What to name our 5th baby?!?

I have four weeks until our baby is due… and we still haven’t made any firm decisions on names. I am sure we are overcomplicating things and being far too picky, however this being our fifth baby, it feels extra difficult to come up with names we love. Also, when you don’t know the gender, it makes it even more tricky. Let me talk it out with you (and please, please share suggestions or thoughts below!)…

We want to choose a name that goes well with the other four so there is a nice flow. For example, when we were in Chile last year, we met lots of cute little boys called Santiago (and nicknamed Santi), which I thought was such a beautiful name. But I just feel like we can’t go with that name because it doesn’t flow with the rest: Easton, Quin, Ivy, Marlow and… Santiago? I’m not convinced.

I have always liked the idea that each of my children has their own distinct first letter, so this rules out the letters, E, Q, I and M, crossing lots of beautiful girl names off our list like Maggie, Edith, Maeve and Imogen. (My mom had this rule when naming her children and it worked nicely whenever she needed to label things like laundry baskets or lunch boxes, etc. – we each had our own letter.)

Another big consideration for us is how popular the name is. We’ve always tried to choose names that are less common (not within the top 100), and I’ve never been able to choose a name for my baby that had already been used by a friend or relative. With all of our children’s names, they were the first people I personally knew with that name, and I liked that feeling of originality. The problem is, the more children I have, the more children I know. There are soooo many beautiful names that have already been taken by friends, colleagues or acquaintances, ruling out favourite names like: Wren, Romy, Coco, Nell, Joni, Lucy, Selma, Sonny, Julian, Jack, Raffi and Otto. (This is actually how we came up with the name Marlow. I have always loved the name Margot, but we had a couple friends name their baby Margot while we were pregnant and so we had to come up with something different. When my mom suggested Marlow, I loved it immediately!)

There is the option of choosing a family name, however we have always chosen family names for middle names and have already used up some of the best ones. My grandfather’s name is Leighton, which is a name I love and we haven’t yet used, but there is no cute or easy way to shorten it, and Leighton feels like such a big name for such a small person. (I told you I was overthinking things…)

This baby was conceived in Positano, Italy — one of our favourite places on this planet. We thought it could be fun to choose a name that stems from here, but again all of the Italian names are quite traditional or very Italian-sounding, and none of them seem to go with the rest of our children’s names (though they do go well with our Italian surname).

Ugh. Can you see our dilemma? Do you also have similar considerations when naming your children? I’d love to hear your thoughts, what sort of rules you have when naming your kids and any favourites you’d like to share.

Courtney x

P.S. I wrote a similar post when I was pregnant with Marlow and lots of people shared beautiful names with me (look in the comments section). We should really start a Babyccino name book!

I found the photo above on Pinterest. How cute! 


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Comments (369)

Kendall
February 16, 2017

Byron. (Unisex name) named after where you are as a family now. Happy, healthy and in love with each other and the earth. The sun, the sea… all about Byron 💜


Hope Barker
February 16, 2017

I love my Grandkids’ names- Lionel (named after my father) and his little sister Juna.


Bec
February 16, 2017

My husband is Italian, so we wanted an Italian name, but I was hooked on the name Felix… so therefore he was born Feliciano, but known as Felix. I still adore the name & dont know any others!


Samantha
February 21, 2017

We have a little Felix, but I don’t know any others either! Still love the name 🙂


maja
February 16, 2017

oscar/violet? 🙂


B
February 16, 2017

I have a Minnie and an Indie and you have already used those letters ! And a Jack but that’s a popular name. Other names I love but are used by friends are Goldie (marigold) and Elodie and Archie for a boy! Good luck and looking forward to hearing the name!


Allie Steel
February 16, 2017

goldie and elodie are great!!


Bec
February 16, 2017

If we had a girl, her name was to be Francesca, & known as Frankie.


Natalie
February 18, 2017

I have a Frankie (Francesca) she is 13 now we called her Chestnut when she was younger.. Francesca Lisette. And a Sebastien Milo.. aged 5. We call him Seb or Seba.. I still love there names.. I also love Enzo but you have E covered..! Rafferty is nice for a boy or girl xxx good luck!!!


Courtney in Australia
February 18, 2017

I love both your names — Frankie and Seb — so cute! And Enzo is great too — but yes, we already have an E. x


Michelle
February 16, 2017

I thought the baby was conceived in London! Reading to the previous baby names post and so in love with your name Marion and the history of that name. Good luck, C! Love ALL of your babies names. Xx


Rita Bracebridge
February 16, 2017

We named our little girl Alice Belle. My husband suggested it as we left our 20 week scan- it’s the only name he suggested. I’m a Primary School teacher so lots of names have been tainted by naughty children I have taught or heard of from other classes. We also didn’t really want a name that our friends have used for their children. I wanted something floral as I love flowers and suggested Bluebelle, which is where Belle came from. I love Alice – it’s exactly what we wanted in terms of wanting something different without being too wacky. Once you name your baby and watch them grow you really can’t picture them with any other name. Can’t wait to hear what you choose- your other children all have beautiful names so I’m sure number 5 won’t be any different.


Alice
February 16, 2017

I am an Alice! I have loved it and I still feel like it’s unique, classic, simple. We had a daughter two years ago and named her Cleo. I haven’t heard that much and I like that it’s also simple. 🙂


Eva
February 16, 2017

I think it’s going to be a boy and Oliver would suit him perfectly. Little Oliver Adamo. <3


Anastasia
February 21, 2017

How about Oliver, as previous mentioned, and Chloe for a girl.
I wish you all the best.


Sia
February 16, 2017

Luca for a boy or Xanthe for a girl?


Kathryn
February 16, 2017

I too had pretty much every dilemma listed above 😅 I notice that as well as having a different first letter for each of your children’s names there is also a different ending , how about an A ending might have a nice flow , if you like Nel , how about Nella or Lotta as girls names. I ❤the name Birdie. if my fourth had been a boy his name would have been Asa or Ezra (still sticking with my idea of ending in an A, oh hang on Ezra starts with an E like Easton! This really is hard!!! 😂 I’m sure your little bundle will end up with a lovely name . I really struggled with babe number 4 name and she ended up nameless for a few days! Oh and I also love the name Ashling for a girl , sounds sweet like a little baby thing, and has a different beginning and ending 😍😍 xx


Liv
February 16, 2017

Currently pregnant over here too! Here are a few names that made our short list:

Girls – Ottilie, Antigone (Tiggy), Willa, Edie, Winter, Romy

Boys – Otto, Bodhi, Rex, Caspar, Otis, Gray

Best of luck with your new arrival x


Gabby Janes
February 16, 2017

Love them – and also soy a lot of Chanel lipstick inspiration going on 💋


Juul
February 16, 2017

I think Luca is a nice Italian boys name that goes well with your other four. And can totally relate to the struggle, but I do think it is só worth it to choose a name you love. I always feel proud when people ask for my children’s names :).


Alissa
February 17, 2017

My nephew’s name is Luca and I love that name. I had it on my list for a girl too before he was born. My daughter’s name is Indi and my son is Finn. I love a short and not too common name. :). Also love Wren.


Jenna
March 16, 2017

I love name lists! We have four and have deviated slightly from their given names with nicknames.
Finnley (Finn)
Penelope (Poppy)
India
Vivienne (Coco, which is what the kids wanted to call her– it stuck!)


Michelle
February 16, 2017

Anyway,
for girl: Gabrielle, Bianca, Janice, Geraldine, Lyzl, Keira, Nicoline, Tara
for boy: Gerard, Christopher, Reinard, Kevin, Arya, Adrian, Keenan

No E, Q, I, and M 🙂


Kim
February 16, 2017

We are expecting our first baby now, at 23 weeks & have picked a name as we know we’re having a girl. So we’ve been calling her the name for a while now & feel like we know her already. But when choosing the name we did have a dilemma, because we had another name; Phoebe, which we both actually preferred but the name we eventually chose just felt right…it just felt like her name. It’s an unusual name so we are slightly nervous what our families will say but once they meet her I’m sure they will agree it’s the perfect name for her!
For your Bub the names on our list which are still in the running for middle names were Florence, Eden, Darcey, Summer , Autumn, Savvanagh, Edie, Byron, Lennon, Mack, Lennon……the list goes on! So excited to hear about uiur little ones arrival xxx


Angela
February 16, 2017

How about a name starting with P as the baby was concieved in Positano?
I love Paige for a girl (apparently it can be used for a bit too) or Parker for a boy


Angela
February 16, 2017

*used for a boy too (d**n autocorrect!)


Mel
February 16, 2017

I really like the idea of kids having different letters. My first baby is due in 1 week and as I’ve always been a name lover it’s been hard to find perfect name! I’m also a teacher so that rules out a few! But it does give me lots of inspiration. I’ll give you a list of names that I think work well with Easton, Quin, Ivy & Marlow. Luca would be an obvious choice with your love of Italy but it is very popular. For a girl: Pearl, Daisy, Juniper, Stevie, Luna, Hazel, Clementine, Winnie, Plum, Goldie, Dixie & Dusty. For a boy: Grey, Beau/Bowie, River, Koa (It’s Hawaiian and is the name of the wood they make surfboards out of!), Otis, Ace, Dash, Wilder, Atlas, Arrow, Huxley, Taj, August, Duke, Ford, Van & Rocco. Have fun deciding!


Lauren
February 16, 2017

Love Plum!!!


Courtney in Australia
February 18, 2017

Oh gosh, I can imagine being a teacher makes it extra tricky to settle on a name.
Best of luck to you in your final week. Your first baby! Enjoy the magic to come…! xx


Monique
February 16, 2017

It has to be Leighton!!! Flows beautifully with your other kids’ gorgeous names as well as your surname. I agree with all other points especially each child having their own initial. Good luck!


Marije
February 16, 2017

Leigh is ok to shortin it?


Nancy
February 16, 2017

My husband and i came up with our daughter Neko’s name through to musical artists that we liked, Nico from Velvet Underground and Neko Case. We went with the Neko spelling which we liked better. Here in the Netherlands, people often think she’s a boy after hearing her name. They also pronounce it as Ney-ko rather than Ni-ko! 🙂


Courtney in Australia
February 18, 2017

I love the name Nico (and Neko!). It’s on our list as well. And it sounds good with Adamo. 🙂 x


Hannah
February 16, 2017

I think it is difficult to find the name before birth. We didn’t know the gender and find the name when he Baby arrived. Maybe it is an option to wait and to see the Baby at first. Sorry, i am from Germany and my english is with out practise. Our four Kids have also their own letter, i like it. Leighton is a beautiful Name, and in my ears it matches perfect to the siblings names. I am sure you will find the right name, because you did it four times. Hannah xxx


Anna
February 16, 2017

Capri for a girl is really nice. It sounds cute and it’s very closed to Positano.


Rebecca liney
February 16, 2017

I struggled with naming my daughter too and left it for two weeks! We named her Beau Ettiene (two boys names) We love the Amalfi coast too how about Ravelo ( I think it’d work for either sex!) I also love the old names 💙 Rupert, Rufus, Arthur 💗 I’m with you for Margot, Maggie and Martha! I think I’d have to break the rule!!! All the best lovely, sometimes it’s not until they’re in your arms that you can make the final decision! Please check out my Margot and beau IG page!! ☺️😉


M
February 16, 2017

Courtney-
Started following you in the summer and so in awe of your beautiful family and lifestyle. We are currently expecting our first baby. I have kept a names list going on my phone for years- jotting down names as I hear them. Instantly fell in love with Marlow when I started following your instagram and now is or too pick for if we have a girl! I love And have always loved Clover- but my husband isn’t buying it! Have always been a sucer for Hippie/Bohemian names. Here is my lengthy list- maybe it will help!

Names
Boys
Carver
Jasper
Theodore
August
Brooklyn
Easton
Griffin
Xander
Charlie
Miller
Milo
Sawyer
Cyan
Scout
Indiana
Hudson
Atticus
Yale
Arlo
Luc
Logan
Duke
Otis
Hudson
Ray

Girls
Auburn
Marais
Marlow
Liberty
Adeline
Bay
Sienna
Clover
Skyler
Scarlette
Auralie/aurelie
Waverley
Indigo
Charlie
Saffron
Colette
Poppy
Wren
Sail
Marlowe
Mirabelle
Clementine
Nigella
Kaia
Mara
Harper
Sail
Penelope
Lola
Blake
Jasper
Everly
Aveline
Marielle
Saylor
Atlanta
Coral
Logan
Ivy
Juniper
Wren
Emmeline
Teylie
Fawn


M
February 16, 2017

*sucker


Allie
February 16, 2017

Looooove all of these!


Hannah
February 16, 2017

Clara / Cara (both Irish names but beautiful!)


