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  1. #1
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    Jun 2013

    Please help, baby girl due next week! Jack, Lily, Miles, and ?

    Please help. Our fourth baby is due next week and we are still stuck as far as names. We want to pick a name that sounds great with our last name, Maxwell, but also works with our other children's names.

    Our other kids are:
    Jack William Maxwell (9 yr) Jack and William were both family names
    Lillian Grace Maxwell (called Lily, 7 yrs) Lillian was my grandmother
    Miles Henry Maxwell (3 yrs) We picked Miles bc it sounded good with Maxwell and fit with the other kids names, not a family name

    We got a little burned on the names of the first two kids, they were not ranked that high when each of the children was born but caught on like wildfire within a couple of years. So for this baby we really want to pick something that will at least be a number of years ahead of the curve, although we don't mind if it catches on eventually, as long as our daughters name is never as common as, say, Sophia is now... :0

    For this baby girl, we are mostly thinking of first names Violet and Camilla, and mn's Maxine (after my husband's grandmother,) Elise, and Mae. Or using the second choice first name as a mn. Camilla Violet or Violet Camilla. I love both names but I am concerned that Violet is too cute and sweet, more like a nickname, and doesn't have a strong first name to back it up. Also I really question how well it sounds with Maxwell. I think Camilla Maxwell sounds much better, and I like that it has a british flair, and is a very international name, but my husband isn't sold on it and the few people I have mentioned it to haven't seemed to like it. Also we are not crazy about Mille or Milla as a nn for Camilla. So we have one name that is basically a nickname, and one name that is a nice, strong "resume" name that we cant think of a cute and reasonable nickname for! So far we are about to settle for Violet Maxine Maxwell, but I am just not convinced that any of that sounds good together! Please help! His grandmother's name was actually Maxi Maxine Maxwell once she was married! I would really like to honor her but wow... Also, can you really have two girls with flower names in one family?? Also, I think the normal pronunciation of Violet in america is going to be two syllables, sometimes one, even though it actually has three.... Maxwell also has two, so I'm hesitant about the rhythm or cadence. Whereas Lillian Maxwell, or even Camilla Maxwell flow well bc they are three and two syllables. I'd love your thoughts, opinions, favorite combinations, and even other names that you think might work and have a nice ring to them with Maxwell.

    Thank you for your help! We don't want to go to the hospital on July 8th without a name!
    Last edited by charliemax; June 29th, 2013 at 05:28 PM. Reason: duplicate post

  2. #3
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    Jun 2013
    sorry, didn't realize it posted earlier, Safari shut down. My first time posting... :0

  3. #5
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    Jan 2011
    Violet is certainly a pretty name. I cannot begin to imagine how it would get reduced to one syllable here in the States. Vye-let/Vye-lit does happen, but never Vylt or something! So leave your stress about that one syllable issue behind, and I do hear the three syllable version pretty often - but I would stress the 2-syllable is pretty standard, it's just a different dialect, not ignorance about the word or something. I do think two flower names (an issue for either Violet or Camilla, really) in one family is a bit much but it's certainly not impossible or anything. Especially with Lily technically being a Lillian, and if you go with Camilla, that's also not quite Camelia.

    Camilla might get called Millie whether you want her too or not, and then you'd have Lily and Millie...Millie and Miles would be close too.

    Violet is already skyrocketing here in the States, and may do so soon wherever you are, if that bothers you about Jack and Lillian it might do you well to reconsider.

    I'm going to suggest some names that remind me of your style and the names you like...I wouldn't be scared off by 2-2 rhythm too much.

    Charlotte Elise Maxwell (although Charlotte is quite popular)
    Florence Elise Maxwell
    Juliet Maxine Maxwell
    Louisa Mae Maxwell (although this would be two Ls with Lillian)
    Margaret Mae Maxwell (although two Ms with Miles)
    Priscilla Mae Maxwell (Priscilla can be hard to pull off, but has a certain charm)
    Rosemary Maxine Maxwell
    Verity Mae Maxwell

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