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August 6th, 2013 11:50 PM #36
I love Felicity. It means happy, and offers the adorable nickname Lissy. Or Felicia.
Azabelle nn Aza. Combo of Belle (beautiful) and Aza (which means comfort according to Nameberry, but "lark" in the fictional language of Ayorthian. It's from Gail Carson Levine's book, Fairest)
Jensina nn Jenni
Matilda, Mattie or Tillie/Tilly or Tilda/Tildy for short. means battle-mighty
Acacia nn Casey. A tree. also found in a book initially.
Amity nn Amy (friendship, harmony)
Hermione (most people know how to pronounce this name thanks to Harry Potter)
I'd suggest Cordelia, nn Delia, but I totally get how the C initial in the family already belongs to Caspian. I'm the exact same way.(awesome name, btw)
Aurora nn Rory or none at all. Shares a meaning with Dagny.
Mika could be a nickname for something. also means the same as Dagny- new beginning
Oriana-reminds me of your more avian choices. You liked Odette...
Shiloh means peace
Ingrid, also means essentially peace
Ada, noble. An alternative to Adele
Adela, also an alternative to Adele
Starling, nn Star
Liberty nn Libby
Leora/Liora means my light
Marigold nn Goldie (yeah, it starts with Mar, but...)
Stella means star
Georgiana nn Georgie
Nora (if you like double-barreled names, you could do something like Nora-Grace, Nora-Willow, Nora-Lark Nora-Pearl, ect)
Bluebelle nn Belle
Jacinta nn Cindy? Jacey like JC?
Briallen nn Bri means primrose
Maisie/Maisy you could sing "Amayzing Mayzie" from Seussical to her!
Josephine nn Josie, Fifi, Jo means "god increases"
Josette-reminds me of Cosette
Gemma on its own or as a nn for Gemima/Jemima (could also be Mimi)
that's all I got for now. I really like Josephine.Teenage Name Geek & Author
Beauty is Blind:Aurelia Dawn, Briony Sage & Calista Rose; Damien Lysander
Twice Upon a Time: Contenza "Connie" & Jensina "Jennie"
GIRLS: Antonia Jude "Annie" Rosalind Briar "Lindy" Felicity Snow, Tabitha Belle
BOYS: Gabriel Kai, Sebastian Lawrence, Benedict Jotham, Lionel James
August 6th, 2013 11:55 PM #38Senior Member
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August 7th, 2013 12:06 AM #40Senior Member
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You have tons of suggestions already, but here are a few off the top of my head (please forgive any repeats.. I skimmed earlier posts):
Afton (a water name)
Jacinda (I think it is a flower... Cindy for a nn? Is that too dated?)
Britta or Bridgette
Seraphina nn Sera
Virginia nn Ginnie
August 7th, 2013 12:13 AM #42Senior Member
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August 7th, 2013 12:31 AM #44
Squee! So many new messages and suggestions!
I should probably start with a general commentary, because some of you have totally called it right…as far as I’m concerned: Fia, Magnolia and Gwyneth are my person Top 3. Magnolia and Gwyneth were top of my list last time (we ended up having a boy) but even in a couple of years of campaigning I have gotten exactly nowhere in convincing my husband. Fia is a new addition which I had hoped would be more his style, but so far I’m stuck in Nowhereville again. So…yeah, Berries! Good calls! Except that my own style, and the style of this man of mine, seem to have a very narrow area of style overlap!
Names suggested, but already in my extended family include Naomi, Heather, Miriam, Sophie, Arielle/Ariel, and Zoe. You couldn’t have known since I didn’t mention it, but those have to be out right off for that reason.
Alright, on to individual replies:
@ninanoo, I think I missed you before, thanks for commenting. Ariel is pretty but already in my family. Dana is kind of a “mom name” in my circle, so I have a hard time visualizing it on the next generation.
@luvinbeingmomma – Bianca nn Bee is a good call! But, one of hubby’s favorites movies as a kid was “The Rescuers,” so I know he will just think of the little mouse, Miss Bianca. Too bad. You still impressed me though!
@judyariel – Oh nice list here. A lot of these have been mentioned before either here or in our Round 1 thread, so while I like many of them, they have already been ousted. I think you’re the first to bring up Jessamy, in the Jessamy/Jessamine vein, but I’m not really into the “jess” part, I’m from the Jessica generation and knew too many of them. Maeve is a new suggestion and I like it, but I think it’s too close to sister Eve.
@jem – Thanks! I lot of people are mentioning Sylvie and Sylvia. I guess I should like it, LOL.
