A sister for Reuben James

(48 Posts)
Sparklyboots Wed 17-Apr-13 12:43:01

... so on my like list are the completely unusable Robin (you can't have a Robin and a Reuben, right?) and Rowan, (ditto). Also we like Willow but so does Everyone Else Having Girls right now, ditto Scarlett. Quite like Harriet but it's a slightly odd colour (am synaesthetic). So not too complicated or stupid at all really...

LeChatRouge Wed 17-Apr-13 13:07:16

Ooh synaesthetic, this could be interesting finding out what colour certain names are.......


MoonHare Wed 17-Apr-13 13:12:03

How about; Tabitha, Eliza, Thea, Esther, Merryn, Elodie, Esme, Sorrell, Tansy, Violet, Kitty, Martha, Polly, Evelyn, Alice, Libby, Phoebe, Lydia, Iris, Meredith???

Sparklyboots Wed 17-Apr-13 13:46:34

Coco - pink and brown, tres chic and a major contender
Luna - Blue and yellow
Lois - Blue but with a horrible, draining hole in the middle of it
Gabriella - the blue equivalent of khaki iyswim, definite contender
Imogen - white and dark, sorry, hard to describe
Josephine - yellow and red, very nice actually but vetoed already.

Sparklyboots Wed 17-Apr-13 13:49:27

Love Elodie (if it does indeed rhyme with melody) and Sorrell; Iris good but not sure how DP will like it, love Thea, again a DP issue... Oh, lovely, knew I should have asked earlier...

MoonHare Wed 17-Apr-13 13:51:43

Elodie does rhyme with melody - but what colour is it???

LeChatRouge Wed 17-Apr-13 14:09:01

I love this thread, so interesting.

Lois has a draining hole in the middle of it. I don't think I have synaesthetia, but I 'see' it written in a circle like a Polo mint, so not too far away from you!

Was going to say Sorrell, but MoonHare already has.....

There is a tiny chance that people may just want to know what colour their chosen/favourite names are. grin I would like to post my children's names disguised in a list, but they are all boys!

Iseeall Wed 17-Apr-13 14:14:01

All sound nice with Reuben, no idea what colour they conjure up though.

Sparklyboots Wed 17-Apr-13 15:39:41

Oh I do like Sarah and Rebekah but we are like the most biblical sounding family on the earth at the moment, despite being completely and totally non-religious. So we were hoping for a non-biblical, or at least not markedly biblical name. Emma (green) a good friend's name, it would feel odd.

Think everyone's a bit synaesthetic tbh but some people its more marked... most people have a sense of space or size in days of the week, for example. However, not everyone confuses when they have an appointment because of the colour of the afternoon it's on and the colour of the number. I regularly fuck up my Tuesday afternoons on this basis, HAVE to write them down...

Naomi, pale blue fading to green, I like it
Lily, navy blue and white
Hannah yellow but a bit dirty? So okay but unusable for me
Elsie, green and orange, I don't like it for that
Sorrell, the orange of autumn, very unusual and that's why I like it so much
Belle, orange with yellow, but not in a good way
Nell, pale blue and faded yellow, nice but very very soft

Since you've been so helpful LeChat it would be mean of me to refuse to colour a short list of boys' names... but you should be warned that the next synaesthete will be along with a very different interpretation... FWIW Reuben James is brilliant blue and yellow, very striking and reassuring, my absolute fave colour blue. Robin and Rowan are close but don't have the same depth and Robin has a bit of brown. But you just can't do a Reuben, and a Robin or Rowan, no matter how much I want to...

Sparklyboots Wed 17-Apr-13 15:40:36

Elodie is green by the way


LeChatRouge Wed 17-Apr-13 23:43:17

Sparkly out of the 13 girls names I have suggested, I did cheekily slip mine in amongst those options......and luckily you see it as nice and positive.

I do see the days of the week like a bar chart with Wed the tallest, Sat & Sun a different colour and the lowest. Also, the year is like a flat disc, we are currently at about ten o'clock, with July at midday and Christmas at six. The seasons have colours too. Maybe I have a milder form. I thought I had developed mine as a child as a memory aid and everyone has it, but discussing it with friends, I realise this isn't the case. I also realise that everyone who has synaesthesia see things differently.

If you have time sparkly, I'd be fascinated to what you make of this short list of boys names wink


LeChatRouge Wed 17-Apr-13 23:44:57

Oh, forgot to add, would you like some more girl suggestions? When is your daughter arriving?

Gugglebum Thu 18-Apr-13 02:57:11


Reuben was on our list, wonderful name!

moreyear Thu 18-Apr-13 03:15:45

With Rueben-James surely it has to be Ruby wink?

justhayley Fri 19-Apr-13 16:14:50

Youv dittoed my 2 fav girls names Willow & Scarlett - also love Ruby but that wouldn't work for you.
How about Pheobe, Or Isabella

BoyMeetsWorld Sat 20-Apr-13 21:49:46

We have a Reuben...so are in the same situation of trying to find a name that goes. How about...