Courtney in Australia
February 18, 2017

Wow! So many great suggestions. Thank you! x


Luci Harris
February 19, 2017

Hi we had the same deilema my two are Oscar and Edie but I Ialso love Girls- Clementine, Clemmie,Lucinda, Daisy, Merle, Alice. Boys- Milo, Otis, Casper, Rex, Henry, Cassius. Good luck I’m sure whatever you decide will be a beautiful name! 😍


Leah Carr
February 16, 2017

We had our first child in November. For me -half German, half Irish- it was important to pick an Irish/English name according to my irish bachground while living in Gernamy. My partner is German as is half of my own familiy. So it was important to us that the name is easy to pronounce and write here in Germany as well (that my wonderfull German grandmother has no problem handleing with the name of her first great grandchild). So his first name is Glen, his second Jasper (English AND German origin) and the third Josef after my Partners gradfahter. We rally do love the name(, as do our families)


Barbara
February 16, 2017

My second baby should be here in a few weeks and we are not sure about name yet… Our first boy’s call Axel and we are looking, just like you, for a name that flow. I was think in of a name starting with a C because we are already Axel, Barbara & Damien missing the C 😉 we will see. Enjoy the last few weeks. Love B


Courtney in Australia
February 18, 2017

Hi Barbara,
Congratulations on baby number two and best of luck in these last few weeks.
And yes — I guess you have to go with a C to fill the missing gap! 🙂 x


Barbara
February 16, 2017

Sorry for my English…


Janneke
February 16, 2017

Hey Courtney
It is definitly difficult to choose a name that fits With my son we know right away and we didn’t change it ( His name is Flynn) but for my daughter is was so difficult I really liked the name Lily but my husband didn’t liked it so it became Sienna (and family already named their baby Lily while i was pregnant ) I also like the name Beau I think it is lovely for a boy and a girl Good luck on finding the name that suits your family.
x Janneke


Lauren
February 16, 2017

When you announced you were pregnant and that the baby was conceived in Italy, I though the name would surely have an nod to that amazing part of his/her story…that being said –
Augustus – nickname Gus, the great Caesar who ushered in the Pax ramano…love the idea that this new life would bring peace and celebrates maybe the greatest era of Italian history or could be Augusta for a girl and call her August…love alliteration and love how August Adamo sounds
Lilla- Italian word for lilac
Violetta- nickname Etta (so her letter would be V but even with the nickname Easton and Etta sound very different)
Just a few suggestions that could meet your criteria. I have a one year old and two year old daughter. They are Lila James and Violet Josephine! Lila James is a double name which is very common in the southern US where we live. Wishing you comfort in the home stretch! x


Kathryn
February 16, 2017

Oh and Posy !


Karen
February 16, 2017

Have you looked into aboriginal names? There are some beautiful earthy ones and seeing as your baby will be born in Australia? Aquinnah pronounced Akeena has always been a fave of mine. A friend once called her daughter Aquinnah Ocean and from memory I think she too was born in Byron.


Kathryn
February 16, 2017

I mean Posey 🙄😊


Ila
February 16, 2017

Alba or Blanca 😍


Lauren
February 16, 2017

Luica is another beautiful Italian name that would sound good with your other babe’s names, and it’s the surname of the current mayor of positano ☺️


Nicole
February 16, 2017

Hi Courtney, I heard the name Ruby the other day, how about that? And instead of Otto, maybe Otis? Or Pax (P!), Dax, or Dex? Some other names I’ve heard: Jynn, Lev, Elin, Arwen, Carice.
I looooove thinking of baby names, would nearly consider going for a 3rd child to be able to pick a beautiful name again 😉 All the luck, also with the last bit of your pregnancy!! x


Leah
February 16, 2017

My favourite names are Seren, Violet, Betty, Rose, Polly, Juno, Delphine and Romy for a girl. Arthur, Raphael (Rafi), Leonardo (Leo), Luca, Ivo (no use to you obviously!) and Otto for a boy. I remember thinking choosing baby names would be such fun but found it surprisingly tricky!!
Wishing you joy and happiness in the weeks to come.
XX


Rikke
February 16, 2017

Leo is so sweet! And bit italian isnt it?


Sophie
February 16, 2017

My sister is called Polly and her daughter is called Seren 🙂


Laura
February 16, 2017

Chiara, Luca or Giulia are beautiful italian names 💛


Karen
February 16, 2017

It is such an exciting time to be choosing a name, discussing it with your partner and whether you both agree on it! I had my second baby nine months ago. We had a girl and I was set on the name Rosalie, luckily my husband liked it too and it has been shortened to Rosie.
Other names we had on the list were Tess, Harriet and Alice. One name I did like (which said husband did not) was Blythe. It means happy, and at the time I fell pregnant I was so very happy because it had taken us a few years between the first and second for it to finally happen.
Boys wise, we really struggled with names as most of our friends had already used them. However, we did have Leo, Darcy and Jasper. Best of luck, I wish you and your family well in the coming weeks! X


Katy Moss
February 16, 2017

Hi Courtney, we had terrible trouble choosing our daughters name, mainly as we have so many friends and family that had already used up lots of beautiful names and my husband is very anti unusual names so we had the task of uncommon but not unusual and we settled on Connie – people always comment on how lovely her name is – good luck! X


Jess
February 16, 2017

We just had our third girl two weeks ago and i found it so hard to find a name that worked with the other two. Also we wanted something that is very old fashioned, unique and can be pronounced easily also for our Swiss family. We went with Goldie Fox!
Love the idea of an italian name, what about Lucca for a girl?


Courtney in Australia
February 18, 2017

Goldie Fox is so cute! Congrats on the arrival of your 3rd baby. Hope you’re enjoying these first magical weeks. xx


Rikke
February 16, 2017

Hi! When we started planning our family in Mexico on a holiday, I wanted twins and I thought it would be fun to call them Thor (nordic God) and the girl Cirkeline, which is a a tiny sweet carton girl, that lives in a matchbox, from a danish cartoon. Then I thought, its only fun when they are together and I didnt even like the name Thor, only the picture of the biggeste name and the smallest one. So I was thinking….. what about Elvis? That a pretty big name. My boyfriend loved it right away (he is a musican) and one month after Elvis started his life in my belly❤️. Our danish family wasn’t impressed at all, they all thouhgt it was SO awful and that really made me sad. Our friends loved it (we lived in London at the time). One day we were shopping all the start up stuff at a baby store there was a babynamebook. I said to my boyfriend: now I am going to open the book and he will have the name the page says! And it said: ELVIS! Totally magic, in Danmark Elvis wouldnt even be in a namebook.

We gave him a middlename if he would grow up and find it to crazy. So he is Elvis Silas! I am a graphicdesigner and the letters and lenght mean something to me. I like i! Our next boy was more difficult, people said what about Dylan or Bob, but I didnt want a concept, I liked Thomas or Jakob, something “plain”. But we ended out with Linus. Afterwards I fund out that it means the music kings son! (A greek one). I didnt eant him to have a middle name, but we went to this alternative babyclass with a lady, that said she could talk to the unborn babies (yes you can sell me sand in Sahara) and she said that our baby liked Linus BUT he wanted an middlename, it was 5 letters AND he wanted his fathers FULL last name (I just gave Elvis the short version). So he became Linus Vilas Juel-Christiansen and Elvis Silas Juel. So they dont have the same last name. Pretty crazy and I really should change it, but I need to hoover first… I didnt mean all their names to be 5 letter or the middle names to be almost the same. It looks so much like the concept I didnt want, but I kind of feel like the names “came”to me. Sorry for misspelling or danish-ish in the text. My boyfrind is named Nikolaj and I am Rikke – so we have a lot of i’s and I lot dots💙


Kosima
February 17, 2017

I so loved to read your comment Rikke! Tak!


Mara
February 16, 2017

Vida 💕👌🏻


Sarah
February 16, 2017

I have an Ivy and an Alice. If we had a boy second he would have been Frank or Tom


Coloma
February 16, 2017

I totally understand you. I don’t get the people that are 12 weeks pregnant and already talking to the baby by his name!!! It was difficult for us too. And the opinions of other people made it even harder. So we decided to not tell the name to anyone until she was born. We decided for RAMONA. We thought it was a powerful, strong name, with a lot of character, not very common (we also prioritized that!!) Ans it sounded almost the same in english and catalan (out family languages, that was something important too for us…).
Wish you the best. Can wait to meet your little one 😘


Sarah
February 16, 2017

Also I forgot a suggestion! A nice Italian name. Lucia or Leo


stella
February 16, 2017

I live in Corsica (not that far from Italy) and there’s this boy name I love : Orso. It litterally means Bear in corsican. “Rafa” is pretty cute too.
One of my favorite name for a girl is Gil, so simple and classic.

xx


Sophie
February 16, 2017

I thought it was going to be easy for us as I already had a list of names that I absolutely loved. Well, there was one thing that I completely forgot to consider – my husband and his very different taste! We did find ourselves liking similar boys names and chose 2 during my first pregnancy, but it was a completely different story when it came to choosing girls names! Holly was the only one we agreed on, but luckily, we absolutely loved it and gave it to our first daughter as soon as we saw her face. I really wanted to call our second daughter Lila but my husband really hated it! Ava and India were on our list, but the first one was and is still so popular in the UK and I didn’t feel comfortable with the fact that we had never been to India before! She was 6 days old when we finally decided to call her Maisy. It wasn’t one of our first-choice names, so I couldn’t help but feel a bit sad when I registered it. Now she is 18 months old and I am still trying to get used to her name, but I do like it. I’m Welsh but live in London and want the girls to be aware of their Welsh heritage, so they were given Welsh middle names – Mai and Lili.

Polly is my sister’s name and has always been one of my favourite names. Polly often says that she’s still the only Polly she knows and she’ll be 40 this year! That name may sound good next to Marlow! 🙂 Hope the last few weeks treat you nicely.


Sophie
February 16, 2017

*next, not last!

Just to add Bailey and Dylan are our favourite boys names.


Suzy
February 16, 2017

Leighton –> Toni or Tony ( you can use it for boys or girls… 😊)


Allison
February 16, 2017

Or Leigh (pronounced Lee) is also unisex. I also like the name Adele for a girl. Old fashioned but not “old” sounding.


illie
February 16, 2017

These are names I personally love and I feel that a lot of them could work for your family!

Girls:
Violet
Viva
Luna
Lyra
Augustine
Rosabelle
Verena
Lurley
Caprice
Cassis
Flora
Sandrine
Orla
Avani
Nora
Freya
Juniper
Cosima

Boys:
Ari
Fife
Bruno
Luca
Florin
Robin
Heath
Salo
Toulouse
Arlo
Rheon
Pascal
Sterling
Cecil


Courtney in Australia
February 18, 2017

Such great names! Thank you. xx


Emma
February 16, 2017

jackemo
Piper
Billie
Kove


Rachel
February 16, 2017

Polly (Paulina), is darling. E, Q, I, M, P !!
Georgiana is long but Georgie is adorable.
Philip/Philippe/ Philippa (Pippa for short), I love all various of this name for girls or boys.
Boy names are hard.. Leo, Oliver, Silas (recently grown on me). Elijah, Ellis, Miles are a couple of my faves but wouldn’t fit with unique first letters. Bo is sweet – would it be strange to letter it Beaux? Love the spelling but could be confused in French.

Best of luck, names are so special!


Rachel
February 16, 2017

Can’t forget Avery !


Zuzana
February 16, 2017

Every time I was pregnant I had the feeling that the baby chooses the name, not us – I had many names I liked, but they did not seem to belong to the person in my belly. With my first baby I knew we need to find a boys name before we knew it is a boy, and I almost couldn’t have a rest until we had the right name (and that was only at 12 weeks pregnant) With my second baby, I knew from very, very soon (before I made the pregnancy test, or before I felt any signs of the pregnancy) that I am pregnant with a baby girl and her name is Lotta, I had no doubts she will be a girl, and so here she is. The same with my third baby – the moment I found out I am pregnant I knew he is a little boy, so I told my husband straight away that we are expecting a boy. And I knew that the name from my late grandfather called Bertold would suit him (we call him short Bert)….it’s all a bit of a magic, the pregnancy…


Stacy
February 16, 2017

kind seems like a no brainer… obviously Leighton!! stop over analysing!


Nicole
February 16, 2017

Yes I agree, very nice and love the fact that it’s a family name! Might be a ‘big’ name for a little one but we are grown ups longer than we are children… (unfortunately)


Courtney in Australia
February 18, 2017

Haha! Yes, sadly that is true. And I do think that nicknames can come up that are so random and not at all connected to the name, so I’m sure we’d find a cute nickname for Leighton. (Poor Marlow’s nickname is ‘Smidgey’ because when she was born, she was so little we called her our little ‘smidge’ and it just stuck!) x


Mrs. Georgilis Eftychia
February 16, 2017

Hi Courtney it’s Efty Thalia’s mum from London
What about the letter L. You can have Linus (from the peanuts) , or Lola it sounds so meditaranean.
Anyway good luck and cannot wait to see this surprise baby xxxx
P.S Thalia says hi to Quin


Courtney in Australia
February 18, 2017

Hi Efty!! Thanks for these suggestions. I love the name Lola!
Give Thalia a hug from Quin. xx


Allie
February 16, 2017

it’s not very traditional (unless you are a huge capote fan!) but we called our first daughter Holiday. We love the way it rolls off the tongue, and has beautiful nickname options – holly or daisy. We were nervous about it before she was born and had other options, but it suits her absolutely perfectly. she’s a sunny little chiller. Could be fitting for you too! And works with the letter rule – which I am also going to adopt!


Courtney in Australia
February 18, 2017

Love the name Holiday! How cute. x


Alex
February 16, 2017

Girls: Piper, Grace, Chloe, Holly, Ruby
Boys: Jett, Jarod, Jude, Oliver
Unisex: Rowan, Rory, Riley, Luca

Good luck with the rest of the pregnancy and birth!! X


Ali
February 24, 2017

Love your style, Alex! I have a Piper and a Rowan (girl) 😉 My strategy is to pick at least 2 first names for each gender that go with a family-surname middle name (the middle name stays consistent no matter the gender). I need to check out my babe’s personality and peer into their little soul in order to pick a name that fits them.


