Help us match middle names to our long list of firsts

Hey all,

My partner and I have a long list of potential first names for future kiddos (TTC [name_u]March[/name_u] 2016!), but we’re having a heck of a time coming up with middle names. I know middle names are optional, but they’re also pretty standard, and would give us an opportunity to use more of the names we love, or compromise where our favorites are not the same.

Kids will get my last name (one syllable, rhymes with Ahoy), his last name (two syllables, sounds like Brioche) or double-barreled “Ahoy-Brioche,” hahaha.
Any combinations that y’all can make will be considered; feel free to suggest names that aren’t on here but go well. Here are the pickings:

[name_m]Aldo[/name_m], [name_u]Asa[/name_u], [name_u]August[/name_u], [name_u]Avery[/name_u], [name_m]Callum[/name_m], [name_m]Conrad[/name_m], [name_m]David[/name_m], [name_m]Desmond[/name_m], [name_m]Ezekiel[/name_m], [name_m]Ezra[/name_m], [name_m]Grant[/name_m], [name_m]Harris[/name_m], [name_m]Henry[/name_m], [name_m]Julian[/name_m], [name_m]Jerome[/name_m], [name_u]Lionel[/name_u], [name_m]Magnus[/name_m], [name_m]Malcolm[/name_m], [name_u]Micah[/name_u], [name_m]Nils[/name_m], [name_m]Odin[/name_m], [name_m]Pascal[/name_m], [name_m]Pierre[/name_m], [name_m]Ruben[/name_m], [name_m]Rupert[/name_m], [name_m]Sebastian[/name_m], [name_u]Shannon[/name_u], [name_m]Simon[/name_m], [name_u]Theo[/name_u], [name_m]Willem[/name_m], [name_m]Xavier[/name_m]

[name_f]Zora[/name_f], [name_f]Willa[/name_f], [name_f]Tilda[/name_f], [name_f]Saskia[/name_f], [name_f]Salome[/name_f], [name_f]Sadie[/name_f], [name_f]Sabina[/name_f], [name_f]Ramona[/name_f], [name_f]Rosetta[/name_f], [name_f]Rosa[/name_f] [name_u]Lee[/name_u], [name_u]Pascale[/name_u], [name_f]Phoebe[/name_f], [name_f]Pomona[/name_f], [name_f]Orla[/name_f], [name_f]Opal[/name_f], [name_f]Olive[/name_f], [name_f]Noemie[/name_f], [name_f]Maryam[/name_f]/[name_f]Miriam[/name_f], [name_f]Luisa[/name_f], [name_u]Keely[/name_u], [name_f]Judith[/name_f], [name_f]Harriet[/name_f], [name_f]Hazel[/name_f], [name_f]Fiona[/name_f], [name_f]Finola[/name_f]/[name_f]Fionnuala[/name_f], [name_f]Frida[/name_f], [name_f]Caroline[/name_f], Catalonia, [name_f]Beatrix[/name_f], [name_f]Acadia[/name_f], [name_f]Amelia[/name_f]

I made combos with just your names. :slight_smile:

[name_m]Aldo[/name_m] [name_m]Xavier[/name_m]
[name_u]Asa[/name_u] [name_m]Grant[/name_m]
[name_u]August[/name_u] [name_u]Lionel[/name_u]
[name_u]Avery[/name_u] [name_m]Pascal[/name_m] (I love [name_u]Avery[/name_u] for a boy!)
[name_m]Callum[/name_m] [name_m]Rupert[/name_m]
[name_m]Conrad[/name_m] [name_m]Sebastian[/name_m]
[name_m]David[/name_m] [name_u]Theo[/name_u]
[name_m]Desmond[/name_m] [name_m]Harris[/name_m]
[name_m]Ezekiel[/name_m] [name_m]Jerome[/name_m]
[name_m]Ezra[/name_m] [name_m]Pierre[/name_m]
[name_m]Grant[/name_m] [name_m]Magnus[/name_m]
[name_m]Harris[/name_m] [name_m]Odin[/name_m]
[name_m]Henry[/name_m] [name_m]Julian[/name_m]
[name_m]Julian[/name_m] [name_u]August[/name_u]
[name_m]Jerome[/name_m] [name_m]Aldo[/name_m]
[name_u]Lionel[/name_u] [name_u]Shannon[/name_u]
[name_m]Magnus[/name_m] [name_m]Ezekiel[/name_m]
[name_m]Malcolm[/name_m] [name_u]Avery[/name_u]
[name_u]Micah[/name_u] [name_m]Conrad[/name_m]
[name_m]Nils[/name_m] [name_m]Willem[/name_m]
[name_m]Odin[/name_m] [name_m]David[/name_m]
[name_m]Pascal[/name_m] [name_u]Asa[/name_u]
[name_m]Pierre[/name_m] [name_m]Ruben[/name_m]
[name_m]Ruben[/name_m] [name_m]Jerome[/name_m]
[name_m]Rupert[/name_m] [name_m]Simon[/name_m]
[name_m]Sebastian[/name_m] [name_m]Magnus[/name_m]
[name_m]Simon[/name_m] [name_u]Theo[/name_u]
[name_u]Theo[/name_u] [name_m]Xavier[/name_m]
[name_m]Willem[/name_m] [name_u]Avery[/name_u]
[name_m]Xavier[/name_m] [name_m]Grant[/name_m]

