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I agree that the distinction between "is Harper for girls?" vs "is giving girls male names the trend?" is important, and I also tend to think the second is true...When I was in school there were a few Courtneys, Laurens and Ashleys, but most girls had names like Sarah, Katie and Becca. Now, it seems for every little girl I know named Nora or Chloe there is another named something like Bailey or Riley and the Maddys and Addys are just as likely to be Madison as Madelyn, Addison as Adelaide.
Thanks for posting this link!
My husband is pretty fixated on Harper for our little guy, and thinks we should not let its rise as a girl name stop us. I agree with him in loving it for a boy, but I fear it has gotten too popular for girls to make it a wise pick for a boy. I am really torn because it is the only name we both really agree on and I have been searching for fresh ideas but nothing is really sticking.
There are a lot of lovely names on your list, many of them are on my own list of favorites. But, I have to warn you that most of them are in style and some are pretty trendy and rising in popularity and your middle name choices are pretty standard fare. There is nothing wrong with that, these names are getting used a lot because they are good names, but most of them will not achieve your stated goal of being different and not very popular.
I would say your least popular sounding choices are Adair, Auralia, Hazel, Luna, Rosalie, Rowan and Willow.
I have a soft spot for Camden. But, I think Griffin is a better match for Lucas as it has a longer history of use and thus a more classic feel than Camden.
These are my favorites:
Both Georgia and Nora are great names and go nicely with Ruby and Vivian, but I lean towards Georgia as beign a better fit for you. To me Ruby, Vivian and Georgia are vibrant and a little sassy while Nora is lovely, but quieter.
I see Beatrice as sweet, dependable and accomplished and Beatrix as energetic, sassy and attractive. I personally prefer Beatrix, however I do not likeboss impossible nn Trix or Trixie.
Charlotte - Charlie
Frances/Francesca - Frankie
Matilda - Matt/Tills
Willa/Wilhelmina/Willow - Willie
Georgia/Georgina/Georgiana - Georgie/George
Natalie/Natalia - Nat/Natty
Harriet - Hattie/Haddie/Rickie/Happy
Edith - Eddie
Eleanor/Lenore/ Lenora - Lenni
Regina - Reggie
Jemma/Jemima - Jem
Ramona - Ray
Alexandra/ Alexandria - Alex/Lexie/Lex
I really, really like Edward and would love to see a few more people named and called Edward in full. But, I don't care for Ed and think, as you do, it would be hard to insure Edward always be used in full. Would you consider heading off Ed/Eddie with an alternate nickname like Ned or Ted or Ward? Do you call your first son Andrew all the time or dose he go by a nickname? I think this matters because if one son already goes by his full given name, it may beeasier for the other to follow suit.
I think Edmund is great! I think it sounds old fashioned, but ripe for revival. I do like Edward better though.
I think it would be easy to avoid nicknames for Henry, as Hal and Harry are not really organic to the name as Ed is to Edward and Edmund. Henry would probably be your safest choice, but, as you said, quite popular.
I find Declan really appealing, and I love the nickname Dex. I actually do think it works with Andrew, both names have a sort of energetic spunky sound to me. Declan would be my choice for you, unless you are willing to risk the nickname and go with Edward.
I believe it is Spanish rather than Italian, but Miro came to mind when I read your post. Years ago I had a teacher whose little boy was named Miro. I had never thought of it as a first name before that, but it really grew on me, the boy was adorable.
Sorry about all the typos, I am writing this on my phone.
To give you more info, Carter would be in honor of a branch of my family with the last name Cartwright.
I worry that because Carter is different than Cartwright and popular as a first name with people who have no family connection to it, using it as an honor name for Cartwright is a bit of a stretch and to most people it will seem like just another generic last name as a first. And I find that trend slightly distasteful (though I like the sound of a lot of those type of names, I feel it is pretentious to use them without reason/ just because you like them), and yet here I am thinking of falling into it.
We could just use Cartwright, but we fear it is a bit too clunky sounding in full.