I emailed this to a friend of mine, and she told me to send it your way! :)
I have three four-year old surviving quads:
Boys: Ezekiel (Zeke) Silas, Basil Joseph
Girl: September Kay (and her identical twin, whom we lost, is named Adeline Nicole)
Our last name sounds like Voisey.
I am due in August. We don't know the gender, and we won't find out. Here are some of the names that I like so far:
- Stella, although it sounds alot like Ella, and Ella is so popular now. What about Estelle?
- Sabine Adele: Does that sound like Sabina Delle?
- Iris Adele (We lost a daughter, Adeline, and thought Adele to be an appropriate middle name in remembrance of Adeline. We are not set on that though.) But I don't like the sound of IriS VoiSey. What do you think?
- Ivy, but I don't like IvY VoiseY
- And for the last one; the one that I would love to name a girl, but think it may be pushing a little close to weird and not-nice-to-name-an-actual-kid; Scout. (My absolute favorite book is To Kill A Mockingbird The main character's name is Scout).
- Maybe Cyrus---but does the "s" pose a problem with Voisey?
I do have a few rules. For instance,
- The name cannot end with the sound, "v" or "f", because then it sounds like our last name is Oisey.
- I don't know if I would have chosen Basil again, because I don't like the two "z" sounds in his name: BaZil VoiZey. On that note, no z sounds in the first name.
- I hate how many names are too similar to other people's kid's names. I love Lila. But my cousin's baby is Layla. I love Greta, but a friend of ours just named their baby that. I don't love Mabel, but I was wondering if I could grow to like it, because my hero-great-aunt is named Mabel. My husband's cousin just named her kid that. Ergh. I might be pretty picky about that. We wanted to name Zeke Silas, but I have a friend whose kid's name is Simon. Too close. And I love Alita, but our pastor's kid is that. I don't want anyone to have the name....at least not anyone I know.
So let's see. We have Ezekiel, Basil, and September. Because the boy names are a different style than the girl name (it is the same way in my family), let's address the two possibilities separately.
If the new baby is a girl. I love the name Estelle, but September and Estelle sound too different to me. I don't think it's crucial to have the style match, but it's my own preference to get close. September is unusual, a noun name. Estelle is also unusual, but in a different direction: old-fashioned and classic.
But what goes with September? Well, the name Sabine is pretty great with it, I think in part because the matching initials tie them together, and also in part because Sabine is more exotic than some of the other candidates. "Sabine Adele" does sound like "Sabina Delle," but I think you don't need to consider this unless you find you regularly call your kids by first-and-middle.
Iris is also good: it's classic/old-fashioned, but it's a noun name like September. (Ivy would be the same, but I agree with you about the repeating Y sound.) My favorite from your list, though, is Scout. You're right that it's unusual, but I think Demi Moore and Bruce Willis paved the way for the rest of us using it, and To Kill a Mockingbird is such a strongly positive association. Also, September and Scout are similar in style. Scout Adele Voisey. I think that's the best one. You could also consider Harper, after the author of the book.
I am not sure, though, that I would give her a middle name in memory of her sister. It's a sad explanation for the name. I'm trying to imagine if my middle name were after a sister who had died, and it seems like it would be a sad thing. On the other hand, Adele is a beautiful name, and I can't really imagine how I'd feel about it if it were me, let alone how she'd feel about it. If you went with it, you wouldn't hear boo from me OR my goose.
If the new baby is a boy. Let's try out the two candidates:
Ezekiel, Basil, and Cyrus
Ezekiel, Basil, and Soren
I prefer the name Cyrus with the other two names. Ezekiel and Basil are both in the old-fashioned style category, and so is Cyrus; Soren has more of a contemporary sound to me, with the -en ending. I think Cyrus Voisey sounds fine: it's a little on the S-filled side, but still works. Soren Voisey sounds good, too, if you go that route.
Let's do a poll [poll closed; see below], and since we don't know if the baby is a boy or a girl, you can choose one girl name AND one boy name. The comment section is awaiting further name possibilities for the family to choose from.
Girl names (145 votes total)
Estelle: 5 votes, roughly 3%
Sabine: 24 votes, roughly 17%
Iris: 33 votes, roughly 23%
Ivy: 2 votes, roughly 1%
Scout: 49 votes, roughly 34%
Harper: 32 votes, roughly 22%
Boy names (104 votes total)
Cyrus: 56 votes, roughly 54%
Soren: 48 votes, roughly 46%]
Name update! Karla writes: "We ended up having a boy, and we named him soren micah."