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First baby, name decisions

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Joeybee Wed 25-Jan-17 22:48:39

It's taken me ages, but finally I think I have picked out my shortlist for both girl and boy names.
These are names that I like the look/sound of, and they fit well with my surname, also my Husband likes these names too.
(We absolutely have a different taste in names, so it's taken a lot of discussion to find some we agree on).

Buuut I'm having difficulty deciding on first name/middle name combos from my list. My surname is double barrelled, both names beginning in R.
If anyone could help me out, it'd be so appreciated.



Thank you! smile

BikeRunSki Wed 25-Jan-17 22:54:54

I have an irrational dislike of Raphael, and I'd probably dismiss it with a double barrelled R-R surname.

fabulousfun Wed 25-Jan-17 23:03:54

Love Meredith and Bethany

And I have a Zachary so obviously like that one too.

Other names I likes (as we have similar tastes)

Dorothy (Dotty)


Joeybee Wed 25-Jan-17 23:14:56

BikeRunSki I LOVE love love Raphael...but yeah, I'm concerned there is too much alliteration for it to work....I just can't bring myself to let it go yet.

fabulousfun Meredith and Bethany are my favourites I think. Zachary is a great name, and one for some reason that I'd completely overlooked till recently.
Phoebe is a name I keep coming back to, and Angus was on my list too (Husband hates it though sad )
We do have similar tastes I think, thanks for your help.

CocoLoco87 Wed 25-Jan-17 23:24:46

Zachary James & Alice Ivy

Manumission Wed 25-Jan-17 23:26:24

Blythe is a beautiful name.

MarilynWhirlwindRocks Wed 25-Jan-17 23:39:55

Bethany Alice and Zachary James have a nice flow.

Raphael is one of my very favourite boys' names. Gorgeous. But, yes, I agree the alliteration might be a bit OTT.

BTW, not sure how you feel about NNs, but both girls (under 4s) I know always use the full name. Interesting, because everyone assumes Bethany automatically becomes Beth or Bethy (Bethie?). I think Beth pretty, but Bethany even more so smile

Joeybee Thu 26-Jan-17 01:10:57

MarilynWhirlwindRocks Thanks for your reply.
I like longer baby names, that have potential for various nn's.
I'm not overly keen on Beth though, so that is a concern for Bethany. So if people ten not to shorten it, then that is a bonus for me!

Got two people saying 'Zachary James' now smile

Joeybee Thu 26-Jan-17 01:12:09

Manumission Yeah, I think so too, and I don't hear it very often. My only concern is the lack of obvious nn's for Blythe. I'd probs go for 'Bea' which I think is lovely.

chipsnmayo Thu 26-Jan-17 02:52:14

I love Blythe, gorgeous name - not uncommon, not super popular either. I also quite like Olive.

Bethany seems quite dated to me, my dd is 18 and I know heaps of Bethanys around her age.

I'm not wild on any of your boys names but I don't mind Zachary, thats my favourite out of your list. Bryan also seems dated, and he could have issues with spelling if you spell it with a 'y'.

rachelrcrossley Thu 26-Jan-17 04:26:27

I like Bethany Alice or Bethany Ivy, and really like Frederick James x

passingthrough1 Thu 26-Jan-17 07:24:41

I adore Raphael also but yeah R R R too much. I don't think Bryan fits and is quite dated and isn't that nice of a name. Any of the other three boys names with James as middle I think.

I actually really like Meredith as a girls name.

Jooni Thu 26-Jan-17 13:07:23

Love Olive! I like Ivy and Meredith too.

Zachary and Frederick are my favourites from your boys. I like Noah and James too but they feel a bit boring as there are just so many around at the moment. Raphael with a double-barrelled R-R surname I think would be too much.

Sophronia Thu 26-Jan-17 13:08:40

I like Blythe best from your girls list, and James, Raphael or Zachary from the boys

Sugarpiehoneyeye Thu 26-Jan-17 13:14:31

Meredith Ivy and James Noah.

BlytheOfWindyWillows Thu 26-Jan-17 13:18:43

Obviously I like Blythe smile

minipie Thu 26-Jan-17 13:21:29

Meredith - like
Bethany - love
Olive - hate
Alice - it's ok
Blythe - love - and it doesn't need a nn as it's just one syllable already!
Ivy - it's ok

Raphael - love, but not with R-R surname sorry
Bryan - no!
Noah - it's ok
Zachary - like
Frederick - like
James - like

Meredith Blythe R-R
Blythe Meredith R-R
Bethany Alice R-R

Frederick James R-R
Zachary James R-R
James Raphael R-R
Frederick Raphael R-R
Zachary Noah R-R

Willialwaysbelookeddownon Thu 26-Jan-17 14:10:59

I really like Olive and Ivy. Alice is cute.

Defo Noah or Raphael for boys.

The rest IMO are pretty minging.

fabulousfun Thu 26-Jan-17 17:19:26

Oh and my Zachary is Zachary James too smile

WankersHacksandThieves Thu 26-Jan-17 18:30:55

Okay, I've sorted your shortlist and ranked them as well. smile

Meredith - 2
Blythe - 1


Bryan - 2
Frederick - 2
James - 1

17caterpillars1mouse Fri 27-Jan-17 17:18:56

Love Meredith, Olive and Ivy

Meredith Ivy would be beautiful. I've always though Olive Lydia was a nice combo. Ivy Emmeline?

From your boys I like Raphael, Noah (though it's too popular for me), Frederick ( but not Freddie) aand James. James is also a good allrounder middle name. I quite like Frederick Zachary actually

Have you considered Noa for a girl?

Aquamarine1029 Fri 27-Jan-17 18:36:17

Zachary James is perfect.

Girliefriendlikesflowers Fri 27-Jan-17 18:39:56

Rafferty nn Raff/ Raffy? I know an adorable little boy with this name wink

I love Meredith the most from the girls list.

Buntysoven Sun 29-Jan-17 00:43:02

Meredith Ivy and Zachary Noah

Redpramlady Sun 29-Jan-17 15:58:47

Frederick James
Zachary James

Alice ivy
Bethany Alice

My fav combos

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