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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jun 2013

    Struggling to find any names

    I came across this site while googling ideas for baby names, so I thought I would try the forums to get help.

    I'm Ellie. I'm currently 20 weeks pregnant and due November 15. We aren't finding out the sex of the baby, but my boyfriend and I literally have no idea when it comes to names. Up until actually having a baby to name, my style was very vintage, old fashioned names like Edith, Iris, and Walter, while my boyfriend's style was more traditional yet in touch with modern styles, for example Madeline, Joshua, and Thomas. We live in England, where most of the vintage names are very popular, and we want our baby's name to be different and unusual, yet a legitimate name.

    We have both made lists, but manage to veto all of the other's suggestions. Most of my vetoes were due to popularity and his were due to being "too stuffy and old fashioned". Our lists are very short though because we can't find any names we love. Neither of us are that close with our families - we get on, but we're not close enough to want to name our children after them.

    His list:
    Madeline, Amelia, Jasmine, Alice, Phoebe, Lily
    Joshua, Thomas, James, Samuel, Lucas, Oliver

    My list:
    Edith, Iris, Jane, Clara, Lillian, Penelope, Josephine
    Walter, Hugo, Phineas, Martin, Leopold (I have a cousin with a son named Leo who I see a few times a year so I wouldn't use this anyway I don't think), Henry, Hamish, Victor

    Sorry this was so long and thank you if you read all of that. I guess my question is do you any of you have any advice about how to find a name for this baby before November 15th (we want a name by the time he/she is born, we don't want to introduce the baby to the family as "Nameless"), and if not do you have any random suggestions? Seriously we'll take anything you can think of to at least consider!

    Thank you so much if you can offer any advice or suggestions, it's much appreciated!

  2. #3
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    How about a traditional name for you with a modern nickname for him? From your list I see you have Lillian and he has Lily, Lillain nn Lily would be a great option.

    Or how about you take each other's long lists and rank the names 0, 1 ,2 or 3 - 0 meaning I hate this name and would never use it, 1 meaning I'd consider it as a middle, 2 meaning I'd consider it as a first and 3 meaning I actually really quite like this. Then see how many names you have ranked 2 or 3 and compile them into a new combined list to discuss.

    Also, there's a website - I believe it's called Nymbler - where you can put in sibling names and it comes up with suggestions for the next baby. If you put in two of your favourites, one boy and girl, each, and see what middle ground it comes up with you might get some names you both like.

    You've still got a few months to go, I'm sure you'll agree on a name by then Good luck.

    Anna Katherine * Lydia Ellen * Zoe Madeleine * Phoebe ___ * Imogen ___ * Emilia ___
    Samuel * Thomas * Charlie * Reuben * Oliver * George

  3. #5
    Join Date
    Jun 2013
    We're honestly not big on nicknames. Like I'd rather just use Lily than use Lillian and call her Lily anyway. I grew up as an Ellie, so the whole "nickname as a first name" thing doesn't bother me haha.

    I'll look into Nymbler! And the ranking idea sounds good, I'll be sure to try that later!

  4. #7
    Join Date
    May 2013
    Genevieve and Seamus are the first to come to mind.

  5. #9
    Join Date
    Jun 2013
    I'll ask my boyfriend about Genevieve, but I have a feeling he'll say it's too old fashioned I do love it! Seamus I'm not too keen on, though, but thanks!

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