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post #1 of 245
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So in the spirit of CookAMH's thread where we discussed how lengthy our threads have gotten in this DDC, I decided to start a new name thread rather than reviving the old (quite long!) one! Anybody else dwelling on this issue a lot lately?

We've pretty much settled on Adrian as the name for "the new guy," as we call him. But I still really like the name Ari. I would like to use R as his middle name because it is a family name and I love it, but I'm not sure it works with the first name Ari. Only problem with Adrian is that I am definitely going to give the kid a nickname because I just can't help it, and I don't love any of the easy ways to nickname an Adrian. There's Adri, Ade, Adge, Ian... I don't like any of them. I wish I could convince myself that Ari is close enough to use as a nickname- wouldn't that be the best of both worlds? Lol.

Any suggestions? Or anyone working with a name dilemma of your own?
Edited by Jennyanydots - 9/30/13 at 1:59pm
post #2 of 245

Do you have Jewish ties, or do you feel like getting that question a lot? I know of Ari as being a Jewish or Israeli name, so that's why I ask.

 

We have a friend named Adrian, and somehow, his nickname, and most commonly used name, is Ado. (ay-dough). I think one of his nieces or nephews started it? Not sure though.

 

I'm so temped to share our name now, we never have and it's quite anti-climactic for everyone else but...I want to share! We'll see.

post #3 of 245
My husband likes the name Kahlan (kay-lyn). I like how it sounds. I like how it looks. But i don't think it sounds like it looks and that bothers me some. We both have easy to pronounce/common names and never had to correct anyone so have no experience with having an uncommon name. I worry it will be annoying for her to always correct people.
Any thoughts? Experiences?

I think Ari could work as a nn for Adrian.
post #4 of 245
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Hehe, you're making me curious Cook AMH... smile.gif

Nope, not Jewish. I fell in love with the name before I realized it had a strong Jewish association, and explored that quite a bit earlier in this pregnancy. I even posted a poll in the DDC, and swistle used my question about "is Ari too jewish" for a non-Jewish kid on her website! So I've considered that and I'm comfortable with it. I just don't know if it works with Rowe because of the strong repeating R sound.
post #5 of 245
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OceanSolitude, I agree that it doesn't sound like it looks. I like the look and sound as well, though. Is the pronunciation because it is a name from another language or a creative spelling?

Thanks for the nn feedback smile.gif It would be cool if it worked.
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I love the name Ari.  I think it would be fine with Rowe.  A middle name isn't really used so much, and they seem to meld and sound right after a while, anyway. :)

 

We, well...the kids, have settled on Clementine, and I really love it.  It feels right for this little one and it goes well with our other little's names. 

So, we'll have a Truman, Eleanor, Linus, Adelaide and Clementine.  ♥

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All your name choices are really nice. We've settled on Brandyn which is old English for gorse hill. I wanted Bran but my partner wasn't keen, but he does like Brandyn so it's a good compromise as I can still shorten it to Bran. We've yet to think up a middle name though.

post #8 of 245
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CutiePatootie, I really like the name Clementine. I used to sing the song to my daughters, and then the movie Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind made me like it even more. I loved that character.

Nettlesoup, I think Brandyn is a great compromise. You get your Bran after all smile.gif
post #9 of 245
I love everyone's name choices.

Choosing names is hard!
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Choosing names is sooo hard!  I think we're settled on Josephine for a girl.  I like Josephine Kate or Josephine Iva in honor of my grandmother Iva Katherine, but we haven't officially nailed down a middle name.  I may leave it up to dh since I picked Josephine.

For a boy, we're more undecided.  Maybe Hudson or Hawthorne?  No idea on middle names though...

 

Both my girls have three syllable first names and one syllable middle names and I really like that concept.

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Jennyanydots: I think Ari Rowe sounds just fine! Flows nicely, to me. But I also like Adrian, and I think you could get away with Ari as a nickname for Adrian, too.

 

CookAMH: Share with us! Share with us!

 

OceanSolitude: Hmmmm... I really like the way that name looks, but I would definitely pronounce it differently than Kaylyn and I think she might get stuck with being asked most of the time. Maybe consider other spellings?

