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Name Sage: A Brother for Charles Alasdair

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Kristen writes:

We put lots of thought into naming our first son, and I couldn’t be happier with what we settled on: Charles Alasdair, Cal for short.

Both his first and middle names honor his great-grandparents, Charles and Al. Cal is the name of my favorite character from my favorite book, East of Eden, and Alasdair is a cheeky nod to Alexander the Great and the fact that we were deployed to Afghanistan at the time of his conception. It’s the perfect name for him and our family.

The problem is coming up with a name for his little brother, due in March, with a similar traditional feel, cool-but-not-too-common nickname-ability, and family significance. We like strong, classic boy names, but I have always wanted to avoid the Top 100 — though I obviously made an exception with Charles.

Some of the family first names we’re working with are John, William, James, Thomas, and Raymond — all of which are too familiar for my taste, as they are — and Bertsch, Rhodes, and Stokes as possibly transformable last names. I’d also be open to using honor initials, like J.D. after my father or T.R. after my husband’s grandfather, but we just can’t think of any combination of names that we’re in love with.

As a middle child, I know what it’s like to feel overshadowed by my older sibling, and I really want this baby’s name to be just as special as his brother’s. Can you offer any advice?

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By Linda Rosenkrantz

This is one of those months when every Berry choice seems to be sheer perfection—down to each name, first/middle combo and sibset. And some wonderful naming backstories to boot.

One set of twins in November: the lovely Azure Olivia and India Miriam.

Also of note: two Olives and an Olivet,, and the fact that Pearl seems to be becoming a middle name du jour.

Here’s the complete rundown.

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Louise writes:

We have twin girls called Beatrice Willow and Amelie Isobel. We also had a little boy called Finnian Robert, sadly stillborn at 36 weeks. We are now expecting another girl in November. Any suggestions for something that would go well with our older kids’ names?

I like French influence in girls’ names. I would like something that goes with Beatrice and Amelie, but I can’t stand how common Amelie is now, and prefer the less used Beatrice.

I liked the name Roberta, but my husband has vetoed it. I love the name Willow, but feel I couldn’t use it since it is already Bea’s middle name!

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Build-A-Family Baby Name Game

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Among the most popular features on Nameberry are our Baby Name Games forums, and occasionally (okay, maybe once) we invent a name game for the home page.

Now we have a new name game inspiration we thought it would be fun to invite everyone to play. Here’s how it goes:

The first poster, me, comes up with a name for the oldest child in a fictional family. My fairly random pick:

Aurora Estelle.

The next commenter adds a second child to the family, the next names a third child, the fourth names another child, and then the fifth commenter names the final child in the family of five. Children can be either gender and names can be themed or not.

Once we have five children, the next commenter starts all over, choosing Name Number 1.

Remember, the first name is:

Aurora Estelle.


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Name Sage: A Sister for Juliet and Celia

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Erin writes:

I am due at the end of September. I already have two little girls – Juliet Selah and Celia Edaleigh. I need help with a third girl’s name.

We narrowed it down to Rosalie Jemma or Edie True, but I am open to suggestions.

I want to include a tribute to my dad who was James Edward (Jemma is like James or his initials which were JEM) and Edie is a play on Edward. I have also thought of using Milla, a tribute to my maiden name Miller. Please help me. It is keeping me up at night.

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