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post #1 of 55
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Share your own name ideas, offer some ideas to other mamas, and so on...:)

 

 

We need some serious name help.  We had a nice list of girl names but nada for boys.   Our last name is unusual and we always have to spell it for people.  So we want something short, easy to spell, and possibly Irish.  It cannot start or end with R, and no -een in there either.

 

My dh mentioned Angus yesterday which I don't hate, and I love the nickname Gus, but he would want to call him Ang like the Avatar which I do hate.  I really love the name Eamon but I think it is too close to dss Aidan.

post #2 of 55

Cormac and Callum are two Irish names that fit your other criteria.  Lochlan isn't Irish, I don't think, but it has a similar feel.  There is Finn, Finley, and Finnegan, which isn't too short.  Bruce and Orin are Irish, I think.  

post #3 of 55

I've already talked about our name lists a bit, but I love talking names, so I'll post about them here, too ;)

 

Girls:

Helen Glenna Margaret

Eleanor Glenna Margaret

Laurel Glenna Margaret

possibly just Glenna Margaret or Glenna Violet

 

Boy names, we're not nearly as settled on.  Walter Bruce is a possibility for a double middle name.  We also like David, Paul, and Richard as middle names if we choose a more unusual first name, and Faust or Varian to go with a more traditional first name.

First names:

Morris (but we would call him Moss; Morris is a family name)

Roman (or maybe Ronan or Rohan or Rowen)

Levi/Leviticus (I prefer the first, dh prefers the second)

Julian (or maybe Julius) with nn Jules

Orion

Luke

Magnus

 

I have some vetoed names, mostly boy names, to offer to other moms:

Lochlan

Lorenzo (I like the sound of it, but it is a lot of name.  But so many good nns -- Lore, Loren, Lorrie, Ren, Rennie, Enzo, Zo.)

Felix

Hendrick

Ludovic

Soren

Hyrum/Hiram

Hieronymos (again, love the sound of this name, but it's a lot of name.  Hiero is a great nn, though, and I think he could go by Jerome if he wants to tone it down)

Meredith

Mirabel

Mallory (can you tell I like M names for girls?)

Louisa

Josephine

Penelope

post #4 of 55

How about:

Sean

Declan

Brendan

Duncan

Grady

Liam

Ronan

Seamus (probably something you might have to spell out for someone depending on who you talk to -- but still a really awesome name)

 

Check out http://www.nameberry.com

an awesome baby name site and super fun

 

Good luck!

post #5 of 55

If anyone wants to help me out, I'm stuck for a boys name on the slight chance it is a boy. (I feel super girl vibes).

 

DS1 is Robert nn Bobby

So I would like something that works with that. A formal name for the birth certificate but a nickname to be called by.

 

I'd like a name that isn't too common, maybe something underused but still sounds fresh and has nickname potential. Tall order, maybe, but fun to brainstorm.

post #6 of 55

Could I hijack just a teensy bit to beg for help too? My wife has the name Peregrine running in her family as a girl's name and I would love to use it but I need a nickname I can stand!

 

The current holders of the name go by Bird and Pippin respectively -- what on earth else can people think of besides Perry?

post #7 of 55

Beth -- How about Reggie?  Ginny might work.  Or Nina (from the -in sound at the end)?  Maybe Penny?  Really, I'm just grabbing a few random letters here and adding cutesy ending sounds, lol.  But if you can get Bill from William or Dick from Richard...

post #8 of 55

Bobbys:

 

Walter, nn Wally

Douglas, nn Doug(ie)

Thomas, nn Tommy (it's a really common name, but I don't think it's very popular now, and hasn't been for a little while)

Daniel, nn Danny

Arthur, nn Artie

Patrick, nn Paddy

Louis, nn Louie

Wilson, nn Sonny

Simon, nn Si

Tobias, nn Toby

Sebastian, nn Bash

Isaac, nn Ike

August(us), nn Gus

Theodore, nn Ted/Teddy

Lincoln, nn Link

Jasper, nn Jazz

Abraham, nn Bram

Frederick, nn Freddy

Edward/Edmund, nn Eddie

Solomon, nn Sol or Solly or Manny (maybe that's a stretch)

Samson/Samuel, nn Sam

Nathan/Nathaniel, nn Nat or Nate

post #9 of 55
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Originally Posted by CassnBeth View Post

Could I hijack just a teensy bit to beg for help too? My wife has the name Peregrine running in her family as a girl's name and I would love to use it but I need a nickname I can stand!

The current holders of the name go by Bird and Pippin respectively -- what on earth else can people think of besides Perry?

