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    Aug 2009
    New Jersey, USA

    Twin brothers for Helena Beatrix

    Hello, Berries! We are expecting twin boys in just a few weeks. Could you help us with twin pairings and first/middle combos, as well as suggest other names that we might like, from our list?

    Here are our constraints/criteria:
    First, family significance is very important to us, and nearly every name on our list is a family name or has some other personal significance. However, we are all right with a pretty loose definition of this—my husband’s family names after family members by just using the same first letter, which gives a lot of room for creativity.

    Second, our last name is pronounced like LIN-sen-my-er, so names that are really long and don’t have a nickname, names that begin with L or end in L, or names that end in er don’t work well. And nothing too German.

    Third, we’d rather not have a top 100 name. We prefer names from 300-600, but of course the meaning is more important to us than popularity, and especially if the name is a classic and/or has a less-used nickname we would consider it. (We realize there are three Top 100 names on our list.)

    Here’s our annotated list:
    Felix -- Love this name, especially the meaning, but the family significance is a stretch. We like that this name is fairly international, too—seems like it travels well. Is it about to be trendy?
    Maxwell – Very significant family meaning, but I’m really worried about popularity, especially since he’d go by Max. Seems like there’s a little Max in every music class and at every children’s museum.
    Clark – After my birthplace, and love the popularity level--recognizable but not popular. Too serious?
    James – After my father. Again, worried about popularity, and we don’t like the nickname options. DH won't go for Jem.
    Floyd – DH and I both love this but we realize nobody else does. Has family meaning and definitely isn’t too popular, but we’re worried it’s too “old man” and would either be a burden to our little guy, or seem like we are trying too hard.
    Edward nn Ned – After my mom’s adoptive family. Nice but maybe just something missing?

    Considering for the middle only:
    Robert – DH’s father and my mom’s father.
    Constant – very old family name on my mom’s side. We like this with Felix in the middle for the other twin since they are both virtue-ish names.
    Huxley – Brave New World had a significant role in the start of my relationship with DH.
    Evan – DH’s birthplace, but maybe a little too trendy for us.

    He likes, I’m not sure about: Theodore, Philip, Jared

    I like, he’s not crazy about: Sebastian, Ezekiel nn Zeke, Jethro, Ezra, Thaddeus, Wallace

    We both like, but they don’t go with our last name or we can’t use for other reasons: Oscar, Linus, Lionel, Ethan, Micah, Jesse, Walter

    Our girl list, just in case: Florence, Gwendolen, Genevieve, Elizabeth nn Libby, Rose

    Thanks so much for reading, and thanks in advance for your help! With our daughter we had a lot of fun choosing a name, but with these boys we’ve had a rough pregnancy plus an international move in the third trimester, and have barely thought about names. Big sister is Helena Beatrix, and goes by Lena almost exclusively. Don’t know if our sons will look like her or not, but she has wild light brown ringlets, olive skin, and large hazel eyes with long lashes. (We are trying to picture boy versions of her, in naming.)

    Appreciate combo advice, comments on any of our list, or other suggestions based on our list. Thanks again!
    Helena Beatrix (Lena) age 3

    Twin BOYS due 5/14/13

    Current list: Walter, James, Felix, Clark, Maxwell, Edward, Thaddeus, Floyd, Sebastian, Oscar, Evan, Theodore, Huxley

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