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    I’ve always LOVED the idea of Violet Esther and Lila Esther, if I didn’t want to use two middles and Esther was a family name. I don’t really love it enough to use it personally, but I’ve always thought Violet Esther and Lila Esther were great combos. I love the suggestions of Zoe Esther and even Madeleine Esther (or Madeline; I much prefer Madeleine!), too.

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    I like Katherine, Rebecca, and Isabel best, as I feel they’re the most classic. There’s nothing wrong with dated names, but I think a lot of people aren’t terribly fond of them because they’re tired of hearing them. So I would avoid Jessie/Jessica, Lindsay, Melody, Kathy, Angela, etc., for that reason. Isabel and Katherine are very in style now, and Rebecca is fairly classic. So either one of those would get my vote. Isabelle is my favorite girls’ name, so I obviously like Isabel best, but Catherine is also on my list and I really like Rebecca, so I feel like any of them would be ideal (I also love the idea of Isabel Rebecca or Isabel Katherine as a full combo!).

    Good luck!

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    I like it okay. I think Roo and Bea are adorable nns, and Ruby is just lovely and spunky and sweet on its own. Maybe it helps that it has family ties for me, but I like Ruby a lot. I don’t LOVE it, but I do like it a lot.

    From the rest of your list, I LOVE Lily (this spelling, though), and like Rose quite a bit (only for the nn Rosie; I’m not terribly fond of just Rose, but I love Rosie! I prefer Rosalie and Rosamund for the full name).

    Good luck!

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    One of my former bosses had her baby today! Her husband–who I also work with–had explained the name to me before, so I was expecting it, but I’m happy to announce, anyway. Baby Arya Beckett [surname] made her debut bright and early at 2-something this morning! Beckett for Samuel Beckett, who Arya’s daddy is a huge fan of (and apparently was a big selling point in Arya’s mommy falling in love with him; I normally wouldn’t condone it, but I think the meaning behind Beckett is cute here), and Arya because he’s a huge GOT fan, and loves how strong and kick-butt Arya is in the series.

    Personally, I like Arya’s big half-sister’s name much more (Lydia!), but it definitely seems to suit them, and it’s a nice name without stealing any of my favorites, so I’m happy. :)

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    Just wanted to update this–I handed off a list (well, technically two lists, haha) to her on Sunday, and she and her boyfriend really love Hazel! I’m beyond excited; I think Adalia and Hazel are adorable together. Her boyfriend took the lists to look them over, so we’re still waiting to see if there’s others they’ll agree on, but I absolutely love Hazel; I can see her with a Hazel, and I would be totally excited to have a little Hazel in my life! When it comes to myself, I never seem to be able to commit to it myself. Just wanted to update you all on the situation. I figure I’ll be bumping this thread if she’s still looking for ideas in a wee bit. :)

    ashthedreamer
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    I met an adorable baby girl today named Maxine. I had heard people were using it and liking it again, but I was even more turned off by it than I expected to be, unfortunately.

    And the newest influx of employees at work (just because they sound more like newborn babies than teenagers, haha!):

    Ana (her full name, I think, is so utterly gorgeous! Ana River@ F!ores. Isn’t it lovely?)
    Samuel (at least, I think that’s his full name)
    Lilia “Lily”
    Yonai (pronounced juh-NYE)
    Johnathan
    William “Will”
    Mia

    In general, I really love them! I feel so old, though, that teenagers have names like this which are so unlike the trendy names of my day, haha!

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    Evangeline Clara is nice! I considered Evangeline Clara Joy for my own list, actually.

    I’ve also tossed around Emmeline Clara, Rachel Clara, and Eva Clara (even Anna Clara, which is a family name on my dad’s side. Her full name was Anna Clara Elizabeth, which I always thought had the perfect blend of spunk and classicness and lush vintage-ness! It to this day is still one of my favorite combos. :)

    ashthedreamer
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    Yes, haha, Lia is said like Leah. I think she just takes the direct spelling from her name, which I think is cool. :) I prefer Lia and Lea to Leah, anyhow.

    I’m thinking of suggesting Violet, too. I think Adalia and Violet are adorable, and Vivi or Lettie (even Lottie or Litty/Liddy?) might be cute nns.

    ashthedreamer
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    I’m not a huge fan. It’s gaining a lot of traction, but with the Greek mythology ties, I just think it’s way too much for one little boy to carry (pun intended, lol.) I know of someone who has a Henry Atlas, and I think something like that works quite well.

    ashthedreamer
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    Great suggestions! I’m not a Nora fan, or really a Josie one, either, but I can see her liking some of these. Better suggestions than I’m getting from the other site I’ve been posting on, anyway. :) A few people have been suggesting Ellie, but I’m wondering if Ellie and Lia are too close in sound? I really love Eliora for her. Adalia and Eliora are adorable!