D.
February 16, 2017

My name is Deva, I was named after a little river in the north of Spain, as my grandpa is from there, and I´m from the next region where it also passes by (Basque Country). Although Deva has different derivations all around Europe, for instance, the english region of Devon, has the same origin, it is always related to water or rivers. I think it suits your wants of originality, not repeating letter and simple 🙂 (Also when I went to the area of Capri, including Positano, as you mentioned, there was a boat named Deva, so I guess it has it place in Italy too).

Also came up with the names
Girl: Pia and Adela, both classic easy Spanish and Italian names.
Boy: Telmo ( Telma for girls, but I like Telmo better, it means the on who protects), Nico ( Nicola in Italian), Andrea ( where in every other country it is a girls name, in Italy is a classic name for boys).


Emmy
February 16, 2017

I have 2 boys : Jules (from Julius)& Gust (from August)
If I were to have other little munchkins:
boys: Otis Morris Oscar Leon
girls: Océan(ne)Cézan(ne) Pippa Eden Ella Lily-Rose Etta Aude

Wishing you all the best!


GLORIA from Milan
February 16, 2017

Hi Courtney, one of my 2 boys is Giacomo (italian of course!) I too love Santiago and it comes from the same root as Giacomo, and if you look on the web to all the translations of Jack in every language it’s amazing. It could be Jacopo, Jago, or Tiago (Santiago is Saint Jack actually), or in a part of Italy (Sardinia) the same name is Jaime, so unusual, it has a J you still don’t have and it could be so nice for both a girl or a boy. Hope it helps!! XXX gloria


Sarah Lightfoot
February 16, 2017

Exciting times ! We have just also had our 5th baby and we struggled to find names, also like yourselves we never find out the gender. It took us a while to come up with names the list def gets shorter the more babies you have. Iam sure whatever you choose is going to be beautiful. Our little one is called Agnes and Beatrice as a middle name which means bringer of happiness which is what she is. When it’s your fifth people respond as if you’re mad but to us the pregnancy was as exciting as our first so It was happiness when she was born. Beatrice is pronounced beautifully in Italian ! Wishing you well xxxxx


Courtney in Australia
February 18, 2017

Oh congrats to you on your fifth baby! And what a beautiful name as well. Thanks so much for your well wishes. xx


Karen
February 16, 2017

Gosh, naming number 5 must be so hard. I know I had used up my favourite names by number 2! I think there is a lot to be said for waiting until he/she arrives, although I knew someone who took a month to register the name! If you’re really struggling Mumsnet.com has tons of baby name forums and can be helpful and funny. Names for a girl: Pheobe, Seren, Cecily, Eva, Mila, Ione, Hadley, Lara. Boys: Max, Finn, Finlay, Lucas, Luca and my husband’s favourite – Burgess. xx


Ismah
February 16, 2017

I love the Italian name Fiamma for a little girl. It means “flame” and isn’t too common


Danielle
February 16, 2017

I have a son but I love the name Livia for a girl. It is an Italian name: Livia was the wife of emperor Augustus and as an empress she once was one of the most powerful woman of Rome.


Krissi in Hamburg
February 16, 2017

LOOOVE, Livia. Would have loved that name for one of our girls, too- but it didn’t really work for us in german… 🙁


Isabella Latini
February 16, 2017

Very ” in” Italian names currently going strong: Leonardo ( it could be Leonard then Leo as nickname) ,Luca, Lorenzo and the evergreen Paolo; Elena, Emma, Bianca and the evergreen Giulia . Here in Munich it seems all girls name is Isabel, isabell, Isabella. Boys again Luca is super popular, Maximilian almost a must, Noah like parsley . Hope it helps !


Constance
February 16, 2017

We have a Sixtine (Six), Octave (Otto) and a Falko, very latin inspired names! People made a bit fun at first because of the numerical reference of the first two but we liked that Six was connected to a pope (who built the Chapel) and Octave to the history of Rome (Augustus). We thought they sounded well together and imagined how close to would later be in life (they already are!). Then Falko the troublemaker came along! Picking names is hard, is also marks a part of your family history. Pick a name that carries the same strong personality as the first four and relates to where you are now in life, love the sound of Otis Adamo!


Sonja
February 16, 2017

Leo could work as nickname for both genders, is Italian! A bff of mine is called Leo (from leonora) and I called my son also Leo (and a very happy daredevil he is hihi) as it is an international name (being French/Brazilian /Dutch and having lived in Oz many years) . Good luck with finding a name, I am sure you know once you see him/her for the first time! I wonder do the kids have a say too?


Andrea
February 16, 2017

Wow, there are alreaday so many comments. I am curious, if you will manage to read them all!
I think we all overcomplicate the choices in our own way. While I did not really mind if surname and given names were matching, if letters would repeat or not or if I already new somebodyby that name, my priority was that it worked in my cultures (German and Hungarian) and in my husband’s (Australian). That made a lot of choices impossible and narrowed down the list. Then it was also important, that as future German citizens, the name was an accepted name in Germany (there is a register with legal names there).
My son’s name was easy, as I always wanted that name, but I found my daughter’s name a lot harder to decide on, as it was never clear. My husband then asked me while im labour if I had a name wish and I screamed the name while in pain, without thinking and that it was.

Our list of girl’s names was:
Stella, Imogen, Noémi, Annamaria, Leila, Greta, Lara, Valentina

If I had another boy, I would probably think of:
Alexander, Alpi, Benedikt, Benno

But, I have to say, I would probably chose something completely different, once there.

Whatever you chose, all the best with the new addition. What exciting times ahead!

Andrea x


Courtney in Australia
February 18, 2017

Hi Andrea,
Thanks for your comment. And yes — Michael and I actually read through every single comment last night and wrote down notes — there are so many great suggestions! We so appreciate everyone’s help. x


Andrea
February 16, 2017

*choose


Lisa
February 16, 2017

Like you, we never found out the gender of our babies. The first two were born in London and were named Jude and Poppy. The third was born in New York and we struggled SO much to find a name (particularly a boy name) that went well with the others (for a girl we were going to go with Tilly which worked well enough). But then we realized, this baby is its own person, the first to be born in America, and he/she deserves something that is unique to him, no matter what his/her siblings names are. By the time he was born, we had settled on Hudson – since he was born in New York and around here the Hudson river and the Hudson River Valley all take their name from Henry Hudson, a British explorer. So it felt like a name that was relevant to our time and our family in the moment but also a nod to our family’s background (my husband is English and I’m American). All this to say, don’t stress about the notion about having a name that ‘fits’ and also, don’t stress about finding cute ways to shorten it – those will come! And they may not sound cute to you now but they definitely WILL be cute when your older kids are calling her Lieghty (okay I made a lot of assumptions here – one that its a girl and two – that they would call her that!). You can’t go wrong!!!


Odette
February 16, 2017

Pregnant with number 4 and 6 weeks behind you! I’m
Having the same name troubles! We have two boys, Arley and Bastian and a little girl Sage, so the fourth name is proving hard to find and match in with our other names! Good luck! X


Lauren
February 16, 2017

I love YOUR name…Odette! In the US very unique and the sound of it is soooo lovely. I couldn’t get my husband on board for it with our second daughter but if we have a 3rd, it’s at the top of the list!


Courtney in Australia
February 18, 2017

Ah — good luck to you with number four! (Love your children’s names.) x


Danielle
February 16, 2017

So tough naming them! I have an Isla and am due with baby girl #2 in 8-9 weeks. I initially liked a lot of names starting with vowels, but have since ditched that idea. You’re right though – they all have to flow well together (and not rhyme!). Picking family names are a nice nod and we did the same for our isla’s middle name, and will likely do the same with #2, but it’s still hard to pick and settle on a name. We have a list still about ten names long (and I read posts like this and still get other ideas all the time). Don’t stress :)! We try saying them outloud and writing them down so see if one starts “making more sense”. Some of my favourite both of ones we are considering and just cute friend’s kids names: girls: Wren, Lena, Sari (sounds like Mary), Ruth, Nora, Emilia. Boy: Otis, Oscar, Nico, Leo..Good luck with new baby arrival and naming 🙂 Such an exciting time!


bibi
February 16, 2017

I think SANTI and not Santiago goes perfectly with your other children names and your history is now a more international one, so embrace non english names!!!! please. Theremore, in italian santi means holy(s). It’s a nice wish to a newborn. and Saba or Stella for a girl.


Marie
February 16, 2017

I still think the name thing is something difficult to discuss. And I agree it’s getting harder with every baby.
I once heard of the name Oona and it immediately came to my mind when reading your post. I don’t know the meaning or where it comes from but Oona Adamo just sounds perfect to me. For my kids I chose classical traditional names as their last name is very special. I like the combination.


Courtney in Australia
February 18, 2017

I also love the name Oona. We even considered it when we were pregnant with Marlow! x


Fiona Napthine
February 22, 2017

Una (pronounced Oona) is an Irish name. Also Niamh (pronounced Neve).


Krissi in Hamburg
February 16, 2017

We had another problem. We “accidentally” chose a first and middle name for our first daughter beginning with the letters of me and my husband (K&L). We only realised that after birth, when people kept asking if that was on purpose.
So the struggle began when the first name for our second name started with “K” again. Should we choose a middle name with “L” or break our little pattern? At first we picked out “Elise”, but were not quite sure, if this was really “it”.
So I went into labour and minutes before our little babygirl arrived, my husband said: “let’s switch, let’s get back to “L””
My girls are called Karlie Leonor and Kleo Liselotte. I think we’re stuck when it comes to a third 😉
And Courtney, of course you are allowed to borrow them 😀

I also like Lane (for a boy or girl!)

Sending love from germany!


Krissi in Hamburg
February 16, 2017

*second GIRL not name 😉


Maren
February 16, 2017

I think Byron is a great idea if you have a boy! Having a name with such significance is fabulous. My name is a family name and i have always loved the stories about the women in my family who were “Maren” before me. So when I chose names for my own children it had to be more than just liking the sound of the name. My first daughter is named after my lifelong best friend, Maeve. My first son is named after my father, Laird. My next daughter is named after my husbands aunt and is a strong name from their ancestry, Ilona. My fourth and final is named after my great uncle who was an amazing rancher, Larkin….which can be shortened to Lark and works for either a boy or girl. Finally I was happy to go through life with a name more unique than many of my classmates. People always asked me about my name. Great sense of pride when there are great stories behind it. Good luck!


Courtney in Australia
February 18, 2017

I love the name Maren. I have a dear childhood friend who named her daughter Marrin and I think it’s so beautiful! x


Pippa
February 16, 2017

I love Santi! Can’t it just be Santi without it being Santiago?! Think it will go so well with the names of your four…xxx


Maider
February 16, 2017

Girls: Oona, Elba, Maia, Lur
Boys: Eki, Xabi, Ian, Manex

Wishing you The best
xx


Nicky
February 16, 2017

What a lovely choice to have to make though…naming a gorgeous new baby! 👶🏼
I love my own children’s names but as you’re looking for something more unusual then Kirsty/Rory/Will are possibly not quite what you’re looking for! We do have some very stylish Milanese friends though who have three beautiful children (& names 😉)… Virginie, Arturo and Cecile (pronounced Che-Chilia). There are some great names in this comment thread too so I’m sure the right name is here somewhere! Good luck!!


Ferda
February 16, 2017

I like the names Sage and Noa for a girl, and Asa for a boy. I am Turkish and my kids are Peri (girls), Hayat (girl) and Ozan (boy).


Ferda
February 16, 2017

We tried to choose names that are turkish but easy to write and read in English, since my husband is Canadian and we live in Canada. Peri means fairy, Hayat means life and Ozan is a folk poet.


Andreea
February 16, 2017

A few of my favourites

Blaise, Daven, Zion, Kelia, Renae, Aodhan, Taya, Railey.


Khali
February 16, 2017

I’ve always loves Lucia. It’s Italian and means graceful light. Luca is nice for a boy but I believe is Greek…


Lisa
February 16, 2017

I love Salvatore Adamo

Toto for short like in Il postino

Xoxo


Yazmin
February 16, 2017

Hi Courtney,

For girl – Uma, Telma, Alba, Colette, Vitta (Italian), Allegra (Italian).
For boy – Luca, Leónidas, Javier, Oumar, Bruno (Italian), Valentin (Italian).

Good luck with baby # 5 and many many blessings for you and your beautiful family.

Xo,
Yazmin


Robin
February 16, 2017

Baby naming is so hard, and so fun at the same time!

Here’s a thought for a boy, combining elements of Santiago and Positano: Tago. It’s a Spanish nickname for Santiago, but also kind of sounds like the ending of Positano.

I actually think that Santiago OR Leighton are both fantastic names and would sound just fine with your other kids’ names. You could also shorten Leighton to Lee for when he’s little (or she! it could work for a girl too!).

I’m a fan of the name Robin as it’s my name–and it can work for a girl or a boy.

Also, and this is my best-for-last suggestion!: I totally love the name Jasper (what I wanted to name my littlest but we went with Julian). It’s a precious stone, but also the name of the sweet boy in The Five Little Peppers and How They Grew, which was a favorite book when I was a girl. I think it would fit really nicely with your kids’ names but also offer a contrast of letters/sounds.

Girl names I love but didn’t use since I have boys (and that fit your initial requirement, which I totally agree with!): Ruby, Willa, Gemma, Cleo, Zadie, Thea, Hannah.

Good luck!


Lucy
February 16, 2017

Posie for a girl? After Positano? And Lomax for a boy?


Lauren
February 16, 2017

Posie is such a great idea!


MelTown
February 16, 2017

Posie is darling! What a great suggestion!


Kosima
February 17, 2017

Posie! So cute!


