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  1. #21
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    Jan 2013
    Central Coast, California
    Hello All!

    Well, what a wonderful response! I so appreciate all you chiming in with your thoughts and opinions! Sometimes it's nice to have a complete stranger weigh in on my choices and not just friends and family. I love all the input! It's interesting to see how a name strikes certain people and conjures up images I'd never even considered.

    It seems that Matilda is an overall winner, and I'm so glad! There is a reason it is at the very top of my list - I'm so in love with it! My infatuation with this name started with the Roald Dahl story by the same name. And now I love it for many other reasons: that it sounds antique without sounding stuffy, kind of book-ish, sweet but a little spunky and for its excellent nn qualities. This one will remain at the top of my list.

    I've come to the conclusion that Pippa, September and Ripley are probably 'guilty pleasure' name that I would not actually use on my child. I still have a love for them though...

    I know Pepper received an overwhelming negative response, but I still really love this name. I know it makes people think of salt, or chili peppers or just another 'word' name, but I think if I ever met a really cute little girl with spunky attitude that I would think its the greatest name in the world! But I understand that it has the potential to be a difficult name to wear. I'll put it on the back burner...

    Tallulah is still a strong contender for me. I love the galloping sound it makes when you say it (like of like Penelope, which I don't like nearly as much) and it just makes me happy. But because it is kind of a mouthful, I could see people always using a nn (Lulah or Lilou) instead of the full name. My mom said it reminded her of a elderly black woman from the South (in a very wise and matronly way). But again, if I met a cute little blonde girl (which our children are certain to be) with this name, I would think it's adorable.

    Felicity, Imogen, Petra and all very pretty in my opinion, but I don't know if they will surpass Matilda for the top spot.

    Ottilie is another favorite (which was my childhood friend Gretchen's middle name and the first I had heard it) and I like it pronounced oh-TILL-ia (kinda of like Natalia??). Is that the way it is most commonly pronounced???

    For the middle names, I'm definitely open to something a little more 'out there' than anything I would use for a first name (hence Primrose and Sunshine) but I do still want it to "make sense" and sound beautiful. One commenter made a good point about the middle names being read at official ceremonies such as a graduation and that would make Whimsy just sound silly. But I do like the occasional 'word' name and Whimsy just makes me happy. I might have to count that one out though...

    And for the boys, I really LIKE all those names I listed, but I don't know if I LOVE any of them. I'm having such a hard time with the boy names. I would really love to have a little boy, but I really want to NAME a little girl!

    Asa is still probably my top pick, because of its simplicity and lack of popularity. I like that it is different from most boy names in that it ends with an 'a.' If I had it my way, I would probably pick a more unisex name for my son like Shannon, Ashley or Kelly (not those specifically but something in that category) but my husband doesn't really like that idea. He's very open-minded when it comes to the names I throw out (even Pepper!) so when he says he doesn't like something, I usually try to respect that.

    Cormac received mixed reviews but I still kind of like this one. Again, I like the not-so-typical ending and I like how it sounds with our last name. I'm going to have to mull this one over a little more.

    Tennyson is another guilty pleasure name, because of the name itself and because of how it would sound with our last name. But a girl can dream...

    Kieran and Kellen and still favs - I think because they are a little less masculine than some of the others on my list. I don't usually go for overly masculine names.

    I like Wilder, but I might save that for a middle name spot. It's a little 'surname-y,' but I like it nonetheless.

    Anyway, thanks again everyone for all the input - much appreciated! I'm still open to boy name suggestions, as I feel I still have a long way to go!

    Thanks again!
    Mama to Matilda May, expecting Baby #2 this summer

    Current favorites:
    Margaret, Imogen, Tallulah, Tessa, Felicity, Cecily, January
    Asa, Kieran, Cormac, Arlo, Wilder, Kellen, Flynn, Milo, Leland

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