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I can imagine your name discussions must be a bit difficult, it's hard to tell someone you really don't like the name of such a loved family member. However it's important that you are both happy and it sounds like you are both open to compromise which is great.
Moving Kelsey to the middle spot would be a good option, but it sounds like you want some other ideas too. I'd like to suggest Elsie, as its similar in style to Clara and can be sold to your partner as an honour name with a fresh start.
A little further afield but with similar sounds to Kelsey are Elise, Cassie and Keira.
Sorry I see you have listed Hugh as on your reject list already
What about Louis for the Christmas scenes in "meet me in st louis" or Hugh after Hugh Martin who wrote the song "Have yourself a merry little Christmas" for this movie? I think both names go nicely with your first two boys.
I also did try the name matchmaker, nothing really jumped out at me though. Well nothing my husband liked anyway :)
Romilly is so clever. I ran it past my husband though and he didn't seem keen.
Regarding the hyphenated name or a name with difficult pronounciation, I don't think it would bother me so much, I just worry that my daughter might feel burdened by constantly explaining herself. There is no way to predict if she will be confident in having a different name, or if she will just think her parents have given her an annoying burden. That's why I'm trying to talk myself into something more practical (but something which maybe I don't love as much).
Thank you, I really like Marlies and marjolein - these are being added to the list. I also do prefer anneke, although I think the more common spelling is annika. Maybe it does not matter though as both are probably quite uncommon.
The sound of Ander is ok, but my first impression is that this is a Dutch word meaning other or another. I would go with Anders or Asher on this basis.
I desperately wanted to name my daughter Eulalie.... but every time I mentioned it my husband would say "ukulele" which unfortunately ruled it out. I still look at her sometimes and think, you would have made a great Eulalie. Sigh.
I had a look at the popularity of Genevieve, and while it has had a slight increase in use over the last few years, I don't think it's anything to be concerned about. It's not exactly top 100.
I agree with JnHsmom, I also would not automatically nickname to gen (or associate the name with Jennifer). Vivie, neve or even Ginny make cuter nicknames if you are looking for alternates- but I think you will find if you and your family use the full name, others will follow suit. The only Genevieve I have known went by her full name.
For something different in sound that still fits in with your girls, I particularly like Genevieve and Ivette (can also be spelled Yvette), already mentioned in this thread.
A couple of additional suggestions: Sibella, Celeste.
Oh no that's a terrible association.... Not one I would have ever made myself though. I'm not convinced many other people would either, although you never know what kids will latch on to I guess. I think it may also depend on how you pronounce Ivanna: ee vaa Na (longer vowel sounds); or Iv Anna (rhyming with Hannah). I lean towards the second when spelt as Ivanna, although I am in Aus and not sure if it's the same where you are.
For the boys, appellation mountain has a good post on pierce, if you are interested. Definitely more French in style. Tarek on the other hand is an obvious nod to your husbands heritage, if that is the path you would like to follow. As you say, it's best to have time to sit with a name and then decide if it is right for your child. Good luck!
Boys- I like Roman the best for fit with your twins, and your criteria for a strong name. Julius and Emil (which happens to be my grandfathers name) are also good choices, as is the suggestion of Arlo above. I think Armin, however, is too similar to Mazin and makes Xavier seem like the odd one out.
Girls- I love the names Vivian and Ivanna, I don't think you need anything else. Do you know what your husband dislikes about Ivanna? Btw I have also met a little girl with this name spelt Evanna - which I thought was a lovely combination of Eve and Anna. Would a different spelling help everyone get on board?
I personally prefer Layla renee, it's a pretty name which should wear well. My first impression of Salem grace, was sounds like saving grace. That being said, middle names are not used that often.
Do either of the names hold any special meaning for you? That may help you decide.
Thanks Fly, that is what I was indicating. It could also be a special place, circumstance or culture that you want to include.
If however, you are not interested in an honour name (nothing wrong with that!), I second the choice of jade mentioned above. Some other possibilities: elora Sophia, elora Frances, elora vivien
I vote for Elora, such a lovely name which pairs nicely with Lisette. Both fresh sounding, feminine names.
While I do like the sound of Elora Jane, for me some of the beauty of Elora is taken away if you use it as a compound. Have you considered any honour names for the middle spot?
I do like Laurel but with your surname I find that too many l's.
seraphina/fina would be lovely - too good as a full name to shorten!
If you and your partner's naming styles really are so divergent, the first thing you will probably need to do is accept that you will both need to compromise in some way. You could both try something like coming up with a list of a few names the other will like (but which you could potentially cope with). His choice of Sebastian certainly seems to suggest that a more out there name is not all that he will go for. Hopefully in trying to reach a middle ground, you find something you will both love.
Here are a few name suggestions which I think might bridge the gap between on trend and unusual:
vander, Arlo, vaughn, zander, Felix, jethro, zeke, Jarvis, Zaiden
good luck with your discussions.
A few other suggestions based on the "een" ending sound you are after: ottoline, celine, ondine, celestine, seraphine, and Sandrine (Son-Dreen). All beautiful uncommon names I think, most with no obvious nickname.
I find it hard to think of any non French sounding "een" endings, though based on your list of prefered names I am guessing this is not an issue.
Spike and ginger perhaps?
While your baby is due soon and you are obviously feeling rushed to choose a name, I do think you and your husband need to both be happy with what you choose. Hopefully you can find a compromise which will suit you both. Your existing children's names do not seem to belong to one strict category, so you have a fair bit of flexibility in what you choose now (maybe part of the problem?)
my first impressions of the names you have mentioned are that cecilia is a bit more "frilly" than your other children' names, although there is nothing wrong with the name itself. Etta would seem to fit in better with ava, although I can't really reconcile it with Norah or Austin.
Here are some possible choices which I think sound nice with all of your children's names and hopefully appeal to your style: celeste (similar to cecilia for me but with a nicer meaning), Clara, Willa, delia, or possibly Emmy.
If you do decide to go with cecilia, some middle names could be: grace, ivy, Frances, belle, Helene.
good luck, I am sure you will get some other great advice from the posters on this site.