TheWishingStarParticipant6 months, 3 weeks ago
Definitely Reese Elizabeth, that’s a really pretty combo.
Campbell is a brand of soup, and I think that would be problematic for the child her whole life….
TheWishingStarParticipant6 months, 3 weeks ago
A friend of a friend just named her daughter Lilyanna. Can’t say I’m crazy about the spelling, but it’s a cute name!
Yeah, Stella’s the Latin and modern Italian word for star – think the English word stellar. It’s really pretty, though, and not unusual as a name, so I don’t think of it as super space-y unless it’s with another similar name. And I do think it could work like Luna to honor your mother!
Ahhh, I love Jasper!! So nice to see that making people’s lists lately!
Azalea – Pretty, and not too crazy unusual. I think Azalea Skye’s pretty, though maybe a bit too over-the-top naturey?
Rowan – Love it!
Avia – There’s another thread from a few days ago about the name Aviva, which a lot of us thought sounded like a brand, not a name. I kind of feel Avia’s in the same boat. What about Aria or Ava instead? Or maybe Avalon?
Zaria – Really pretty, and unique but not too weird.
Zavia – I tried saying it out loud, and now all I can think of is the name Xavier. It’s kind of neat, but I like Zaria a lot more.
Avea – I think the pronunciation may prove difficult for a lot of people. I would have guessed it was the same as Avia. And I see the same problem with it, honestly, I think both names sound like some sort of lotion…. Sorry.
River – Pretty cool, I don’t think it’s as unique as your other choices. Very standard for nature names.
North – North West! Don’t do it! Celebrities are known for having terrible taste in names, don’t give your kid the same name they used…
Aspen – Sounds too girly to me. Cool name, but I don’t see it on a boy.
Jasper or Jesper – I love Jasper so much. Jesper looks like a typo, stick with Jasper. It’s pretty unusual as it is, and Jasper’s an actual type of stone, so people will know how to spell it.
Shay – I like Shay a lot! Again, maybe a bit girly, but I think it could work great on a boy, too. Maybe something more common and standard as a boys name for the middle name?
I really like Elizabeth June or Caroline Reese! Avery and Sawyer are boys names to me, I really don’t like them on girls, and Isabel’s really pretty, but it’s still so popular, I’d be hesitant to use it.
For boys, I LOVE Grayson, but I agree, it’s getting pretty trendy, so I might be hesitant about it, like Isabel. Grayson Andrew sounds really great, though! I like Logan Andrew a lot, too.
Stella’s so pretty!!!
I really like Stella Catherine, Stella Charlotte, or Stella Caroline.
I also really love the name Luna, but Stella Luna seems over the top to me. It’s basically Star Moon! Way too outer-space-y to me. Also, I know there’s a childrens’ book about a bat that was pretty popular when I was little called Stellaluna. It was really cute, but that combination definitely brings it to mind. I don’t know how common that book is nowadays, though….
I’m really not crazy about hyphenated names in general. So often people end up going by just one of them, or, people assume they’re just going by the first one anyway, so they just call them that. It seems like such a hassle. I like both Anne and Claire, and I think they sound really nice together, but I personally would make Anne the first name and Claire the middle, and then YOU can call her Anne Claire, but it takes away a lot of confusion.
Or, if you do go with a hyphenated first name, I definitely think you still want a middle name. Even if it’s just something short and sweet, it’s so uncommon to not have one that it’s almost weird these days. I like hyphenated names better than ones with awkward capitalization, so I’d stick with Anne-Claire over AnneClaire. And the spelling Claire over Clair or Clare. It’s just simpler and prettier, to me.
I think they’re really cool names, but like jllowe, I think they’d be a huge pain for the child to have. Not just as a kid, but growing up, too. Ptolemy especially is a name people KNOW, but not one we expect to ever hear on a person. Too much history to it, but it’s very, very rarely actually used. Arsinoe is less so, and it’s pretty, but I would worry that it would be really hard to spell and pronounce, and also, it sounds a lot like arsenic.
I really like names that have historical meaning and are less common, but I also worry a lot about what it would be like for a kid growing up with a really unusual name. It’s not easy. People will judge others based on little things like a weird name, even before they know them. It’s dumb, but it’s true.
Honestly, I clicked the thread thinking Raleigh would be a girls name. the -leigh ending is so common on girls names when their parents want to have a less common spelling – like Ashleigh or Kyleigh or something. So I’m kind of surprised it’s on a boy. But it does actually sound pretty good with Forrest. I could see it working. Raleigh’s a pretty neat name on it’s own, and it’s not really inherently girly. Just different.