 

CutiePatootie: Clementine is an adorable name! And it totally goes with your other kids' names. Great choice!

 

Nettlesoup: I think Brandyn is a great compromise to please both you and your partner. Bran has such a nice sound to it.

 

Splath: Josephine is really pretty, and definitely works with your other girls' names. I like Josephine Kate better, and as a bonus, it fits the three syllable first name, one syllable second name thing you already have going on, so win-win! I hope you come up with a boy's name you like (or don't end up needing one)!

 

As for me, we've kind of dropped the name thing for a while. My husband really likes Naomi Sky, and I haven't come up with a combination from my lists I like better yet, so that MIGHT be it. Is it weird that one of the reasons I like the name Naomi is because the letters in it are all also in one or the other of my boys' names? I don't know why that appeals to me — it certainly wasn't something we were looking for! — but I just like it. smile.gif

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We're struggling to agree...or even really narrow things way down. I thought we were firm on a boy name after DS was born and we used Henry Everett for him.  It was all decided to be Grover Michael if we had another boy baby someday.  But now, DH is "meh" on it, and in the meantime, my dad has introduced DS to Sesame Street so he thinks of Grover as the puppet, which is kind of a bummer.  So, we're kind of back to the drawing board.  

Boy choices (with Michael as the MN, after DH's MN and my dad's first name): Asa, Grover, Samuel, Silas, George (but with a different MN than Michael) and my new fave, Luther (which is getting lukewarm reviews from DH)

Girl choices (with Aurelia being the MN after my MN, my mom's MN, and my grandma's first name): Eleanor, Edith, Clara, Alice, Mathilda, Louise, Clementine

 

Thoughts? Our last name is Wilson. 

 

jennyanydots, I think Ari would be a fine NN for Adrian.

CookAMH, CURIOUS! 

OceanSolitude, I agree...I think that she'd be correcting people a lot. If you guys like the sound, why not choose a more phonetic spelling, like Caylin or Kaylynn? 

CutiePatootie, I love Clementine. It was our girl choice while pregnant with DS. I've cooled off it a little, but it's still on the list.  wink1.gif

nettle, I'm glad you were able to find a good compromise for Bran! Good luck on a middle name...anything from the family?

splath, I love Josephine...and I vote for Iva. But, I'm a fan of using a family name for MNs.  I like Hudson for a boy! 

 

ETA: Bromache, we were posting around the same time, so I missed yours...I love Naomi, but two friends have recently named their daughters Naomi so I might be biased because of those sweet girls. love.gif

post #13 of 245
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I love the name Ari.  I think it would be fine with Rowe.  A middle name isn't really used so much, and they seem to meld and sound right after a while, anyway. :)

 

We, well...the kids, have settled on Clementine, and I really love it.  It feels right for this little one and it goes well with our other little's names. 

So, we'll have a Truman, Eleanor, Linus, Adelaide and Clementine.  ♥

 

I know a little girl name Clementine and have always thought it was lovely. Good pick :)

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Jennyanydots: DD1's name is Talia. Neither my husband nor myself have a drop of Israeli or Arabic blood in our veins. If you like the name, and so does your husband, just go for it. The only time I'd ever had an issue is with my brother-in-law's family who lives in Scotland and they asked him if I was 'ethnic'. shrug.gif

post #15 of 245
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Choosing names is sooo hard!  I think we're settled on Josephine for a girl.  I like Josephine Kate or Josephine Iva in honor of my grandmother Iva Katherine, but we haven't officially nailed down a middle name.  I may leave it up to dh since I picked Josephine.

For a boy, we're more undecided.  Maybe Hudson or Hawthorne?  No idea on middle names though...

 

Both my girls have three syllable first names and one syllable middle names and I really like that concept.


Iva is really pretty - have you considered that for a first name?

ETA never mind, skipped the part where you mentioned three syllable names

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haurelia - The only one of your boys' names that I don't care for is Samuel.  To me, Samuel Michael just flows weird when I say it out loud.  But if you love it above all others, curmudgeons like me get over it!  :)

 

splath - I like Josephine Iva because of it's combination of classic and unique, but I know Iva as a middle would break the one-syllable tradition for you.  But my two cents - I like it!!

