Names that go with Serenity, Thyri, and Alexander

Fan Question: Hello! smile emoticon
I’m looking for boy and girl names that go well with the last name Swisher. I’m trying to find both first and middle names. I like the names Alexander for a boy either first or middle and Serenity and Thyri (pronounced ‘Theory’) for a girl! Any suggestions would be extremely appreciated! smile emoticon
Thank you!

I really, really, really like your taste in names. However, anything that is a word name (Serenity) or sounds like a word name (Thyri) is going to be extra funny next to Swisher. It creates a concept, joke, or some sort of visual in the head.

Alexander is safe (although it also ends in “er”, if that is too repetitive for you with the last name).

So there are a bunch of “heads up” cautions here. This surname can be tricky to work with! I know the feeling. In my family we had a surname that turned everything into a sort of joke, too. I am such a fan of word names so I hate to see them crossed off of lists.

I’m going to give you some ideas with your preferences in mind and maybe see if you like any of them! Keep us posted! I’m extra interested in your selection.

Magdaleno Alic Swisher
Bossi Zing Swisher
Alexander Miguel Swisher
Alexander Tamar Swisher
Michael Alexander Swisher
Alexander Brody Swisher
Alexander Mehziyah Swisher
Alexander Psalm Swisher
Alexander Jaxson Swisher
Josiah Trey Swisher
Romelo Alexander Swisher
Vahan Alexander Swisher
Virgil Abel Swisher
Alexander Graham Swisher

Thyri is an old Scandinavian name and refers to Thor.

 

Theory Church Swisher
Shalon Serenity Swisher
Toña Thyri Swisher
Crista Theory Swisher
Madelyn Serenity Swisher
Theory Dylia Swisher
Cashlynn Ava Swisher
Serenity Aaliyah Swisher
Laila Thyri Swisher
Thyri Serenity Swisher
Aurii Theory Swisher
Thyri Icelyn Swisher
Dominique Andhra Swisher
Fiona Thyri Swisher

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Blending Names For 3 Brothers, Celtic-Inspired

Emily asks:

Need help with a boy name! We want them to blend well with the names of our other boys which are William (Liam) Jack and Eoghan Henry. We would like to keep it within the Irish, Scottish, English realm. Any ideas? (Can’t do Killian because that is our dog’s name–smile emoticon–)

Fans offered up the following suggestions on our page:

Sean
Connor
Cormac
Alasdair
Conall
Grant
Logan
Malcolm
Monroe
Neil
Rory
Lochlan
Harland
Kieran
Seamus
Keigan
Duncan Edward

I actually have a son named Cian-- here is a picture of him.

I actually have a son named Cian– here is a picture of him.

Declan
Landon
Ninian
Cian
Rhys
Bradley

Riley
Joel
Oliver
Jarvis
Finn
Leo
Ruaridh

 

Emily replied:

 

I am loving all these names. My husband offered up Meallan and we have considered Conall for a middle name. We just haven’t found anything definite yet.

Okay… well, some of those suggestions were great!!! They gave a lot of classic, mostly Celtic names that makes a good bank you can draw from. However, I’d advise against Meallan Conall– it sounds like “melancholy”. See, sometimes we really like the sound of something and it’s because it’s familiar to us, even if it’s not conscious how or why. I think this is one of those instances. You’re familiar with the word melancholy and the combo created a flow that just makes sense, but it isn’t all that auspicious. Here are a few of my suggestions, and please keep us updated! I like your style and am curious what you select, as I’m sure the fans are as well.

Gadget Van Lewis
Pete Barge
Percival Shelby
Micah Wayland
Boyd Nevin
Matthew Mason (Theo)
Carson John
Jackson Kasey
Harlow Sebastian
Chase Richard
Beacán Eliab
Ichabod Noah (Ike, Bodhi)
Keane Michael
Adam Sean
Austin Brantley
MacEmsley Dominic
Ayden Luke
Kevin Landon
Christian Eli
Murphy Soren
Shea Alfred
Phillips Tinkering
Beckett Ayrington

K, K, and Definitely NOT K.

Michelle writes:

“Hello i need help picking a baby girl name!!! I have two boys already, kaleb and keelan, so i need a name that goes with them also. I love c, k or m names, also names that are unique and barely heard of but if u have a cute name with any letter of the alphabet please shaof those too. My princess will be here in July and im clueless!! This will be my first girl!! I found a few that i liked but none that i love. Any suggestions will be appreciated! Thanks!!”

