ashthedreamerParticipant6 days, 2 hours ago
Thanks, ladies! I have actually eliminated most of these–some of which will be used for his friends/teammates–but when I posted this I hadn’t narrowed it down any yet. I think I’m pretty much between Benedikt and Tobias at this point (with Benjamin as a last minute substitution). I think Thomas will end up being his best friend, and Kaspar and Matthias (pronounced mah-TEE-uhs in German) as other teammembers (probably Peter and Philipp, too). And Samuel will probably be my footballer’s love interest’s brother.
I am just a little torn, because I had gotten to about a top 4 (Benedikt, Tobias, Thomas, and Samuel) and together, they just all seemed like him, but I never really separated them and looked at them as individual names, so I think it’s sort of like the whole “I like the combo, but I don’t really like the names individually” thing (does that make any sense?). I let Thomas go because of Thomas Muller, and I let go of Samuel because it seemed to suit him the least well of the remaining three, but then when I tried to see him as a Benedikt or as a Tobias, Benedikt almost seemed too harsh for his kind nature, and Tobias almost seemed to haughty. I don’t know. Maybe I just need to give it another rest. Anyway. Thanks for all your opinions, though. I can’t seem to do a whirlwind story brainstorming session anymore, I don’t think. My OCD just goes on overload way too fast.
@rylane – thanks for that suggestion! Erik, really? I’ve never really liked Eric in any form, really, but I can’t really see him as an Erik at all. If Benedikt or Tobias don’t end up working out, though, I may come back round to it.
ashthedreamerParticipant1 week, 3 days ago
Oliver and Owen are brilliant! I probably won’t see her for three weeks (hurray, vacation!), but maybe I’ll just suggest them when I do. I think Adalia and Owen are just fab together.
I’ve been terrified she’d love Mila. We have another coworker with a Mila, and I was afraid she’d jump on that bandwagon, too. I just don’t get Mila, ugh. I think Susanna would be brilliant with Adalia, too, but I’m not sure she’d really be into it.
ashthedreamerParticipant1 week, 5 days ago
I’m thinking Samuel Ezra, if I were sort of trying to follow your criteria of more Biblical middles (although I’d probably go with my own Samuel combo, Samuel Gaspard!). Possibly Calvin Isaac instead. William and Calvin? Adorable!
ashthedreamerParticipant3 weeks, 1 day ago
Erm, for girls:
1. Isabelle Aurora Grace “Bella/Issy”
2. Arianne Eleanor Daisy “Ari”
3. Olivia Wren Camille “Liv(y)/Olive”
4. Violet Ophelia Claire
5. Emmeline Poppy Jane, Eleni Charlotte Jane, Catherine Emilia Eve, Charlotte Odilia Jane, OR Lillian Charlotte Eve “Emmy/Leni/Kit/Lottie/Lily” (I’m so indecisive!)
For boys, I’m even less decisive! haha.
1. Caleb Elias Joseph “Cal”
2. Everett Joshua Charles “Ev”
3. Samuel Gaspard John OR Samuel Andreas [Grey] “Sam(my)”
4. Jack August [Cole]
5. Avery Ian George
Although, in all likelihood, I would never have two sons named Everett AND Avery. They’re both huge, huge, huge favorites, but I feel like they’re too close to use together. Avery has much more significance, but I like Everett more on most days. Maybe I’m just making it up, though? That Everett and Avery are too similar?
I’d really like to fit Andreas (and maybe Zane!) in there somewhere, but right now, I don’t know where I’d put them. I’m pretty set on Samuel Gaspard, but I have been tossing around Samuel Andreas lately, too. I do really love Andreas!
ashthedreamerParticipant3 weeks, 4 days ago
Today I heard:
Mathilde (I got all nostalgic with this one–my best friend’s mom was named Mathilde. I like it much more than Matilda!)
And that’s it for the exciting ones. That I remember, anyway. I’ve been hearing Agatha quite a lot on girls my age, too, though, which rather intrigues me. Was it a lot more popular in the 80s than I thought it was?
ashthedreamerParticipant3 weeks, 5 days ago
Octavia reminds me of The Help, for some reason. Was one of the characters an Octavia? I like it, though.