Courtney in Australia
February 18, 2017

I love the suggestions of Posie after Positano. Such a good idea! xx


benedetta
February 16, 2017

i’m italian and adore name EVA…sound great no?


Liv Steel
February 16, 2017

Girls…Belle, Lily, Odessa, Daisy, Valentina
Boys… Felix, Otis, Cassius, Tobias, Orlando


Lindsey
February 16, 2017

I have 2 girls: Nina & Billie and 1 boy: Jules
Were also on my list:
Martha
Stella
Alma
Lou
Mona
Morris
Jeanne
Oscar
Victor
Leon
Ella
Lola
Alice
Anna
Suzan


Lisa
February 16, 2017

Oh I hear you – my daughter was named for 3 weeks and it was not nice – I was afraid to answer phone Ans found my self stressing over it when all I wanted to do was relax with my baby …. Ans how had we not discussed this sooner ??

So do think about some names now – me and my husband also have very different opinions !!! Ans although it gets tedious discussing it over Ans over better do it before baby arrives !!

I love Tabitha Ans Anna Ans for a boy Daniel,
Cian and Séan ….


Caroline
February 16, 2017

Cara for a girl, Luca for a boy?


Marietje Pieters
February 16, 2017

A friend of mine just gave birth to a Veere (Dutch), so maybe Vera is a good name fir a girl. It suits the other names.


Mushie
February 16, 2017

My son’s name is Ari, and if I had a daughter I’d name her Nava.


Randi
February 16, 2017

I follow almost the exact same rules. I have two daughters Wren and Iris. I love Leighton for a middle name. I like the idea of a name starting with P for Positano but there’s not a lot of P names I like – Pearl Leighton Adamo is pretty. For a boy I like Ocean Leighton Adamo. A nod to your family’s love of the waves.

Some other names I like: Lake, Otis, Leo, Xander, Opal, Grey, Hazel, Wilde, Lou(for a girl), Olympia, Rocco, Rufus, Gemma, Juniper, Astor…

I am sure you guys will end up with a beautiful name. I have a feeling it’s a girl….wishing you a smooth and easy birth and recovery. Can’t wait to see what you end up naming it.

Xo, Randi
http://eye-see-you-randi.blogspot.com


Jennifer
February 16, 2017

love all of your babie’s names! here is my list that doesn’t conflict with the individual letters and will sound nice with your surname :

Julianna (Juls)
Catherine
Constance
Summer
Willa
Tes
June
Daisy
Philippa
Petra
Cara
Cora
Rosie

August
Wolfgang – Wolfie
Charles – Huck
George
Paul
James


Marie
February 16, 2017

Penelope, Hadrian or Henry …


Katherine
February 16, 2017

Some names I think would be gorgeous on any one if your bigger children (and no doubt this baby will look just like them)
Ada
Violet
Raphaelle
Honor

Kai
Sebastian
Reuben

I also live Leighton (pronounced lay-ton? Or Lee-ton?)


Courtney in Australia
February 18, 2017

Thanks for your comment and suggestions. Love them! Leighton is pronounced ‘Lay-ton’. x


Pam
February 16, 2017

Big decisions! Our own children’s names are a mix of a name we liked, but also after a family member/ sentimental reason. My son’s middle name is after my dad who died before becoming a granddad, while our middle daughter has a Japanese name to remember our years of living there and our youngest daughter’s middle name is June as my husband and I married in that month.
Just thinking of suggestions for you, I keep thinking of your beautiful photos of Positano and also your wonderful attitude to all life offers you. How about “Sunny?” A Sunny Adamo who brings the light in and makes any day better.
Whatever you decide, my family and I wish you easy days in your last month of pregnancy. The love you have within your family is a wonderful gift you share with us all.


Allie
February 16, 2017

I was also going to say Sunny! Short for Sunday. Look up Sunday Reed – a very influential art patron/muse from the 70s x


Rachel
February 16, 2017

A friend has called her little girl Coralie and I think it is the prettiest name!


Emily
February 16, 2017

My kids are noemi and Felix. We considered Penelope for my daughter which I love but don’t love penny for short.
If my son had been a girl we were going to go with Siellle which is a Middle Ages French name based of ciel (sky/heaven).
It is so so hard. Good luck!


Paloma
February 16, 2017

If you like the name of Santiago but don´t like how it sounds with the names of your other children you can call “him” Yago.
All these names are the same name: Santiago=Yago=Jaime=Iago=Jacobo=Diego…


Patty
February 16, 2017

We have a Giovanna. I’d planned to nickname her Vanna with the long ahhh sound but the other kids started calling her Gigi which really suits her. I’ve been really loving bird names lately too most especially Sparrow!


Priscille
February 16, 2017

Rumor has it that Neptune founded Positano.
Plus your boys being so big on surfing… it makes sense ? Byron sounds really good too.
You cannot go wrong with Leighton
I know you’ll find the perfect name.


Vero
February 16, 2017

I am preagnant with my fourth… it’s due for next Tuesday and we haven’t pick a name yet…
I have the same rules , first letter must be unique … I don want too common names …
Our girl list goes like this: Lucia , Elena , Eugenia, Jimena, Alejandra , Macarena … other names I like Lara , Julieta , Isabella , Antonella …
Good luck !


Courtney in Australia
February 18, 2017

Thanks for your comment, Vero. Best of luck to you with your upcoming birth! xx


Anne
February 16, 2017

Leighton is a such a beautiful name!
For my 3 boys (I didn’t get to know the gender for the 2 olders), I made a list of names I like…. but for each, the names came by inspiration – no joke! – I was asking the baby in my belly which name will suit the most. When my entire body was overwhelmed with joy and love, I knew I found it! (I cried tears of joy for my last one). I am french and surprisingly none have a french name (Alex, Luke, James) ! And they all suit perfectly well!
Courtney, I am sure deep in your heart, you know!


Rebecca
February 16, 2017

Paloma or Bruno …
Xxx


Lorna
February 16, 2017

I think Santi is a lovely name and would work for either a boy or a girl.

Santi Leighton Adamo


Jay
February 16, 2017

Hello,
We share similar thoughts, and ‘concerns’ when naming a child. I understand your thought process. With that in mind, my suggestions are Josie and Birdie for girls and Charlie and Arlo for boys. Best wishes to you and yours and thanks for sharing your journey with us! (PS; I hear teachers have a hard time choosing names for their babies since they’ve pretty much come in contact with every name out there and if they once liked the name Emily but, had a tough time with a student named Emily then that name would no longer work… At least we aren’t teachers 😉


Lou
February 16, 2017

Girl names: Ada, Clara, Willa

Boy names: Hugh, Theodore, Benjamin


Catarina Correia
February 16, 2017

Hi, Courtney!

How about Catarina, Valentina or Leonora (all italian) for a girl?

For a boy, maybe Oliver, Oscar, Felix or Byron?
Or Giacomo and Salvatore (if you really are into italian names)?

I’m not a fan of Santiago (this was the most registered name for boys in Portugal last year, it’s too much common here), but I think just Santi is cute!

Best whishes 😘


Catarina Correia
February 16, 2017

PS: I just read on your other post, you thought about Ansel or Iggy for a boy, I think these ones are lovely too! 😉


Noelle
February 16, 2017

I love all of these name suggestions! We have a Gloria (who we always call Glo and I love it!) and Wren (Catherine but we call her Wren). If we have a third, I love Astrid or Maren for a girl. Garthwaite is a family name, so I think we’d use that as a middle name and call him Waite (although I love Garth too!) Names are tough! I’ve always had many more girls names that I like and have had a harder time with boys names!


Chelsea
February 16, 2017

Each child having their own letter is a great idea. Could “Leah” or “Layla” be a short name for Leighton?


Chelsey
February 16, 2017

I love Leighton for a boy or girl (actually I think I prefer it for a girl) some other good ones are

Rowan (boy or girl)
Luca
Alistair (Ali for short)
Francesca
Verity
Juniper

Good luck!!


Little'un BabyBox
February 16, 2017

Ohhh we love Byron as suggested above, but what about Nate for a boy and Drew for a girl? Or Fin (Finlay) for boy and Pip (Pippa) for girl?! Sure you’ll find a great name whatever you end up choosing! Best of health! L x


JENNIFER
February 16, 2017

Josette
God will increase
French
Derivative of Joseph

Evangeline
Good news
Greek

Aria
A solo vocal piece in an opera
An air; a melody
Italian

Jewell
Generous, Plaything or Delight, Gem
Family surname (hence double l)
Celtic

Our last name begins with M so they are our treasred gem and jewel without being sugar, sachrine sweet. The only downfall is I wasn’t up on pop culture so Aria’s name has risen to the top of the charts.


Aim
February 16, 2017

I’ve always loved my husbands name – Macer. Our little girl is also called Marlow and I love it. Others on our list were Olive, Nell, Mae, Lucia and for a boy we were going to have Rafferty.


Phillipa
February 16, 2017

I love Darcy for a girl – my husbands twin sister is Darcy and it’s so pretty. He’s Lewis and their mum almost called them Hamish and Molly which I also love though v Scottish!! For girls I love Phoebe, Catriona, and some of the classical Italian names Julia, Helena, Sophia. For boys no one is called Ben, tom or sam anymore! We almost called our son Benjamin but went for Finn – and pretty much every 2 yr old boy I know is called Finn, max or theo/leo. Then girls Astrid, esme and Evie are so popular!! I love the name Bluey for a boy, which we almost used, adi is nice too also zac. Ooh exciting! Love Santi for a boy!!


Gilly Porter
February 16, 2017

I second Gus (many choices of longer version) or Luca for a boy! Not names that I have used but I know lovely examples of each!


Cathy Jackson
February 16, 2017

So I JUST found out this week I am pregnant with my 2nd! Have 10 month old Noah already (please someone tell me I’ll be able for two so close in age! Gulp!)

For a girl…I’ll be sticking with my favourite Matilda

For a boy….my favourite thus far is Toby. Closely followed by Leon, Percy or Felix

Best of luck and enjoy meeting ‘bump’!!! Xoxoxo


Courtney in Australia
February 18, 2017

Congrats on your pregnancy news. And yes, you’ll be just fine — think how lucky your babies will be to be so close in age! x


Maddie
February 21, 2017

I have a boy and girl 18 months apart. Sammy and Matilda. It’s a lot of fun (and tiring ha ha). Good luck!


Dianne
February 16, 2017

Sounds like you did name him/her … Leighton!!
Beautiful and strong and everything you are looking for! We did the same, picked our names then proceeded to talk ourselves out of it. We ultimately chose those names and never looked back! 😉 Trust your gut!


Maria
February 16, 2017

Valentina!


MelTown
February 16, 2017

I usually shy away from opinions on other people’s baby names, but since you asked I would love to share my thoughts (especially since I love all of your kids’ names). I’m expecting my third and already having a hard time finding a name that is unique and that also goes with my kids names: Winifred (Winnie) and Alfred (Alfie). On my short list are Adelaide for a girl and Clive for a boy. I know a Santiago and it is such a great name. If you love it, use it! I also know a Leighton who goes by Lolly, but I suppose it’s a bit of a stretch.

My sister has an Italian last name and she named her new baby Nico, which I LOVE. It’s such a sweet name, and a little spunky!

Other names on my list that I am considering:
Girls – Juniper, Ramona, Theodora (Teddy), Billie, Priscilla, Rosamund, Orla, Faye, Harriet, and Augusta
Boys- Alastair, Hugh, Walter, Ralph, and Claude

Good luck choosing a name! I love naming hypothetical babies, but the real ones are tough!


Maya
February 16, 2017

The more you’ve got the tougher the decision! My family’s always thought that short and sweet was the way to go. Whether that be a short name to begin with or a simple nickname. You’ll find some suggestions below (I tried to stay within your guidelines). Best of luck to you, Michael and the rest of your tribe, in these last few weeks 🙂
Boys-Tate, Rio, Gage, Asa, Rafe
Girls- Noa, Ruby, Tallis (Tallie for short), Cora, Lark


Yasmin Khan
February 16, 2017

I really like Willow…..might sound too similar to Marlow though?!


Yasmin Khan
February 16, 2017

Sorry just thought of another girls name – Nora!
And Albi for a boy


Maryse
February 16, 2017

Wow, I love reading all the comments. Could have used this a few months ago :-). So many great suggestions. We named our son Thomas Otis. Although I had always had that thing in mind that I wanted an original name, because, even though I could only buy souvenirs with my name in France and they sometimes still mispronounce it here in the Netherlands, I like that it’s a rare name here. But, Thomas just stuck. So, not very original, but it felt right. We had discarded Otis as a first name, but still loved it, so a few days before he was born we decided on it as a second name. So I would say, don’t overthink if Leighton feels good, do it. All the best for your last weeks!


Ida
February 16, 2017

My little girl is named Asta – a lovely old fashioned Danish name. We had the hardest time finding a name for her so she was without a name for the first 5 weeks of her life. Names that we considered were
Girls:
Viola
Alva
Wilma
Saga
Lili
Flora
Marta

Boys:
Viggo
Karl
Sylvester
Johan
Hugo
Storm


Harmony
February 16, 2017

We are a one and done family. However I find myself always thinking of names for a second baby in the event that my hub’s vasectomy didn’t work (😱). When we were pregnant with my daughter, we kept an ongoing list of names that we would add or take off. We ended up naming her Lucy James when she was born and we saw her little face (Lucy was a name we both loved, and James is my hub’s middle name). It has proven to be he perfect name for her! When having multiple children, I also like the idea of having different first initials and then a family middle name. Here are a few names I love (some from our list, some not):

Copeland
Graham (my maiden name that would have been her name if she were a boy)
River
Oona
Amelie
Gracen (for boy or girl….nickname Gracie)
Cosima (It’s Italian…I grew up with a girl who was nicnamed Coz and my husband’s cousin calls her daughter Cosi for short)
Pascale
Goldie
Esmé
Poppy

Good luck with finding a name. It’s your first gift to your child that they will have forever.

