I really like Raphael, but the nicknames are a deal-breaker for me: I think Raphy and Raph are both a little ridiculous and unappealing, and there really aren’t other logical options for a nickname. If I could guarantee Raphael wouldn’t be shortened, I’d love it a lot, but the nicknames are so much less impressive…
I like the idea of unique middle names, too, though Jupiter wouldn’t be my first choice – everyone thinks of the planet first, and that males it seem a bit cheesy. I like the suggestion Raphael Marcus a lot, or Raphael Jove could be pretty cool! Raphael on it’s own is pretty unique, so I wouldn’t go too over-the-top with a middle name.
Or, maybe some other mythological/Greco-Roman names:
Today I met an Aries (female), Trey, and brothers Nathan and Tristan, which I think I rather like as a sibset.
I like Jacob just fine, but just Jake I don’t like at all. Nicknames as full names are just not my style.
Like TwoSapphires said, Jacob nicknamed Jake is SUPER popular. I’ve met tons my age, and even more young ones ad of late (I once took my little cousin to a park, he met two boys, and they were Jake and Jacob…).
If popularity is a concern for you, Jacob/Jake is definitely one I’d steer clear of. You can check the popularity of names over time on this site, or search for the SSA list.
My area has way too large of a Hispanic population to use Carlos for a white kid and not get a ton of hate for it, but I do like the name a lot. Hmm.
Hmm, I agree with Kimiha, it’s a little rhymey, but in a makes-it-memorable kind of way, more so than tacky. I think it could work. Though it probably depends on your exact last name.
Some interesting ones. Some I met, others from a list I’m skimming:
Mauriana – I’m not sure if how it’s pronounced, she sits behind me in a class and I saw it written. I’m assuming it’s not quite like Mariana, though, right?
Ceilan – pronounced like Kellan, female. Met her a while ago but had no idea how to spell it til now.
Anastasia – on an older woman who goes by the full name. I love it.
Gabrielle – nickname Rie, which I thought was pretty cool.
Glen – male
Elegance – male.
Jasmon – female
Harrison’s probably a pretty easy name to match with. Just avoid anything too bizarre, or anything else ending in -son, especially for girls, and you’ll probably be okay. Seems like you like more classic, timeless names. Abigail is a lovely name! I’m not crazy about just Jack, I prefer Jackson, and I think that if you have Harrison nn Harry, people will assume Jack is a nickname too.
Let us know what you think and if you like any names suggested, and people will suggest some more that go along with that style.
Definitely cora-line. I pronounce all the -line names like Line, though, because LOGIC. I know the English language is a mess with pronunciations, but the Lynn pronunciations on all of them make me so mad, because almost always, there’s a spelling variant that actually ends in -lyn. Spell names the way you want them to be pronounced or your child is going to have to correct people forever…
Also, there’s a book/movie called Coraline, and it’s pronounced that way. It was pretty well known a few years back, I feel like it’s way less popular now though…
That said, I like Coraline, but I like just Cora a lot more. I like Coraline a lot more than Caroline, though, I think it’s pretty. But it doesn’t have the same spunkiness to me that just Cora does.
Levi Andrew, on a kid whose mom was not happy with him while out shopping today, and Benjamin Lee, another new Facebook acquaintance baby.
I like Jesse a lot! Definitely a cool boys name. And I like Jessie for a girl, though I definitely don’t see it as especially “girly.” It’s a cool name either way. And it’s one of those names that is so popularly unisex that everyone knows it can be either, so it won’t cause too much confusion in that respect.
I like it a lot more for a boy. I feel like it’s fairly unisex, but I just don’t like it for a girl, I don’t find it very feminine and I think it would seem a little childish of an adult woman. I really like it for a boy, though. Somehow I think it ages better for a guy.
So, as I was reading through the old responses, and saw William and Katherine/Kate together, I definitely immediately thought that the names all sounded extremely royal. And was going to comment on that. But yeah, you’ve noticed too, so now I’m thinking together they may be a bit over-the-top. I don’t really think having another sibling keeps names from being matchy, in general, because you never know when people will just be talking about two of them…
I still love Katherine/Kate, but I also do definitely think that people are going to make that connection.
I agree that I’m not crazy about two middle names. Especially if your other kids don’t have them.
I really like Samuel Benjamin Rhys and Samuel Harrison Miles (What about Samuel Harrison Rhys?) I think any of those middle names sound pretty good with Samuel on their own, too, if you decide don’t want to use double middle names. Same goes for most of the names, really. Your names all work well with each other.
Oh man, I love almost all of your names! Really, you probably can’t go wrong with any of them, though I think a lot depends on the actual sound of your last name with them, too.
I think for boys I’d lean toward Leo Alexander, or maybe Leo Dominic.
I love Gabriel, James, and Julian, too, but I don’t think they sound quite as good with Leo. Leo Julian’s not bad, but I think Alexander or Dominic flow a lot better.
For girls, I like Claire Sophia.
I really like all the name options, but Amelia sort of runs into Claire, sounding more like Clara Melia, and Eleanor has a similar problem with all the vowels. Juliet and Juliana are both great names, but they feel a little choppy with Claire.
Another Facebook baby: Camden Glenn.
Definitely Ruby. I love both names on their own, but Ruby sounds so much nicer with Eva Madelief.
I’m with Kimiha about Madelief, though. I have heard it before, and I’ve always thought it was pretty bizarre to English-speakers. It’s probably fine for a middle name, but it’s definitely not my style.
This isn’t really new, but some of the other posts reminds me of them. I went to school with a family of boys named Freeman, Coleman, and McMahon (pronounced Mc-MAN, so it rhymes with the other two). I always thought that alone they’re all fine, but together they sounded a little ridiculous.
A friend of a Facebook friend has a little girl named Genesis.
My roommate recently came across a Da Kota, pronounced DAY koh-TAY. Apparently he just goes by DK.
I say it more like TAH-lee-uh, stress on Tah, than Tal-yuh, but both are really similar to me. Kind of a 2-and-a-half syllable problem, probably not enough to be an issue.
I personally don’t like the name much, though. My sister loved it for a little while, but I never really found it all that appealing. It’s pretty, but something about it just doesn’t work for me.