Classic: Amelia, Charlotte, Alice,
2 syllable: Lily, Hazel, Rosette, Alice
And honestly, I’m not religious, so most biblical names I either don’t think of as biblical because they’re pretty common (Like Rachel, Hannah, Mary. All very common), or I think they’re tacky because they’re really uncommon and obviously being used because the family wanted a biblical name (like Magdalen or Hepzibah). For boys names there are more that I see as biblical but not ridiculous, but for girls I can’t think of any that aren’t one of those two things… :/ So I don’t really have favorites, without looking up a list of biblical names and finding some that I like…
I really like Leah! Honestly, I’ve known many Leahs, and I’ve never associated them sith Star Wars at all. Pronounced lay-uh, yes, but not lee-ah. It’s a completely different name.
I don’t like Edwin. Like you said, I can picture in on a baby, or a really dorky and socially awkward adult, but it’s got a nerdy-character-on-a-tv-show vibe to it. Or a grandpa. I really love Edward, though… Or Edmund’s pretty okay.
Like marhogjo said, Jean is actually the character Hermione’s middle name! And, yeah, James is Harry’s middle name, as well as his father’s name.
Honestly, I really like Hermione, but with your other kids’ names, it does sound very, very fangirl-ish. As much as it’s a great name, and it would work with the nickname Minnie, I think it would be weird with the middle name Jean AND Esme and James.
For Mimi, at least, pretty much anything that starts with Mi- sound could work. I like Miriam, since it gets that extra M, but it’s a generic enough nickname that i’s pretty flexible. I’ve heard Mimi as a name on it’s own, too, though I prefer it as a nickname. Maybe:
Mila or Miley
Mikayla/Micheala/assorted other spellings
Or, anything that ends in a -mi sound, like Amy, Jamie, etc. Or that contains it, though those can be a stretch. I like Amelia or Amelie, though.
Minnie I honestly would avoid (Minnie Mouse, and Mini as in miniature), but I feel like the same rules could apply, though names that include both an M and N work best.
I’m not a huge fan of either, really, but I like Elijah much more than Isaac. I’ve known too many Isaacs and I know for a fact that people will call them eye-sick, with the connotation of them being an eye-sore, or I-sick, like they are somehow ill or disgusting. I know it’s a pretty popular name, but I’ve really never known one and not heard those jokes get made eventually.
I like Karina better, and I agree with ashthedreamer, you could use Kara as a nickname!
Karolina (care-oh-LEE-nuh) would be another option, too.
Lavinia Estelle – Lavinia’s kind of pretty, different. I don’t like Estelle, I find it kind of uptight. I like Stella, though, would you consider that as an alternative? Would still honor your family, but it’s a bit more modern.
Estelle Zoe – Zoe’s cute! And it makes such a nice middle name.
Hadleigh Ella-Jo – Hadleigh seems like a hard name to go through life with – you’d have to spell it for everyone, and it’s not particularly pretty or feminine, but also not a boys name. I dunno, it’s not my style. I like Ella a lot, and I think Ella-Jo is cute, though I’m not crazy about hyphenated names…
Vaida Estelle – Vaida’s a bit too odd for me, might get weird looks.
Estelle Violet – Love Violet, such a pretty, classic name. I actually like the combination with Estelle, too.
Imogen Ella – Not crazy about Imogen – I’ve always thought it sounds like a disease, though I can appreciate it’s history and uniqueness. Ella’s still lovely.
Lainey Estelle – Ooh, I love Lainey. I’ve been trying to come up with a full name to use it as a nickname for with little luck (I don’t like Delaney, though Laine’s okay), but I think it could work on it’s own pretty well too!
Juniper Ella – I love Juniper!! It’s so cute and spunky, and not really very common even though it’s not bizarre. And I really adore the nickname Juney. Ella works pretty well with it, too. Though maybe Juniper Zoe would work too??
Estelle Kenzie – Kenzie’s cute! I’ve always sort of hesitated to like it for a first name after the popularity of McKenzie, but I think it’s really sweet as a middle name.
I don’t like it. It sounds like something you see a lot of infomercials for – some sort of medication or weight-loss drug or shampoo. Or insurance company, like wishing_gate said.
Some Facebook friends-of-friends kids I noticed recently:
Lots of these don’t surprise me much, but it’s nice to not see anything too over the top or misspelled!
Oh, I’m loving Almost Human! I was looking forward to it, too (I love Karl Urban), and it’s not great, but it’s been pretty enjoyable. You have to be okay with the episodes not really all connecting – one of those shows that can be watched out of order without much of a problem.
A lot of the surnames seem pretty uncommon though – Kennex, Lom, Maldonado, Stahl? Like, none of them are exceptionally weird, but none are surnames I’ve ever really heard before? I think that kind of works for a TV show, though. You want a name a watcher can google and find your character first, not real people with the name.
I was really excited for Agents of SHIELD too, but I was really disappointed with the first few eps and gave up on it, though I’ve heard it’s getting better. Didn’t know Fitz and Simmons’ first names, though. Leo is so perfect!! I should get back into that show, I really liked those two characters…
I like Declan Hugo better.
Although I really like Spencer, too, and I think Spencer Ezra Gray is awesome, even though I’m not crazy about Ezra.