Cheers!
Harmony

PS There are some really great names listed from everyone!


Liron
February 16, 2017

What about:
Taly- for a girl (shorten from Italy)
Tano- for a boy (shorten from positano)
Both have different capital letters from your other children 😊
Good luck 🍀


Emma
February 16, 2017

There are so many beautiful Italian names:
Girls: Lucia, Livia, Valentina, Gaia, Viola, Zita
Boys: Leo, Otavio, Pasquale, Augustus, Vito


CM
February 16, 2017

I love:

Lux
Cecilie
Francine (Franny)
Florentine
Anouk
Poppy
Lola
Lottie/ Lotta/ Carlotta(italian)
Oona

for girls

and for boys:
Henri
Hugh(y)
Charlie
Linus
Buddy
Julien (Juju) (almost the same as Julian)

Xx


Nicole Weber
February 16, 2017

Our son is named Radford Luke, and we call him Rad at times for short. I have yet to meet another boy with his name


Paula vandenbroek
February 16, 2017

I am a mother of a Margot who is already 20 years old. She joined sister Florence, and brother Julius. I went by the sound of the vowels: o a i u i a o. I see that the name Luca was suggested often and I love that name for either a boy or a girl. Skylar and Rowan would also work for both sexes, but somehow I think your little one is a boy.


Nicki
February 16, 2017

Courtney, I’m sure whatever name you decide to give to your new baby will be beautiful. A few suggestions for you:
Girls:
Flora,
Violet,
Sadie,
Nessie,
Ottilie,
Alba.

Boys:
Flynn,
Finn,
Wilfie,
Hugo,
Bodhi,
Milo,
Louie.

X


Amy
February 16, 2017

Four daughters here…. Daphne, Margot, Nellie, and Fiona.
Expecting our fifth child in 8 weeks.
Over analyzing every aspect of this babies name just as you are.
Sebastian has always been our boy name but does not quite fit with your childrens names. And I’m not holding my breath on a boy the fifth time around!
Our short list for girls names are:
Sylvie
Odette
Ivy (obviously already taken in your family!)
Goldie
Ingrid
Leta (my grandmothers name)
Sloane
Thea
Greta
And names we love and cannot use because of repeating initials or other reasons:
Freya
Effie
Felicity
Naomi


Courtney in Australia
February 18, 2017

Oh how exciting! A fifth baby for you too. How fun that you don’t know what you’re having — and you already have four girls!
Thanks for these great suggestions (we’ve always loved Sylvie as well). And interestingly, I just had two friends give birth to baby girls last week (on the same day) and they both named their babies Thea! How crazy is that?
Anyway, thanks for your comment and best of luck with your final weeks of pregnancy. x


Courtney in Australia
February 18, 2017

p.s. Leta is also a family name in our family. x


Fiona
February 22, 2017

I’m a Fiona and my sister is Thea so you obviously have similar taste to my mum!

I’m one of four, (Joshua, Fiona, Thea and Annabelle) all different letters and they were all unique names at the time- we also have family names as middle names; Joshua Daniel, Fiona Stephanie Helen, Thea Elizabeth, Annabelle Simone.


Bea
February 16, 2017

Hello Courtney!
What about Vital? It’s my boyfriends name. At the begining I tought it was a little bit weird, but now I think it sounds great and has a really beautifull meaning in spanish (we’re from Madrid). It’s and italian name, so that’s a great thing for you! It’s the same name as Vito (like Don Vito Corleone, from The Padrino film.
For girls I love Berta in Spanish (I don’t know how to write it in english, Bertha maybe?)
Santi it’s a real lovely name in Spanish! I like it very much too!!!
I hope I can help you a little bit with this ideas.I want to congratulate you for your beautifull posts and photos, I really admire the way you see life!!!! I think you are great Courtney!
Lots of love from a spanish admirer!


Courtney in Australia
February 18, 2017

You’re so sweet. Thanks for your lovely comment. x


Crystal
February 16, 2017

I have always loved these names that aren’t as poplar…

Girl names-
Sybil
Karis (means grace in Greek)
Adalyn (Addie for short)
Leora (Italian for shining light)

Boy names-
Tobias
Oliver


Courtney in Australia
February 18, 2017

Thanks for your suggestions! We have always loved the name Oliver too — but unfortunately it’s super popular in the UK (I think it might even be THE most popular baby boy name!). x


Eleonora
February 16, 2017

I have four daughters: Eleonora-Lily, Nora–Jane, Emily and Gloria-Carolyn 🙂


Sarah
February 16, 2017

Some of my favorite names:
Sawyer
Nadine
Phoebe
Penelope
Natalyn


lauren
February 16, 2017

emelina


sara
February 16, 2017

Hi Courtney, I’m italian and I can suggest you some italian names that are written the same as in English like Alice, Olivia, Adele, Nina, Andrea (in Italy it’s a male name). Good Luck!


Rita
February 16, 2017

Keep it simple: Noah/ Sofia 🙂


Anna
February 16, 2017

Maybe Leigh? Could work for either boy or girl. We ended up keeping the name that popped into my husband’s head when I was pregnant after our very first ultrasound: Pixel. We are not completely crazy, so It’s only the 3rd official name on my son’s birth certificate, but everyone calls him that, so now it seems like a completely normal name to us.


Emily
February 16, 2017

Serena, Sofia, or Nora (shortened from Elenora but I know you don’t want another E) are all cute Italian girl names.

Graham, Hunter and Carter are boys names I’ve always liked though they are kinda (?) common…

Good luck choosing and I (along with everyone else) can’t wait to meet the baby!


Melissa in Australia
February 16, 2017

I love the idea of an Australian name to herald in a new start with a new family member on a new continent..

How about ‘Banjo’ for a boy and ‘Clancy’ for a girl?

Wishing you all the best for the the coming weeks Courtney. Look forward to hearing the wonderful news!


Beata
February 16, 2017

I have a Maggie and an Iris. I wanted to name my first child Pearl but my husband was not so keen on the name. I loved the name Maggie and when i found out that it means pearl in Scottish i was convinced. The second time Pearl came up again but my husband was still hesitant so we went with Iris….


Alisia
February 16, 2017

I have the same “problems” you have choosing a name. I also think each child should have their own letter! And I totally agree with you in the point that the name should go well with the names of the siblings! And that you don’t know anyone else with this name!
The only name I could suggest is my own, Alisia or Alicia (more english) I think it fulfills your aspects with the own letter and goes well with the other names and it has a touch of Italy…Maybe you like it and nobody else has choosen it already!

In case the baby is a boy, maybe Valentino is an option…

For you and your baby all the best!
Greetings from Germany
Alisia

P.S. Please excuse my bad english


Emily Gunnels
February 16, 2017

Names ARE so hard…a lifetime decision. We also follow the rule of each child having their own letter as well as incorporating family and Biblical ties and making sure they don’t rhyme! Ha! We also tried to pick less popular names…which worked for all of ours except our eldest, Charlotte. When she was born, the only Charlottes we knew were over 70, of course that was nine years ago, and when Prince William and Kate named their daughter…the Charlotte explosion occurred. :/ Anyway, I guess it just goes to show there is only so much we can plan for! 🙂 Just a few names to throw out there that take into the Italian, unique or family aspects for choosing…Milo or Ollie for a boy and Posey (short for Positano) or Leigh (short for Leighton) for a girl. Can’t wait to hear what y’all pick…I know it will suit your knew babe perfectly! xx from TX


Melissa
February 16, 2017

Hey! Good luck!
Pregnant with number 4 so I feel your pain! My 3rd son is called Oscar and we call him Oz or Ozzy for short. I liked the variety between a very serious name and a shorter version he can use with friends and family 😊


irma
February 16, 2017

agata / agatha / agathe
arturo / arthur

both have a connection (but no to straightforward ) to the Costiera where Positano is. wish you all the best


stephanie
February 16, 2017

I remember all the beautiful florals and colors from your instagram photos of Positano, Italy. I think floral names are beautiful. I love Aster for a boy even. I chose Lila for my daughters name because it means lilac in Spanish and purple in German and I love purple!


Nora
February 16, 2017

I’d like to share with you some catalan and spanish names that really fits with all the items you’ve written about.
For girls: Gina, Nora, Violeta (from Violet), Alba.
For boys: Nil, Nel (from Manel), Gael, Tian (from Sebastian).
Hope you like it and hope you soon visit Catalunya because I’m sure you’d love it!!
XXXXX


Clare
February 16, 2017

Congrats Courtney!

My suggestions would be:
Girl – Laurel, Kenna, Lara, Kit, Clémence (Clem) or Isobel
Boy – Wells, Keenan, or Willem
Unisex – Rory

For a more Italian flair though, maybe Siena or Posie (Positano reference) for a girl. I like Santiago, especially with the connection to the Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.

Good luck and all the best!

-Clare


Kirsten
February 16, 2017

Luca is a great option! Not too popular, flows well with the others, Italian but not toooo Italian! For a girl, maybe Flora. Well, maybe not… wouldn’t go with Ivy. I always liked Charlotte.


Kirsten
February 16, 2017

Luca is a great option! Not too popular, flows well with the others, Italian but not toooo Italian! For a girl, maybe Flora. Well, maybe not… wouldn’t go with Ivy. I always liked Charlotte. Also, have you tried babynamewizard.com? They have a cool chart called the Baby Name Navigator that I spent hours messing around with before my kids were born!


Celeste
February 16, 2017

There are just so many names to choose one! I think Leighton is a great choice for a middle name, for either a girl or a boy. I love using family names as middle name; my son is Wesley Alexander for that reason.

Names I love at the moment (that aren’t E, Q, I, or M)
Girls: Winifred, Sabine, Rosamund, Felicity, Verity, Odette, Adele, Tallulah
Boys: Flynn, Rowan, Wilder, Francis, August, Townes, Linus, Remy, Finn


Joanne Richardson
February 16, 2017

I have a Camille and my other daughter’s middle name is Simone. My friend has 2 sons (Italian father) Lorenzo and Orlando. My lovely mum is Iris. A lovely but important decision to make. Good luck!


Bekka
February 16, 2017

4 weeks, oh the joy of meeting your new one. I would love that moment again and again. It’s falling in love and every new emotion that goes with it. And the whole family falling in love too. Enjoy enjoy and relish. The name will come when you see him or her and when you utter than name it will feel right. With each of ours we’ve had ideas and then when we lie together staring in wonder at this new face, hands, feet…. we let names roll off our tongues, repeat them along with the surname & siblings names and then when it’s right it really is a moment of pure yes….and then tears of emotion. That’s how we’ve named each of ours and each with a name we know no children of that name. Each a different letter too. There’s so much love and romance and ritual in choosing a name isn’t there. It’s family history in the making. Xx


Courtney in Australia
February 18, 2017

Such a lovely comment. Thank you for your sweet words. xx


Catherine
February 16, 2017

Oh I love Leighton! I had my 3rs baby last year and named her Abigail Leigh so you could always just shorten Leighton!;-)
My other kids are Thea (Greek origin) and Alfie.
I always found it sooo difficult choosing my children’s names… I often say how I like a name when I hear it but when it comes to bamming my kids they just don’t seem to fit. I also like to see my baby before naming it:)
My other faves were Finn (or Fionn Irish spelling) Jameson or for a girl mila (& any female Greek name… they are unbelievable pretty when pronounced correctly:))
Can’t wait to hear your choice! xx


Mónica
February 16, 2017

Diego is another variant of Santiago, in case you prefer a shorter name.


G
February 16, 2017

I feel that these could work for your family!
Girls: Helena, Frida, Juno, Lizzy, Lena, Romy, Lula, Florence, Zoya
Boys: Bodhi, Basil, Finn, Leo, Rhodes, Tristan, Levi, Rufus
Can’t wait to hear what you’ll pick! I’m sure it will be gorgeous 🙂 Good luck!
P.S. I have strong feeling it’s a boy 😉


Floor
February 16, 2017

I think you have to break your rule with the first letter. It might be handy with the mail, But other than that (baskets etc) you can Apply 3 letters or give them separate colours. I think if you really love the name, you should consider to break the rule. I named my girl Mia Elena and it has an Italian meaning 😉 I also like Nora and Eleanor very much. And Nico! Or Sebastian for a boy. Santiago is also very pretty!


Shannon Schnurr
February 16, 2017

We never knew the gender either and I think that makes it harder because you are trying to cover more scenarios. We always had a few names we sort of liked but for our 2 girls we didn’t pick the name until after they were born. I have always been big on meeting the soul first. With Cambelle (our first) it was a name we both really liked but hadn’t decided on until we met her (we had also planned to spell it Campbell but for some reason got fancy last minute). So that wasn’t as much of a surprise. But for our second we had a few names, hadn’t really aligned on any though. the next day in the hospital after she was born my husband was holding her and said “Penelope” which was a name we had not considered at all and I didn’t even think I liked that much. But after he said it, it was just clear it was her name. We tried other things but that was just her. And we both have no idea where it came from. So all this to say if you don’t have it figured out ahead of time it’s ok, you’ll find it 🙂


Carrie
February 16, 2017

I decided to have a one and only so I can divulge this name now!
I think the boy’s name Florian is so beautiful for a girl, I have never heard of a girl with this name.


mila
February 16, 2017

Stephanie/Stephano


Justine
February 16, 2017

what about (among my own favorites)
Paul, Lukas, Theo, Leo, Felix, Emil
Lily, Lisa, Luisa, Agathe, Lou, Suzy, Mona, Mia
Good luck !


