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  1. #1
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    WDYT of Elizabella?

    Just some background here. My d-i-l is expecting twin girls. One of the names she really likes is Isabel/Isabella. She is put off by it's popularity however. I just found this new name Elizabella on today's name list (ancient names for girls). Before I propose it to her as a possibility, I wanted to see what everyone thought here. This name could work to honor many of our family (on her husband's side). His great-grandmother is named Bessie, his great-aunt is Betty (both nns of Elizabeth), his gr gr grandmother was Eliza and one of his gr gr gr grandmothers was Isabella. This sort of combines all of those names. They probably want to use Mae as a mn (it has been in the family for generations on his maternal side and has been thrown in from time to time on his paternal side. They want two mns for each daughter however. What would work as a second mn with Elizabella Mae? What would work as the second daughter's fn? She also is thinking about Abigail but once again is a little put off by it's popularity. She is thinking of substituting Avigail. Do Avigail and Elizabella
    work as a twin set? If so, any ideas for mns for Avigail? Or do you think they should just go ahead and use Isabella and Abigail? Any thoughts?

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    Re: WDYT of Elizabella?

    Really not a fan of Avigail... seems it would be confusing for a child and would have to be re-pronounced over and over b/c people would always hear 'Abigail'. As for Elizabella, I love Eliza by itself - - but less a fan of it combined with 'Bella'. Both of these names together (Avigail & Elizabella) feels like she's trying too hard to be slightly different from very popular names. If it were me, I'd either go with Abigail and Isabella if she really likes them, or else choose completely different names that stand on their own (versus changing one or two letters or syllables to create a name variant from a popular name). Hope this helps!

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    Re: WDYT of Elizabella?

    I actually think Elizabella is really pretty! That said, I have to agree with the previous poster that pairing Avigail with Elizabella is too much in that it does sound like a play on a pair of popular names and therefore borders on feeling trendy in a way that either name on its own wouldn not. . . (though, I do think Avigail is very pretty also; in fact, I actually rather like Abigail despite its popularity).

    To me, Abigail and Elizabeth are such great classic names that the popularity doesn't bother me so much (they are popular, but not trendy, and if you use nn's Bessie and Gail they are unlikely to encounter others with the exact same name). If it were me, I would probably go with Abigail and Elizabeth. (Isabella, while also a pretty classic name, is just too popular right now and doesn't have the same timelessness to carry it through).
    Mom of one daughter, age 2, and name-enthusiast

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    Re: WDYT of Elizabella?

    I agree that on their own, Elizabella and Avigail might work but as a twinset it is too theme-y or trying to hard to unique-ify popular names. I would probably use Elizabeth/Eliza and Abigail or Isabella and Abigail if that's what I really loved, or move away from those names altogether if I couldn't get past the popularity.

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    Re: WDYT of Elizabella?

    the name is overly complicated.

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