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August 6th, 2013 12:20 AM #1
Help us find a name we can both love!
I've been trying, unsuccessfully, to post a thread in this forum all day. This is the girls counterpart for the "Befuddled and Bewildered" thread and the Ragnar/Riordan/Roderick poll over in the boys' forum. Hopefully this works.
I kind of need suggestions on girl names. I'm looking for feminine, a little bit romantic, but not over the top frilly. Hubby does have a list of favorites for girls, and while there is sometimes overlap in styles, it's hard for me to guess what we both might like. I need some fresh perspective. Our daughter is Eve An@stasia nn Evie, and she has the totally perfect name that both of us agreed on 100% without feeling like we had to take a bunch of compromises. Tough act to follow. Brothers are C@spian, Zeph@n nn Z, and Per3grine nn Pip.
The one name we can both live with is Serafina nn Fia. I actually want Fia, just Fia; it would be my #1 pick. Serafina is really a little too light and fluffy for me. But, hubby only likes Fia as a nn and seems to like Serafina a lot. So...maybe this is the compromise. I'm not totally convinced, but it's all we've got at the moment. We've already gone through just about every possible name that would get us nn Fia, thanks to Berry input here ( http://nameberry.com/nametalk/thread...-need-a-formal ), and Serafina seems to be the only one we can both live with.
Other favorites (in approximate order)
The only ones from my list he even marginally likes are Gwen, just Gwen, not any elaboration thereof (at least none that I've been able to suggest). Zinnia, which he ruled out because he doesn't want to use another Z name. Willow, which he maybe, might, consider if I really campaign for it.
Other names he likes:
And the only ones from his list that I like are: Dagny, but we ruled it out because our surname resembles Taggart, and it sounds like a joke. Ophelia, but Shakespeare's Ophelia is too crazy for us so it's out. Natalie and Felicity are okay but I don't like them enough to use them. Aria is pretty but it's TOO light and airy, and what if the poor child can't sing? I just really dislike the others and/or there are acquaintances I don't wish to name after.
Any other suggestions, ideas, input, anything? I'm happy to sort through brainstormed ideas, but if you're interested in the "rules," here goes:
1) No C, E, P, T or Z names.
2) No ends in S, T, or ER names (and preferably not N either).
3) I don't care for any of the -LINE names.
4) I do seem to like a lot of -lia names.
5) Every single name DH likes contains an "EE" sound.
6) DH will reject any name that resembles Eileen. Like Irene. Forget it.
7) We like nicknames.
8) Meaning is important to us.
Thanks so much for your time and thoughtful responses, Berries! We appreciate it so much.
August 6th, 2013 12:54 AM #3
If he likes Serafina and you like Fia, that could be a fine route to take. Other names that end with Fia can be found here. Otherwise Fiona with the nickname of Fia comes to mind. I actually think Fiona and Eve look gorgeous together. Evie and Fia work well too.
I really love the name Sunniva, but Niva sounds really close to Eva, which is one letter away from being Eve. So that wouldn't be a good one.
Names like Sunniva could be Sansa, Sela, Siri, Soleil, Stella, Suzanna and for some reason Naomi comes to mind.
Azalia and Willow seem like the perfect fit for your family. They both start with letters that none of your other kid's names start with. They're both unique. Azalia is more adventurous and feminine, but Willow is feminine in a humble, soft way.
Phoebe sounds adorable next to Eve, but saying Evie and Phoebe may be a problem for you. Otherwise it could be Evie and Phoebs (feebs). A name Phoebe always reminds me of is Zoe and Daphne, but they all end in -ee sounds and so does Evie. Also you don't want another Z name.
He likes Lucy, which is cute with Eve. To avoid two names ending with -ee you could call Lucy, Lu. So Lu and Evie sounds cute and works. It's also quirky and fun just like Evie sounds. Other names that are similar to Lucy could be Lillia (lihl-ee-ah) or Lila (lye-lah). Lillia is feminine while Lila is fun and spunky.
He likes Emily. Is it too plain for you? You could consider Emilia or Amelie. But both lack the spunk Evie has.
So my suggestions from your lists are:
Last edited by liviajoan; August 6th, 2013 at 12:57 AM.I'm so indecisive; one day I love a name, the next I'm not so sure anymore.
Philomena - Tempest - Autumn - Odessa - Zelda - Octavia - Margo - Cyra - Agnes - Ramona - Thora -
Sunniva - Juno - Chrysanthemum - Calliope - Nova - Libra - Andromeda - Ruby - Molly - Joy - Emma
Darwin - Titus - Finnegan - Bruce - Seamus - Oscar - Simon - Linus - Otis - Laszlo - Thomas - Elliot - Seth - Abel - Bartholomew
Mylo - Banjo - Indio - Rain - Zen - Iowa
vote on my name list
August 6th, 2013 01:25 AM #5
Thank you for your thoughtful reply, especially the link to the -ia names. I've already combed through that search, but I do appreciate you taking the time to search and link it for me.
I like Fiona and think it's a pretty perfect fit with Eve, but DH can't get over the Shrek ogre. We have discussed it at length and it's just...nope. He can't do it.
I'll run the Sunniva offshoots by DH and see if he bites on any of them. I rather like Soleil though it's probably too French for us...plus the spelling headache.
Oh good, it's not "just me" thinking that the herbaceous Azalea and Willow are good fits for us. Azalea was too "out there" for DH and he wasn't sure about Willow. I'll keep those to bring up again though.
Hubby recently used Phoebe on a pet. For the record, Evie and Phoebe in the same house IS confusing!
I really can't stand Lucy and he doesn't like any of the Lily names, that's a strikeout there, sorry!
Emily is way too plain, and besides my best friend as a kid was Emily. She was nice, and she grew up to be nice, and I like her and all, but...I don't want to name my child after her. And I would feel like I was. Poor DH has brought this one up for over a decade. Nope, can't do it.
Stylistically, we seem to be able to agree on Ophelia. We just don't want to USE Ophelia. Magnolia is too clunky for him, Azalea is too weird for him, Serafina is too fluffy for me.
August 6th, 2013 02:19 AM #7Senior Member
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Well, I'll sing Sunniva and Gwenllian's praises all day long. Incredibly beautiful, haunting, evocative names. I also like Serafina, and I keep thinking about it for a child, but it's way too frilly for my taste. Ophelia is so pretty, but I kind of get what you mean. What made my husband come around to it (as a middle) was Pan's Labyrinth (although she of course is an Ofelia) and Natalie Merchant's haunting song Ophelia. I'm rather pleased to see Anatolia on your list! Other Gwen- names... Gwenore; Gwynevere or Gwendolen? I think Gwen on it's own is very cute, but I love the long versions too. Daphne and Dagny are lovely too.
Do you like Freya/Freja/Freia? Or Frida! I love Frida. Could get you to Fia... Fairuza, Faustina, Finola/Finvola, Felicia, Fiammetta/Fiamma, Marfisa?
These are names I think both of you might like:
Last edited by ottilie; August 6th, 2013 at 06:11 AM.My darling Marian Illyria Aphrodite, March 2013 & Little Bunny (a girl!) due 9th of February 2014