" I like the classic, timeless full name with the possibility of a spunky nickname that is familiar to people but still not popular or trendy." Yeah, I can get behind that too. :) I don't get too stuck on the popularity ranking for a name like Elizabeth because it is always popular but never trendy. There are Elizabeths in every generation, and countless nicknames for it. It will never go out of style or sound dated. I am in favor of all of these things. We would seriously consider Elizabeth ourselves if hubby didn't have a psychotic ex-girlfriend with that name.
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Baby names - what are your favorites? - Page 5post #81 of 899/15/13 at 3:17pmpost #82 of 899/15/13 at 5:17pm
So, I know I am having a boy now, and am currently obsessed with Hawaiian-sounding names. Not finding any exact ones that roll off the tongue just perfectly yet and also have a cool meaning, I've been reading lists of Hawaiian nouns and verbs and seeing how some of them might fit together. So fun!!!!!post #83 of 899/15/13 at 8:00pm
oasis84 - I agree with erigeron. I don't think you can go wrong with either of those classics and the popularity of either wouldn't sway me one way or another. There are sooo many nicknames: Beth, Bethy, Betsy, Eliza, Liza, Lizzy, Liz ... Margot, Maggie, Meg, even Peggy or Mary?! Just to name a few ;) Have fun with it!post #84 of 899/17/13 at 8:25am
Names are so hard! My older DS is Anders, his middle name is my maiden name. We had a short list of names when he was born and threw them all out once we met him, none of them seemed to fit. I imagine we'll do the short list this time around as well, hopefully we won't have to go back to the drawing board after delivery like last time!
We are debating whether to stick with the Scandinavian theme (my heritage, not my husband's, but he is a mutt and doesn't have strong attachments to any one region like I do) or not. I had a bunch of front-runner girls names but when we found out we are having twin boys I got stumped! Here are some I like or we have tossed around:
Stellan (don't like how it sounds with our last name, which ends in -son)
Henrik (but Henry is pretty popular around here)
Kaj (but it's become popular with hipsters, which I don't love)
Otto (husband vetoed that based on the Simpson's bus driver)
Jacob (also a family name)
And some of the Scandinavian girls names I was leaning towards:
Merrill (not Scandinavian, but a family name)post #85 of 899/17/13 at 7:41pm
I'm starting to think Stephen would be better as a middle name. I'm iffy on it as a first name mostly because of the nickname issues I mentioned upthread, but putting it in the middle avoids that issue, and I also want a middle name to have significance and be "after" somebody, which it would be.
So would it be bad to have a first name that ended with S and a middle name that began with S? Like Nicholas Stephen or Matthias Stephen or some such? When you say it, it sounds a little wonky, but how often is he going to use all three names anyway?
I get to pick our boy name but ideally, I would like a name that my husband doesn't actively dislike, but I don't know if that's going to happen. So far names I know that he likes include Maximilian, Gavin, Victor, and Kai. And Orion. Too bad I really don't like any of those. And Duncan, which I do like but I think there will be too many "Dunkin Donuts" references.post #86 of 899/18/13 at 9:28pmerigeron I think having an s back to back works for some combos and not others -- Nicholas I think yes bc it has hard consonants but Matthias for me just kind of runs right into Stephen and makes it difficult to pronounce.
I love Duncan but you're right depending on where you live the DD reference could get out of hand. I know the Northeast is loaded with them but don't remember seeing that many at all in the south and west?
ememers I love Ebba and Stellan! Ebba in particular is so sweet but I could also easily picture it on an older woman. Good luck!post #87 of 899/27/13 at 6:33pm
Once we found out we were having a boy and a girl, and that it was twins our naming process got a lot easier. My grandmother (with whom I was very close) was a twin, and she died a few years ago. So our daughter will be Marta after her. Middle name will most likely be Rose, which is my Hebrew name and my husband also loves the name. We still have some flexibility on the middle name, I really liked Marta Noa, but my partner is not so convinced. Since the girl's name is such a strong family connection for my side of the family my husband chose our son's name, which will be Reuben. That name wasn't on my list, but he loves it and I think it's nice, so away we go. We are going with hub's middle name, Joseph, as it is also my Dad's middle name and so it gives our boy two generational links, which I like.
A friend of mine was aghast at the choice of Reuben, "You're going to name you son after a SANDWICH?!" To which I replied, "No, it's not after a sandwich, but if it was that would be totally fine because reuben sandwiches are DELICIOUS."post #88 of 899/27/13 at 7:29pm
I like the name Reuben too. I still might consider it. Marta is lovely as well! My husband would hate it, of course, but he hates 95% of the names I like.
I am not feeling creative. Feel free to share your thoughts with me. I'm looking for a boy name that is classic and not trendy-sounding, doesn't end in -r, preferably doesn't end in -n either but I'm flexible on this, and doesn't start with an F sound. I know, that's kinda broad. Anything spring immediately to mind?
('course, we could find out on Tuesday that we're having a girl. We both think it'll be a boy. Which probably means it'll be a girl. But y'know.)post #89 of 899/28/13 at 5:28am
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