I have read every last drop of your site and still can't find a name that grabs me for our third baby due in October. I am obsessed with finding a name. I've run many a cell phone battery dead during my search!!!
My main issues are trouble with a sibling set, desire to have a different but not weird name, and finding a name with some semblance of meaning.
I have a daughter named Carys Campbell. We chose her name based on the fact that I am Welsh and that the name means "love". Campbell is my maiden name. Perfect fit, had it in mind for ten years and never wavered. My son's name is Hollis Lincoln. Chose his name from a book and it stuck. No real attachment to the meaning ( in the holly bushes). We thought it sounded Celtic and strong, it is perfect for our rough and tumble, red haired boy!
The sibling set issue....Not sure if we should stick to a name that ends in an "s" sounds to match the sibling set already established. We are pulling our hair out trying to find a girl name that would work. Our last name sounds like "Cartons".
There are several names we've experimented with and tried from Caybree to Landry, Harlow to Dallas. We just can't seem to come up with a name we love like we did with the other two.
Other names we have considered for a girl are:
If the baby is a boy we like the name Royce, but we aren't stuck on that name in particular. We also like:
Lachlan (I love, but hubs isn't sold)
Samson Davis ( a nod to my grandpa Samuel and my husband's grandpa David)
Damian will be the middle name in honor of a loved one who passed away recently.
My hubby and I would love to hear your opinions/suggestions of a name for our new little snuglette!
Because the name Carys is used in the U.S. exclusively for girls but the name Hollis is unisex (according to the Social Security Administration, 60 girls and 101 boys were named Hollis in 2011), I would strongly suggest removing unisex and boyish names from the girl list. A two-girl-one-boy sibling group with a Carys, a Hollis, and, for example, a Sawyer, is going to make things difficult: Sawyer, with 2168 boy babies and 383 girl babies born in 2011, is going to seem like the boy name of the group.
This cull would leave you with only four names on your girl list:
And maybe Wren, too: it was given to 32 boys and 206 girls in 2011, and maybe that's enough of a girl lead.
If you want the matching S-endings, Arlis is your girl. Carys, Hollis, and Arlis. I might consider spelling it with a Y to make it look more like Carys: Carys, Hollis, and Arlys.
My own preference would be to avoid a third S: with only two siblings, it's not a pattern that needs to continue; and when I say three S-ending names aloud together, it feels sibilant and matchy. I also find I start accidentally swapping syllables: Harlis and Carlis and Harris and so forth.
A mid-name S or initial S might give you a similar coordinating sound. Coincidentally, we just did a post last week on a very similar group: two children with S endings and what to name the third. Their second daughter's name is Elise; perhaps that would work for you: Carys, Hollis, and Elise. By breaking up the syllable-emphasis pattern, it knocks out most of the syllable-swap and matchiness issues for me. Other possibilities that came up for that other post:
I'm uncertain if I should pillage the comments section and put all the names I wish I'd suggested, or if I should let those commenters make their suggestions again on this post! I will say that I particularly liked Kaela's suggestions of Bronwyn, Isla, and Gwyneth, and Katita's suggestion of Tamsin.
From your list, I like Wynne and Aubrey. I love the name Jorja/Georgia, but it seems too sassy with the gentler Carys.
Arlis and Wynne make me think of Arwen. Carys, Hollis, and Arwen. But maybe that's rhymey with the surname.
For a boy, I think your idea of Royce is pretty genius. It has the S sound, but the one-syllable and actually-a-C aspects keep it from seeming too repetitive. Carys, Hollis, and Royce. Bryce has a similar effect.
I also like the idea of the two H names, since the matching initials seem to help clarify that Hollis is a boy. I like Hudson for being another place/surname name, and Heath for having a gentler sound that coordinates well with Hollis. Heath comes out as the winner for me: Carys, Hollis, and Heath.
Would you like Hayes? Carys, Hollis, and Hayes.
I think Davis would make a great first name. Carys, Hollis, and Davis.
For a mid-name S, I suggest Jasper. Carys, Hollis, and Jasper.
I wonder if we're far enough away from the TV show Dawson's Creek to use Dawson? Carys, Hollis, and Dawson.
If not, Lawson is one of my favorites. Carys, Hollis, and Lawson.
Or Ellison. Carys, Hollis, and Ellison.
Or Jenson. Carys, Hollis, and Jenson.
Or Wilson. Carys, Hollis, and Wilson.
Sullivan would repeat the double-L of Hollis. Carys, Hollis, and Sullivan. But if you'd want to call him Sully, I might be nervous that that would lead to Hollis being called Holly.
I love Wesley, in part because I think of Wes as one of the best boy nicknames ever. Carys, Hollis, and Wesley.
Elias might be too different in style from Hollis, but it keeps coming to mind anyway. I think it's that it would result in one of the "lovely assortment" name sets I find appealing: each name is a different style, but there's no one name that stands out as different---and in this case, the S-endings tie them together. Carys, Hollis, and Elias.
I like Lachlan, too. Would your husband prefer Declan? Carys, Hollis, and Declan.
Not looking for S-sounds but just thinking "Carys, Hollis, and ____?," I thought of Brennan and Callum and Quinn and Rowan and Finn and Finlay.
Name update! C. writes:
We welcomed a sweet baby boy on October 19th, 2012. We named him Royce Damian, a name that had stuck for a few years. We are very happy with our name choice and have gotten a lot of positive feedback. Thank-you for all of your suggestions and thanks as well to all of the readers who took the time to comment. Happy Naming!!!