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  • lcd1912
    lcd1912
    Participant

    Hi, I’m new here! I just got married and looking for some advice on names. I’d like your opinions so we can keep our favorite names a secret from our friends and family :)

    So my problem with our favorite girl names revolve around our last name and was wondering how big of an issue you think it will really be.

    1. Violet – Our last name begins with an “F” and we are always having to clarify that it starts with an “F” not a “V” so I am afraid that a name starting in V will make it that much more confusing?
    2. Maeve – A similar problem…I know the rule: don’t end one name with the same way the next one starts. Even though Maeve ends in a “V” sound and her last name will be “F” does it break the rule? Does it run together too much?
    3. Lilah – Okay, this one doesn’t break any rules with our last name lol but can it be used in the same sibset as Violet? I think it’s either one or the other..

    Our boy choices don’t have as many issues we just can’t agree!
    1. Ronan – my choice. I think it fits the Irish genre we’re going for and I love the nickname “Ro” for a boy or a girl.
    2. Archer – For some reason my husband is obsessed with this one. EVERYTHING is Archer from his fish to his car..ugh I just cannot get past the nn “Archie”
    3. Donovan – The front runner for now just because it’s the one we agree on, but I just don’t know if I love it. Is there a usable nick name?

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  • embra
    Participant

    If your last name starts with an F, I’d give Maeve a miss. You could probably do Violet, but if you also like Lilah, I’d go with Lilah so it’s a completely different sound. Of your boy names I like Ronan best. As for a nn for Donovan, do you like Don, Donny, Dono, or Van? Those are the most likely options in my opinion.

    lcd1912
    lcd1912
    Participant

    Thanks for your input embra! I’m going to have a hard time parting with Maeve :/
    I kind of like Van as a nn for Donovan!

    TheWishingStar
    TheWishingStar
    Participant

    I really like Violet, but if you’re hesitant about it with the last name, I agree it might be confusing. Try saying it aloud to yourselves, and try it out on people you know. I think it really depends on the specific last name, but if you’re worried, maybe just scrap it now and try to find something else. Same goes with Maeve, can’t say for sure without knowing your last name and how it sounds all together, but if you’re worried about it, maybe that’s a good sign you shouldn’t use it.
    I like Lilah a lot, too, but I agree, Violet and Lilah together seem too similar. But if you’re hesitant about Violet, maybe just go with Lilah and try to find names that DO match well with it.

    I love Ronan, such a cool name! Donovan’s really neat too, not crazy about Don as a nickname, but maybe Van? Archer, to me, has a very low-quality fantasy novel feel to it. I like the name, but I don’t like how cheesy it sounds in real life. Plus, if your husband has already named pets and a car that, it would be weird to name your child that too. And I don’t like Archie, either.

    Some suggestions:
    Hazel
    Lilian
    Jade
    Raven
    Sienna
    Scarlett
    Rowen
    Jasmine

    Damian
    Dominic
    Dorian
    Asher
    Callum
    Chase
    Rowan
    Jasper

    TwoSapphires
    TwoSapphires
    Participant

    Welcome! :)

    1. Violet – I think this one would work.
    2. Maeve – I do think it would probably run together too much.
    3. Lilah – I wouldn’t do Lily or even Liliana or Lillian with Violet but I think Violet and Lilah is fine. Even though it’s related, I don’t think of it as “a kind of flower”; it seems like a separate name to me.

    Our boy choices don’t have as many issues we just can’t agree!
    1. Ronan – I think it’s OK.
    2. Archer – I don’t generally like names in this style but I do actually like Archer.
    3. Donovan – I like it! Don/Donnie is the only name I can think of, or possibly Van. Or D? Initials? (i.e. DJ or whatever)

    yellowwatts
    yellowwatts
    Participant

    Ronan and Maeve are my favorites from your list! But considering your last name starts with an F, I’d say Violet may be your best choice.

    Anabel Conner
    Anabel Conner
    Keymaster

    Well, if it were me, I would shy away from names that start with a similar letter…that being the V’s with your last name starting with an F. The other thing to take into consideration here is that This might be a little difficult for little mouths to say.

    I love Donovan! And, because Van would be a nickname, it is sort of immune to the above advice. I really like this idea. Van is super cool, and both names, Donovan and Van are not commonly used. It seems like a win-win, and I get behind it as a fore-runner.

