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  1. #1
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    Middle Name: Olive or Averial

    If we have another girl, we are going to use family names from my side. One option is Averial (pronounced like Avery with an L at the end, "AY-vree-uhl").

    I think Averial is okay, the sound is nice and it would work fine with a nature/word first name, but the fact that it has an unclear history irks me; is it derived from Avery? A misspelling of Avril or Averil? Any of those is possible, because my great grandmother used it after hearing it on a neighbor who was from Europe (not sure where in Europe) and that part of the family had a very interesting accent and it could easily be a phonetic interpretation. For example, my Great Great Great Aunt Olivia's name was pronounced "ah-LEE-vya" and I honestly didn't realize it was Olivia and not Alevia until I was an adult.

    Anyway, thoughts on Averial? I prefer the idea that it's taken from Avery (meaning "ruler of elves") more than Avril ("April" in French) or Averill/Averil ("boar battle") but I don't know how much I can ignore the other possibilities.

    Edit: our other option at the moment is Olive. I love Olive, but I don't like the idea of two word names in one combo, and the majority of my current list is nature names.
    Last edited by yellowplums; August 11th, 2019 at 09:34 PM. Reason: Clarification

  2. #2
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    As a middle, Averial is lovely! It's really distinctive, it honours family and it's interesting. I can imagine it working with lots of different firsts
    I love Olive as a name! Cute and quirky . I see it as more namey than wordy, but i can understand your concerns about using another word besides it
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    I really love Olive but I think Averial is quite wearable. Both also have a number of nickname options: Ollie, Liv, Livi, Ava, Vera, Ria, Ally. I don't think you can go wrong.
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    Though I'd hesitate to use Averial as a first, I think it'd be great in the middle! The mystery behind the name makes it that much more interesting, and the sound is appealing. Olive is cute, but I agree that it might be nice to have a non-word name in the middle if you're going with a word name for the first.
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