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Savanna & Harvey....thoughts

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MotherOfCleo Mon 11-Mar-13 20:06:51

I am only in my firat trimester but me and my OH already have some favourites names wise. I wondered what other people thought though.

For a girl we are pretty much settled on Savanna Brooke, its unusual and so I'm worried our parents wont like it, but it is a name which means something to us and reflects my OHs history so we are very keen on it.

For a boy we like Harvey Sebastian but I dont like Harv for short which is tricky....we also quite like Ryley and Dexter as first names so this one is less decided.

Any thoughts would be welcome. grin

Greensleeves Mon 11-Mar-13 20:09:22

Savannah should have an 'h' at the end imo

Harvey is much better than Ryley (?) or Dexter.

ladymia Mon 11-Mar-13 20:11:03

It's Savanna(h) and R(i)ley?

WickWackThurso Mon 11-Mar-13 20:15:24

Well, you like them, and they have meaning for you, so I am loathe to be honest....

Since you ask -

Savanna - really don't like, have always disliked with no good reason. Bit harsh sounding. Anna or Susanna are beautiful though.

Brooke - again, never been keen, a bit dated now I think. Can sound very different depending on regional accents.

Harvey - I like but wouldn' t use it now due to the Jordan connection.

Sebastian - I know several Sebs, so it's on the rise, but all lovely little boys, nn Seb.

Ryley - v now, faddy, dislike.

Dexter - seriel killer, cool but hard to carry off.

MotherOfCleo Mon 11-Mar-13 20:32:15

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JamieandtheMagicTorch Mon 11-Mar-13 20:36:38

The thing is, if you spell it an unusual way, the kid will be saddled with a mis-spelled name for he rest of their life. It will be annoying for them (and you).

Those other examples don't come from a real thing, ISYWIM. Savannah is a geographical feature, and that is how it is spelled. IMO.

I prefer Brooke Savannah

JamieandtheMagicTorch Mon 11-Mar-13 20:38:31

I don't really like your boys names, but wonder of you'd like:


notso Mon 11-Mar-13 20:42:04

Savanna is ok, prefer the proper spelling. I think the opposite to you it sounds softer with rather than without, but that could be the accent round here has a very hard 'a' sound.
I think Savanna(h) Brooke sounds a bit like a place or a paint colour, Brooke isn't to my taste.

I hate Harvey and Riley/Ryley. I like Dexter and love Sebastian.

MotherOfCleo Mon 11-Mar-13 20:47:05

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MotherOfCleo Mon 11-Mar-13 20:47:54

We also had Cooper on the boy list for a while. hmm

Greensleeves Mon 11-Mar-13 20:52:03

Of course you can spell it however you like, you can call your child Roger and spell it Saucepan if you want.

But if you post asking for opinions on a public forum, expect people to pint out that you are spelling it wrong grin

TheSecondComing Mon 11-Mar-13 20:55:11

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everlong Mon 11-Mar-13 20:57:19

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MotherOfCleo Mon 11-Mar-13 20:57:39

yeah I asked what people thought of the names, I didnt ask whether people liked my spelling!!!

bamboostalks Mon 11-Mar-13 20:58:11

The spelling of both Ryley and Savanna are incorrect and just make it tough work for future dc who will be forever correcting people. I think these individual spelling are just daft tbh. Catherine v Katherine fine. Savanna is not a similar alternative but a geographical feature.

MotherOfCleo Mon 11-Mar-13 20:58:16

greensleeves not exactly constructive!

everlong Mon 11-Mar-13 20:59:23

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Looby12 Mon 11-Mar-13 21:00:39

I like Savanna And Harvey, go with your gut as its your child and you need to feel comfortable saying the name. I personally didn't decide until after giving birth, I had a short list and chose after seeing the baby and testing out using the names in relation to her. I wouldn't pay attention to the spelling debate smile

MotherOfCleo Mon 11-Mar-13 21:01:29

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MotherOfCleo Mon 11-Mar-13 21:02:16

Thanks looby grin finally a sensible person! I could hug you!!!!! grin

toobreathless Mon 11-Mar-13 21:02:44

Strongly dislike Savanna. Also don't think it's that unusual. Also don't really like Brooke in combination as a second name. Think Savanna/h is so strong it goes better with a more 'girlie' middle name:
Savanna Rose
Savanna Grace
Savanna Joy
Savanna Faith
Savanna Elizabeth

Brooke Savanna is nicer IMO.

Harvey & Dexter are not to my taste but nice enough and perfectly good names. Agree with you that 'Harv' is not a good shortening. Do not like Ryley, dare I say it very 'chavvy' but love Sebastian. Little mermaid did not occur to me

Harrison/Harry: great, but agree very popular.
Henry: love this but as per Harry.
Cooper: bit American but strong and I quite like it.

Names that seem to fit your criteria:



What do you think?

everlong Mon 11-Mar-13 21:02:59

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BehindLockNumberNine Mon 11-Mar-13 21:03:04

The thing is, a major part of the name IS the spelling, so you cannot expect people to say that they love it if they don't like the way it is spelled!!

Fwiw I think Savanna looks odd and like the name of some foreign car / vanette / pickup truck. And Savannah is horrible too.

Riley is ok (ish)
Ryley looks like you don't know how to spell and is therefore awful.

Also, your dc will have to introduce themselves as "Savanna-without-an-h" and "Ryley-with-a-y".

Don't do it to them, it will be annoying for them and they won't thank you for it.

Also, it does not make you look unique, it makes you look daft.

MotherOfCleo Mon 11-Mar-13 21:03:17

Not if I explained over and over again that the spelling isnt an issue ever sad

BehindLockNumberNine Mon 11-Mar-13 21:03:29

Love love love Sebastian though!

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