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#1 LittleFinch

Posted 02 February 2013 - 08:23 AM

Hi everyone! I've been looking through the posts and it looks like I'll be able to get some good and honest advice from you guys (hopefully!) as I do not want to discuss names with people in real life after a bad experience when naming my 2 year old daughter (Emma).
I'm coming up to 20weeks and my husband and I are struggling to find something we both agree on. We'd both prefer something not too popular (though obviously we named our first a top 20 name!). Not sure if its a boy or girl yet.
If you could comment on the names we have so far that would be great (and we'd love suggestions as well). Here is our list so far:
Violet (I love, DH not keen on, says it reminds him of "violent")
Rose (DH loves, I'm put off my all the girls with this as a middle name)
Summer (too close to Emma?)
Olivia (we don't know any babies with this name but according to all the lists it is a VERY popular name which concerns me).
Eliza (DH's fave - I'm reluctant as it might be a bit matchy-matchy starting with E)
Penelope (DH not keen on)

Evan (too similar to Emma?)
Joshua (reluctant to use as it is my brothers name!)
William (very popular..)
Noah (DH doesn't like)

Our last name starts with F so any names starting or ending in a F/PH sound funny..
Sorry the spacing went weird (using iPad), hopefully I've fixed it

Edited by LittleFinch, 02 February 2013 - 08:32 AM.

#2 littleboysmum

Posted 02 February 2013 - 08:31 AM

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#3 fifi-trixibelle

Posted 02 February 2013 - 08:42 AM

Violet- lovely, but more a middle name for me
Rose- nice, but I much prefer Rosetta, however just Rose goes better with Emma
Summer- lovely, but yes, definitely too close to Emma
Olivia- lovely
Eliza- lovely, but I'd definitely avoid a second E first name
Penelope- ok, I'm liking it a bit more lately

Evan- ok, but like Eliza, definitely not as a first name with Emma
Joshua- lovely, but I wouldn't use it if it's your brothers name. Intentional or not, everyone is going to think you named the baby after him
William- nice
Noah- lovely

I would choose Olivia and Noah with Emma. I wouldn't worry about names being too popular because Emma has always been pretty common for years even if it's not extremely popular right now.

Emma and Lara
Emma and Zoe
Emma and Charlotte
Emma and Caitlin
Emma and Claire/Clara
Emma and Sophie/Sophia
Emma and Laura/Lauren
Emma and Hannah
Emma and Sally
Emma and Madeleine
Emma and Scarlett
Emma and Isla
Emma and Alexandra
Emma and Natasha
Emma and Lucinda
Emma and Ruby
Emma and Zara
Emma and Heidi
Emma and Matilda
Emma and Susannah
Emma and Bethany
Emma and Nicola
Emma and Monique
Emma and Claudia
Emma and Tessa/Tess
Emma and Maisie
Emma and Lydia
Emma and Holly
Emma and Poppy
Emma and Ada
Emma and Georgia
Emma and Adelaide
Emma and Stephanie

Emma and Lachlan
Emma and Oliver
Emma and Miles
Emma and Isaac
Emma and Thomas
Emma and Seth
Emma and Patrick
Emma and Lewis
Emma and Oscar
Emma and Timothy
Emma and Alexander
Emma and Jacob
Emma and Mitchell
Emma and Lucas/Luke
Emma and Owen
Emma and Fraser
Emma and Callum
Emma and Connor
Emma and Matthew
Emma and Micah
Emma and Darcy
Emma and Quinn
Emma and Adam
Emma and Jude
Emma and Julian
Emma and Nathaniel
Emma and Daniel
Emma and Damien
Emma and Dean
Emma and Theodore
Emma and Samuel
Emma and Hamish
Emma and Harrison
Emma and Henry

#4 Bel Rowley

Posted 02 February 2013 - 08:49 AM

My cousins are Emma and Eliza! I think the names are lovely together. I also love Penelope from your list. Olivia is nice with Emma too, it probably depends where you are whether a lot of Olivias pop up.

The boys' names are nice but I'm not sure if any is right with Emma based on what you've said. I'm thinking Owen or Julian would be good.

#5 tres-chic

Posted 02 February 2013 - 08:54 AM

I really love your listS.

Olivia is my least favourite of your girls names. My favourite would be Violet. I don't see violent when I read that name, I think first and foremost of the flower and so that would be my choice.  (I love Summer too but it is to close to Emma IMO.)

I love Rose too, a close second and its popularity as MN would not bother me at all. Most MNs disappear in day-to-day life. I wouldn't use Eliza (though I love it) because of having two E initials and Penelope is DIVINE if you DH comes around.

Noah is my clear favourite of your boys names.

#6 B.feral3

Posted 02 February 2013 - 09:12 AM

Violet (I love, DH not keen on, says it reminds him of "violent")
I was about to say just this. All I hear is Violent too.

Rose (DH loves, I'm put off my all the girls with this as a middle name)
I agree with you. I think the life has been sucked out it.

Summer (too close to Emma?)
Yes, I think so.

Olivia (we don't know any babies with this name but according to all the lists it is a VERY popular name which concerns me).
Very popular and I really dislike it.

Eliza (DH's fave - I'm reluctant as it might be a bit matchy-matchy starting with E)
Absolutely love it and it goes with Emma beautifully even though they start and end with the same letter.

Penelope (DH not keen on) I agree with your DH.

Evan (too similar to Emma?)
Yes I think it is too close. They both start with the 'EH' sound where as the E in Emma and Eliza does not.

Joshua (reluctant to use as it is my brothers name!)
I really like it. I can see how you would be reluctant though.

William (very popular..)
Very popular. I'd go with something else personally.