Courtney in Australia
February 16, 2017

Oh my goodness, you guys!! I’ve just woken up here in Australia to find all these wonderful, helpful comments. There are so many wonderful name suggestions. I’m going to sit down with Michael today and add to/refine our list. Thank you all for commenting!
Big hugs, Courtney xx


Fiona
February 16, 2017

I think I would just be confused by suggestions of people that I do not know. I would sit down somewhere with a drink, and if necessary, a book of names, and decide according to what my heart says. I cannot imagine that you chose a name for child #5 just because reader xx came up with it. – The story is attracting visitors to your blog though, as you probably remember from last time.


Abby Holmes
February 16, 2017

Here are some of my favourites….

Girls: Ara, Ruby, Lola, Lulu, Sadie, Anais (French), Emilia, Livia,

Boy: Nico (Italian which fits with your surname and Positano) Teddy, Sam, Sachin (pronounced Satchin) Jules (French) ,


Liv
February 16, 2017

I like both the aesthetic and sound of these names:

Girls: Luuka, Pia, Anouk, Boh
Boys: Jossi (said Yossi), Gus, Wilder, Ralf, River,


Regina Michael
February 16, 2017

girls: thea, zoey, amy, linn, hanna, johanna, filippa, teresa, tina, charlie, clea, tilda

boys: hendrik, erik, josh, levi, matteo


Angela
February 16, 2017

My are unexpectedly expecting our 3rd child and I also what each child to have its own initial. And since you and I do not know one another and are unlikely to ever meet, I will tell you that I am considering Georgia and Rosemary (Rosie) for short for a girl and Jude for a boy. Steal away, if you’d like. Congratulations and good luck on your upcoming labor and delivery.


Mrs D
February 16, 2017

Names I love but I don’t know other children with the name… Paloma, Caspian, Margot, Clara, Cecily, Ernest, Eden, Willow, Gabe, Aria, Dante, Ruben, Sawyer, Sullivan, Nancy, Dalton, Etta, Hester, Rosa, Vespa, Odette, Briar.


Mrs D
February 17, 2017

Oh I forgot! Clarence or Alban for boys too.


Mrs D
February 17, 2017

Just a few more! Humour me! Girls… Rowen (rowan), Laurel, Wren or Ren.


Breanne
February 16, 2017

what about liesel? or maybe greer? i’m terrible at boy names, but i think these girl names are unique and sweet and follow your rules!


Pomple
February 16, 2017

What about Aldo for a boy? It’s Italian but works anywhere…


Beth
February 16, 2017

I love the name Lane.


Katy
February 16, 2017

I am currently facing the same problem – however, I have an advantage of knowing that I have a boy on the way. My daughters Letti and Jovie have unique names themselves and I hope to keep to that tradition and I totally understand the individual letter thing. Best of luck x


Jessica
February 16, 2017

I was going to suggest Posie – I saw it and Posey above. My dog is named Posey (after the Giants baseball player Posey), but if we hadn’t named her that, Posie would have been on my girl list. Poppy is similar and also a favorite.

I saw Waverley in a list above – my daughter is Waverly, and we tend to call her Wavy. I’ve never met another one, and the word has great history in literature as well as in New York and San Francisco.

Before we settled on Waverly, my favorite was Cleo.


Delphine
February 16, 2017

Anton & Rosalie


Sanela
February 16, 2017

Lola and Luca. Good luck!


Ana Luisa
February 16, 2017

A great Italian & Greek origin boys name is Aleko (would go nicely with Marlow too!), also love the girls name Lila, Eleuthra (which means freedom in greek, and can be nicknamed “Lou”), and the Italian girls name “Nella” often short for Antonella but just as cute on it’s own. Good luck! I’m sure whatever name you come up with will be perfect…and I agree, Leighton is such a great name but hard to imagine on a little one!!

xx

Ana Luisa


Laura
February 16, 2017

Hi Courtney,

That’s so funny, because my daughter’s name is Margot and I credit Marlow for why I choose her name. I came across your Instagram account about 4 years ago, while I was pregnant with my daughter and on a search, with also a very particular list of criteria to meet, for her name. I loved your adorable daughter’s name, Marlow, which ultimately led me to Margot.
Anyway, a few Italian origin names that don’t sounds traditionally Italian that could be worth considering are- Luca, Matteo, Rocco, Vivienne, Sonnet, Gemma, Rosalie, Nora.
My son’s name is Jude. If we have more children I love the names Luke and Jane. However Jane and Jude feel much too similar.
Also, I had a female friend growing up named, Leigh. Pronounced Lee. She was pretty and smart and I always thought her name was simple and elegant, yet unique and complex.

Best of luck in your name search!

Laura


Courtney in Australia
February 18, 2017

Ha! How funny that you went with Margot because I went with Marlow. 🙂 I love the name Margot. (I went to college with three different girls with that name, all spelled differently: Margot, Margo and Margaux, and I have always loved that name since.) x


Kate in London
February 16, 2017

Sophie and Louis have made a shortlist for you: Girls – Constance/Connie, Bella, Lola, Pip/Pippi (big fans of Pippi Longstocking here at the mo), Pancake! Boys – Joshua, Oscar, Sammy. Smooches to you and that beautiful bump. xx


Courtney in Australia
February 18, 2017

Haha! Pancake. How come we didn’t think of that ourselves?!! 🙂 xxx (Give Sophie and Louis big smooches from all of us.)


Macarena
February 16, 2017

When I was 15, I told myself that if I had a boy onesay, he should be named Santiago (I only knew one at that time). 16 years later I had my Santiago, however it’s ine of the most popular names of boys his age, in his classe there are 4 Santiagos…..
Our little girl’s name is Pía (pronouced in italian or spanish). Here in Guatemala is a really uncommon name, however another gilr was name exactly the same two weeks later after the birth. Best of luck with your list. Chiara maybe?


Yvonne
February 17, 2017

Our little girl is called Mya. We spelt it this way as my husband is called Martyn and my name is Yvonne so combines our initials


Paps
February 17, 2017

For a Girl : Roxane (Roksane or Roxanne) nickname : Roxy …
For a Boy : Reis nickname : Ree

Good luck!
XX


Anni
February 17, 2017

Girls:
Heidi
Halle
Freya
Hattie
Delilah
Amaya
Anya
Marnie

Boys:
Duco
Rocco
Duke
Crew
Gray

We are expecting our third in 14 wks and we have done the opposite to you and have used all H’!! It was a coincidence with the first two as we just happened to love those particular H names! Now with the third we don’t want this baby to feel left out so having to think of another H name!! Luckily we have a few we like!
Good luck picking a name! I hope my suggestions help some what!


Courtney in Australia
February 18, 2017

Haha! I have a good friend here in Byron who’s name starts with an A, and so does her husband’s — and they named both their daughters with an A (on accident)… and now that she’s pregnant with her third, she can’t decide if she should just go for it and do another A, or break the pattern. x


Brandi
February 17, 2017

Love your blog and all of your precious families! Leighton is so cute- what about Tonnie for short (pronounced like Connie)- could be great for either gender!


Rachel
February 17, 2017

Troian – boy or girl ! (pronounced troy- an)


Rachel
February 17, 2017

Troian also can become Ian for short very easily, but still be T for naming sake, So cute !!


Megan
February 17, 2017

So happy for you and your forthcoming baby #5. Here are a few names that I love:
Kieran (boy or girl) it’s my daughter’s name
Anais
Crispin
Calla
Pippa/Phillipa

I agree that Santi is a cute name! I’m sure whatever name you choose will be beautiful.


Margen
February 17, 2017

How about Clemence for a girl and Cleve for a boy?


Lucie
February 17, 2017

Luna / bay for a girl
Ocean for a boy or a girl…


Angela
February 17, 2017

Olimpia and Olive for Girls. Both very mediterranean names and meanings.


Lucie
February 17, 2017

What about river? Or rio?


Catalina
February 17, 2017

I am expecting a girl in 10 weeks and will call her Roma , still thinking in the second name. My other two kids are called Cala and Nuno
I also like:
Cosima
Franca
Ambar
Silver

Boys:
Sandor
Telmo
Florian
Cosmos


Courtney in Australia
February 18, 2017

I also really love the name Roma. It’s so beautiful! x


Patrícia
February 17, 2017

Lucca Adamo or Sienna Adamo


Elisa
February 17, 2017

Dear Courtney, I am one of your Italian follower and a mom of Leone, 4-years old. The international version of Leone is Leo and now it is very widespread in Italy. And bery beatyful is the female version Lea (like our very beautyful actriss Lea Massari). So, Lia is an other version. Anche Viola is very ancient and refined Italian name. See the Giovanni Papini’ poetry “Viola vestita di limpido giallo”:
Viola vestita di limpido giallo,
che festa, che amore a un tratto scoprirti
venire innanzi con grazia di ballo
di tra i ginepri e l’odore dei mirti!
La ricca estate si filtra e si dora
sopra il tuo piccolo volto rotondo;
ad ogni moto dell’iride mora
bevi nel riso la gioia del mondo.
Par che la terra rifatta stamani
più generosa, più fresca di ieri
voglia specchiarsi negli occhi silvani
tuoi, risplendenti di casti pensieri.
Al tuo venire volante s’allieta
questo mio cuore e con Dio si rimpacia,
l’arida bocca del padre poeta
torna a pregare allor quando ti bacia.

Kisses.
Elisa
P.s. Sorry my English!


Leni
February 17, 2017

Love Gracie for a girl and Tristan for a boy 💙💗


Mirabelle
February 17, 2017

Funny fact, yesterday during my time in the subway I was thinking about names and of difficult it is to find one and How we would find one in the futur…. We are talking about a futur third child in the next few month…and one thing we know …your post is going to help ! Such a coincidence !

I really love the names you picked for your kids 🙂

My daugther is Léah and my son is Owen
Léah and Owen are not popular names around here…Most of the people did not know Owen.

We had on our list :

Zoey
Noelia
Alba
Ana or Anna or Hanna (we weren’t agree 😉 )
For a boy…Hugo, Samuel, Elliot…Kyle (same Kyle here is not popular but probably is in Australia)

But the list we had for a kid is not anymore the same for the next one…

Good luck ! And thank you for sharing your beautiful pictures on your blog and instagram and around here.


Aya
February 17, 2017

I have three kids. I am Japanese, and my husband is Canadian. We had the same difficulty to choose the kids names. Lots of thoughts came up with us, like meanings, flow between the first name and last name, or just an inspiration.
Our oldest one has traditional English name because my husband has the Britannia background, but the other two have Japanese name. One has the nane, which I actually have picked from the Japanese novel, wishing my boy be strong and very kind. We chose my great-grandmothers name for my youngest one, and my husband liked very much and sound very soft when we pronounce in both Japanese and English. I have never met her, but just I wanted to name my girl as I feel.
Courtney, good luck with your delivery. You will feel another new happiness and joy.


Jenn
February 17, 2017

Not sure if you’ll get all the way down to these, but I like
Girl – Hannah & Paige
Boy – Leo


Samantha
February 17, 2017

My sister and Aunt are named Stevia. A very uncommon and beautiful name! Good luck


Helen
February 17, 2017

Phoebe and Penelope (Penny) both begin with the same letter as where the baby was conceived and are very pretty. Good luck x


Courtney in Australia
February 18, 2017

I LOVE both Phoebe and Penny — they’ve been on our list! 🙂 xx


ac
February 17, 2017

I second the Harper recommendation — that sounds lovely and flows with the other names beautifully. Whatever you decide on, I’m sure it will be perfect. Congratulations on your forthcoming bundle of joy!


Emilie in Paris
February 17, 2017

only two choices irrelevant if it is a boy or a girl: Emilie-Esther. I know Easton’s name starts with an E but, rules are there to be broken!


Courtney in Australia
February 18, 2017

Hahahahaha! What wonderful suggestions. So original. 😉 xxx


Mouli
February 17, 2017

Gosh, you must be innundated with all the lovely suggestions…here is mine – Paolo for a boy, nice and Italian and really sounds good with Easton, Ivy, Quinn, Marlow, Paolo also as Paolo Adamo


Laura Brown
February 17, 2017

Gabriella (Gabbie) or Gabriel (Gabe)


Marilyn
February 17, 2017

Ava 🙂


Elinor
February 17, 2017

I’m just like you Courtney when it comes to names.
My suggestions (these are my favourite names so hesitant to list them here but I’d also like to help!) 🙂
For a girl, Adeline. I think it would go perfect with the family names. Or Delilah. Neither are too popular (outside of top 100) but still known.
For a boy, Flynn. Lovely with your other names and again not popular but still known.
Or Luca. This is our sons middle name and it was hardly known at all then. Unfortunately it’s become so popular!
I wouldn’t use Leighton simply because you’re now in Australia and the name Lleyton is a top name/incredibly popular. So Leighton wouldn’t be original in Aus. And it’d be misspelled constantly! 😉


Zoë
February 17, 2017

This has to be my favourite post!!! For some reason I am obsessed with baby names and I have been wondering what names you were considering!

