1. Would you name a baby
1. I think it would be socially awkward to use the same name as an ex. Your friends and family (if they knew him) would ask about it. Your husband might feel very uncomfortable with it, too. I would only make an exception if there was another person with that name, too (e.g. if your father and your ex-boyfriend are both named John).
2. I actually like alliteration. Griffin Garrison sounds fine to me.
3. I think syllables should be taken on a case-by-case basis. Some sound good, others sound bad. I think the example you gave, Archer Devan Hadley, sounds fine.
4. Nationality is a harder case. Does your last name sound very Swedish? What's your husband's nationality? How does his last name sound? Is it a name that has an English equivalent (e.g. Miguel) or one that is very specific to another nationality (e.g. Vladimir)?
My husband is Canadian/American so our last name has no ethnic sound, really. I am a history buff, so I have to stop myself from names like Eirene and Antenor.Love your question! I think Margaret is an awesome name. I wouldn't let your cat Maggie get in the way of it. Some of your close friends/family may notice the correlation but most people would be just happy about the cute little bundle.
I think it's fine to introduce your child by whatever you want that person to call her. Unless that will cause confusion later, for instance if your neighbor hears you calling your daughter Elspeth after you've said her name was Elsie. Maybe the easiest way, if you use both names, is to say, "Elspeth, but we sometimes call her Elsie" or something like that.
My son is two and a half years old and we call him Charlie almost 100% of the time (or sillier nicknames). I cannot for the life of me convince him that his full name is Charles. He just laughs and laughs whenever I say it. He especially doesn't believe me that his middle name is Isaac, because there is another Isaac in his class.
Deven, homeschooling mommy of Kol, Jul, Elle, Liv & baby #5 due 11/16. Three Sweethearts in Heaven;