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#1 jellybean icecream

Posted 01 February 2013 - 04:40 PM

I'd love some help with coming up with names for my baby, since my husband vetoes most names I love.

We have a nearly three year old, Eli (Elijah).

For girls I like

Justine
Jemma/Jem
Bethany/Beth (DH loves this but I worry it's a bit American Bible Belt, or a bit "lispy"
Imogen
Charlotte
Marilla
Emeline

For boys I like:

Jonah (DH not keen...I love it and love Joe as a NN)
Noah
Oliver
Nathaniel/Nate
Seth

None of the other boys names come close to how I feel about Eli and Jonah.

Thanks!

Edited by jellybean icecream, 01 February 2013 - 04:45 PM.


#2 TheGruffalo

Posted 01 February 2013 - 05:08 PM

From your list I love Jemma and Bethany.  The lispy thing had never occurred to me to be perfectly honest!

If you love Joe as a nickname for a boy, have you considered Joseph?  Elijah and Joseph sounds pretty good to me.

#3 jellybean icecream

Posted 01 February 2013 - 05:15 PM

Great, Jemma is definitely a favourite, and I could come around to Bethany as both seem pretty and feminine without being too common.  I've even considered "Jem" for a boy, Too Kill A Mockingbird style, but not sure if it might be too "out there" wink.gif

Joseph I can't quite come at because it makes me think of a Nativity scene and because it was the name of my infamous great great grandfather, who disappeared leaving his wife to raise 8 kids by herself (so a bit of a black sheep!)

#4 Feral Grey Mare

Posted 01 February 2013 - 05:20 PM

Love Justine, loathe Seth.

#5 chickendrumstick

Posted 01 February 2013 - 05:23 PM

Justine - really dislike
Jemma/Jem - lovely
Bethany/Beth - I prefer Beth or Bess as a nn, don't mind Bethany
Imogen - lovely
Charlotte - lovely but very popular
Marilla - dislike, reminds me of the drink Amarule
Emeline - lovely but prefer it spelt Emmeline

I like all of your boy names but Nate is probably my favourite.

#6 jellybean icecream

Posted 01 February 2013 - 05:30 PM

QUOTE (Old Grey Mare @ 01/02/2013, 05:50 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Love Justine, loathe Seth.


Thanks, not at all sure abou Seth myself.  Really scratching for boy's names.  Glad you like Justine - it was the name I was given at birth before I was adopted...but would like a NN and can't think of one I like for it.

#7 jellybean icecream

Posted 01 February 2013 - 05:34 PM

QUOTE (chickendrumstick @ 01/02/2013, 05:53 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Justine - really dislike
Jemma/Jem - lovely
Bethany/Beth - I prefer Beth or Bess as a nn, don't mind Bethany
Imogen - lovely
Charlotte - lovely but very popular
Marilla - dislike, reminds me of the drink Amarule
Emeline - lovely but prefer it spelt Emmeline

I like all of your boy names but Nate is probably my favourite.


Thanks!  Not sure about Marilla either...just have a bit of an Anne of Green Gables thing. wink.gif. I have also pondered whether Emmeline would be a better spelling.  Doubt I could win over DH on that one, anyway...longish names seem to freak him out!

#8 fifi-trixibelle

Posted 01 February 2013 - 05:55 PM

Justine- ok
Jemma/Jem- nice
Bethany/Beth- lovely
Imogen- lovely
Charlotte- lovely
Marilla- not at all keen
Emeline- this spelling looks weird but I love Emmeline, however, I'd avoid it with Elijah

For boys I like:

Jonah- ok, but definitely not with Elijah
Noah- lovely, but definitely not with Elijah
Oliver- lovely, but I probably wouldn't use it with Elijah
Nathaniel/Nate- Nathaniel is great but Nate is a nickname only for me
Seth- nice

With Elijah, I'd go for Seth and Imogen.

#9 9ferals

Posted 01 February 2013 - 06:03 PM

Seeing as you have a bit of an LM Montgomery thing going you could think about:

Cordelia
Marigold
Sara
Diana
Josephine
or the very cute Minnie May. I wonder if she has a longer name?

Gilbert
Matthew
James (nickname Jem)
Walter



#10 FiveAus

Posted 01 February 2013 - 06:05 PM

I know a grown up Bethany, she has just graduated as a vet and she is a lovely, lovely young lady. I would pick that because every time I hear it, it reminds me of her and she is such a very nice person.

#11 jellybean icecream

Posted 01 February 2013 - 06:57 PM

Thanks, everyone for the excellent food for thought!

I'm giving Bethany some serious reconsideration, although still prefer Jemma.  For middle names I'm thinking:

Jemma Rose
Bethany Erin

Still just don't feel sure I've nailed a boys' name, though.

#12 Peppery

Posted 01 February 2013 - 07:13 PM

Jemma Rose sounds lovely

#13 jellybean icecream

Posted 01 February 2013 - 08:27 PM

Thank you!

