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32 year-old mom to Maisie (December, 2014) and a little boy on the way (September/October, 2017).

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November 6, 2017 11:56 AM

I have a Maisie at home, so while I'm personally partial to Margaret for you, I think with your last name I actually prefer Stella. For a boy, Dallas isn't really my taste, but I like it best with your surname. Quinn and Leonardo have the same beginning and ending sounds, respectively, as Castillo, which is something many people (like myself) try to avoid. If it doesn't bother you though, my vote would be Leonardo!

September 19, 2017 05:45 PM

Thanks for the feedback, everyone! We're currently leaning towards one particular name but aren't officially deciding until he is born as we did for our daughter. So, if we stick with this name and still feel good about it, we shouldn't need a second middle name :) Fingers are crossed!

September 12, 2017 05:50 AM

It sounds like I'd be trading off either way. If I choose a second middle name for the second slot (which is where it would go since my maiden name is intended to be next to the surname), it will probably be the dominant middle name on forms and such and overshadow the second middle name. Since my goal all along was to not lose my maiden name, this makes me sad... so even if it helps us if we're stuck between two names, it may also cause issues. Womp womp.

September 12, 2017 05:46 AM

I did consider that factor as well. My intention was never to have two middle names, and I still hope we can find a name we're both happy with soon!

September 12, 2017 05:44 AM

Glad to hear it's not completely unheard of!

September 12, 2017 05:44 AM

That's a really cute idea to let the older sibling pick an "extra" middle name :) Though I can only imagine what my 2.5 year old would pick in this case... given her My Little Pony kick, my guess would be Twilight-Sparkle. Not exactly my style, haha.

September 12, 2017 05:41 AM

Good to know it wouldn't be traumatizing ;) Thanks!

September 12, 2017 05:38 AM

Hmmm, that's very possible. I'm hoping we WON'T resort to this option in any case if we can decide on a first name that we love. Just trying to cover my bases!

September 6, 2017 07:22 PM

Cian/Kian is a little different--more like Ian with a K sound! I know of two little Cians (even though it's uncommon) and it's a great name!

September 6, 2017 05:54 PM

Based on your comments and those of others, Cian (or Kian) comes to mind as an option. Though it's Irish, it's still Celtic if you're interested in that route. It's similar in sound to Cohen and has the "-en" sound at the end you like. Good luck naming this little guy!

September 3, 2017 05:15 AM

I came across "Hendry" as the Scottish variant of Henry in my own search for a boy name (too bad for me that it's almost an exact rhyme in sound and spelling to my surname/the middle name we'll be using). I'm liking the idea of you giving tribute to a female relative for a boy though since you have a male tribute name for a girl :)

August 30, 2017 12:40 PM
In Response to "Rhyming" names

You're right, true rhyming vs loose rhyming/similar sounds are very different, and I do think most people would find actual rhyming names a bit odd, or at least immediately noticeable. This territory seems to be just personal taste. I was mostly just curious if I was in the minority or if this was equally bothersome to a wider crowd. I think the names I'm considering are fairly safe, based on comments, so I'm reassured. At least I'm not in love with a name like Carson or Mason--they would be far too into the rhyming realm for me. 

August 30, 2017 12:31 PM
In Response to "Rhyming" names

I'll probably still be (name) partying until I'm in labour, so welcome ;) Good to know those particular combos don't come across terribly. Neither name is at the top of the list currently, but I am toying with them since they do break the mold a bit for me. I think at this point it's good to branch out a bit and see if it either pushes us back to some original choices or leads us somewhere new :) Thanks!

August 18, 2017 03:02 PM

If it's just the -mary ending of Rosemary your husband doesn't like, maybe Rosalie? You could still use Rose/Rosie as the nickname if he's fond of short monikers. Roslyn could be an even shorter option. It's still only 2 syllables like Iris, but has the same nickname potential as well as Ros/Roz.

As for your other options, they're all great alone and with Iris in my opinion. I don't have any grand advice for choosing, but it seems like you really want the name to have meaning like Iris does. Do you have middle name options? Maybe something meaningful like Augusta (assuming she's born before September) would let you tick that box and like one of your first name options for purely selfish reasons ;) A quick Google search reveals that one of August's birth flowers is Poppy, and a birthstone is Jade, both of which are very useable names.

I know exactly how you feel about not "loving" your choices as I'm in a similar boat. I guess the best I can tell you is that hopefully when she arrives you'll feel more strongly about one of the options? That's what I'm hoping, anyway! Good luck!

August 16, 2017 06:45 AM
In Response to "Rhyming" names

So true, there are a ridiculous amount of boy names with that ending, so maybe it's just not as huge a dealbreaker as I thought. Still not my preference to have a semi-rhyming name, but in the interest of having a child with a name I'm willing to bend. 

August 16, 2017 06:38 AM
In Response to "Rhyming" names

Hmm, that's an interesting observation. I think you're right. The last 2 letters of our surname are -in and definitely make that sound, but the flow of the first syllable is questionable. Depending on your ear, it could be (using a K here instead of the C,) Kash-in, or could come out as Ka-shin. Certainly not EVERY name that ends in an -in sound will sound awful, maybe just mildly irritating ;)

August 15, 2017 05:53 PM
In Response to "Rhyming" names

The fact that I'm even considering some names that I would have originally not even looked at means it's possible a name could grow on my that kind of rhymes... maybe?! I'm trying to think of it as one strike. If I'm keeping/dropping names for various reasons, I suppose I need to be less strict in case I'm avoiding a really great name otherwise. Two months ago was a different story, but as my due date approaches I'm getting more desperate :P

Definitely true that the name will most often be used alone, so that does need to be on my radar more. Three 2 syllable names, one of which kind of rhymes, is certainly not ideal... but my daughter's name also fell into that trap accidentally. At least the same ending sound was only with her middle name though. 

August 15, 2017 05:45 PM
In Response to "Rhyming" names

That's a good point. If some potentially rhymey names end up being loved by both of us, that will have to carry a lot of weight in the decision. 

August 15, 2017 05:44 PM
In Response to "Rhyming" names

I will definitely have to try out a few combos to see if my instant recoil reaction can be softened. Even I didn't immediately notice the rhyming with my uncles-in-law when I first met them since I was introduced to them by their first names.

I wish I had more (edit: ANY) one or three syllable names on my radar! Ugh!

August 15, 2017 05:35 PM
In Response to "Rhyming" names

Like I said, I've tried so hard to avoid it but now I'm just tired of the effort and WANT to "not care"... easier said than done, of course! 

I haven't found a single name (Celtic or otherwise) than stayed on my list than isn't 2 syllables, oddly. Not for any conscious reason or preference... the names I'm considering just all happen to follow that pattern. Unfortunate, really, since both the surname and middle name (my surname) are also 2 syllables. Sadface. 

Angus is still on our shortlist but I haven't totally fallen for it. Hence the never-ending hunt and attempt to branch out.