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I am a SAHM with 2 boys: Seb@stian and Alex@nder, and would like at least one more.

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February 8, 2017 10:21 AM

You should be fine. They're both lovely names, and in a lot of cultures the majority of girls' names end with -ia or -a. Plus, the number of syllables breaks the sounds up.

Visually, I don't think many people would bat an eye at both ending in -ia. This set isn't particularly rhyme-y, like say, Amelia/Camillia or Isabella/Gabriella would be.

I don't really see it being all that different from having a Sebastian and a Julian. Typically in the US you hear both pronounced with 3 syllables, but with the -ian in Julian more distictly enunciated, while in Sebastian it comes out sounding more like -chun.

You can't prevent how other people say a name, but you can correct them if that's your bag. Now, if you wanted Amelia and Bidelia, if would be an entirely different discussion. 

September 8, 2016 08:06 PM

It sounds similar to rye-yuh, with a roll to the "r". It's two syllables, but they aren't distinct; there's no pause between so it all flows together.

Think Maya, but not ray-uh.

June 30, 2015 12:02 AM

The DJ in Roseanne was a son, David Jacob. There was a daughter, Darlene, but she never went by DJ.

June 19, 2014 01:11 AM
In Response to Renaming myself

Just going off meaning alone, I'd suggest:

Asher - happy, blessed

Felix - lucky, successful

If you like Steven, but find it a bit stodgy, maybe Stefan?



July 20, 2013 08:56 AM

I picked up on the theme too, but would suggest Ruby (which subtly reminds me of Rupee) instead. Or Lotus, the national flower (or Ren which is a Japanese name meaning lotus). You could even do Blossom, like lotus blossom, but more subtle.

Of the choices you gave, my favorite would be Lila Mae. I don't really like Ivy with Taj and India.

July 20, 2013 08:39 AM

Of your fn/mn choices, I really like the combinations of India Rose and Tabitha Wren. Tabitha and India together, I'm not so sure about yet. Individually, definitely, together, they're growing on me.  I don't like the flow of Amelie with either Eden or Willow. 

From the first name groupings, I like Willow and India the best. How about switching it up a bit and going for Willow Rose and India Wren?

July 15, 2013 11:19 PM
In Response to Girl name help!!

I agree about the pronunciation of Anneliese. This particular spelling I say similar to Annalisa, both of which correct the run in issue. Annelise Suarez is still nice though.

Another nickname for Victoria is Vika/Vica (vee-kah).

July 15, 2013 11:12 PM
In Response to Max/Maxwell Opinions

Harper and Maxwell make a nice sibset, and Maxwell Gray shares the same sort of distinguished tone that Harper Gray has.

Middle options abound: Thomas, Alexander, Auden, Archer, James, Oliver, Noah, Lincoln, Easton, Alistair, Edward, Felix... It really fits with almost anything.

July 15, 2013 11:03 PM

Hazel Harriet...the more I say it, the more I like it. You almost can't help but smile.

July 15, 2013 10:55 PM
In Response to Nam For Daughter

Nova is awesome! No 'h', please.

Making it a double-barreled name would ruin the wow-ness of it for me, personally. Sort of like you've tried to tone it down. I find that when saying Nova-Elle out loud, it doesn't trip off the tongue easily. Rather, it trips the tongue up. There's a stuttery sort of thing going on in the transition. Plus, it looks/sounds like novel and novella. 

Now, Novella has some potential as an offbeat/unexpected word-turned-name that might work for someone else. I'd stay with Nova without the double-barrel combo. It's fabulous already.

July 14, 2013 09:09 PM

I agree.

July 14, 2013 09:05 PM

Like the others, I don't think it's an issue. I have a sister-in-law who's first name and nickname rhymes with her daughter's first name and nickname. It's not a big deal.

July 14, 2013 08:33 PM

Aurelie Briar is a pretty combination. 

July 4, 2013 09:26 AM

I've never heard of the tennis player and imagine that a significant portion of the US population (assuming the OP is American) hasn't either. It doesn't seem like it would be a first association for most since it's been a decade since he was a the top of his game (not like, say, naming your kid Tiger)...

July 4, 2013 09:17 AM

The actress is Leighton (pron. lee-ton) rather than Leyton (pron. lay-ton), though both pronunciations are heard. Personally, the lay-ton version sounds more boy while the lee-ton version sounds more girl. Either way, it's a surname so it's pretty unisex in general, whether that's my cup of tea or not.

And since Gossip Girl ended, Ms. Meester hasn't been in the news all that , so that association is likely to fade with the general population I should think.


July 4, 2013 12:53 AM
In Response to Brother for Alistair

I like Ronan, and it fits nicely with Alistair. However, I'm not fond of the repeated -an sounds at the end/beginning of the combination. It sounds both choppy and run together at the same , probably because of the multiple -n sounds. Ronan by itself is great, or the -w in Rowan could soft the transition a bit. Rowan Anders is a little easier on my ears.

How about : Graham, Trevor, Duncan, Owen, Ewan?

July 4, 2013 12:25 AM

Isla and then Carys are my faves from the girls list. I like Shea on a girl or boy, but it doesn't flow well in combination with any of the girls names, regardless of where you place it, IMO. From your top picks, I'd go for Isla Carys.

Shale reminds me of rocks and oil, so I personally wouldn't use it.

Shea Leyton is nice. It's okay in reverse as Leyton Shea.

What about Leighton (pron. lee-ton)?


You could always name her Sylvia Daefilia (Maria) and call her SylvieDay...

July 3, 2013 11:58 PM
In Response to Sibset Woes :)

If you're wanting the gray-um pronunciation, it'll be hit or miss. I like the way it sounds, but still say both spellings like "gram". However, it's a great name either way and I don't think the potential issues outweigh the positives.