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  1. #1
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    DH and I have NO overlap in names... 25 days til baby!!

    So naming kids is the hardest thing in our entire marriage, lol! We aren't THAT far apart in style, but we don't overlap at all.

    NAME PREFERENCES:
    --Easy to spell and pronounce
    --Preferably 2 syllables (I like shorter names, but our last name is 1 syllable)
    --Timeless, i.e. not super trendy or associated with a certain decade
    --Last name is pronounced "pits", so shouldn't start with "P" or end with "S"

    BACKSTORY:
    Siblings are Henry Lewis, Madeline Grace, and Ivy Faith. I named Henry and Ivy, he named Madeline.
    Our Henry is 13, so it was before it was trendy.
    I've never liked the name Madeline (trendy, longer than I like, people always spell it wrong and call her Maddie).
    He's never liked Ivy (admittedly not great with our last name, but I love it and it honors my grandmother.)


    OUR LISTS:
    I love:
    James (taken by a family member)
    Grant (sounds clunky with our last name)

    I like:
    Everett (doesn't sound great with Ivy, DH doesn't like it)
    Aaron (DH doesn't like it)
    Shane (my cousin's name)

    I like but don't LOVE:
    Adrian
    Gavin
    Jesse
    Simon
    Milo

    He loves:
    Jacob (naming my kid a name that was #1 for 2 decades really makes me cringe)

    He likes:
    Isaac (not great with Ivy)
    Thomas (I don't like that people would automatically call him Tom or Tommy, and I don't like the -S ending)
    Daniel (I'm not a fan)

    My head says the right answer is to let him have Jacob, since he let me have Ivy, but my heart isn't there yet!

    Thanks for reading my life story, lol, and for any fresh names you can add to my list!!!!

  2. #2
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    I think Jacob is a good choice. It matches with your kids and people will most likely not automatically shorten it to Jake. I agree that one syllable and ending with S aren’t great choices. Personally, I think Everett sounds good with Ivy, but it doesn’t stylistically match. I like Simon from your list the most with Adrian in close second. James also sounds good (even though it’s one syllable and ends with s). If it’s the first name of a child in your family that you’re really close to, then I wouldn’t use it. If you’re not close or it’s a middle name, then I think it’s okay to use it.

    Some other possible choices:
    Gregory
    Winston
    Wyatt
    John
    Jonathan
    Barry/Berry
    Roscoe
    Ross
    Camron
    Shawn/Sean/Shaun
    Evan
    Miles
    Isaiah
    Reese

    From the ones I said, I like Wyatt, Miles, and Isaiah the best. Good luck!
    Last edited by valeria8888; September 3rd, 2019 at 08:33 AM.
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  3. #3
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    I can understand your hesitation on Jacob. However, it is a great name! Alternatively you could go for Caleb?

    Other ideas:
    Gabriel (nn Gabe)
    John
    Ian
    Adam
    Lucas
    Timothy
    Patrick
    Jeremy
    Andrew
    Kevin
    ~Joan/Joanie, Winifred/Winry, Heidi~
    Evangeline | Alma | Felicity | Mae | Alice | Dorothy | Ingrid | Margaery | Elizabeth/Zella | Bernadette

    ~Conrad, Rex, Isaac/Ike~
    William | Hugh | Herschel | Ian | Barnaby | Hugo | Lawrence | Rowan | Donovan | Xavier

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  5. #5
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    I like Theodore nn Theo or Teddy with your other names. And I think it will sound good with your last name!

  6. #6
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    I second the suggestions of Caleb and Oscar for you

    Ivy, Madeline, Henry and...

    Joseph
    Gareth
    Grady
    Joshua
    Zachary
    Jameson
    Evan
    Owen
    Leon
    Toby
    Samuel
    Elijah
    Grace
    Sarai Matilda|Cherith Eliza|Sholto Felix|Tristan Rafferty
    Trying out...
    Cove Harriet|Everett Louisa|Forrest Alaia|Keaton Sophie
    Fox Eulalia|Sylvan Phillipa|Tate Isabella|Rory Winona

  7. #7
    Graham, Bram, David, Davis, Jack, Emmett, Bennett, Beckett, Caleb, Andrew, Theodore nn Theo, Benjamin nn Ben or Benji, William nn Will or Liam, Samuel, Alexander (nn Alec maybe?), Luke/Lucas, Nathan/Nathaniel nn Nate, Joseph, Nicholas, Matthew, Matthias, Charles, Adam, Noah, Ethan, Eli/Elijah/Elias, John, Michael, Joshua, Oliver, Jonah/Jonas, Peter, Gabriel, Owen, Zachary, Arthur, George, Christopher nn Chris or Kit, Isaiah, Levi, Micah, Patrick, Gideon, Leo, Jude/Judah, Ezra, Miles, Jasper, Calvin, Sebastian, Malachi, Clark, Josiah, Felix, Foster, Asher, Julian (nn Jules?), Oscar, Robert, Timothy, Richard, Ezekiel, Mark/Marcus, Silas, Anthony, Linus, Dean, Dylan, Jackson, Seth, Tobias, Walter, Garrett, Cole, Colton, Carter, Reid, Chase, Wesley, Rhett, Brett, Landon, Nash, Brooks

    As for Thomas, I went to high school with three boys who were named Thomas. All of them (successfully) went by Thomas. Also, I don't think it's awful with your last name.

    Would you consider a longer name with a short nickname?
    rachel

    Delilah - Camilla - Geneva - Ida - Valentine
    Ronan - Arthur - Gabriel - Clayton - Declan - Matthew - Bennett

  8. #8
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    @valeria8888

    It IS funny that my favorite name breaks half my rules, huh?? James is actually the name of my husband's grandfather, who was a terrible guy. He died in the 80's so to me he's just a guy who died decades ago. I asked my husband to see if he could get over the connection and let this guy be a new James, but he can't quite get there.

    Thanks for the suggestions!!
    Last edited by akp; September 5th, 2019 at 12:18 PM.

  9. #9
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    @river_dweller

    It's like you're looking at my husband's family tree! John, Andrew, Jeremy and Caleb are already in the fam! I like Gabe, but that was my HS boyfriend! And I like Ian, but Ian and Ivy is a bit much! Thanks for your list!!
    Last edited by akp; September 5th, 2019 at 12:19 PM.

  10. #10
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    @wilkie8709

    This is a great list! I like Nolan, Gavin, Julian, and Jonah. Mixed feeling on Jonah though-- I like the name, but I don't love the bible prophet. I like Blake, too, but it feels clunky with our last name.

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