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  1. #1
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    Young Mom in love with M names!

    Hey alls,

    I'm a first-time Nameberry poster, as well as a new mom expecting my first child. I'm looking for some input on two girls names I've really been falling for lately and also some suggestions (for both boys and girls!) that have a similar style, sound, or general vibe with these two.

    The names are Matisse and Millot. I love love love Matisse because its relatively short and simple, beautiful, has a great namesake in the artist Henri Matisse, and is uncommon but not unheard of. I also think the tomboyish nickname Max could easily work. The second name is Millot, with which I fell in love when I received an email from my grandpa with a little clip from an old film tape of my great-great-grandmother Millot walking alongside her garden. I'd never known her name before being sent the email, despite wonderful stories my mom has told me about her. Ultimately, this name is trickier with the pronunciation (its prn. mee-low), but it has very personal and wonderful meaning and connections with my family history. So I guess my main questions for you all are:

    1. What do you think of the names Matisse and Millot? Can they work these days as first names?

    2. What some names with a similar style/vibe/feeling for both girls and boys that you think might work instead of Matisse or Millot or that might work with them?

    3. Any middle name suggestions? I'm considering Plum (if I don't go with Matisse) after one of his paintings, but that's the only idea I have. I don't want to name after any immediate or living family because its too contentious of an issue.

    I know I'm asking for a lot of help here, but I hugely appreciate your time, effort, and thoughts. Thank you all!

    -Javiera & lil' Baby Bump

  2. #3
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    I don't mind Matisse but would suggest a more feminine mn if you are using it for a girl. For Millot, I like that it has a family connection for you, but I think pronunciation would be an issue-- how is is pronounced? I would say Mill-oh. It sounds a little like merlot to me and so I'd probably use it for a mn and not a fn.

    Here are some other names you might like:

    Anais
    Annelise
    Audrey
    Camille/Camilla (nn Mila)
    Clemence
    Gemma
    Margeaux/Margot
    Marjolaina
    Melody
    Melaina
    Mavis
    Marina
    Merryl
    Merrit
    Minette
    Mirabella/Mirabelle
    Nadine
    Nadia
    Noelle
    Roxanne
    Simone
    Tallis
    Xanthe
    Zaida
    Zara
    Zoe

  3. #5
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    1. What do you think of the names Matisse and Millot? Can they work these days as first names?

    I'll start by saying that I really, really like the sounds of both names. I think they're very interesting and unique but don't sound trashy or made-up. However, I think they both sound extremely pretentious, especially Matisse. I'm always very wary about naming a child after a very recognizable artist or author with an uncommon name. It seems a bit show-off-ish. It's not like Whistler, who is a less-known artist with a more common name; it's instantly recognizable and synonymous with the painter. Personally, I think that's a very bad thing.

    Millot shares a bit of the "la-di-da" vibe of Matisse, but considering it's an actual family name for you, I think it's infinitely more wearable. That silent t and unmistakable French-ness is a bit affected, but I think a legitimate family tradition makes a name instantly more wearable.

    This is my opinion of the names as first names only. I think both are wonderful and surprising in the middle. They'd flow well with nearly anything but are way less expected than Marie or Nicole. Some other names with artistic or French vibes you may like:
    Manon
    Georgia
    Eloise
    Marlo (Like Millot, but I picture a Marlo as more of a play-in-the-dirt, run wild kind of girl)
    Eliane
    Salome
    Anais
    Thais
    Margot
    Noemie
    Magalie
    Alaia
    Colette
    Frida
    Paloma
    Thessaly
    Maelys
    Lucienne
    Alizee

  4. #7
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    Millot is stunning! I would use her in an instant, especially since she is a family name. Especially love the nickname possibility of Millie or Milla.

    I don't think Millot is too uncommon these days, especially considering the rise of Milo (b), Mila/Milla (g), Marlow (g) etc. The pn. comes natural to me as a french speaker, but i could see how this would be tough for some people, though after one simple correction it would be an unforgettable name.

    Millot Plum is outstanding!

    all the best

    xo Viv
    Mama bear to Rigby Harrison, Miller Thomas, Wren Charlotte Amity & Eloise Cleo Bellamy

  5. #9
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    I like Millot, although I definitely needed help with the pronunciation. I wasn't sure before you typed it out, but now that I say it, I love it.

    A similar name would be Millay. Edna St. Vincent Millay is one of my favorite poets. I wouldn't use it with Matisse (too much name dropping), but just another idea for you

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