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greenishfingers Tue 07-Nov-17 09:49:02

Giving birth at some point this month and can't settle on a name. We don't even know the sex to help us narrow it down!

We have a Laura already and a convoluted surname... so I think we are looking for something simple, that people know how to spell, but isn't too popular so that the poor child isn't saddled with being (e.g.) Amelia Awfully-Longname or Amelia A-L for their whole school career.

Boys names are so hard! Finding that the really popular ones are popular for good reason, straightforward classic choices!

I like that Laura is internationally popular and so "travels well" so having another name that does that would also be a bonus.

We have had to rule out so many names for sounding wrong with our surname - here are the ones making the long list at the moment... would love to know your thoughts!

Girls

Abigail
Caroline I like but OH says no (the film Carrie)
Emma
Ellen (I love this esp with nickname Nell but OH not keen)
Heather (nice 80s vibe)
Mary (underused with so many amazing Marys in literature/history)
Megan
Natalie (is this okay for a November baby or should it really be Christmassy? Could be Tilly as a nickname?)
Rachel
Sophie (love but too popular probably)

I like Claire but it doesn't sound right. Clarissa too fussy for me.
Julia and Sarah we already have in the family

Boys

Alexander (could be Alec, or is that too smartarsy?)
Benjamin
Daniel
Graham (I like this!)
Gregory I like but think OH not keen
Henry
Jonathan
Joseph
Leonard (too similar sounding to Laura if he's a "Lenny" and also the wrong vintage to really "go" with it?)
Nicholas
Peter (I like but a bit inauspicious in our family)
Samuel
Thomas

Any of these sound good to you?

Awwlookatmybabyspider Tue 07-Nov-17 10:22:30

Laura and
Mary or Thomas.
I do like Alexander, but Alex not Alec.
I was also going to suggest.
Anna
Beth
Rosa
Kate.
Erin
For girls.

Spottyparrot99 Tue 07-Nov-17 10:24:19

I’m a laura and my brother is David.

FellOutOfBed2wice Tue 07-Nov-17 10:27:13

The Laura’s I know have siblings called:

David
Angela
Sarah
Rachel
Gemma
James
Natalie
Sophie
Eleanor
Hannah

user71017 Tue 07-Nov-17 10:27:26

Emily
Rosie
Zara
Emilia
Millie
Georgia

Smoliver Tue 07-Nov-17 10:43:52

From your lists, I like:
Emma
Ellen
Heather (love the 80s vibe too)
Natalie (can totally work for a girl born outside December)
Rachel
Sophie

Daniel
Henry
Johnathan
Nicholas
Samuel
Thomas

Good luck

Sugarpiehoneyeye Tue 07-Nov-17 12:35:22

Laura and Rachel. This was the first name that came to mind, and goes very well with Laura.
Laura and Daniel.

BlueChampagne Tue 07-Nov-17 12:42:07

I know a Laura with sister Chloe.

Anthony or Conrad for boys?

PerfectlyPosed Tue 07-Nov-17 12:44:17

Ha I've never made the connection before but I've just realised my friend Laura has a brother Ashley grin

SummerRoberts Tue 07-Nov-17 12:44:51

From your list I love Natalie for a girl and Alexander for a boy. They’re both lovely sounding and have more than one good NN option and both go nicely with Laura.

HemlockStarglimmer Tue 07-Nov-17 13:08:08

The only Laura I know had siblings called Mary, Carrie, Grace and Jack.
I agree with keeping it simple with a convoluted surname.
Ours is convoluted too.

BornInALighthouse Tue 07-Nov-17 13:14:12

I like Katie with Laura or Mary from your list. Am not very good at boys names though.

Frazzled2207 Tue 07-Nov-17 13:20:43

I like most of your names but would pick Mary and Daniel.
I’m still a bit bitter that oh didn’t let me call one of our sons Daniel.

OhMyGoddd Tue 07-Nov-17 13:42:11

Kate or Emma. Kate not that good internationally but she could use Kat.

17caterpillars1mouse Tue 07-Nov-17 14:28:00

I think Rachel would be lovely. I'd love to meet a baby Rachel

I also like Abigail and Natalie

From your boys i like
Alec - as a full name
Benjamin - though I know 4 under 3 so is quite common
Gregory - like the nn Greg or Rory
Henry - again quite popular currently
Samuel

IVflytrap Tue 07-Nov-17 14:30:51

My favourites are Natalie and Mary. I also really like Caroline.

I love Alexander and Samuel. Graham is also nice, and unusual on newborns, which is a good thing.

BoredOnMatLeave Tue 07-Nov-17 14:32:09

Before clicking on the thread I thought Emily.

I like Rachel and Daniel

Chaffinch4 Tue 07-Nov-17 16:04:14

Another vote for Rachel. A beautiful classic name.

For boys I like Daniel, Peter and Gregory from your list.

BrevilleTron Tue 07-Nov-17 16:10:24

I'm a Laura and my sibling is an Amy

Smallpotatolove Tue 07-Nov-17 16:13:04

Emily
Hazel
Sophia
Alice

Any traditional type boys name would go with Laura I think.

starkid Tue 07-Nov-17 16:14:40

Ones I like best:
Emma (love this name!)
Megan
Benjamin
Thomas

TheCatRules Tue 07-Nov-17 16:14:59

From your list, I really like Emma or Megan for a girl and Alexander or Nicholas for a boy.

I know a Laura who has Anna as her sister.

starkid Tue 07-Nov-17 16:15:33

Also I never would have gotten the film Carrie from the name Caroline!

Lemonnaise Tue 07-Nov-17 16:16:39

Rachel or Daniel - love those names.

ColinsVeryJolly Tue 07-Nov-17 16:19:26

The Lauras I know have siblings called

Stephen
Simon
Alice
Lucy

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