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    I was also thinking of having one of her parents being Dutch/German/Danish, and the other an American mutt. :) I like the idea of her having ties to Germany before she moved there (because I don’t see her moving to Germany JUST to marry Peter, even though they are adorable together, and I feel like it would have been craziness to just up and move to Germany in the early 80s. I mean, this is before the Berlin Wall fell, in the midst of the Iron Curtain and the Cold War and all that terrifying stuff. I feel like an American wouldn’t just up and move to Germany, just because.). But at the same time, I feel like it’s just TOO much European/German stuff. I really want Annie to be fully American, not mostly German with a little bit of American history.

    And as for Peter… it’s a very popular name in Germany. Many classic names in other countries aren’t JUST Russian or German or French. Thomas is classic in French and Germany, too, but is it a French or German name? Not at all. They’re Biblical names, which is probably why they ARE classic. If you met a Peter here in the US, would you expect him to be Greek? The likelihood of meeting an American or a German who is named Peter that is 100% Greek (or any percent Greek, haha), is probably about the same percentage.

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    Amy, I’m liking Annelies, too. I can’t seem to decide between Annelies and Anne, so I’m thinking of just calling her Annie for now, and seeing what personality further develops. I’ve got a pretty good idea for what she’s like, but I can’t decide if I want her to have recent ancestry from the Netherlands/Denmark/Germany (if I go this route, her parents would have been from one of those countries, but she would have been born in the US). If she does have that ancestry, she’d for sure be Annelies, but if not, she might be just Anne, or she might be Annelies. I can’t decide! haha. I’m thinking of just calling her Annie for now, and maybe a name will emerge later on. :)

    I think I’m down to Luckenbill or Breslau. I feel like Luckenbill doesn’t seem very German, but I like that Benedikt Luckenbill sort of balances out, so it doesn’t seem crazy-German overload, haha. But I can see people calling out his surname a lot, and I feel like Benedikt Breslau fits him really well, and I feel like Breslau fits him as well as Benedikt does. I’ve been starting to think that a more simple German surname, like Muller, Bauer, or Fischer, would work better with the longer, complicated (especially with the “k” instead of the “C”) Benedikt. But the one that seems to suit him best, Benedikt Muller, is absolutely out because of Thomas Muller, a famous (real) German footballer… I think he’ll probably end up being Breslau, but I just can’t decide yet, urgh.

    ashthedreamer
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    Thanks, guys! :) Erm, well… I’ve decided on Benedikt. I even felt like I should avoid it, because there’s a famous German footballer named Benedikt Howedes, but yeah, it just clicked Friday night for me. I was googling German guys to hopefully get an impression of what he would look like in my head, and I was trying out all of the names on him, and Benedikt really stuck, and it’s definitely “him” now. I think he’ll be a mixture between Benedikt, Ben, and even Benni for some of his friends/co-footballers, so hopefully it won’t be TOO boring. :)

    If you want to give more input, though, I’m still struggling with a surname, and the name for his mom. She’ll be Annie for sure, but I need a full name for her. I’m torn between either just Anne or Annelies…

    And surnames are a wee bit more complicated–feel free to vote for any of these (for Benedikt, Annie, and their husband/father, Peter…):

    Balthaser
    Bottinger
    Breslau
    Eberhardt
    Luckenbill
    Philipp (which is the German spelling of Philip/Phillip, but is apparently used with some frequency as a surname in Germany, as well)
    :) Thanks, ladies!

    ashthedreamer
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    I didn’t meet very many interestingly named kids today (although I did meet an adorable baby Emma!), but I came across adults with these interesting names:

    Adelaida (I wonder if this is Adelaide-ah or add-eh-LYE-dah? I could see either. Either way, I love it!)
    George
    Leo
    Optimus (I don’t know whether to take this seriously or not, but if somebody can pull it off, it is seriously cool!)

    ashthedreamer
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    And ohmygoodness, that’s really long. Sorry! (Would you believe I tried to edit it down to something more manageable?) But if you get through it all and can comment on a name, I would be eternally grateful. (If you want to comment on my guy and my plotline, I wouldn’t mind that, either, haha!)

    ashthedreamer
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    My MN is Marie (very filler, and chosen for filler reasons!), but it’s also the middle name of two of my great aunts. My brother is a III, so he shares my dad’s MN; my little sisters have the MNs Eileen and Ruth–one because it sort of resembles my grandma’s FN (Arlene) and the other because it is my nana’s FN (Ruth).