[name_f]Zora[/name_f] [name_u]Keely[/name_u]
[name_f]Willa[/name_f] [name_f]Salome[/name_f]
[name_f]Tilda[/name_f] [name_f]Judith[/name_f]
[name_f]Saskia[/name_f] [name_f]Caroline[/name_f]
[name_f]Salome[/name_f] [name_f]Beatrix[/name_f]
[name_f]Sadie[/name_f] [name_f]Amelia[/name_f]
[name_f]Sabina[/name_f] [name_f]Noemie[/name_f]
[name_f]Ramona[/name_f] [name_f]Opal[/name_f]
[name_f]Rosetta[/name_f] [name_f]Harriett[/name_f]
[name_f]Rosa[/name_f] [name_u]Lee[/name_u] Catalonia
[name_u]Pascale[/name_u] [name_f]Miriam[/name_f]
[name_f]Phoebe[/name_f] [name_f]Salome[/name_f]
[name_f]Pomona[/name_f] [name_f]Hazel[/name_f]
[name_f]Orla[/name_f] [name_f]Sadie[/name_f]
[name_f]Opal[/name_f] [name_f]Acadia[/name_f]
[name_f]Olive[/name_f] Finnuala
[name_f]Noemie[/name_f] [name_f]Luisa[/name_f]
[name_f]Miriam[/name_f] [name_f]Rosetta[/name_f]
[name_f]Luisa[/name_f] [name_f]Olive[/name_f]
[name_u]Keely[/name_u] [name_f]Pomona[/name_f]
[name_f]Judith[/name_f] [name_f]Sabina[/name_f]
[name_f]Harriet[/name_f] [name_f]Zora[/name_f]
[name_f]Hazel[/name_f] [name_f]Fiona[/name_f]
[name_f]Fiona[/name_f] [name_f]Beatrix[/name_f]
[name_f]Frida[/name_f] [name_f]Rosa[/name_f] [name_u]Lee[/name_u]
[name_f]Caroline[/name_f] [name_f]Phoebe[/name_f]
Catalonia [name_f]Judith[/name_f]
[name_f]Beatrix[/name_f] [name_f]Willa[/name_f]
[name_f]Acadia[/name_f] [name_f]Hazel[/name_f]
[name_f]Amelia[/name_f] [name_f]Olive[/name_f]

[name_f]Olive[/name_f] [name_f]Opal[/name_f]
[name_f]Olive[/name_f] [name_f]Beatrix[/name_f]
[name_f]Olive[/name_f] [name_f]Pearl[/name_f]
[name_f]Olive[/name_f] [name_f]Frida[/name_f]
[name_f]Olive[/name_f] [name_f]Fiona[/name_f]
[name_f]Olive[/name_f] [name_f]Frances[/name_f]
[name_f]Olive[/name_f] [name_f]Luisa[/name_f]

[name_f]Olive[/name_f] is so pretty!

