I’ve always had a soft spot for Brendan. I really like Benjamin as well – personally, I like the full name more than I like just Ben, because there are so many names that could be shortened to Ben. I find just Ben kind of plain.
I’m not crazy about Brennan, I agree, too similar to Brendan/Brandon. Bryce and Brett are both really outdated in my mind.
I think by now you probably know my thoughts on Evangeline.
Genevieve isn’t my favorite name – I agree with embra on it being “classy and old-fashioned,” and it’s really pretty, but it’s always felt a little… too much, I guess. Like it’s kind of a really grand-sounding name, to me. I really like that it has a lot of nickname potential, though.
I’m really of a fan of James for a girl. It’s such a common, classic boys name, it seems so out of place on a girl. And using names that are really common on the opposite gender can cause so much confusion for other people around her. Better as a middle name than a first name, but I just still do not care for it much.
What about the much less masculine Jamie/Jaimie/Jaymie? Using a more unisex name for the middle name leaves your first name options and nickname options a lot wider, also.
I agree that I’m not crazy about the spelling Jorga/Jorgia. It will constantly be misspelled as Georgia, or assume it’s pronounced like the Spanish Jorge. Georgia’s pretty, but changing the spelling will just make it difficult for your daughter her whole life.
I like the suggestions Josephine, Jocelyn, Jade, Julia, Jessa, and Jordyn/Jordan.
I like Ramona better than Matilda, personally. Just tell people not to call her Mona. Call her Romy if you like, or the full Ramona when you’re around them, and if they use Mona, politely tell them that is NOT her name and you would appreciate it if they’d stop. However, Mona’s a pretty obvious nickname, and I think it may be inevitable as she gets older that her friends may call her it, or she may choose to go by it on her own. If the possibility of your daughter actually wanting to go by Mona is a problem, then I would say just go with Matilda. Or another name. Work with your husband. If you can’t both love one of the names 100%, then keep brainstorming.
My middle name is Louise, and I’ve always rather hated it. It’s a nice name, but I’ve always found it really common and boring. Everyone seems to have a grandmother or great aunt or family friend named Louise. I’ve just never been able to find much to like about it. I like Eloise more, because it’s so much less common as a middle name. And I find it prettier.
I just went and looked for the book on Amazon – there’s a pretty decent preview, and the authors are the creators of Nameberry! Very interesting, though from what I skimmed, it reads a lot like the Nameberry website does….
It’s always really cool seeing naming trends, though. There are names that totally accurately predicted, and then there are always random names that appear to have risen out of nowhere.
I’m with Ash, I like Jeremy way more, and I see Jeremiah as one of those biblical names that the those stereotypical hillbillies use. I find it way less classy than other traditional biblical names. I want to like it, because it’s a pretty cool name just on it’s own, but it is one of the first names I think of when I think of those crazy conservative rednecks who give Christians a bad name….
I really like Amelie Elisabeth, but I think an of those options would sound really nice.
I really like both Alexander and Lucas – they both fit in well with the style of your other kids. I personally think Lucas is such a cool name that’s not as common as I’d think, so that would be one of my top choices.
Something along the lines of traditional, but not out-dated or overly common…
As for the middle names, personally, I’m not a fan of double middle names, so I would lean toward avoiding them. Because only some, not all or most, members of your blended family have two middle names, I would say sticking with only one middle name would be better because it’s considered more traditional. It’s a tricky situation, because it’s could potentially make either half of the kids feel excluded from their new combined family, but I would lean toward the more standard way, because at least that’s justifiable. Like, it’s easier to explain that you went with what is more culturally normal than to say you went with the less-common style in order to specifically match a few of the kids. I don’t know if that makes sense, but I think it has the same potential to cause problems wither way, but only using 1 middle name would be more justifiable, to me.
Ultimately it’s up to you and your husband, though – it should be more a matter of what length you BOTH like than anything else…
I know a 3 year old Piper. She’s really sweet and adorable, but I agree, I have such a hard time imagining it on an adult. It’s not really my style of name in general – it’s not very feminine, yet I don’t consider it unisex. It’s cute, but that’s about it for me, and just being cute doesn’t make a name anything special for me…..
I agree, I would pair it with a more traditional and effeminate name. I like embra’s suggestions; I think Piper Elizabeth is lovely.