 

I’m glad you’ve decided to ask for some ideas. Right away, let me say that I would avoid naming your baby with another K like the plague if I were you. You do NOT need a KKK reference in the house. Even if I weren’t sensitive to this particular offense (which I am), it’s just good common sense advice for me to tell you that sending the wrong idea about your beliefs through your kids will be a hassle you don’t need. Even if you loved the name Hitler and it was a family name, I’d still advise you to steer clear of that idea. Some things just have negative connotations which are too strong.

Even if you go with a C name, I would advise a soft C (sss sound) and not a hard (like a k sound), just so when you are audibly introducing your kids, no one makes the mistake of assuming they are K, K, and K. Ch would also be a good choice.

Now, on with some names! Since you didn’t list the middle names and don’t seem to be asking about those here, I’ll assume you have those covered. Just listen to the flow when trying to combine first, middle, and last.

Unique, Less Heard Names
Happy
Zerra
Zealand
Unity
Payson
DiAnna
Sherleen
Divinity

Cute, Any Letter
Susannah
Sophie
Isla

M names
Melanie

C Names
Chastity

I actually love girl names and personally find those to be the easiest– I could name 100 girls if I had to! I hope through visiting our page and talking with some of the fans you found something you like. Please let us know what you select, as we’re all curious!

Avoiding Punny Names With Surname “Ball”

Fan Question– “Hi! My sister just recommended that I like this page for help. We just found out that we will be having our second boy – yay! Our first son is named Grayson Lionel (last name Ball), he’s 4 (I swear that name wasn’t trendy 4 years ago! Lol) as a nod to his father. My husband’s name is Guy Lionel Ball IV. We broke the tradition but didn’t want to ignore it entirely. We do not call him Gray.

I like semi-unique or old fashioned names, not something they’ll have to explain or spell the rest of their lives! I am not a fan of alliteration and I don’t want another name that ends in -son or -on/en/in necessarily. Our last name poses a unique challenge since it seems super easy to create a distasteful nickname (no Harrison, Chase, etc). I’m at the beginning brainstorming stages and I’m at a loss! I like the name Fletcher because of its occupational meaning (arrow maker) but feel like it needs to be ruled out immediately since the nickname Fletch could easily change to Fetch (fetch the ball!) Other names I’ve toyed w are Julian (Jules), Felix, Emile, Milo. I got nothing as far as middle names. Help!! Please. I’m open to most suggestions!”

Glad you found us, and thank your sister for me. Congratulations on your upcoming addition.

I know, isn’t it always the way that it seems, that we liked a name and used it first?! Unfortunately, thousands of babies were being named Grayson around the time your son was born. I think we just become more aware of names when our own child has it. I know it has happened with each of mine, and I’m a name nerd who prides herself in being very aware. I think they just jump out at us more, like neon signs. It’s because the name is even more special for us once our child takes ownership of it.

You’re right about the challenges your surname faces, so good looking out. I can only imagine what your husband puts up with. I’d love to help you brainstorm some ideas, should be fun.

As far as Fletcher goes, I see where you are concerned, but just insist he go by Fletcher and not Fletch. After all, you have a Grayson and you don’t let anyone call him Gray (which could have been equally problematic). “Fletcher Ball” does sound a bit like “fetch yer ball”, though. For the time being I am going to keep it in the running in case you have a change of heart. It also occurs to me that Milo Ball may sound slightly like “my little ball”. It’s still a handsome name, but you might want to know.

So, without further ado, some considerations…

Tommy Oliver Ball
Rockwell Fabian Ball
Julian Max Ball
Misael Felix Ball (“Max”, possibly)
Derek Atlas Ball
Gavin Boris Ball
Milo Rowan Ball
Efraim Johann Ball
Cyrus Emile Ball
Emile Titus Ball
Charleston Trevor Ball (do not call Charlie unless you are okay with “Charlie Brown” similarity)
Jules Pi Ball
Julian Tanner Ball
Julian Xander Ball
Milo Fletcher Ball
Emil Guyson Ball
Marin Donald Ball
Aidyn Felix Ball
Milo Sylvain Ball
Felix Fletcher Ball
Jules Dunn Ball
Orion Verne Ball
Felix Dennis Ball
Fletcher Helix Ball
Douglas Beau Ball

Pro-tip: avoid names like Luke and Lucien, to get away from a Lucille Ball reference. Emile Ball has that same ring to it.

Other classic, old fashioned names to avoid for puns: Oscar Ball. Richard Ball. (Think about it.)

