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  1. #6
    Join Date
    Feb 2013
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    I really adore Josephine, Margaret, Margot and Penelope. Edith is growing on me, too; love Edie.

    Alodia/Elodia I believe is way more polarizing than Wilhelmina is. Willa or Mina are darling nicknames. I agree to go with Elodie or even Eloise or Elise.

    Other suggestions:
    Catherine/Katherine - ALMOST named my daughter Catherine Elise/Catherine Eloise but my husband made me panic because he said it was too popular. For our generation, perhaps, but I don't believe so for the current generations. I just love the nickname Cate/Kate. It ages well, too.

    Tabitha - I think this is spunky yet sophisticated. Tabby is a fun nickname.

    Mary - Similar to how I feel about Catherine. I would love to see this make a comeback.

    Other saints names:
    Phoebe
    Anastasia (Ana, Annie, Stassi)
    Beatrix or Beatrice (Bea pron. Bee or Bee-ah, Trix/Trixie or Tris)
    Celine
    Mathilda (Tilly)
    Cecilia (Cece, Celia, Celie)
    Claudia (Dia), Claudie)
    Colette (Lettie)
    Demetria (Demi)
    Diana (Ana)
    Natalia (Talia)
    Regina (Gina, Gigi)
    Susanna (Anna, Zanna, Sookie)
    Frances (Frannie, Francie, Frankie, Fran)
    Genevieve (Gen, Genna, Eve)
    Georgia (Gigi)
    Theresa/Therese (Tess, Tessa)
    Theodora (Thea, Dora)
    Helena (Lena)
    Veronica (Vera, Roni)
    Victoria (Tori, Vickie)
    Mom to Nora.

    Current favorites:
    Declan (Decs/Dex). Griffin (Finn). Euan. John (Johnny).

    Sylvie. Iris. Gwyneth (Gwen). Daphne (Effie). Piper.

  2. #8
    Join Date
    May 2013
    Posts
    284
    Josephine "Josie" -- Don't love Josie, but I think Josephine is an amazing name. And if your daughter doesn't love Josephine or Josie, there are a bunch of other nickname possibilities there. Very excellent choice.
    Margaret "Maggie" -- I don't love the full name, but I like it well enough, and the nicknames are great.
    June -- he's said he doesn't like this as a FN but I'm still pushing it somewhat) -- I like it. I think it's cute.
    Edith -- A tough name, but it's safe on paper, and Edie is so fun and lovely.
    Margot -- I like it on it's own, I like it as a nickname for Margaret, I like it all around.
    Alodia/Elodia -- I can't really explain why, but I don't like these. It sounds like something else I can't put my finger on, but not something pleasant. Yodel? I'm not sure, I just dislike the sound.
    Lilith -- Is this too polarizing for a Christian family? -- I have no idea why this would be polarizing, but I think it's fine. My first though it of the Rugrats. Awesome!
    Penelope "Penny" -- I love the nickname Penny but think Penelope is just okay. I don't care for any other Penny formal names (Millicent, Pennina, etc.) -- I'm with you. I think Penny is so sweet, but I don't like Penelope much at all. I can see a name like Peregrine turning into Penny...but you'd have to like Peregrine.

  3. #10
    Join Date
    Jul 2013
    Location
    West Michigan
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    Peregrine's kind of cool... for a boy. It doesn't sound feminine to me at all. Would Penny work as a stand alone name?

    Great list, sllah, thank you! My favorites:

    Anastasia - I think all Anne/Anna names might be out though because his ex is "Annie".
    Beatrix
    Cecilia
    Demetria - Love it, just not sure I'd be brave enough to use it. I don't care for Demi though.
    Natalia - But, this is one letter off of Tally's name!
    Susanna - This has actually grown on me as a path to Sanna.
    Frances - I like this with the nickname Frankie.
    Genevieve - I want to like this but just can't, for whatever reason. I love it the NN Evie.
    Victoria - It's on the list but I don't like any nicknames for it.
    Catherine - It's a form of my mom's name so it's on my list, not sure why I didn't mention it. I like it as a FN but will probably end up using it as a middle.
    Mary - I do like this, and Mae. Mary was my great-grandma's name so it has special meaning for me. Mae is my mom's middle name.

    Oh, Verity and Evangeline are also on the list. I wouldn't use Evangeline with Josephine, but I looove the NN Eve/Evie. Verity would get the NN Vera (I'd pronounce it VAIR-uh and dislike the VEER-uh prn).
    Current favorites:
    Cora . Louisa . Lydia . Mary

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  4. #12
    Join Date
    Feb 2013
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    2,299
    I really like Josephine and Frederick! They would makes a wonderful sib-set.

    Abigail
    Nora
    Willow
    Phoebe
    Darcy
    Arden
    Sienna
    Violet
    Amelia/Mila
    Eliza
    Maeve

  5. #14
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    Location
    USA
    Posts
    61
    The only one I like from your list is Margot although I prefer the spelling Margo which may be trendy for you since you seem to prefer old fashioned names. The other names are ok but nms.
    TTC#1 Mid-twenty something. Married to my best friend 3-3-12. Name lover and science nerd.

    Favorite Names: XX: Georgia, Wren, Arden, Mabel, Coralie, Leona, Aviana, Marin
    XY: Callum, Thomas, Hudson, Sullivan, Jonah

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