GIRLS:

Zoë – my name, I love the umlaut!
Capri – similar to Santi
Bella – means beautiful in Italian
Luna – moon
Navy – very unique
Olwyn – sweet & traditional sounding
Sydney – seeing as it’s your new base!
Suri – you’re family loves SURF!
Bonnie – sounds lovely
Dulce – Italian variation
Darcy – really cute
Sienna – Italian & very pretty
Winnie – soo cute!
Delphi – dolphin inspired, your family has seen many on your adventures
Sunniva – sunshine, sun gift from your travels of following the sun
Aleph – like Alice, but with a twist

BOYS:

Arland – I just think it’s a lovely name
Cruz – travel inspired
Wilder – living in the wild reminds me of your adventurous family!
Arlo – Italian inspired
Alvino (Alvi) – Italian again & a cute nickname
Santo – similar to Santiago
Harrison – a smart English name, as an honour of London
Rocco – Italian & super cool
Phoenix – different starting letter & ending letter to the other 4 kids
Bohdan – similar to Bondi
Sabino (Sabi) – Italian name like Santiago
Sylas – nice & unique
Cassius – Italian sounding & cute
Oakes – really sweet
Pompey – means 5 & is in Itlay! maybe a little far fetched though… 😀

I’ve really enjoyed thinking of new name suggestions for your family! I hope this helps, Zoë.


Camille
February 18, 2017

I also love Oakes!


Shelly
February 18, 2017

I like your Cruz and Wilder


Courtney in Australia
February 18, 2017

Such wonderful suggestions! So many good ones. And I love all the little notes after each one. Thank you so much for taking the time to write these all down. xx


Catherine
February 17, 2017

I currently have – Annabelle & a Juliet and am expecting my third daughter exactly same time as you. We have her name, discovered it was the name of her paternal Great Grandmother who died long before my husband was born. She left a three stone diamond ring which my father in law shared between his three children and my husband gave me his diamond in a necklace on our wedding day, which I have barely taken off in 8 years. I had no memory of her name, until the night before I found out we were having a girl. It felt like fate. I like names that come to you. Like a great book, they find you when they are ready. You will find your name and it will be obvious from that moment therein. Good luck fellow Mama x


Camille
February 18, 2017

Ohh – I love stories like this and would love to know what you plan on naming your baby. Also, because I love the names Annabelle and Juliet and would love to know your third pick.


Courtney in Australia
February 18, 2017

How special that the name just chose you! Fate!
Good luck with your final weeks of pregnancy. xx


Megan
February 17, 2017

I’m years away from having the challenge of naming a baby but if I can convince the future Mr. Megan I would love to have a Beatrice and call her “Bebe”.


Claudia
February 17, 2017

Hello Courtney!
I love all your baby names but for your 5th I love the idea of an Australian name for your new family member. Here are a few names you might like.

Girl –
Bindi
Sydney
Tamara
Juniper or June
Harper
Camellia
Rowan
Summer
Romee
Nora
Leili or Leila
Kaia
Lila

Boys –
Byron
Tye
Griffin
Heath
Sean
Oscar
Lennox
Cameron
Wyatt
Ryan

Wishing you all the best for the coming weeks Courtney. Look forward to hearing the wonderful news.!


Kristie
February 17, 2017

Boys: Jonah, Roan, Jude, Luca,

Girls: Leni, Clara, Anya, Honor


Karagh
February 17, 2017

Remi/Remy. Good luck!


Tamsin
February 18, 2017

So many suggestions!!
I’ve always loved my youngest sisters name (I’m one of 4 girls) , she’s Lucia, but pronounced ‘Loosha’. Think it goes really well with your surname and has Italian connection.
My own 3 girls are Esme, Tessa and Coralie (Cora)
Have fun choosing!


Courtney in Australia
February 18, 2017

Oh I love your girls’ names. So cute!


Camille
February 18, 2017

A few I love:

Boys: Bennett, Griffin, Finley, Silas, Abel, Levi, Knox, Gideon, Amos, Solomon, Everett, Hudson, Ford, Asa, Connor, Jude, Henry, Will, Sam, Jack, Sullivan (Sully), Schaefer, Shepherd (I think this would be soooo great with your kids’ names), Tucker, River, Lewis, Asher

Girls: Blythe, Grace, Willa, Rosalie (Rosie), Emerson, Mollie, Livingston (Liv), Zoe, Juliet, Isla, Maggie, Audrey, Caroline, Hailey, Amelia, Evelyn, Claire

Best wishes <3


Camille
February 18, 2017

Also (this has me thinking!): Oakes, Wilder, Leighton (I do love Leighton), Sander, Redding, Sawyer, Ezra, Stella, Vera, Georgia, Anthea (Thea), Flora, Cora, Freya, Frances, Hazel (I’m in love with Hazel, but maybe it’s too botanical with Ivy?)

You’ll find the perfect thing!


Courtney in Australia
February 18, 2017

I also love Hazel! x


Camille
February 18, 2017

Oh gosh. Too many comments but wanted to say that I also find Santiago a beautiful name. And as far as the names going together, my husband says that names go together because you put them together. And that’s really true the more I think about it. Choose what you love.


J
February 18, 2017

I’m due in 4 weeks, too, with out third baby!
Frances and Ottilie are the short list we are taking to the hospital for our first baby girl. We have a Felix and adore his name. If this were to be a boy, we would have used Alfred (alfie). Best of luck!


Courtney in Australia
February 18, 2017

Aaah! Good luck with your final weeks of pregnancy. I hope you’re feeling well. Love the names on your short list (we have good friends who have a Frances and another good friend of mine has an Ottilie — so those are off the cards for us!). x


Shelly
February 18, 2017

Names are so hard to choose! My little daughter is named Kennan West (Kensie). I also feel like the names I use for future babies should sound good with her name! So I totally get your struggle!
Some that I like go with her name and some don’t…
Girls:
Raimey
Matilda
Jules
Camden
Lauren
Kiersten
Rilla

Boys:
Lachlan
Ford
Cade

Can’t wait to see what you choose! And I really want to visit Byron Bay now. It looks beautiful!


Maeve
February 18, 2017

How about Severn if it’s a boy?


Camille
February 21, 2017

I know a little Sevrin and he is darling.


Anien
February 18, 2017

Hi Courtney! I’m from South Africa and started following you on Instagram after I read about you in a local magazine. I loved the fact that you had 4 children, so you can imagine how happy I was when I found out you are expecting your fifth baby. Congratulations! I have always loved the name ‘Olive’. It sounds terrible with my Afrikaans surname (Janse van Vuuren) otherwise it would have been an option for our babies names. I have a 3 year old boy Eléan and 8month old twins Amiel (boy) and Emme (girl). Good luck with choosing a name xx


Courtney in Australia
February 19, 2017

Hi Anien,
Thanks for your comment. We’ve always loved the name Olive too. It was our second choice for Marlow and still remains high on our list! 🙂 xx


Alice
February 18, 2017

I love your children’s names. Actually reading your posts made me fall in love with both the names Ivy and Quin and they will be on my list when the time comes! Considering their names are relatively unique sounding while also having a lot of character, perhaps something along the lines of Alba for a girl or Luca for a boy would be fitting? Maybe Roman or Ellis or Lila or Harper. I think any of those names sound along the same lines of your other four children’s names. But of course, it is completely up to you! Hope you get some inspiration from us! Good luck with the new baby, looking forward to all of your new posts.


Marion
February 18, 2017

My suggestions : Levante (east in old italian), Pico, Vigo, Aliocha, Nino, Susan, Tippi
Good luck !


Anna
February 18, 2017

So many lovely name sugasstions! If we ever get another child I would like to name it (if it’s a boy) Porter and (if it’s a girl) either Olivia Mae or Goldie. I also like Bonnie and Clementine. I find boy names so much harder (we have 3 boys and it was a real head scratcher naming them). I like the idea of giving them names with different first letters! Good luck choosing!


krissy oftheeveryday
February 18, 2017

nina, romily, serena, paloma
nikolai (niko for short), lucas
hope all goes smoothly!


Tilda
February 18, 2017

Hello,
my name is Tilda and I am pregnant with my first baby right now and also trying to find a name 🙂 I am the eldest of 5 and my sisters and I have all Swedish name ( my mom is from Sweden) and my brothers have English names ( my dad is from Irland). My hole name is Tilda Amanda Mae and my sisters names are Liv ( pronounced Leef) Adele Maria and Evy Lykke Ava. My brothers names are Henry Theo Svante and Finn Emil Clarence.
With an half Italian husband I’ve already been through some Italian names like Lucia, Antonia, Sofia, Francesca, Chiara ( I know they all end with an A .. :/ ) and for boys Emilio, Benadict, Basilio, Cecilio and Gero ( it is not a very Italian name but I quite like it ).
I hope it’ll may help you two.


Marty
February 19, 2017

Got it. Bruin! Another hockey reference.


Lauren
February 19, 2017

Olive, Greta, Elsie, Ottilie, Mila, Vivian are personal favorites for girls. Boys slightly harder but Ezra, Caspar, Kit and Clement are on my list!!


Rachael
February 19, 2017

Our little boy is called Rowan, we love it and it works for a girl too so only one choice to make! Look forward to reading what you decide on in a few weeks.


Sandra
February 19, 2017

For a girl:
Alva / Alma
Amira
Tilly
Vida
Liv
Fanny
Noa / Nora
Natalie
Nadja
Luca
Lucy
Lisa / Lara
For a boy
Luca
Noah
Jasper
Tim
Jannik / Jan
Leo
Joe
Luc / Lou

All the best for all of you.
Sandra


Cate
February 19, 2017

Louise?


Jenny
February 19, 2017

For both my boys we decided on the name a few days prior to they arrival as both times they came a month early. Roman is our first and Jules our second. What I love with the name Roman is the fact that it can be said in every language. After traveling to Chile we also liked Santiago 😉

Other boys name I love:
Robin, Esteban, Alois, Valentin, Ben (I need a name that can be said in English and French)

Both pregnancies were surprises and if we had had a daughter the first time she would have been Jade and the second time Rose.
I also like Tammy, Adele, Zoe and Olivia.

Best of luck! You’ll find the perfect fit.


Jen
February 19, 2017

Hello!
My daughter is called Milla-Karlotta, but you already used the M for Markiwbwhichbus by the way the most adorable name I know. I Love names like Theodor, Rosalie, Riley, Jonas, Julius, Greta, Pablo. Bu


maria
February 19, 2017

Hi! Don’t overthink it. We didn’t know the gender of our baby either, but we were immediately shouting out the same name at the same time, the minute I knew I was expecting: Alma! A girl’s name and strangly (or naturally) enough: up until her birth we couldn’t settle on a boy’s name. Go with your guts. The baby and the name will resonate lovely! Best, Maria


Iris
February 19, 2017

Jules // Julie // Jewel
as for Jules Verne the author of “Around the World in…”


Natalie
February 19, 2017

I am also due in 4 weeks Courtney, it will be our second girl and we have chosen the name Ivy (so beautiful as of course you’d agree!)
Our first daughter is called Olive. We love it because it’s more unusual than Olivia without being too “out there”.
Olive & Ivy sound lovely together too I think.
Enjoy the rest of your pregnancy 😘


Jeanne B
February 19, 2017

Hi from France!
Baby naming was such a journey for us too. We welcomed our second daughter and third child last August, she’s named Stella Charlotte. We also have a boy, Solal Anatole Marius and another daughter Cosima Rose.
I’m half french, half italian. If you’re looking for italian names, i can share some of my italian family’s names: Allegra, Tiziano, Elio, Amedeo, Salvatore, Gabriele, Valentina, Lorenzo, Bianca, Eleonora, Paolo, Giovanni, Marco, Mia et Nino.
My middle names are Alba and Capucine (french for nasturium), which were not trendy thirty years ago when I was born, but are extremely frequent in Paris school yards nowadays… Btw, my sister’s name is Margot Chiara Suzanne.


Gina
February 19, 2017

I think Leighton is perfect for both a boy or a girl, it goes really well with your other children names. Anyway:
Boy:
Neal (my brother’s name, but we write it in catalan, Nil)
Jules
(And if repeating initials wasn’t an issue, Isaac and Marcel)

Girl:
Helena
Zelda
(And again… Maria which is my first option for a daughter. By the way my second option is Heura which means Ivy in catalan!)


Ingrid
February 19, 2017

I always loved the Italian name Pio for a boy


Hanna
February 19, 2017

Girls:
Robin- I love this one! Good alternative to more popular Wren 🙂
Rose- classic
Louise- cute, french 🙂

Boys:
Zeke
Wade
Rex

Good luck xx


Katie
February 19, 2017

I love that your children have such individual names, I think this is great rather than following a naming pattern. I have a Ralph (4) and a Phoebe (1), we wanted names which weren’t extremely popular but also still fairly traditional and not too ‘out there’! On both occasions it came down to the wire! I don’t know what I’d go with if we have a third, but I do know I’d want to pick a name that would be individual to them again. I would say don’t fret about it too much, in the end our choices seemed to find us rather than the other way round and as soon as I heard them I knew they were perfect. Sending the best of wishes at this magical time xx


Courtney in Australia
February 20, 2017

I love your children’s names. Phoebe is on our list too! It’s such a happy sounding name. : ) xx


Heidi
February 20, 2017

Hi Courtney 🙂
I totally agree that names in a family have to flow!
Our two girls are called Aurora and Tiril 🙂 (we’re Norwegian)
xx


Margot
February 20, 2017

What about Jane? I’m french so I used to know the french prononciation and ortograph ‘Jeanne’ that I love!
I also love Suzanne!
Good luck and I’m sure you will find the perfect one!


