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Okay, I have this neurotic thing where I need to have a boy and girl name picked out early on. So we came up with boy name this time around, but we're having trouble with the girl name.

DH wants to honor his mother (who passed due to breast cancer) by using her name in the middle spot. Her name was Colleen. I wanted to use the name Scarlett, but I'm not sure how Scarlett Colleen sounds.

What do yall think? Yes or no to Scarlett Colleen? Can you suggest some other first names that would go with Colleen as a middle?

Thanks for humoring me...talking about baby names and planning takes my mind off the worry and makes me feel that I will get a take home baby this August!

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I love it. Both names are gorgeous.
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I think that sounds nice, I also think that names with meaning will grow on you because you are emotionally attached to them. My daughter is Madison Vivian (Vivian after my grandmother) and at first it sounded kind of weird to me but now I really, really love the whole name.

What is the first letter of your last name? I think that makes a difference sometimes.
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I don't like the sound of Scarlett Colleen by itself*, but when I put imaginary last names with it, it sounds good.


(*Scarlett Colleen by itself sounds like a spandex-wearing villain from a low grade comic book.)
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It's two great tastes that taste great together. An unexpected combination that you might not have otherwise put together, but a great pairing nonetheless.

My kids have my parents' Eisenhower-era names (think "Frank" and "Joyce," or "Edwin" and "Carol," or similar) as their middle names. These names would NOT have been on the radar otherwise, but because of the family connection, they're great names.

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LOL Sapphire! Think 3 syllable last name

Lola, the first letter is H. Name kind of sounds like Harrington? Trying to find something that rhymes, LOL!

Thanks for the opinions, guys!

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I actually like it together - it's very eloquent!
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Rach I love that name!! I tend to pull towards older names from the twenties, like Evelyn & Stella. I think it's just dainty & ladylike

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I like it and I think it's important that names have special meaning. It's nice that you are honoring your mil. Also try to remember that FULL names are rarely said usually it's just first and last. So if you like Scarlett with your last name I think you are good.

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I like it! Esp with a 3 syllable H last name, sounds good. [[It didn't sound so good with the first 3 syllable word I tried to think of to try out (which is actually FOUR syllables lol) 'macaroni'. I am really losing it--gee wonder why that name didn't sound good-- Scarlett Colleen Macaroni? LOL.]] But seriously, I love the name.
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Not in your ddc, but popping in to say that I don't think the way the two names sound together should have any bearing on what you choose. No one will be calling her by the two names together, most people won't even know her middle name, so go wild and pick whatever you want.

But in the instances where you might actually use both names together ("Scarlett Colleen! No rollerblading in the house!") those names sound just fine.
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I am really losing it--gee wonder why that name didn't sound good-- Scarlett Colleen Macaroni? LOL.
LOL! You are cracking me up!

Thanks guys. Yall are right about it not really mattering about if they go together. Zinemama...LOL, you're right too...that's about the only time both names get used, right?

I'm glad we can use DH's mom's name. I never got to meet her, she died when he was in high school. I'm sure she would have been a wonderful mother in law.

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DH wants to honor his mother (who passed due to breast cancer) by using her name in the middle spot. Her name was Colleen. I wanted to use the name Scarlett, but I'm not sure how Scarlett Colleen sounds.
are there any variations on Colleen?
You can honour someone by something other than their first name (often we don't even like our first names) like a place she was born or something she did..... okay maybe Scarlett Nurse Johnson sounds aweful...

okay axe that most of these variations are not nice sounding..
Colene, Coleen, Collena, Collene, Collie, Colline, Colly, Kolleen, Kolline, Celena, Celina, Celine, Clemmie

I do like Scarlett

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Even in reverse it sounds nice, Colleen Scarlett

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Even in reverse it sounds nice, Colleen Scarlett
I was thinking that too and you could just call her Scarlett.

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I think it sounds great together. The fictional Scarlett O'Hara was Irish of course and Colleen is an Irish name. Perfect if you ask me.
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I really like Scarlett and I think it sounds fine with Colleen.
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Thanks guys!

I can scratch worrying about a name off my list now. DH said we'd just figure it out once we found out if it was a boy or a girl, but darn it that's not good enough for me.

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