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    Thanks so much for the thoughtful input,...

    Thanks so much for the thoughtful input, everybody! This is a huge help.

    First, we are surprised and pleased that there is some support for Floyd—I’m not sure we’d use it with another F name...
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    Twin brothers for Helena Beatrix

    Hello, Berries! We are expecting twin boys in just a few weeks. Could you help us with twin pairings and first/middle combos, as well as suggest other names that we might like, from our list?
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    My grandfather's first name was Washington! He...

    My grandfather's first name was Washington! He went by his middle name, though, so maybe you're right about it not being super usable.

    I have a nephew named Adonijah, which is pretty unusual. ...
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    This is our process for choosing--it worked great...

    This is our process for choosing--it worked great for us last time, and we're planning to use it again for our twins. Maybe you wouldn't use this same process, but for me thinking of a structure for...
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    I have a great-aunt Merle who is in her nineties,...

    I have a great-aunt Merle who is in her nineties, so I definitely think "old lady" first.
  6. DH and I have discussed this quite a bit. The...

    DH and I have discussed this quite a bit. The house we own now has an "in-law suite" in the basement which our regular babysitter is currently using, and several friends have used in the past when...
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    Poll: Just wanted to say that my first association with...

    Just wanted to say that my first association with Lionel is not Lionel Ritchie but Lionel trains! Maybe this other association could help convince your DH.
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    Floyd. For a boy. DH and I both want to use...

    Floyd. For a boy. DH and I both want to use it--we love the sound and it's also an important family name on both sides, but we get such strong negative reactions from people. My best friend choked...
  9. Ashthedreamer, you have great taste! :) I have a...

    Ashthedreamer, you have great taste! :) I have a little Lena at home, age 3. When I was imagining her and choosing her name, I pictured a toddler with dark brown curly hair and bright blue eyes,...
  10. My official advice, of course, is to compromise,...

    My official advice, of course, is to compromise, remember how you love him more than any name, remember that you don't want the baby to have a name he hates.

    However. I do have a friend who got...
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    Poll: I went to college (in the U.S.) with a Saskia...

    I went to college (in the U.S.) with a Saskia (also American) and nobody thought her name was strange, that I knew of. This was back in the late 1990s, too.
  12. When I was pregnant with my daughter more than...

    When I was pregnant with my daughter more than three years ago DH and I had a similar problem--he only suggested names he thought were funny, not serious. Anyway, I went searching on Nameberry for a...
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    My daughter was three and a half weeks early! My...

    My daughter was three and a half weeks early! My water broke but I didn't start labor so they induced about 16 hours later. I was so shocked (really hadn't been expecting her for at least another...
  14. I know two little girls named Miriam. Both are...

    I know two little girls named Miriam. Both are three years old. One lives in New Jersey and one lives in Maryland. One of them goes by her full name, Miriam, and her middle name is Eleanor. The...
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    Wow, we have a Ronald Lee on our list of possible...

    Wow, we have a Ronald Lee on our list of possible people to honor, too! We aren't expecting a baby but have thought about Rosalie as an option, so yeah, I think it works. (We've also thought about...
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    What a great list--so many of my favorites are...

    What a great list--so many of my favorites are here!

    Elsie Rose -- Love Elsie, but like it better as a nickname for a longer name. I know people think Rose has become a "filler" middle, but...
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    Love the name Helena--it is my daughter's name...

    Love the name Helena--it is my daughter's name and we have never regretted choosing it! I think it is feminine and beautiful but without being frilly. We have yet to meet another Helena, but...
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    For what it's worth, I know a little Erin whose...

    For what it's worth, I know a little Erin whose brothers are Brendan and James.
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    We found out in advance--it's not that gender is so important, it's just that I can't imagine having any kind of information about my baby available and not immediately seizing it. To me it just...
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    As previous posters have said, it is different...

    As previous posters have said, it is different with every labor and every woman. My own experience, giving birth to my daughter, was great. I ended up getting an epidural because I was very fearful...
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    My daughter is two and a half, and here are a few...

    My daughter is two and a half, and here are a few she loves that we don't get tired of reading again and again:

    Any of the Frances books, by Russell Hoban (Bread and Jam for Frances, A Birthday...
  22. Thread: Noel?

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    I think Noel is a great name! I live in the U.S....

    I think Noel is a great name! I live in the U.S. (have lived on both coasts in several different locations) and I have always heard the name Noel pronounced "nole," and used for boys. (Like Noel...
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    20 QUESTIONS: 1. Helena Beatrix (nn Lena) 2....

    20 QUESTIONS:
    1. Helena Beatrix (nn Lena)
    2. Not sure of my style—classic and vintage or antique, maybe?
    3. Top 4 girls: Florence, Gwendolen, Elizabeth, Genevieve Top 4 Boys: Edward, Walter,...
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    Rosabeth! I thought since someone famous bears...

    Rosabeth! I thought since someone famous bears it (Rosabeth Moss Kanter) it might be an exception even if you don't usually add smooshes. (Also, apologies if someone else has already suggested this...
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    Where we live (in north New Jersey) people always...

    Where we live (in north New Jersey) people always say Huh-LAY-nuh. Our two-year-old is named Helena and we say it Helen-uh but other people always use the Huh-lay-nuh pronunciation. I agree with...
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