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  1. #6
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    I love a lot of the names on your list. Particularly Alice, Eliza, Matilda, Hazel, and Gwendolyn.

    A few suggestions:
    Arcadia
    Amelia
    Penelope
    Annalie
    Annabel
    Rosalie
    Evangeline
    Liliana
    Angelica
    Tatiana
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  2. #8
    Join Date
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    your existing list isn't boring... it's *classic* (just reframing). To complement your likely middles:

    Antonella (nn Nell)
    Anais
    Astrid (nn Triddy)
    Camilla/Camille
    Clementine
    Cordelia
    Cora
    Dahlia
    Daphne
    Darby
    Darcy
    Delia
    Delphine
    Evangeline
    Felicity
    Gemma
    Hattie
    Isolde
    Lark
    Lola
    Luna
    Magnolia (nn Maggie, Nola)
    Maeve
    Nora
    Ophelia
    Paget (nn Page)
    Petra
    Rory
    Stella
    Willa
    Violet
    Zelda

  3. #10
    Join Date
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    I bolded the ones I really like but I figured why not try updating your list by using your current list as a jumping off point? I looked at behindthename.com and found variations that I think sound fresh but could still honor the names your hubby likes. Maybe he'd be amenable to exploring alternatives if you start small. (Also using a variant that honors your or his heritage could be cool).

    Lily - Lileas (Scottish), Lillia (diminutive of Lilian),
    Grace - maybe different virtue name like Hope, Honor, Temperance would work well too. (They are equally traditional just not as common).
    Mary - Miriam/Mirjam (Arabic/Germanic), Polly, Molly, Moira (Irish), Maja (Swedish), Mairwen (Welsh).
    Alice - Alise, Adelaide, Alida (German), Ada (Polish - super popular right now),
    Clara - Kiara, Clarisse (French),
    Vivian - you could argue against this by pointing out it was traditionally a boys name. (If he's traditional). How about Viola or Violetta
    Hazel - maybe other color or nature names would work. Ruby, Wren, Rowen, Poppy, Hyacinth (virtually any flower).
    Eliza - oh choose any Elisabeth derived name... some of my favorites are Elisabetta (nn Lilibet which is sort of Lily and Eliza), Bettie, Buffy, Ella, Elise, Liesel (German)
    Jane - Johanna (Biblical), Janneke (Dutch), Janina (German), Gianna (Italian), Siana (Welsh)
    Vera - there aren't a lot of varients on this one. How about Vesper?
    Gwendolyn (DH is tentative on this one) -
    Helena - Helen, Eleni, Eleanora, Elena, Illena.
    Greta - Margaret nn Greta would work. Meta (Swedish), Maisie (Scottish)
    Matilda - Maude,
    Beatrice (tentative on this one, as well) - wonderful name not a lot of variants on this on either. (I have nothing up my sleeve as I think this might be the one non-nn B name I like)
    Ellen - See Helena but also Olena (Ukranian), Elin (Welsh), Elaine (Welsh Mythology)
    Frances - Francesca (Italian), Sissy (which is an English diminutive)
    Susan - Susanna, Savannah, Zula (Polish)

    Hope that helps some.
    MAJOR CONSTRUCTION ZONE
    newlywed!!! (not trying...yet)

  4. #12
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    Okay I'm looking at more distinct/exotic names that won't scare your traditional Southern Family

    Liliana or Liliosa - in consideration of Lily
    Francesca - I like this name more than Frances
    Eloise - Fresher version of Helena or Ellen or Eliza
    Beatrix or Bellatrix - instead of Beatrice
    Genevieve - instead of Gwendolyn

    even Isla
    Valentina

    Maybe even go in the route of less common Shakespeare name like:
    Nerissa
    Audrey
    Adriana
    Portia
    Juliet

    I was even thinking of Perla which is the Spanish version of Pearl so it is a typical southern name with a bit of a flair to it

    Adelaide which is becoming more common now was also the name of an old queen so you have history on your side with that one

  5. #14
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    Sep 2012
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    Canada
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    Maddox (Max) James 08.31.13.

    Boys Favourites: Holden, Theron (Theo), Aidan, Killian

    Girls Favourites: Rosalie, Lucy, Lyra, Isla

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