[name_m]Ezra[/name_m] [name_m]Julian[/name_m]
[name_u]Micah[/name_u] [name_m]Xavier[/name_m]
[name_u]Asa[/name_u] [name_m]Conrad[/name_m]
[name_m]Henry[/name_m] [name_m]Odin[/name_m]
[name_m]Rupert[/name_m] [name_u]Avery[/name_u]
[name_m]Aldo[/name_m] [name_m]Sebastian[/name_m]
[name_u]Theo[/name_u] [name_m]Desmond[/name_m]

[name_f]Zora[/name_f] [name_f]Caroline[/name_f]
[name_f]Willa[/name_f] [name_f]Harriet[/name_f]
[name_f]Ramona[/name_f] [name_f]Beatrix[/name_f]
[name_f]Noemie[/name_f] [name_f]Sabina[/name_f]
[name_f]Hazel[/name_f] [name_f]Saskia[/name_f]
[name_f]Amelia[/name_f] [name_f]Opal[/name_f]

Some very nice choices! I bolded my favorites. I think [name_u]Micah[/name_u] [name_m]Xavier[/name_m] and [name_f]Hazel[/name_f] [name_f]Saskia[/name_f] would make a great sibset, I also like [name_m]Ezra[/name_m] [name_m]Julian[/name_m] and [name_f]Willa[/name_f] [name_f]Harriet[/name_f] together.

[name_m]Ezra[/name_m] [name_m]Julian[/name_m]
[name_u]Micah[/name_u] [name_m]Xavier[/name_m]
[name_u]Asa[/name_u] [name_m]Conrad[/name_m]
[name_m]Henry[/name_m] [name_m]Odin[/name_m]
[name_m]Rupert[/name_m] [name_u]Avery[/name_u]
[name_m]Aldo[/name_m] [name_m]Sebastian[/name_m]
[name_u]Theo[/name_u] [name_m]Desmond[/name_m]

[name_f]Zora[/name_f] [name_f]Caroline[/name_f]
[name_f]Willa[/name_f] [name_f]Harriet[/name_f]
[name_f]Ramona[/name_f] [name_f]Beatrix[/name_f]
[name_f]Noemie[/name_f] [name_f]Sabina[/name_f]
[name_f]Hazel[/name_f] [name_f]Saskia[/name_f]
[name_f]Amelia[/name_f] [name_f]Opal[/name_f]

Some very nice choices! I bolded my favorites. I think [name_u]Micah[/name_u] [name_m]Xavier[/name_m] and [name_f]Hazel[/name_f] [name_f]Saskia[/name_f] would make a great sibset, I also like [name_m]Ezra[/name_m] [name_m]Julian[/name_m] and [name_f]Willa[/name_f] [name_f]Harriet[/name_f] together.

@halfkoreangirl, thank you for taking so much time to come up with combos for every name! There are a few I especially like and hadn’t tried out already: [name_m]Conrad[/name_m] [name_m]Sebastian[/name_m], [name_u]Lionel[/name_u] [name_u]Shannon[/name_u], [name_m]Ruben[/name_m] [name_m]Jerome[/name_m], and [name_u]Theo[/name_u] [name_m]Xavier[/name_m] for the boys (even better, you happened to pick some of my favorites and match them with my partner’s tops), and [name_f]Saskia[/name_f] [name_f]Caroline[/name_f], [name_f]Noemie[/name_f] [name_f]Luisa[/name_f], [name_f]Frida[/name_f] [name_f]Rosa[/name_f] [name_u]Lee[/name_u], [name_f]Beatrix[/name_f] [name_f]Willa[/name_f], and [name_f]Acadia[/name_f] [name_f]Hazel[/name_f] for girls.

@w12, thank you too! I don’t usually go with the same initial for first and middle names, but [name_f]Olive[/name_f] [name_f]Opal[/name_f] immediately shortened itself to [name_u]Ollie[/name_u]-O in my mind, and that is so sweet to me! I like your suggestion of [name_f]Frances[/name_f], too - that name has been on and off our list lately, so I like to know that you think it works with at least one of our other names.

Here’s a hard question about [name_f]Olive[/name_f]: a few weeks after I told my younger sister that it was one of my favorite baby names, she chose it for her new puppy! I was a little upset and mentioned to my sister, who replied kind of flippantly that her dog was great and my future kid would be honored to be named after the dog. Fast forward almost three years, and the dog IS great, I still love the name, and it turns out my partner does too. Would it be so weird to name our daughter [name_f]Olive[/name_f] too? Would she grow up thinking she’d been named after the dog, even though I’d liked the name before the dog came along? Would it cause too much awkwardness at family gatherings, with people having to differentiate between Dog [name_f]Olive[/name_f] and Human [name_f]Olive[/name_f]?