Some names here are more unusual, some are more classic, and some are trendier and more common. It was fun to play around with, though, and I hope you found something you liked. My readers and I are very curious what you’ll choose, so please do keep us posted!

Classic, Less Used First Names for Middle Name Dorothy

Brea asks: Name help needed! Surprise baby four on board and is a girl. All our children’s first names end in N and middle names are family derived. Love names that are classic but unpopular and dislike names with frivolous Ys, Xs, etc. Last name is Bursch so plant/flower names don’t work (Rose Bursch, anyone?).

Siblings:
Reiken Calvin Bursch (m)
Quentin Raymond Bursch (m)
Gwendolyn Beverly Bursch (f)

Middle Name: Dorothy

 

This is a fun one, thank you for the challenge. And of course, congratulations. 🙂 Here is a list I made just for you to try on and hopefully either like something or be inspired in the direction that works for you.

Leeann Dorothy Bursch
Marion Dorothy Bursh
Marian Dorothy Bursch
Samaritan Dorothy Bursch
Rhiann Dorothy Bursch
Eden Dorothy Bursch
Helen Dorothy Bursch
Manon Dorothy Bursch
Madelain Dorothy Bursch
Madelein Dorothy Bursch
Jillian Dorothy Bursch
Elisian Dorothy Bursch
Brynn Dorothy Bursch
Joselin Dorothy Bursch
Cathleen Dorothy Bursch
Katherin Dorothy Bursch
Aven Dorothy Bursch
Christian Dorothy Bursch
Christen Dorothy Bursch
Wren Dorothy Bursch
Roselyn Dorothy Bursch
Sutton Dorothy Bursch
Audren Dorothy Bursch
Seren Dorothy Bursch
Ghislain Dorothy Bursch
Evangelin Dorothy Bursch
Caryn Dorothy Bursch
Bethan Dorothy Bursch
Rowan Dorothy Bursch
Mädchen Dorothy Bursch
Evelin Dorothy Bursch
Rhiannon Dorothy Bursch
Viridian Dorothy Bursch
Haven Dorothy Bursch
Shannon Dorothy Bursch
Suellen Dorothy Bursch
Yvonn Dorothy Bursch
Cymbelin Dorothy Bursch
Imogen Dorothy Bursch
Dawn Dorothy Bursch
Avalon Dorothy Bursch

I didn’t think Roselyn would count as a plant name… Please keep us updated!

No A. Ness or P. Ness, Please…

“friend directed me to your page and I’d love some help! We are having a baby boy and want to honor my Grandfather by using a name that honors him for baby’s middle name. The issue is we do not want an A or P name since when either of those initials are put with our last name, Ness, it’s quite terrible (family members with A

Uhh….

or P names agree). My Grandpa’s name was Arnold Patterson, so both of names are out! He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, and baseball. I’ve tried anagrams and nature names, but nothing is jumping out at me yet. I’m at a loss! Thanks!”

I absolutely agree with your stand on A and P names! (Are B or E names out too, or anything that rhymes with A or P?) Sounds like a tricky situation but I’m going to toss you some middle name ideas and hope something sticks. Please keep us updated as we would love to know your choice!

First of all… did your grandfather have a middle name? Maybe that would be a good option. Anyway, here are some possibilities.

Barnaby
It contains “Arn” but also has that old-timey vibe that a grandpa named Arnold would have.

Fitzpatrick

Means the same thing as Patterson– son of Patrick– and very distinguished as a middle name.

John-Patrick

Acceptable fresh-but-traditional way of honoring Patterson with just a light tie-in.

Camp

A good way of summing up his outdoorsy interests.

Halder

Has sounds from Arnold, but also has an outdoorsy meaning, for someone who lived on the mountainside.

Wilder

Similar to above, and both have the added benefit of sounding like “wilderness” next to Ness!

Eagle

Since Arnold has an “eagle” meaning, this just makes sense.

Waldric

Combines the “wald” from Arnold’s original form with “ric” from Patrick. Two names in one.

Noble

Plays off of Patterson/Patrick’s supposed meaning.

Oakley

Has an older, rustic appeal to honor your grandfather’s memory and interests.

Olaf

Old-timey name that has sounds from both names, and means “ancestor’s descendent”, roughly.