TheWishingStarParticipant7 months, 1 week ago
There’s a guy in one of my classes named AJ. Just AJ. It’s not short for anything, and he doesn’t have a middle name (he explained it to the teacher today).
TheWishingStarParticipant7 months, 1 week ago
I like Zoey or Anya best! Though Lily/Lillian and Annika are great first names too. The spelling Amiee is confusing to me, I’d go with Aimee… But Zoey’d be my top choice! I like Zoey Lillian.
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Andrew Brady Vitiello – 4. I like Andrew a lot, but I find it much too similar to Anthony. I don’t like Brady much.
Andrew Bradyn Vitiello – 3. Same as above, but I really don’t like Bradyn. -aiden names are super trendy right now, and spelling it with a y makes it look girly. You have a really classy combo with Anthony James, and I don’t think Bradyn matches.
Aaron Joseph Vitiello – 8
Adam Matthew Vitiello – 6
Cayden Joseph Vitiello – 7. I really like Cayden, but again, it’s very different in style than Anthony. Way trendier.
Landon Andrew Vitiello – 8. I really like Landon, and I really like Andrew in the middle name slot.
Matthew Ryan Vitiello – 7
Shawn Robert Vitiello – 6. Really love Shawn. And I like Robert. They sound a little off together, though.
Alexiana Brooke Vitiello – 5. I commented on Alexiana in your other thread. I think Alexa Brooke or Alexis Brooke would not only flow better, but be easier names all around.
Aaliyah Hope Vitiello – 3. I don’t like Aaliyah much, and Hope is kind of boring as a middle name to me.
Ashley Kate Vitiello – 4. Makes me think of Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen. Ashley’s also a little outdated – it was trendy in the ’90s, but it’s fallen out of style… LOVE Kate as a middle name, though.
Ashlynn Brooke Vitiello – 5. Brooke is lovely. Ashlynn is not my style, but it’s okay.
Brianna Nicole Vitiello – 7
Bryanne Nicolette Vitiello – 2. Bryanne has an ambiguous pronunciation and will be a hassle for her her whole life. Brianna or Brianne would be much better. Nicolette makes me think of Nicorette, that quit smoking gum. I like the idea of the name, but I can’t find it pretty. I like Nicole or Nicola much more.
Dezirae Paige Vitiello – 6. Spelling it Desirae or Desiree would be so much better. I do really like the name, and with the -rae spelling, Rae can be a cute nickname. Paige is nice and simple.
Hailey Elizabeth Vitiello – 7. Hailey might be a bit outdated, but not as bad as Ashley. Elizabeth is a lovely, timeless choice.
Kaelynn Elizabeth Vitiello – 5. Not crazy about Kaelynn.
Kaylee Brooke Vitiello – 8. I like Kaylee much more than Kaelynn.
Kaitlynn Hope Vitiello – 6. I like Kaitlynn, but I hate that there’ a million ways to spell it and all are correct. I also went to school with like 10 of them, and they all went by Katie, so I find it really overdone.
Lacey Alexis Vitiello – 8.
Olivia Grace Vitiello – 7. Classic, simple, pretty common. But it’s a lovely name.
Siobhan Alexis Vitiello – 5. Not crazy about Siobhan. LOVE Alexis.
Hope that helps.
All names were at one point made up by someone, so I don’t see a point in arguing against “made up” names. I like this one, because it looks like a normal, trendy name, not a random keyboard smash of letters. And, honestly, I’m pretty sure you’re not the first to use it. I just Googled it real fast, it gets plenty of hits. No one famous with the name, but it has been used. Certainly not common, though.
That said, I agree with TwoSapphires that -ana and -anna names are super trendy right now, and lots of names are getting those endings stuck on to them to make them unique. She may be the only Alexiana in her class, but she’ll be among Juliana, Ariana, Eliana, Liliana, Marianna, etc. It’s not as unique when everyone rhymes. Alexiana’s really pretty, but I wouldn’t see it as unique.
Personally, if I really liked the nickname Lexi, I would go with Alexis or Alexia. All other Alex- names default to Alex as a nickname, for me, but Lexi could work for any of them. I personally like Alexa or Alexandria.
I agree, I’d avoid the ones that end in N. I like Wyatt Jackson the best.
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….
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….