@halfkoreangirl, thank you for taking so much time to come up with combos for every name! There are a few I especially like and hadn’t tried out already: [name_m]Conrad[/name_m] [name_m]Sebastian[/name_m], [name_u]Lionel[/name_u] [name_u]Shannon[/name_u], [name_m]Ruben[/name_m] [name_m]Jerome[/name_m], and [name_u]Theo[/name_u] [name_m]Xavier[/name_m] for the boys (even better, you happened to pick some of my favorites and match them with my partner’s tops), and [name_f]Saskia[/name_f] [name_f]Caroline[/name_f], [name_f]Noemie[/name_f] [name_f]Luisa[/name_f], [name_f]Frida[/name_f] [name_f]Rosa[/name_f] [name_u]Lee[/name_u], [name_f]Beatrix[/name_f] [name_f]Willa[/name_f], and [name_f]Acadia[/name_f] [name_f]Hazel[/name_f] for girls.

@harvestmoon, I have this ongoing battle with whether or not we can get away with pairing [name_m]Ezra[/name_m] with a two-syllable name ending in -a for his sister. You think if we told someone we had a son and a daughter whose names were [name_m]Ezra[/name_m] and [name_f]Willa[/name_f], it would be clear who was who? I love the [name_m]Ezra[/name_m] [name_m]Julian[/name_m] combination, as well as [name_f]Zora[/name_f] [name_f]Caroline[/name_f] and [name_f]Ramona[/name_f] [name_f]Beatrix[/name_f]. Thank you!

@w12, thank you too! I don’t usually go with the same initial for first and middle names, but [name_f]Olive[/name_f] [name_f]Opal[/name_f] immediately shortened itself to [name_u]Ollie[/name_u]-O in my mind, and that is so sweet to me! I like your suggestion of [name_f]Frances[/name_f], too - that name has been on and off our list lately, so I like to know that you think it works with at least one of our other names.

Here’s a hard question about [name_f]Olive[/name_f]: a few weeks after I told my younger sister that it was one of my favorite baby names, she chose it for her new puppy! I was a little upset and mentioned to my sister, who replied kind of flippantly that her dog was great and my future kid would be honored to be named after the dog. Fast forward almost three years, and the dog IS great, I still love the name, and it turns out my partner does too. Would it be so weird to name our daughter [name_f]Olive[/name_f] too? Would she grow up thinking she’d been named after the dog, even though I’d liked the name before the dog came along? Would it cause too much awkwardness at family gatherings, with people having to differentiate between Dog [name_f]Olive[/name_f] and Human [name_f]Olive[/name_f]?

• [name_m]Aldo[/name_m] [name_m]Grant[/name_m]
• [name_u]Asa[/name_u] [name_u]Lionel[/name_u]
• [name_u]August[/name_u] [name_m]Malcolm[/name_m]
• [name_u]Avery[/name_u] [name_m]Harris[/name_m]
• [name_m]Callum[/name_m] [name_m]Xavier[/name_m]
• [name_m]Conrad[/name_m] [name_m]Magnus[/name_m]
• [name_m]David[/name_m] [name_m]Sebastian[/name_m]
• [name_m]Desmond[/name_m] [name_m]David[/name_m]
• [name_m]Ezekiel[/name_m] [name_m]Reuben[/name_m]
• [name_m]Ezra[/name_m] [name_m]Sebastian[/name_m]
• [name_m]Grant[/name_m] [name_m]Callum[/name_m]
• [name_m]Harris[/name_m] [name_m]Simon[/name_m]
• [name_m]Henry[/name_m] [name_m]Julian[/name_m]
• [name_m]Julian[/name_m] [name_m]Henry[/name_m]
• [name_m]Jerome[/name_m] [name_m]Xavier[/name_m]
• [name_u]Lionel[/name_u] [name_m]David[/name_m]
• [name_m]Magnus[/name_m] [name_m]David[/name_m]
• [name_m]Malcolm[/name_m] [name_m]Harris[/name_m]
• [name_u]Micah[/name_u] [name_m]Reuben[/name_m]
• [name_m]Odin[/name_m] [name_m]Reuben[/name_m]
• [name_m]Pascal[/name_m] [name_m]Conrad[/name_m]
• [name_m]Pierre[/name_m] [name_m]Magnus[/name_m]
• [name_m]Reuben[/name_m] [name_m]Sebastian[/name_m]/[name_m]Reuben[/name_m] [name_m]Ezra[/name_m]
• [name_m]Rupert[/name_m] [name_m]Ezekiel[/name_m]
• [name_m]Sebastian[/name_m] [name_m]Henry[/name_m]
• [name_m]Simon[/name_m] [name_m]Harris[/name_m]
• [name_u]Theo[/name_u] [name_m]Julian[/name_m]
• [name_m]Willem[/name_m] [name_m]Ezekiel[/name_m]
• [name_m]Xavier[/name_m] [name_m]Henry[/name_m]