Middle Names for Ruth

Hi Elizabeth, I have been reading your blog and *love* your sense about baby names. My husband and I have decided on quite a few of our kids’ names in advance… Example: Our first son will be Isaac Jeffrey. My husband’s full first name is Jeffrey, and he has always loved the name Isaac. We are considering Amariah Joseph for a second son. Let me get to the point. We both love the name Ruth for our first girl with the nickname of “Ruthie“, but for the life of us, we can’t come up with a middle name. I came up with potential middle names Jahaziel and Eliora, both of which my husband stole for future daughter’s names. So while we have a 2nd and 3rd daughter’s name as Jahaziel Ruby and Eliora Rosemary respectively, we are stuck on a middle name for Ruth. I know… Such a huge problem when our first problem is being able to conceive these children to begin with… I guess it helps pass the time. Anyway, I thought I would see if you had any thoughts or suggestions. Many thanks!

Rachel

I would add that we are deeply religious and we love some of the meanings for these names… Jahaziel, Hebrew in origin and from one of my favorite passages in the Bible in 2 Chronicles 20. From what I can tell, it means something along the lines of, “Beheld by God, or whom God watches over. Seeing God.” Eliora, also Hebrew origin from what I have read, “The Lord is my light”. Rosemary… Well, I love Rosemary Clooney. There’s no mystery there. Ruby seemed to feminize (and perhaps balance/normalize) Jahaziel a bit.

Oh yeah, we have recently added Solomon to the list for a 3rd son. Perhaps combined with Jude.

Really looking forward to your input.

Update: Just an update… After a long year of ectopic pregnancy, surgery, loss of a tube, and multiple fertility treatments, we are finally expecting! We are finally going to get to use one of these lovely names we’ve been planning and talking about. And of course, we’re no close to finding Ruth a middle name. Lol

Hi Rachel! So glad you like the blog and I’d be happy to give you my thoughts.

One of the biggest things I notice right away about your name selections is that they are nice, but that they might have some sound flow issues.

Isaac Jeffrey is a handsome combo, but I noticed your surname begins with a G. Isaac G____ runs together. I typically advise against that because the flow sounds run-on, and in some cases (as is true in yours), it creates the sense of different words being spoken. Say Isaac + your surname out loud, fast and casually, and see if you can hear it. With these types of pairings the only way out is to very clearly and distinctly enunciate each and every time. That’s just not going to happen.

Other options for the name include swapping out Isaac for Isaiah, or adding another name after Isaac as a buffer (for example, Isaac John Jeffrey, first name being Isaac John).

Amariah in our society has a high probability of being mistaken for a girl’s name. In America, 135 girls received the name last year, while no boys to speak of did (if they did, it was less than 5). This may only have to do with the popularity of the girl’s name Mariah, but still. I understand it’s a great name with a great meaning so I don’t intend for this to deter you, just to prepare you.

Now let’s explore some middle name possibilities for Ruth (Ruthie!). Just playing around here, experimenting to see what jumps out to you.

Ruth Eliora
Ruth Rosemary
Ruth Jahaziel
Ruth Rachel
Ruth Kora
Ruth Madison
Ruth Esther
Ruth Zahara
Ruth Aries
Ruth Abigail
Ruth Tatum
Ruth Shay
Ruth Arin
Ruth Karrington
Ruth Amariana
Ruth Makayla
 Ruth Aleena
Ruth Kennedi
Ruth Clara
Ruth Mya
Ruth Caroline
Ruth Mckenzie
Ruth Malia
Ruth Olivia
Ruth Petronilla
Ruth Kay

Warning: some of those combos create initials RAG.

Jahaziel is very nice but has the same problem Amariah does, but in reverse– it may be mistaken for a boy’s name. In fact, it was a male name in the Bible. Last year in the US, 52 boys were named this and no girls to speak of. The Ruby in the middle does soften it up, it’s cute and a nice touch.

Eliora Rosemary has a terrible flow (sorry!). The way the Rs bump into each other is less than fluid. Eliora and Rosemary may be used better in other pairs. (Like, with Ruth.)

Noticing you liked Ruth and Ruby. Could be good twin names, or at the very least points to some sound and letter preferences you may have (short Ru names– not that there are many of them!).

Solomon Jude is great.

Thanks for letting us look at your names and good luck choosing! Please let us in on what you select!

UPDATE:

“We found out just before Christmas that we will be having a little girl… And we have decided on
Ruth Sephora.
Thank you and all your readers for your help!!
 “

Helping Denee Name Her 6th Child

Denee asked: I need baby name help!
OK,some names I like:
Girl-Everleigh

Boy-Colton

Names I am pulled to,though may not use because of popularity or other reasons,but might use for a middle name if it makes me swoon:
Girl-Meribel,Lucy,Ruby,
Boy-Sawyer

Family names I don’t hate,would be open to using:
Ruby,Rochelle
Ronald,Derek

Current children’s names:
Caleb Eugene
Jeremiah Scott
Payton Matthew
Jacobi James
Marlena Suzanne

(Hubby is Matthew James,I am Denee Rochelle)
All of their middle names are family names.

