Hamish & Heath.

January 20, 2013 12:23 PM

Boys name is not nearly so exciting although still not in the Top 100 in our country - probably hovers just outside it. We definitely fall into the "different standards" for each gender category. That's why I'm really hoping for another girl - so much more fun for me in the naming process!

I'll announce the birth on here in due course but don't want to list my definite choices at this stage on the offchance that anyone I know IRL reads this.

Clarisse is a good suggestion by the way. I don't think the Silence of the Lambs thing would bother me - don't know about DH.

January 20, 2013 12:14 PM

Good idea - I'll check it out sometime. I did a google search of French girl names that popped out a few good ones but hadn't though of Quebec.

January 19, 2013 08:53 PM

Cosette is definitely on my list. I also have seen Esme pop up on Nymbler and I quite like it but I wondered if it looked too short next to the other names. Sounds as long as Xanthe though. Hubby is away for a couple of weeks for work so I will need to start running some of these past him when he returns, so I can stop dithering over names he doesn't even like (which is almost everything I suggest)!

ETA: Aaah! Just looked Esme up and saw it's a Twilight name - that's enough to put it in the 'no' list for me, unfortunately.

January 19, 2013 08:39 PM

Clarity is a bit out there for me and I'd say it definitely would be for hubby - creative idea though! I do like Cecily but it is the name of a very good girlfriend and it's such an uncommon name I don't think it's quite the same as naming your child Sarah or Kate despite it being the name of a very good frined. It would definitely look like we had named our baby after her. Cecily is definitely on the right track - just not the right name for us.