Sandra left a comment on yesterday’s baby name consultation that I thought brought up a good point. The part I was struck by was this:
“To me Rocco and Kolbe, whilst lovely, are not really in line with the classic style of their other children.”
I know what she means — Rocco is a very Italian name, classic and saintly, certainly, but a different style from Timothy, Emma, Matthew, Margaret, and Abigail (although I know a Rocco who has a brother Daniel, so maybe not that far off!). Kolbe isn’t as classic in the sense that it has fairly new usage as a first name, though of course it has loads of saintly cred.
I feel like I didn’t do a great job of suggesting ideas that acknowledged the fact that Laura and her hubs love names outside of the style of the names they’ve already chosen. I’ve definitely seen parents’ name taste evolve and change the more kids they have, so the fact that their list departs from what they’ve done a bit isn’t that unusual.
I do think, from their current list, that John Paul is definitely a good fit, since it’s a combo of two biblical names, which goes so nicely with the other kids’ names. Maximilian leans a little weightier than their other kids, and is a lot of Ma- with Matthew and Margaret, but otherwise I could see a little Max fitting in well. But since Laura and her hubs love Rocco and Kolbe, I thought I’d do this quick post with some more ideas that are more along those lines. This is what I came up with:
Christian fits with lots of different styles, I think. It’s certainly biblical, but not in the traditional sense; definitely faith-y and beyond saintly (!); and it feels more contemporary, like Kolbe, all of which I think might make it appealing to Laura and her hubs.
Gabriel is one of my favorite favorite names. It’s biblical and saintly, and while it has a long history of use, I think it feels like an unexpected addition to a list of “classic” names, which I quite like.
I tried to think of same saintly surnames or names with a surname feel that I thought fit in well with their older kids, besides Kolbe on their list and Bennett, which I suggested in yesterday’s consultation. I thought of Becket, Kapaun, Fulton, Campion, and Savio, but when I thought of Garrett (which was originally a surname and derived from Gerard or Gerald, both saint names), I thought it was a slam dunk. I know brothers Matthew and Garrett, so it feels like a good fit to me!
Finally, Roman — a style match for Maximilian and pretty clearly Italian without being overly so. I’ve always loved that Roman points to Rome, and you can’t get much more Catholic than that.
I know it’s unusual for me to revisit a consultation like this! But I felt like I’d let Laura down a bit, and wanted to remedy it. What do you all think? Do you have any other ideas along these lines?
8 thoughts on “New ideas for yesterday’s consultation”
Kate, you are the sweetest! You never “let people down.”
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Oh gosh! You’re always so great Alyssa!!
I throughly your consultation yesterday was good, but Garrett and Roman are great names that take into account their current kids’ names as well as the style of some of their new favorites.
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I’m glad you think they fit in well!
I agree that Laura and her husband are considering a lot of non-traditional names, but I think your ideas on the other post were perfect.
In my opinion, the names parents have already chosen for their children are a better testament to their style than the names they are considering, because I’ve seen parents who chose classic names for their first child considering more unusual names for a second or third child and yet their final decision was more traditional.
I loved your initial ideas, specially Gregory, Benjamin, Benedict and Philip 🙂
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I love those for them too!
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