Noah (DH doesn't like)
I agree with your DH. It's ok I suppose but I've never seen the appeal. I love biblical names too but this one just leaves me flat.

Edited by Bek+3, 02 February 2013 - 09:14 AM.

#7 PattiODoors

Posted 02 February 2013 - 09:21 AM

We have an Emma and Claire in our family. They have a brother William, known as Will.
I think all the names go well together and they age well. This lot are in their 30's.

#8 Peppery

Posted 02 February 2013 - 09:27 AM

Olivia and William

#9 Plaxy

Posted 02 February 2013 - 09:29 AM

From your lists my picks are Eliza and William. I don't think 2 'e's is too matchy.

#10 Gudrun

Posted 02 February 2013 - 09:58 AM


My pick is Rose.  I really like Emma and Rose as a sibset.   I just like the classic simplicity of Rose.  As a first name it's not overly popular which is a definite plus.

Eliza would be nice too. Summer wouldn't go and Olivia is overused IMO. I'm not a fan of the other two names.




All great names.  William, Noah and Joshua may be more popular than you want, however.  If that's not too much of a problem I would pick Noah or William with an Emma.  I'm not overly keen on Evan with Emma.



Edited by Gudrun, 02 February 2013 - 09:59 AM.

#11 LittleFinch

Posted 02 February 2013 - 01:45 PM

Thanks so much for your help everyone - you've given us a lot to think about original.gif I'll get my husband to read through all the comments & suggestions too.

#12 Magnus

Posted 02 February 2013 - 01:59 PM

I think you should rule out all the ones you or your DH hate to start with. I guess I'm a believer that no one should have to live with a name they dislike just because their spouse loves it.

Then maybe make a list of names you or your DP think are OK or could grow on you?

Violet (I love, DH not keen on, says it reminds him of "violent") I like it, but if your DH has a strong objection, I don't think you should go with it.

Rose (DH loves, I'm put off my all the girls with this as a middle name) I think Rose and Emma go together really well, but obviously this is cancelled out by my advice above, if you really don't like it.

Summer (too close to Emma?) Yep, too close. I don't mind slightly similar names, but this is just too close. It's not as bad as a sibset of Millie, Mollie and Holly that I saw on TV a few weeks ago, though.

Olivia (we don't know any babies with this name but according to all the lists it is a VERY popular name which concerns me). I think Olivia is really nice, but it is also super popular and that would concern me too.

Eliza (DH's fave - I'm reluctant as it might be a bit matchy-matchy starting with E) Eliza and Emma go together really well, I think.

Penelope (DH not keen on) I'm not personally a fan, and I think it *could* become very popular due to the Kardashians.

Evan (too similar to Emma?) I like it. I think it goes well.

Joshua (reluctant to use as it is my brothers name!) This depends on whether your brother is a positive association for you. I don't think you need to necessarily name him Joshua after the brother, but it needs to be someone you hold in high regard. Joshua and Emma go together well, but I'm not a fan of Joshua personally.

William (very popular..) I think William is a good classic name.

Noah (DH doesn't like) I love the name Noah, but I guess it would depend whether it could grow on your DH or whether he hates it.

#13 WithSprinkles

Posted 02 February 2013 - 02:50 PM

Violet (I love, DH not keen on, says it reminds him of "violent") I quite like Violet but prefer Rose with Emma
Rose (DH loves, I'm put off my all the girls with this as a middle name) I agree that the popularity for a middle name has taken some of the shine off this name, but it is still a pretty name (and not as mind blowingly common as a first name)
Summer (too close to Emma?) Yes, way to close
Olivia (we don't know any babies with this name but according to all the lists it is a VERY popular name which concerns me). I'm not a huge fan of Olivia. It is very popular where I live and has been for a few years.
Eliza (DH's fave - I'm reluctant as it might be a bit matchy-matchy starting with E) I think they go together ok
Penelope (DH not keen on) Great name. But the "Kardashian effect" might be something to keep in mind..

Evan (too similar to Emma?) I'm kind of on the fence about whether it is too close or not.. so I'm probably thinking perhaps it is a bit close...
Joshua (reluctant to use as it is my brothers name!) I wouldn't use it unless you don't see your brother often (and he is a really great guy). My brother has the same name as a brother in law and it gets quite confusing unless people use their full names.
William (very popular..) I like the name but wouldn't use it myself based on it's popularity
Noah (DH doesn't like) same as William

Other suggestions:
Elizabeth, Claire, Thomas, James, Alexandra, Alexander, Samuel/Sam

#14 Bellefin

Posted 02 February 2013 - 06:07 PM

Eliza is my pick they match by being classic and English but still sound different.
I also know an Emma and William. For boys...it's hard to find one that matches but isn't popular...would have said Jacob. Thomas, Lucas, Daniel??

#15 kerilyntaryn

Posted 02 February 2013 - 11:25 PM


Edited by kerilyntaryn, 03 February 2013 - 04:44 PM.

#16 kerilyntaryn

Posted 03 February 2013 - 04:46 PM

Violet (I love, DH not keen on, says it reminds him of "violent")  -  it's ok
Rose (DH loves, I'm put off my all the girls with this as a middle name)  - love it
Summer (too close to Emma?) - doesn't go with Emma
Olivia - love it and goes well with Emma
Eliza- nice,  but maybe too close to Emma
Penelope - ok,  Phoebe goes better with Emma
Evan (too similar to Emma?)  goes ok
Joshua (reluctant to use as it is my brothers name!)then don't use it.  what about Josiah or Joash
William (very popular..) is ok,  prefer Liam
Noah  - love or Jonah. Jonas

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