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  1. #1
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    Dilemma: now egretting using nickname names for first two children

    Hi all. I've been lurking on these boards for a couple of months now, but have only just created an account.

    Here's my dilemma. I have two boys named Charlie and Sam--that's it. It started with Charlie. We thought about giving him the "full" name Charles but didn't like it. We figured we'd just call him Charlie anyhow, and Charlie works well as a stand-alone name, so we went with just Charlie. Then we had our second boy. Again, we loved Sam, but didn't like Samuel so much. So he was just Sam. Now, I'm about 32 weeks with my third (not sure of the gender), and I'm regretting that we didn't use more formal names for the first two because I find them tricky to match.

    I feel boxed in with Charlie and Sam, especially when it comes to boys names. There isn't really a third male nickname-name that I love, and everything else that I like feels mismatched to me. I tend to like old-fashioned names.

    Husband doesn't have much input AT ALL, and I'm feeling pretty stuck on this.

    My only real ideas so far have been:

    Charlie, Sam, and Alex (but I don't love Alex)
    Charlie, Sam, and Nathaniel (but Nathaniel feels too formal with the first two)
    Charlie, Sam, and Daniel (again, formality issue)

    Charlie, Sam, and Isla
    Charlie, Sam, and Iris
    Charlie, Sam, and Elisabeth nn Ellie
    Charlie, Sam, and Lila
    Charlie, Sam, and Harriet nn Hattie

    Ideas? Suggestions? I'm really at a loss here, and I'd love some input!

  2. #3
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    Firstly, I think Charlie and Sam are fine and very handsome! I don't think you should feel pressured to use another nickname name, especially if you don't love them. And I don't know where you are in the world, but I'd recommend looking at the popularity charts for England and Wales as there's currently a trend for vintage nicknames

    Daniel and Isla are my favourites from your lists, but there's also:

    Charlie, Sam & Harry
    Charlie, Sam & Liam
    Charlie, Sam & Finn
    Charlie, Sam & Jack
    Charlie, Sam & Oscar

    Charlie, Sam & Evie
    Charlie, Sam & Lily
    Charlie, Sam & Lucy
    Charlie, Sam & Milly
    Charlie, Sam & Poppy

    Last edited by charlieandperry1; April 16th, 2013 at 06:51 AM.

  3. #5
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    I think i would consider short names without much nn potential.Charlie, Sam and

    Adam
    Drew
    Dean
    Eric
    Eli
    Glenn
    Joel
    Kent
    Leo
    Mark
    Miles
    Paul
    Ray
    Roy
    Scott
    Zeke

    Anna
    Beth
    Eve
    Faith
    Grace
    Hope
    Ivy
    Jane
    Jean
    Kate
    Lily
    Lila
    Mary
    Nora
    Nina
    Opal
    Rose
    Sadie
    Tessa
    Willa
    I like simple yet versatile names that work well for the athlete, the comic, the genius, and the judge.

  4. #7
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    Personally, I'd avoid Daniel with Charlie and Sam because to me, Dan is too close to Sam.

    I really like the suggestions of Jack, Liam, Eve, and Willa.
    ** The opinions expressed above are not meant to be reflective of Nameberry as a whole but are my opinion and mine alone. **

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    Henry Nathaniel (3) and Julia Paige (1)

    Current favorites:
    Bennett - Emmett - Felix - Oliver - Owen - Preston - Samuel
    Abigail - Claire - Clara - Hope - Lydia - Maude - Molly

  5. #9
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    Welcome to NB!

    I can see the dilemma that you're having. I don't think that you're necessarily boxed into using a nickname name for your next child, but I agree that a name like Daniel, which has an obvious nickname that people might expect you to choose rather than using it in full, might not be ideal.

    For girls, I really like the previous suggestions of Ivy, Jane and Jean.

    Here are some other, varied ideas for you.

    BOYS:
    Asher
    Henry
    Jude
    Kit (this can actually work for either gender, since it's a nickname for both Christopher and Katherine!)
    Luke
    Owen

    GIRLS:
    Alice
    Claire
    Edith (Edie)
    Fay
    Kit
    Thea

    Good luck!!

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