Rin?
post #10 of 55
Thread Starter 


Thanks mamas!
 

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Originally Posted by Brisen View Post

Cormac and Callum are two Irish names that fit your other criteria.  Lochlan isn't Irish, I don't think, but it has a similar feel.  There is Finn, Finley, and Finnegan, which isn't too short.  Bruce and Orin are Irish, I think.  



I considered the C names but...Callum reminds of me of the actor Callum Blue who was in Dead Like Me and played a really skeazy character.  Everytime I think it in my head I think of his face.  And Cormac reminds me of the author McCarthy, who wrote the equally terrifying and depressing The Road - so when I think that name I have visions of a post apocalypse world.  Associations are a serious problem for me!  We like Finn but we know another family with our older two sons' names and a Finn so we don't want to go there.

 



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Originally Posted by Bobbys View Post

How about:

Sean

Declan

Brendan

Duncan

Grady

Liam

Ronan

Seamus (probably something you might have to spell out for someone depending on who you talk to -- but still a really awesome name)

 

Check out http://www.nameberry.com

an awesome baby name site and super fun

 

Good luck!



I like Declan and Seamus but Dh doesn't, and we already have two of the other names.  I'll check out that sight though.

 

To go with Robert/Bobby - Mitchell/Mitch, Harrison/Harry, Bennett/Ben, Wesley/Wes, Griffin/Griff, Anderson/Andy

 

CassnBeth - How about Pippa? Is that too close to Pippin?  I think that's usually short for Phillipa but I think it's adorable.

post #11 of 55

I actually have some of these on my current list which is only reinforcing them as a good names.

I am really partial to Abraham nn Bram. I think that sounds so cool.

And Frederick. And Edmund (classic).

Thanks!
 

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Originally Posted by Brisen View Post

Bobbys:

 

Walter, nn Wally

Douglas, nn Doug(ie)

Thomas, nn Tommy (it's a really common name, but I don't think it's very popular now, and hasn't been for a little while)

Daniel, nn Danny

Arthur, nn Artie

Patrick, nn Paddy

Louis, nn Louie

Wilson, nn Sonny

Simon, nn Si

Tobias, nn Toby

Sebastian, nn Bash

Isaac, nn Ike

August(us), nn Gus

Theodore, nn Ted/Teddy

Lincoln, nn Link

Jasper, nn Jazz

Abraham, nn Bram

Frederick, nn Freddy

Edward/Edmund, nn Eddie

Solomon, nn Sol or Solly or Manny (maybe that's a stretch)

Samson/Samuel, nn Sam

Nathan/Nathaniel, nn Nat or Nate



 

post #12 of 55

Dh does the naming, mostly.  We do names from his culture, and he knows the best ones with the awesomest meanings. :D

 

My input for this one, though, will be Israel for a boy, and Tsion (Zion) for a girl.  Both a quite common in his country.

post #13 of 55

Ian for a boy and Claire for a girl. Ian is Scottish for John which is after my husband's grandfather. A little twist on naming someone after someone else.  The middle name is my husband's paternal grandmother maiden name. DD's middle name is my mother's maiden name. Those two took months to narrow down. :-)  DD is named Molly, the Irish version of Mary, after my mom.

 

 

I LOVE the website "Behind the name.com" for the meanings behind names and how popular they are. It also lists related names. We tossed out a couple early on that we thought were too popular. DH was one of 5 Tom's in his homeroom alone and really didn't want any DC to have too common names.

post #14 of 55

I love the "twist on naming after someone else" idea.  I have one of those.... Jocelyn after grandma Joyce.  :)

 

Uuuuurrrrggggghhhh.... names.  I might just need to see this baby before I come up with anything.  DH claims he is being helpful, but I think he's given me 2 names he likes that aren't jokes. Otherwise, a ton of vetoes. 

post #15 of 55

Faither, I must say I'm quite partial to the name Molly. Good work. ;) I have accumulated lots of fun nicknames over the years, from a name the is hard to shorten. My faves have been mollsworth and mollywogs. Does your DD have any nicknames?
 

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Ian for a boy and Claire for a girl. Ian is Scottish for John which is after my husband's grandfather. A little twist on naming someone after someone else.  The middle name is my husband's paternal grandmother maiden name. DD's middle name is my mother's maiden name. Those two took months to narrow down. :-)  DD is named Molly, the Irish version of Mary, after my mom.

