I'm due to have twins in early October. At the ultrasound last month, we found out that baby A is a boy. And baby B is...shy. :) We have come up with a name for baby A: Henry Fox. I'm in love with Henry (although a little worried about its popularity). Someone recently suggested Fox to us because my husband's name is Todd and it apparently means "fox" in Old English. I know it's a little different, but I thought it was a cute and different way to honor my husband. I do need some feedback on the name. What do you think?
Now for baby B. We need help coming up with a name for either a boy or a girl. I don't necessarily want the twins' names to "match", but I do want them to go together. I want "classic names" - especially since my husband and I have such dated 70's names (Todd and Tiffany). :)
For a girl, we like:
- Kate - I just don't love any longer form of Kate. I'm trying to fall in love with Katharine, but I go back and forth on this one.
- Grace - One of my husband's favorites. I like it, too.
- Stella - I love this one.
- Julia - I love the Julia/Julie option.
- Sylvia - My husband isn't completing sold yet on this one. I'm trying to get him to see that it has the same style and sound of Sophia and Julia, two names he loves.
- Elizabeth - We'd probably call her Izzy.
For middle names, we are considering:
- Susannah - a variation on my mom's name (Susan) and my middle name (Suzanne)
- May/Mae - a family name
- Eva - a family name
- Anne - a family name
- Rose - family name
- Katharine - if we don't use it as a first name
For boys, either first or middle:
- Lewis (my husband's late grandfather's name)
- Matthew (my husband's middle name)
- Stuart (middle only)
- Charles (middle only)
I'm totally open to more suggestions if you can derive some sort of style out of this collection of names! Our last name is Woolener (3 syllables), which totally nixes two of my favorite names: Oliver and Eleanor. :(
Thanks for your help!!
I love the name Henry Fox! Henry is the middle name (and pseudonym) of one of my sons, and it was ALMOST his first name. Henry is indeed getting more popular (from #126 in 2000 to #91 in 2007, according to The Social Security Administration), but I don't worry about it getting TOO-too popular. Even if it DOES get very popular, it would be a classic, long-rooted, traditional boy name that was experiencing one of many recurring times in the sun---not a trendy, flash-in-the-pan name. And I think Fox is cute with it.
Let's turn our attention to Baby B. First, let's say Baby B is a girl. Well....pretty much ALL your girl names sound good with Henry! Kate is a fine name just as it is, if you don't like any of the names it's a traditional nickname for.
Henry and Kate
Henry and Grace
Henry and Stella
Henry and Julia
Henry and Sylvia (perhaps your husband would prefer Silvia?)
Henry and Elizabeth
All good. With your surname, I think the best options are Kate Woolener, Grace Woolener, and Elizabeth Woolener. Stella Woolener, Julia Woolener, and Sylvia Woolener are harder to wrap the mouth around.
Middle names. The one-syllable first names Kate and Grace go best with the longer middle names; I think both are best with Louise, but I like the family connection to the name Susannah so would probably choose that. The longer name Elizabeth is good with the shorter middle names; I like any of them, but my favorites are Jane and Claire. With Stella and Julia, I like Mae. With Sylvia, I like Claire.
I don't even WANT to mention this, but feel duty-bound to say that the middle name "Claire" CAN lead to The Eclair Problem with first names that end in A. Anna Claire, for example, turns into An Eclair. Even Sylvia Claire, which I have just recommended, could be heard as Silvie Eclair. Still! I would not let that stop me! Eclairs are delicious, and small children are more familiar with Twinkies.
Kate Susannah Woolener (KSW)
Grace Susannah Woolener (GSW)
Elizabeth Jane Woolener (EJW)
Elizabeth Claire Woolener (ECW)
Stella Mae Woolener (SMW)
Julia Mae Woolener (JMW)
Sylvia Claire Woolener (or Silvia Claire Woolener) (SCW)
Now let's say Baby B is a boy. With the name Henry, my favorites from your list are William and Simon: Henry and William, Henry and Simon. Because you're going with a fun middle name for Henry, I'd choose something fun and slightly matchy for the other boy: I like Finn. Henry Fox and William Finn. Henry Fox and Simon Finn. Hm, that was a little quicker than the girl section, wasn't it!
William Finn Woolener (WFW)
Simon Finn Woolener (SFW)
But I'm just choosing names from lists and putting them together how I like them. Now you guys can take a turn: look at the lists and put together a girl name! put together a boy name! What do you like best for Baby B?