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  1. #41
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    Quote Originally Posted by mega_muffin View Post
    All your names are lovely, but I particularly like Serena, Fiona, and Violet!

    My favorites:

    Zoe - My favorite girls' name EVER. I'm devastated that DH has vetoed it. I love that it means "life" and Z is is my second favorite letter in the alphabet. I also think it's spunky and elegant at the same time.

    Catherine - This is our top pick for a daughter, which I love almost as much as Zoe. I kind of inherited my love of the name from my mother, who wanted to use it for my younger sister, but unfortunately, Dad vetoed it. I think she would love having a granddaughter named Catherine, though, and we would use the nickname Cate, which was my paternal grandmother's maiden name. (Although I also love a lot of the other Catherine nicknames, too!)

    Veronica - I mentioned Z was my second favorite letter -- well, V is my favorite! I love almost all the V names, but Veronica has always been at the top of the list. In fact, I chose it as my confirmation name, since I really like the story of St. Veronica. I also just adore the elegant sound of the name, especially the "nic" part, which also appears in my favorite boys' name, Nicholas (which DH vetoed as well -- boo!).

    Penelope - I have a thing for Greek names ending with "e", and this is probably one of the most fun to say. It just sounds so happy and cheerful, doesn't it? Especially with the poppy "P" sounds. I also admire the mythological Penelope for her faithfulness and cleverness.

    Elizabeth - Our choice for a second daughter. How can anybody not love Elizabeth? She's classic and beautiful and has a ton of wonderful nicknames. I like the idea of calling her Beth, because my nickname Meg came from Little Women, so it would be neat if she had a LW-inspired nickname as well.

    Daphne - Again, another Greek name that ends with "e" -- I told you I adored them! The story of Daphne was one of my favorite Greek myths -- I even wrote a play about her for a school project -- and I like that it means "laurel", giving it a subtle connection to Laura, my sister's name. The "ph" is really cool, too.

    Anastasia - Gorgeous, just gorgeous! It was my great-grandmother's name, but for some crazy reason, she hated it and preferred to be called Nancy. (Outrageous, right?) I love the meaning of "resurrection".

    Seraphina - Seriously one of the most beautiful names ever. It sounds so soft and angelic. (Again, loving the "ph".)

    Ophelia - Yeah, she went a little crazy in Hamlet -- so what? It's still a stunning name, a less popular alternative to the equally beautiful Olivia. (And, yet again, "ph".)

    Felicity - It means "happiness"! What better meaning is there? I love how it just rolls off the tongue. I become happier just saying the name aloud!
    Are you my baby naming twin??? Seriously we share so many favorites. Yay!
    Zoe Milena
    9/12/14

  2. #43
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    Quote Originally Posted by greyer View Post
    mega_muffin, I love your reasons for using Catherine. I actually love the reasoning behind all your favorites! Your style is totally different than mine I think, but absolutely beautiful. I also know a little Anastasia (born on Good Friday, mom cited the meaning as the reason she picked it over her other choice, Annabella!) who is one now and just the most precious thing. It really warmed me up to the name

    My favorites:
    Stella - it's getting a bit popular now for my taste, but I still love it. It's familiar-sounding but different than the Ella/Isabella crowd that's running around. It's also the surname of an artist (Frank Stella - I'm an art history buff) and the college I went to has a logo with a very prominent eight-pointed star, so there's that connection.

    Leona - oh gosh, there is absolutely no personal meaning here whatsoever. If anything I should have bad associations with this name, but I just love it so. I think the way it sounds is gorgeous, so sing-song. And the meaning, 'lion', gives it a strength that I just adore. I would call her Leo, which I know the Berries hate, but I just can't get over the idea of a little Leo in braids and bows.

    Florence/Flora - Florence was the name of two of my great-grandmothers, so there's definitely a family connection. It's also the name of the city in Italy, which was one of two major cities for art during the Renaissance, known as the city of truth (again with the art history). Flora and Wren are the likely nicknames I would use, although I also like Flora on its own. Plus it means 'flourishing, prosperous', and who doesn't want their child to flourish?

    Mabel - again, there's really no personal meaning here. I just love the way this sounds, and it's a great long form for nicknames Mae and Bel(le). Meaning-wise, you can't get much better than 'lovable', either.

    Vivian - also no personal connection, but I love its sprightly sound and the meaning, 'lively'. She'd most likely be called Viva, which is another spunky, lively name.
    Thanks! We do have different styles, but your names are lovely, too, especially Vivian. Gotta love those V names!


    Quote Originally Posted by dindlee View Post
    Are you my baby naming twin??? Seriously we share so many favorites. Yay!
    Hehe, I had the same thought when I saw your list. Love your taste!
    Proud mother to William "Liam" Balthazar and Catherine "Cate" Ophelia
    Future Daughters: Isobel "Zoe" Theophania, Veronica "Vera" Seraphine
    Future Sons: Alexander "Olek" Crispin/Leopold, Dominic "Nico" Valentine

    Nicholas ~ William ~ Alexander ~ Sebastian ~ Gabriel ~ Benjamin ~ Dominic ~ Oliver ~ Crispin ~ Gregory
    Zoe ~ Catherine ~ Veronica ~ Penelope ~ Elizabeth ~ Daphne ~ Anastasia ~ Seraphina ~ Ophelia ~ Felicity

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