• [name_f]Zora[/name_f] [name_f]Amelia[/name_f]
• [name_f]Willa[/name_f] [name_f]Louisa[/name_f]
• [name_f]Tilda[/name_f] [name_f]Amelia[/name_f]
• [name_f]Saskia[/name_f] [name_f]Harriet[/name_f]
• [name_f]Salome[/name_f] [name_f]Noemie[/name_f]
• [name_f]Sadie[/name_f] [name_f]Noemie[/name_f]
• [name_f]Sabina[/name_f] [name_f]Natasha[/name_f]
• [name_f]Ramona[/name_f] [name_f]Elizabeth[/name_f]
• [name_f]Rosetta[/name_f] [name_f]Caroline[/name_f]
• [name_f]Rosa[/name_f]-[name_u]Lee[/name_u] [name_f]Ramona[/name_f]
• [name_f]Phoebe[/name_f] [name_f]Olive[/name_f]
• [name_f]Orla[/name_f] [name_f]Penelope[/name_f]
• [name_f]Opal[/name_f] [name_f]Amelia[/name_f]
• [name_f]Harriet[/name_f] [name_f]Amelia[/name_f]

[name_m]Henry[/name_m] [name_m]Willem[/name_m]
[name_m]Julian[/name_m] [name_m]Conrad[/name_m]
[name_u]Theo[/name_u] [name_m]Xavier[/name_m]
[name_m]Sebastian[/name_m] [name_u]Avery[/name_u]
[name_m]Ezekiel[/name_m] [name_m]Harris[/name_m]
[name_u]Lionel[/name_u] [name_m]Magnus[/name_m]
[name_m]Aldo[/name_m] [name_u]Micah[/name_u]
[name_m]Jerome[/name_m] [name_m]Grant[/name_m]
[name_m]Malcolm[/name_m] [name_u]August[/name_u]
[name_m]Rupert[/name_m] [name_m]Jerome[/name_m]

[name_f]Saskia[/name_f] [name_f]Miriam[/name_f]
[name_f]Ramona[/name_f] [name_f]Caroline[/name_f]
[name_f]Beatrix[/name_f] [name_f]Salome[/name_f]
[name_f]Amelia[/name_f] [name_f]Harriet[/name_f]
[name_f]Rosalie[/name_f] [name_f]Hazel[/name_f]
[name_f]Willa[/name_f] Catalonia
[name_f]Phoebe[/name_f] [name_f]Acadia[/name_f]

I don’t think the dog [name_f]Olive[/name_f] will be an issue…

Great names!