    I like the names you have chosen for girls, but due to the above rule, I would shy away from both Violet and Maeve, Mave moreso than Violet.

    Are you really into the “Irish theme” you have going? I can think of lots of nice Irish girl names that are similar to Maeve, if you are!

    lcd1912
    lcd1912
    Participant

    Wow everyone has been so helpful! I am liking Donovan (and the nn Van) more and more based on your reactions! Although, as I was afraid, y ‘ all see the conflict with Maeve :/
    My husband seems to think that her last name will change one day anyway so it isn’t a big deal as it would be for a boy. but there is no guarantee of that and even so, she’ll have to live with it for 20+ years right? … Idk
    Anabel-We are DEFINITELY Open to suggestions! I do prefer an Irish fn since their ln will be Italian by default :p I think part of why we agree on Donovan is bc even though it is an Irish surname, it still has a ”Dominic” kind of feel? that makes it universal among our Irish/Italian families.

    TwoSapphires
    TwoSapphires
    Participant

    Oh yeah, I don’t really agree with the “her last name will change anyway” argument for the reasons you mentioned. I think Donovan nn Van is a nice option. :)

    lcd1912
    lcd1912
    Participant

    Ok so it seems like Violet & Donovan are the favorites. The only other boy name we agree on that I didn’t mention was Trevor? (we obviously have a thing for V’s lol).
    Next comes the middle names that I’d love suggestions for / help with pairing up. We would like the MN to be after someone. Here is our name bank, fire away!!
    Girls :
    Margaret: my mom, best friend and god daughter are all Margarets. However, none of them like their name… So variations of Margaret is welcome. My favorite is the gaelic version, Mairead (Ma-Raid).

    Josephine : After my grandma. I think Josie is darling even as a fn. Only problem is I’m worried about offending my other grandma Dorothy, whose name I dislike and haven’t found a suitable variation for.

    Janet/Linda/Mary: my husband’s mother and grandmother’s. I love Jane! I also like my MN, Marie, which covers Mary?

    Boys:

    John: my husband’s father and my grandfather. Covers two bases! But rhymes with Donovan :/

    William : my father and brother

    Forde: my mother’s maiden name so it covers lots of ppl and I always thought it kind of cool.

    August: my husband’s grandfather who recently passed. I think it’s a great name and it would be after a great man but my husband doesn’t want to use it without using his other grandfather’s name, Frank, which I don’t particularly like and I never met that grandfather


    embra
    Participant

    I love William as a mn for Donovan. Of the girl names, Violet Marie is my favorite. If you are looking for another Margaret option, Marguerite might work. Mairead is pretty too.

    NMteacher
    NMteacher
    Participant

    How do you pronounce Maeve? The only girl I know with this name is French, so I don’t know if they pronounce it differently than we would in America. She pronounces it like MY-vuh. I think any of those would work with an F last name, unless you pronounce Maeve without a vowel sound after the V.

    lcd1912
    lcd1912
    Participant

    Oh really? We pronounce it Mayv so the last sound you hear is a V and with our last name the first sound is F as in Frank :/

    NMteacher
    NMteacher
    Participant

    I see. Yes, that is really hard to say then. I think if it had a vowel sound separating the V and the F, like if you said it MAY-va, it would work, but I know that’s not the name you fell in love with.

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    TheWishingStar
    TheWishingStar
    Participant

    Violet and Donovan are both great choices! If you think they’ll be alright with the last name, I think they’d be great!

    I like a lot of your middle name choices! I think Violet Mary would be nice, or maybe Margo/Margot/Margeaux instead of Margaret, so it doesn’t rhyme? Violet Margo sounds pretty nice! I like Mairead too, though I think pronouncing it could be a pain.

    For boys, I don’t think Donovan John is too rhyme-y, and I really like that combo! I also really like Donovan William and Donovan August – August is such a great name!
    If I were you, I wouldn’t worry about only honoring one grandparent – it’s only one child, you can’t name them after everyone. Save names you don’t use for if you have another child later.

    lcd1912
    lcd1912
    Participant

    Thanks for the suggestions and for reminding me not to worry too much about honoring everyone. You’re right, can’t cover everyone in one name and hopefully there will be opportunities to use the others!
    Violet Mairead was my favorite but I’m liking Marie or Mary a lot now too.
    Even though John is my favorite MN choice Donovan August sounds the best in my opinion, I’ll see what the hubby thinks tho.

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