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  1. #1
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    Name Frustration

    I'm really struggling with names right now - girl names specifically. (as a side note, our daughter is Ava Noelle)

    My husband & I have pretty much all but agreed on our boy name.

    But girl names are a huge struggle - I come up with name after name, only to have those names crossed off by my husband & he doesn't really come up with any suggestions.

    There are a quite a few names I like & love...but not necessarily the right one - usually because they are too common or because they are just not "quite" what I'm searching for. I will give examples, so maybe that gives a better idea of what I would like, in hopes someone can suggest just even ONE name that will end up being "the one" I'm searching for & the one my husband can agree to!!! Thanks for any suggestions.

    Names I like, but are too common for me:
    Charlotte, Scarlett, Elizabeth, Isabelle, Violet, Vivienne, Gwyneth, Gwendolyn

    Names I like, but don't feel "quite right":
    Delaney, Cora/Coralie, Aviva, Ivy, Iris, Hazel, Helena, Imogen, Raina, Bronwyn, Verity, Melena, Willow, Luna

    Names I'm considering:
    Talia, Cerys, Arlo/Arlow

    Names I love and would use:
    Emrys
    Isla
    Elowen

    Middle Names:
    Blue/Blu/Bleu
    Juliette/Juliet
    Vivienne

    Names my husband likes:

    Isla
    Avery
    Vivienne
    Violet

    By the way - I'd love to find a Welsh name - or Scottish or Irish but am open to any origin, if it's "the one"

  2. #3
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    Hm, some thoughts....

    1. Working first from the names your husband likes (where the compromise lies...). IMO Isla and Avery are much too similar in sound to Ava to work. (I imagine Avery was on the list just to give an impression of his taste anyway?) Vivienne shows up on enough lists that I think it looks like the strongest middle choice: you like it, your husband likes it, and it made the MN list! Violet looks like a runner-up for the middle slot since it landed on two of those three lists. So as far as compromising with his taste, I think Vivienne or Violet should be at the top of the MN list. Juliet is similar stylistically, so if he likes it, that would be a great option. Blue/Bleu seems very celeb (Alicia Silverstone, Beyonce...); not my pick.

    2. I think Arlo looks masculine and Arlow looks a bit incomplete: have you considered Harlow or Marlow? Marley is a cute nn, and Marlow Vivienne is lovely. I also love Talia (or Thalia) from your consideration list; Talia Violet would be a gorgeous sister for Ava Noelle (OMG, Talia Violet and Ava Noelle! Love!). Cerys seems really different stylistically from Ava, so it's my least favorite of the options here. That said, the similar Carys feels a little more...approachable? Or in line with Ava?

    3. I like your "love" list, but don't feel any quite work. Again I think Isla is too similar to Ava; Emrys feels very masculine; and Elowen is gorgeous, but stylistically different from Ava. (If the difference doesn't bother you, I love Elowen Violet...)

    And some suggestions...

    Elodie Violet
    Arden Juliette
    Eden Juliette
    Alys Vivienne - Welsh form of Alice; Ava and Aly as cute sisters!
    Brynn Violet
    Emlyn Juliette- I think this is more feminine than Emrys
    Seren Violet
    Wynn Juliette
    Bellamy Violet
    Fallon Juliette
    Talullah Violet
    Willa Vivienne
    Lyra Violet or Lyra Juliette (depending on how you pronounce Lyra)
    Merida Violet

    I think Marlow Vivienne, Talia Violet, and Alys Vivienne are my favorites...

    Oh, and on one last thought, I wouldn't discard some of the ones you like but find popular. Besides Gwyneth Paltrow, hardly anyone uses that name (it's ranked in the 900s in the US). Similarly Gwendolyn is only in the 500s. I think they are totally doable!
    Last edited by ellenelle; February 10th, 2013 at 09:03 PM.

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  4. #7
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    ellenelle thanks a million for your awesome and thoughtful list! i might just find "the name" yet!!

    kendalwon thanks also for your great ideas!

  5. #9
    Names I like, but are too common for me:
    Charlotte, Scarlett, Elizabeth, Isabelle, Violet, Vivienne, Gwyneth, Gwendolyn

    yes i agree they are common, with the exception of Gwendolyn nn Gwen? and Vivienne nn Vi, Viv, or Vivi?

    Names I like, but don't feel "quite right":
    Delaney, Cora/Coralie, Aviva, Ivy, Iris, Hazel, Helena, Imogen, Raina, Bronwyn, Verity, Melena, Willow, Luna

    Delaney is cute, Laney for a nn? too juvenile for me... Aviva to close to VIVA LAS VEGAS!! sorry reminds me of that, weird? I like Ivy and Iris, Iris more as Ivy is becoming very popular i think.... Hazel is great, i love Imogen, nn Immie, Bronwyn i have also always liked, Willow and Luna becoming popular.

    Names I'm considering:
    Talia, Cerys, Arlo/Arlow
    Arlo is our top boy name! love it. what about Marlo? i like Talia as well, its uncommon, i know one Talia who is 5.
    Names I love and would use:
    Emrys
    Isla
    Elowen
    Isla is very popular... Elowen, sounds too much like lol?? Emrys is ok... what about Emerson?

    Middle Names:
    Blue/Blu/Bleu
    Juliette/Juliet
    Vivienne

    Nice middle names

    Names my husband likes:
    Isla
    Avery too similar to Ava
    Vivienne
    Violet i like Violet

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