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    Juno - female Kieran - male, but I've come...

    Juno - female
    Kieran - male, but I've come across female Kirans, so in that spelling I'd be unsure.
    Rory - male
    Carson - male
    Rowan - could equally picture this on either
    Elliott - male ...
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    I'd also add that places that are meaningful to...

    I'd also add that places that are meaningful to you can be a good source of a penname. If you love London, how about using James Hyde, after two of the parks there? Or if you went on honeymoon in...
  3. Thread: Surnames

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    How common or unusual do you want the names to...

    How common or unusual do you want the names to be? Also, what ethnicity are the characters? That will depend on surname.

    Harrison March
    Harrison Blair
    Harrison Tate
    Harrison Nicholls
    Harrison...
  4. Thread: Phoebe and ???

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    I've always wanted to use Phoebe and Imogen...

    I've always wanted to use Phoebe and Imogen together as a twinset, but like others have said, there are plenty of options that would work.

    Phoebe and Chloe
    Phoebe and Matilda
    Phoebe and Vivian...
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    Poll: Lee and Leigh are pronounced the same to me, so...

    Lee and Leigh are pronounced the same to me, so I'm a bit baffled by this alternative pronunciation - is it meant to be kind of like lay-vee?

    I prefer Levi (lee-vye) Hugo to Conner Hugo. Connor's...
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    1. I'd say early July, as late July and August...

    1. I'd say early July, as late July and August are school holidays over here, so there'll be tons of families with kids about. Early July would still be busy, but probably marginally less so.

    2....
  7. Thread: Think/Say

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    Say: Hi Violet, lovely to meet you. Think: Big...

    Say: Hi Violet, lovely to meet you.

    Think: Big Ben Affleck fan? His daughters are Violet and Seraphina.

    Have you met my sons, Joseph Matthew and Oliver George? We call them Joey and Ollie...
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    Poll: Favourite Joe name?

    I've always loved Joseph, and the nickname Joe, but I came across an adorable little Josiah recently and it got me thinking about whether there are any other ways to get to Joe that I've not...
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    There's not a lot you can really do with Sophie,...

    There's not a lot you can really do with Sophie, except the obvious Sophia, which I don't like and wouldn't use - nothing against the name, I'm just fed up of people calling me it by mistake enough...
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    Exactly this. Bexley is a place to me, not a...

    Exactly this. Bexley is a place to me, not a name. I can sort of see the appeal in that it's got trendy sounds, but if I came across a kid named Bexley I'd wonder why, of all the place names in the...
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    Poll: I wouldn't dismiss your favourite names based on...

    I wouldn't dismiss your favourite names based on what your parents think - they had their chance to name kids, now it's yours. Everyone's got different tastes, you and your parents included, and...
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    A lot of the obvious ones have been said, but...

    A lot of the obvious ones have been said, but there's also

    Reuben > Ruby
    Francis/Franklin > Frankie/Fran
    Angus > Ann
    Grayson > Grace
    Victor > Vicky
    Evan > Evie/Evvie
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    I quite like Madeleine (Maddy) or Rebecca (Becky)...

    I quite like Madeleine (Maddy) or Rebecca (Becky) for the oldest, and I agree with going for something cutesy for the youngest. Not too bothered about maintaining the nature theme, as it seems a bit...
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    I quite like Maisie or Ruby for the youngest, but...

    I quite like Maisie or Ruby for the youngest, but I'm not sold on either of the suggestions for the older two. I don't think old-fashioned names were quite as 'in' 16 years ago, especially not for...
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    It depends what type of vibe you're going for....

    It depends what type of vibe you're going for. Marcus is the more common name and I see it as being quite a conservative choice by conservative parents, whereas Marius is a bit more unusual and...
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    5. Renaming three sisters

    Genre of Story: Contemporary YA

    Time Period/Location: Present day London

    I've got three sisters, well, two sisters and their older half-sister, and I've been told their names don't give off...
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    George Alexander was on my list until the royals...

    George Alexander was on my list until the royals nabbed it, and I'm still searching for a replacement I like as much.

    To match Beatrice, Cordelia and Sylvia I'd go with a middle that's vintage in...
  18. Thread: Name Length

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    It's more to do with syllables for me rather than...

    It's more to do with syllables for me rather than visual length. Lucy and Charlotte, for example, are both two syllables and despite one being four letters long and one nine, it doesn't seem awkward....
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    I've got Nicholas on my list too, great name. I...

    I've got Nicholas on my list too, great name. I think a shorter middle would work better with your fn-ln combo, so how about:

    Nicholas Charles
    Nicholas Luke
    Nicholas Jack
    Nicholas Paul...
  20. Thread: Nicknamey names

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    Yeah, I haven't seen any of her/his other posts...

    Yeah, I haven't seen any of her/his other posts either but there's nothing in this one that is any different from other 'complete this sibset' posts.

    Max, Sam and...


    Rosie Charlotte
    Evie...
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    As a middle name, I think you could get away with...

    As a middle name, I think you could get away with it. I do prefer other Ell- names though, Ellery feels a bit awkward to me. It's not the celery thing, more that it sounds like you're saying Ella-ry,...
  22. Thread: Which name?

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    It all depends how you pronounce Clara, I find...

    It all depends how you pronounce Clara, I find Clah-ruh passable but Claire-uh really nasally and whiny. Caroline I've got mixed associations with but on the whole I slightly prefer it, Callie is my...
  23. Thread: Nicholas

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    Glad to see it's going down well on the whole,...

    Glad to see it's going down well on the whole, and that I should stick with a fairly classic sibset - I'll work on the middle but you ladies have given me food for thought. I've never come across a...
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    Is America as it is at the moment? You could use...

    Is America as it is at the moment? You could use another state name - if you like Aya but want something longer, how about Arizona nn Ari? Or if they're archaeologist parents who like Egypt, how...
  25. I totally agree with this. In fact, any name with...

    I totally agree with this. In fact, any name with a double 'r' sound I struggle with. I work with a guy called Rory and I actually have to consciously think about it every time I say his name.
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