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Amanda writes:

We are expecting our second child on February 16th, exactly two years after we welcomed our daughter, Evelina Viti. She goes by Lina. We chose not to find out the gender again this time, but it is making choosing a name that much harder!

Evelina’s middle name is from my husband’s family, which is very Italian. Our last name is Italian, too, and ends in ‘o’.

If Evelina had been a boy, we had chosen Byron Robert. Now that we have Evelina, we feel that Byron doesn’t work. It’s too English and short next to her very Italian, four-syllable name.

Most of the boy names I like are English or German, including Marius, Jasper, and Leander. My husband prefers something Italian, like Santino.

If this baby is a girl, we are equally stumped. I have suggested Lorelei, a nod to my German heritage. My husband is not totally opposed, but he doesn’t like that it means temptress. The middle name will be Magdalena, after my grandmother.

We both love traditional names that are somewhat unusual now. The meaning of the name is also important to us. We had a difficult pregnancy, so the fact that Evelina meant “wished for child” made it even more perfect.

So basically, I am afraid I won’t be able to find a name I love as much as my firstborn’s name!

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December birth announcements

By Linda Rosenkrantz

Here we are with the last Babyberry Report of the year!

No multiples this month, but one name was used twice: Leo. Once again, several nature/word names found in middle place—Sparrow, Iris, Rose, Linnea—as well as some interesting moms’ maiden names—Francois, Tam and Buchanan.

We’re especially happy to include the announcements of two of our own Berry Juice contributors—Dantea’s Amelia Lorien Sophia and Josh (‘beardedberry’) Murray’s Zelda Louise.

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Name Sage: A Brother for Ivan Lawrence

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Jacqui writes:

I hope that you might be able to put some fresh eyes on a debate my husband and I are having about the name of our second child!

Our first is named Ivan Lawrence. I liked that Ivan is different, but not too different. I also liked the nicknames Ives and Van. My husband studied Russian Literature in college. Lawrence is from our family tree.

If this baby is a girl we have a couple of strong contenders: Ingrid, Josephine, or Eloise, all with the middle name Hannah.

We cannot seem to think of a name for our second if it’s a boy.

My husband loves the popular classics: William and Alexander, maybe James or Benjamin. I like traditional names, but prefer mine a little less common: Abram, Abraham, Abel, Malachi, Arthur, Theodore, Leo, Alistair, and Louis. He’s willing to consider Lewis.

We’d love to find an older name that feels contemporary, but not trendy. We like names with nicknames and don’t like last names as first names. Our middle name is already set: Richard, another family name.

I am starting to feel like the name we need doesn’t exist!

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Name Sage: Traditional Boy Names Needed

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Sarah writes:

My husband and I are expecting our third baby on February 7. We have decided that we won’t find out the gender. We’ve already used the two boy names we have always loved for our two sons: Henry Hiram (often called Hal) and Joseph Magnus. Both names carry personal and religious significance for us.

If this baby is a girl, we are considering Mary Grace. Whenever I tell people we’re thinking about the name Mary, they wince and seem to really not like it! They say it’s too common, even though my kids do not know one little girl with the name and very few people of any age with the name anymore. We also like Elizabeth and Lydia.

I have a gut instinct, however, that this next child will be another boy. My husband and I are so stuck! Nothing seems right.

I like Thomas, James, Patrick, John, or perhaps Charles. My husband doesn’t like any of these, and the name I love the most, Patrick, has been rejected because of the starfish on SpongeBob SquarePants. He has suggested Abraham called Bram, Sven, and Simon Peter – which seems very heavy to me. Ephraim is a possible middle name. We have ruled out Brigham, Phillip, Benjamin, Ezra, Judah, Caleb, and Theodore.

We tend to like more traditional first names with less conventional middles. All of a sudden, February 7th seems so close, and if this baby is a boy, he does not have a name at all!

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Babyberriess11-15

By Linda Rosenkrantz

Some particularly delicious babyberry names last month–the doubly golden Aurelia Marigold, a Juniper and a Juno, an Atlas and an Axel, two middle-place Magnolias, first and middle name Shepherds, and a new critter name– Owl.

There were two pair of twins: Adrienne Joelle and Carson Ned; and boys Samuel David and Joel Harner.

We’d like to offer special congrats to one of our favorite guest bloggers, Brooke Cussans, on the birth of Atlas Bram!

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