Ana
February 20, 2017

Hi Courtney!
I love to read your posts, you are always so inspiring.
I have two kids, María and Asís (this is a family boy name, not common at all).
I know many boys here in Spain called Santi and Nico, from Santiago and Nicolás and love those names, as well as Lucas. In fact, some people named them directly the shorten name.
For girls lately I have been liking the name Bimba, I found it so tender for a baby.

Good luck. I wish you the best!


TLG
February 20, 2017

I like Leon (Leo for short…not LEE-O, but LAY-O) – https://nameberry.com/babyname/Leon


Nina
February 20, 2017

We have a little Alma, and I still love the name for our girl 🙂
Good luck and all the best for you and your lovely family!


Joni
February 21, 2017

I have always loved being named Joni. It’s short and classic sounding yet unique. My sister’s name is Bridgit and we call her Bea which I also love as a name.

Otto would be super cute for a boy and it means 8 in Italian 😉


Anneke
February 21, 2017

We are raising our kids trilangual and because of that their names had to work in every language that is spoken in our home. Our first daughter’s name was a no-brainer (Sophie, after reading Sophie’s world when I was a teenager) but the second name was harder, until we found ‘Doris’. Sweet, timeless and rather unique. We now love our little Dodo 😉


Sara Ibrahim
February 21, 2017

Eva or Eve for a girl & Jacob for a boy. Love to you!


Rachel
February 22, 2017

I like the name Arden . Quite individual, if only my partner liked it as much as me ha ha


Sarah
February 22, 2017

Hey Courtney,

I’m due in 4 weeks (so likely just after you!) with my second and we haven’t learned the gender either. I was moved by your desire to include the origin of where this little life had begun and place it in their identity, I find that enchanting. I got to thinking (and inevitably projecting) on what Positano Italy might mean to you; given that it is your most favourite place and you are a family of world travellers, SO I started investigating name origins….

Beckham (homestead by the stream/ocean) Given where you are living now – across an ocean, and where Positano falls geographically. Water is such a strong image and association of forward momentum…dreaming, life, connection.

Lottie (or Charlotte*which is one of our main choices for a girl – meaning freedom) So continuing on that theme of rest without limitation, expanse.

Perhaps I am overstepping, and perhaps it doesn’t appeal at all BUT thank you for inspiring me this morning – I enjoyed searching on your behalf. Congratulations on the richest of blessings with this new child. May the days that follow be full-up of the love your family shares together.

hugs and smiles ~Sarah


E
February 22, 2017

Elisa, Eleonora, Irene, Beatrice or Kalinis (means rain bird) for girl
Humphrey, Walken (rainbow), Filippo, Edgar, Riordan (small poet) or Kilohen (means peace warrior) for boy
Hope i can help. Love, E 🙂


Melissa
February 22, 2017

I love Rowan for a boy or Rowyn for a girl. Juniper (June), Jasper, Lachlan, Capri, Posey, Blake, Aspen, Shiloh, Bowen (Bo) (after an island in the Pacific North West Canada), Wynn, Soleil, Lennox, Cerys. I love the names you have chosen for your children (I have an Isla and a Reid)


Melissa
February 22, 2017

forgot Ophelia! You could shorten it to Lia. and Vida is lovely


lulah
February 22, 2017

I have four children and feel your name-choosing pain. Our fourth, the only girl, was the hardest to pick and didn’t have a name for a few weeks, which I found really upsetting. She is Orla Rose. I heard the name Finch the other day and LOVED it, but am not planning on having any more babies. But that would be the only name on my list, girl or boy. Reminds me of Scout and Atticus, little birds and a quiet strength. Good luck choosing – I found that names were easier to choose once I had met the baby so maybe something will come to you. That happened with our first, Albie – the name came from nowhere. Anyway, wishing heaps of luck xx


Melissa
February 23, 2017

Fifer, Jude, Charlie (girl), Bodhi, Luca, Prudence (Pru)


Leanne
February 23, 2017

Some gorgeous names listed above 💓💓. Your family is so adorable!! Looking forward to hearing of the arrival of your healthy baby!! A couple of suggestions
Leopold/ Lawson & Winston for a boy
Harriet ( nickname, Hattie)/Vera/ Viola/ Greta for a girl

All the best
x


Ellis
February 24, 2017

Love your kid’s sophisticated but fresh names and have always wondered abt the stories behind them. It seems like you guys seem drawn to vowel-heavy, two syllable names. Some ideas:

Easton, Quinn, Ivy, Marlow and

Holden
Adler
Cormac
Abram
Brooks
Dane

Annora
Celia/Cecily
Neve
Junia
Zara/Zadie
Carys

(for the record, I think the previously mentioned Otto, Olive, Orla, and Phoebe are great!)


MC
February 24, 2017

May I suggest Gemma for a girl? This is the name we gave our second daughter; we too were hoping to give our child a somewhat uncommon name (at least for here in the states!) with a subtle nod to my Italian heritage. Wishing baby Adamo a healthy arrival into your family’s arms in a few weeks!


Ashley
February 24, 2017

We have an Everett, Casper, Nola, & Odette

Other names we considered for boys were Oscar, Hayes, Theodore (Teddy), Greer, Griffin, Dashiell, Percy, Sebastian, and I liked the name Grover – however it’s forever associated with Sesame Street now.

Other girls names we liked were Bernadette (Birdie), Estelle, Louella, Ingrid, Novalee, Faye, Gretchen, and Edith.

Good luck, hope the birth goes well for you.


amber
February 25, 2017

Vivica is a lovely name. Vivi.


Bibi
February 26, 2017

Wow, you have already a lot of suggestion and probably made a decision but i’ll bring some others….
Ismaël – Quentin – Basile – Arnaud – Emile – Louis – Malik – Shams
Blandine – Zelda – Mauve – Lilou – Anaïs – Judith – Louise – Agnès – Elise – Lumia
Enjoy the last few weeks (days) of this pregnancy!!


Jane Allan
February 26, 2017

How about Juno? Works for both! Good luck to you and your beautiful family.


Nikolina
February 26, 2017

I love looking at and thinking about names. To name a child is such a big deal, the right name is truly a great gift and we had a few on our list when our son was born early. As soon as they said he was a boy I knew he was called Bertie. His proper name is Cuthbert.

I seem to like nicknames then find a more adult name that works with it.

Boys:

Nye (aneurin)
Lenny (Leonardo)

Girls:

Ginny (Juniper as in gin berry)
Cici (Cecelia or Cecily)
I also like Tippi and Nova

Good luck with the rest of your pregnancy. x


Diana
February 26, 2017

I’m going to tell you my personal favorites. I’m from Portugal so, like italy, most of the names are very traditional. Santiago for example is one of the most used names in Portugal for 2016. I love Helena and Tristan. Those are my personal favorites and the ones i would put if i had kids right now. Other personal ones that i love: Sebastian, Olivia, Emilia, Cecilia, Xavier (this is probably a very latin one), Marta or Martha, Francisca or Francesca (my grandmother name)…I have more names for girls than boys so…i hope you decide soon! All the best! xx


Rachel
February 26, 2017

Not sure you are even still reading these but here in London we have a Digby, a Tess and a little Sylvie. I love our names. Tess is often caller Tessie and randomly Sylvie gets Silva too. Digby was a bit of a wildcard name but he really suits it, such a sweet gentle boy and he gets Digs or Diggers from his friends and family which I think makes him feel cool and tough! Good luck Courtney, I know you will continue to inspire us mamas. Sending you best wishes for a joyful birth xxx


Natalie
February 27, 2017

Hi Courtney,
Love your Instagram btw #familygoals 😉 I have a daughter Ava Page (Page was my maiden name and wanted to carry on my family name as all girls on my side), yes Ava is popular now but wasn’t when I had her 11 years ago but I still love it 🙂
Love all you children’s names especially Ivy! Love Leighton and Santi, my grandmother was called Sylvia so love Sylvie 🙂 My nephew is named Albie after my Grandad Albert which I love too.Names I like
Girls – Ava (obvs), Orla, Wren, Oak, Aoife (Irish pronounced ee-fa), Pearl, Autumn, Effy (short for Elizabeth, I know you don’t want another E)

Boys – Joss, Byron (love), Dexter…..umm always struggled with boys!
Will keep an eye out to see what you decide…..wishing you lots of luck xxx


Una
February 27, 2017

I love name Alexis for girl, also I saw that someone suggested Una (Oona), which is also my name, and it is Italian name meaning one, unique. And for boy maybe David or Isaac. Good luck!


Leni
February 27, 2017

Love the girls name Dulcie 💗


Heide
February 28, 2017

Hey Courtney, my girls name is PINA. It’s from the German dancer Pina Bausch. In origin it is Italian i think and the short form of the names like Giuseppina. Sometimes we call her Piña Colada. So sweet. Pina Adamo?!


Anita
March 1, 2017

Jackson og Daxton for a boy. Poppy or Juliette for a Girl. Hope it all goes Well and you find the right name for your baby.


Alice
March 1, 2017

With all these suggestions I hope you’ve found some names you love. We have an Indiana Rose (Indi) and Rae Marlow. I make dolls so these comments are amazing as each one needs a name.
Heres my baby shortlist too
Autumn
Aiko
Lennon
Juno
Maeve
Clementine
Cora

Saul
Monty
Bo
Ziggy

Good luck


tineke
March 2, 2017

Hi Courtney,
Wow I can understand it is difficult to choose a name. We had the same problem. Every time (5 times 😉 I was pregnant we didn’t know what name to give to our little one. I even changed the name of my 4 maybe one day before giving birth. We first had the name Noor in mind because it sounds like Nur which means light, but Nur sounded too exotic considering the other names: Rosalie, Jasmijn, Linde and our oldest one Ben. I changed it from Noor to Floor, a name I really love. My niece who is half spanish is also called Flor and it means flower. We use it for a girl but in the Netherlands you can also use this name for a boy (abbreviation from Floris). I wish you all the best for the coming special weeks!
bye
Tineke Smith


esther
March 3, 2017

Alma for a girl
Salvador (Salva) for a boy..
For me they make a pretty combination with the other names and it has a south-european feel to it…
Now we are all so curious…
All the best for these magic weeks to come…


Kate
March 4, 2017

An Australian friend of mine, living in the U.K., named his daughter Bronte as a nod to his home in Sydney. My sister-in-law (also Australian- I’m surrounded!) named her daughter (not son!) Archie and her son’s called Riley. I do like others’ suggestions of Luca, as I like that it’s Italian (nod to Positano) and has a different first letter and ending sound. Good luck!


Nelli
March 4, 2017

what about Philine, or Philina?


Sophie Aerts
March 6, 2017

Hi, what do you think about Luca? It’s An Italian name for a boy. I think it sounds beautiful and it as an easy name. Here in Belgium they use Luca also for girls. My other son calls Alexander, which I believe is also a cool name, often we call him Alex. Kind regards.


Chandler Divers
March 7, 2017

Gianna or Georgiana? Very Italian sounding names that I feel flow well with your other children’s gorgeous names!


gloria
March 8, 2017

What about Lia and Ciro?


Joana from Portugal
March 8, 2017

Hi Courtney!
Have you thought about Francesca or Clara for a girl and Raphael or Thomas for a boy?
Those names have italian related heritages and maybe they could fit Leighton has a middle name if you really want it.


Joana from Portugal
March 8, 2017

Anyhow, I wish you a very “little hour” when this baby welcomes the world and that he/she comes peacefully and harmoniously.

Namaste


Laetitia
March 9, 2017

Hi Courtney!
Joséphine 👧🏼
Philomène 👧🏼
Henri 👦🏼


Sara Ibrahim
March 10, 2017

Just realized Eva would not work because the letter rule. For a girl: Clara, Lia, Rosa. For a boy Anton


Susan
March 12, 2017

Well…if you like Santiago for a boy’s name you could try using the English translation “Saint James” (shortened to James, obviously). Using the same inspiration for a girl’s name (that is, names meaning “holy”) there are many options like Holly, Lois, Ariana. Good luck! I’m sure the perfect name will come to you at the perfect time.


Maria
March 14, 2017

Serafina
Aria
Bo – unisex… Bo Adamo!!


Kerry
March 14, 2017

Teagan! Works for a girl or a boy


chiara
March 16, 2017

Bruno or Oliver for a boy
Juliet or Celia for a girl


Tegan
March 17, 2017

Hi Courtney, how exciting that your new babe will arrive any day now!!! we have two boys, Arkie Jasper and Luca Arrow and I love both their names so much, I’m yet to meet or hear of another Arkie and I don’t personally know any Luca’s either. Whatever name you chose will be just perfect. I’d love to hear one day on your decision to have a fifth baby, I have two step daughters as well, so if we decide have another baby that will make 5, i would love to add another to the family but truthfully I don’t know if I’ll ever stop wanting babies!! it’s s tough decision to make and I worry about rocking the boat, as things seem to run quite smoothly as a family of two boys and two girls. I’d love to hear your story.
All the best for this new little one xxx


Sarah
March 17, 2017

Perhaps instead of Byron, the name of his brilliant daughter: Ada. Is Ada Adamo too much?


Brie
March 18, 2017

My sister (whose name is ironically Tess) had her second baby 8 weeks ago and she was having similar dilemmas! Not sure if you’ll still be reading responses to this post, but these are her daughters names (she too loves unique names): Indigo (nn Indi) and Finch (nn Finn).

Some others on the short list (that start with a different letter to your children) were Zahli, Saskia, Penny, Acacia, Harriet (girls) or Angus, Oscar, Xander (boys).

Wishing you all the best Courtney. can’t wait to hear the news x


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