I would call my taste in girl names very feminine.
For boy names,I have gravitated towards jock or “cool” names.
HELP?!?!?!

Oh,and I prefer to keep the names out of the top 200.

 

What about Colton* Sawyer* & Lucie Rochelle?

I really don’t like Everleigh. It’s just really trendy, imho. I also don’t think it really goes too well with your last name (Metzger). She also stands out as being too not-timeless next to your other girl, Marlena. Actually, it (Everleigh Metzger) reminds me of Medgar Evers, which in itself isn’t a detraction, but might be an accidental association.

Here are some other ideas based on what you’ve said (I’m putting a star (*) next to anything in the top 200— I did not completely exclude those names since you already like ones in the top 200.):

Sophia* Colleen
Laurene Ciara
Matee Jennifer*
Rylie Ava*
Gracilyn Everleigh (initials would be GEM)
Nichole Abigail*
Hannabeth Lucy*
Aniah Mirabelle
Everleigh Braylynn
Rochelle Savannah*
Amaya Zoe*
Meribel Arianne
Cate Angela*
Miabella Chloe*
Karmena Season
Minerva Martinique
Cleo Ruby*

Kylar Adnan
Derek Marion
Vincent* Brandon*
Xavier* Colton*
Nolan* Isaiah*
Ron Josiah*
Elliott Marcelino
Harlan Michale
Colton* Erich (has same root origins as Derek)
Camryn Isaac*
Valor Bridge
Tsolomon Hand
Timmy Nicholas*

A lot of these are not my recommendations per se, just bouncing ideas off you to see what sticks. Please let us know what you end up going with since we’re all curious!

 

 

Classical, Flowy Girls Names on 2 Twin Sets (with a Shakespearian Vibe)

Saoirse and Aoife are authentic Irish names.

An anonymous fan asked:

Hi, I am now expecting a 2nd pair of twins and need some opinions of names for them.

My first set of twins girls were Ariana Maeve and Serafina Blythe.

With this 2nd set, we have kind of settle with the names Ophelia and Emilia.

Thinking of middle names Saoirse and Aoife.

Which is better?
Ophelia Saoirse & Emilia Aoife
Ophelia Aoife & Emilia Saoirse
Any other suggestions are welcome too. Thanks in advance.

Update: Also thinking if I should have Aurelia instead of Emilia
Actually i might even replace Emilia
Putting the four names try together, we are looking at

Ariana, Serafina, Ophelia, Aurelia
Ariana, Serafina,Ophelia, Tatiana
Ariana, Serafina, Ophelia, Cordelia
Ariana, Serafina, Tatiana, Catriona

The first thing that occurs to me is that you “kind of” “settled” with Ophelia and Emilia. That was a red flag for me. You should never kind of settle for a name, you should absolutely adore it. You may not have meant it that way, but that’s how it read to me. 🙂 It was confirmed later when you easily chose to replace Emilia. You stuck with Ophelia for a while and then later replaced it, too. For these reasons and more, I would question the use of both Ophelia and Emilia.

I think Ophelia is a beautiful name but has some negative, tragic literary associations. Emilia to me is a little boring. Personally, it reminds me too much of Amelia, which is too common and plain (just my personal opinion). You obviously love grand, classical, beautiful feminine names. I just know we could do better to advise great names to go with your other twins.

If you kept the names Ophelia and Emilia, I do not think Aoife goes well with either. The vowels going from one name to the next is such an awkward flow. In most cases I feel a middle name like Aoife should be preceded by a first name ending in a consonant sound. It just flows better. If using Saoirse, it sounds better with Emilia, but since Ophelia, Emilia, and Saoirse all end in an “uh” sound, that might be a bit much. It’s not a deal breaker, but I tend to shy away from those. Your first 2 girls names flow great. Ariana Maeve and Serafina Blythe are very well done. No weird flow, there. Can’t we duplicate that on the next pair? 🙂

When you put all the names together, here were my thoughts.

