Tricky Naming Situation
My husband has decided that our next child is going to be named after someone in the family. He's adamant about it and since I have no real objection, I'm going with it. I didn't realize quite how serious he was until he pulled out his family tree which has relatives as far back at 1710, LOL. What do you think of these? They're all from 1939 and older because we wanted to use relatives that have died. My husband thinks it'd be nice to use the same first and middle names if we know them (ugh).
- Cleora (girl)
- Hesper (girl)
- Lester Carroll (boy)
- Henry Carroll (boy)
- Mary Maude
- Penelope Jane
- John Calvin
- Benjamin Franklin (there is no way I'm actually using this combo, but it's so funny to me that it was used!)
- Jenet (girl)
- Simon Brown
- Laula Augusta
- Samuelda (girl)
- John Roy
- Mildred Virginia
So, this could have turned out WAY worse ;D You have some great names here!
- Cleora (girl): Not my style
- Hesper (girl): too close to Hester which makes me think of Hester Prynne in The Scarlet Letter
- Lester Carroll (boy): I really dislike Lester for no apparent reason
- Henry Carroll (boy): I actually really like this! It reminds me of Lewis Carroll who wrote Alice in Wonderland, and Henry is always cute
- William: so solid and nice!
- James: I prefer William, but this is also a solid boys name
- Mary Maude: too alliterative and Maude is a bit too old lady for me, I hear it is coming back though
- Penelope Jane: I am IN LOVE with this! I wish Jane was a family name for me because it is so pretty and works so well as a middle name. Penelope is so cute with the boys and I love Poppy and Lola as nickname alternatives to Penny and Nellie!
- Thomas: same comments with William. I prefer William to Thomas but Thomas to James
- John Calvin: I agree that Calvin could fit well with your boys, John's a bit too average
- Simon: this is cute!
- Joseph: a good, strong name. I know a lot of Joe's though
- Cynthia: this name always felt overly prissy
- Benjamin Franklin (there is no way I'm actually using this combo, but it's so funny to me that it was used!): agreed!
- Sarah: too boring to me as I know many
- Hugh: this kind of has the right spunk to fit with your boys
- Jenet (girl): eh.. I feel pretty apathetic toward this
- Simon Brown: I'd prefer Simon with a different middle name to this
- Lafayette: a bit of a mouthful, Faye could be kind of cute for a girl
- Calvin: see John Calvin ;)
- Martin: I like so many of the other names better
- Laula Augusta: how is Laula pronouced? LAW-luh? I don't like it. I love August for a boy though! Could you do August William or August James for a boy?
- Ethel: see Maude, haha
- Elda: for a girl? It seems odd
- Samuelda (girl): I'm going to say no, people will call her Samuel, haha
- Olive: I am really not a fan of this as a name or a food
- Zoe: seems kind of overused now adays, I guess
- John Roy: John seems kind of subdued with your creative boys!
- Lenora: Absolutely love this!!
- Mildred Virginia: yikes, this kind of screams old lady to me :/
So, as I said, I adore Penelope Jane and would change nothing about it (and would look no further). I also love Lenora (Leni and Nora are cute nns); I think it would do well with a middle name of your choice rather than one stemming from this list.
For boys, I would honestly love to see you use August and then pair it with another name from the list. I also like William, Clavin, Henry, and Hugh. I think August William or August Hugo (instead of just August Hugh, which also works) would be SO cute!
I like Penelope Jane and John Calvin! I think Calvin John would be better with your boys though.
Olive Lenora or Lenora Olive. Lenora could be called Leni or Nora for short
Simon Thomas or Calvin Thomas for a boy.
There are some great names in this list!
William, James, Mary Maude, Penelope Jane, Thomas, Simon (Brown), Joseph, Cynthia, Sarah, Calvin, Martin, Olive, Zoe, and Mildred Virginia are nice.
The one name that really stood out for me was Lenora. If we have a girl we are almost definetely naming her Genevieve Lenora Crea/Kree. So I love it!
Other names I liked:
The others just aren't my style.
Wow, you have a bunch of lovely family names! I love:
Henry (not particularly Carroll, though!)
John Calvin (so cute! I would probably use it as a double name, but call him Calvin/Cal, too. Love it)
So many great names! haha. I think Olive, Lenora, and Zoe would be adorable with your boys, particularly Olive. Olive Lenora or Olive Zoe would be sweet, too. I really like Calvin or Simon with your boys, too.
- Cleora (girl): Pretty, but not really my style. A cute nn could be Cleo though.
- Hesper (girl): Don't like it at all. Sorry.
- Lester Carroll (boy): Eh, could be ok but nms.
- Henry Carroll (boy): I like this one. Henry is a very nice name.
- William: Very classic. Could be really cut depending on middle name.
- James: see Henry.
- Mary Maude: Not too fond of the double M, but Mary is nice.
- Penelope Jane: LOVE this one!!!!!!!
- Thomas: My father's name is Thomas so I have a soft spot. If we ever have a boy, his name will be Thomas Alexander and we'll call him Xander.
- John Calvin: Very manly. I like!
- Simon: LOVE IT!!!!
- Joseph: Very nice..
- Cynthia: Cute, but reminds me of Rugrats..
- Benjamin Franklin (there is no way I'm actually using this combo, but it's so funny to me that it was used!): I agree, although Benjamin is lovely!
- Sarah: Very cute, simple, and classic.
- Hugh: Not a fan at all, sorry.
- Jenet (girl): eh.. not my favorite, especially the spelling.
- Simon Brown: Very cute although Brown is too last-namey for me.
- Lafayette: Don't like it, at all, sorry.
- Calvin: I like it, could be a very cute combo.
- Martin: I like it, but as a middle name.
- Laula Augusta: nms
- Ethel: Seems too old to me..
- Elda: see Ethel.
- Samuelda (girl): nms
- Olive: I prefer Olivia nn Olive, but still cute.
- Zoe: Love it!
- John Roy: It's nice, but I prefer Jonathan nn John or Jon.
- Lenora: nms
- Mildred Virginia: nms but I knew twins in high school Mildred nn Millie and Melinda nn Mindy and they were both super smart and super sweet.