[name_m]Aldo[/name_m] [name_m]George[/name_m]
[name_u]Asa[/name_u] [name_m]Harrison[/name_m]
[name_u]August[/name_u] [name_u]Bellamy[/name_u]
[name_u]Avery[/name_u] [name_m]Conrad[/name_m]
[name_m]Callum[/name_m] [name_m]Evander[/name_m]
[name_m]Conrad[/name_m] [name_m]Tobias[/name_m]
[name_m]Desmond[/name_m] [name_u]North[/name_u]
[name_m]Ezekiel[/name_m] [name_m]George[/name_m]
[name_m]Ezra[/name_m] [name_m]Heath[/name_m]
[name_m]Grant[/name_m] [name_m]Benjamin[/name_m]
[name_m]Harris[/name_m] [name_m]Alexander[/name_m]
[name_m]Henry[/name_m] [name_m]Tavish[/name_m]
[name_m]Julian[/name_m] [name_m]Maxwell[/name_m]
[name_m]Jerome[/name_m] [name_m]Miles[/name_m]
[name_u]Lionel[/name_u] [name_m]Adler[/name_m]
[name_m]Magnus[/name_m] [name_m]David[/name_m]
[name_m]Malcolm[/name_m] [name_m]Anders[/name_m]
[name_u]Micah[/name_u] [name_m]Dashiell[/name_m]
[name_m]Nils[/name_m] [name_m]Isaiah[/name_m]
[name_m]Odin[/name_m] [name_m]Isaac[/name_m]
[name_m]Pascal[/name_m] [name_m]Harris[/name_m]
[name_m]Pierre[/name_m] [name_m]Samuel[/name_m]
[name_m]Ruben[/name_m] [name_m]Amos[/name_m]
[name_m]Rupert[/name_m] [name_m]Lachlan[/name_m]
[name_m]Sebastian[/name_m] [name_m]Henrik[/name_m]
[name_u]Shannon[/name_u] [name_m]Nicholas[/name_m]
[name_m]Simon[/name_m] [name_m]Leo[/name_m]
[name_u]Theo[/name_u] [name_m]Wilhelm[/name_m]
[name_m]Willem[/name_m] [name_m]Zachary[/name_m]
[name_m]Xavier[/name_m] [name_m]Rhodes[/name_m]

gr19, thanks for suggesting some new names! [name_m]Tavish[/name_m] and [name_m]Adler[/name_m] are unfamiliar to me, and I love the sounds! [name_m]Maxwell[/name_m], [name_m]Miles[/name_m], [name_m]Anders[/name_m], [name_m]Dashiell[/name_m], [name_m]Isaiah[/name_m] - those have all been on our list before, and I love that they come to mind when you see the current list too. I guess we’re doing something right. I particularly like [name_u]Avery[/name_u] [name_m]Conrad[/name_m], [name_m]Henry[/name_m] [name_m]Tavish[/name_m], [name_m]Lional[/name_m] [name_m]Adler[/name_m], and [name_m]Xavier[/name_m] [name_m]Rhodes[/name_m]. [name_m]Xavier[/name_m] is my partner’s #1 name, but I can’t really dig it. The way [name_m]Xavier[/name_m] [name_m]Rhodes[/name_m] rolls off the tongue, I might be able to now.

I personally see no problem with [name_m]Ezra[/name_m] and [name_f]Willa[/name_f] together, but I can see where you’d be concerned.

As for the [name_f]Olive[/name_f] question, it would be out for me.

[name_u]Avery[/name_u] [name_m]Harris[/name_m]
[name_m]Callum[/name_m] [name_m]Magnus[/name_m]
[name_m]Desmond[/name_m] [name_m]Pascal[/name_m]
[name_m]Ezra[/name_m] [name_u]Lionel[/name_u]
[name_m]Julian[/name_m] [name_u]Asa[/name_u]
[name_m]Magnus[/name_m] [name_m]Xavier[/name_m]
[name_m]Odin[/name_m] [name_m]Grant[/name_m]
[name_m]Ruben[/name_m] [name_m]Conrad[/name_m]
[name_m]Sebastian[/name_m] [name_m]Aldo[/name_m]
[name_m]Simon[/name_m] [name_u]Avery[/name_u]

[name_f]Willa[/name_f] [name_f]Beatrix[/name_f]
[name_f]Sabina[/name_f] [name_f]Judith[/name_f]
[name_f]Rosetta[/name_f] [name_f]Caroline[/name_f]
[name_f]Phoebe[/name_f] [name_f]Rosetta[/name_f]
[name_f]Miriam[/name_f] [name_f]Salome[/name_f]
[name_f]Luisa[/name_f] [name_f]Hazel[/name_f]
[name_f]Harriet[/name_f] [name_f]Pomona[/name_f]
[name_f]Fiona[/name_f] [name_f]Acadia[/name_f]
[name_f]Beatrix[/name_f] [name_f]Olive[/name_f]
[name_f]Amelia[/name_f]

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