I never thought I'd have trouble with baby names, but we're due with my second child on April 24 and there's no clear front-runner yet! Our three-year-old daughter is named Gloria Charlotte. We like the slightly old-fashioned vibe of her name, and would like to use that same style with our second child. We'd like to stay away from very popular names. The last name is Carmody. (CAR-muh-dee.)
For boys, we like Theo, Harrison, Leo, William, Oliver, Owen. None of those stick out as "the one" yet, although we've been toying with the idea of Theo Harrison or Harrison Theo. We're open to the idea of using Robert as a middle name to honor my father, but it's not necessary. While I'd like our second child's name to match Gloria's stylistically, we don't care for many 1930's/40's boys' names, when Gloria peaked in popularity. What would you suggest to match Gloria?
For girls, we have a much longer list. We each have several favorites - it's been difficult to whittle the list down! Margaret "Maggie", Juliana, Madeline, Nora, Vivian, Cecilia, Georgina "Georgie", Marilyn, and Belle have made the list. At this point, we like Juliana Belle as a combo and we've agreed that we'd only consider Madeline and Vivian as middle names - other than that, we're stuck! Any suggestions or ideas?
To wrap this up, we're looking for boy suggestions, opinions on Theo Harrison / Harrison Theo, and suggestions or combos for girls names. Let us know what you think!
I think Harrison is wonderful with Gloria. Theo too. Those are my favorite two from your list, and I like them in either order: Harrison Theo Carmody or Theo Harrison Carmody. A few more possibilities:
George (Georgie, Geordie)
You have such a great surname. I like so many names with it. I think my favorite from my list is Simon: Simon Robert Carmody, Gloria and Simon. But I'm also very drawn to Everett: Everett Harrison Carmody, Gloria and Everett. And Charlie and Georgie both have a warm energy that goes so well with Gloria: Charles Harrison Carmody, Gloria and Charlie; George Theodore Carmody, Gloria and Georgie. And Frederick is a name I wish more people would use: Frederick Robert Carmody, Gloria and Freddy.
For a girl, I love all your choices. I get a little tongue-tied with Nora---saying, for example, Gloria and Noria, or Glora and Nora, or Glora and Noria. I like Georgia and Georgiana in addition to Georgina, and in fact maybe Georgiana would be a good tie-breaker between Juliana and Georgina? I like Cecily in addition to Cecilia. For combinations, I like:
Cecilia Madeline Carmody
Cecilia Margaret Carmody
Cecilia Vivian Carmody
Cecily Margaret Carmody
Georgia Vivian Carmody
Georgiana Margaret Carmody
Georgina Cecile Carmody
Georgina Madeline Carmody
Georgina Margaret Carmody
Margaret Cecile Carmody
Margaret Cecilia Carmody
Margaret Eleanor Carmody
Margaret Georgina Carmody
Margaret Juliana Carmody
Margaret Nora Carmody
Marilyn Cecile Carmody
Marilyn Margaret Carmody
Nora Madeline Carmody
Nora Margaret Carmody
Nora Marilyn Carmody
I think Eleanor, Jean, Louise, Lucille, and Mae would be other good middle-name choices. Margaret Eleanor Carmody. Cecelia Jean Carmody. Georgina Louise Carmody. Georgina Lucille Carmody. Nora Mae Carmody.
Oh dear, there are so many good ones. I like Georgiana Margaret Carmody, Marilyn Cecile Carmody, Margaret Eleanor Carmody, Cecily Margaret Carmody, and Cecelia Jean Carmody.
[Edit: I had another idea for a sister name: Frances. I was reading to the kids, and I came upon one of the Frances books, in which Frances's little sister's name is Gloria.]
Help! Too many possibilities! What would you guys choose?
Name update 04-29-2010! Katherine writes:
Harrison Theo Carmody was born on April 16, 2010! Reading through the comments definitely reassured me that Harrison Theo was "the one." If Harrison had been a girl, we would have gone with Juliana Belle. (But we loved your suggestion of Marilyn Margaret!)
Thank you so much for all your help. You are fabulous!