@nyxiaus - Oh, we discussed Serafina to death on Round 1! Good call, but it’s already out. From your list I think Wisteria is intriguing, so I think it’s one to pass on to hubby. I think Isla is so pretty, but it’s sure to be shot down by Mr. The Pronunciation Has To Be Obvious From The Spelling. :-P
@jem – you’re back! Hubby already shot down Iris. Said it made him think of the iris of his eye, not the flower. Whowhatnow?? Boohoo!! Magnolia, how I love you! I’ve never been crazy about Meredith. We both like Felicity but not enough to be a top contender. I want to love Blythe but I don’t. LOVE Zinnia but we already have a child with a Z name. I know, challenging already, it’s not like we make it any easier, do we!
@jem – again! Ack, you were the one who brought Gwyneth, too. You’re killing me, I love it, I’ve tried every single Gwen name I can think of and the man just won’t bite. *headdesk* FIL is Don and we already used his name as a middle for one of the boys, so Dawn would be weird. Aurelia and Aurora don’t quite cut it for me and I’m not sure why because it seems like they should. Starling is one I hadn’t considered before so I’ll ponder it…and Wren is one that I’ve been on the fence about for awhile. Maybe it’s time to get hubby’s take on that one (though that could be a lot of birds in our family; we already have Peregrine, which is a name all its own but is also the proper name of a type of falcon, and we chose it partly for that reason. Hmm….)
@jem – LOL, you come back as often as you want. Birdie as a nn for Wren, Oh. My. It’s so cute I can’t stand it. Okay, you convinced me to put Wren on the “hubby” list!
@alphabetdem – Yes, someone already beat you to Jessamine, but I still don’t like it, sorry!! Hubby doesn’t like any of the Lily names and besides, MIL just named her dog Lily, so those are all gone. I do really like Genevieve, but I can’t imagine having Eve and Genevieve in the same family.
@mama2flowers – Oh, so many pretty flower names that I like, that have already been axed. I would totally have Marigold on my list, except that one of the boys’ names is Pippin, and it seems way too hobbity to have consecutive kids named Pippin and Merry. :-P
@luvinbeingmomma – hello again! Bellamy already got nixed for not being feminine enough; unfortunately I’ve never fancied Danica at all.
@ekaterinas_mom – EEEK!! I love Azalea. I think I might love it more every time I see it. I think I got a lukewarm response to this one before, it’s definitely time to bring it back and see if DH has warmed up any more.
Oh, you have such a lovely long list here, many have already been suggested, discussed, put in the discard pile, put out because of already being in the family, etc. etc. Eirlys is so pretty, and what a great meaning too – but that spelling is going to kill if for DH. Some of your other suggestions are “close but not quite” Isannah is one I rather seriously considered some time ago, but nobody can seem to agree where the I is pronounced EE or EYE; that’s often the problem with a lot of the I names, sadly. Thank you ever so much for your list of ideas, you obviously went to some work to collect the meanings for me and everything.
@sierra_the_novelist - Thanks for tossing out a few more ideas! Thea and Isla have already been put into the “discard pile,” Theodora is actually a little too clunky for me, go figure!
@luvinbeingmomma – out of this list Halle is nice, I’ve never really considered that one before; thanks!
@gingersnap – Oh, another nomination for Sylvie. If I liked that name, I think that I would be totally convinced it was “the one” by now!
@sleepysessha – LOL. I’m afraid. I’m very afraid. :-D
OY! That is a LIST!! I’m going to feel guilty if I don’t like something in here. Alrighty. I’m just going to copy this list over and write my thoughts on each!
Philomena/Filomena – someone suggested this way back in the “Fia! I’m Smitten” thread, but I couldn’t get past the “mean” part of it.
Sapphira/Safira – The Biblical Sapphira isn’t someone I want to commemorate, but I’ve never seen it spelled Safira before and that might be enough to make a break for me. If hubby doesn’t axe it now…
Sephora variant of Tzipporah – I like this one, but everybody always says “but it’s makeup” so I always drop it, and hubby would never go for the Tz thing.
Fiachra – yeah, I don’t even know how to say this one, sure to be shot down by hubs.
Fainne – the Gaelic names. We love them. They always die ignominious deaths once Americans try to pronounce them.
Fiore/Fiora – Love both of these, don’t know what my man’s issue is, but I’m going to put them back up for review.
Fidelis/Fidelia – We…would always think “high fidelity” sound equipment or something. We’re techy. And I had a bad experience with a Faith so that one is way, long, utterly out of consideration.
Philippa/Phillipa – LOL Ph is exempt. I’ve never really been crazy about “fill” names.
Frieda/Freda/Freida/Frida – Nope, sorry. But serious congrats on coming up with a Fia idea I’ve not seen before.
Frederica – Fritzi, lol. That’s kind of cute. Too bad I loathe the Fred part…
Firenze – Oh no. Ohhhhh no. The bane of J.K. Rowling. She has ruined so many names for me.
Fortuna/Fortunata – Again, congrats on a Fia possibility I haven’t seen!
Florea – Hmmmmmm….I will ponder this one.