Ariana, Serafina, Ophelia, Aurelia – don’t love it. Aurelia is too similar to Ariana and Ophelia. Aurelia is a beautiful name and I do like it much better than Emilia, though.
Ariana, Serafina, Ophelia, Tatiana – this is my favorite. A clear winner. Beautiful names.
Ariana, Serafina, Ophelia, Cordelia – Very Shakespeare… a little too much. I’d shy away.
Ariana, Serafina, Tatiana, Catriona – this one is nice.

You mentioned you’d be open to further suggestions. Okay, here are some. I did not pair twin groups together– I was hoping you could choose names you love enough by themselves and pair them together. Do let us know what your twins end up being named!

Aemilia Joette
Genia Millicent
Tatiana Keturah
Catriona Cymber
Gianna Lorelei
Aurelia Faith
Annika Riona
Kalyn Viola
Story Saoirse
Aoife Guinevere
Annalisa Tienne
Amberly Cora
Jayla Pearl
Willow Cordelia
Ophelie Jillian
Celestine Greer
Aemiliana Shantal
Rosemonde Saoirse
Pineda Gracenne
Celeste Bijou

 

Cowboy Prairie Style First & Middle Baby Name Combos

Joy asked:

We are due for our 5th baby end of June and have absolutely no names picked out! We don’t know the sex. We like unique names. Any ideas for us??? My fave name forever has been Prairie Rose but hubby hates it! He thinks Prairie is weird. Lol

These are the names of our 4 children:
Jack (family name) Wyatt
Corwyn Joy
CheyAnne Faith
Ainsley Eden

 

“So close!”

Which name do you think Joy should choose to join these siblings? (Choose carefully– you can only choose once.) Names are not divided by sex, they are in random order, and the suggestions came from me and from fans.

There is definitely a sort of modern cowboy/prairie feeling here, as fan Angel pointed out on our page. The style is definitely modern but inspired by dusty boots Americana– I call it Western nouveau. It can be really charming and you can take your inspiration from ancestors in the South during the 1800s, state, city and county names (appropriate to geography and era), and outdoorsy concept words.

Now some tips..
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  • Try to avoid overuse of brand and object names next to each other (Lincoln Axel might sound like a car part).
  • Be cautious when choosing Native American words– especially if you are not a tribal member and are using an authentic personal name. It can be disrespectful or ignorant. Although many Native American names are also place names and you may be naming a child after a place and not a tribe, being aware of the true origin of a word and its meaning will help you navigate its usability. Your best bet is: whenever in doubt, steer clear of trends. Our fan Joy named her daughter “CheyAnne”, and while in many cases I would refer to something like this as a “bastardization of a Native word” and lecture on cultural integrity, this time it actually serves us well by changing the name enough to make it her own. In this sense, CheyAnne is closer to Shy Anne (good old shy Annie of the plain) than any original word referring to an “Indian” tribe.
  • Listen to the sound of things. Although some fans recommended Owen and Meadow, the last name will be Owens. An alternative to Prairie or Meadow might be Savanna or Dusty.
  • If you love the name Prairie, consider this thought from fan Aileen: “Well…you wouldn’t want anyone calling a beautiful girl Prairie Dog lol. Maybe he’s right, there are other nice cowboy themed names.”
  • Middle names Rose and Dawn would be popular choices for this theme. Virtue names Love, Hope, and Grace seem next in line. One of the suggested first name choices was Felicia, but perhaps Felicity would be more keeping with the theme. Another virtue name that could work would be Amity. It’s seldom used and has a good meaning, and fits well with the theme (could that be because it reminds us of Calamity Jane?).
  • Fan Angel said, on Juniper:  “I thought it was a nice tie in with June and the middle name style.” If you are due in June and enjoy this style, June would be a great middle name. For something a little longer with more modern and fresh appeal, Juno or Juneau works (but not next to surnames like Owens).

For more on Cecily or Cece Lia, make sure you check out When Names You Love Mean Bad Things.

If you’re curious about Silas, we have a post about that, too.

If you’re into vintage Southern names, try this.

One fan recommended the name Phoenix for either sex. What do you think? Is it unique enough? Does it fit well with the siblings? What middle names would you pair with Phoenix for a boy or a girl?

UPDATE, JUNE 30, 2014: Joy shares, “Our baby boy was born at home on June 24th. He’s 9# 5oz!! And we actually came up with a name for him after he was born….
Weston Arrow
Weston is his daddy’s middle name, and Arrow for psalm 127:4,5 of the bible. he is the
last arrow in our quiver of five children. “

Weston was actually also recommended by us. (Combo Weston Huck, as seen in this post, got the top boys vote.)

Congrats, Joy and family!

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