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Aldous and Alba?

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opalstones Tue 30-Dec-14 01:34:04

These are our shortlists. Surname the same as two Mancunian rockstar brothers.

Boys:

Aldous
Conrad
Ellis
Ford
Jude
Rocco
Stellan
Sterling
Warwick

Girls:

Alba
Charis
Coral
Ivy
Lilac
Morgan
Opal
Romy
Vivian/Vivienne
Zara

Any ideas for firstname-middlename combinations, or any similar names we might like?

Deerhound Tue 30-Dec-14 06:26:46

For boys I like: Warwick Ford, Warwick Ellis, Jude Ellis, Jude Stellan

Aldous and Rocco sound pretentious to my ears (sorry)

Ford = car so wouldn't use as first name.

Stellan is lovely but I think he'd get "you're called Stella?!" all the time so again wouldn't use as 1st name.

moxon Tue 30-Dec-14 06:34:13

I've always liked Sterling for a girl..

dashoflime Tue 30-Dec-14 06:36:03

Is it Alba as in the gailic word for Scotland, pronounced "al-a-pa" ?
Dh wanted that as a boys name and I vetoed. We settled on James grin

Of the boys I like Conrad and Jude
Girls: Ivy and Vivian

DropYourSword Tue 30-Dec-14 06:53:52

Aldous and Alba together sounds like the capital of Ethiopia! Throw in your surname and it feels like the verbal equivalent of being stuck on a roundabout!

Deerhound Tue 30-Dec-14 10:04:45

For girls I like Ivy and Romy (and I think they go well with your surname). Maybe

Ivy Romilly
Romy Lillian

Morgan is not a name I would usually choose (just not my style) but I think it sounds pretty good together with your surname iyswim

Morgan Romy
Morgan Alba

florascotia Tue 30-Dec-14 10:27:11

Alba is the Gaelic name for Sotland. It's seen on all sorts of things here, from the Scottish Parliament to the name of a TV station. As Dash says, said the Scottish way, it has three syllables, not two. Put together with your surname, it might sound rather awkward, especially if said quickly.

On the other hand, in Italian, Alba means 'white' and is the feminine form of the adjective. Just two syllables - 'Al-bah'. It sounds rather pretty with your surname.

Of your boys' names, I like Jude and Conrad- both v good names. Sterling is too strongly identified with the currency and I've never been fond of calling children after places, eg Warwick.

Of your girls' names, I like Charis: would you say Kar-iss or Ka-riss (with the 'a' as in 'car' or in 'cat'?), Morgan and Vivien (preferably that spelling). Ivy is popular at the moment, but I'm not keen. If it matters, Romy is a nn - traditionally short for Rosemary.

ScrambledEggAndToast Tue 30-Dec-14 10:41:11

Not too keen on any tbh. At a push, I would say Conrad and Ivy.

Sophronia Tue 30-Dec-14 10:46:48

With your surname I think Conrad, Jude, Ivy or Vivian go best.

opalstones Tue 30-Dec-14 11:24:48

Deerhound We are quite pretentious (know your own faults and all that) so that doesn't bother me. If anything, I'm encouraged grin

I don't dislike Romilly as a name, but DH and I both knew one at university who was a pretty terrible person and she has tainted the name for us.

DropYourSword Good job I'm only having one baby! I just didn't know what to call this thread.

Flora I'd prefer Alba to be pronounced the Italian way, but DH's family are Scottish, so there might be a conflict of interest. At the same time, you tell somebody how to pronounce a name, that's how they should pronounce it. Bet that doesn't work in practice though!

Charis as in Ka-riss (cat version). Pronunciation issues are putting me off though.

I like Rosemary actually, but given current trends, I'm staying well clear of 'Rose' for any part of her name.

opalstones Tue 30-Dec-14 11:28:33

Revised thoughts:

We don't know what we are having - so these are choices for our surprise.

Some names feel more like middle names than first names to us now too.

Boys first names:

Aldous
Conrad
Rocco
Stellan
Warwick

Boys middle names:

Ellis
Ford
Jude
Sterling

Girls first names:

Morgan
Vivian/Vivienne
Zara

Girls middle names:

Alba
Charis
Coral
Ivy
Lilac
Opal
Romy

So I'm looking for suggestions now - particularly girl's names and combinations to use them in. Boys welcome too of course!

moxon Tue 30-Dec-14 11:33:37

Vivienne Coral - I'm not a fan of Coral myself, but the two go well together. Consider Alba Sterling for a girl...?

opalstones Tue 30-Dec-14 11:42:51

I don't like Sterling for a girl, sorry moxon. The name is unisex though, I appreciate that.

Problem here is that I just don't love any girls name. I'd happily call my son anything on that list, but I'd pass very easily on any of the girls names.

florascotia Tue 30-Dec-14 11:43:47

To go with a short (two syllable) first name, I suggest a longer middle name to make a pleasing rhythmic pattern with your surname, for example Zara Vivien.

For a longer (three syllable) first name, then a shorter second name might be better, for example Vivien Ivy.

TheRealMaryMillington Tue 30-Dec-14 11:48:16

I like Alba and Romy
Vivienne is great and doesn't require a middle name
Robin, Ursula, Dorothea, Ariadne…?

I like Aldous.

opalstones Tue 30-Dec-14 11:53:25

Really like Ariadne. Think I am quite fond of Claudia and Allegra too.

moxon Tue 30-Dec-14 12:42:01

Octavia?

opalstones Tue 30-Dec-14 13:02:23

Ooh excellent! I'm exploring Roman and Greek names now I think, I like quite a few.

Hakluyt Tue 30-Dec-14 13:05:16

I would just go for Ivy or Jude.

Middleagedmotheroftwo Tue 30-Dec-14 13:07:31

Pretentious? Moi?

Belazu84 Tue 30-Dec-14 14:07:33

Big Stellan fan here. Stellan Jude sounds good. Girl wise I'd say Zara Lilac as I have an irrational problem with Vivian. I love Ivy though - Ivy Morgan or Ivy Charis. Fun lists!

opalstones Tue 30-Dec-14 14:14:12

How very helpful Middleagedmotheroftwo.

I am pretentious. I see no problem with this. You should hear DH and my names!

opalstones Tue 30-Dec-14 14:30:37

Thank you Belazu!

I'm definitely going to mix name lengths up. Leaning towards longer first names, with a 1 or 2 syllable middle name for a girls name. Need to find a couple of longer names that I love.

Stellan is my top name for a boy I think. I would love Stella too, but I can't get past the beer.

TheRealMaryMillington Tue 30-Dec-14 14:56:40

What about Astrid?

Stella is more designer than beer these days.

Roman for a boy?

moxon Tue 30-Dec-14 14:56:54

I love Octavia. smile

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