I'm Corinne, my husband is Vaughn, and we have two daughters at home, Gemma Evangeline Claire and Ivy Susannah Vivienne. Gemma is six, Ivy is three, and we're expecting identical twin daughters. We know for a FACT that their first names will be Abigail and Sophia, it's the middle names we're struggling with! Our surname is O'Neill, but we don't let it bother us that most -a names sound awkward with it, we're not about to restrict our full list because the vowels just so happen to sit next to each other!
We're going to be continuing the tradition of the double-middle-names with these girls too, and we're struggling to find combos which fit!
We would really like to use Genevieve somewhere, for his aunt, and Hilarie (like Hilary) for my best friend. We like Lorelai, Romilly, Dahlia, Brooke, Isabel/Isabelle, Elizabeth, and Penelope. Any insight you could provide would be much appreciated!
Gem and Ives were easy to name, Gemma's full name has been on my list for years and Ivy's came to us early in the pregnancy, but Abby & Soph's names are giving us more trouble than ever before!
I'm going to start by giving each girl one of the two names of honor. I prefer Genevieve with Sophia, since both have a French sound, and I prefer Hilarie with Abigail.
First I did some combinations with the name-of-honor in the first middle name slot:
Abigail Hilarie Brooke O'Neill (AHBO)
Abigail Hilarie Dahlia O'Neill (AHDO)
Abigail Hilarie Elizabeth O'Neill (AHEO)
Abigail Hilarie Penelope O'Neill (AHPO)
Sophia Genevieve Elizabeth O'Neill (SGEO)
Sophia Genevieve Isabel O'Neill (SGIO)
I also tried with the name-of-honor in the second middle name slot, but didn't like anything I came up with as well as the first list.
Then I made a second list, adding in some other names, and that's when I got a little...carried away:
Abigail Hilarie Adele O'Neill (AHAO)
Abigail Hilarie Britta O'Neill (AHBO)
Abigail Hilarie Carys O'Neill (AHCO)
Abigail Hilarie Celeste O'Neill (AHCO)
Abigail Hilarie Clarice O'Neill (AHCO)
Abigail Hilarie Constance O'Neill (AHCO)
Abigail Hilarie Eleanor O'Neill (AHEO)
Abigail Hilarie Elise O'Neill (AHEO)
Abigail Hilarie Eliza O'Neill (AHEO)
Abigail Hilarie Emmeline O'Neill (AHEO)
Abigail Hilarie Esme O'Neill (AHEO)
Abigail Hilarie Ida O'Neill (AHIO)
Abigail Hilarie Imogen O'Neill (AHIO)
Abigail Hilarie Iris O'Neill (AHIO)
Abigail Hilarie Jean O'Neill (AHJO)
Abigail Hilarie Laurel O'Neill (AHLO)
Abigail Hilarie Lucy O'Neill (AHLO)
Abigail Hilarie Madeline O'Neill (AHMO)
Abigail Hilarie Marianne O'Neill (AHMO)
Abigail Hilarie Matilda O'Neill (AHMO)
Abigail Hilarie Pearl O'Neill (AHPO)
Abigail Hilarie Violet O'Neill (AHVO)
Sophia Genevieve Amabel O'Neill (SGAO)
Sophia Genevieve Averil O'Neill (SGAO)
Sophia Genevieve Beatrice O'Neill (SGBO)
Sophia Genevieve Cora O'Neill (SGCO)
Sophia Genevieve Delilah O'Neill (SGDO)
Sophia Genevieve Ella O'Neill (SGEO)
Sophia Genevieve Elsa O'Neill (SGEO)
Sophia Genevieve Estelle O'Neill (SGEO)
Sophia Genevieve Flora O'Neill (SGFO)
Sophia Genevieve Harriet O'Neill (SGHO)
Sophia Genevieve Helene O'Neill (SGHO)
Sophia Genevieve Isadora O'Neill (SGIO)
Sophia Genevieve Joy O'Neill (SGJO)
Sophia Genevieve Romy O'Neill (SGRO)
Sophia Genevieve Rosalie O'Neill (SGRO)
Sophia Genevieve Sylvie O'Neill (SGSO)
And that's with me deciding to use both of the two names of honor, and also deciding which girl gets which name of honor, and also deciding that the names of honor go in the first of the two middle name slots. Imagine all the possibilities if we took out one or both name of honor, or switched them, or put them in the second slots, or put one in the first slot and the other in the second slot. No wonder you're having trouble! This is not just a baby-naming challenge, it's a MATH challenge.
So let's sic everyone else on it, too. Come up with your own combinations, everyone!
Name update 06-07-2009! Corinne writes:
Just wanted to update you on the birth of our twin girls! They arrived several days early on February 7th, 2009.
Abigail Genevieve Dahlia was born at 7:09PM, and
Sophia Madeleine Eilidh was born at 7:10PM.
We REALLY appreciate your help choosing names for our girls, my husband's mother, Eilidh, died suddenly on the 3rd, so we decided to scrap the use of Hilarie for Eilidh. It's pronounced AY-lee, and it's Scottish. My friend Hilarie's okay with the decision, her middle name is Madeleine (which we went with so we wouldn't have two rhyming middle names--Hilarie Eilidh) and she's Sophie's godmother.
Corinne, Vaughn, Gemma, Ivy, Abby, and Sophie