Time to jump back in!

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Time to jump back in!
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Thu, 07-15-2010 - 11:23am

We are TTC, and that means it's time to start thinking about names again! Okay, I admit, I never stopped thinking about names after our first, but now I can do so publicly again. :)

Our first son is Charles Isaac. He's named after my grandfather Charles and DH's grandfather Isaac. He always goes by Charlie.

We have a rather strict naming theme: We want all of our kids' initials to "spell" a Roman numeral. Our last name starts with V, so that means Charlie's initials are CIV, which is 104 in Roman numerals. This means we can only use names starting with: C, D, I, L, M, and X (V is also a Roman numeral, but with our last name it can't be repeated).

Here's my starter list. I'd love comments, suggestions, and additions.

GIRLS
Lydia - This would have been Charlie's name if he'd been a girl, and it's still at the top of my list. Nothing else even comes close.

Dorothea - I like this a lot, and the possible nickname Dori

Deborah - Beautiful, classic

Cornelia (nn Nell) - This one I'm more neutral on. I absolutely adore the name Nell, but it starts with the wrong letter, as does Eleanor. Cornelia would let me use Nell as a nickname, which is the big attraction here.

Ida - Family name as a possible middle name

Isadora - Mashup of two family names as a possible middle name

BOYS
Michael (nn Misha) - My DH is Russian, and I've always loved the traditional Russian nickname Misha for Michael/Mikhael. I like the name Michael too, except for the fact that it's been in the top 3 for the past 1000 years or so.

Mitchell - A form of Michael that is much less common. DH and I like this pretty well, but my mother hates it.

Dimitri - Again, I like the Russian aspect here. DH complains, though. He says if we want it Russian, we should spell it Dmitri, but I think that just looks too foreign. Also, is it weird to give our second son a very foreign name when our first son has an American one?

Caleb - Nice, but I'm worried about it becoming too popular.

Colin - With this name, I'm worried about a sort-of rhyme with our last name. The first syllables are very similar. Imagine "Colin Dollar" to get an idea.

Lionel - This is really growing on me, but DH doesn't like it.

Matthew - I really like this name, but it was so overdone in the 1980s (when I was born) that I feel like I know a billion Matts.

Dexter - Love, love, love. Worried about the TV show.

Thanks in advance! Looking forward to hearing what you ladies have to say over the next god knows how many months.

Jadzia

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Thu, 07-15-2010 - 1:00pm
I like Lydia and Mitchell the best.

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Thu, 07-15-2010 - 5:39pm

Yay for TTC! You have a nice list. Okay, if Lydia is still your #1 choice, then go for it. It's nice with Charlie's name, too. Lydia Isadora or Lydia Irene (I like this one, a lot). Beyond that, Deborah would easily be my first choice. I think it is really fabulous (individually and with Charlie). It is classic, lovely and underused, these days. My additional suggestions would be Milena and Linnea (li-NAY-uh).


I love Michael, even though it's popular. I think it's great with Charlie. Dmitri is nice. I don't mind the Russian spelling. I think you could have a Charles and a Dmitri. I like a lot of ethnic sounding names (some from our backgrounds) and I would use them for future children if they seemed right.

 

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Thu, 07-15-2010 - 6:17pm

You have good taste! Lydia Irene was what we had picked out for a girl last time. Then my great-aunt Ida died, and that's become a strong contender for the middle name instead.

I don't know if I can deal with Dexter. I do love the name. Normally I wouldn't mind an association with a TV character, but a serial killer? That's awfully rough.

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Fri, 07-16-2010 - 2:15pm

Good luck!

GIRLS
Lydia
I like this very much. I think this is probably it and you're just looking for fun (which I understand :)
Lydia is an occasional name on my list, but I much prefer Leah, so I probably wouldn't use it.

Dorothea
Very pretty, and I really like Dori too (I would also use that nn for Isadora or even Deborah). Dorotea is occasionally on my list, but I've been prefering less flowery names.

Deborah
This was too popular in my parents' generation for me to consider it seriously. It's nice (especially with nn Dori) but seems very dated now.

Cornelia (nn Nell)
I like it some, but wouldn't use it for a baby (it is a name I gave to one of my daughter's dolls). What about Lenore, Leonor, Leonora, Leanora, Leanor, Leanore, Leonore, Lenora?

Ida
It's not a favorite of mine personally, but there are family names on my list that wouldn't be there otherwise. Really not sure about Lydia Ida; Dorothea Ida would work, and so could Leonore Ida.

Isadora
I like it better than Ida. I think that it's best to use the actual name to honor family, though.

BOYS
Michael (nn Misha)
Misha is handsome, and I understand your feelings about Michael--very popular name. Micah or Micaiah are other options. (Or Mitchell, though I like Michael more). Or you could just name him Misha. I don't think your mother hating Mitchell is important if you're going to call him Misha.

Dimitri
I would say Dmitri is fine if that's the spelling your dh wants. I know a sibset Victoria, D'Mitri, and William, and I don't know if they have any Russian ancestry at all. I would say William is comparable to Charles in terms of Englishness, and I honestly had never thought about D'Mitri and William not matching (though D'Mitri did seem weird).

Caleb
I like it. I don't love it.

Colin
I would be more worried about the two pronunciations with this. I don't think it's awful, but if you don't like how this sounds with your ln let it go.

Lionel
I like it, but DH should get more say than I :)
How about Lemuel or Lyle?

Matthew
I agree about this one... though I do like the nn Math. Especially with your Roman numeral kids... there's also Mathias, Mattathias, or Matthan.

Dexter
Not familiar with the TV show. Like Dex or Dax as a nickname, but not thrilled with Dexter.

My top choices would be Dorothea or Lydia for a girl, Michael, Matthew, or Misha for a boy (though Caleb's fine too).

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Fri, 07-16-2010 - 4:31pm

Ida and Colin are the two i like.

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Sat, 07-17-2010 - 6:26pm

Hi there.

I love your Roman numeral theme. How fun. :)

Here are my thoughts on the lists-

GIRLS
Lydia - Seems about perfect.

Dorothea - I like this too, but prefer Dora or Thea...or if you wanted to stretch it, Daisy.

Deborah - This is a nice classic, but I think that Debbie seems so dated.

Cornelia (nn Nell) -Ooh, I love it. I may have to add it to my list, because I love Nellie after my great-grandma. How about Daniela nn Nell? Is it Russian? I'm almost positive that I went to camp w/a first generation Russian girl called Daniela, although behindthename.com says that it's not.

Ida -This would work as a mn. It's not terribly attractive as a fn imo.

Isadora - I like it. I like it as a fn nn Izzy or Dora.
BOYS

Michael (nn Misha) - Michael is nice w/Charles. Misha is not my personal style, but I like the Russian flavor behind it for you.

Mitchell -Meh, your mother will get over it. I like Michael more though personally, & if you called him Misha, the popularity won't matter.

Dimitri -I agree w/your dh, that if you're going to use the Russian name, you might as well use the most authentic spelling. It's a cool name, & yes, it sometimes seems odd to have a foreign name for one child & a non-foreign name for the next, however, it's cool if you have a close family tie to the background of the foreign name.

Caleb - It's not more popular then Charlie, but it doesn't really sparkle anyway imo.

Colin -I like this. It seems like it isn't that big of a deal w/your ln, if it sounds like Colin Dollar.

Lionel - I think that this is darling & unique. Get dh on board!

Matthew-Handsome name, but you're right. It's just so over done.

Dexter - If this is your favorite, I wouldn't worry too much about the TV show. People will get over it. Looking at your siggy of Charlie, he could easily make a cute Dexter.

Hope this helps!