Back and nervous....but getting started.

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Back and nervous....but getting started.
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Mon, 06-07-2010 - 2:06pm

I was here a while back (well, I've been "here" for over 10 years. but here actually naming) but we lost the baby at Christmas time. Well, now I'm back. Things are going better this time and I'm finally starting to calm down a little. The kicker? We're having twins this time! Oh boy.

DH and I had a long drive yesterday and talked a lot about names. Here's where we are right now and then I need help!

Girls: We LOVE Malin. I think we're set on using Malin on it's own (I used to be insistent that it be Madeleine nn Malin but we just had another Madeleine born close in the family). For a second girl we like Freya, Anika, Analise and a few others. DH really likes Anika.

Boys: One would likely be Peyton (family name). The only other two we like (both of us) are Carver (another family name) and Theodore. Theodore is the front runner. DH likes Teddy as a nn too. I also like Thatcher, but DH thinks it sounds like a middle name.

HELP! We need more choices for boys! If these babies are two boys we're in trouble!

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Mon, 06-07-2010 - 8:51pm

Hi there.

Twins are so fun! I'm a nanny for twins, & it's wonderful that they always have each other. You're in for a treat. :)

Onto the names:

Malin-Gorgeous! Is it May-lyn or Mah-lyn? I like both, & it seems unnecessary to use it as a nn.

Freya-Love it! This is easily my favorite w/Malin. It's just as unique, & it works really well for a little girl or a grown woman.

Anika-This isn't bad. Is it said 'ah-nic-uh' or 'anne-nic-uh'? The spelling is confusing if it's the latter.

Analise -This spelling is also confusing, unless you plan on saying it 'ah-nuh-leese'.

Theodore-This is darling. I love Teddy too.

Thatcher-I really like this, & it fits nicely w/your girls names.

Carver-This is nms. It's just sort of trendy sounding. I could say the same thing for Peyton, but it's pleasing to hear on the correct gender for once.

Boy suggestions-

Atticus

Adrian

August

Beckett/Kit

Catcher/Catch

Clayton/Clayte

Caspar

Desmond

Elliott

Elias/Eli

Everett

Gabriel

Gareth

Holden

Jonas

Leif

Miles

Oliver

Paxton/Pax

Rafael/Rafe

Rhett

Rowan

Tobias

Waker

Xavier

Hope this helps!

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Mon, 06-07-2010 - 8:57pm

Theodore is nice and I like Teddy as a NN.


Not crazy about Thatcher. Carver is interesting.


Some other possibilities:


Austin
Brennan
Carson
Carter
Easton
Everett
Foster
Gavin
Grayson
Henry
Tyson

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Mon, 06-07-2010 - 9:19pm

Oh, Kara, I'm so sorry for your loss! I wondered where you were (I've been lurking even though I rarely post!) I also lost my first pregnancy and it was totally devastating.

But twins! What a blessing! I love Malin and Anika (Annika? I don't know if you have a strong reason for the spelling but when I see it with one n I wonder if it's pronounced uh-NEEK-a rather than AN-nicka. Freya is also a favorite of mine. You can't go wrong with that girl list.

For b/b twins, I adore Peyton and Thatcher. Perfect! I love Theodore, too, but I wonder in this world of gender-ambiguous names if Peyton and Theodore would be mistaken for g/b twins? Sad, because I love Peyton for a boy, but it's something to consider anyway. Carver is also very nice, an it would be great if both boys got family names. Any others to work with?

Congrats again!

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Mon, 06-07-2010 - 9:36pm

Hey Jodi! Thanks for the kind words. It was a rough Christmas but we got through it and now I'm doing pretty good. Still processing the whole twins thing!

I was going with Anika because I wanted the Ah-nikka pronunciation rather than Ann-ika, if that makes any sense. But DH and I were talking yesterday about the fact that most people were likely going to say Ann-ika so I might just go with Annika. Same for Analise. I was hoping for the Ahna pronunciation (I love Ana as nickname, and it sounds nice in Spanish).

I really do like Thatcher, but DH just isn't sold. The more we talked through Carver the more I just don't know that I can do that. Both would have family middle names, so I'm not totally worried about that part. And Theodore is actually the name of a VERY good friend of mine from childhood. I've already cleared it with him (years ago), and he doesn't want to use it (he's called dibs on his dad's middle name), and he doesn't go by Theodore or Ted or Theo or anything like that (uses TJ) so it wouldn't be confusing. We're in Virginia, so here, I still see a lot of Peyton's and Avery's and Addison's, etc. on boys. Maybe it's a southern thing? There are equal amounts of boys and girls with each other's names! We know male Ashley's, Lesley's, Avery's and girl Wesley's, Lael's and Ryan's.

Not much else that we like on the family side. Problem is, half of my entire family tree just doesn't work because it's VERY spanish. Eugenio Klousia just doesn't sound right! And those surnames don't work well for first names ;) I really liked Emmett but DH said NO WAY, all because of the stupid Dallas Cowboys!

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Tue, 06-08-2010 - 4:38am

Congrats on expecting twins - I'm a twin myself and having twins is something I always hoped for but no such luck.


Malin is great. How about Smilla? My second choice is to go with Annika.


If you get b/g twins maybe be aware that Pippi Longstockings neighbours were the siblings Tommy and Annika, so Theodore and Annika will ring some bells. Cute though, and a great match. Maybe save those for

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Wed, 06-09-2010 - 8:47pm

Here are a few other favorite surnamey boys names that you've probably already tossed around:
Beckett
Bennett
Archer
Whitacre

And tell me one more time what JP stands for? Any possibility of -son type surnames there?

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Wed, 06-09-2010 - 9:03pm
We were talking about surnames the other day. I guess most of them I just don't feel comfortable using if we don't have a family tie to them. I love Campbell for a boy, but would feel funny using it without a family connection. Unfortunately, JP stands for John Philip, so unless we want to use Johnson, no chance for a -son name :(
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Wed, 06-09-2010 - 9:07pm

Thanks for all the suggestions! Malin is pronounced Mah-lynn. It's a Swedish name we both fell in love with while living there. I like Freya with it too, but it doesn't sparkle as much as Malin so I'm still looking! With Anika and Analise, I was hoping for the Ahh sound at the beginning, if that makes any sense. But maybe leaving out the n isn't going to do it. I like the idea of Ana (Ah-na) as a nickname, take a little of the Scandinavian from DH's side and inject a little of the Spanish from my side ;)

Thanks for all the boy suggestions. I love Elliott and Everett but DH nixed Everett and Elliott is one of our good friend's names. He actually goes by Elliott (unlike my Theodore) so I wouldn't feel right using it.

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Wed, 06-09-2010 - 9:08pm
Thanks for the suggestions! I really like Gavin and Henry they're just a little more popular than I'd like. I have friends that have kids with those names and I'm trying not to repeat.
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Wed, 06-09-2010 - 9:14pm

A future set of twins?!?! ACK! No way! I told DH I'd maybe consider one more, but only if we could do it alone because I am not doing twins again! I can't even imagine!

Funny you mention Smilla. It was in a name book we were looking at and DH immediately zoned in on it, as he does with all Scandinavian names, but I just can't. It always makes me think of the book Smilla's Sense of Snow, which I unfortunately hated. So it sort of ruined the name for me. We do both really like Linnea so that might be a possibility with Malin, I just get worried that people would shorten it to Linny, which I don't really like.

I hadn't really thought about Theodore and Annika, although I adore Pippi Longstocking. I think if it was boy/girl Malin would definitely be the front runner anyway. Thanks for all your thoughts, it's nice to have someone who really knows most of our names put in some input!

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