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If you don't love Penelope, I wouldn't use it. Partly because I don't see a clear connection between Penelope and Pippa other than the P. The only name that clearly links to the nn Pippa is Philipa; otherwise, it seems like you can name her anything and call her Pippa. Paulina seems closer to me than Penelope, but I don't think you need a longer name at all.
Graham and Harrison are both great names, but I agree with others that Graham seems better with Ava and Julian. I like Oliver best in the middle because it flows well and is a classic name like Alexander.
I love all your kids' names and you can't go wrong with either of these!
I know that Blake is still very much in the boy category, but I've always loved it for a girl. It' sounds light and airy and it's very preppy - no worse than a name like Drew or Elliot on a girl. There's a movie from the 80s called Irreconciable Differences and Sharon Stone's character is named Blake, so it was used on girls before Blake Lively. My second choice for a girl would be Ruby.
For or your boys, the spelling on a few are a little odd to me which makes them less appealing to me. I think Dax would be my choice on this list.
I can only imagine what their reaction would have been to Imogen!
Congrats on settling on a name. My family didn't like either of our children's names and it did bother us but over time it gets forgotten.
I like both names but wanted to mention that I know a little Grace and they call her Gracie. It's cute on her and adds a little spunk that you're looking for.
I live in Southern California and we don't know anyone named Olivia or Ava. I have heard of a friend of a friend choosing both of the names. My daughter is in 2nd grade and no friends with either name. The names we've encountered repeats on are Julia and Ruby.
With Juliet I like Imogen and Clara. Good luck!
I agree that Sloan seems more of a girl name. I like the suggestion of Simon.
I'm with your daughter; I think Miles is a great choice with the other names yove chosen.
I like Julia, Vivian, and Violet for your set. Good luck! They're all great choices!
Some of my favorite names are your middle choices like Hazel, Phoebe, and Maeve. I think all of these qualify as classic names, so I'd consider them as a first name too. I also really like Beatrice.
Naomi, Francesca, and Helena are lovely names but aren't my style so I'd probably go with Francesca because I like the nn options. If nicknames are an issue for you, you may factor that in.
Audrey, Agatha, Ophelia, Edith, Stella, Daisy, Virginia, Alexandra, or Agnes.
I still love Ava and don't think the popularity is that big of an issue.
Remember that Vivienne can be spelled three ways: Vivienne, Vivian, and Vivien so it may be more popular than it appears. I also think because of Angelina Jolie/ Brad Pitt it has become more popular and is getting used more. Who knows how high it may rise in the next five years. I would not take it if your friend told you it was her pick.
I've known people who refuse to share their name choices and I've always thought they were overreacting, but now I think they may be right. I think a name does seem more appealing to us once we find out we can't use it. I wonder if this is why Vivienne seems so appealing.
You asked that we not say which we like best, so I'll just focus on two things. One, if your husband doesn't like Penelope I wouldn't try to get him to like it. As for Ava, there are a lot of three-letter names and it doesn't seem short. I wouldn't worry about the popularity; popularity today isn't the same as it was 30 years ago because people use a larger variety of names. Jennifer was #1 in 1974 there were 63,000 girls born with that name when in 2014 the top name had 20,000. I agree with you that Ava is a classic, timeless name.
I live near LA and lived in Hollywood years ago, so for me I make that association and I think many people will. That said, it is a pretty name and you can call her Mel or Rose for nn. I also really like your other choices Blair and Sloan and don't think those are used enough. I'd say your taste leans preppy based on the few names listed.
I like both but slightly prefer Barnaby.
Emerson is perfectly fine for a boy or a girl; I tend to associate it with girls but I wouldn't blink an eye for a boy. It's the same as Taylor, Riley, Jordan, Morgan, etc... when you hear the name it can go either way and I wouldn't make an assumption one way or another.
I'm an English teacher, so for me it would be a no go for sure. I just think it would be hard to pile on more opportunities for teasing during the already hard high school years.
What about Vesper? It seems more known since the Bond film.
I think the double middle name is way too long. I agree with the others. I'd list some of the family names and see what kind of feedback you get. I'm sure there is one that works well with all the names.
First of all I love all of your girls names and they have all been on my list at various times.
I like the suggestions of Blake, Maeve, and Maude. Other choices:
Blair, Britt, Paige, Greer, Reese, and Quinn. Sorry if these are repeats. Boy, 1 syllable is hard!