My husband and I are due to have our fourth child on November 10th and with only 25 days to go, we are entering panic mode. This baby, gender unknown, will have 3 siblings; Mackenzie Harper (7), Dylan Elliot (4) and Keira Rose (2). Baby naming has always caused me and my husband to clash, but this time it seems to be even worse with our differing name styles, most likely due to the fact that this will be our last child and the gender is unknown.
Names on my List:
Nolan- my top name at the moment, but this changes daily
Connor- not that big on the hard -C sound following Keira
Delaney- my top (and only) girls name, husband cannot seem to get used to it
Jacob- too popular, but he really wants a little "Jake" around the house
Riley- would it be okay to pair this with Dylan, also a unisex name?
Middle name will most definitely either be Grace or Elisabeth
Please Help us!
ps. (my name is Taylor "Tay" Hainsworth and my husband is Brendan)
I think Delaney may be too close to Dylan: so many shared letters and sounds, and in fact I think of them as a Kylie/Kyle pairing. Laney or Lainey might work, and maybe your husband would prefer it because it's more like Riley and Molly. It still shares letters with Dylan (the Laney spelling in particular makes my eyes want to unscramble one name to form the other), but it takes away the shared "dill" sound and that's a big help. And it's great with the sister names: Mackenzie, Keira, and Lainey.
If Jacob is too popular but your husband wants to use Jake, Jacoby (juh-KOH-bee) might be perfect. It gives you the nickname Coby, too, as another option.
The repeating endings of Dylan and Nolan might make it clearer that both are boys---or it might seem too matched, I can't tell. Gavin seems almost perfect: the endings are similar but not exact.
Braden would work, too. Braden Hainsworth; Mackenzie, Dylan, Keira, and Braden.
Or a name like Eamon (AY-mon) would emphasize the Celtic roots of the sibling names. Eamon Hainsworth; Mackenzie, Dylan, Keira, and Eamon.
Ian, too, would be very handsome, and reminds me of Ethan and Levi. Ian Hainsworth.
Opinions will vary wildly, but mine is that in this sibling group I would assume a Riley was a boy. I wouldn't assume it completely, so it isn't as if it would be a huge shock to find a female Riley, but it's so perfect as a brother name for Dylan. In fact, would you consider moving it to your boy name list? Girls Mackenzie and Keira, boys Dylan and Riley.
Riley and Molly make me think of Miley. Miley is all girl, and fits well in style with the sibling names.
Or Piper. It's drifting more from the sound of Riley, but it shares the style. Piper Hainsworth is adorable.
Or I wonder if you'd like Ellery? I think that's wonderful with your surname: Ellery Hainsworth.
And that plus Addison from your husband's list makes me think of Emerson. Emerson Hainsworth; Mackenzie, Dylan, Keira, and Emerson.