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    How about Francis Xavier (initials F.X.), nn Fox?...

    How about Francis Xavier (initials F.X.), nn Fox? Serena or Serenity, nn Wren. A dinosaur isn't really an animal, but our Matthias is often called M-saurus because that's how his sister pronounced it...
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    Thanks! Boys are hard. Based on your suggestions...

    Thanks! Boys are hard. Based on your suggestions about style, I crossed off Blake and added Adrian, which we had considered, but I'm liking it more and more. I also crossed off Charles, after an...
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    My husband thought Polly was too insubstantial...

    My husband thought Polly was too insubstantial for a full name, so we went hunting for a name for the birth certificate. I knew Polly was a nickname for Mary, and we had previously liked Marianne,...
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    Semi-Back to the Drawing Board

    Okay, so, about halfway through each pregnancy, we think we have names picked out, and then we try living with our choices for a little bit, and wind up throwing one or more out after all (I guess we...
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    Early Help Naming #4

    All input will be appreciated, but we're mostly looking for girl MN advice. I'll share our "almost" names too so you can maybe get our style a little. #1 would have been Zachary if a boy, and our...
  6. My husband's family has a Hannah and an Annie,...

    My husband's family has a Hannah and an Annie, about 4 years apart. My son is exactly one month older than his cousin, and they are Matthias and Matthew (although everyone but his parents calls...
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    Thank you! We've decided to do just that. We seem...

    Thank you! We've decided to do just that. We seem to swing for the fences on the wild names, then settle down into something more normal. Catherine Evelyn, to join Sara Lorraine and William Matthias....
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    Yes, and one in current use in the family is...

    Yes, and one in current use in the family is Lloyd, for both men and women, but we don't necessarily want a real family surname, so as not to privilege one branch of relatives over another, but the...
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    I don't think they're problematic. When I read...

    I don't think they're problematic. When I read Anice (a-NEES?) I thought anise the spice, and my first thought on the 2nd set was that they both have a V in them.
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    Middle name for Catherine, called Kit

    Catherine "Kit" St. John
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    Catherine "Kit" Evelyn

    That would be EV-lin, rather than EVE-lin, by the way. We want something strong and vaguely unisex, but in a vintage-y,...
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    I like Lucas too! My first thought when I saw...

    I like Lucas too! My first thought when I saw the title, before I read your choices in the post, was "he needs a Swedish name with that set!"
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    I would choose Matthew as well, with Erik as the...

    I would choose Matthew as well, with Erik as the runner-up. It all depends on whether you like the similarity of Erik and Evan or not.
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    Wow. I once dreamed that my husband and I had a...

    Wow. I once dreamed that my husband and I had a son (before we found out we were having a girl, our boy list consisted of Nathan, Theodore, and Zachary, IIRC). His name was Dean.
  14. Thread: Marianne?

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    I like it. The one quirk I can think of is, that...

    I like it. The one quirk I can think of is, that when a British friend came to the US and met another girl I knew, named Marianne, I guess he assumed that pronouncing it mary-ANN, as I assume you...
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    I second Ruby, or any other gem names like Pearl....

    I second Ruby, or any other gem names like Pearl. Do you like Imogen or Freya or Poppy? Some of the suggestions strike me as kind of British in an avant-garde sort of way. I love Hazel and Gwen,...
  16. Thread: Iris combos.

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    I like Penelope or Genevieve best also, although...

    I like Penelope or Genevieve best also, although they are all nice. Could you compromise and do something like Mirienne?
  17. Thread: MN for Ruth?

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    Poll: I agree with rachelmay that a name starting with...

    I agree with rachelmay that a name starting with a vowel will go best. Hooray for bonus points for saints! I'll try not to get too odd, although there are some great ones (Apollonia and Eusebia...
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    You could always name her Mary ____, and call her...

    You could always name her Mary ____, and call her by the second name. Loads of girls do that, especially since Mary was such a common name in the past. I have a student in my class now named Mary...
  19. Well, the woman I knew named Timea (who went by...

    Well, the woman I knew named Timea (who went by Timmie) pronounced it TIM-ea. I remembered that I also suggested it because the alternate explanation of its origin is that it was a variation of...
  20. I like the names you've selected. I see that...

    I like the names you've selected. I see that most of my suggestions have already been posted, so I'll just add a couple more.

    Helen: Has connotations of both Helen of Troy, and (St.) Helen the...
  21. Thread: Girls!

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    Elowen is my favorite. You could explicitly go...

    Elowen is my favorite. You could explicitly go searching for Welsh names, as they seem to fit your style. Aderyn comes to mind, and Bevin isn't Welsh, but is similar to the names on your list.
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    First, I love Lila (or Leila, or Delilah...). ...

    First, I love Lila (or Leila, or Delilah...). Jade, Audrey, or Ariella would probably be my picks after that. Based on the names that are your favorites, and I'm sure that you've already considered...
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    If you want to avoid the possibility of yet...

    If you want to avoid the possibility of yet another Emmie, you could take an alternative route to Millie, like Camilla or Milena.
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    You could conceivably name her Cornelia and call...

    You could conceivably name her Cornelia and call her Chevy. Chevy Chase's real first name is Cornelius.
  25. Thread: Marie?

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    Marie?

    We're choosing a backup name for Edith -- last time, we took two names to the hospital in case our first choice didn't fit -- and Marie seems to be edging out Abigail. We definitely want Marie as...
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