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  1. #1
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    Elizabeth called Betty - WDYT? Middles?

    I am not pregnant but we are actively TTC with medical assistance to boot! So we are talking about names on occasion.

    He likes very classic, feminine girls names: Isabella, Catherine, Miranda, Victoria.

    My naming style is a bit more adventurous, as some of you know. I like some classics, like Diana and Mary, but I also like names like Vesper and Emerald and Chrysanthemum and Seraphine and Hero.

    One name we both like is Elizabeth. Our boys name is settled - Josiah, nn Joe. I think Elizabeth nn Betty goes well: longer, more ornate and versatile Biblical first, with short, perky retro nickname.

    I need your help...

    (A) Loving Elizabeth. Because I don't. Not yet.

    (B) Loving Betty. I like Betty but I am so taken with unusual, quirky nicknames like Fia and Heli (out of the question to DH) that I'm having trouble completely embracing the untroubled all-American Betty. I'm also slightly worried that it will end up trendy (I've never seen Mad Men but apparently everyone else alive has) or that Betty's World War II pinup, apple-pie American kitsch image is too limiting. Thoughts?

    (C) Middles. I like alliteration. I like vowels. DH likes French names. We both like Scots-Irish. It can be a bit more adventurous than the first. Last name is Hat.ten. Big brother (my stepson) is Sean Killian.

    Thanks, everybody! Any other thoughts or insights are welcome.
    Mrs. H.
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    I love Elizabeth! It will never go out of style. I adore Betty. I also love Betsy. I think you should use a more adventurous middle, maybe a guilty pleasure name of yours, to balance out your feeling that Elizabeth may too ordinary. Good luck!

  3. #5
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    Thanks! For some reason having a hard time with middles. Elizabeth is a bit hard to match well.
    Mrs. H.
    Trying for our first.
    Boy Combos: Jack Gabriel Walker & Jonah Michael Whittaker
    David . Alexander (Andy) . Xavier . Abel . Edgar . Apollo . Thomas . Harry . Walter . Frederick

    Girl Combos: Clementine Mary Theresa . Cecelia Rose Elizabeth
    Gemma . Beatrice . Vesper . Stella . Claire . Diana . Gloria . Rosemary . Winter . Georgia . Grace . Judith . Corinne

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  4. #7
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    Elizabeth Snow or Elizabeth Seraphine from your list would be really pretty options. I also think Betsy is cuter and more spunky than just Betty. I knew an Elizabeth in college who went by Betsy.
    Mom to Cuyler Reese Holcomb and anxiously awaiting Avery Daniel Alexander in August 2013!

    Girls: Claire Elisabeth Louisa, Sophia Adelaide Kate, Elise Madeleine Joy, Zoe Anneliese Jayne, Juliet Amelia Rose

    Boys: Asher Morgan James, Morgan Everett Nathaniel, Weston Jude Elias, Gabriel

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    Hmmm I hadn't thought of Seraphine. Is it too much of a mouthful, I wonder? And do I care? Haha!
    Mrs. H.
    Trying for our first.
    Boy Combos: Jack Gabriel Walker & Jonah Michael Whittaker
    David . Alexander (Andy) . Xavier . Abel . Edgar . Apollo . Thomas . Harry . Walter . Frederick

    Girl Combos: Clementine Mary Theresa . Cecelia Rose Elizabeth
    Gemma . Beatrice . Vesper . Stella . Claire . Diana . Gloria . Rosemary . Winter . Georgia . Grace . Judith . Corinne

    Avatar: Sarah Connor kicks ass.

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