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January 27th, 2013 12:05 AM #6Senior Member
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I would say continue the trend...plenty of cute names out there with that pattern.
January 28th, 2013 08:44 PM #8
You wouldn't have to take double consonants in the middle. You could spin the whole thing a different way...
All three of the childrens' names plus yours have "A" as the dominant vowel sound after the consonant. Claire would fit this theme. If you wanted to keep the strong A but not require that it be after a consonant, Abigail, Ava and Asher fit.
All of the childrens' names plus your husband's name have an "uh" sound at the end. Garrett could be less so than the others depending on regional pronunciation. Cullen, Landon, Lydia, Ava & Sophia would fit, and Emily if you really want to stretch it.
Thomas and Maddux are a bit similar in suffix. A name that ends in -as, -us, -is, or X would match both of these and pull in Dad's name.
Palindromes -- Hannah and Ava.
All of the names including both parents' contain the letter A somewhere. Ava, Abigail, Lydia, Sophia, Landen, Asher, and changing Cullen to Cullan would fit that theme.
As far as the popularity of Cullen is concerned, the 2012 data hasn't been released by the Social Security Administration yet, but here are the stats for the last five years available.
Number of boys named Cullen:
566 in 2011
676 in 2010
562 in 2009
283 in 2008
286 in 2007
From this information I would say it's probably a safe guess to say that Twilight did likely cause a spike in the name. However, since 2011 numbers are down from 2010, it's possible that this little fad has already peaked and is on its way out.
For perspective, there were 1,932 boys named Garrett in 2011. Also in that year there were 2,205 boys spelled Maddox and 148 spelled Maddux. Hannah comes in at 6,497 for 2011.
I wonder if you might like the name Quillan. I think there is a Quill character in Twilight but it's fairly obscure. I've never seen or read Twilight and I only know it because I hang around name boards. It's less like a Twilight name but still similar to the one you love, contains an A and contains a double-consonant.
January 28th, 2013 09:12 PM #10Senior Member
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I say it's fine to skip it because then baby #4 will have a connection to daddy. But if you happen to find a name you like that fits with the patter then go for it. Basically find a name you love and use it cause the baby will either have a connection to you and its siblings or your husband.
January 28th, 2013 09:36 PM #12Senior Member
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I say go for the double letter trend! I think it's a really neat way to unify the family (your DH's nn could be Tommy so he would fit in).
Some suggestions for names (with double letters that are not necessarily placed in the middle) include:
Callum (which could replace Cullen)
Kellan (which could replace Cullen)
Griffin (if you don't mind having another G name in the family)
On another note, the twilight series will soon die (after this year, when the final installment is released) and I'm sure Cullen will never reach the top 200.
Also, If you don't decide to do the double letter trend, I do like the names Ava Lorraine, Emily Lorraine, Landon, and Asher from your list.
Last edited by nkethdy; January 28th, 2013 at 09:46 PM.
January 30th, 2013 12:14 AM #14Senior Member
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I don't think your double consonant trend is too in-your-face, so I wouldn't let it guide your name choice for baby number 4. The pairings you're considering are great. All of the choices for girls are common classics, not classy but less common like Garrett, but don't let that worry you. Lorraine is a much less common mn than Claire or Rose, so that might suit you best. Cullen is associated with Twilight now, which is unfortunate for those who just like the name, but I say go ahead and use it if it's what you love.