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BehindtheBump Mon 14-Sep-20 22:43:47

Hello all,

I'm 37+ 4 with my second baby. Sex unknown. It took us some time after DD1 was born to name her and I was keen to avoid that this time around but I'm still not happy with any of the names on our shortlist. DH is incredibly picky and it's been a frustrating process. I'd like a name that goes with the name of our first, which is Clara. We need both boys and girls names. I'm also quite picky, which doesn't help. Ideally, it'd have:
- a nice meaning
- a Latin origin, like Clara, though I appreciate that this may be tricky
- a different initial from C (though I could go for a C name if it were a boy, I just don't like the idea of two Miss C Bumps getting their mail confused)
- A different ending- no a endings please
- No er endings; conflicts with surname
- Not top twenty in the popularity stakes
- Not so common I'll have grown up with three of four of them. The more uncommon the better, really. I'd never met a Clara before I used the name (though it's shot up in popularity in the six years since!)

Hoping someone has some suggestions we've not thought of yet!

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Whatsyourflava Mon 14-Sep-20 23:11:16

Margaret (maggie)
Pearl
Greta
Jemima
Roxanna
Verity
Aubrey

Whatsyourflava Mon 14-Sep-20 23:12:12

Laurence nn Laurie
Tristan
Curtis (Sorry starts with C)
Idris
Griffin
Angus
Casper
Otis
Peter
Sidney

Whatsyourflava Mon 14-Sep-20 23:12:55

Sorry not all of them meet you criteria as end with A and so on

MaverickDanger Mon 14-Sep-20 23:18:36

Margot
Coralie
Annabel
April
Felicity
Grace

Hugo
Julian
Dominic
Christian
Vincent
Magnus (bit of a wildcard!)
Benedict
Felix

Modestandatinybitsexy Mon 14-Sep-20 23:19:30

Beatrix
Bonnie
Daphne
Delphine

Quentin
Theodore
Oswin
Reuben

AdaColeman Mon 14-Sep-20 23:22:45

Dorcas
Dulcie
Valerie
Juliette
Hester

Marcus
Hugo
Cornelius
Basil

MrsCrosbyNRTB Mon 14-Sep-20 23:23:35

Arabel
Imogen
Naomi
Melody
Hazel

Eden (boy or girl)
Rowan (boy or girl)

Edward
Julius
Reuben
Silas

Congratulations!

Doliv63 Mon 14-Sep-20 23:25:14

Olive ...such a pretty, simple name .
Laurie/ Laurence...great name but not too popular.

BehindtheBump Mon 14-Sep-20 23:28:55

Thanks everyone, I've been running them past DH, so far they've all got an outright no except for April, Grace and Hugo (he likes Hugo and finds April and Grace OK). Lots I like in there but he's a tough nut to crack on names (can't seem to tell me why he doesn't like certain names either- he just doesn't, apparently 🙄). Keep them coming if you've got any more.

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BehindtheBump Mon 14-Sep-20 23:29:51

Thanks @MrsCrosbyNRTB smile

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IslandLulu Mon 14-Sep-20 23:35:22

Not sure about the Latin connection, but...

Celine
Penelope
Jane
Imogen
Dawn
Camille
Zoe

IslandLulu Mon 14-Sep-20 23:36:07

Alexander
Edward
Louis
Stephen
Henry

Ellmau Mon 14-Sep-20 23:55:33

Julius
Lawrence
Lucius
Lucian
Miles
Milo
Hadrian
Trajan
Constantine
Marcus
Titus
Felix
Tiberius
Lucas
Rufus
Leo

Juliet
Hero
Juno
Carmen

Latin inspired girls' name snot ending in a are few and far between.

EriAndo Tue 15-Sep-20 00:08:33

Congratulations first off! 2 of our 3 DD have Latin origin names.
We have Seraphina (age 14 nn Fifi) & Octavia (age 12 nn Avie).
Our 3rd is Lorelei (Age 8 nn Lori). Their names are not to everyone’s taste but DH and I liked them. The girls love their full names as they’re quite unique.

EriAndo Tue 15-Sep-20 00:14:51

Just saw you don’t want name ending with an A!
Sooo...
Amy
Caroline
Celeste
Estelle
Florence

Dante
Dominic
Magnus
Marius
Rufus

Most Latin names end in A for girls and US for boys!

Carouselfish Tue 15-Sep-20 00:49:53

We have a Carmen and equal difficulty finding a name for her sister. In the end it just popped into DP's head today in theatre! Not on our list at all. Maybe you'd like our list?

Lillian
Jasmine
Cleo
Bonnie
Sabrina

Champy87 Tue 15-Sep-20 07:46:38

The name that comes to mind is Lucy. Latin origin name meaning light. Sounds different to Clara although both two syllables and I think is about top 50 these days so not overly popular

itsjakeandamy Tue 15-Sep-20 07:51:30

Sorry I'm ignoring the no -a ending with some because they don't sound rhymy...
Zoe
Beatrice
Florence
Keziah (no Latin origins but old!)
Miranda
Meredith
Susannah
Tabitha
Thea
Dorothea

Rufus
Rupert
Marcus
Marco
Hugo
Nathaniel
Henry

CoffeeandKitKat Tue 15-Sep-20 08:01:21

Hector
Gregory
Edmund
Edwin
Isaac
Samuel
Owen
Miles
Daniel
Willem
Maxim
Jonathan
Peter
Hugh
Victor
Vincent

Hester
Lydia
Christabel
Penelope
Freya
Viola
Ruby
Lavinia
Lillian
Lucy
Natalie
Leah
Eloisa/e
Elodie
Fearne

Kay00 Tue 15-Sep-20 10:06:59

If April is a possible yes, how do you like Avril?

MikeUniformMike Tue 15-Sep-20 10:19:31

Avril is awful, sounds like Bovril.

April is an odd name for a September baby.

How about Dorothy.

florascotia2 Tue 15-Sep-20 10:59:23

I like pp's suggestion of Lucy. Neat, elegant, nice meaning.

Not all these names are to my taste, but they all have Latin origins and don't end in 'a':
Annabel/Amabel/Mabel
Amandine
Emily
Felicity
Fleur
Gillian/Julian/Juliane/Julie
Grace
Honor
Hilary
Isaure
Justine
Leonie
Lettice
Lilian/ Lily
Rosalie
Margaret
May
Melanie
Mirabel
Natalie
Pascale
Pauline
Prudence
Rosemary/Romy
Ruby
Silvie/Sylvie/Silvy
Valerie
Vesper
Violet
Vivien

Also, though these begin with 'C': Cecily, Clemency, Christine, Constance, Christabel, Corinne, Carine ...

And there are many French names of Latin origin that don't end in 'a', such as Antoinette, Adrienne, Angeline, Lucille, Ludivine, Severine, Sidonie etc etc

Edenember Tue 15-Sep-20 14:00:37

Lois
Phoebe
Thebe
Trudie
Lilith
Rosalie
April
Sylvie

BehindtheBump Tue 15-Sep-20 21:17:52

Thanks everyone. I've just run through the new submissions to the list and can add the following to the list of names that don't get an outright no from him:

- Leo
- Lucy
- Hugo
- Hugh
- Gregory
- Victor
- Grace
- Leah
- Natalie
- Phoebe

Thoughts? My worry with Gregory is that it shortens to Greg which makes me think of the bakery chain. Lucy is alright. Hugo makes me think of Bart Simpson's twin brother, obscure as that is. Or Hugo Horton. If anyone has a name that, based on the list DH hasn't said no to, they think he might like, please let me know regardless of my ideals list. I'm getting a bit desperate and am very willing to compromise.

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