Aurelia, I LOVE, though. If Arianne wasn’t my second pick for a girl, either Ariella, Aurelia/Aurelie, or Aurora would probably be on my list instead. (I’m a huge fan of Ari as a nn!) Aurelia’s so regal and gorgeous.
ashthedreamerParticipant3 weeks, 5 days ago
Today at work I heard:
Dav!er (pronounced DAH-vee-ay. Oh my goodness, the most pretentious thing I’ve ever seen. I was trying to decide if it was DAVE-yer, DAH-vee-ay, or a typo of Xavier, and it’s really DAH-vee-ay. In her defense–yeah, it was a girl–that’s how it’d be said in French, but no Frenchman would name his daughter Davier. :/)
I love it! One of my former coworkers has a little boy named Dominic (little brother is Connor), and he goes by Dom (which I adore!). I think Dominic’s so rich and timeless, and I love the idea of meeting another little Dominic! Nick and Nico are cute nns, too. I never seem to be able to commit to Dominic as a fn (although I think Dom(inic) sounds amazing with my surname!), but I’ve been thinking about using Grant Dominic or Brody Dominic lately…
I think Reese is a great idea! I hadn’t thought of that, but it seems pretty equally used on each gender. Avery was my first idea. It’s fully masculine to me, but to some people it’s fully feminine, so I think that could work, too. Ari, too, maybe?
I feel like adding, haha, because I feel like I ended that on a really harsh note. I mean, I wouldn’t judge someone if they used it. It has a pretty sound and look to it, and I can see why it appeals to parents. I don’t mind it as a middle name. Something like Ariana Jolie or Evelina Jolie or Charlotte Jolie would be pretty… I just can’t take it seriously, myself, and if a future husband of mine suggested it for a daughter, I’m pretty sure I’d laugh to his face. Then again, I want to be fluent in French/bilingual, and I think I know more about French than the average American does. I wouldn’t mind seeing it on someone else’s child–I just wouldn’t go near it for mine. It does have a pretty sound/look, though.
I think it has a nice meaning and a pretty (no pun intended!) look to it, but the French have made me into a name snob. There are very few French words that I like as actual names, too. I find it pretty sounding, but I can’t take it seriously as a name. It’s a word. It’s like if you named your daughter Ariana Pretty. Like, really? Why would you do that? It’s just as bad as Princess, imo, sorry.
I do like Joliet, however, which sort of seems to be a happy medium between Jolie and Juliet (although I feel like it never gets any recognition because Juliet and Jolie are both much more popular.
Girls and Boys:
Arianne and Avery
Bethany and Brody
Charlotte and Caleb
Daphne and Daniel
Emmeline and Everett
Felicity and Finnian/Finley
Grace and Grant
Helena and Hugo
Isabelle and Isaac
Julia and Jack
Kaia and Killian
Lillian and Linus
Madelief and Micah
Nadia and Noah
Olivia and Owen
Poppy and Patrick
Quinn and Quincy
Rachel and Rory
Sybilla and Samuel
Tess and Tiernan
Unity and Ulysses
Violet and Vaughn
Winter and Winston
Xanthe and Xavier
Yasmina and Yates
Zoe and Zane
I LOVE just Tess, but I’m not as much of a fan of Tessa. People have brought up the idea of Elisabeth nn Tess (if Bess, why not Tess?), which I’m not opposed to, but it almost seems to contrived (same with Elisabeth nn Tilly!).
I do really love Tess, though. I have Tess Penelope Kate on my own list.
I like Gemma a lot! It reminds me of sparkling gems. It’s so chic and Italian! What’s not to like? I think Gemmy’s an adorable nn, too. Also Gem and Emmy, but I think Gemmy’s really quirky and cute.
I don’t know, haha–middle names are generally, for me, either second-rate favorites (like Aurora, Ophelia, Penelope, Lydia), or names that have tons of significance (Poppy, Eleanor, Giovanna, Aurora), so I really couldn’t say. There’s no one type of name I’d be like, “Ohh, I wish people would use that as a middle name more!” haha. It’s usually the other way around–”Oh, I wish people would use that name up front more!”
I do love seeing Noah as a MN for a boy, though, and I think the world could handle having many more ____ Noahs, rather than Noah _____s.
I can’t say Isabel(le), because while I LOVE seeing it, and I would love people using it as a middle rather than a first, it seems a crime to stuff it away like that. Olivia… I like seeing it as a middle, sometimes, but it always feels pretty drab as a middle to me. It has to be a very special combo for me to like Olivia in the middle (I can think of three where I really liked Olivia as the middle name: Zara Olivia, Emmeline Olivia, and Hazel Olivia). Sofia! Sofia, maybe? I feel like I’m so over it as a FN, but I do like it as a name, and it has significance to me. I’ve always liked Sofia as a middle (and I still love Annabel Sofia as a combo!). AND EMMA! Omgoodness, I just thought of this, but I LOVE Emma as a middle name. haha. I suppose it doesn’t work in your case, though, Kendra. I much prefer Madeleine as a mn to a fn, too.
