I came across your blog on a search to find a name for my second child that would fit with the first. I have a son named Nicolae Farley. I am Romanian and Nicolae is a family name. Farley is my husband's grandfather's name. I realize this is an odd name never thought of the problem I would have naming my second.
We do not know the sex of the baby, so have to consider both genders. My husband is German/Swedish and I wouldn't mind chosing a name from that ethnicity. I don't think I want to go with all my children's names beginning with 'N.' Our last name is Johnson so nothing that would match that or ryhme with it.
I had considered Ivan if it was a boy since it is a variation of my great-grandfather's name (Ivanti) and David for the middle name since it is my father's middle name and my father-in-law's name. For a girl, I have considered Evalina or Annalise but am not quite sure that will work with Nicolae. My maternal grandmother's name was Margaret and I'd love to use it, but am concerned it may not be a good match or sound odd with Nicolae. I really am not concerned about middle names matching. I really dislike names like Hayden/Conner or Ceirra/Jayden.
Any advise or suggestions would be great!
Swistle's friend Mairzy writes:
Scene: Swistle and Mairzy are in their virtual office, sitting at their virtual desks. Swistle is doing a little on-the-job field research: she's flipping through "The Baby Name Wizard." Mairzy has broken open the certified-mail envelope that brought their latest virtual payment and is eating the toffees, leaving the fudge for Swistle. Suddenly an email comes in. Books and toffees are forgotten: Swistle and Mairzy gear up to solve another name dilemma and make the world a little better place for babies.
Except that this time, there wasn't too much for us to do. Here are my thoughts, and please forgive the sticky toffee-stains on it.
If you keep your current choices, you won't go wrong. Ivan is a good compromise between global and "normal American." Annaliese is a beautiful name, with German roots, and a top choice on this blog. Margaret pairs with it well, although it does make for a very long name.
Other suggestions (most courtesy of Behind the Name):
Margot (as a form of Margaret)
Still, with all these in front of me, I like your suggestions best. Go for what you've got!
My favorites from Mairzy's lists are Francesca and Gabriel---but I agree with Mairzy that I like Amy's choices even better. I love the name Ivan with Nicolae; and Margaret is a great name and also a family name, so that's my first choice for a girl. Maybe Margaret Evalina?
[Poll results: 180 votes for boy names, 184 votes for girl names
Ivan: 93 votes, roughly 52% of the boy name votes
Adrian: 10 votes, roughly 6% of the boy name votes
Gabriel: 22 votes, roughly 12% of the boy name votes
Sebastian: 20 votes, roughly 11% of the boy name votes
Julian: 24 votes, roughly 13% of the boy name votes
August: 11 votes, roughly 6% of the boy name votes
Evalina: 31 votes, roughly 17% of the girl name votes
Annalise: 38 votes, roughly 21% of the girl name votes
Margaret: 19 votes, roughly 10% of the girl name votes
Claudia: 18 votes, roughly 10% of the girl name votes
Francesca: 16 votes, roughly 9% of the girl name votes
Margot: 41 votes, roughly 22% of the girl name votes
Johanna: 21 votes, roughly 11% of the girl name votes]
[Update! 08-29-2008 Amy writes:
"It's another BOY! Gabriel Matei
My husband wasn't fond of Ivan and actually had chosen one of your ideas (Gabriel) as a favorite without seeing your polls. Thanks for all the input and the votes!! -Amy"]