    I want tons of significance for my kids (both family and just stuff I really appreciate/love), so I have one family name in each combo, and generally another MN that has something meaningful to me:

    Isabelle Aurora Grace (Grace is a family name; Aurora meaning “dawn” to represent the idea of new beginnings)
    Arianne Eleanor Kate/Arianne Eleanor Daisy (Eleanor for Elinor Dashwood, and Kate/Daisy both for my mom)
    Olivia Wren Camille (Wren for my mom and grandma; Camille for Camille Saint-Saens, since I’m a huge piano/classical music geek)
    Violet Ophelia Claire (Ophelia for Shakespeare; Claire for my dad and brother–Claire means the same thing as their middle, Robert)
    Catherine Lydia Eve (Lydia for Jane Austen, and the first European Christian believer, and Catherine for my mom and great-grandma. I just love Eve as a middle)
    Lillian Charlotte Eve (just love Eve; Lillian for my nana; Charlotte for Charlotte Bronte; the nn Lily for my mom)
    Emmeline Poppy ____ (Poppy for my dad, mom, brother, and grandpa; I also love the symbolism with military veterans. Don’t have a second middle yet)
    Tess Penelope Kate (Penelope from The Odyssey; Kate for my mom)
    Eva Madelief Claire (Claire for my dad/brother; Madelief for my interest in Europe and the tie to my mom)

    Caleb Elias Joseph (Joseph honors my sister in aroundabout way; Elias for Elijah, one of my favorite Bible characters)
    Everett Joshua Charles (Charles for my mom; Joshua for Jesus)
    Jack August Cole (Jack for my dad and brother; August for a TV character I love. I generally don’t honor movie/TV characters–unless it’s already a classic novel–but I count Auggie Anderson of Covert Affairs to be an exception)
    Samuel Gaspard John (Gaspard for my best friend and little sister; John for my dad and brother)
    Eleanor Lila Grace (just love Lila; Eleanor for Elinor Dashwood; Grace for my grandma)
    Eleni Charlotte Jane (Jane for my dad and brother; Charlotte for Charlotte Bronte; just love Eleni, and it also honors my little sister)

    etc., etc. :)

    ashthedreamer
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    Oh my goodness, so many!

    Emilia
    Aurelia
    Olivia
    Sylvia
    Lydia
    Lilia
    Portia
    Georgia (although I prefer Georgiana)
    Sofia
    Azalea
    Anthea
    Anatalia
    Natalia/Talia (although I like Natalie/Tally much more)
    Ophelia
    Claudia
    Mia
    Julia
    Nadia
    Xenia/Ksenia
    Cecilia
    Valeria

    And about a million I can’t think of right now…

    ashthedreamer
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    @lcd1912 – I’ve always heard Selah as SAY-lah. I think Sela is SEE-lah. Either way, Anabelle Selah is pretty cool (although I prefer the more streamlined and classic Annabel Sarah, which looks similar to me), and Benjamin and Anabelle are pretty cool together.

    Aristotle, erm, well, it doesn’t seem that unusual to me. People are talking about naming their kids Persephone, Cicero, Seneca, Aries, Apollo, etc.–is Aristotle too far off? Besides, I think the Hebrew Ari is starting to come in for boys, so it even gives a nn option. I wouldn’t suggest it, but I’m not terribly surprised.

    I’ve been on holiday at the beach for the past week, and I’ve heard quite a few names! A lot of them were quite boring (Logan, Lucas, Ava, etc.), but these I thought were semi-interesting:

    Miles (he had a sister, or a cousin, or something, named Lily, or at least, nn’d Lily)
    McKenna, Maddie, and Myla (sisters. Not sure about spellings. I assume Maddie was short for something, but that’s all I heard her parents call her. I went with the Myla spelling since Mila is so often pronounced like Mila Kunis now, but it could have been Mila? Their dad was Noah, which I thought was pretty cool, too. I’m always happy to hear Noah on a guy around my age!)
    Abigail, Andrew, Charlotte, Benjamin, and Natalie (cousins at the least, but potentially siblings. I thought they fit REALLY well together, though! Charlotte is my favorite, but I also really love Andrew, and, well, honestly, all of them!)
    Connor and Carson
    Gavin and Brady
    Cecilia “Ceci”
    Skylar Grace
    Ben and McKenna (also heard Kinna Rae/Kenna Rae, so I’m wondering if she was McKenna Rae, nn Kenna Rae? I’m assuming Ben is short for Benjamin…)
    Bryce, Avery (g), and Kenley (g)

    And that’s about the extent of my memory, haha. I tried to keep more names locked away in there, but only so many fit, over a week. :)

    ashthedreamer
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    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. :)

    ashthedreamer
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    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.

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