Hi! My name is Bethany. My wife's name is Kathryn. We generally go by Beth and Kate although by our full names as well. Our last name is hyphenated and rhymes with Wall-Ridges.
We have identical twin daughters, Harriet Lucille and Matilda Corinne. They are known to everyone else as Harriet and Matilda but at home we often call them Hattie and Mattie, because we are evil. They are 4 and so far do not object but I'm sure they will!
We are due to have a son in very early November. He will be the only one in our house with a penis for the foreseeable future. Even our dogs are female and this almost certainly our last child. So we want his name to be strong but not overpowering, if that makes sense. Our girls names are of course pretty old fashioned and classic names with kicky nicknames. Since he will almost certainly be the only boy in our family we want his name to feel special without singeling him out. I hope this makes sense!
Our girls are named, in assorted ways, after our mothers (Kate's mum's first name is Corinne, my mum's middle is Lucille). So we'd like to cover our dads with the boy. Happily they both have Edward somewhere in their names so that will be our sons middle (i see its your sons name as well!)
but for first names we are a bit...stuck.
Here's our shortlist. Please let us know what you think!
Henry (but we are not repeating initials, how else are we going to label anything?)
Phillip but i hate Phil
Frederick but I hate Fred/Freddy
Andrew but hate Andy (see a pattern here?)
note that Kate doesn't hate these nicknames but she doesnt like them either.
Seymour out of left field but like it
Caspian totally doesn't fit with our girls but I LOVE)
I think Caspian might fit very well with the girls' names. I agree it sort of SHOULDN'T fit well, and yet I'm finding it DOES for me: Harriet, Matilda, and Caspian. Oh, I think I know what it is: I think it's that for me, all three are book names. (Harriet from Harriet the Spy and Harriet You'll Drive Me Wild; Matilda from the Roald Dahl book; Caspian from Narnia.)
Atticus gives me that same feeling. Harriet, Matilda, and Atticus.
It's too bad about Henry---I do love that name. I wonder if you'd like a name I think of as belonging to the upcoming batch of similar names: George. George Edward Wall-Ridges; Harriet, Matilda, and George. Georgie or Geordy are both very cute nicknames.
I also love James from your lists. Harriet, Matilda, and James. Really, really nice.
Do you like Simon? Harriet, Matilda, and Simon.
Or Ian, one of my own top favorites. Harriet, Matilda, and Ian.
Or Felix? I think it's got a lot of the quirky charm of the girls' names. Harriet, Matilda, and Felix.
Same with Arlo, which has been on my love list ever since Arlo's Theme Song.
Or Charlie is also adorable but a little less uncommon: Harriet, Matilda, and Charlie.
Ooo, how about Wesley? Harriet, Matilda, and Wesley. I really like that, and I love the nickname Wes.
Or Ezra: Harriet, Matilda, and Ezra.
I think my favorites are George, Ian, and Wesley.
Name update! Bethany writes:
Thank you so much for using our question!
we loved reading all of the answers/comments especially yours. We got a TON of ideas and in fact we did not decide for sure until he was two days old. we went to the hospital with Felix, George, Caspian, Quinlan and Wesley. We thought Wesley was most likely, but then our little guy was born and we brought Mattie and Hattie to see him, and we asked them to tiebreak between Quinlan and Caspian (he just didnt look ike a Wesley). They started calling him Q! So his name is
Quinlan Edward. we LOVE it, love that he's our 5th, love that we can just call him Little Q and Baby Q, and we are so happy. thanks again for all the help!