For boys… I sort of like Jack as a middle, but I prefer it up front. I LOVE Henry as a middle. It’s not top ten or anything, but it is getting pretty popular, and I love seeing Henry in the MN spot. I don’t like the way Liam flows as a middle, really? I LOVE Joshua and Daniel in the mn spot, too. And Alexander?
Today at work I heard:
Abby and Ben (omgoodness, so adorable! I’m assuming they were short for Abigail and Benjamin? Nice names, but a bit boring thanks to the popularity, for me. I still am happy to see them, though!)
And the non-kids (with the much more interesting names, haha!):
Francesca Marie Claire (saw her full name on her driver’s license–I thought it was really gorgeous! She says it fran-SESS-kah not fran-CHESS-kah, though)
Etrula (it sort of seems like a combination of Estella/Estrella and Ruth? I am not sure how I feel about it, but I do like the nn True!)
I didn’t hear Juliette today, but I did hear it recently so I figured I’d share. Beau is my favorite of these, but I like Annemarie, too.
I’m in total agreement with @Myosotis‘s first paragraph! Isabelle is just TOO special for me to even consider sharing with anyone else. It honors my favorite language (French), alludes to my one of my loves–languages–with the nn Belle/Bella, honors my two favorite people outside my family (including my best friend who passed away in 2011), honors my faith, and honestly, if one name could sum up my style in just one name, it would definitely be Isabelle! I’ve loved her for so long and so deeply that I can’t imagine ever sharing Isabelle with anyone in close proximity to me. It just means too much. I started out insisting on having a name with significance, because I don’t think it’s possible for my name to have LESS thought or significance put into it, but now I think it just means too much to me. :/ So if someone else had a little Isabel/Isabelle/Isobel/Isabella around me, I’m pretty sure Isabelle would go, much as I would hate to see her leave. I don’t even think I could bring myself to use it as a MN. And I’m sure it reflects negatively on me, but I don’t even know if I could have the same level of friendship with the person who used Isabelle/etc., just because I would always be thinking, “That could have been my Isabelle. That could have been my baby girl [insert things I dream my children doing. Fingerpainting masterpieces, talking to me in French, letting me read them bed-time stories, helping people on weekends, learning instruments, being tickled, their laughter filling my whole house...].” I’d just be so utterly heartsick I feel like I would become ACTUALLY sick.
So much for not falling too hard for Isabelle. :/ Then again, all of my sisters and I both really, really love Olivia, and we’ve already talked about how we love Olivia together, so we’ve talked about all using Olivia and giving them different nns (mine would be Livy; Becca’s would be Luvy (which is sort of cute, I think), and I don’t remember what Tallie’s would have been…). Some names I just really love and feel really possessive about, though. I don’t think I can ever bring myself to use Noah or Eliza, some partly because of popularity, but a frenemy of mine in high school used Noah and I just can’t look at Noah as a name the same way.
Luckily for me, none of my siblings really like Isabelle at all, and I don’t know a ton of people having kids right now (they’ve all completed their families or aren’t ready for it yet). And I’m hoping by the time everyone else is ready for it, they’ll have moved onto the next fad, and Isabelle will just be seen as rather classic again.
Oh my goodness, I love Leo with your girls! I think Leo Brennan is okay, but I like Leo Benjamin even more.
I’ve had a rough go at trying to find a Leo combo for my own list, but I tentatively have Leo Kirill (KEER-ill is how I say it, although in Russian it’s closer to kee-reel. It’s the Russian form of Cyril.). I had tossed around Leo Benjamin or Leo Brave, or even Leo Benedict, maybe? Something in keeping with the initials LB to honor my grandpa. I had tossed around Leo Everett, too, and Leo Peter. Leo George?
I heard several intriguing ones today!
Unmar (not sure of this one?)
I’m sure there were others, but those are the ones I remember. I really liked hearing Harrison, Ramona, and Alice!
ashthedreamerParticipant2 months ago
Oh my goodness, why do I have to pick?! They’re both so gorgeous! I am personally attracted to Julia Charlotte more as a combo–it’s more demure and I just like the flow of femininity throughout. But I LOVE the airy, open, innocent, approachable feel of Claire, and Claire Juliet really works. Argh, it’s too bad you’re not having twins! haha. I really do prefer Julia Charlotte as a whole, but I like Claire so much better in general, and I really adore Ethan and Claire together. So Claire gets my vote. I would suggest Claire Charlotte, as that seems to be the best of both worlds for me, but I don’t really like alliteration with Charlotte (or Claire) for some reason…