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  1. #1
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    Aug 2012
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    Still Questioning Everything!

    OK fellow nameberries:
    I'm stuck! First I posted on 'girls' names' then on 'boys' names' and now here. Hubby and I are trying for our second (and last!) little one. Our first is a lovely little lad we named Harold Jonathan, who goes by the nn Hal. Harold comes from my husband's side and Jonathan comes from my side. I LOVE that we managed to honor both grandfathers in the naming of our son. (I think they loved it too.) However, none of the other names in our family trees are flowing nicely with Hal. We seem to get close to selecting a name, and for some reason, it just doesn't feel right and I can't commit. This is the exact opposite of what happened with our son. Even though we didn't find out the sex, we had two names selected; one male and one female, but it is a different game trying to select a name that will stand alone but also flow with a sibling name. I am now doing the unthinkable, and I'm starting to consider names that aren't on our family tree (gasp!). So, here are some names we like from both family trees. Please feel free to offer suggestions using the names from my list, or random names you think sound good. I'm looking for a name with will go nicely with both Harold and Hal, but if I had to choose the most important flow, it would be with Hal, because that is what we actually call him. Thanks for your time and fresh ideas!

    Male Family Names We Like:
    Tomberlin, nn Tom
    McGill
    Holt
    Barrett
    Hugh
    Butler
    Kurt
    Joseph

    Female Family Names We Like:
    Lillian
    DeMerle
    Valentine
    Jan
    Dorothy
    Josephine
    Claudia
    Marie
    Joan
    Hazel
    Ida
    Catherine
    Nellie
    Mae
    Cecilia

    Names We Will Not Consider:
    Bea
    Jana
    Jane
    Lillian, or Lilli or Lilly
    Jillian
    Josie
    Any names that are in the top 100 for popularity

    Girl Names We Like (But Are Not On Our Tree):
    Saffi
    Evie
    Marney

    I feel much more confident in our boy name options. I tried really hard to fall in love with Janet Valentine for a baby girl name, but 'Janet' just isn't sitting right with Hal. I don't know. I'm tired of looking at them all, but at the same time, I really want to have a girl name I feel good about.
    Thanks again for reading this and even more for trying to help us.
    Last edited by frances322; May 17th, 2013 at 07:26 AM.

  2. #3
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    Oh yea, our last name is German and two syllables. That might be helpful to know!

  3. #5
    I love Dorothy with Harold

    Dorothy Joan
    Dorothy Valentine
    nn Dolly?

    Dolly and Hal could be cute

    I quite like Barrett and Joseph for boys
    Joseph nn Joe or Seph Hal and Joe or Hal and Seph
    Barrett nn ??? Barry

    Joseph Butler
    Joseph Tomberlin

    Barrett Kurt
    Barrett Joseph

  4. #7
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    Thanks Penelope83-
    I love Dorothy too, however, we live in the south, and the nn Dolly always reminds me of Dolly Parton, a famous country singer. I'm not sure I could get over the very strong name association. Also, the other Dorothy nn is Dora, which reminds me of Dora the Explorer, or nn Dory, which reminds me of Finding Nemo.
    I love Barrett, Kurt, or Tomberlin for a first name. Not so crazy about Joseph as a first name as one of our best friends already goes by the first name, "Joe." But we would use it as a middle name. Thanks for responding though. I do like Dolly and Hal together very much. I will try to get over the associations in my mind, so it can become a real possibility.

  5. #9
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    May 2013
    Location
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    I really like Cecelia Mae. My cousin is named Cecelia with nn Cealy. NN could also be Lia or she could go by mn. I think Hal and Mae are cute together. AND it's perfect for a southern girl
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