BikeRunSki Sat 20-Apr-13 21:56:50

My first thought on seeing the thread title was "Naomi Louise", and I see Naomi has already been suggested and is a good colour.


<dying to ask what colour DS is>

thermalsinapril Sat 20-Apr-13 23:12:38

Reuben James and...

Vivienne Hannah
Natalie May
Emily Clara
Anna Victoria
Susanna Bethany
Juliette Amanda
Honor Beatrice
Clarissa Melanie
Georgia Catherine
Miranda Jane

KitchenandJumble Sun 21-Apr-13 03:33:45

Harriet and Thea are both lovely.

BTW, are you by any chance a Woody Guthrie fan? As soon as I saw the thread title, I began singing, "Tell me what were their names, tell me what were their names, did you have a friend on the good Reuben James?"

invicta Sun 21-Apr-13 04:42:00

Rebecca sprang to mind when I read your post.

Other names


I really like your favourites Sorrell and Elodie. Either would be lovely. I think you need a one syllable second name so:

Sorrell Rose
Sorrell Pearl
Sorrell Rain
Sorrell Skye
Sorrell Fern
Sorrell Dawn
Sorrell Wren
Sorrell Lark

Elodie Anne
Elodie Grace
Elodie May/Mae
Elodie Ruth
Elodie Beth
Elodie Kate
Elodie Faye
Elodie Hope

Sparklyboots Sun 21-Apr-13 12:26:01

Okay, sorry to have dallied, everyone, DM was in town and baby's gender is a secret so felt unable even sneakily to reply...

Re: Reuben is ruby coloured - well, no actually, and neither is Ruby as a matter of synaesthetic oddness fact, and while it is a nice colour, it's a bit like a Stroop test, so I'd not consider Ruby.

Colours on randomly discussed boys' names wink:

Toby - Navy blue and brown, it's very dense and would be a contender for Reuben's brother if we had to think of one
Jake - Yellow and pale blue
Milo - green with brown underlining/ undershadowing, with a bit of white, it's actually quite complex and was nearly Reuben's name
Finn - rusty orange
Charlie - pale blue
Oliver - white, black with red at the end

All quite nice really! and I feel relieved about that, there are some lovely names which are all the wrong colour, like Michael, which is brown, black, orange and dirty. Mike is mainly dirty. Sorry if it's anyone's DH/ DC name, I can only reiterate, the next synaesthete along will tell you it's made of diamond and blue, or something...

Vashti is out, don't like v words, they are too pointy (sorry, that's the possibly least useful reasoning ever given) Sophie, Georgia, Daisy, Isabella, Corinna and Tamsin have been bagged by friends. Love Aurora, DP has vetoed - quite like Natalie but have taught a million and probably wouldn't use it for that reason. Same with Lauren, though it is particularly pleasingly coloured. Anna is great; Sally I'd forgotten existed! IYSWIM. Naomi is def creeping up on me, I already thought it was quite nice... Miranda Jane is just brilliantly put together, in terms of colours - emerald green and a brilliant, dazzling yellow but really solid. Might try it out on DP, not sure whether it's purely the colours that feel very appropriate...

Love, love love Sorrell Rose despite an odd colour thing, also Reuben announced the baby should be called Rosie Park, so it would be nice to give her one of his names. His current fave is Coco, though, and we were seriously thinking she should have Coco as a middle name/ nn and a more 'high court judge' (in the words of my friend) first name... Elodie May is lovely too, and more harmoniously coloured.

Didn't know the Woody Guthrie ref! Harriet and Thea are both lovely - Harriet could also be Hatty, which is tres chic.

Well, we've got two weeks or so before she gets here? Having said that, we didn't get to the registrar until Reuben was 3mo blush so I'd be lying if was to suggest there was any sense of real pressure with that deadline...

BoyMeetsWorld Sun 21-Apr-13 13:53:42

Hmmm ok then, maybe to work on ideas to go with Coco as a middle name?

Naomi Coco is quite sweet
Or how about....

Caitlin Coco
Sara Coco
Cara Coco
Sorrel Coco

That's hard...I don't think many names go well with coco, but that's just personal opinion...

LeChatRouge Sun 21-Apr-13 14:00:58

Thank you Sparkly, you see my son's names as lovely colours. It's interesting to me as the colours you see do almost reflect aspects of their personalities.

Two weeks to go! How exciting. Hope all goes really well for you. I had two names ready for my twins, we discussed them again during labour, yep, all set. But then, when we saw them it all changed. We stuck with one, but plucked a new one out of the air for the elder one. I think a short list of five is good at this stage. Then over the next few weeks you can mentally try them out.

TSO Sun 21-Apr-13 15:44:11

Fenella Rose
Miranda Fern

myjobismum Thu 25-Apr-13 20:59:18

Awww if it is any help I have a 9 week old Reuben James and his 4 yr old sister is called Naomi Caitlin!

chaya5738 Fri 26-Apr-13 15:37:45

What about Willa rather than Willow.