#14 briandrea

Posted 01 February 2013 - 09:52 PM

Love Jemma but prefer the spelling Gemma as when you shorten it to Gem it is an actual word.
Bethany would be my second choice.

I like Jonah but it has the same ending as Elijah which is a no-no in my books. My pick out of your list would be Nathaniel.

#15 Gudrun

Posted 01 February 2013 - 10:31 PM

Great lists.  Nice strong names.  The only one I don't love is Oliver.


Marilla jumps out for the girls for me.  Lovely name, not so common, yet uncomplicated.  


Really like Jonah with Elijah. Same ending but different syllable count, therefore a connection but not too samey.

I think Jethro or Gabriel would be a nice fit too.

I'd be a bit cautious with MNs. I'd try and avoid default MNs like Rose and names that begin with a vowel following one that ends in a vowel.

Bethany Charlotte sounds wonderful to my ears.

#16 ~THE~MAGICIAN~

Posted 02 February 2013 - 01:33 AM

Two standouts for me from your lists.

Charlotte and Jonah.

#17 pjemc

Posted 02 February 2013 - 04:06 AM

QUOTE (jellybean icecream @ 01/02/2013, 06:34 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Thanks!  Not sure about Marilla either...just have a bit of an Anne of Green Gables thing. wink.gif . I have also pondered whether Emmeline would be a better spelling.  Doubt I could win over DH on that one, anyway...longish names seem to freak him out!




I immediatly thought of Anne of Green Gables when I saw Marilla! I love the book and the movie and her character is one of my favourites so I like it for that reason. Emeline is beautiful too, it was on my list but DH wasn't a fan of it for some reason.. do prefer it as Emmeline though.

Love Jonah, my DH is a Joseph and we are going to use Jonah as a MN if we have a boy.

#18 jellybean icecream

Posted 02 February 2013 - 04:39 AM

QUOTE (briandrea @ 01/02/2013, 10:22 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Love Jemma but prefer the spelling Gemma as when you shorten it to Gem it is an actual word.
Bethany would be my second choice.

I like Jonah but it has the same ending as Elijah which is a no-no in my books. My pick out of your list would be Nathaniel.


Thanks!  Eli actually never gets called Elijah, just Eli, so that could still work I think.  And Eli and Joe sound good to me.  I do like Nathaniel, and it is a family name, though doubt I can sell DH on it (like so many other names I like!)



#19 jellybean icecream

Posted 02 February 2013 - 04:51 AM

QUOTE (Gudrun @ 01/02/2013, 11:01 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Bethany Charlotte sounds wonderful to my ears.


Thank you for the suggestion!  I love Bethany Charlotte as a combination!  Also avoids the only problems I have with Charlotte...1) the fact it is so popular, and 2) as a first name, it might be shortened to "Charlie", which is not my cup of tea.


QUOTE (~THE~MAGICIAN~ @ 02/02/2013, 02:03 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Two standouts for me from your lists.

Charlotte and Jonah.


Love them both.  Now I wish I was having twins...they sound cute together wink.gif

QUOTE (pjemc @ 02/02/2013, 04:36 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I immediatly thought of Anne of Green Gables when I saw Marilla! I love the book and the movie and her character is one of my favourites so I like it for that reason. Emeline is beautiful too, it was on my list but DH wasn't a fan of it for some reason.. do prefer it as Emmeline though.

Love Jonah, my DH is a Joseph and we are going to use Jonah as a MN if we have a boy.


Love your taste!  Jonah is the only boys name on my list I could really love...and it has the advantage of being an older name but not too common. What middle name are you going to use?  And now I am curious - what's your girl pick, if you don't mind me asking?

Edited by jellybean icecream, 02 February 2013 - 04:52 AM.


#20 Eirinn

Posted 02 February 2013 - 06:01 AM

The only girls name I like from your list is Charlotte. I don't like Jemma but I love Jemima...

I agree with you that Jonah is awesome, and the pick of your boys list. If DH won't go for it, what about Judah?  wub.gif
Jacob?

#21 Bel Rowley

Posted 02 February 2013 - 08:19 AM

Some nice names on your lists original.gif

Justine - I really like this, an underused French gem.
Jemma/Jem - I much prefer Gemma.
Bethany/Beth - I've never felt the love for Bethany, it just doesn't appeal to me. I do like Beth and Elizabeth.
Imogen - Pretty name, has spiked in popularity in recent years.
Charlotte - Great classic, but always popular if that's a concern.
Marilla - nice name, good literary reference.
Emeline - Emmeline I like a lot.

Jonah - OK but not great for me
Noah - ditto to Jonah
Oliver - nice but very popular
Nathaniel/Nate - I've never been a fan of the Nat/Nate names for boys, but it's OK
Seth - again OK

None of the boys' names wow me, they're all fine, just not really my style. Jonah is good with Eli/Elijah, but I think Nathaniel would be a good fit too, or some of the other suggestions like Gabriel, which I do love.




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