I finally found your site last night (remembered it from years ago) and spent hours looking through past posts. We would love you and your readers help naming our "Surprise" Third Baby. We do not know whether this baby is a boy or a girl.
Actual due date is March 31st but we may deliver closer to March 18th (we aren't sure of conception, baby is measuring big, I'm measuring 4 weeks big, and have a history of early babies) But wanted to be honest about the actual due date but this baby will most likely come mid March.
Details: This baby was a complete and utter surprise but may end up our biggest blessing. I became pregnant when my 2nd baby was only 6 or 7 months old. Because of this it has been a totally different pregnancy than past, we don't know the gender, don't know the name, and are just kind of flying through the pregnancy trying to survive each day :) we would love to have a boy and girl name to bring us closer to this baby and help us enjoy this last month or two of pregnancy before meeting this newest blessing. PLEASE HELP us!
Parent Names: Meredith and Marshall
Sibling Names: Peyton (boy, 3) and Mallory (girl, 14 months)
Last name: one syllable, Rhymes with "Gates"
I like a lot of names but my husband is picky. Here are some names that he has not vetoed but we are not super attached to any of these so we would love suggestions. I tend to like "Southern" and old fashioned names that are not too crazy or trendy but also not top 30. Our other kids were named because I loved the name Peyton for a girl after one of my good friends, so when the ultrasound showed a boy we just kept it. Mallory came into play because I always loved the names Madelyn and Lillian (my grandmother) but they were way too popular for our taste so my mom suggested Mallory as less popular blend of both.
We are trying to avoid an "M" name since we all have an M name except for my son. Don't want to leave him out :)
Here are some names that haven't been vetoed to give you an idea of our combined "taste"
Patrick (but dont want nickname to be "Pat")
I really loved Bennett but he really doesn't.
Sadie (my great-grandmother, so family name)
Kathleen (my grandmother)
I like Amelia
Clara (but I'm seeing it on your blog a lot lately)
Girl names are harder because we feel like we just did this with baby number 2.
Boy Potential Middle Names that have meaning: Austin, Hamilton, Christopher, William, Mark,
Girl Potential Middle Names that have meaning: Ann, Bailey, Judith, Rebecca, but should I just do Ann to keep with mine and Mallory's?
Both Peyton and Mallory have "A" middle names, should we keep this trend?
THANK YOU, THANK YOU for any help. I have spent hours and hours and hours pouring through lists of baby names and have decided we need ya'lls professional help. :)
I think the trouble with some of the names on your boy list is that they're a different style than Peyton. Peyton and Nolan make good brother names, I think, but Peyton and Benjamin are so very different, style-wise. Peyton and Patrick are just as different, and the matching initial P seems to draw even more attention to that; same with the almost-rhyme of Peyton and Nathan.
It's not that "not matching in style" means you should toss the names out, but I think I would look for something more modern and/or surnamey:
Cason Gates; Peyton, Mallory, and Cason
Corbin Gates; Peyton, Mallory, and Corbin
Elliot Gates; Peyton, Mallory, and Elliot
Ellis Gates; Peyton, Mallory, and Ellis
Finlay Gates; Peyton, Mallory, and Finlay
Grady Gates; Peyton, Mallory, and Grady
Jameson Gates; Peyton, Mallory, and Jameson
Keegan Gates; Peyton, Mallory, and Keegan
Reid Gates; Peyton, Mallory, and Reid
Sawyer Gates; Peyton, Mallory, and Sawyer
Schuyler Gates; Peyton, Mallory, and Schuyler
Spencer Gates; Peyton, Mallory, and Spencer
Walker Gates; Peyton, Mallory, and Walker
My own favorite is Elliot. It's not very common (even combining the spellings Elliot, Elliott, and Eliot, it's barely in the top 200), and it has the surname sound of Peyton while still having the classic first-name sound of Nathan and Patrick. I like Elliot Hamilton Gates.
...Hm. I am proofreading this just prior to posting it, and suddenly I'm not sure about those boy names. I think they go well in an "on paper" sense, but not with the rest of what you've told us about your style. I'm starting to think that your reasons for choosing Peyton make the name a different sort of choice than if you'd chosen it from the boy section of a baby name book. I think in that case Nolan is your best choice, because it goes with your style but it also goes with Peyton. I like Nolan Christopher and Nolan Mark. And I still like Elliot, too, and maybe Emmett and Everett and Garrett.
From your girl name list, I love Audrey: Peyton, Mallory, and Audrey sound like a wonderful sibling set. Aubrey would be nice too. And you know I love Clara!
I'd add Nola as a possibility since you like Nolan for a boy: Peyton, Mallory, and Nola.
If you like Clara but you're nervous about popularity, I suggest Clarissa. It's beautiful and much less common. Peyton, Mallory, and Clarissa.
More girl possibilities:
Bethany Gates; Peyton, Mallory, and Bethany
Bianca Gates; Peyton, Mallory, and Bianca
Bridget Gates; Peyton, Mallory, and Bridget
Eliza Gates; Peyton, Mallory, and Eliza
Emeline Gates; Peyton, Mallory, and Emeline
Jocelyn Gates; Peyton, Mallory, and Jocelyn
Laurel Gates; Peyton, Mallory, and Laurel
Leslie Gates; Peyton, Mallory, and Leslie
Lindsay Gates; Peyton, Mallory, and Lindsay
Sabrina Gates; Peyton, Mallory, and Sabrina
On the middle name issues, I think you could go either way. If you like the idea of all three of you girls sharing a middle name, or of all three children having middle names that start with A, then by all means do it. But I don't think there's any reason to feel you OUGHT to do either one of those things: twice isn't enough to make it feel awkward to break the theme. You have some very nice meaningful middle name options, and I think if I were you I'd take the opportunity to put another one of them into use.