 

nettlesoup - I am so glad you guys found a compromise for Bran!  I love that you stuck to your guns and made a great name with the nickname you wanted!

 

Jennyanydots - I think Ari is a great nickname for Adrian.  I think of how Thomas is shortened to Tom.  We drop letters in nicknames all the time and there's no rule that says the letters we drop ALL have to be at the end of a name!

 

Our son's final name ended up with two middle names (I'll be interested in the particulars of how that ACTUALLY works on a Florida birth certificate!)  He is River Thomas Quimby.  Thomas is DH's name and is basically put there to act as a phonetic buffer between River and Quimby because I am not sure if "River Quimby" flows well enough to stand alone.  Thoughts?

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Our son's final name ended up with two middle names (I'll be interested in the particulars of how that ACTUALLY works on a Florida birth certificate!)  He is River Thomas Quimby.  Thomas is DH's name and is basically put there to act as a phonetic buffer between River and Quimby because I am not sure if "River Quimby" flows well enough to stand alone.  Thoughts?

 

I agree River Quimby doesn't flow very well.  Are you set on having Quimby as opposed to River Thomas in the event it's too difficult to register two (don't see why it would be).

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CookAMH - No, I think in that situation, we'd just stick with River Quimby and hope that the constant repetition of it would help it flow better, at least to us.  DH really doesn't care one way or the other about having his first name be a part of our son's name (we have a standing rule to not name kids after folks who are alive, so we're bending this as it is!) and it was only thrown in there to help "fix" the clunky sound of River Quimby.  We really like Quimby and it's meaning, and the only other name we both like for a middle is Oliver, which sounds worse, IMO - River Oliver: too many "...vers"

 

Ninja Edit:  Although maybe River Oliver isn't totally terrible.  It just occurred to me when saying my other kids' names out loud that younger DD has a clunky transition from her middle to last names: Lilith Smith, both of which are "...ith" heavy, so maybe I am full of malarkey.

post #19 of 245

hooray, the naming discussion is back on! 

 

we've now settled on a name and are both very happy with it. we're not sharing until birth, although i'm tempted right now... hmmmm

 

Jenny, i really like Ari for Adrian!

 

about the nicknames,

we have decided on a one-syllable first name that doesn't really have any nickname options. but since we're also doing two middle names with the initials I.C., we were fantasizing that we might actually nn him that - IC pronounced like "Icy". which doesn't sound like his first name at all, but we think it would make a cool nn (literally)!

DF goes by his initials too, as do i. (baby's first initial doesn't lend itself to being easily called, though.)

 

i can't wait to share the name - we've already been referring to him by his name for about 2 weeks now so it's getting harder to keep it to ourselves in front of friends, because the name just feels so right and natural! but i still want to keep a lid on it cause we have three more months to go and who knows, maybe we'll decide later on it's not gonna be his name after all.. also i don't want any negative feedback on it, of course. :P

post #20 of 245
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Splath, I really like Josephine Iva! That has such a pretty sound.

Bromache, Naomi Sky is nice- I love the nickname Mimi and I'd be tempted to use it for a Naomi smile.gif

Haurelia, I think Grover is great. It sounds distinguished, but the muppets association makes it playful, too.

Aidenn, I actually like the flow of River Quimby. Thomas works in there, too, IMO. I really like the 2 middle name thing. Seems like a win-win to me smile.gif

VC, IC is a cute nickname. You think you'll end up calling him "Ice?" My DS is named Julian, and we've called him Juju since early days (see? I can't help myself and he got a nickname even though the name didn't merit one!) but lately sometimes we catch ourselves just calling him Juice. I kinda hope it doesn't stick- reminds me of OJ Simpson- but it's kinda cute.

Thanks for all the feedback on Ari/Adrian. I forgot to mention, DP's last name is kinda cutesy sounding and it starts with an R. It's really the reason I shy away from Ari R R___. Otherwise I'd go for it. My last name will be in there as a second middle name to break it up some, but I still find it too R heavy!
Edited by Jennyanydots - 9/30/13 at 3:59pm
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