Love Naomi.

Witchesbrewandbiscuits Fri 26-Apr-13 21:46:01

amelia smile smile

OrangeLily Fri 26-Apr-13 21:53:16


dopeysheep Sat 27-Apr-13 22:07:54

I don't know the Woody Guthrie song but I did start singing the Kenny Rogers song and now it's stuck in my head.

holbea Sat 27-Apr-13 22:25:47

We have a Florence and if DC2 is a boy we are calling it Reuben.

MortifiedAdams Sat 27-Apr-13 22:27:21

My first thought was Charlotte. Then Louisa.

What colour is Meg?

OrangeFootedScrubfowl Sun 28-Apr-13 18:11:42


MortifiedAdams Wed 01-May-13 23:00:58

Any further forward with a name OP?

Sparklyboots Thu 02-May-13 21:16:01

Thanks all! I somehow dropped off my own thread <can't-work-mn emoticon> so thought it had died? We're a bit stuck, still, DP specialising in non-commital nods. We LOVE Florence but a good friend has nabbed it; ditto Stella or Estelle. Charlotte I liked for a while, because we could Coco from Charlotte but I'm not sure any more <hormonal>. I'm still pushing Naomi but DP isn't convinced. Think you could do Naomi Coco... Do you?

Recent addition to the list has been Paloma, which is a handsome red colour, and has come from DP so has some enthusiasm from both of us. Think Loma is a nice NN; not sure we could Paloma Coco because Coco is pink (and brown) and I'm a bit meh about the red then pink thing. Since it's only me that's bothered, maybe I could get over it. Does it go if you're not synaesthetic?

Meg, for the poster who asked is dark green fading through light and to blue, it's very nice (and vetoed for us by DP). Nina is a DB's ex-P; he's very happy now but did love Nina and it would feel odd. Gloria is a nice blue and white but not really for us, we know lots of (older) Glorias, so it would be strange.

Willa is interesting, might try it out on DP... Also love Miranda and Hester def will try them out too...

ktp693 Thu 02-May-13 21:47:52



baskingseals Thu 02-May-13 21:51:03

You could have Constance as a full name, and use Coco as a nickname, I thought about this for dd, but got talked out of it.

What about Elsa, Phoebe, Christabel or Anneliese?

Noggie Fri 03-May-13 19:38:24

I know a Reuben with a sister called autumn which I think is pretty x

Iwaswatchingthat Fri 03-May-13 19:47:22

Reuben and grace

Reuben and eloise

Reuben and Eden

Reuben and Eliza

Reuben and Alice

charliehar Sat 04-May-13 21:03:16

Can I offer up my dds name - Sadie. Reuben and Sadie go well together I think...

AvrilPoisson Sat 04-May-13 21:10:24


(and may I ask... does Scarlet appear red to you?)

cityangel Sun 05-May-13 00:12:27

Elin Clare

Izzybuzzybuzzybees Sun 05-May-13 00:16:17

Emily or Elizabeth

FourLittleDudes Sun 05-May-13 00:30:44

I think Autumn is a lovely name, I like Eleanor and Kate too.

I think this is a really fascinating thread, and am dying to ask what colour my boys names are, could I very cheekily pm you their names?

ooh interesting thread!

i don't understand though? can you explain for the oh so thick.

Sparklyboots Wed 08-May-13 22:53:43

Autumn is lovely; is it right for a May-born baby? I wouldn't have done it for that reason, but recognise I might be being slightly odd about that...

Scarlet does appear red, but 'red' itself doesn't, and neither does ruby. So it's about the shape of the word rather than its connotations though connotations do affect it in random and illogical ways.

I am open to cheeky pms, going into actual labour notwithstanding (am due Today!). Disclaimer - every synaesthete has their own unique set of associations - so the next one along will not have the same associations...

Synaesthesia is where you experience the sensation of one thing in response to a different kind of stimulus. So my synaesthesia is that everything conceptual has a colour. Words, people, places, times, letters and especially numbers - number/colour synaesthesia is the most common kind iirc. For me, thinking itself is coloured; numbers are strongest probably because they are the most stable kinds of concepts. People are coloured, but only when I think about them rather than when they are present. Days and weeks etc. ditto - when I think about them, they have a colour and sometimes a spatial dimension. It's not that I SEE the colour, rather I experience it on a physical level, which I recognise is a strange way to describe what colour is but I think it's probably to do with my particular synaesthesia that colour is more strongly a feeling than it is a visual thing. Some synasthetes 'see' the colour; some have totally different input/ responses - eg. seeing music, tasting sounds, hearing colours.

Synaesthesia is thought to occur when neighbouring brain regions share processing; this would suggest that I process colour in an undifferentiated way rather than discretely in a differentiated part of the brain. The ability to process one set of things in the terms of another is part of how we are capable of abstract thought and language so synaethesia is probably a variation on this basic capacity.

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