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  1. #31
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    Beatrix sounds much more fiesty to me than Beatrice. Not sure why.

    I adore Felicity and Hazel. I'm not keen on Lavender but as a person who had Lilac on their middle list, I shan't be throwing any stones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cosmonaut View Post
    Wow, thank you for all the feedback.

    Right now, Beatrix, Adelaide, Lavender, Elsbeth, and Hazel are the frontrunners for firsts. Any ideas for combos? Is nn "Lady" for Adelaide too Lady and the Tramp? Any other ideas for firsts? I thought of Clotilde, as well, which is a personal favourite, but I don't know that I'd want to saddle a child with such an intense, generally unfamiliar name.

    Beatrix, Elspeth, and Adelaide all have religious associations or are saints names. But Lavender and Hazel don't, so I'd prefer if the middle had something mythological to it. Lavender Ariadne too much?

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    @gigi - Beatrix is one of my favourites. I think you're right about "Bee" being a nice, easy transition from Boo. It's one of my favourite names. Nameberry seems to like it okay. My only issue is that people I run into in real life don't seem keen on it for some reason, not that that will decide it, but something to think on it. Eleanor is sweet, but I know about four under 10! The issues of living in hipsterville, sigh.

    @biblio - Oh, I love all of those suggestions. Thank you. I'm all for giving the little one lots of nickname options.

    @novaberry - Thank you! Bethany has always been a favourite of mine, but some people find it thoroughly dated, or associate it with girls you meet at Bible Camp. Hyacinth is another suggestion I like. It seems too heavy, though? Too serious, perhaps? Bordering on snobby? I'm going to look over your combinations, thanks.

    @tuitree - Hazel is definitely on the list. Isabeau is a great suggestion! I worry about her getting lost amongst the Isabels and Isabellas, though.

    @emekct - I've thought about using it as a second middle, since Winifred has two middles, and then all the girlies could have two middles, which might be nice. The name is, think, A----n Brotherhood (spelled slightly differently...obviously, minus "brotherhood"). Will likely delete this soon. As she's so young, I cannot predict how she will feel about her name. All I know is that at the present moment, when she came to us, she had no connection to it at all, and at her age, one should be responding to their name. When she's older, if she seeks to change it back, we will gladly comply. As she's a baby now, I feel like it's our job to consider her bests interests, and if we've made the wrong choice, so be it, as that's something all parents have to live with at some point.

    @stripedsocks - Is it strange to appropriate a Hebrew name/word having no Jewish background? On another note...is it strange just to call her Roo/Rue? Does it need to have something longer tied to it? One thing I came up with was Ruxandra, which is the name of one of my favourite contemporary poets (Ruxandra Cesereanu), and it's a Romanian variation of Roxana/Roxane. LOL re: Rubina. Not a fan myself. There's Ruth, but it's a bit crusty-clunky for a first name.

    @wintersage - Oh, thank you for digging up all that extra information. It is a beautiful name, but not sure how I feel about the sound of it overall.

    @c2@29 - Those are two of my favourites, too. Maybe I'll combine them for Lavender Elspeth...
    I think Lady is a fine nickname for Adelaide but to let you know, you can use Lady for any daughter. I call all 3 of my daughters my ladies. Right now Gemma is my Lady Baby.
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  4. #37
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    Whoops! I asked you lot some questions, you delivered, then I busied myself going on vacation. I'd like to let you know that I desperately appreciate all the feedback. Thank you so much for taking the time to supply your answers. I hope you'll forgive me for not responding to each person's comments personally, as quite a few have piled up in my absence. Finally, I would trouble you with a few more questions:

    Thoughts on Rudy nn Rue? Too boyish?

    Rosalind/Rosamund nn Rue?

    Rowena - pronounced row-ENN-uh (NOT ro-WEE-nuh or ro-EE-nuh) - nn Rue? Would pronouncing it with the soft E be a major problem?

    Re: Ianthe, beautiful name, I adore it. Thoughts on spelling it Ianthy? By the by, I pronounce it, eye-ANNE-thee.

    I think Cecily really fits her. I have, however, an irrational fear that this name will become wildly popular, being similar to all those surname names that are quite popular (Ainsley, Hadley, etc), and to names like Emily, Amelie, Everly... I'm surprised it's not very high ranked at all.


    Right now, I'm leaning toward Rowena FirstMiddle Arriyan White...but I am still hesitating with that given name, even in the second middle. I just...*frowny face*


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    OH Imogen would be spectacular.
    I know an Adelaide nn Addie, but I think you could easily do Ada (though it's closeness to Ava doesn't appeal to me either). I think Lacey might be a stretch.
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