 

 

post #16 of 55

It is looking like we may have a name! Hubs is negotiating a list of demands in exchange for the name I want, but he not so secretly loves it too. ;) Hey, for a lifetime's worth of a name I will certainly do the driving a few nights. It seems this little lady will be called Ellis Annely.

Ellis was my great-grandmother's last name. Annely is from my Dutch host sister. I was an exchange student in the Netherlands and love Dutch names. But I need advice from you all: Annely should be pronounced like Amelie but with an N instead. I don't want people to pronounce it incorrectly (Ann-ely) so we are considering changing the spelling to Anelie. At the same time, it is a middle name so it won't be used often anyways. Thoughts?

 

And I'll put out some of the names we considered but won't likely be using:

Girls:

 

Lilla
Elodie
Rowen
Quincy
Luca
Remi
Linden
 
Boys:
Harrison 
Quentin 
Bennett 
Miles 
Roman 
 

 

post #17 of 55

When I read your post, I pronounced Annely just as you said it should be. I wouldn't worry about the pronunciation and just honor the Dutch name as it stands.
 

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It is looking like we may have a name! Hubs is negotiating a list of demands in exchange for the name I want, but he not so secretly loves it too. ;) Hey, for a lifetime's worth of a name I will certainly do the driving a few nights. It seems this little lady will be called Ellis Annely.

Ellis was my great-grandmother's last name. Annely is from my Dutch host sister. I was an exchange student in the Netherlands and love Dutch names. But I need advice from you all: Annely should be pronounced like Amelie but with an N instead. I don't want people to pronounce it incorrectly (Ann-ely) so we are considering changing the spelling to Anelie. At the same time, it is a middle name so it won't be used often anyways. Thoughts?

 

And I'll put out some of the names we considered but won't likely be using:

Girls:

 

Lilla
Elodie
Rowen
Quincy
Luca
Remi
Linden
 
Boys:
Harrison 
Quentin 
Bennett 
Miles 
Roman 
 

 



 

post #18 of 55
Thread Starter 



Faither - thanks for the idea of behindthename.com.  A really cool feature is they have real comments from people on the different names.  It has actually made me think twice about another Irish name - apparently some people think all of us Irish-Americans using old Celtic/Gaelic names is pretentious and unoriginal, lol.  Dss and ds1 have very Irish names, which I still love, but when we named ds1 I had no idea that it was such a trend.  Both of their names are in the top 100. We couldn't think of another one we really like so ds2 ended up with a Hebrew name - which I LOVE - and it is still not too trendy/popular (it is on the rise though). It is going to be a hard one to match up. 

 

 

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Originally Posted by mollsworth View Post

It is looking like we may have a name! Hubs is negotiating a list of demands in exchange for the name I want, but he not so secretly loves it too. ;) Hey, for a lifetime's worth of a name I will certainly do the driving a few nights. It seems this little lady will be called Ellis Annely.

Ellis was my great-grandmother's last name. Annely is from my Dutch host sister. I was an exchange student in the Netherlands and love Dutch names. But I need advice from you all: Annely should be pronounced like Amelie but with an N instead. I don't want people to pronounce it incorrectly (Ann-ely) so we are considering changing the spelling to Anelie. At the same time, it is a middle name so it won't be used often anyways. Thoughts?

 

I said the correct pronunciation in my head too - but I actually like the way it looks with "ie" better.  I know someone with this name and I think she spells it with two n's and an ie at the end.  Anyway, either way it's pretty and you're right - since it is her middle name she will only have to spell it when filling out forms and stuff like that - not that many people are going to be saying on a regular basis.  I will say that for me personally it does get tiresome having to constantly tell people how to spell your name - you would think any literate person would know how to spell "Sage" but you would not believe how often people ask me to spell it.  People always ask me to spell my last name - I actually just do it automatically.  So it's really important to me that this baby's name be easy to spell like my other boys.

 

Ok, well I am just going to tell you ds2's name so maybe that will spark so more ideas - Jude.

post #19 of 55

I don't know how you're supposed to pronounce Amelie -- in French, I think it's like Emily, but with a short A sound.  I would pronounce Annely like that, but with an N -- ANN-uh-lee.  That "uh" looks ungraceful in there, but I wasn't sure how to write it.  It's like you you say the "i" in Emily.  


Edited by Brisen - 10/27/11 at 7:36pm
post #20 of 55
We're pretty sure that we're going to use Benjamin as a first name. Just trying to settle on the middle name. We're thinking maybe a form of Andrew, since together we have three grandfathers that had that name. I'm thinking maybe Andres or Andreas, but haven't decided. I also like Gideon, but for some reason people wrinkle their nose at that.
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